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  • To meet her today, you would never guess she lived in squalor as a child.
  • Inside in that squalor? Why, I’ll just bet you anything that place is acrawl with black widows.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The young man had known the horrors of its most primitive housekeeping, and the dreary squalor of that level of society which does not rebel at the companionship of hens.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • Such squalor!
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • The light was just now up, and I could see her dark eyes veiled through the skeins of her hair, staring out blankly across the loosely organized squalor of the camp.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I think they gloried in my squalor as proof of my baseness.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • She felt hypnotized by the squalor but Marta and her mother didn’t seem the least bit embarrassed.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • I leave a place of degradation and squalor, the likes of which I will never experience again.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I studied the large framed photographs of Gandhi and Nehru and wondered how, out of squalor like this, those men had managed to get themselves considered as men.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • No force on earth is going to keep a people of whatever color in the squalor and the poverty I see hereabouts, city and countryside.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Down there in a dim storage room adjacent to the furnace I’ve set up a realm of ersatz squalor.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • After all, you seem to prefer a certain dank squalor in your surroundings.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Out there in J. Grimes Everett’s land there’s nothing but sin and squalor.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • She was like a hostess embarrassed in front of her guests by the squalor of her home, the untidiness of her children.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Old age yes-but why the squalor, and rags to boot?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The squalor of that little house on the outskirts of the pueblo! A space of dust and rubbish separated it from the village.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • To escape the forlornness and the squalor I sought Michael’s company.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Simple squalor?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • His notes are never true, and his fiddle buzzes on the low ones and squeaks and scratches on the high; but these things they heed no more than they heed the dirt and noise and squalor about them—it is out of this material that they have to build their lives, with it that they have to utter their souls.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • They provided us deep pleasure, an anodyne to the squalor and clutter of the street.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • So strangely clouded were these refinements by the prison manners and gloom, so spectral did they become in the inappropriate squalor and misery through which they were seen, that Charles Darnay seemed to stand in a company of the dead.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Harry glanced back at Hermione with a reassuring smile, but he was not sure she had seen it; she stood hugging herself in the midst of the candlelit squalor, looking toward the bookcase.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Afar, in a reek of lust and squalor, hands are laid on whiteness.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Imagining themselves in the bright, crystal world Alyss described, with heart palaces, walrus-butlers, frog-messengers, and giant, pipe-smoking caterpillars, they were able to escape for a short while from the poverty and squalor and daily scrounging of their own lives.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • He lived the life of an aristocratic New Yorker in the squalor of Williamsburg.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • There is a certain grim satis faction to be derived from struggling upwards, however slowly; but the bulk of one’s time is necessarily spent in the extreme squalor of a high camp, when even this solace is lacking.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • "Hullo!" he cried, shouting in at the open door, through which much squalor was visible.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Step back, regard the squalor, make sure things were correctly placed.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • First, there was the issue of cleanliness, born of a cultural collision between one boy who grew up in casual comfort with a cleaning lady twice a week and the other who spent his life scrubbing dishes and toilets to stave off squalor.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Think of the wretched of the city living in squalor.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • He, as you saw, was left in squalor and poverty, with a very nasty temper, a fantastic amount of arrogance and pride, and a couple of family heirlooms that he treasured just as much as his son, and rather more than his daughter.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • It is alarming how quickly one descends into squalor.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • He was conscious of failure and of detection, of the squalor of his own mind and home, and felt against his neck the raw edge of his turned and jagged collar.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • We brought some money for a family here, and they are living in squalor, unlike you, Jackie.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • What squalor and disorder her sister lived in!
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The gleaming vault where he had kept this reserve wealth now let out the smell of squalor.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The Milago were dying and living in squalor so that these people could get fat and live in such luxury.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • …from which to look upon the slime beneath; windows, broken and patched, with poles thrust out, on which to dry the linen that is never there; rooms so small, so filthy, so confined, that the air would seem too tainted even for the dirt and squalor which they shelter; wooden chambers thrusting themselves out above the mud, and threatening to fall into it—as some have done; dirt-besmeared walls and decaying foundations; every repulsive lineament of poverty, every loathsome indication…
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I had always felt a certain warmth with my mother, even when we had lived in squalor; but I felt none here.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • I stop my car and imagine Nathaniel pushing his cart through the squalor with a head full of beautiful music.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • She could not take their point of view; it was a negative thing; an intellectual squalor; a swamp of prejudices and fears.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • When such a day coincides with the inner mood there is intoxication in its breath; and Selden, hastening along the street through the squalor of its morning confidences, felt himself thrilling with a youthful sense of adventure.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The squalor of the open market was a fitting barricade for the wall-less Walled City beyond.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • I tried to get him to acknowledge the squalor of Ameh Bozorg’s home, but he defended his sister staunchly.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • This is a vast change from the situation in the past, when, through the close contact of master and house-servant in the patriarchal big house, one found the best of both races in close contact and sympathy, while at the same time the squalor and dull round of toil among the field-hands was removed from the sight and hearing of the family.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Thomas saw the true squalor of the Horde on every side.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • She had not believed such squalor could exist anywhere in America.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • He waved his stubby fingers, taking in all the waterfront squalor.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Here they have lost all, and live in fear and squalor.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • They crossed the squalor of the outer crescent and went through the second gate.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
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