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  • "Blood," he said succinctly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The other day, when we spoke, you had a way of putting it that I thought was very interesting and succinct.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • He’s usually very direct and succinct," I told the interviewers.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The section closed with the following succinct remarks: "The wolf is a savage, powerful killer.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • It was a PowerPoint presentation set in hard paper and was succinct in getting to the meat of the matter without delay.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Jaquemart’s geography professor at ASU put it more succinctly: "There’s nothing worthwhile there."
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Or as a twenty-year-old farm boy in the 1st Minnesota Infantry put it more succinctly in December, 1861: "The war will never end until we end slavery."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • More succinctly, choosing money or love.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • "Fell off," Jamie said succinctly.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I passed my message succinctly: "Sniper Two One, this is Glimmer Three-preparing to move."
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor

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  • Pickel interviewed the mayor and Nathaniel Nyok and published news of the dispute in a succinct 633-word article.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • "The Doors close in two minutes," Newt said, a statement so succinct and final it seemed to hang in the air like a burial shroud caught in a puff of wind.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Eragon relayed the message succinctly, refraining from distracting Saphira with questions.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Fache’s briefing of his agents an hour ago had been unusually succinct and assured.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • My immediate purpose is to place before the world, plainly, succinctly, and without comment, a series of mere household events.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • "Sonny’s nice," Emily Sue said succinctly.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The house was just such as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes’ succinct description, but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Yes,Melanie agreed succinctly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Lisbeth Salander told him succinctly what had happened during the night.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • We, at the Grange, never got a very succinct account of his state preceding it; all that I did learn was on occasion of going to aid in the preparations for the funeral.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • To be succinct,tactics.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • "I have never heard a profound truth expressed so succinctly," he said.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • ’Seamus reckons Harry’s lying about You-Know-Who,’ said Ron succinctly, when Harry did not respond.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • I kept it as succinct as possible — leaving out anything that wasn’t essential.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Suddenly Nicole interrupted in succinct Chicagoese: "Bull!"
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Thursday we didn’t go over there at all because we really had to go to the library for this report for Problems in American Democracy: Read the amendments to the Constitution and condense the meaning of each into one succinct sentence.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • In all these months, out of all the well-meaning conversations she’d had with doctors and psychiatrists and even other kids from the school, no one had captured, so succinctly, what it felt like to be her.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Frustrated with his rambling about music and careers, Cedric feels an urge to be more clear, more succinct, to get to the underlying point.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Gringoire made haste to relate to him as succinctly as possible, all that the reader already knows, his adventure in the Court of Miracles and the broken-crock marriage.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Early that day, 7 August, the Japanese radio broadcast for the first time a succinct announcement that very few, if any, of the people most concerned with its content, the survivors in Hiroshima, happened to hear: ’Hiroshima suffered considerable damage as the result of an attack by a few B-29s.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • I had explained my position as succinctly as possible, adding that I would be most gratified to be guided towards a good inn.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • "Told you," said Hermione succinctly, " Sooner you ask someone, sooner they’ll all leave you alone and you can —" But her face suddnly turned blank; she had just spotted Ron and Lavender, who were i ntertwined in the same armchair.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • She sat down and wrote on the four pages of a note-sheet a succinct narrative of those events of three or four years ago, put it into an envelope, and directed it to Clare.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It was possible that there were other vus of which he had never heard and that one of these other vus would explain succinctly the bafing phenomenon of which he had been both a witness and a part; it was even possible that none of what he thought had taken place, really had taken place, that he was dealing with an aberration of memory rather than of perception, that he never really had thought he had seen, that his impression now that he once had thought so was merely the illusion of…
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Ophelia defined it succinctly: "Wherever he is, he’s missing from somewhere."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • "Get horses," he said succinctly.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • She experiments, creating a text that is as succinct and flexible as poetry, snapping sentences into fragments so that the reader pauses, making each sentence serve her and not the other way round, abandoning quotation marks to streamline the typography and make the page as simple and readable as possible.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • I grasped how others came to the matter at hand directly, and who made a set of arguments succinctly and cogently.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Their physiognomy is hard to describe succinctly.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He was conscious that he was talking in a loud voice, very succinctly and convincingly, he thought, about a desire to crush people under his heel.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • ’Bridge,’ I replied succinctly.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • I like succinct language.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • "Yes, sir, I know you can," replied Clyde very much impressed by his cousin’s succinct demand, although, after Rita, a little dubious.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • When he spoke, his voice was so quiet and sure and his words so succinct that Deo felt that he wanted to lean toward him to listen, even when Lonjino was scolding him: for bringing back water full of tadpoles, or for stealing a bunch of bananas from a farmer whose land they camped on.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • …may have changed the names a little since I saw the papers—and serve up a bull-fight when other entertainments fail, it will be true to the letter, and give us as good an idea of the exact state or ruin of things in Spain as the most succinct and lucid reports under this head in the newspapers: and as for England, almost the last significant scrap of news from that quarter was the revolution of 1649; and if you have learned the history of her crops for an average year, you never…
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • She made her points succinctly, altering the cashiers checks to bearer bonds, payable in dollars, in denominations ranging from a maximum of twenty thousand dollars to a minimum of five.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Deerslayer then commenced a succinct but clear narrative of all that occurred during the night, in no manner concealing what had befallen his two companions, or his own opinion of what might prove to be the consequences.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • But first he casts to change his proper shape, Which else might work him danger or delay: And now a stripling Cherub he appears, Not of the prime, yet such as in his face Youth smiled celestial, and to every limb Suitable grace diffused, so well he feigned: Under a coronet his flowing hair In curls on either cheek played; wings he wore Of many a coloured plume, sprinkled with gold; His habit fit for speed succinct, and held Before his decent steps a silver wand.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • She did not wish to probe the inwardness of Lily’s situation, but simply to view it from the outside, and draw her conclusions accordingly; and these conclusions, at the end of a confidential talk, she summed up to her friend in the succinct remark: "You must marry as soon as you can."
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • …volumes of 1000 pages each of innumerable quires and reams of India paper would have to be requisitioned in order to contain the complete tale of its printed integers of units, tens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions, billions, the nucleus of the nebula of every digit of every series containing succinctly the potentiality of being raised to the utmost kinetic elaboration of any power of any of its powers.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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