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  • If you are not substantial yourself it’s very difficult to realize how limiting protoplasm is."
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • I wanted to be a writer myself until halfway through Harvard I realized I could never be a Dostoevsky, and so turned my piercing mind toward the seething arcana of human protoplasm.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Like the night had its own voice-that hum in your ears-and in the hours after midnight you’d swear you were walking through some kind of soft black protoplasm, Vietnam, the blood and the flesh.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • A miserable bit of protoplasm, full of ugly little concepts and mean little emotions-and it imagines itself important!
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • Of course, we could not count the dead, because they did not exist as individuals, but merely as homogeneous protoplasm, with alloys of iron and buttons.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • It felt to her as if she were fingering the very quivering tissue, the very protoplasm of life, as she heard him.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • But if he gave in to it, if the cops finally returned tomorrow or the day after to find Annie dead in the guest-room and a blubbering ball of protoplasm in the downstairs bathroom, a blubbering ball of protoplasm who had once been a writer named Paul Sheldon, wouldn’t that be Annie’s victory?
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • There were atoms in the ancient world even, but since we’ve learned that you’ve discovered the chemical molecule and protoplasm and the devil knows what, we had to lower our crest.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I had to wait for his calls in the police station to tell the cops when a load was setting out from the yard, my first lawful sitting in such a place, moving from dark to lighter inside the great social protoplasm.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • …for whatever it was her hand was implacable for, maybe came to believe (or saw) that she had tricked him into receiving that shape and temper, and didn’t care about that too because probably by that time he had learned that there were three things and no more: breathing, pleasure, darkness; and without money there could be no pleasure, and without pleasure it would not even be breathing but mere protoplasmic inhale and collapse of blind unorganism in a darkness where light never began.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!

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  • Without their spirit life might never have moved out of protoplasm.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • It turned out that they had mistaken a precipitate of gypsum for protoplasm.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Heart attacks, strokes, stabbings, falls off buildings—his protoplasm is resilient.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • People are like icebergs; one-seventh visible and operative, and the rest just so much protoplasmic energy, seething around under there, looking for a target to funnel toward.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Ten gees gets you into parking orbit around Terra in a mere 3.26 x 10^7 microseconds; merely seems longer, ten gravities being sixty times what a fragile sack of protoplasm should be asked to endure.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • And yet, for all that, the accomplishments of protoplasm remained quite inexplicable—it seemed that life was prohibited from understanding itself.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The answer people gave was: Life, a special immunity of living protoplasm—and acted as if they did not notice what a mystical explanation that was.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Anything like a mechanical explanation for these achievements of protoplasm was completely out of the question.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The cells of the mucuslike tissue between which or in which the bacilli resided formed millet-seed-size nodules, some of which were very large indeed and extraordinarily rich in protoplasm containing numerous nuclei.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But the upshot of this was, that as he investigated the irritability of protoplasm he discovered some of the secrets of life.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I get the same results time after time—protoplasm.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • You mean there was some of that protoplasm aboard?
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • This riotous living, however, soon led to ruin, because the nuclei of these monster cells began to shrink and break down, their protoplasm began to congeal and decompose; other tissues in the vicinity were affected by the same foreign stimuli.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • While the moon followed its prescribed path across the high mountain valley glistening like crystal below, he would read, pursue his study of organized matter, of the characteristics of protoplasm, that self-sustaining, delicate substance that hovers intriguingly between synthesis and dissolution and whose basic forms have remained the same as when it first assumed rudimentary shape.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But if he gave in to it, if the cops finally returned tomorrow or the day after to find Annie dead in the guest-room and a blubbering ball of protoplasm in the downstairs bathroom, a blubbering ball of protoplasm who had once been a writer named Paul Sheldon, wouldn’t that be Annie’s victory?
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • It was not made up of tiny grains of rock, but, as everyone knew, consisted of myriads of water droplets, violently gathered up and frozen into manifold, symmetrical crystals— little pieces of an inorganic substance, the wellspring of protoplasm, of plants and human beings; and among all those myriads of magical stars in their secret, minuscule splendor never intended for the human eye, no two were alike.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • With a volume on embryology propped at the bottom of his sternum, our young adventurer followed the development of the organism from the moment when the sperm, out in front of many just like itself and driven onward by the whipping motion of its taii, crashed headfirst into the gelatin coating of the egg and bored its way through to what is called the mount of conception, a conical protrusion in the outer rim of the egg’s protoplasm formed in reaction to the approach of the sperm.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "It’s because—it’s because there is scarcely any shadow in it; it’s more shimmery, as if I’d painted the shimmering protoplasm in the leaves and everywhere, and not the stiffness of the shape.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
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