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  • And we ourselves assembled here today, who are still most of us in the vigor of life, have carried the work of improvement further, and have richly endowed our city with all things, so that she is sufficient for herself both in peace and war.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • A group of loudmouthed white-haired old ladies, each trying to talk over the next, a few of them texting, the kind of elderly people who have a baffling amount of energy, so much youthful vigor you had to wonder if they were trying to rub it in.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The audience applauded again for Stewart with new vigor, some of them guessing what Santos was about to announce.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • During the first week of the mouse diet I found that my vigor remained unimpaired, and that I suffered no apparent ill effects.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • She floated around the house looking a bit lost for three days, then she began spring cleaning with a vigor that frightened even Granddad.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • As soon as she’d become the Oracle two summers ago, she’d brought new vigor and excitement to the job.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He found himself chewing the jerky with loud, thrashing vigor, hoping it made him look tough, not just hungry.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • That he is a man who understands the power of the German soil, who feels its dark prehistoric vigor thudding in his very cells.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I’d stand in the living room and sing all the show tunes with vigor, doing the best I could with unfamiliar words and phrases, as with the Green Acres song: I just adore the pink house fumes….
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • At any rate, as I stood there that morning, tumescent amid my interrupted labors, I felt that there was being thrust on me a priceless reward for the vigor and zeal with which I had embraced my Art.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • She won’t arrive home until late Sunday night," Dorothea said as she scrubbed Ajax into our kitchen sink with a vigor that made my own elbow ache.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Madam called for tea in her bedchamber the next morning and sent for Ruth, who was pumping the butter churn with vigor.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • True to Anselm’s word, the fish were lively, the fat fusiform bodies gliding past each other, white scales reflecting the clouds overhead, the vigor of their movements occasionally stirring up small waves that sloshed against the sides of their rocky prison.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Though he was old enough to be my grandfather, he projected a vigor more in keeping with older European dads you saw on the East Side—polished, portly, self-possessed dads on their second marriages who’d had kids at fifty and sixty.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Demented cat," she said, rubbing with vigor.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Then, too, his health came back to him, all his lost youthful vigor, his joy and power that he had mourned and forgotten!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Louie and Phil’s hope displaced their fear and inspired them to work toward their survival, and each success renewed their physical and emotional vigor.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The meat slowed him down, but he was eager to be home, and renewed vigor filled his steps.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I moved the table, like a Medium of the present day, by the vigor of my unseen hold upon it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Dink trained his toon independently from the rest of Rat Army, with discipline and vigor; he never consulted with Rose, and only rarely did the whole army maneuver together.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The important thing is to get the country moving again, to restore vigor and energy to the people and the government.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • With almost maniacal vigor, Langdon yanked down hard with his right hand on the canopy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • She was appalled by West Egg, this unprecedented "place" that Broadway had begotten upon a Long Island fishing village — appalled by its raw vigor that chafed under the old euphemisms and by the too obtrusive fate that herded its inhabitants along a short-cut from nothing to nothing.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • She told the girls about Yentl and then about Conan the Barbarian with equal vigor; about Star Wars, which confused them; and Fiddler on the Roof, which did not.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • The man has vigor, I should say; more power to him.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • A deep, throaty purr rumbled in his chest, and he rubbed against Saphira with renewed vigor.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The motion of the small foot shod in a Tartar boot embroidered with silver, and the firm pressure of the lean sinewy hand, showed that the prince still possessed the tenacious endurance and vigor of hardy old age.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "This is no time for squeamishness," James Taggart spoke up with unexpected vigor, but his voice, too, was oddly low.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He took back the hoe and proceeded to hack out a small, square dominion over the jungle, attacking his task with such muscular vigor we would surely, and soon, have tomatoes and beans coming out our ears.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • But when Hermione moved, Bathilda shook her head with sur-prising vigor, once more pointing first at Harry, then to herself.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • In men of his class, vigor and resolution are entirely a physical matter, and ooze out with the flowing of the blood; and the gigantic fellow really looked piteous in his helplessness.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Full of hope, Edmond swallowed a few mouthfuls of bread and water, and, thanks to the vigor of his constitution, found himself well-nigh recovered.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She bathed Madame Ratignolle’s face with cologne, while Robert plied the fan with unnecessary vigor.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Skiers in white shrouds winged down virgin slopes, silent as angels, and then, realistically, herringboned up again, but herring-boned in cheerful, sunburned bands, with clear eyes and white teeth and chests full of vigor-laden mountain air.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • In another moment he was flying down the street with his pail and a tingling rear, Tom was whitewashing with vigor, and Aunt Polly was retiring from the field with a slipper in her hand and triumph in her eye.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He then pursued his studies with more vigor than before and decided at last to enter the ministry.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The expanded chest, full formed limbs, and grave countenance of this warrior, would denote that he had reached the vigor of his days, though no symptoms of decay appeared to have yet weakened his manhood.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Yossarian was stunned by their overbearing vigor and zeal, by their practical, direct efficiency.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They had the vigor and alertness of country people who have spent all their lives in the open and troubled their heads very little with dull things in books.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • A carnivorous animal living on a straight meat diet, he was in full flower, at the high tide of his life, overspilling with vigor and virility.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Judging from his firm tread, from the singular vigor which stamped all his movements, he would have hardly been thought fifty.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But as all my remonstrances produced no effect upon Queequeg, I was obliged to acquiesce; and accordingly prepared to set about this business with a determined rushing sort of energy and vigor, that should quickly settle that trifling little affair.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Though he could hardly stand, there was still plenty of vigor in his voice.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • There was something cosmical about it; a standing advertisement, till forbidden, of the everlasting vigor and fertility of the world.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Sleep had given him new vigor; a sharp hunger was picking at him.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • She showed such vigor in her last hours that Fernanda thought she was making fun of everyone.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Kino put on his large straw hat and felt it with his hand to see that it was properly placed, not on the back or side of his head, like a rash, unmarried, irresponsible man, and not flat as an elder would wear it, but tilted a little forward to show aggressiveness and seriousness and vigor.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Fanny paused a moment, and then, with fresh vigor, said, "My love I would ask them with all my heart, if it was in my power.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Over six thousand acres in the Karazinsky district; everything before him; and what youth and vigor!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • "I’d love to hear more about that," encouraged Jesse, as he stirred up the fire with a stick, causing it to bloom with renewed vigor.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
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