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  • She has a proclivity for exaggeration.
  • Their natural proclivity is to spend rather than to save.
  • Were all firemen picked then for their looks as well as their proclivities?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • ...and the typical assumption is that it has something to do with a kind of innate Asian proclivity for math.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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  • He mapped out Luigi’s character and disposition, his tastes, aversions, proclivities, ambitions, and eccentricities in a way which sometimes made Luigi wince and the others laugh, but both twins declared that the chart was artistically drawn and was correct.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • More than any single person he has done a disservice to the Party and the Reich, and to world opinion, with his rantings about Jews and their sexual proclivities.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Its people were forced into the role of teenagers hiding their vices and proclivities from a shadowy army of parents.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Her family of course of the purest Knickerbocker strain as she always likes to remind one — oh you should see her, full of ginger with the attendants —" here he permitted himself an indulgent little chuckle—"this is dreadful my dear, but so amusing, at least I think you will find it so …. they cannot now hire attendants of color, that’s the term now-, isn’t it? of color? because Medora has such a proclivity for, shall we say, the patois of her youth.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • And Luma’s proclivities wore off on her impressionable young players as well, in sometimes unexpected ways.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I had no proclivity for football whatsoever.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky

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  • Like his proclivity for spying on street hustlers, the TV is a vital element of Cedric’s secondhand life.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He carried himself with the same self-important air, took his new state with easy familiarity, and rejoiced in Carrie’s proclivities and successes.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • But with the self-combating proclivity of the supersensitive, an answer thereto arose in Clare’s own mind, and he almost feared it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • I’m a grown person with masculine proclivities and habits of self-defense, but there is a time when all systems of egotism and predominance fail.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • But Mary and Bill wanted mountain-climbing, and had already yawned their way in Dallas’s wake through the English cathedrals; and May, always fair to her children, had insisted on holding the balance evenly between their athletic and artistic proclivities.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • His reign was being continued now in the person of his son, Baby Doc—a little less crafty than his father but with the same proclivity for murdering political enemies and for stealing and misappropriating foreign aid.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • This therefore was the reason why the still comparatively young though dissolute man who now addressed Stephen was spoken of by some with facetious proclivities as Lord John Corley.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The Chinese proclivity for close observation and intense security dictated that the airport hotel should have a single large entrance in the front for guests and a second for employees at the side of the building.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • After a time, however, in running over all the names of those he knew, he finally struck upon a forlorn hope in the guise of Orrin Short, the young man conducting the one small "gents’ furnishing store" in Lycurgus which catered more or less exclusively to the rich youths of the city—a youth of about his own years and proclivities, as Clyde had guessed, who ever since he had been here had been useful to him in the matter of tips as to dress and style in general.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Likewise it roused his latent sentimental proclivities.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Painters and musicians have a marked aesthetic proclivity.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • "And how splendid his chariot!" replies a neighbor, of the same proclivities.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • In addition there is apparently an active proclivity for catarrh in the upper respiratory system.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The ship’s priest comes to mind, but he is a rheumyeyed man with a proclivity for drink.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Joan remembered that he had intended to parade her in Dandy Dale’s costume to gratify some vain abnormal side of his bandit’s proclivities.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • And those who do know, whisper that the hunters, while excellent shots, were so notorious for their quarrelsome and rascally proclivities that they could not sign on any decent schooner.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • As for Madeline, she saw that outside of a certain proclivity of the cowboys to be gallant and on dress-parade and alive to possibilities of fun and excitement, they were not greatly different from what they were at all times.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Although he was frustrated by what he now perceived as her New Age proclivities, he also felt that somehow, by not being able to lose himself a second time in the phantasmal blue brightness, he had failed Michelle and Chrissie and Nina.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • They occasionally looked over the multitude of squabbling children, listened affectionately to their high-pitched, nasal voices, smiling to see their own proclivities reproduced in their offspring, and interspersed their legends of the iron kings with remarks about their sons’ progress at school, their grades in arithmetic, and the amounts they had saved in their toy banks.
    Willa Cather  --  Paul’s Case
  • Our Master of the Lodge"—he pointed at Settembrini—"may wish to claim that all pedagogic proclivities, even the very calling itself, belong to bourgeois humanism—but one must take issue with him there.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Whether that protest still lives within you as well, seeing that you are following the bidding of the local powers—or whether it is not, rather, the body and its evil proclivities that you all too willingly obey …
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • John’s proclivity toward moodiness has increased with each month.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • "—of the aesthetic proclivity is, in one word, immm-oral!" The idea filled him with righteous rage.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • He might like to look at her in that outrageous bandit costume; it might have pleased certain vain and notoriety-seeking proclivities of his, habits of his California road-agent days; but she felt that notwithstanding this, once she had donned the long coat he was relieved and glad in spite of himself.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • The boys on the Under 15s felt the conflict between the two worlds more acutely than their younger siblings, if only because they had spent more time in their home countries, which was borne out in the older boys’ thicker accents and fondness for the native dress of their parents, proclivities that sometimes drew ridicule from the American kids at school.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • …him a nice daily glass of porter, to be drunk with his snack when he returned from school—a robust brew, as everyone knows, which Dr. Heidekind believed helped build the blood and which, however that might be, Hans Castorp discovered, much to his satisfaction, had a calming effect on his spirits and pleasantly assisted him in his proclivity to "doze"—as his Uncle Tienappel put it—when he would sit with his mouth slightly open, dreaming away without a single firm thought in his head.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Nevertheless, the visit of Angel Clare to her well-paying tenants, Mr and Mrs d’Urberville, as she deemed them, was sufficiently exceptional in point of time and manner to reinvigorate the feminine proclivity which had been stifled down as useless save in its bearings to the letting trade.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Mr Mulligan accepted of the invitation and, expatiating upon his design, told his hearers that he had been led into this thought by a consideration of the causes of sterility, both the inhibitory and the prohibitory, whether the inhibition in its turn were due to conjugal vexations or to a parsimony of the balance as well as whether the prohibition proceeded from defects congenital or from proclivities acquired.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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