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  • It was wonderful to be twenty-two and a little drunk, knowing that all went well at the writing desk, shiveringly happy in the clutch of one’s own creative ardor and in that "grand certitude" Thomas Wolfe was always hymning—the certitude that the wellsprings of youth would never run dry, and that the wrenching anguish endured in the crucible of art would find its recompense in everlasting fame, and glory, and the love of beautiful women.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But I will desire recompense.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "A good man’s prayers are golden recompense!" rejoined old Roger Chillingworth, as he took his leave.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They will recompense him now, I hope, as he deserves.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities

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  • You ought to stand something handsome, Fagin, to recompense me for keeping house so long.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "And it is thus heaven recompenses virtue, sir," added Caderousse.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Resign yourself, and this obedience Will be by Heaven well recompensed.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Dragon-fire and ruin! From whom should we claim the recompense of our damage, and aid for our widows and orphans?
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Inquiries were made as to how it got there; I was obliged to confess, and in recompense for my cowardice and inhumanity was sent out of the house.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • We are willing to give £30 a quarter, or £120 a year, so as to recompense you for any little inconvenience which our fads may cause you.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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  • To have struggled with him in the street, or to have exacted any lower recompense from him than his heart’s best blood, would have been futile and degrading.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The sin of my ingratitude even now Was heavy on me: thou art so far before, That swiftest wing of recompense is slow To overtake thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Did it feel as bad as having some fifty thousand books annihilated with no recompense?
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • On the other hand, Arkush writes, Chinese proverbs are striking in their belief that "hard work, shrewd planning and self-reliance or cooperation with a small group will in time bring recompense."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • No money, no recompense for work–why did our souls’ society not fall apart? I tried to explain that it was not so different from life in the caves.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • "In the seventh place, try, by the frequent thought of death," the Rhetor said, "to bring yourself to regard it not as a dreaded foe, but as a friend that frees the soul grown weary in the labors of virtue from this distressful life, and leads it to its place of recompense and peace."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Lend the Trojans power, until the Akhaians recompense my son and heap new honor upon him!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I have taken him and there is no recompense.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • "Oh, I am already grandly recompensed!" cried d’Artagnan.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • And this is the recompense I get, you ungrateful girl!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • These Mohicans and I will do what man’s thoughts can invent, to keep such flowers, which, though so sweet, were never made for the wilderness, from harm, and that without hope of any other recompense but such as God always gives to upright dealings.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The majority of the lawyers handling these cases are court-appointed and work without recompense; but more often than not the courts, in order to avoid future appeals based on complaints of inadequate representation, appoint men of first quality who defend with commendable vigor.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I am no fee’d post, lady; keep your purse; My master, not myself, lacks recompense.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • For my part, I could have gone through a good deal (though I was much less brave than Traddles, and nothing like so old) to have won such a recompense.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It were a bad recompense for your love to lay any of them on you.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • That Saphira would mend the star sapphire, Isidar Mithrim, as recompense for Arya breaking it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • No, truly, but in friendly recompense.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • That is how you recompense me for the really paternal care that I lavish on you!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It was wrong what happened and one would like to recompense them somehow.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • I’ll recompense myself for the way in which I have been brought up.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • (He got recompense for that!) He grew up under the clouds, won glory of men till all his enemies sitting around him heard across the whaleroads his demands and gave him tribute.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • "O thou! that by so bestial a sign showest hatred against him whom thou dost eat, tell me the wherefore," said I, "with this compact, that if thou rightfully of him complainest, I, knowing who ye are, and his sin, may yet recompense thee for it in the world above, if that with which I speak be not dried up."
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • But if an alien from a foreign land Be known to any as the murderer, Let him who knows speak out, and he shall have Due recompense from me and thanks to boot.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • But, in the meantime, the paquet had sailed with my sea-stores, which was some loss to me, and my only recompense was his lordship’s thanks for my service, all the credit of obtaining the accommodation falling to his share.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Guster has some recompenses for her many privations.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • This poor workingman had constituted himself the tutor of Justice, and she recompensed him by rendering him great.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • At seventeen years many their fortunes seek; But at fourscore it is too late a week: Yet fortune cannot recompense me better Than to die well and not my master’s debtor.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Direct my course: Directed, no mean recompense it brings To your behoof, if I that region lost, All usurpation thence expelled, reduce To her original darkness and your sway (Which is my present journey), and once more Erect the standard there of ancient Night.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He waited, he gibbered, he was recompensed, he was dissatisfied, he did not leave them until he had swept their minds clean of all thoughts whether pleasant or unpleasant.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • …this life, and is an occasion of rectifying our measures, and bringing us to a more modest opinion of ourselves: It tells us, how necessary the assistance of divine grace is unto us, when life itself becomes a burden, and death even desirable: But when the greatest oppression comes upon us, we must have recourse to patience, begging of God to give us that virtue; and the more composed, we are under any trouble, the more commendable is our wisdom, and the larger will be our recompense.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The chuckle with which he said this, and the chuckle with which he paid for the Turkey, and the chuckle with which he paid for the cab, and the chuckle with which he recompensed the boy, were only to be exceeded by the chuckle with which he sat down breathless in his chair again, and chuckled till he cried.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • I accept your gift, and would fain recompense it with this precious purple flower; but if I toss it into the air it will not reach you.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • I must—though she did always brag about her rich uncle or rich aunt, and her expectations from ’em—I must send a useful sum of money to her, I suppose—just as a little recompense, poor girl….
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She had her recompense at last.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Permit me to recompense you for your trouble.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • It was probably just peaceful despair and relief at final and complete abnegation, now that Judith was about to immolate the frustration’s vicarious recompense into the living fairy tale.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • But how thinkest thou, chela, to recompense these people, and especially the priest, for their great kindness?
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • But our depraved age does not deserve to enjoy such a blessing as those ages enjoyed when knights-errant took upon their shoulders the defence of kingdoms, the protection of damsels, the succour of orphans and minors, the chastisement of the proud, and the recompense of the humble.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …the state, are punished here with the utmost severity; but, if the person accused makes his innocence plainly to appear upon his trial, the accuser is immediately put to an ignominious death; and out of his goods or lands the innocent person is quadruply recompensed for the loss of his time, for the danger he underwent, for the hardship of his imprisonment, and for all the charges he has been at in making his defence; or, if that fund be deficient, it is largely supplied by the crown.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I did not mean to tax your time without a recompense.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
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