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finite -- as in: a finite number
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  • We are a wealthy country, but we still have to wisely allocate finite resources.
  • We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • But I have only a finite amount—$9,132 at this point.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • It was finite and eternal.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • Let’s put it another way: room in the SHU is a finite resource, and the warden and his staff have to use it judiciously.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • He was resentenced to a finite term of years and now has hope for release.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He sometimes wondered whether doctors realized the emotional intensity of time, or what he was going through, or even that time was something finite.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • He wanted it to be a finite experience, like a sports season, with a series of events leading up to a championship.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • …replica of an illustration she had once seen in a Polish edition of The Old Curiosity Shop: festering with French, Italian, Russian and Polish antiques, of all periods and styles, it looked the work of some crazed interior decorator who had dumped out onto the shining parquet floors and sofas, chairs, tables, escritoires, love seats, chaises longues and stuffed ottomans of an embryonic palazzo—shoving into a single large, lofty but finite space the furniture suitable for a dozen rooms.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Like who doesn’t know that grains of sand on the planet, however numerous, are finite?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • All those long hours, only that finite time.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The finite within the infinite, the infinite within the finite.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He is finite, though he is powerful to do much harm and suffers not as we do.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • All my life, I’ve been very aware that time is finite.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • No one had ever been able to replicate Carrel’s work, and the cells seemed to defy a basic rule of biology: that normal cells can only divide a finite number of times before dying.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • That great need of man, the finite, which admits of embrace, they ignore.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I told myself that imagining a met in my brain or my shoulder would not affect the invisible reality going on inside of me, and that therefore all such thoughts were wasted moments in a life composed of a definitionally finite set of such moments.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • (2) However we may prolong the period of time between the action we are examining and the judgment upon it, that period will be finite, while time is infinite, and so in this respect too there can never be absolute inevitability.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There was no up or down in a finite but expanding universe in which even the vast, burning, dazzling, majestic sun was in a state of progressive decay that would eventually destroy the earth too.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • So all I have to do in order to make one is to work out exactly how improbable it is, feed that figure into the finite improbability generator, give it a fresh cup of really hot tea … and turn it on!
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Courage, I seemed to think, comes to us in finite quantities, like an inheritance, and by being frugal and stashing it away and letting it earn interest, we steadily increase our moral capital in preparation for that day when the account must be drawn down.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Appendix I: The Ecology of Dune Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Limited to a finite individual occasion, importance ceases to be important.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • She felt suddenly as if nothing existed beyond that circle, and she wondered at the joyous, proud comfort to be found in a sense of the finite, in the knowledge that the field of one’s concern lay within the realm of one’s sight.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Will he draw out, For anger’s sake, finite to infinite, In punished Man, to satisfy his rigour, Satisfied never?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Missing something ever since his arrival two days before, Dick perceived that it was the sense he had had in finite French lanes that there was nothing more.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Only through the realization that his days on earth were finite could he grasp the importance of living those days with honor, integrity, and service to his fellow man.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • But when, for example, we ask whether the universe is finite or infinite, we are asking about a ttality of which we ourselves are a tiny part.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on all her productions, either to imply that they are temporary and finite, or that their perfection must be wrought by toil and pain.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Worse, their supply was finite.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • But the mathematician argues, from his finite truths, through habit, as if they were of an absolutely general applicability—as the world indeed imagines them to be.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • And then they left the finite sprawl of Dickens behind.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • It crushed them into the remotest recesses of their own minds, pressing out of them, like juices from the grape, all the false ardours and exaltations and undue self-values of the human soul, until they perceived themselves finite and small, specks and motes, moving with weak cunning and little wisdom amidst the play and inter-play of the great blind elements and forces.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • As it left the Marabars, their nasty little cosmos disappeared, and gave place to the Marabars seen from a distance, finite and rather romantic.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The wasting of finite resources is everyone’s business.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Oh, I was young, for I could turn again to you, most finite and most beautiful, and taste the stuff of half-remembered dreams, sweet and new on your mouth.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • It’s a pleasant change of pace, something finite in contrast to her current, overwhelming, ongoing task: to prepare for her departure, picking the bones of the house clean.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Knowing Kathy kept the freezer stocked with meat and vegetables, he leaned down and removed two steaks, quickly closing the door to keep the finite cold from escaping.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • These technical achievements which try to make you exist in their way?" Kayo said, not much surprised by this, "What you are talking about is moha—a Navajo word, and also Sanskrit, meaning opposition of the finite.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • But she was notified for the first time, on this occasion, of the finite character of Bunchie’s intellect; hitherto she had been mainly struck with its extent.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The life of a poet lies not merely in the finite language-dance of expression but in the nearly infinite combinations of perception and memory combined with the sensitivity to what is perceived and remembered.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • That it was a Utopia, there being no known method from the known to the unknown: an infinity renderable equally finite by the suppositious apposition of one or more bodies equally of the same and of different magnitudes: a mobility of illusory forms immobilised in space, remobilised in air: a past which possibly had ceased to exist as a present before its probable spectators had entered actual present existence.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Yeobright did not fear for his own part; but recollection of Eustacia’s old speech about the evanescence of love, now apparently forgotten by her, sometimes caused him to ask himself a question; and he recoiled at the thought that the quality of finiteness was not foreign to Eden.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • He saw each event as a point from which a finite number of possibilities radiated.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • The universe (he said) offers a paradox too great for the finite mind to grasp.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • A stick is finite and unextended wood, a fact determined by its own denial.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Lost at a depth which, to my finite understanding, appeared to be immeasurable.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Radar and I had calc; Ben had finite mathematics.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • In Mexico the privilegiado is always, to a finite percentage, redeemed—one of the people.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
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