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  • But for a terrible moment, his mouth was inanimate, stunned.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • It’s an inanimate object.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • WHILE I WAIT FOR SAM I WALK THROUGH THE house lifting inanimate objects up in the air without touching them: an apple from the kitchen counter, a fork in the sink, a small potted plant sitting beside the front window.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • The young man was in fact swaying with weariness, too tired to protest our discussing him as though he were an inanimate object.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • In the shadows the mummified bundle—what little was visible—had a ragged, poignant, oddly personal look, less like an inanimate object than some poor creature bound and helpless in the dark, unable to cry out and dreaming of rescue.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Do inanimate objects (couches, chairs, spatulas, etc.) absorb the energy of the criminals, the wrongdoers among whom they live?
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • As far as I know, inanimate objects can accidentally kill you.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • It was pressed upon me by every object within sight or hearing, animate or inanimate.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • A gift, a faculty, if it had not been departed, was suspended and inanimate within me.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Wynand half turned in his chair and looked at Dominique, as if he were inspecting an inanimate object.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The young man raised the arm, which fell back by its own weight, perfectly inanimate and helpless.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The inanimate victim was borne along by the vigorous arms which supported her, and which she did not seem in the least to burden.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • By morning light, the books are all hunched together again with their spines turned out, fossilized, inanimate.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He became inanimate.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • After a few minutes climbing over Festus’s inanimate body, Leo started to get irritated.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • I fancy the popular expectation of a heap of charred corpses was disappointed at this inanimate bulk.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He had won his every battle against inanimate nature; but this was a battle he lost.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He might have even chosen Osiris, because Walt was a natural at bringing inanimate things to life.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • But I liked his physiognomy even less than before: it struck me as being at the same time unsettled and inanimate.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • However, transferring power to a living creature is different from transferring power to an inanimate object.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He exerted preterhuman self-denial in abstaining from finishing him completely; but getting out of breath, he finally desisted, and dragged the apparently inanimate body on to the settle.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • On inanimate nature, as on the men and women who cultivated it, a prevalent tendency towards an appearance of vegetating unwillingly—a dejected disposition to give up, and wither away.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He looked anxiously round; not an article of furniture; not a vestige of anything, animate or inanimate; not even the position of the cupboards; answered Oliver’s description!
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • These and other inanimate things she saw and experienced.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • For a long time she lay upon the sand almost inanimate; but, reviving sufficiently to move, she at length obtained some shellfish, and by degrees recovered her strength.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • This rule of silence had had this effect, that throughout the whole convent, speech had been withdrawn from human creatures, and bestowed on inanimate objects.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There are very few inanimate details in that movie that would be distracting to someone with autism.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • My companions weren’t yet stirring and still lay in their corners like inanimate objects.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The noise of the guns, which not only made the most resounding echoes, from one side to the other, but raised the birds of all sorts, fluttering with the most confused noise, so much terrified the five savages behind that they stood still at first, like so many inanimate images.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • And now, concentric circles seized the lone boat itself, and all its crew, and each floating oar, and every lance-pole, and spinning, animate and inanimate, all round and round in one vortex, carried the smallest chip of the Pequod out of sight.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I thought he should continue to act, in public, as if I were a large vase or a window: part of the background, inanimate or transparent.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Note to self: Stop punching inanimate objects.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • It gave Jack a curious shrinking feeling, as if his life force had dwindled to a mere spark while the hotel and the grounds had suddenly doubled in size and become sinister, dwarfing them with sullen, inanimate power.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • "See," I said out loud — talking to inanimate objects, never a good sign — "That’s not so horrible, is it?"
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The unfortunate man looked round at the great cliffs, the moon above, the stolid faces of the soldiers, and even at the poor, prostate, inanimate woman close by, but said nothing.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Even an inanimate object is what it is by excluding all other objects from the space it occupies; if it expands, it does so by thrusting other objects aside or by absorbing them.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • The uproar is only my own shriek, and chasms are, like all things vast, inanimate.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • She walked out into the middle of Emerald Drive and gazed up at the rotted buildings and towers of the surrounding neighborhood, as if able to feel the pain of these inanimate structures, the toll exacted by Redd’s rule on her beloved Wondertropolis.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Then, late Saturday afternoon, for some unknowable reason a light went on in the reptilian core of Beck’s inanimate brain and he floated back to consciousness.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • To such an extent was this disease that for those who know that Quasimodo has existed, Notre-Dame is to-day deserted, inanimate, dead.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Some were of inanimate objects, like a tire or a tangerine, with the same defects.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • He drew attention to very gradual transitions from inanimate nature to more complicated life forms.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • On a nearer view it seemed to consist of two folds of crape, which entirely concealed his features, except the mouth and chin, but probably did not intercept his sight, further than to give a darkened aspect to all living and inanimate things.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • XXIII Until one o’clock Baby Warren lay in bed, reading one of Marion Crawford’s curiously inanimate Roman stories; then she went to a window and looked down into the street.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It strikes to the heart of all life, animate and inanimate.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • As this simple and yet terrible annunciation stole on the ears of the multitude, a stillness as deep and awful succeeded as if the venerated spirit they worshiped had uttered the words without the aid of human organs; and even the inanimate Uncas appeared a being of life, compared with the humbled and submissive throng by whom he was surrounded.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Concentrating, he searched for the faint signs of warmth and movement that would indicate the lily was more than an inanimate object.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • He sneezed, then added, ’They’re inanimate objects.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • To William Wayne, also in the line, the legs were inanimate—something to put out of his mind and move on from.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
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