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  • …now, and he knew she had a sense of humor, and she knew he did, too, and somehow he made her feel safe, made her trust that he would never bring it up again, that this terrible thing she said would remain betWeen them, that they both understood mistakes are made by all and that they should, if everyone is acknowledging our common humanity, our common frailty and propensity for sounding and looking ridiculous a thousand times a day, that these mistakes should be allowed to be forgotten.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I was too nervous to bother explaining that one of my father’s vices had been his propensity for dirty limericks.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • That boy has an unnatural propensity for being wherever there’s trouble.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • And Herbert had seen him as a predatory Tartar of comic propensities, with a face like a red brick, and an outrageous hat all over bells.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • A propensity to be saucy was one; and a perverse will, that indulged children invariably acquire, whether they be good tempered or cross.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Clary wondered if Isabelle’s propensity for unsuitable footwear was genetic.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • There was excellent blood in his veins—royal stuff; though sadly vitiated, I fear, by the cannibal propensity he nourished in his untutored youth.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • That he knew about her propensities as a hacker was serious.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • I was conscious, even when I took the draught, of a more unbridled, a more furious propensity to ill.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • For now I could no longer deny that I was a real Yahoo in every limb and feature, since the females had a natural propensity to me, as one of their own species.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels

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  • In spite of Petra’s continued propensity to slip at any moment into what, in terms of sound, would be a deafening bellow, we all felt a proprietorial pride in her progress.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Edna often wondered at one propensity which sometimes had inwardly disturbed her without causing any outward show or manifestation on her part.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • In short, he so blended the warlike with the artful, the obvious with the obscure, as to flatter the propensities of both parties, and to leave to each subject of hope, while neither could say it clearly comprehended his intentions.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The vicious propensities—the want of principle, which he was careful to guard from the knowledge of his best friend, could not escape the observation of a young man of nearly the same age with himself, and who had opportunities of seeing him in unguarded moments, which Mr. Darcy could not have.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Over the years, Sylvie had programmed herself to ignore Kohler’s bizarre mood swings and eccentricities-his silent treatments, his unnerving propensity to secretly film meetings with his wheelchair’s porta-video.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • This name was given, we are told, in former days, by the good housewives of the adjacent country, from the inveterate propensity of their husbands to linger about the village tavern on market days.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Solomon had a propensity for dramatics, and Langdon wondered if he wasn’t being played a bit here.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The learned profession of the law was certainly not behind any other learned profession in its Bacchanalian propensities; neither was Mr. Stryver, already fast shouldering his way to a large and lucrative practice, behind his compeers in this particular, any more than in the drier parts of the legal race.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Such were her propensities—her abilities were quite as extraordinary.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • And then there is that disastrous propensity of yours to want to write about every sort of possible and impossible thing.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • We see that Danglars was collected enough to jest; at the same time, as though to disprove the ogreish propensities, the man took some black bread, cheese, and onions from his wallet, which he began devouring voraciously.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A crisis is made by men, who enter into the crisis with their own prejudices, propensities, and predispositions.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • A propensity for dying purely of autosuggestion.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • As they approached the bridge, it was clear they weren’t being delayed by the KKH’s legendary propensity for rockfall or avalanche.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • She meant to be very happy, in spite of the scene being laid at Mr. Cole’s; and without being able to forget that among the failings of Mr. Elton, even in the days of his favour, none had disturbed her more than his propensity to dine with Mr. Cole.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The inhabitants appeared to have a propensity to throw any little trifles they were not in want of, into the road: which not only made it rank and sloppy, but untidy too, on account of the cabbage-leaves.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • If against the present one any objection be raised on the score of its truth, it can only be that its author was an Arab, as lying is a very common propensity with those of that nation; though, as they are such enemies of ours, it is conceivable that there were omissions rather than additions made in the course of it.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Then, it is true, the propensity of human nature to tell the very worst of itself, when embodied in the person of another, would constrain them to whisper the black scandal of bygone years.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The former buffoon showed an insolent propensity for making buffoons of others.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The gigantic stature, the prodigious strength and activity, the wild ferocity, and the imitative propensities of these mammalia are sufficiently well known to all.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • She had a curious propensity to call Mrs. Bounderby ’Miss Gradgrind,’ and yielded to it some three or four score times in the course of the evening.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He was a clever man; a pleasant companion; a careless student; with a great propensity for running into debt, and a partiality for the tavern.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • This propensity gave Mrs. Rouncewell great uneasiness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • ’To be sure,’ says he, ’Semyon Zaharovitch, remembering your past services,’ says he, ’and in spite of your propensity to that foolish weakness, since you promise now and since moreover we’ve got on badly without you,’ (do you hear, do you hear;) ’and so,’ says he, ’I rely now on your word as a gentleman.’
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He had a decided propensity for bullying: derived no inconsiderable pleasure from the exercise of petty cruelty; and, consequently, was (it is needless to say) a coward.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Especially fatigued because of the wandering propensity which had seized him in the morning, he now half dragged his wet feet, shuffling the soles upon the sidewalk.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Neither was this propensity (if we must needs confess the truth) at all diminished by the appearance of two strange knights, which occasioned some looking up, peeping, and whispering.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • All imbalances will be corrected, sifted out …. propensity for various diseases will be gone, longevity assured.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • "Apparently, the propensity for public outbursts runs in the Cardinal family," Atkins boomed.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • And besides, hard though it was for the mother to bear the dread of illness, the illnesses themselves, and the grief of seeing signs of evil propensities in her children—the children themselves were even now repaying her in small joys for her sufferings.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But the worst of them, his childish propensity to take offence and to pick quarrels, he greatly laid aside in my case, out of regard for the battle of the round-house.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Yes, Mrs. Reed, to you I owe some fearful pangs of mental suffering, but I ought to forgive you, for you knew not what you did: while rending my heart-strings, you thought you were only uprooting my bad propensities.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But Marlow was not typical (if his propensity to spin yarns be excepted), and to him the meaning of an episode was not inside like a kernel but outside, enveloping the tale which brought it out only as a glow brings out a haze, in the likeness of one of these misty halos that sometimes are made visible by the spectral illumination of moonshine.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Knowing this to be his likely mood when I brought in the tea yesterday afternoon, and being aware of his general propensity to talk with me in a bantering tone at such moments, it would certainly have been wiser not to have mentioned Miss Kenton at all.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • "My name is Phoebe Pyncheon," said the girl, with a manner of some reserve; for she was aware that her new acquaintance could be no other than the daguerreotypist, of whose lawless propensities the old maid had given her a disagreeable idea.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • She had in truth no abstract propensity to malice: she did not dislike Lily because the latter was brilliant and predominant, but because she thought that Lily disliked her.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • But of his minuter propensities, as you call them you have from peculiar circumstances been kept more ignorant than myself.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • I predict that he will end as an inhabitant of the private Asylum I still dream of establishing; although I must curb my propensity to view each new acquaintance as a future paying inmate.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Notable mothers, who knew what it was to keep children "whole and sweet"; lazy mothers, who knew what it was to be interrupted in folding their arms and scratching their elbows by the mischievous propensities of children just firm on their legs, were equally interested in conjecturing how a lone man would manage with a two-year-old child on his hands, and were equally ready with their suggestions: the notable chiefly telling him what he had better do, and the lazy ones being emphatic…
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Remembering his companion’s propensity,—of which his nose, indeed, perpetually warned all beholders like a beacon,—Nicholas had drawn him into a sequestered tavern.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
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