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  • Not a whining, restless child’s boredom (although I was not above that) but a dense, blanketing malaise.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • His unusual conduct was, I believe, a simple by-product of the deepening atmosphere of malaise and fear.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Once more his very presence made her feel better; she was suffused by a drowsy fatigue but the nausea and deep malaise were gone.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But Alan did not want to despair, and did not want to be dragged down with his seatmate’s malaise.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

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  • Poor Whitcomb, sighed the chaplain, and blamed himself for his assistant’s malaise.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Just one shrill blow and you will see your animal shudder with malaise and repair at top speed to the safest, furthest part of its territory.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Many people who did not die right away came down with nausea, headache, diarrhoea, malaise, and fever, which lasted several days.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • One evening as I walked up the hill suffering from youth’s vague malaise (there was simply nothing to do), the brother I had chosen came walking directly into my trap.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Part of the cause: of the malaise present in the Mesopotamian psychology was this insecurity under which the people lived out their lives: the lack of a covenant.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Horace had served as a medical officer for twenty months in the Pacific theater and had suffered in that period from sleep deprivation and from a generalized and perpetual tropical malaise that had rendered him, in his own mind, ineffective.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars

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  • Like a sore tooth that is not content to throb in isolation, but must diffuse its own pain to other parts of the body—making breathing difficult, vision limited, nerves unsettled, so a hated piece of furniture produces a fretful malaise that asserts itself throughout the house and limits the delight of things not related to it.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The important towns they build are only retreats, their quarrels the malaise of men who cannot find their way home.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Clearly I had snapped out of my malaise of the previous night.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • "She just got back," the doorman tells Gogol with a wink as he walks past, and his heart leaps, unburdened of its malaise, grateful for her simple act of returning to him.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • To-day, in mysterious malaise, he raged or rejoiced with equal nervous swiftness, and to-day the light of spring was so winsome that he lifted his head and saw.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Fronted by a lush lawn and palm trees, the Union Passenger Terminal had opened in 1954, an art deco–style building once aspiring to grandness but since overtaken by a certain grey municipal malaise.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He has wiped away my professional malaise and shown me the dignity in being loyal to something you believe in, and it’s not a stretch to say that this man I hoped to save has done as much for me as I have for him.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Mr. Babcock’s moral malaise, I am afraid, lay deeper than where any definition of mine can reach it.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • And you see, I hope, a Britain emerging from its post-Empire malaise, modernizing, becoming as confident of its future as it once was of its past.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • He recognized that the systemic malaise that caused it was a consequence in part of his own refusal over the years to limit his courtship of the finest wines, foods, and cigars.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Very bad," he said, as though he were sinking into some long-term spiritual malaise.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And thus to suggest at this point the difficulty she had in telling Blackstock about the fearful malaise which had overtaken her, and which she felt must be the result of her rape in the subway.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Malaise.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Burnham hoped for an early cure to the nation’s financial malaise, but the economy did not oblige.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • She had no tolerance for whining, for any sort of malaise in the midst of the bounty of their suburban life.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • And even aside from my heartache over Sophie, I stirred inside with a fretful, unhappy malaise.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And so the melancholy which had taken hold of me when I left Yetta Zimmerman’s and journeyed by subway to stay with my father in Manhattan had been as close to creating an excruciating physical malaise as any I had ever known—most surely since my mother’s death.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At about the same time — he lost track of the days, so hard was he working to set up a temporary place of worship in a private house he had rented in the out— skirts — Mr Tanimoto fell suddenly ill with a general malaise, weariness, and feverishness, and he, too, took to his bedroll on the floor of the halfwrecked house of a friend in the suburb of Ushida.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • …all sorts of ailments, and that even those, like Nakamura-san, who were not cruelly maimed and had not developed any serious overt symptoms were unreliable workers, since most of them seemed to suffer, as she did, from the mysterious but real malaise that came to be known as one kind of asting A-bomb sickness: a nagging weakness and weariness, dizziness now and then, digestive troubles, all aggravated by a feeling of oppression, a sense of doom, for it was said that unspeakable…
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • There’s an atmosphere of malaise in the camp, and I believe it’s partly due to a host of anticipations, both good and bad."
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Babcock’s moral malaise, I am afraid, lay deeper than where any definition of mine can reach it.
    James, Henry  --  The American
  • I felt an urge to fuck her now and risk the malaise of bleak bargain sex that might drift into the room from the boat show of the swingers.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
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