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  • He mentioned that he had not been to New York since the late 1930s and that, if anything, the city appeared more Babylonian in its dissolute wealth than ever.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She still surrounded herself with the cynical aura of a dissolute past.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • I should think it would be exciting to become a dissolute woman.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • At any rate you know me as a dissolute dog, who has never done any good, and never will.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities

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  • As the eleventh hour struck, he entered with a swaggering air, attended by two of the most dissolute and reckless of his boon companions.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In the last century, however, four successive heirs were of a dissolute and wasteful disposition, and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the days of the Regency.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • She was a sensible woman and so she could not help looking upon me as a dissolute profligate incapable of real love.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • A lissome, blond, sinuous girl with lovely legs and honey-colored skin laid herself out contentedly on the arm of the old man’s chair and began molesting his angular, pale, dissolute face languidly and coquettishly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He was notoriously dissolute with women.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • And here, since he had so valiantly forborne all other wickedness, poor Mr. Dimmesdale longed at least to shake hands with the tarry black-guard, and recreate himself with a few improper jests, such as dissolute sailors so abound with, and a volley of good, round, solid, satisfactory, and heaven-defying oaths!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • Not only did his contemporaries, carried away by their passions, talk in this way, but posterity and history have acclaimed Napoleon as grand, while Kutuzov is described by foreigners as a crafty, dissolute, weak old courtier, and by Russians as something indefinite—a sort of puppet useful only because he had a Russian name.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • To see the dissolute wench hang on the blear-eyed gibbet, windows are eyes.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Here’s the interesting part: Rank says he inherited the disease from his father’s dissolute living.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Alexander Vronsky, in spite of the dissolute life, and in especial the drunken habits, for which he was notorious, was quite one of the court circle.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • A fiendish libertine from his earliest years this stinking goat of Mendes gave precocious signs of infantile debauchery, recalling the cities of the plain, with a dissolute granddam.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • ’Sir,’ returned Mr. Littimer, slightly lifting up his eyebrows, but not his eyes, ’there was a young woman who fell into dissolute courses, that I endeavoured to save, sir, but could not rescue.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • All these great artists burn the candle at both ends; they require a dissolute life, that suits the imagination to some extent.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • But, irreverently consorting with these grave, reputable, and pious people, these elders of the church, these chaste dames and dewy virgins, there were men of dissolute lives and women of spotted fame, wretches given over to all mean and filthy vice, and suspected even of horrid crimes.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • His eyes, dark brown and quick-shifting, were dissolute.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • All these sounds, intimating the disorderly state of the town, crowded with military nobles and their dissolute attendants, gave Gurth some uneasiness.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • About this time the father of our Chrysostom died, and he was left heir to a large amount of property in chattels as well as in land, no small number of cattle and sheep, and a large sum of money, of all of which the young man was left dissolute owner, and indeed he was deserving of it all, for he was a very good comrade, and kind-hearted, and a friend of worthy folk, and had a countenance like a benediction.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Mr. Dawkin’s appearance did not say a vast deal in favour of the comforts which his patron’s interest obtained for those whom he took under his protection; but, as he had a rather flightly and dissolute mode of conversing, and furthermore avowed that among his intimate friends he was better known by the sobriquet of ’The Artful Dodger,’ Oliver concluded that, being of a dissipated and careless turn, the moral precepts of his benefactor had hitherto been thrown away upon him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Afterwards he went to America, and returned I fear to an idle dissolute life.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • And that was the last they saw of him at the mill, though Byron knows and remembers now the new car (with presently a crumpled fender or two) about the town, idle, destinationless, and constant, with Brown lolling behind the wheel and not making a very good job of being dissolute and enviable and idle.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The sixth Viscount Cronshaw was a man of about fifty, suave in manner, with a handsome, dissolute face.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • From circus games to private dissoluteness, then, and only doing as many others did—except that from the force of his personality he was prominent and played a leading part.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The name attracted her attention, and it suddenly occurred to her that she was one of those dissolute artists from the New Orleans fruit boats, but the address made her think that she must come from Jamaica, a black woman, of course, and she eliminated her without a second thought as not being to her husband’s taste.