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  • without a mote of protest
  • a mote in your eye
  • as many inaccuracies as there are motes in a sunbeam
    Miguel Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • A mote it is to trouble the mind’s eye.
    Hamlet  --  William Shakespeare

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  • Let him learn that every thing in nature, even motes and feathers, go by law and not by luck, and that what he sows he reaps.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Essays, First Series
  • And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
    Matthew 7:3 (KJV)
  • Outside, the sky had whited over with clouds, and shine spilled across the surfaces, sending motes before my eyes.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • A haze of dust clouded everything, making the rays of sunshine appear thick and alive, motes dancing like gnats.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Even the room felt restive: The afternoon sun lit up an atomic flurry of dust motes.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Dust motes danced in the beam as he swung it back and forth, revealing scarred metal and rows of bolts and protruding edges and ridges.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order

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  • I used to lecture her on the dangers of flying sparks, reminding her that even one fiery mote could set a house ablaze, but she never seemed to hear me, only propping the screen to one side, happy to shield but a small corner of the room.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • In the daytime, a ray of sunlight shone into the tomb, making all the dust motes she stirred up swirl like falling snow.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Sunlight is streaming in through the thin plastic blinds, which have been drawn down over the windows, lighting up dust motes in the room.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • A sparkling galaxy of dust motes swam through the slanting early light, shimmering up and down across the lofty room crowded with its armoires and desks, its gilt sofas and cabinets and chairs.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We memorize a poem about them: In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
    Between the crosses row on row
    That mark our place.
    At eleven o’clock we stand beside our desks in the dust motes of the weak November sunshine for the three minutes of silence, Miss Lumley grim at the front of the room, heads bowed, eyes closed, listening to the hush and the rustle of our own bodies and the booming of the guns in the distance.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Shimmering motes disturbed by his entry swirled upward into the bar of sunlight like dust raised from the breaking of a tomb.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • As I will, so mote it be.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • She can see the dust motes they had kicked up together off the carpet.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • She imagined she could hear the brush of dust motes against one another as they danced in the window light.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Help me to the sofa in the living room, where I watch the dust motes spin in the thin shafts of afternoon light.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • DEMETRIUS A mote will turn the balance, which Pyramus, which Thisbe, is the better.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • I lay back and watched the silent beams of light radiate in the colorful dust motes I had stirred up.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • The mote in his brother’s eye, not the sin of his own household.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I tried to convince myself that it was an odd trick of light, a mass of dust motes trapped in the setting sun.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • A solitary finger of light fell upon it, illuminating motes of golden dust floating in the air.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I thought of myself as hanging in the Store, a mote imprisoned on a shaft of sunlight.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The lower level of the Institute was full of sunlight and pale dust motes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Sifting daylight dissolves the memory, turns it into dust motes floating in light.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Now Brinker, with his steady wit and ceaseless plans, Brinker had nothing to offer in place of Leper’s dust motes and creeping ivy and snails.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Which, Peter realized, probably meant there was a dust mote on a shelf.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • It wasn’t until we were outside, where the afternoon sun lit the dust motes in the salty air, that she spoke again.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • A mote it is to trouble the mind’s eye.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • The sun slanted through the dirty attic window, lighting the dust motes dancing in the air.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • Carvahall’s hay barn glowed white in a cyclone of flames, transforming its precious contents into a fountain of amber motes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • In front of it, I could see the dust motes in the air, the sides the light touched, and the dark sides, distinct and separate.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It had never been a good eye to see with—had long had the mote in it of Lucifer’s pride, Sardanapalus’s luxury, and a mole’s blindness—but it had dropped out and was gone.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Isabelle held Alec’s witchlight in her hand, illuminating the room with a nearly spectral glow, sparking dancing motes of fire from the pendant chandelier.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • But in those few seconds as it whirled blackly, dancing like negative motes of light, he remembered something from his childhood fifty years ago, or more.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He was a mote caught in the glare of the noon sun.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Ami is not yet so detached as the Greek Uranus, but neither is he any mote the active creator of gods.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Everything will go forward so much mote pleasantly.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The air was full of dancing dust motes; they made a shimmering curtain between the two boys.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Dust motes whirled and slanted.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Her face, the face of a saint, a viking Madonna, shone through the faint motes that snowed across the candlelight, drew down its flush from the wine-colored lanterns in the pine.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Therewithal the Green Knight rode unto an horn that was green, and it hung upon a thorn, and there he blew three deadly motes, and there came two damosels and armed him lightly.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • A deaf gardener, aproned, masked with Matthew Arnold’s face, pushes his mower on the sombre lawn watching narrowly the dancing motes of grasshalms.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A fountain of amber motes billowed and swirled as Roran tossed a branch onto the disintegrating coals.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The right, however, as if to make up for this deficiency, seemed preternaturally observant, even prescient, and as he plodded over the courtroom floorboards, advancing with a limp toward Art Moran, motes of light winked through it.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • So that he ’who sees the mote in another’s eye had need to see the beam in his own,’ that it be not said of himself, ’the dead woman was frightened at the one with her throat cut;’ and your worship knows well that ’the fool knows more in his own house than the wise man in another’s.’
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Therewithal the Green Knight rode unto an horn that was green, and it hung upon a thorn, and there he blew three deadly motes, and there came two damosels and armed him lightly.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
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