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  • Only 10% of adults are literate in that country.
  • I asked the eighth graders and the other kids who appeared the least bit literate to retell the story in their own words on paper.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Mary Alice is sensitive, literate, which is to say, widely read in one or two of the same book in which I have an interest, has a decent sense of humor (hardly a barrel of laughs, but then, who could be in the shadow of Jack Brown’s wit), seems relatively advanced and liberated in "worldly" matters for a girl of her background, which is intensely Southern.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • By the autumn almost every animal on the farm was literate in some degree.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm

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  • All along, Enrique’s mother has written very little; she is barely literate and embarrassed by it.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The Party claimed, for example, that today 40 per cent of adult proles were literate: before the Revolution, it was said, the number had only been 15 per cent. The Party claimed that the infant mortality rate was now only 160 per thousand, whereas before the Revolution it had been 300 — and so it went on.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • With that, Eragon began the task of becoming literate.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Neither was it because he was more literate than the rest.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • I had been more or less literate when he had hired me back in 1947, thanks to Mullah Shekib, but it was through Suleiman’s tutoring that my reading truly advanced, as did my writing by consequence.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • You may see that a beautiful woman is inferior to a non-beautiful one, that the literate is inferior to the illiterate, that the rich is inferior to the poor, and the able to the incompetent.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • My formal Spanish must have sounded as pretentious to the ears of the paisano as "Whither goeth my sire?" would have sounded to a semi-literate Ozark mountaineer.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The townsfolk were barely literate and desperately poor and without much hope for economic betterment until word reached Roseto at the end of the nineteenth century of the land of opportunity across the ocean.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I suppose she chose me because she knew my name; as I read the alphabet a faint line appeared between her eyebrows, and after making me read most of My First Reader and the stock-market quotations from The Mobile Register aloud, she discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • For a few years, she used her degree to work as a volunteer in a Philadelphia social service agency that helped pregnant, unwed mothers; then she moved on to run a weekly reading group for literate and illiterate senior citizens at the local Ewing library, which she still does today.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • They were all kinds of men—literate men and ignorant men, clean men and dirty men—but all of them had restlessness in common.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • There were very few resident landlords in the neighborhood and also very few domestic or literate serfs, and in the lives of the peasantry of those parts the mysterious undercurrents in the life of the Russian people, the causes and meaning of which are so baffling to contemporaries, were more clearly and strongly noticeable than among others.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The Sumerians were the first literate inhabitants of Mesopotamia, and theirs is the language of the oldest tablets from Nippur which relate to Gilgamesh.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Someone from Pakistan helping me become computer literate so I could help Pakistani kids get literate.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He told me all he knew of course, he said, remembering, with the feeling that he would never forget it, the awed, calm, kind, rural face and the slow, careful, half-literate voice.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • They had called the college paper, and someone had told them I was halfway literate.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • The poor child was hardly literate.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • We were fully literate in nu shu, and when we were apart we wrote each other almost daily.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • It’ll be like you’re literate.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • Even a brother who spoke with the smooth tongue of a literate man as opposed to his own coarse words.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • If Will were as literate as Guy, or Guy were as executive as Will, I think I could endure even Gopher Prairie.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • In front of one of the benevolent associations, a literate man was chanting the Gold Mountain News, which was taped to the window.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • I’ll be one of the few demonstrably literate people ever to graduate from this school, Colonel.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "The boy is growing up without television," I said, "which may make him worth talking to, Murray, as a sort of wild child, a savage plucked from the bush, intelligent and literate but deprived of the deeper codes and messages that mark his species as unique."
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • There is much pain and restriction, which we all know, but there was pain before, restriction before! … My lover was no evil man, no blind follower of the regime, but a literate man, a gentle man, and a believer in eternal China!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The German literate reversed this process with the profane French literature.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Some of them, but not many, were even literate.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • He listens as Lincoln talks of extending suffrage to literate blacks and those who fought for the Union.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Always a few literate junkies.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The minister was literate.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • He has always associated with the learned, the gentle, the literate, and the reasonable both in France and in America.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Pre-literate too.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • Sober, literate.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Usha’s mother, Alka, is also unusually well-educated: Although she married at age fifteen, she has a ninth-grade education and is literate.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • The Chinook Bookshop, toward the north end, is as fiercely independent as they come — the sort of literate and civilized bookstore going out of business nationwide.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The literary critic, Francis Hackett, somewhere speaks of "the enormous gap between the literate and unliterate American."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • … I’m working with two ranking commissars, neither of whom can remotely speak French-they can’t even speak literate Russian, but that’s the way it is sometimes.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Clara was in such a hurry to make her literate that at the age of five the little girl was already reading the newspaper over breakfast and discussing the news with her grandfather.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • In Mandarin a literate person knows six thousand characters, but with no Chinese alphabet, the language cannot easily be entered through the twenty-six-button alphabetic keyboards of Western computers.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Eighty-one members of the House of Representatives, when asked by literate journalists for their favorite lines, replied instantly with a quotation from Polonius: "This above all: to thine own self be true."
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • And we have a small, extremely literate power elite— the people who go into the Metaverse, basically-who understand that information is power, and who control society because they have this semimystical ability to speak magic computer languages.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Now it is all very well for you at the beginning of the XX century to ask me for a Don Juan play; but you will see from the foregoing survey that Don Juan is a full century out of date for you and for me; and if there are millions of less literate people who are still in the eighteenth century, have they not Moliere and Mozart, upon whose art no human hand can improve?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • …daughter of Leslie and Julia Prinsep Stephen, born on 25th January 1882, descended from a great many people, some famous, others obscure; born into a large connection, born not of rich parents, but of well-to-do parents, born into a very communicative, literate, letter writing, visiting, articulate, late nineteenth century world; so that I could if I liked to take the trouble, write a great deal here not only about my mother and father but about uncles and aunts, cousins and friends.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • "Martin, Martin, Martin," she said, "the population of literate people has been declining steadily since Gutenberg’s day.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • This is the first time I’ve written to you in years.) One, I was a proper snob in college, as only an old Wise Child alumnus and future lifetime English-major can be, and I didn’t want any degrees if all the ill-read literates and radio announcers and pedagogical dummies I knew had them by the peck.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Someone from Pakistan helping me become computer literate so I could help Pakistani kids get literate.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
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