Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
"Now more than ever," he said, but now more condescending than before, "Washington is trying to save money, and is disinclined to build vast new bureaucracies from scratch.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
"He can’t cook;’ scoffed Pop, who fell into the "disgusted" category and was disinclined to be kind, although there was some truth in her culinary assessment.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
"If crossing out is something you feel disinclined toward ……Kvothe tore the half-written sheet with slow care, the sound bleeding the color from Chronicler’s face.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
No matter how important the cause, parents are disinclined to send their children into danger, as well they should be.
Trenton Lee Stewart -- The Mysterious Benedict Society
The mustached man seemed disinclined to have me along, wherever they were going.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Masson wanted to have a swim at once, but his wife and Raymond were disinclined to move.
Albert Camus -- The Stranger
And even Mary could assure her family that she had no disinclination for it.
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
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Children can be harsh judges when it comes to their parents, disinclined to grant clemency, and this was especially true in Chris’s case.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
Mr. Heathcliff, who grew more and more disinclined to society, had almost banished Earnshaw from his apartment.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
The colonel launched a volley of oaths, denouncing the railway company and the conductor; and Passepartout, who was furious, was not disinclined to make common cause with him.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
Both Mr. Lorry and Defarge were rather disinclined to this course, and in favour of one of them remaining.
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
Altogether too exciting to the Congolese, and disinclined to let White control the board, preferring the counsel and company of Black.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
That I did not join myself to the battle, was less owing to disinclination, than to the bonds of the heathen.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
White Fang was disinclined to desert him.
Jack London -- White Fang
The terrible disasters at the Ealing and South Kensington laboratories have disinclined analysts for further investigations upon the latter.
H.G. Wells -- The War of the Worlds
But I felt it; and it did not disincline me towards him; though I felt impatience at what seemed like mystery in him, so imperfectly as he was known to me then.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
I found my pupil sufficiently docile, though disinclined to apply: she had not been used to regular occupation of any kind.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
The prospect of that dinner in the intimate home circle of the man he so admired had greatly interested Prince Andrew, especially as he had not yet seen Speranski in his domestic surroundings, but now he felt disinclined to go to it.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
All that he said threw greatly into the shade Cornelius Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Paracelsus, the lords of my imagination; but by some fatality the overthrow of these men disinclined me to pursue my accustomed studies.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
It is a little remarkable, that—though disinclined to talk overmuch of myself and my affairs at the fireside, and to my personal friends—an autobiographical impulse should twice in my life have taken possession of me, in addressing the public.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
But rendered useless by his fear and his disinclination to action.
Ernest Hemingway -- For Whom the Bell Tolls
Robert Martin would never have proceeded so far, if he had not felt persuaded of her not being disinclined to him.
Jane Austen -- Emma
Gringoire himself was not disinclined to regard this as altogether alarming and probable.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
A matter in which Ashley was concerned lay on her conscience and she did not wish to discuss it with Rhett, but she knew he would force the discussion, no matter how disinclined she might be.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
In the next room she slept, and in the third and last she harbored a gasoline stove on which she cooked her meals when disinclined to descend to the neighboring restaurant.
Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
Only my disinclination to leave Weena, and a persuasion that if I began to slake my thirst for murder my Time Machine might suffer, restrained me from going straight down the gallery and killing the brutes I heard.
H.G. Wells -- The Time Machine
Levin sat down by them; he felt disinclined to go away.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
The disinherited son of a small squire, equally disinclined to dig and to beg, was almost as helpless as an uprooted tree, which, by the favour of earth and sky, has grown to a handsome bulk on the spot where it first shot upward.
George Eliot -- Silas Marner
Then, begging her pardon for all past unpleasantness, to make her a present of ten thousand roubles and so assist the rupture with Mr. Luzhin, a rupture to which I believe she is herself not disinclined, if she could see the way to it.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
But the TV audience was mostly catatonics and depressives, who were disinclined to move.
Susanna Kaysen -- Girl Interrupted
In the days that followed I found Poirot curiously disinclined to discuss the case.
Agatha Christie -- The ABC Murders
I understand your disinclination to talk of your future career; but as to what is taking place within you now ….’
Ivan Turgenev -- Fathers and Sons
He had a knife in his hand, but he seemed disinclined to pursue the discussion.
Robert Penn Warren -- All the King’s Men
Lady Steyne, after the music scene, succumbed before Becky, and perhaps was not disinclined to her.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
Raw and emotional, disinclined toward introspection, he had the kind of gregarious, magnetic personality that instantly won him friends for life; hundreds of individualsincluding some he’d met just once or twice-considered him a bosom buddy.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
I felt disinclined actually to hand to him the piece of paper I was holding, and so put it down on the end of his bed.
Kazuo Ishiguro -- The Remains of the Day
After some discussion, in which all three took an active part, it was decided that Nancy should repair to the Jew’s next evening when the night had set in, and bring Oliver away with her; Fagin craftily observing, that, if he evinced any disinclination to the task, he would be more willing to accompany the girl who had so recently interfered in his behalf, than anybody else.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
But probably the Committee, at its discretion, will not be disinclined to consider the question of how far it might be possible to introduce certain improvements consistently with a reasonable expenditure.
Henrik Ibsen -- An Enemy of the People
They have a great disinclination to touch any object, and carefully blow the dust from it first.
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
Jane Austen -- Mansfield Park
And especially now, while, with her crested teaspoons and antique china, she was flattering herself with ideas of gentility, she felt an unspeakable disinclination to confront a customer.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
We remain fixated to the unexercised images of our infancy, and hence disinclined to the necessary passages of our adulthood.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
It was about May when I first distinctly perceived a growing difference in their speech and carriage, a growing coarseness of articulation, a growing disinclination to talk.
H.G. Wells -- The Island of Dr. Moreau
"Oh, he always keeps in his upstairs study on Saturday afternoon," said Tom, who disliked anything sneaking, but was not disinclined to a little stratagem in a worthy cause.
George Eliot -- The Mill on the Floss
Even so, the Irishmen seemed disinclined to dismount.
Larry McMurtry -- Lonesome Dove
It was evident that Marius had his doubts as to the origin of the six hundred thousand francs, that he feared some source that was not pure, who knows? that he had even, perhaps, discovered that the money came from him, Jean Valjean, that he hesitated before this suspicious fortune, and was disinclined to take it as his own,—preferring that both he and Cosette should remain poor, rather than that they should be rich with wealth that was not clean.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Mrs. Yeobright appeared disinclined to enter further into the question.