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  • the project was subject to the usual vicissitudes of exploratory research
  • Jack stood there, streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, stained by all the vicissitudes of a day’s hunting.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • You know that your dead have passed away amid manifold vicissitudes; and that they may be deemed fortunate who have gained their utmost honor, whether an honorable death like theirs, or an honorable sorrow like yours, and whose share of happiness has been so ordered that the term of their happiness is likewise the term of their life.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • Hopelessly unfunny, though straining for laughs on every page, these illiterate daydreams are an attempt to romanticize what must be a ghastly existence, the author eagerly equating the comic vicissitudes of her domestic life with those in the household of a brain surgeon.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Certainly not with the vicissitudes of human beings.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Only the vicissitudes of life can show us its vanity and develop our innate love of death or of rebirth to a new life.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Not long after this, Jurgis, wearying of the risks and vicissitudes of miscellaneous crime, was moved to give up the career for that of a politician.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He was soon in trouble again, and, over the years, experienced many vicissitudes.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • For upwards of twenty years before this epoch, the independent position of the Collector had kept the Salem Custom-House out of the whirlpool of political vicissitude, which makes the tenure of office generally so fragile.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The vicissitudes of her life had caused her to keep her feelings for others in check: It was dangerous to care for people; inevitably, you got hurt.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars

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  • And Conseil, in his serene voice, described for the third time the various vicissitudes of our story.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It seemed to him a terrible thing to have to guide so many wives at once across the vicissitudes of life, and to conduct them, as it were, in a body to the Mormon paradise with the prospect of seeing them in the company of the glorious Smith, who doubtless was the chief ornament of that delightful place, to all eternity.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • And however the general experiences in the fishery may amend such reports as these; yet in their full terribleness, even to the bloodthirsty item of Povelson, the superstitious belief in them is, in some vicissitudes of their vocation, revived in the minds of the hunters.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • As to his enforced enlistment, that he seemed to take pretty much as he was wont to take any vicissitude of weather.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He was tough as an antique ivory figurine which has withstood the vicissitudes of centuries, and can accept more.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Strange vicissitudes have met these whilom masters.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The vicissitudes of the human mind had not yet been exhausted by her.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • These delicate qualities have survived his vicissitudes, eh?
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • But from fifteen to seventeen she was in training for a heroine; she read all such works as heroines must read to supply their memories with those quotations which are so serviceable and so soothing in the vicissitudes of their eventful lives.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • The fourth spoke thus in his turn: "I am the King of Poland; the fortune of war has stripped me of my hereditary dominions; my father underwent the same vicissitudes; I resign myself to Providence in the same manner as Sultan Achmet, the Emperor Ivan, and King Charles Edward, whom God long preserve; and I am come to the Carnival at Venice."
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • The discussion of some topics, even with Mrs. Micawber herself (so long the partner of my various vicissitudes, and a woman of a remarkable lucidity of intellect), is, I am led to consider, incompatible with the functions now devolving on me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And God made two great lights, great for their use To Man, the greater to have rule by day, The less by night, altern; and made the stars, And set them in the firmament of Heaven To illuminate the Earth, and rule the day In their vicissitude, and rule the night, And light from darkness to divide.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Intimidated as he was by Colonel Cathcart, he nevertheless found it easier to brave his displeasure than to decline the thoughtful invitation of his two new friends, whom he had met on one of his hospital visits just a few weeks before and who had worked so effectively to insulate him against the myriad social vicissitudes involved in his official duty to live on closest terms of familiarity with more than nine hundred unfamiliar officers and enlisted men who thought him an odd duck.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • CHAPTER XXV THE NEW ACQUAINTANCE DESCRIBED Idiosyncrasy and vicissitude had combined to stamp Sergeant Troy as an exceptional being.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The Pyncheons, in brief, lived along, for the better part of two centuries, with perhaps less of outward vicissitude than has attended most other New England families during the same period of time.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • THE VICISSITUDES OF FLIGHT pillar, into two portions, and finally pierced the roof.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This will help us to understand not only the meaning of those images for contemporary life, but also the singleness of the human spirit in its aspirations, powers, vicissitudes, and wisdom.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • But if Maggie had been that young lady, you would probably have known nothing about her: her life would have had so few vicissitudes that it could hardly have been written; for the happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The English poet said it best: There were more preposterous vicissitudes in life than a single philosophy could conjure.