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  • They were yammering away in some language Yetta didn’t recognize, or maybe it wasn’t a language at all, just witless jabbering.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Linnie’s witless face and her dropped jaw.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • For the first time in my life, which had for years been sometimes witlessly gregarious, I discovered the pain of unwanted solitude.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It serves you right and I’m glad, damn your witless soul!
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • He felt desperate: lost and witless.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Now that you are no longer dumb and witless, you need not always be grave.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • He was witless and wandering, and had forgotten almost everything except the map and the key.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • For that witless face That my hand soon will come to cuff—is all As empty….
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • It is the irony of this story that the one who scared me witless to start with was the very same who brought me peace, purpose, I dare say even wholeness.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He saw a witless coloredwoman jailed and hanged for stealing ducks she believed were her own babies.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved

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  • Surely, if we have learned nothing else, this war has taught us pity—pity for those witless souls that suffer our dominion.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The idea of going up against an evil force powerful enough to kidnap Hera scared him witless, especially since he didn’t even know his own past.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • "Which makes you pretty skint, witless," said a cackling voice.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • A witty mother! witless else her son.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • All these years I have been a slave to humans, hiding my true nature and pretending to be dumb and witless like their horses.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • You know very well that the beasts in Narnia nowadays are different and are no more than the poor dumb, witless creatures you’d find in Calormen or Telmar.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • They usually traveled in packs, and once when he threw a stone at some of them, they chased, caught, and beat him witless.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Christ, days went by and the hole in the paper was small, the light was dim, the overheard conversations witless.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • So he petitioned, witless as a child that what he begged for was his own death, hard death and doom.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • A witless worm have you become.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • There is no true vengeance on a witless brute as there might be on a man.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • TEIRESIAS Aye, for ye all are witless, but my voice Will ne’er reveal my miseries—or thine.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • While Enkidu lay alone in his sickness he cursed the gate as though it was living flesh, ’You there, wood of the gate, dull and insensible, witless, I searched for you over twenty leagues until I saw the towering cedar.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Both times I was scared so witless that the guards had to carry me along by the arms.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • "But do let her go, Jacky," coaxed his poor witless wife.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Florentino Ariza seized him by the neck before he had time to shout any of his witless stock phrases, and he carried him to the stable in a covered cage.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • At this hour, to send it in the hands of a witless halfling into the land of the Enemy himself, as you have done, and this son of mine, that is madness.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Uncle Charles had grown so witless that he could no longer be sent out on errands and the disorder in settling in the new house left Stephen freer than he had been in Blackrock.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The mob vanished in an instant; and after them plunged the horsemen, laying about them with their whips and pitilessly riding down such as were witless enough to keep the road instead of taking to the bush.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Up till now Tirian had taken it for granted that the horses which the Calormenes were driving were their own horses; dumb, witless animals like the horses of our own world.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • I am better knowninternationally than your witless state president.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • If for even an instant he pretended to misery like mine … "You think me a witless fool," he whispered.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • We were scared witless.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • My holy sir, none better knows than you How I have ever lov’d the life remov’d, And held in idle price to haunt assemblies Where youth, and cost, a witless bravery keeps.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • As she lurched (for she rolled like a ship at sea) and leered (for her eyes fell on nothing directly, but with a sidelong glance that deprecated the scorn and anger of the world—she was witless, she knew it), as she clutched the banisters and hauled herself upstairs and rolled from room to room, she sang.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • And there is, I fear, even on the most designing artist’s part, always witless enough good faith, always anxious enough desire, to fail to guard him against their deceits.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Then I heard the strangest voices I had ever heard in my life: human voices I was sure, but they sounded more like the witless chorales of insects in the forest than anything readily attributable to the family of man.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • No one willing to lead in this gutless, witless age, either.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • At those times, I would feel a witless anger at their simple gamboling.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Most stone men are feeble creatures, clumsy, lumbering, witless.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • It’s a witless form of flight with bodies packed in close and the gate-crashing becoming real.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Are you utterly witless?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • He sees things as they are; that is to say, he sees them in the garish light of justice-hideous, witless justice.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • A last few spiders crawled witlessly around the smoking bodies of their fellows, and she burned them one by one with the flashlight.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • And some witless servant could be heard laughing at the top of the house as she whirred the wheel of the sewing-machine round and round.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • "You witless fools," Jaime had snarled at Boros Blount and Osmund Kettleblack later, in a dungeon that stank of blood and death.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • "I had no idea," said Isabel presently; and looked up at her in a manner that doubtless matched the apparent witlessness of this confession.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Joan had no idea to advance, but with the lessening of her fear and the gradual clearing of her mind she felt that she would not much longer be witless.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • It was the firm opinion of every recruit that this was sheer meanness, calculated sadism, fiendish delight of witless morons in making other people suffer.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • And there is, I fear, even on the most designing artist’s part, always witless enough good faith, always anxious enough desire, to fail to guard him against their deceits.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
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