Pinocchio was a puppet that became sentient—a little boy.
sentient puppets on God’s stage
We’ll want a sentient being there to monitor things and, as I understand it, he used to work there.
Veronica Roth -- Divergent
But what we want is to be noticed by the universe, to have the universe give a shit what happens to us—not the collective idea of sentient life but each of us, as individuals.
John Green -- The Fault in Our Stars
Something about its curiosity gave it a sentient presence, full of doubt and wanting.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
At the time I was almost sure the captain was being serious with me, and in fact I spent a quiet hour that evening at the man’s bedside, inspecting his stoic face for the least indication of sentience.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
The Labyrinth is a malevolent sentient creation!
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
Weren’t we, as sentient beings, put upon the earth to be happy, in the brief time allotted to us?
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
Not murdering living, sentient beings with an independent genetic future.
Orson Scott Card -- Ender’s Game
He was desperately worried that one day sentient life forms would forget how to do this.
Douglas Adams -- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
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It was the first sentient being I had ever killed.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
Think about it: you can communicate with any sentient being, though the contact may not be very clear.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
A thousand sentient beings, closing their eyes forever rather than accept us.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
A single sentient thought began pounding at Vittoria with unrelenting force.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
They have been known to occur throughout the sentient races, but especially among magic users.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
This opinion, in its general form, was that of the sentience of all vegetable things.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Fall of the House of Usher
As they turned a corner the flames chased them as though they were alive, sentient, intent upon killing them.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Immensely powerful, one of her many skills enabled her to Awaken the magical powers that existed in every sentient creature.
Micheal Scott -- The Alchemyst
What an ominous minute is that in which society draws back and consummates the irreparable abandonment of a sentient being!
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
It hung over the suspended waves of the hills, an insentient pivot without which the world would not exist.
Sylvia Plath -- The Bell Jar
Every sentient being straining and pushing at the shell of identity and distinctness.
David Guterson -- Snow Falling on Cedars
Not a thing seemed to be stirring, but all to be grim and fixed as death or fate, so that a thin streak of white mist, that crept with almost imperceptible slowness across the grass towards the house, seemed to have a sentience and a vitality of its own.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
He seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of its frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface; but there was nothing unfriendly in his silence.
Edith Wharton -- Ethan Frome
If they got out of here, the Overlook might subside to its old semi-sentient state, able to do no more than present penny-dreadful horror slides to the more psychically aware guests who entered it.
Stephen King -- The Shining
He was pure consciousness now …. a fleshless sentience suspended in the emptiness of a vast universe.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
CHAPTER 4 I FALL INTO DISGRACE If the room to which my bed was removed were a sentient thing that could give evidence, I might appeal to it at this day — who sleeps there now, I wonder!
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
The cause of a brief sharp unforeseen heard loud lone crack emitted by the insentient material of a strainveined timber table.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
Also greed and jealousy and every other obsessive urge the sentient races are susceptible to.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
He did not know the man’s name and in the three years since he had been a sentient creature they had not spoken a hundred words.
William Faulkner -- Light in August
When I was as old as you, I was a feeling fellow enough, partial to the unfledged, unfostered, and unlucky; but Fortune has knocked me about since: she has even kneaded me with her knuckles, and now I flatter myself I am hard and tough as an India-rubber ball; pervious, though, through a chink or two still, and with one sentient point in the middle of the lump.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
The condition of several moved him as he would have been moved by maimed sentient beings.
Thomas Hardy -- Jude the Obscure
The sun, on account of the mist, had a curious sentient, personal look, demanding the masculine pronoun for its adequate expression.
Thomas Hardy -- Tess of the d’Urbervilles
It’s Probably Weird To think about an addiction like it’s a sentient being, but that’s how it feels.
Ellen Hopkins -- Identical
And, oh, she had such pretty arms—such a trim, lithe, sentient, quick figure and movements.
Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
She longed to be to him something more than a piece of sentient prettiness, a passing diversion to his eye and brain; and the longing betrayed itself in her reply.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
The Consul was suddenly very aware that he was, at that second, the only sentient being on an unnamed world.
Dan Simmons -- Hyperion
Later Yen taught us, ’After life, the rational soul ascends the dragon; the sentient soul descends the dragon.
Maxine Hong Kingston -- The Woman Warrior
…the steps of the years behind them, the steps down a course chosen in the courage of a single loyalty: their love of existence-chosen in the knowledge that nothing will be given, that one must make one’s own desire and every shape of its fulfillment-through the steps of shaping metal, rails and motors-they had moved by the power of the thought that one remakes the earth for one’s enjoyment, that man’s spirit gives meaning to insentient matter by molding it to serve one’s chosen goal.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
And they had to because Harry wished, as every sentient being does, to be loved as a whole and therefore it was just with those whose love he most valued that he could least of all conceal and belie the wolf.
Hermann Hesse -- Steppenwolf
Human shapes, interferences, troubles, and joys were all as if they were not, and there seemed to be on the shaded hemisphere of the globe no sentient being save himself; he could fancy them all gone round to the sunny side.
Thomas Hardy -- Far from the Madding Crowd
The plate darted across the table like a sentient thing, moving so swiftly that George sometimes found it hard to keep his fingers in contact.
Arthur C. Clarke -- Childhood’s End
But in that case what’s more pitiable than a sentient, self-conscious abuse planted by other hands, deeply rooted but aching with a sense of its injustice?
Henry James -- The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL and beloved of the Bodhisattvas of the Mahayana Buddhism of Tibet, China, and Japan is the Lotus Bearer, Avalokitegvara, "The Lord Looking Down in Pity," so called because he regards with compassion all sentient creatures suffering the evils of existence.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
…exhumed along with the letters from that forgotten chest, carefully, the paper old and faded and falling to pieces, the writing faded, almost indecipherable, yet meaningful, familiar in shape and sense, the name and presence of volatile and sentient forces; you bring them together in the proportions called for, but nothing happens; you re-read, tedious and intent, poring, making sure that you have forgotten nothing, made no miscalculation; you bring them together again and again…
William Faulkner -- Absalom, Absalom!
She was glowing from her morning toilet as only healthful youth can glow: there was gem-like brightness on her coiled hair and in her hazel eyes; there was warm red life in her lips; her throat had a breathing whiteness above the differing white of the fur which itself seemed to wind about her neck and cling down her blue-gray pelisse with a tenderness gathered from her own, a sentient commingled innocence which kept its loveliness against the crystalline purity of the outdoor snow.
George Eliot -- Middlemarch
Actually, they were concerned as to whether the thing was truly sentient.
Roger Zelazny -- My Name is Legion
The gae bolga was a sentient thing, the living relic of a dark and terrible goddess.
Henry H. Neff -- The Maelstrom
But the Boss only wanted his company and his loyalty down to the last sentient instant of his dying breath.
Don DeLillo -- Underworld
Mrs. Bread looked up the staircase and then down and then she looked at the undusted nymph, as if she possibly had sentient ears.
Henry James -- The American
I am to be a clean writer, of the most reasonable eye, and present the subject in question like some sentient machine of transcription.