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  • For everywhere she looked, everywhere she turned, was the rhythm, and as it continued to control the systole and diastole of her heart, the intake and outlet of her breath, the red miasma began to creep before her eyes again, and she was afraid that she was going to lose consciousness, and if she did that she would he completely in the power of IT.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Cotton was the heartbeat of the section, the planting and the picking were the diastole and systole of the red earth.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Where I lay, while outside my window a neon sign flickered on and off to the time of my heart, systole and diastole, flushing and flushing again the gray sea mist with a tint like blood.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • …persistently when they were in his work-room, putting arguments for and against the probability of certain biological views; but he had none of those definite things to say or to show which give the waymarks of a patient uninterrupted pursuit, such as he used himself to insist on, saying that "there must be a systole and diastole in all inquiry," and that "a man’s mind must be continually expanding and shrinking between the whole human horizon and the horizon of an object-glass."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch

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  • Yet the systole and diastole[288] of the heart are not without their analogy in the ebb and flow of love.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • …ill-supprest sighs, Not in many an oath and promise broken, Not in my wilful and savage soul’s volition, Not in the subtle nourishment of the air, Not in this beating and pounding at my temples and wrists, Not in the curious systole and diastole within which will one day cease, Not in many a hungry wish told to the skies only, Not in cries, laughter, defiancies, thrown from me when alone far in the wilds, Not in husky pantings through clinch’d teeth, Not in sounded and resounded…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • ] [Footnote 98: Systole and diastole, the contraction and dilation of the heart and arteries.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • ] [Footnote 288: Systole and diastole.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • POLARITY,[97] or action and reaction, we meet in every part of nature; in darkness and light; in heat and cold; in the ebb and flow of waters; in male and female; in the inspiration and expiration of plants and animals; in the equation of quantity and quality in the fluids of the animal body; in the systole and diastole[98] of the heart; in the undulations of fluids, and of sound; in the centrifugal and centripetal gravity; in electricity, galvanism, and chemical affinity.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
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