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  • Will hands me a test, and in the time it takes to complete it I do my best to focus entirely on the questions at hand, hoping I’ll find momentary respite from my new reality.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • The respite from the battle felt too good to be true.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • I was thankful for the momentary respite.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • "I think my teeth provide a necessary respite from the eerie perfection of everyone else’s."
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Pop would prepare a special Saturday movie meal that was a respite from the endless march of starch in the dining hall dictated by the BOP.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • But it would at least provide a brief respite from dress talk.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Whatever it was she was doing, it seemed to be giving him just a small respite from that.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • From Olive, though, there was no respite, and to escape from her, I hid.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • I loved the quietness that fell as shops and businesses closed, a welcome respite from the weekday routines.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • The school week was only a partial respite.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • His lips move from my mouth in favor of my neck, so I use the moment of respite to inhale deeply and try again to feel something.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I sat quietly on a settle in the corner, sipping sour ale and enjoying the respite from horseback.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Alan hadn’t spoken to Ruby on the phone for two years and the break in battle had allowed his nerves to strengthen, his mind some respite.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • This isn’t mindless entertainment, meant to give us some respite from grueling work.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • The brief respite ii brings us?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • A wave of horrifying images with a brief respite I confuse with waking—only to find another wave knocking me back.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I obtained from my father a respite of some weeks.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Such a pitiful beginning it was for their married life; they loved each other so, and they could not have the briefest respite!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • A Party member is expected to have no private emotions and no respites from enthusiasm.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The light was disappearing quickly, and the horses were tired, but they spurred them on without respite.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Then I have my mode of dispensing justice, silent and sure, without respite or appeal, which condemns or pardons, and which no one sees.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The reformers, Gold writes: strove for ways to reduce time spent studying, because long periods of respite could save the mind from injury.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • It seems impossible to imagine that there was a time when I looked upon a live sea turtle as a ten-course meal of great delicacy, a blessed respite from fish.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • This furnished a sort of respite.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We read he’s building himself an actual castle with spires and a moat near Brussels, to provide a respite, I guess, from his villas in Paris and Spain and Italy.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • "But my hand is terribly cramped and would welcome a small respite from its daily exertions," Bibwit had corrected.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • After a brief respite the day before, the first of the two tropical storms that were expected had entered the area.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • He fought frantically for respite for his senses, for air, as a babe being smothered attacks the deadly blankets.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Wearily the Confederates lay on their arms and prayed for respite and rest.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Jealousy had got hold of him: she stung him; but the sting was salutary: it gave him respite from the gnawing fang of melancholy.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The drive offered a brief window of personal time and a welcome respite from the last hectic weeks, and Luma was enjoying it, much as she had those long drives around Atlanta when she had just moved to town.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Yossarian laughed mockingly, and Major Danby, despite his blushing discomfort, leaned back with relief, as though welcoming the respite Yossarian’s changing mood promised.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "There go flukes!" was the cry, an announcement immediately followed by Stubb’s producing his match and igniting his pipe, for now a respite was granted.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • That overpowering chill lasted a long time, and she could find no respite, not even when Nacha told her what she had overheard as she escorted don Pascual Muzquiz and his son to the ranch’s gate.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • His flights with Saphira provided no respite as they only revealed hills of prickly green that rolled unbroken into the distance like a verdant sea.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He evidently wanted a little respite.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Beneath it, centered on the parquet floor, an immense octagonal viewing divan served as a welcome respite for thousands of visitors to rest their legs while they admired the Louvre’s most valuable asset.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • After a battle, there would be a brief respite, then we would be back to training.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Yet on the other hand the snowstorm might mean a respite, a happy wintertime vacation.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • I had thought: Not I, I couldn’t be broken by it . Since then . for two years . with not a moment’s respite . Do you know what it’s like, to want it?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • During his short conference, Heyward, finding a respite from his gravest fears, had leisure to admire the cautious manner in which the Hurons had made their approaches, even after hostilities had ceased.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The night brought coolness and respite.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Not even in sleep is there respite: imagery from the climb and its aftermath continues to permeate my dreams.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The sky pwas a deep, thundery grey and it was a relief to gain the warmth and light of the changing rooms, even if they knew the respite was only temporary.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • There will be no respite, no break at all—unless night coming on dissolve the battle lines and rage of men.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Sure ’twas a sage inspired that spake this word; If evil good appear To any, Fate is near; And brief the respite from her flaming sword.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Even though the faintest rustle sent me hurrying to the door and, pressing an ear to the rough, cold wood, I listened so intently that I could hear my breathing, quick and hoarse like a dog’s panting—even so there was an end; my heart hadn’t split, and I knew I had another twenty-four hours’ respite.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • The sortie upon the Rock gained only a brief respite.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Catherine and he were constant companions still at his seasons of respite from labour; but he had ceased to express his fondness for her in words, and recoiled with angry suspicion from her girlish caresses, as if conscious there could be no gratification in lavishing such marks of affection on him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
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