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  • He exercised great ingenuity in making excuses for missing class.
  • It will take more than ingenuity to clean this up. We’re going to have to admit our mistake.
  • A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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  • said Alice, surprised at her own ingenuity.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass

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  • Natural ingenuity, instinct for what is elegant, a supple mind are their sole hierarchy, and often make of women of the people the equals of the very greatest ladies.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • ...I reflected upon the daring, dashing, and discriminating ingenuity of D—
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • He realized that a beaver had persistence, patience and ingenuity.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • She saw the beauty of two battered cloth roses, the ingenuity of beds rigged from chairs, the cleverness and courage and triumph of two girls living on their own.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Of patience, planning, and ingenuity.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Mae understood it as most Circlers did: as a show of strength, and as a demonstration that with the will and ingenuity and economic wherewithal of the Circle, no earthly question would remain unanswered.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Naturally, my men could’ve swept in and taken you at any point after that, but I thought it better to let you twist in the wind awhile and see if your ingenuity might not lead us to the one ymbryne who’s consistently managed to evade us."
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Though Dal never said as much, we knew we were being taught something beyond mere concentration and ingenuity.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • You’ve all shown ingenuity in one form or another — and yes, in one form or another, you’re all alone."
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • From her pocket she drew three precious objects that had required some ingenuity to gather, a partly used copybook from her trunk, a small bottle of ink, and a quill pen.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • It took unbelievable courage and ingenuity, not to mention enormous bribes, for Schindler to get the necessary approvals to disassemble lathes, punch presses, and other heavy equipment and transport all of the parts to that distant location.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • He had little money, a small set of hand tools, and his ingenuity.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Through a combination of her own ingenuity, for instance, and oversight on the part of one of the SS guards, Sophie managed to keep a much worn but still serviceable pair of leather boots which she had owned since her last days in Cracow.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • All during this meal he talks about the caterpillars: their numbers, their ingenuity, the various methods of defeating them.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The story was received with a sort of collective "oh" at the conclusion, and was quickly followed by tales of the cleverness and ingenuity of the Wee Folk, and others about their interactions with the world of men.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • When our drinks arrived, Claire and I toasted Cindy’s ingenuity in coming up with Jenks’s name in such short time.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The praises they got for their ’prompt action, their ’common sense, their ’ingenuity, were enough to have turned anybody’s head.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • You see, ingenuity—one of the qualities we most value in Erudite—requires creativity.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • A long time ago, Erudite pursued knowledge and ingenuity for the sake of doing good.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • At other times he repeated my favourite poems, or drew me out into arguments, which he supported with great ingenuity.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • You’ll exercise your matchless ingenuity within forms chosen by the taste of the people—and you’ll make money for me.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • There are myriad uses for it, limited only by your ingenuity.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • And now the tiresome chirping of a cricket that no human ingenuity could locate, began.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • I saw in this that I, too, was tormented by a perversion of ingenuity, even while the prize was reserved for me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • But if you have all three advantages, on top of a good dose of ingenuity and drive, then that’s an unstoppable combination.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • But that requires the most enormous ingenuity.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Children of Athena are sprung from the divine thoughts of our mother and the mortal ingenuity of our father.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Magua approached the horses, and affected to be well pleased with the diligence and ingenuity of his comrades.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • These recruits displayed some of the French ingenuity and fury.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They had been "transformed" into an invention and were now the product of Golde’s "human ingenuity" and "inventive effort."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • And what youcan do is only limited by your ingenuity and by your knowledge of the ancient language?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Mr. Dussel was speechless in the face of such ingenuity, and could do nothing but gaze around in surprise as he explored the rest of our lovely and ultrapractical Annex.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Yet when you have lived invisible as long as I have you develop a certain ingenuity.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • My country delights were now as insiped and dull, as music and science to those who have neither taste nor ingenuity.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I had to laugh at the ingenuity of fate.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • I could no longer doubt the doom prepared for me by monkish ingenuity in torture.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • This young man had been hired out by his master to work in a bagging factory, where his adroitness and ingenuity caused him to be considered the first hand in the place.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • There was nothing else, nothing to dilute it, so that one could admire naked purpose and the ingenuity that had achieved it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But they should do so by their own ingenuity.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Either he is still hidden on the train in a place of such extraordinary ingenuity that we cannot even think of it; or else he is, as one might say, two persons .
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • It was a complicated project requiring real ingenuity and a friend named Vincent, who helped, but I made the mistake of asking my sister Kathy to fill out the one I used for myself, because I was afraid Mommy would recognize my handwriting.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Having no suitable needle, she had been obliged to bore the hole for each stitch with a nail, and gained great praise for her ingenuity and patience.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • With a little ingenuity and vision, he had made it all but impossible for anyone in the squadron to talk to him, which was just fine with everyone, he noticed, since no one wanted to talk to him anyway.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • By which the reader may conceive an idea of the ingenuity of that people, as well as the prudent and exact economy of so great a prince.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • He was possessed with a mania for patronizing Yankee ingenuity, and seeing his friends fitly furnished forth.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • But her ingenuity was at work to remedy the injury: while I ironed, or pursued other such stationary employments as I could not well do in the parlour, she would bring some pleasant volume and read it aloud to me.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
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