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  • I had thought my parents as tediously provident, but when they offered to pay for my college I appreciated their foresight.
  • It seems I have always been fortunate to be in a certain provident time and place, which must be my sole skill, and worth, and luck.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • You are a provident person, I see.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Really, you are quite provident.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • He found as provident a host and a fresh horse.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • As far as I can see, it will be your chief diversion hereafter; unless Linton make amends for other losses: and your provident parent appears to fancy he may.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Again: those nobles who had seen the coming storm in time, and anticipating plunder or confiscation, had made provident remittances to Tellson’s, were always to be heard of there by their needy brethren.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • If they were more provident and less perverse, ma’am, what would they do?
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I tell you it will be more tolerable for the Fejee that salted down a lean missionary in his cellar against a coming famine; it will be more tolerable for that provident Fejee, I say, in the day of judgment, than for thee, civilized and enlightened gourmand, who nailest geese to the ground and feastest on their bloated livers in thy pate-de-foie-gras.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But she soon saw how likely it was that Lucy, in her self-provident care, in her haste to secure him, should overlook every thing but the risk of delay.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility

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  • Housewives of a provident turn of mind filled their cupboards with treacle as a medicine for bad air, and with home-made plasters called Flos Unguentorum for the rheumatics and musk-balls to smell.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Yet, by experience taught, we know how good, And of our good and of our dignity How provident he is; how far from thought To make us less, bent rather to exalt Our happy state, under one head more near United.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • But, in spite of good Mr. Higginson’s congratulatory eloquence, this appeared to be the one thing which Colonel Pyncheon, provident and sagacious as he was, had allowed to go at loose ends.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • They exhibit, therefore, all the advantages and defects of such training; they are willing and good-natured, but not self-reliant, provident, or careful.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • It was partly to this vague fear that Marner was indebted for protecting him from the persecution that his singularities might have drawn upon him, but still more to the fact that, the old linen-weaver in the neighbouring parish of Tarley being dead, his handicraft made him a highly welcome settler to the richer housewives of the district, and even to the more provident cottagers, who had their little stock of yarn at the year’s end.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • He commuted his pension and provident fund to buy a Bharat bottle-sealing machine.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • I have five hundred crowns, The thrifty hire I sav’d under your father, Which I did store to be my foster-nurse, When service should in my old limbs lie lame, And unregarded age in corners thrown; Take that: and He that doth the ravens feed, Yea, providently caters for the sparrow, Be comfort to my age!
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • From every provident point of view his mother was so undoubtedly right, that he was not without a sickness of heart in finding he could shake her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • True, madam; and, to comfort you with chance, Assure yourself, after our ship did split, When you, and those poor number sav’d with you, Hung on our driving boat, I saw your brother, Most provident in peril, bind himself,— Courage and hope both teaching him the practice,— To a strong mast that liv’d upon the sea; Where, like Arion on the dolphin’s back, I saw him hold acquaintance with the waves So long as I could see.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • For being assured that there be causes of all things that have arrived hitherto, or shall arrive hereafter; it is impossible for a man, who continually endeavoureth to secure himselfe against the evill he feares, and procure the good he desireth, not to be in a perpetuall solicitude of the time to come; So that every man, especially those that are over provident, are in an estate like to that of Prometheus.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Fifine went off in a cab, as we have known more exalted persons of her nation to do under similar circumstances: but, more provident or lucky than these, she secured not only her own property, but some of her mistress’s (if indeed that lady could be said to have any property at all)—and not only carried off the trinkets before alluded to, and some favourite dresses on which she had long kept her eye, but four richly gilt Louis Quatorze candlesticks, six gilt albums, keepsakes, andů
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • "You mean all those people dying was provident?" said Daphne sharply.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • And when he clamps a sympathetic paw on your shoulder you feel he is some provident force come to guide you out of old despond.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • But the convention have guarded against all danger of this sort, with the most provident and judicious attention.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The insinuating traveller (who evinced a provident anxiety to get his full share of the supper), wiping some drops of wine from his moustache with a piece of bread, joined the conversation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The exhausted females, after receiving some light refreshments from the provident stores of Paul and the old man, now sought their repose, leaving their more stout companions at liberty to provide for their own necessities.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Pallas Athena and Zeus All Provident will see you through, bemusing our young friends.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • She continued, looking up into Captain Ashburnham’s eyes: "It’s because of that piece of paper that you’re honest, sober, industrious, provident, and clean-lived.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Well, this is more like it! I haven’t seen so much excitement since Alan Derring from the Daily Investor stood up at a Provident Assurance press conference and told everyone he was becoming a woman and wanted us all to call him Andrea.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • They are careless because they have not found that it pays to be careful; they are improvident because the improvident ones of their acquaintance get on about as well as the provident.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Provident fund.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • What bitter anguish would not the people of Athens have often escaped if their government had contained so provident a safeguard against the tyranny of their own passions?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • He had an amazing satisfaction in entrusting her with these errands, and appeared to consider it equivalent to making the most methodical and provident arrangements.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Besides, the provident law has deprived you of the power to disinherit me, at least entirely, as it has also of the power to compel me to marry Monsieur This or Monsieur That.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Each individual stands apart in solitary weakness; but society at large is active, provident, and powerful: the performances of private persons are insignificant, those of the State immense.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • [*] Now, in passing through this room, Andrea proved himself not only to be clever and intelligent, but also provident, for he helped himself to the most valuable of the ornaments before him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • 29 HUNTING FOR THE EQUIPMENTS The most preoccupied of the four friends was certainly d’Artagnan, although he, in his quality of Guardsman, would be much more easily equipped than Messieurs the Musketeers, who were all of high rank; but our Gascon cadet was, as may have been observed, of a provident and almost avaricious character, and with that (explain the contradiction) so vain as almost to rival Porthos.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • First crept The parsimonious emmet, provident Of future; in small room large heart enclosed; Pattern of just equality perhaps Hereafter, joined in her popular tribes Of commonalty: Swarming next appeared The female bee, that feeds her husband drone Deliciously, and builds her waxen cells With honey stored: The rest are numberless, And thou their natures knowest, and gavest them names, Needless to thee repeated; nor unknown The serpent, subtlest beast of all the field, Of huge extentů
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Appendix G We read in Jefferson’s "Memoirs" as follows:— "At the time of the first settlement of the English in Virginia, when land was to be had for little or nothing, some provident persons having obtained large grants of it, and being desirous of maintaining the splendor of their families, entailed their property upon their descendants.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • a provident father plans for his children’s education
  • If they were more provident and less perverse, ma’am, what would they do?
    Dickens, Charles  --  Hard Times
  • You are a provident person, I see.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Really, you are quite provident.
    Stowe, Harriet Beecher  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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