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Yes, ready to marry her! to abandon his betrothed, a rare beauty, Katerina Ivanovna, who’s rich, and the daughter of a colonel, and to marry Grushenka, who has been the mistress of a dissolute old merchant, Samsonov, a coarse, uneducated, provincial mayor.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Becky used to go through dialogues with it; it formed the delight of Newman Street, Gerrard Street, and the Artists’ quarter: and the young painters, when they came to take their gin-and-water with their lazy, dissolute, clever, jovial senior, used regularly to ask Rebecca if Miss Pinkerton was at home: she was as well known to them, poor soul! as Mr. Lawrence or President West.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • …war, Shall, with their freedom lost, all virtue lose And fear of God; from whom their piety feigned In sharp contest of battle found no aid Against invaders; therefore, cooled in zeal, Thenceforth shall practice how to live secure, Worldly or dissolute, on what their lords Shall leave them to enjoy; for the earth shall bear More than enough, that temperance may be tried: So all shall turn degenerate, all depraved; Justice and temperance, truth and faith, forgot; One man except, the…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …some incommodity or other; and that the greatest, that in any forme of Government can possibly happen to the people in generall, is scarce sensible, in respect of the miseries, and horrible calamities, that accompany a Civill Warre; or that dissolute condition of masterlesse men, without subjection to Lawes, and a coercive Power to tye their hands from rapine, and revenge: nor considering that the greatest pressure of Soveraign Governours, proceedeth not from any delight, or profit…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • She had bidden good-by to a disgraced, disinherited, dissolute boy.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • His bronze face lacked the heat, the dissolute shades common to Jett and the other men.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • He will have to deal with savagery and ignorance, with dissolute priests and political intrigue.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Or perhaps it was a tent in which a dissolute Austrian noble lay puffing a hookah or molesting a cousin.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • MEPHISTOPHELES (dancing with the old one) A dissolute dream once came to me: Therein I saw a cloven tree, Which had a——; Yet,——as ’twas, I fancied it.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • The stranger was meanly dressed, with every appearance about his person and countenance, of squalid poverty and of the most dissolute habits.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • They’re all named for the heroine, who succeeded in bringing a dissolute, sinning roue and atheist of a lover (St. Elmo) to his knees.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Aphra, neither handsome nor quick-witted, had settled for marriage with my dissolute father when she had passed six and twenty years with no better man making her an offer.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • While his mother was alive Yura did not know that his father had abandoned them long ago, leading a dissolute life in Siberia and abroad and squandering the family millions.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Since their visit to Gania’s home, Rogojin’s followers had been increased by two new recruits—a dissolute old man, the hero of some ancient scandal, and a retired sub-lieutenant.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • There is an opinion that the extravagance and dissoluteness of the age had their origin in Rome, and spread thence throughout the empire; that the great cities but reflected the manners of their mistress on the Tiber.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The hero is a mind of such balance that no disturbances can shake his will, but pleasantly, and, as it were, merrily, he advances to his own music, alike in frightful alarms, and in the tipsy mirth of universal dissoluteness.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • On the other hand, I never perceived amongst the wealthier inhabitants of the United States that proud contempt of physical gratifications which is sometimes to be met with even in the most opulent and dissolute aristocracies.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • He told me that he had been a man in years long before his uncle had acknowledged him as one; and that from his school-days to that hour, his uncle’s roof has been a sanctuary to him from the contagion of the irreligious and dissolute.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Let it suffice, that among spendthrifts I out-Heroded Herod, and that, giving name to a multitude of novel follies, I added no brief appendix to the long catalogue of vices then usual in the most dissolute university of Europe.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • He tried putting himself in Herr Albin’s shoes and imagining how it must be when one is finally free of all the pressures honor brings and one can endlessly enjoy the unbounded advantages of disgrace—and the young man was terrified by a sense of dissolute sweetness that set his heart pounding even faster for a while.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • On their walks, at dinner, in the dissolute and deliciously wasteful quarter-hour when they sat on the edge of the bed with comforters wrapped about them and smoked an inexcusable cigarette before breakfast, he explained his work to her, and when her own studying was done, she tried to read whichever of his books was not in use.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • With Madison in retirement, and the vice presidency providing ample free time, Jefferson kept extremely busy as a "closet politician," in one man’s expression, writing letters and lending support—ideas, information, and money—to the Republican press, including such "gladiators of the quill" as a dissolute Scottish pamphleteer and scandalmonger named James T. Callender, who wrote for the Aurora and specialized in attacks on John Adams.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But if you say ’Marry her,’ I will marry her; that I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
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