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  • Engineers used slide rules before they were superseded by calculators.
  • No method nor discipline can supersede the necessity of being forever on the alert.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience
  • He grazed his cattle on these slopes, and he learned to dig for tin when the bronze sword began to supersede the stone axe.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Faction customs dictate even idle behavior and supersede individual preference.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent

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  • Do you really believe your right to name me supersedes my right to have my own identity?
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • That was the most popular, soon superseded by Just looked up his picture.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I will use every means at my disposal to bring her safely from the ants’ lair, and this oath supersedes any previous oath I have made.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • But the hand with its rigid central finger—working with surgical skill and haste, unbelievably assertive as it probed and burrowed—took care of that, causing simple panic to be superseded in her mind by the shocked and horrified disbelief of anyone experiencing sudden digital rape.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I had mixed feelings about running this particular errand, playing the part of sin enabler, but, as always, pleasing Nila superseded everything else.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • If Barclay is now to be superseded by Bennigsen all will be lost, for Bennigsen showed his incapacity already in 1807.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • He grazed his cattle on these slopes, and he learned to dig for tin when the bronze sword began to supersede the stone axe.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • They were permitted to do it by the general implication that the altruistic purpose of the building superseded all rights and that I had no claim to stand against it.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It superseded the Cross.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It was almost as if the other face, the face of the superseded woman, had obliterated that of the intruder.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • You accuse yourself; you wish to be superseded
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Still, it never pleased her that any authority could supersede her own.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • When the time came for them to be superseded they had to pass away.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • If they called, he would have to answer; his rubber secretary would know whose voices superseded his orders.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • "They made themselves my friends," said I, "when they supposed me to have superseded them; and when Sarah Pocket, Miss Georgiana, and Mistress Camilla were not my friends, I think."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The largest section of the Records Department, far larger than the one on which Winston worked, consisted simply of persons whose duty it was to track down and collect all copies of books, newspapers, and other documents which had been superseded and were due for destruction.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • They were now approaching the cottage, and all idle topics were superseded.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • And if I do not possess that talent, which your smiles prove to me you doubt, should I not still have that ardent love of independence, which will be a substitute for wealth, and which in my mind supersedes even the instinct of self-preservation?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • All human claims to the landscape were superseded, made null and void by the snow.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • No method nor discipline can supersede the necessity of being forever on the alert.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Keith was no longer governor, being superseded by Major Gordon.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The Mosaic code has superseded the law of the jungle.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Gutenberg’s letters of lead are about to supersede Orpheus’s letters of stone.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Levin could not make out why the opposition was to ask the marshal to stand whom they wanted to supersede.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Of late years the Manilla rope has in the American fishery almost entirely superseded hemp as a material for whale-lines; for, though not so durable as hemp, it is stronger, and far more soft and elastic; and I will add (since there is an aesthetics in all things), is much more handsome and becoming to the boat, than hemp.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was as though Jupiter in all his descendant forms retreated into the maternal darkness to be superseded by a female immanence filled with ambiguity and with a face of many terrors.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It didn’t last as suspense—it was superseded by horrible proofs.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • All the learning that we may later assemble, all we can know or guess of the artist as an improviser and entertainer, even our fugitive sense of him as the demiurge of a world transfigured, all this cannot supersede-indeed it is founded on-our pleasure in him line by line, the way we hear or read him.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The woman was Izz Huett, whose interest in Tess’s excursion immediately superseded her own proceedings.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Among the lower animals, up even to those first cousins of the vertebrated animals, the Tunicates, the two processes occur side by side, but finally the sexual method superseded its competitor altogether.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The next phase of the supersession of Henchard in Lucetta’s heart was an experiment in calling on her performed by Farfrae with some apparent trepidation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The only copies he had been able to lay hands on were old Delphin editions, because they were superseded, and therefore cheap.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • In our growing science of hypnotism we find the promise of a possibility of superseding old inherent instincts by new suggestions, grafting upon or replacing the inherited fixed ideas.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • He supposes all his dependents to be utterly bereft of individual characters, intentions, or opinions, and is persuaded that he was born to supersede the necessity of their having any.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Mechanism only transfers labour, being powerless to supersede it, and the original amount of exertion was not cleared away; it was thrown into the body and arms.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • I have one saving grace which supersedes all the sins I have committed.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • This obscure, obsolete, superseded country figures in Domesday.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • And I have noticed another thing: that as the short tale grows into the long tale, the original intention (or motif) is apt to get abolished and find itself superseded by a quite different one.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • The effect on the ark was such as to supersede the necessity of rowing; and in about two hours the castle was seen, in the darkness, rising out of the water, at the distance of a hundred yards.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • He only said, "What reason does Bulstrode give for superseding you?"
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The general declared he could say no more; the claims of Mr. and Mrs. Allen were not to be superseded; but on some other day he trusted, when longer notice could be given, they would not refuse to spare her to her friend.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • The less the skill and exertion of strength implied in manual labour, in other words, the more modern industry becomes developed, the more is the labour of men superseded by that of women.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • The sense of mutual fitness that springs from the two deep notes fulfilling expectation just at the right moment between the notes of the silvery soprano, from the perfect accord of descending thirds and fifths, from the preconcerted loving chase of a fugue, is likely enough to supersede any immediate demand for less impassioned forms of agreement.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • At Kursk an acquaintance of his, F. I. Ilyin, got into the first-class carriage, sat down beside Ivan Ilych, and told him of a telegram just received by the governor of Kursk announcing that a change was about to take place in the ministry: Peter Ivanovich was to be superseded by Ivan Semonovich.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • "They want to be kept down, sir, to be kept down; nothing but the strong hand—the iron heel—will do for them," he would frequently say of the French people; and his ideal of a fine showy clever rule was that of the superseded Empire.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Queue was burning now, the orange-red flames superseding the blue glow.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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