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  • It’s ridiculous to opine that...
  • "Krakauer is a kook if he doesn’t think Chris ’Alexander Su-pertramp’ McCandless was a kook," opined a man from North Pole, Alaska.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It was a little too small for him, though Jordan had opined that if he never buttoned it, no one would notice.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • He wanders around the crowded room, tasting hors d’oeuvres, sipping wine, looking jovially bewildered, and occasionally Pari has to swoop in and steal him away from a group of mathematicians before he opines on 3-manifolds and Diophantine approximations.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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  • No boys were allowed in it—although Ruby Gillis opined that their admission would make it more exciting—and each member had to produce one story a week.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • When, as I opine, in the course of time, the true nature of spermaceti became known, its original name was still retained by the dealers; no doubt to enhance its value by a notion so strangely significant of its scarcity.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • —The peatsmoke is going to his head, John Eglinton opined.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The doctor opined that the indisposition arose from fatigue and excitement, and prescribed rest.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He carried to the selection looking around, criticizing, opining.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Snow Began to Fall come dusk lovely tangos wind and flake silent wisps growing bold wicked relentless hinting winter’s random temper breath taking dazzling lifting me to heights I’d never approached silver frosted morning white landscape reflecting purple painted sky but as Newton would opine what goes skyward must surely crash.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank

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  • Finally some sagacious persons opined that the article was nothing but an impudent satirical burlesque.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The perplexity he evinced proceeded less from aught touching the man informed against—as Claggart doubtless opined—than from considerations how best to act in regard to the informer.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • "It was odd, though, to preach about it on Thanksgiving," Miss Jackson opined; and her hostess drily rejoined: "Oh, he means us to give thanks for what’s left."
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • "A peasant uprising in the hills is making things difficult for all of us," Madame Gao opined.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • That done, he takes a turn at the dumb-bells, and afterwards weighing himself and opining that he is getting "too fleshy," engages with great gravity in solitary broadsword practice.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Except that you had told me I should have opined that—that—that you were pulling my legs.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Mark Twain once opined in his homey way: "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He was a man not merely religious, but devout; a firm believer—not as the phrase is now elusively construed by theological thimble-riggers in the Church and out of it, but in the old and ardent sense of the Evangelical school: one who could Indeed opine That the Eternal and Divine Did, eighteen centuries ago In very truth….
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The tradesmen held that he was a sort of lawyer, and the other neighbours opined that he was a kind of general agent; both of which guesses were as correct and definite as guesses about other people’s affairs usually are, or need to be.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Well, Stubble and Spooney and the rest indulged in most romantic conjectures regarding this female correspondent of Osborne’s—opining that it was a Duchess in London who was in love with him—or that it was a General’s daughter, who was engaged to somebody else, and madly attached to him—or that it was a Member of Parliament’s lady, who proposed four horses and an elopement—or that it was some other victim of a passion delightfully exciting, romantic, and disgraceful to all parties, on…
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I was saying such garments are rare sights in the country; and perchance, too, it was thought the more rare, respect being had to the person who wore it, who, they tell me, is the daughter of Black George, your worship’s gamekeeper, whose sufferings, I should have opined, might have taught him more wit, than to dress forth his wenches in such gaudy apparel.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Mr Sparkler opined that he painted anything, if he could get the job.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • So much the better, some opine.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • "I dare say it is all for the best," opined Mrs. Munt.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • "I thought he was quite handsome," Doris opined.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • I was saying I opined they wasn’t gone yet.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • "Could be a woine cellar," a man with a bushy mustache opines.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • "We have goldsmiths in Lannisport who do better work," he opined.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • "Then he’s no good," he opined.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • It is well and good to opine or theorize about a subject, as humankind is wont to do, but when moral posturing is replaced by an honest assessment of the data, the result is often a new, surprising insight.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • I don’t know if my calls made any difference at all, but we all ended up at the University of Florida together, in what was dubbed by all those who opine about such things "a talented group of freshmen."
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • On other hand biggest New York paper opined that Authority had made mistake in treating with us at all, since only thing convicts understood was taste of lash—troops should land, set us in order, hang guilty, leave forces to keep order.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • "I would I knew what the Rabbi Jacob Ben Tudela would opine on it," replied Isaac;—"nevertheless, the good youth must not bleed to death.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • …in power, towards their inferiors; or to encourage men of low degree, to a sawcie behaviour towards their betters; But to teach us, that for the similitude of the thoughts, and Passions of one man, to the thoughts, and Passions of another, whosoever looketh into himselfe, and considereth what he doth, when he does Think, Opine, Reason, Hope, Feare, &c, and upon what grounds; he shall thereby read and know, what are the thoughts, and Passions of all other men, upon the like occasions.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • That girl walks with too much pride in her step for a poor orphan," my stepmother opined.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • "You’re a right good gal," she opined patronizingly, "but foolish.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • It is so easy to do this when the thing opined is in the line of what we desire.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • "I’m sure the performances could not have been nearly so fine as the one we’ve just seen by Miss Trimble," Ann opines.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • And then, remembering that in England the new-comer ought not to call before she is called upon, she changed her tone from awe to disapproval, and opined that Mrs. Wilcox was keine Dame.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • At length, Mr Squeers yawned fearfully, and opined that it was high time to go to bed; upon which signal, Mrs Squeers and the girl dragged in a small straw mattress and a couple of blankets, and arranged them into a couch for Nicholas.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • ’I opine that it is very disturbing to you, but no enlightened observer is jolly-well upset.’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Dolorous Edd opined that glass knives were about as useful as nipples on a knight’s breastplate, but Jon was not so certain.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • They were no sooner audible, than Mrs Kenwigs, opining that a strange cat had come in, and sucked the baby’s breath while the girl was asleep, made for the door, wringing her hands, and shrieking dismally; to the great consternation and confusion of the company.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But shrewd ones may opine that it was hardly possible for Billy to refrain from going up to the afterguardsman and bluntly demanding to know his purpose in the initial interview, so abruptly closed in the fore-chains.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Nor have there been wanting learned exegetists who have opined that the whale mentioned in the book of Jonah merely meant a life-preserver—an inflated bag of wind—which the endangered prophet swam to, and so was saved from a watery doom.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Suddenly, an ESPN commentator came on the television screen and opined, "Tim Tebow is probably the fifth or sixth best quarterback in the 2010 draft."
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • ’He couldn’t have a better nurse to bring him round,’ Mr Sparkler made bold to opine.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • And then he dived into the coffee-room, and she heard him say, "For God’s sake, hurry the women up; we shall never be off," and Albert Fussell reply, "Not I; I’ve done my share," and Colonel Fussell opine that the ladies were getting themselves up to kill.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • "There’s nobody," opined some of the men.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • I opine, that it is plainly traceable to the first arrival of the Greenland whaling ships in London, more than two centuries ago.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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