Snow made growing food difficult, limited the agricultural periods. ... It wasn’t a practical thing, so it became obsolete when we went to Sameness.
Lois Lowry -- The Giver
But we learned a lot of "obsolete" weapons, too.
Robert A. Heinlein -- Starship Troopers
...in this era of planned obsolescence, when a thing breaks down I can usually find something in my collection to repair it—a toilet, or a motor, or a, lawn mower.
John Steinbeck -- Travels with Charley
Men like me and my brother are obsolete and we’ve got to go, but it’s a pity we’ll carry with us the meaningful things of this society—there were some good things in it."
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
He’s on the thin side, balding, an accountant before the attacks made accounting obsolete.
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
She thought timing belts hadn’t been used since internal combustion had become obsolete.
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
That word, plastered, on the brink of obsolescence, indicates to me what sort of an event that was.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
It was handwritten in a mixture of archaic French, and even more obsolete Latin, but I could make out the title.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
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The Eleventh Edition won’t contain a single word that will become obsolete before the year 2050.’
George Orwell -- 1984
A crossword puzzle gave the definition of "obsolescent individuals" and the word came out as "capitalists."
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
I particularly enjoyed your description of me as an obsolete dingbat.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
Your vocation will soon be obsolete, I think.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
"Your experience is obsolete," she fired back, equally tough.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
But I omit them as altogether obsolete; and can hardly help suspecting them for mere sounds, full of Leviathanism, but signifying nothing.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
Nobody will push us out of business or steal our markets or undersell us or make us obsolete.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
These utterly obsolete personages were served by domestics of the same stamp.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
They were old and completely obsolete.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The unhappy-looking figure in the obsolete silk hat passed up the street of the little village with his burdens, and vanished into the gathering darkness beyond the lights of the windows.
H.G. Wells -- The Invisible Man
Lap, in the old obsolete language, signifies high; and untuh, a governor; from which they say, by corruption, was derived Laputa, from Lapuntuh.
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
It was obsolete by then, you couldn’t buy anything with it.
Margaret Atwood -- The Handmaid’s Tale
He had stuck his hand through some rotted flashing in high summer and that hand and his whole arm had been consumed in holy, righteous fire, destroying conscious thought, making the concept of civilized behavior obsolete.
Stephen King -- The Shining
Yes, rendering obsolete popguns, elastic airbladders, games of hazard, catapults.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
The ear of wheat (in Latin spica, obsoletely speca, from spe, hope) should not be the only hope of the husbandman; its kernel or grain (granum from gerendo, bearing) is not all that it bears.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
This made paper charts obsolete, though they were kept anyway.
Tom Clancy -- The Hunt for Red October
But with this, neither the author nor the public have any other concern than as some observation is necessary upon those parts of the work which thirteen years have made comparatively obsolete.
Jane Austen -- Northanger Abbey
Such arrangements as the one Elizabeth proposed were not uncommon in country villages; but, though Casterbridge was old-fashioned, the custom was well-nigh obsolete here.
Thomas Hardy -- The Mayor of Casterbridge
From time to time I dipped into old Sir Thomas Malory’s enchanting book, and fed at its rich feast of prodigies and adventures, breathed in the fragrance of its obsolete names, and dreamed again.
Mark Twain -- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
His language must not be exclusively obsolete and unintelligible; but he should admit, if possible, no word or turn of phraseology betraying an origin directly modern.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
Wickfield is, I dare say, a man of very excellent intentions; but he is — in short, he is obsolete.’
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
In English: ’He is highly obsolete, I think, to indulge in such supersteetion.
Rudyard Kipling -- Kim
I put it in a box with my baseball glove—my knees were shot by now—and some other pieces of my pleasant, obsolete past, and gave them to my momma for safekeeping.
Rick Bragg -- All Over but the Shoutin’
So far as he was concerned, the invention of the Colt revolver had rendered all other short-range weapons obsolete.
Larry McMurtry -- Lonesome Dove
Some day these dull market-towns may be as obsolete as monasteries.
Sinclair Lewis -- Main Street
In the next fifteen minutes, we had equally fascinating discussions about genetic engineering, global warming, the possibility of books being completely obsolete in a few years because of computers, and the arrival at the local zoo of a new family of exotic, nearly extinct Australian birds.
Sarah Dessen -- This Lullaby
This obscure, obsolete, superseded country figures in Domesday.
Thomas Hardy -- The Return of the Native
’I do recall,’ the tour guide said in obsolete French.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Supremacy
There were too many brilliant amateurs, and the changed economic conditions had made the old system obsolete.
Arthur C. Clarke -- Childhood’s End
The old duality of body and soul has become shrouded in scientific terminology, and we can laugh at it as merely an obsolete prejudice.
Milan Kundera -- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
…in some vast, though obscure, enterprise, who affected the pseudo-courtly manners of certain southern congressmen and bowed and nodded as they passed like senile old roosters in a barnyard; the younger crowd for whom I now felt a contempt such as only a disillusioned dreamer feels for those still unaware that they dream-the business students from southern colleges, for whom business was a vague, abstract game with rules as obsolete as Noah’s Ark but who yet were drunk on finance.
Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man
Heavy, broad-backed, old-fashioned, mahoganyand-horsehair chairs, not easily lifted; obsolete tables with spindle-legs and dusty baize covers; presentation prints of the holders of great titles in the last generation or the last but one, environ him.
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
Still, there will be a connection with the long past—a reference to forgotten events and personages, and to manners, feelings, and opinions, almost or wholly obsolete—which, if adequately translated to the reader, would serve to illustrate how much of old material goes to make up the freshest novelty of human life.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
"To begin, Omega will vanquish an obsolete but somewhat successful human-avian hybrid," said the Director.
James Patterson -- Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
The trees held their protecting shadow right up to the walls of the house that rose among them, making obsolete the deep porch that wrapped around the first story.
Stephenie Meyer -- Twilight
Significantly, all of these pretty decorations were obsolete and anachronistic when placed in reverent perpetuity on campus.
Pat Conroy -- The Lords of Discipline
Pretty mountains, pretty river, bumpy but pleasant tar road — old buildings, old people on a front porch — strange how old, obsolete buildings and plants and mills, the technology of fifty and a hundred years ago, always seem to look so much better than the new stuff.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
She walked briskly in the brisk air, the color rose in her cheeks, and her straw bonnet (which our contemporaries might look at with conjectural curiosity as at an obsolete form of basket) fell a little backward.
George Eliot -- Middlemarch
)] To begin with, it has nothing to do with archaism, with the salvaging of obsolete words and turns of speech, or with the setting-up of a "standard-English" which must never be departed from.
George Orwell -- Politics and the English Language