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  • The first amendment precludes Congress from passing laws that create a state religion.
  • Don’t rule out working with your hands. It does not preclude using your head.
    Andy Rooney
  • Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.
    R. Buckminster Fuller
  • But for the moment his sense of relief was so great as to preclude all other feelings.
    Wharton, Edith  --  Ethan Frome

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  • But for the moment his sense of relief was so great as to preclude all other feelings.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled—but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved, precluded the idea of risk.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • Their programming would have precluded this.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • It occurred to me that the business of surviving precluded a great many things, exploring and falling in love not least among them.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Wisdom precludes boldness.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • While the plane had heaters to preclude this, it is possible the heaters were not activated.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event

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  • —accomplished with an instantaneousness so complete as to preclude even the onset of pain.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Or she: nothing precludes that.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • An union of a different tendency, and precluding the possibility of the other, was soon to be formed in their family.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • And his agitation precluded further speech; he advanced hastily to the entrance, where I made way for him to pass.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • "This communication," continued the procureur, in that cold and decisive tone which seemed at once to preclude all discussion, "will, we are sure, meet with your approbation."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This not only precluded further pagan challenges to Christianity, but now the followers of Christ were able to redeem themselves only via the established sacred channel—the Roman Catholic Church.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The problem of a forced boarding precludes that—makes it impossible?
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Javert remained silent for an instant as though collecting his ideas, then raised his voice with a sort of sad solemnity, which did not, however, preclude simplicity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It sounded like some sort of monstrous corruption that precluded the possibility of wondering whether anyone could mean it; he wondered only what was the point of uttering it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But Prince Vasili interrupted him in the special deep cooing tone, precluding the possibility of interrupting his speech, which he used in extreme cases when special persuasion was needed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "I rather hope to satisfy you both," said Emma, "for I shall do all in my power to make them happy, which will be enough for Isabella; and happiness must preclude false indulgence and physic."
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Sometimes all one really had to go on was a family resemblance — and such resemblances, of course, never precluded the unlikely but hardly impossible coincidence of bastardy.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The attachment he felt to Anna precluded in his heart every need of intimate relations with others.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Wasn’t there some sort of manly code that precluded discussions like this—discussions about feelings?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • The precautions were needless for the situation of the parties outside the door was so harassed as to preclude any but the most fleeting judgments on matters not pertinent to themselves.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Miss Temple had always something of serenity in her air, of state in her mien, of refined propriety in her language, which precluded deviation into the ardent, the excited, the eager: something which chastened the pleasure of those who looked on her and listened to her, by a controlling sense of awe; and such was my feeling now: but as to Helen Burns, I was struck with wonder.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • By what could such a situation be precluded?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Exactly what, was not known, since even at that time he was a secret man who could have been either thirty-five or fifty, with something in his glance coldly and violently fanatical and a little crazed, precluding questioning, curiosity.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The fire was issuing from a long straw-stack, which was so far gone as to preclude a possibility of saving it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Her worries were supposed to preclude any real problem.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • One wrong word, one poorly constructed phrase, and he might destroy her sense of empathy, or preclude her from ever learning how to communicate with her mind, or inhibit her own sense of pain, so she would not immediately notice when she was injured.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • She could have waited until four if necessary, but something in his manner had precluded that—something distant and evasive.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • His work in Medusa precluded any sustained career in the State Department.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • In the realm of totalitarian kitsch, all answers are given in advance and preclude any questions.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • A vigorous, resolute Church Reader, in a frock-coat, was reading something in a loud voice with an expression that precluded any contradiction.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • These convictions must unquestionably have their own pain, and severe was its kind; but they precluded that pain which Lady Russell would suffer in entering the house again, and returning through the well-known apartments.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I speak of this point chiefly for the sake of method; for the strength of Madame L’Espanaye would have been utterly unequal to the task of thrusting her daughter’s corpse up the chimney as it was found; and the nature of the wounds upon her own person entirely preclude the idea of self-destruction.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • He was losing his voice and the noise of the crowd precluded any chance or need of hearing him.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I recollect, Lady Dedlock, that you certainly referred to the girl, but that was before we came to our arrangement, and both the letter and the spirit of our arrangement altogether precluded any action on your part founded upon my discovery.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • There were political realities there, then and now, that precluded blind faith, that discouraged one from thinking that everything, always, would work out fairly and equitably.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • There had been a germ of truth in his declaration to Gerty Farish that he had never wanted to marry a "nice" girl: the adjective connoting, in his cousin’s vocabulary, certain utilitarian qualities which are apt to preclude the luxury of charm.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The rattling of the drum broke the silence of that tranquil water, and the echoes of the tattoo were heard among the mountains, so soon after the ceremony was over as to preclude the danger of interruption.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • A simple act of faith on Alex’s part could have made all the difference, but Alex could not find it within himself to provide it; his own bitterness precluded that particular charity.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Having, by this open declaration of his feelings, quite precluded himself from offering Nicholas any cautious worldly advice (which had been his first intention), Mr Noggs went straight to the point.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • In closing, let me add that I trust your future life will be more productive of happiness, than has been the recent past; and that the evening of your life will bring with it a serenity, which the vain and tempestuous passions of youth so often unfortunately, if not disastrously, preclude.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The regret that I felt for this, while I lingered alone to dream for a little by myself, made me suffer so acutely that, in order not to feel it, my mind of its own accord, by a sort of inhibition in the instant of pain, ceased entirely to think of verse-making, of fiction, of the poetic future on which my want of talent precluded me from counting.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Their homes were so distant, and the circles in which they moved so distinct, as almost to preclude the means of ever hearing of each other’s existence during the eleven following years, or, at least, to make it very wonderful to Sir Thomas that Mrs. Norris should ever have it in her power to tell them, as she now and then did, in an angry voice, that Fanny had got another child.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • …nothing in his defense, while the witnesses, so-and-so, and so-and-so, and the circumstances such-and-such testify against him, acting in accordance with such-and-such articles of the Statute Book, and so on, has ruled, that, in order to preclude so-and-so (Mitya) from all means of evading pursuit and judgment he be detained in such-and-such a prison, which he hereby notifies to the accused and communicates a copy of this same "Committal" to the deputy prosecutor, and so on, and so…
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • It was not her vanity that precluded Flo Hutter as a rival.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Normally, their history precludes Lincoln from talking about death with Mary present.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
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