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  • I heard this story firsthand.
  • I experienced cancer firsthand.
  • "Well," Mai sneers, "maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll get to find out firsthand."
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Thomas had witnessed them all firsthand, having crossed paths with Cranks on more than one occasion.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • I can’t recall a single amazing thing I have seen firsthand that I didn’t immediately reference to a movie or TV show.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Marcia just wasn’t wired that way, and Sophia knew firsthand how charming Brian could be when he put his mind to it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • You’ve seen firsthand how painful a caning can be.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Mae knew this firsthand, having been something of a chauffeur to Annie on long rides, throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and Iowa, to countless and largely meaningless cross-country contests.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • His firsthand perspective on the plight of people wrongfully convicted was deeply meaningful to students, who often seemed overwhelmed by Walter’s testimony.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Conventions had a way of turning grown men back into adolescents—she’d witnessed that firsthand at a medical convention she’d attended in Birmingham a few months ago.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • I knew firsthand how helpful Elodin would be.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He has seen firsthand my resistance to fire.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • She’d witnessed firsthand how far a need for revenge could drive someone.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • My parents had experienced war firsthand, the Great War of 1914-1918.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • The Old Me would have taken a lot of pleasure in a firsthand look at such a complex emotional condition.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • But that had been so long ago; Red was the only one left alive with any firsthand memory of it.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • There he prowled up and down the coast tasting firsthand the waves he had only heard about in magazines.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • But he sees firsthand how they can be so loosely allied as to be basically ineffectual—they are wretched and filthy; they live in holes.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I seriously thought people only acted this way in books, but I’m witnessing firsthand that idiots actually exist.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I heard the great propeller turning, but it was now a distant sound, and the pilot no longer was sweeping low for a firsthand look at my body.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I witnessed it firsthand, when he offered to give me a tour of the camp.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Thus it was at her bedside when I was twelve or thirteen that I heard firsthand about Drusilla and Lucinda, and camp meetings, and turkey shoots, and sewing bees, and river-boat excursions down the Pamlico, and other ante-bellum joys, the sweet chirpy old voice feeble yet unflagging, until at last it gave out and the gentle lady went to sleep.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Unlike bites, werewolf claw marks wouldn’t transmit lycanthropy, but Reyna knew firsthand that they healed slowly and burned like acid.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • He bit the first hand reaching for his bridle, and a man dropped back, crying out and dripping blood.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I know that firsthand, but something tells me my words won’t sway Farley.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Thomas gaped, his mind emptying of thought as he saw it all firsthand.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Louie, Phil, and their crew saw the dying firsthand.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Many had actually seen the machinery of war in action, and all had felt its awful consequences firsthand.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He wrote with the flash and the color of a first-hand observer.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • You were stung in your first Hunger Games, so unlike most of us, you have firsthand knowledge of the effects of the venom.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • George Hyatt, a Navy doctor working with the National Cancer Institute, had experienced this phenomenon firsthand.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I can say from firsthand experience that those rules of engagement cost the lives of three of the finest U.S. Navy SEALs who have ever served.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He was fine while he was studyin’ outta books but then he took a year off ter get some firsthand experience….
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Her eyes, on the word Salmon, had gone from closed to open doorways—dark rooms where he wanted to travel firsthand.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Chapter 14 With one member trimming beef in a cannery, and another working in a sausage factory, the family had a first-hand knowledge of the great majority of Packingtown swindles.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • She knew that firsthand.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • "I’m going to show you firsthand what an engineer does," he said.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • I prefer to have firsthand experience to share.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I knew that firsthand, and I figured a sword in the face wouldn’t feel too good.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • You hadn’t even met a Smokey, someone to convince you firsthand that it was a real place.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Nobody else mentioned it, but Rudy certainly made up for that, so much that when Liesel came to recollect her story, the Jesse Owens incident was as much a part of it as everything she witnessed firsthand.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Maybe it was because I had been raised by men; I hadn’t grown up around women and had never been exposed firsthand to the double standard with which Afghan society sometimes treated them.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Is it your own first-hand conclusion that I am a man of high mind?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • That requires a firsthand look.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • If you are someone whose father has made his way up in the business world, then you’ve seen, firsthand, what it means to negotiate your way out of a tight spot.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I decided to go to Virginia to see his farm firsthand.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • You know first-hand what it’s like to be the subject of a media campaign.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • I got a firsthand taste of the athletic campus visitation process, complete with young and attractive "tour guides" who showed me around and made me feel welcome—and wanted.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • During the summers, my grandfather and dad would travel by train to the various mints to collect the new coins firsthand or visit various coin shows in the Southeast.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • On the other hand, he’d seen the Underworld firsthand.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
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