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  • It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
  • They reject life as prosaic, and create a death which they call poetic.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Essays, First Series
  • It is to be a cold, prosaic, matter-of-fact business proposition.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • ’We’re not dead yet,’ said Julia prosaically.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • It was hard to believe that amongst so prosaic surroundings of neglect and dust and decay there was any ground for such fear as already we knew.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • That sounded so prosaic; but to my surprise I found it true.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Or someone more prosaic like Peggy Lee?
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • It was as if his huge body were resigned to the conventions of a prosaic civilization and to its drab garments, but the oval of his chest and stomach sallied forth, flying the colors of his inner soul.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It seemed sort of prosaic to be hungry after all that had passed last night.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • chance encounters lyric and prosaic.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • In the most prosaic way possible.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Had the prosaic finding of the coroner not finally put an end to the romantic stories which have been whispered in connection with the affair, it might have been difficult to find a tenant for Baskerville Hall.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • had been fool enough to suppose that the cleverest woman in Europe would settle down to the prosaic bonds of English matrimony.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • It isn’t just prosaic factors like the weather that influence behavior.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The absence of so prosaic a commodity as grapefruit juice had suddenly made real to him, for the first time, what it was that would happen to the city of New York if anything happened to the Taggart Bridge.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The lives of those rural forefathers, whom we are apt to think very prosaic figures—men whose only work was to ride round their land, getting heavier and heavier in their saddles, and...
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • ’Just so,’ said Mrs. Micawber, ’my dear Mr. Traddles, I wish to be as prosaic and literal as possible on a subject of so much importance.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • There were no pictures in her head, no great white flashes of revelation, only prosaic knowledge; the way you know summer follows spring, that cancer can kill you,
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Francie thought her diary would be like that, but excepting for some romantic observations on Harold Clarence, actor, the entries were prosaic.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • He never left the cinema very quickly. It always took him a moment or two to return to the prosaic reality of everyday life.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • The spectacle which presented itself to his eyes, when his ragged escort finally deposited him at the end of his trip, was not fitted to bear him back to poetry, even to the poetry of hell. It was more than ever the prosaic and brutal reality of the tavern.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The approach is prosaic.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • "Well, they will do it," said Japp prosaically.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • The blotch, which until then she had regarded as the most prosaic of skin blemishes, had become an obsession.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Sassburger telephoned for ice, and the bell-boy who brought it said, prosaically and unprompted, "Highball glasses or cocktail?"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • "—Come on," she added prosaically to the other two.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • The secret of the prosaic man’s success, such as it is, is the simplicity with which he pursues these ends:
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • I find myself saying briefly and prosaically that it is much more important to be oneself than anything else.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • That signal object was the "Handsome Sailor" of the less prosaic time alike of the military and merchant navies.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • She spoke with scorn of the other inhabitants of the apartment-house, who were "so prosaic, so conventional..."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • He turned the folded sheet over and saw on the addressed side of it the postmark Hintondean, and the prosaic detail "2d. to pay."
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • everything suddenly returns to ordinary and we are back where we started, admiring the prosaic excellence of the city wall.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • "Mundane education is regrettably prosaic," said Jace.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • But fact was a bit more prosaic.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • La Chaumiere is not, however, a thatched cottage, but a prosaic, dowdy building like other Toronto buildings.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Something about the practical tone of the remark, so prosaic in the midst of these supernatural preparations, reminded me of someone.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A bit prosaic to the modern taste.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The very prosaic one of our landlord.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It is not that he is prosaic; far from that; but he replaces the solemn vision by the farcical phantasmagoria.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Logs, donkeys, horses, cows, lumber, dung, sharks, whale fur — the most prosaic and the most exotic . even our poor pundi rice from Caladan.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • To the white children the scene looked very prosaic: an anti-climax.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • There was in Lily a vein of sentiment, perhaps transmitted from this source, which gave an idealizing touch to her most prosaic purposes.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Indeed, if this precipice, a chosen and favorite spot of hers, had been less picturesque, if there had been a prosaic flat bank in its place, most likely the suicide would never have taken place.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Here one has conventional worldly notions and habits without instruction and without polish, surely the most prosaic form of human life; proud respectability in a gig of unfashionable build; worldliness without side-dishes.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But relatively speaking it would be a little prosaic.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The respectable companion instantly knocks him down with the ruled account-book; tells him in a literal, prosaic way that he sees no such thing; shows him it’s nothing but fees, fraud, horsehair wigs, and black gowns.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I don’t mean anything so prosaic as a sense of coming home.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But strange things are prepared even in the dead of night, and the unusual, which lurks least in the cafe, home of the prosaic and inevitable, was preparing to spoil for him the waning romance of Broadway.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • She held his hand tightly and stared ahead as the car swung round a corner and stopped in the street before a prosaic frame house in a small parched lawn.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • There was an air of prosaic wholesomeness about the room which it had lacked on the previous night, and the dirty, shrivelled little paw was pitched on the sideboard with a carelessness which betokened no great belief in its virtues.
    W. W. Jacobs  --  The Monkey’s Paw
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