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  • She is a pragmatic problem solver.
  • Successful politicians are pragmatists. Compromise is built into the system.
  • ...has gone out of its way to project an image as a pragmatic, pro-Western and free-market exception in a region often bristling with hostility to America.
    James K. Glassman  --  Threats to Security, Threats to Economy  --,pubID.23969/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Pragmatism was meant to be the last philosophy by eliminating the claim to authority within politics of any kind of philosophy, of any doctrine labeled "natural" with a capital N.
    James W. Ceaser  --  Toward a New Public Philosophy  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)

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  • But I am not surrendering to fate here, I am being pragmatic.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • She said this in a pragmatic, almost indifferent, tone, and Mariam understood that this was a woman far past outrage.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • The pragmatic, prim mistress that my mother had always been was gone.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • "It’s nice to see that you’ve developed a healthy respect for your own skin over the years, Lucian. You weren’t always so pragmatic."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • While it makes perfect sense to me, this pragmatic view of religion escapes the Reverend utterly.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Maybe it was a symbol of the balance in my life between aspiration and pragmatism.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture

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  • And for some reason she mourned his passing. Root was more pragmatic.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • There was really only one question, and it was asked in a mental voice of utter coldness and pragmatism,
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Dick’s literalness, his pragmatic approach to every subject, was the primary reason Perry had been attracted to him, for it made Dick seem, compared to himself, so authentically tough, invulnerable, "totally masculine."
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • "I still don’t understand why you don’t just go to her family?" asks Kim, pragmatic as ever. ... But I also know that sometimes Adam needs to do things the dramatic way. He is fond of the Grand Gesture. Like saving up two weeks of pizza-delivery tips to take me to Yo-Yo Ma instead of just asking me out on a regular date.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • ROS: Why don’t you go and have a look?

    GUIL: Pragmatism?!—is that all you have to offer?
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • a pragmatic extension of the big dream
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • And it suited Farmer temperamentally because, for all his scholarship and interest in theories, his strongest impulses were pragmatic.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • A little more than a week ago she’d found the first letter, and the words had left a deep impression, though the pragmatist inside her forced her to try to put it behind her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • And what Harry Truman said, really, was nothing different from the practical, pragmatic attitude of any laboratory scientist or any engineer or any mechanic when he’s not thinking "objectively" in the course of his daily work.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • This was part of his new pragmatism.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • The strongest argument we can make to leaders of poor countries is not a moral one but a pragmatic one:
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Devon: Santa was here! He ate up all the cookies.

    LaTreya, more pragmatic: Holy cow. Look at the presents!
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • She knew his, distant, pragmatic.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • John Rimbauer ... is a pragmatic man (which possibly accounts for his success in the oil business),
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • She can find ways, not lie to you in words—and hurt Her conscience not at all because She hasn’t any. Just Wisdom, utterly pragmatic.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • A theoretician, a pragmatist, Doc Peret believed deeply in science. ... "The main thing," Doc once said, "is to find what works. That’s real science—what works."
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • "He’s cunning, brutal, and greedy, but he’s also pragmatic. ... A tyrant like Prusias doesn’t really care why you obey him; he only cares that you obey. But Astaroth is a fanatic. He wants true believers who share his ideals."
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • As you will see, this letter contains more than an element of confession, Mr. Markos, but there are also pragmatic matters that prompt this writing.  For those, I fear I will call upon your assistance, my friend.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Powell, in his pragmatic way, wanted what I wanted:  A fair shot. A place to develop himself. A code that would instill discipline, restrain passion, and order his steps.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • If the goal of visionaries is to make a quantum leap forward, the goal of pragmatists is to make a percentage improvement — incremental, measurable, predictable progress.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • He’s just pragmatic.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Seventeen years of Scholar pragmatism protest the existence of creatures that are supposed to he nothing but legend.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Pragmatic.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • I was raised by pragmatic parents who pictured their child as a future office worker of some sort, making a living of some sort.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The Circle was a company popular on both sides of the aisle, known for its pragmatic positions on virtually every political issue, for its generous donations, and thus this left-of-center senator wouldn’t get much support from her liberal colleagues—much less among the Republican ranks.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • She recognized the manipulation for what it was, and while her emotions cried out for retribution on her behalf and that of sexually harassed women everywhere, her pragmatic side asserted itself.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • He welcomed the thorn bush, experimented with gnarled Japanese fig trees, retreated to pragmatic vegetables or spears of the succulent.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Mai is the ultimate pragmatist.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • I was too pragmatic and impatient to let such thoughts flog me into impotence, yet I sincerely needed a working philosophy on which to hang my hat.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "" The attitudes of a good many soldiers on this matter were more pragmatic than altruistic.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • This story, too, she had squirreled away for such a moment, relying on the theory that while a pragmatic mind like that of Hoss might appreciate the venom of the Antisemitismus in the abstract, that same mind’s more primitive side would likely relish a touch of melodrama.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It’s too pragmatic, too ugly, too neat.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Perhaps it was an attitude they shared, a pragmatism that regarded the occult as merely a collection of phenomena like the weather.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Architecture is primarily a utilitarian conception, and the problem is to elevate the principle of pragmatism into the realm of esthetic abstraction.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The comment sounded more pragmatic than romantic, and yet Langdon felt an unexpected flicker of attraction between them.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Trial-and-error is the only pragmatic rule of action.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Nasuada was more pragmatic about the subject.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I’ll appeal to the pragmatist in him.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Mortenson turned for help to his pragmatic family friend Anne Beyersdorfer, a liberal Democrat who would later serve as a media consultant for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful campaign for governor of California.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Ever the optimist, he sired five children—my dad, "Jack," was the second eldest—and ever the pragmatist, he expected each one, the boys especially, to help out with the household income.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
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