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  • She thinks Americans are too materialistic.
  • It was the price for my more materialist attitude, my seeking to occupy the middle ground, between absorption in life and soaring above the cares of the earth.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Blackstock, a robust, handsome, gracefully balding man in his middle fifties, was one of God’s blessed whose destiny had led him from the stony poverty of a shtetl in Russian Poland to the most sublime satisfactions that American materialistic success could offer.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • On the other hand, dialectic materialism
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • A non-materialist.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • We are too involved in materialistic things, and they don’t satisfy us.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • What an excellent and really marvellous thing is this materialism!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • His outlook was bleak and materialistic.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • We are all realists here, and materialists.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • They are godless through and through, gross egotists, despicable materialists.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist

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  • On the other hand, when they believe in us, we cannot make them materialists and sceptics.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • It was impossible to go to a movie with him without getting involved afterwards in a discussion on empathy, Aristotle, universals, messages and the obligations of the cinema as an art form in a materialistic society.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • We are mundane and materialistic—and do you know of any other nation that acts for ideals?
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • To put it in materialistic terms, it has kept us alive ever since.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Even if there isn’t supposed to be any such thing as love in a purely materialistic conception of society?
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Our culture has sunk into a bog of materialism.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I think it flattered him that I enjoyed his classes so much I would take them for no materialistic reason like credit and an A, but for the sheer beauty of chemistry itself.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • And how, Cedric, did that materialism manifest itself?
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • His father is a failure in business and therefore a great disappointment to the materialist mother.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The professor was carrying on a hot crusade against materialists.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Since he believed in nothing but material things, we call him a materialist.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But now they have all turned chemists and materialists ….’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • He handled physical details as if there were nothing beyond them; yet spiritualized them all, and redeemed himself from materialism by his strong and eager aspiration towards the infinite.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Japanese troops had long been told they were racially and morally superior to the soft and materialistic Western man.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Here, posing as piety was an example of the very materialism the church opposed.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • You are a materialist.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Is anything wrong with you this evening that you grow so materialistic?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • And afterward an out-and-out materialistic world—and the Catholic Church.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Its materialistic analysis of economics rang true to me.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Hate not the atheists, the teachers of evil, the materialists—and I mean not only the good ones—for there are many good ones among them, especially in our day—hate not even the wicked ones.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He was more materialistic, less romantic, more direct.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • This was how America had embraced Communism; this was America’s first green fruit of materialistic rebellion.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • A sense of sharing displaces the effects of selfishness and materialism, and a devotion to public duty leaves noroom for idleness.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • A materialist.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • You’re an incorrigible materialist, aren’t you? I don’t think Jean will agree at all.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • But he thought it a very materialistic society; there were times when he was frightened by the talk of the men and the looks of the ladies, and he was glad to find that Miss Bart, for all her ease and self-possession, was not at home in so ambiguous an atmosphere.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I saw my life as if I stood apart from it, the vanity, the self-serving, the constant fleeing from one petty annoyance after another, the lip service to God and the Virgin and a host of saints whose names filled my prayer books, none of whom made the slightest difference in a narrow, materialistic, and selfish existence.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Mysticism, with its marvellous power of making common things strange to us, and the subtle antinomianism that always seems to accompany it, moved him for a season; and for a season he inclined to the materialistic doctrines of the Darwinismus movement in Germany, and found a curious pleasure in tracing the thoughts and passions of men to some pearly cell in the brain, or some white nerve in the body, delighting in the conception of the absolute dependence of the spirit on certain…
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Anderson soon adopted the posture of a free, liberated spirit, and like many writers of the time, he presented himself as a sardonic critic of American provincialism and materialism.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • You will hardly demand that his confidence should have a basis in external facts; such confidence, we know, is something less coarse and materialistic: it is a comfortable disposition leading us to expect that the wisdom of providence or the folly of our friends, the mysteries of luck or the still greater mystery of our high individual value in the universe, will bring about agreeable issues, such as are consistent with our good taste in costume, and our general preference for the best…
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I call it cynical and disgusting materialism.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The Sadducees were materialists.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Less materialistic, more philosophical.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • Folks just believed it was materialistic for a long time until our class.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • JACQUELINE: Essentialists and materialists.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  The Future Is in Eggs
  • Your materialism will make you suffer terribly not only at the end but also on the way.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • It is a strange lack in the sex which is in other things more primitive and more materialistic.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • He probably thinks I’m holding him to American standards of capitalist materialism!
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • The Depression had made materialists of us all; almost everybody wanted "to be a success."
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • The whole tendency of our latest centuries, in its scientific and materialistic aspect, is most probably accursed.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
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