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • And that being so, he began to behave without care for the imminence with which he had been so long preoccupied; he began to live the kind of life that he had always desired, but had so rarely found possible; for he had kept at heart and throughout all vicissitudes the tranquil tastes of a scholar.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • And at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory—this new sensation having had on me the effect which love has of filling me with a precious essence; or rather this essence was not in me, it was myself.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • I knew of no other woman Iranian, American, or otherwise who risked the vicissitudes of regular excursions into Tehran without the protection of a man or at least another adult woman companion.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • His own investigations had begun on a day in the preceding spring when, having been engaged in tracing the vicissitudes of the d’Urberville family, he had observed Durbeyfield’s name on his waggon, and had thereupon been led to make inquiries about his father and grandfather till he had no doubt on the subject.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It was now cold, winter weather: forcibly recalling to his mind under what circumstances he had first travelled that road, and how many vicissitudes and changes he had since undergone.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • It was now for more than the middle span of our allotted years that he had passed through the thousand vicissitudes of existence and, being of a wary ascendancy and self a man of rare forecast, he had enjoined his heart to repress all motions of a rising choler and, by intercepting them with the readiest precaution, foster within his breast that plenitude of sufferance which base minds jeer at, rash judgers scorn and all find tolerable and but tolerable.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A little gurgling sound ascended to the young man’s window, and made him feel as if the fountain were an immortal spirit that sung its song unceasingly and without heeding the vicissitudes around it, while one century imbodied it in marble and another scattered the perishable garniture on the soil.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • His father, who had died young, had filled a small diplomatic post, and it had been intended that the son should follow the same career; but an insatiable taste for letters had thrown the young man into journalism, then into authorship (apparently unsuccessful), and at length—after other experiments and vicissitudes which he spared his listener—into tutoring English youths in Switzerland.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • These labourers, who must sell themselves piece-meal, are a commodity, like every other article of commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of competition, to all the fluctuations of the market.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Old provincial society had its share of this subtle movement: had not only its striking downfalls, its brilliant young professional dandies who ended by living up an entry with a drab and six children for their establishment, but also those less marked vicissitudes which are constantly shifting the boundaries of social intercourse, and begetting new consciousness of interdependence.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Jude had quite unexpectedly found good employment at his old trade almost directly he arrived, the summer weather suiting his fragile constitution; and outwardly his days went on with that monotonous uniformity which is in itself so grateful after vicissitude.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • She had a special memory for the vicissitudes of the "new people" who rose to the surface with each recurring tide, and were either submerged beneath its rush or landed triumphantly beyond the reach of envious breakers; and she was apt to display a remarkable retrospective insight into their ultimate fate, so that, when they had fulfilled their destiny, she was almost always able to say to Grace Stepney—the recipient of her prophecies—that she had known exactly what would happen.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • …the greater and wiser sort of them worship none of these, but adore one eternal, invisible, infinite, and incomprehensible Deity; as a Being that is far above all our apprehensions, that is spread over the whole universe, not by His bulk, but by His power and virtue; Him they call the Father of All, and acknowledge that the beginnings, the increase, the progress, the vicissitudes, and the end of all things come only from Him; nor do they offer divine honours to any but to Him alone.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • The contrary is shown in the vicissitudes and fate of the republic.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • "Life is full of vicissitudes," I replied.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Now smiling hope, with sweet vicissitude, Within the hero’s mind his joys renew’d.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • He was stirred by recollections of his countrymen, their triumphs and vicissitudes, their history the history of God.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • A glance, a thought, and an expedient followed each other quickly in one so trained in the vicissitudes of the frontier warfare.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • All that belongs to the existence of the human race taken as a whole, to its vicissitudes and to its future, becomes an abundant mine of poetry.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • It was never removed, in all the changes of seasons, fortunes, and years, which, in the vicissitudes of a suffering, female, savage life, she was subsequently doomed to endure.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The people in Baltimore II are worried, but the Congressional investigation showed that the fault lay with the constructors of New Salem, who should have provided against the vicissitudes.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
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