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  • he left a miserly tip
  • A misericord, a "mercy-killer," the kind of blade that was meant to pierce through the gaps in armor and deliver a killing stroke.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • But power corrupts, and soon I grew miserly and chose fewer and fewer words, trying to keep as many as possible for myself.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Nothing would grow beneath them; the lawn was mostly packed earth with a few hardy sprigs of crabgrass poking forth, and the only plants that bloomed along the north edge of the lot were the hostas, with their miserly buds and their giant, monstrous leaves.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • Suppose I told you that somebody with a name like Landau couldn’t be anything but a fat, hook-nosed, miserly pawnbroker out to cheat trusting Gentiles.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The Smeaths in our rendition of them are charmless, miserly, heavy as dough, boring as white margarine, which we claim they eat for dessert.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The trees they’d imagined to be swollen with fruit were frail and injured-looking, with only a small array of apples hanging miserly from each branch.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Thou art always prating to me, Starbuck, about those miserly owners, as if the owners were my conscience.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Also, when we played at cards Miss Havisham would look on, with a miserly relish of Estella’s moods, whatever they were.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • So many opportunities in this country are apportioned in this arbitrary and miserly way, distributed to those who already have the benefit of a privileged legacy.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore

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  • The others made fun of what they believed was his miserliness, but he could not eat it or throw it away, until finally, in the outhouse, he let it fall into the earth’s stinking hole.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The worst inconvenience was that of limited rations; if they were to avoid starvation, food would have to be dispensed in miserly portions.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • There had been a little rain and a fuzz of miserly grass had started up.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Tiny audits Lena’s accounts occasionally, and invests her money for her; and Lena, apparently, takes care that Tiny doesn’t grow too miserly.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Chapter 15 Mr. Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society; the greatest part of his life having been spent under the guidance of an illiterate and miserly father; and though he belonged to one of the universities, he had merely kept the necessary terms, without forming at it any useful acquaintance.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The peasants asked him for some meadowland, I think it was, at a cheaper rate, and he refused, and I accused him of being miserly.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • —Swilling, I warrant me, at the ale, or playing their juggling tricks at the bedside of some miserly churl.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • How was it that he, Dunstan Cass, who had often heard talk of Marner’s miserliness, had never thought of suggesting to Godfrey that he should frighten or persuade the old fellow into lending the money on the excellent security of the young Squire’s prospects?
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • She had a modem spirit that wounded the antiquated sobriety and poorly disguised miserly heart of Fernanda, and that, on the other hand, Aureliano Segundo took pleasure in developing.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • I have said virtue, wealth, and generosity, because a great man who is vicious will be a great example of vice, and a rich man who is not generous will be merely a miserly beggar; for the possessor of wealth is not made happy by possessing it, but by spending it, and not by spending as he pleases, but by knowing how to spend it well.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Now, my uncle seemed so miserly that I was struck dumb by this sudden generosity, and could find no words in which to thank him.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • The old man, now long since dead, had had a large business in his day and was also a noteworthy character, miserly and hard as flint.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • We must be neither cowardly nor rash, but courageous (too little courage is cowardice, too much is rashness), neither miserly nor extravagant but liberal (not liberal enough is miserly, too liberal is extravagant).
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • As they say, a miserly woman always nurses revenge.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Thorpe then said something in the loud, incoherent way to which he had often recourse, about its being a d—thing to be miserly; and that if people who rolled in money could not afford things, he did not know who could, which Catherine did not even endeavour to understand.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • He had a wife as miserly as himself; they were so miserly that they even conspired to cheat each other.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • He went on and on, shaming the congregants for their miserly ways.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He is vulnerable to reason there—always a few grains of common-sense in an ounce of miserliness.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • And yet, even when he had the resources to live like the Roman emperor he resembled, Uncle Leo XII lived in the old city because it was convenient to his business, in such an austere manner and in such a plain house that he could never shake off an unmerited reputation for miserliness.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • When Allan Woodcourt spoke to you, my dear, he spoke with my knowledge and consent—but I gave him no encouragement, not I, for these surprises were my great reward, and I was too miserly to part with a scrap of it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • In old-fashioned times an "independence" was hardly ever made without a little miserliness as a condition, and you would have found that quality in every provincial district, combined with characters as various as the fruits from which we can extract acid.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • And the traveller Leopold was couth to him sithen it had happed that they had had ado each with other in the house of misericord where this learningknight lay by cause the traveller Leopold came there to be healed for he was sore wounded in his breast by a spear wherewith a horrible and dreadful dragon was smitten him for which he did do make a salve of volatile salt and chrism as much as he might suffice.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • This will soon make him odious to his subjects, and becoming poor he will be little valued by any one; thus, with his liberality, having offended many and rewarded few, he is affected by the very first trouble and imperilled by whatever may be the first danger; recognizing this himself, and wishing to draw back from it, he runs at once into the reproach of being miserly.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Ann allows herself a miserly smile.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • But it can be seen that I do have a genuine and almost miserly interest in worthless objects.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • It’s not a question of my being miserly, as you’d like to make out.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • You are not miserly, I trust?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Jacqueline still had a few matches and Jim had a pocket torch almost fully charged but the realization that they were marooned caused them to be miserly.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • It seemed to rise out of the earth, a huge boxlike intrusion on the pastoral scene, an ugly man-made interruption of heavy brown wood and miserly windows reaching three stories high and covering two acres of land.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • She pictured the wedding guests with mouths too parched to spit, but spitting and cursing all the same, telling one another that the bride was uglier than they remembered, and the big mole on her neck must mean she’d also inherited the miserliness of her father.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • …they were, in their astonishing contradictions: the business man who had no business method, and yet had made his million dollars; the frantic antagonist of Capital who had given the loyal service of a lifetime to the thing he denounced; the wastrel son, with the bull vitality of the athlete, a great laugh, animal charm—no more; the musician son, a college rebel, intelligent, fanatic, with a good head for figures; insane miserliness for oneself, lavish expenditure for one’s children.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Miserliness is a capital quality to run in families; it’s the safe side for madness to dip on.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But still I grew more and more miserly Soon there were so few words chosen that hardly anything could be said, and even casual conversation became difficult.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • He had a wife as miserly as himself; they were so miserly that they even conspired to cheat each other.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • About the year 1727, just at the time that earthquakes were prevalent in New England, and shook many tall sinners down upon their knees, there lived near this place a meagre, miserly fellow, of the name of Tom Walker.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • We must be neither cowardly nor rash, but courageous (too little courage is cowardice, too much is rashness), neither miserly nor extravagant but liberal (not liberal enough is miserly, too liberal is extravagant).
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • She offers me a miserly smile.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • It was a tale well known to children all over Africa: Abu Kassem, a miserly Baghdad merchant, had held on to his battered, much repaired pair of slippers even though they were objects of derision.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Of course it was not really because of that, but everything together, he began this hospital to prove, do you see, that he was not miserly about money.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Scrooge was the miserly capitalist in A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
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