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  • I’ll think I’m responding to the play, when it’s only a tactile reaction to vibration.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • I get up, walk to the night, and breathe it in —the dust, the tactile smell of wetness, oxygen now being pounded into the ground so it is difficult to breathe.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • It is a mysterious need to restore a tactile relationship with mere things.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Mr. Hrbik and the tactility of the body do not fit into Art and Archaeology; my botched attempts at drawing naked women would be seen as a waste of time.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • The disdain in her gaze was almost tactile.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • The greater part of the structure was the brain, sending enormous nerves to the eyes, ear, and tactile tentacles.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • But my final thoughts are tactile: the underside of my forearm lying above the swell of her breasts.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Even the bricks of the house aresoftening, becoming tactile; if I leaned against them they’d be warm and yielding.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • They dealt only with experimental data and were filled with graphs, charts, tables, photographs of devices for the measuring of auditory, visual, and tactile responses, and with mathematical translations of laboratory findings.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Princess: The tactile approach.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire

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  • But once you’ve gone this far, I must point out, with primary, secondary, auditory, olfactory, and labial hallucinations, as well as tactile and optical fantasies, it is pretty bad business.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Of course, it contained frescoes by Giotto, in the presence of whose tactile values she was capable of feeling what was proper.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • How vivid and living it was, what a tactile delight, dusted with russet freckles about the tip.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • She did not wake and he rolled onto his side away from her and with his head out of the robe in the cold again, lay awake a moment feeling the long, seeping luxury of his fatigue and then the smooth tactile happiness of their two bodies touching and then, as he pushed his legs out deep as they would go in the robe, he slipped down steeply into sleep.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The hands were always malformed; and though some surprised me by their unexpected human appearance, almost all were deficient in the number of the digits, clumsy about the finger-nails, and lacking any tactile sensibility.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • A tactile world of smiles and laughter that she, her mother, had no part in.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Happily he was not so; he was only susceptible in respect of his right to water-power; moreover, he had the marital habit of not listening very closely, and since his mention of Mr. Riley, had been apparently occupied in a tactile examination of his woollen stockings.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Preface Fictions—in my case, novels only, to the tune of about thirty—starts in tactile motion; pecking out a few sentences on a typewriter; sentences that might encourage me and perhaps a few potential readers to press on.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • She had been taught in her girlhood to fondle and cherish those long-necked, sinuous creatures, the phrases of Chopin, so free, so flexible, so tactile, which begin by seeking their ultimate resting-place somewhere beyond and far wide of the direction in which they started, the point which one might have expected them to reach, phrases which divert themselves in those fantastic bypaths only to return more deliberately—with a more premeditated reaction, with more precision, as on a…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • All three of us are kinesthetic (or tactile) learners, meaning that we learn best by doing.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • More tactile data flowed to him from the Polaroid than he was able to process or understand.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Depending on how sophisticated you want to get, the links can be audiovisual, kinesthetic, tactile, even olfactory.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • This was a new discovery, that the mouth could be this delicate tactile instrument, particularly in the absence of sight.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It even sticks its tactile apparatus out beyond itself—as hair, body hair, which is nothing but keratinized skin that can sense something approaching before the skin itself is touched.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Since human groups are roughly three times larger than other primate groups, tactile gossip was no longer enough to produce the opiates that make social existence tolerable, even pleasant, for primates.
    Adam Gopnik  --  Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?
  • Total immersion would, of course, have proved fatal; but as it was, the man had traded some of his tactile sensitivity for the equivalent of invisible gauntlets, breastplate, neckpiece and back armor of steel.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • "That child didn’t even have tactile sense," she said, "but it felt like the same sort of thing.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • It is so wonderful what they say about his tactile values.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The glimmer of hope that had surged through me had been so real, so tactile, I’d already imagined myself escaping….
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • This must be tactile.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Over such trivialities as these many a valuable hour may slip away, and the traveller who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky and the men and women who live under it.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • It was sculpted sound, incredibly close, almost tactile—oh, honeyhoneyhoney, the woman breathed—and a rhythmic liquid slurping (which my imagination amplified like a loudspeaker) drove me to glue one ear against the wall.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Painterly delight in tactility.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • A tactile impression still registers from that moment: the skeletal outline of her spine, each vertebra discrete, the whole serpentine length moving up and down with her tortured breathing.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She was still totally absorbed in Nathan, so much so that even the sad nuptial garments she had transported so far had some huge importance to her that was both tactile and symbolic.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The naked women are presented in the same manner as the plates of meat and dead lobsters, with the same attention to the play of candlelight on skin, the same lusciousness, the same sensuous and richly rendered detail, the same painterly delight in tactility.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • …inadequately, for the right word and suffered over the rhythms and subtleties of our gorgeous but unbenevolent, unyielding tongue; nonetheless, I was seized by a strange, dauntless self-confidence and I scribbled away joyously while the characters I had begun to create seemed to acquire a life of their own and the muggy atmosphere of the Tidewater summer took on both an eye-dazzling and almost tactile reality, as if unspooling before my eyes on film, in uncanny three-dimensional color.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • a tactile reflex
  • tactile qualities
  • The greater part of the structure was the brain, sending enormous nerves to the eyes, ear, and tactile tentacles.
    Wells, H.G.  --  The War Of The Worlds
  • Riley, had been apparently occupied in a tactile examination of his woollen stockings.
    Eliot, George  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • it does not have the correlations with tactile sensations which it would have if it were a visual sensation and not merely a visual image.
    Russell, Bertrand  --  The Analysis of Mind
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