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  • Reverend Moorehead, instead of asking an impersonal blessing, seized the opportunity to advise the Lord of Jem’s and her misdeeds.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • No one saves an e-mail, because it’s so inherently impersonal.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I wiped the wet hair from my forehead, starting with something important but impersonal.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • From all her talk of moving, I’d imagined a place full of boxes, something impersonal and antiseptic.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • Mae knew the company’s practice of naming each portion of the campus after a historical era; it was a way to make an enormous place less impersonal, less corporate.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • As I grew more completely attuned to their daily round of family life I found it increasingly difficult to maintain an impersonal attitude toward the wolves.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "Ccome," Mrs Which ordered, and they followed her out of the darkness of the cave to the impersonal grayness of the Medium’s planet.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Betsie engaged the young woman in a discussion of winter fashions and Father pinned Karel in a corner with questions of the most international and impersonal nature.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • In the McGraw-Hill atmosphere of gelid impersonality it was considered an effrontery, if not downright dirty, to express even mild interest in the private lives of others.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The furniture was oak, steel, and white leather—impersonal and masculine.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus

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  • It was just that the mortar killed impersonally, destroying dozens of men, while the musket was fired by one man who could see the eyes of the one he killed.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Faintly, from somewhere far away, the mechanical shriek of alarms rang steady and impersonal.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The horizon stretched, impersonal once more, barren of all but the faintest trace of smoke.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Doug gives an impersonal nod.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • He was there like a piece of furniture, as useful, as impersonal and as silent.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It is scarcely decorous, however, to speak all, even where we speak impersonally.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The impersonal operator of the machine could, by wearing a special optical helmet, gaze into the soul of the person whom he was pumping out.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • If I claim full justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing—a thing beyond myself.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • In the midst of the personified impersonal, a personality stands here.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She held my hand impersonally, as a promise that she’d take care of me in a minute, and gave ear to two girls in twin yellow dresses, who stopped at the foot of the steps.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He liked the burnished black head with its neat waves of hair, and her eyes-cool, impersonal and grey.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • They had done nothing to deserve it; and it was adding insult to injury, as the thing was done here, swinging them up in this cold-blooded, impersonal way, without a pretense of apology, without the homage of a tear.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He would look them in the eyes, keeping his chin level, and he would issue the new SOPs in a calm, impersonal tone of voice, a lieutenant’s voice, leaving no room for argument or discussion.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • But I had known Finny in an impersonal dormitory, a gym, a playing field.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Instead I stood in the hallway, absorbing the same sterile, impersonal surroundings I’d noticed while visiting with my father.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • The Socs even fought coldly and practically and impersonally.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • Here, on this clean balcony, white and impersonal with centuries of sun, I think of half past four at Manderley, and the table drawn before the library fire.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • He bowed, courteously, impersonally, the movement of his body matching the distinguished formality of his clothes.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I, however, am here to explain the wisdom of centaurs, which is impersonal and impartial.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • It was also impersonal.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • It was as though by keeping this room impersonal, by not importing her intimate belongings but leaving them mingled with those of her husband, she lessened the offense of not sharing his quarters.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I could never lose myself for long among impersonal things.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • He listened to philosophic discussions, to metaphysics, to esthetics, to impersonal experience.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Not in any kindly way, you understand, but not ironically either, just impersonally.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • But here they all seemed impersonal; and yet when most impersonal they startled me by being polite, by begging my pardon after brushing against me in a crowd.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • It was as though he bore an impersonal contempt for everyone and everything in the South, the Confederacy in particular, and took no pains to conceal it.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They laughed a great deal on these sled excursions around the house, but the whooping and impersonal voice of the wind, so huge and hollowly sincere, made their laughter seem tinny and forced.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Then, turning to his secretary, "I’ll leave you to put my things away," he went on in the same official and impersonal tone; and, ignoring her lustrous smile, got up and walked briskly to the door.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He had a cold, impersonal manner that told Bigger to be on his guard.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • He breathed a sigh of relief when the lift swallowed him and he could turn and face the impersonal doors.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Then, to be on the sale side, I wanted somebody I didn’t know and wouldn’t go on knowing-a kind of impersonal, priest like official, as in the tales of tribal rites.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • What impersonal objects were perceived?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The clouds are the shape of our new prison walls—untouchable, impersonal, random.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • The laws of nature are large average effects which reign impersonally.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • He looked grim and tired, for his eyes were burning, there was an air of such impersonal cruelty about him that despite myself I shivered.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • So she did, and the more she talked, the more she felt the cold, impersonal tone she’d used to describe her parents’ deaths fall away till she was almost overcome with sadness and longing for what, so quickly and suddenly, so unexpectedly, had become part of her past.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • From time to time, especially at that evening hour which is the most depressing to even the dreamy, he allowed the purest, the most impersonal, the most ideal of the reveries which filled his brain, to fall upon a notebook which contained nothing else.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Her hands are on her hips and she watches the younger woman with an expression of cold and impersonal contempt.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • He thought that in her eyes he would ascend to an angelical stature; and, as he attached the fervent nature of his companion more and more closely to him, he heard the strange impersonal voice which he recognised as his own, insisting on the soul’s incurable loneliness.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He sometimes looked back with awe at the carnivals of affection he had given, as a general might gaze upon a massacre he had ordered to satisfy an impersonal blood lust.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
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