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  • a subjective judgment
  • Existing evaluations are largely subjective. The union wants objective criteria, so our employees will know how to succeed and will not need to worry about bias.
  • It was internal: it was subjective: it was not knowing.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The taste of the mice — a purely subjective factor and not in the least relevant to the experiment — was pleasing, if rather bland.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • Proper is such a subjective word.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Zillah’s lintscapes are termed "subjective,"
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Is it possible that love is all subjective, or all objective?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • In truth, the tests were subjective at best, one exploding bottle difficult to compare to another.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • All this irritation is purely subjective.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Marilla was not given to subjective analysis of her thoughts and feelings.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables

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  • "Murderis a subjective term," Maggie hissed.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It had seemed slow subjectively, inside his head, but it must have all happened in less than a minute.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Wild animals that are captured when they are fully mature are another example of escape-prone animals; often they are too set in their ways to reconstruct their subjective worlds and adapt to a new environment.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • In truth, categorizing talents is a subjective, haphazard business; every talent is unique, never exactly the same thing twice.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Otherwise you’re being subjective in a way that is not at all fair to the accused.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • So it is pretty subjective then?
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Amor matris: subjective and objective genitive.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He knew how constantly he had been terrorized, but did he know how much of his own subjective reality, once so strong he had taken it for granted, had been erased?
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • He was small, as I have said; I was struck besides with the shocking expression of his face, with his remarkable combination of great muscular activity and great apparent debility of constitution, and—last but not least— with the odd, subjective disturbance caused by his neighbourhood.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Hegel said that ’truth is subjective/ thus rejecting the existence of any ’truth’ above or beyond human reason.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Every story about the loss of innocence is really about someone’s private reenactment of the fall from grace, since we experience it not collectively but individually and subjectively.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Or, he could take the right horn, and refute the idea that subjectivity implies "anything you like."
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • There was something too mysterious, too subjective in these last words of his, perhaps obscure to himself, but yet torturing him.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Many besides Angel have learnt that the magnitude of lives is not as to their external displacements, but as to their subjective experiences.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • You are caught up in the meaning, in the subjectivity of the effect of commercialism on this holiday.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • They seemed nothing more now than the purely subjective, impotent, illusory creatures of my temperament.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Once all his thoughts and images have been flung aside or, if retained, retained with a full recognition of their merely subjective nature, and the man trusts himself to the completely real, external, invisible Presence, there with him in the room and never knowable by him as he is known by it—why, then it is that the incalculable may occur.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • "Most of bird identification is based on a sort of subjective impression—the way a bird moves and little instantaneous appearances at different angles and sequences of different appearances, and as it turns its head and as it flies and as it turns around, you see sequences of different shapes and angles," Sibley says.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Your code-which boasts that it upholds eternal, absolute, objective moral values and scorns the conditional, the relative and the subjective —your code hands out, as its version of the absolute, the following rule of moral conduct: If you wish it, it’s evil; if others wish it, it’s good; if the motive of your action is your welfare, don’t do it; if the motive is the welfare of others, then anything goes.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Of love as a spectacle Bathsheba had a fair knowledge; but of love subjectively she knew nothing.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Some seek their own subjective and unchanging dream of a woman in all women.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • But it’s very subjective.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • But something was missing in my imaginative efforts; my flights of imagination were too subjective, too lacking in reference to social action.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • The tradition of the "subjectively known forms" (Sanskrit: antarjneya-rupa) is, in fact, coextensive with the tradition of myth, and is the key to the understanding and use of mythological images—as will appear abundantly in the following chapters.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The intensely personal nature of his business, the subjectivity of taste, the variables of light and curtains and carpets, guaranteed that minds would reevaluate and work would have to be redone.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Having found that "subjective and objective, sir," answered most of the questions, he used the phrase on all occasions, and it became the class joke when, on a query being levelled at him, he was nudged awake by Ferrenby or Sloane to gasp it out.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • These were the mental conditions on which Mrs. Tulliver had undertaken to act persuasively, and had failed; a fact which may receive some illustration from the remark of a great philosopher, that fly-fishers fail in preparing their bait so as to make it alluring in the right quarter, for want of a due acquaintance with the subjectivity of fishes.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • This however, of course, was but a subjective fact, as the metaphysicians say; the confusion, the noise of waters, all the rest of it, were in her own swimming head.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • And the judging is totally subjective.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The market for football players was rooted in subjective judgments and ancient prejudices.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Then I looked at Wolf Larsen, but there was nothing subjective about his state of consciousness.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Thanks so much, I’m feeling almost normal, subjectively at least.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Did he not realize how subjective Alice’s visions were.’
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • One quality of such places as I am trying to define is that a very large part of them is personal and subjective.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • It’s totally subjective!
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • It’s not subjective.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • He was not what is called subjective, though when he felt that her interest was sincere, he made an almost heroic attempt to be.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The time as we know it subjectively is often the chronology that stories and novels follow: it is the continuous thread of revelation.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • This however, of course, was but a subjective fact, as the metaphysicians say; the confusion, the noise of waters, all the rest of it, were in her own swimming head.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • He knew the change was subjective and would never reverse itself.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
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