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  • She said she was quoted out of context and that anyone who read her full speech would know it.
  • She quoted him out of context.
  • It helps to look at the crime rate in historical context.
  • Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal, ....There is a tendency in this year of grace, 1935, for certain people to use this phrase out of context, to satisfy all conditions.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • The shell was interesting and pretty and a worthy plaything; but the vivid phantoms of his day-dream still interposed between him and Piggy, who in this context was an irrelevance.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The Power of Context says that human beings are a lot more sensitive to their environment than they may seem.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • In order to "know" a couple, we feel as though we have to observe them over many weeks and months and see them in every state ... To make an accurate prediction about something as serious as the future of a marriage—indeed, to make a prediction of any sort—it seems that we would have to gather a lot of information and in as many different contexts as possible. But John Gottman has proven that we don’t have to do that at all.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • But it was a dull thought, like a child spelling out the letters of a word which he cannot read, and which if he could would have no meaning or context.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • And both of us had second chances. But if the situation or the context where you make the decisions don’t change, then second chances don’t mean too much, huh?
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • In another context, she might have found something soothing about it; right now, it felt as foreign as everything else.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song

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  • Nobody can be as big as the Beatles because the Beatles already gave it a "context."  The reason they were so big is that they had no one to compare themselves with, so the sky was the limit. Sam added that nowadays a band or someone would compare themselves to the Beatles after the second album, and their own personal voice would be less from that moment on.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Instead, each time I walked into Colton’s room, I saw my little boy slipping deeper into the grip of whatever mysterious monster held him. Not only was he not getting better; he was getting worse faster. ... I had seen this look many times, but in a context where you might expect it, in a patient suffering from terminal cancer or in the final phases of old age.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • I worried that he was bored, but after a while I got too caught up in the music to care. Then, when Yo-Yo Ma played "Le Grand Tango," Adam reached over and grasped my hand. In any other context, this would have been cheesy, the old yawn-and-cop-a-feel move. But Adam wasn’t looking at me. His eyes were closed and he was swaying slightly in his seat. He was lost in the music, too.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • "Your Honor," my lawyer chuckled as he stood up, "Ms. Gold’s statement is taken totally out of context."
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • Because this is a true story, involving an extraordinary episode in American history, we have included a list of dates and laws we hope will make it easier to follow. It needs some historical context.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • Beginning readers, of course, are at a slight disadvantage, which is why professors are useful in providing a broader context.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I see the dishtowel, out of context, and I catch my breath.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • These mysterious sentences, snatched from an unknown context,—like strange horns of beasts, and leaves of unknown plants, brought from some far-off region,—gave boundless scope to her imagination, and were all the more fascinating because they were in a peculiar tongue of their own, which she could learn to interpret.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But the context of the speech was more staggering even than its delivery.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Strict interpretation depends on context.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • In the context of this, much of what went on in normal life seemed wholly and disturbingly ridiculous.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • How stupid and out of context.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • As soon as kitsch is recognized for the lie it is, it moves into the context of non-kitsch, thus losing its authoritarian power and becoming as touching as any other human weakness.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • He did but in the wrong context, I’m afraid.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • She had published a number of books and articles with titles full of alienations, roles, transactions, social contexts, and more alienations.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Why did all these things rush back so easily when I viewed the cards-rush back without dragging their contexts along with them? I knew more now than I’d known before, in the way of names and faces.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Their display was simple abandonment to affection, foolish in any other context, but completely genuine here.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • All around me the crowd was singing along to the song, one they’d heard all their lives too, but never quite in the context that I had.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Your patient must demand that all his own utterances are to be taken at their face value and judged simply on the actual words, while at the same time judging all his mother’s utterances with the fullest and most oversensitive interpretation of the tone and the context and the suspected intention.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • In the right context, a split infinitive can look like the end of civilization as we know it.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The word shock, in this context, is meant to mean I was no longer there.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • As incomprehensible as it sounds at this moment, you may well know this man in a different context one day.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • To put The Iliad in its historical contexts also makes it at least as fascinating as when it is seen as the product of a single artistic genius.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • While no element of the story can be later than the destruction of Nineveh in the seventh century, a recurring situation typical of the third millennium is discernible behind much of the action, and probably provided its context.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • His father asked how could the commentator have offered such an interpretation when in another passage in the Talmud he had said exactly the opposite, and Danny, very quietly, calmly, his fingers still playing with the rim of the paper plate, found a difference between the contradictory statements by quoting two other sources where one of the statements appeared in a somewhat different context, thereby nullifying the contradiction.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • But I was sorely put out by the absence of all else—of the body to my imagined instrument—of the text for my context.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • In his children he was trying to instill a sense of the value of work, the value of whatever came into their house, but he knew that much would be lost in the context, the waste and excess of the culture at large.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Conway thought that the argument, in its context of place and circumstance, was in some danger of becoming ludicrous.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He had to try to worm out the context without letting on that he was calling for any reason other than pure curiosity and professional concern.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • And in what context did the name Jonas crop up?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • "In a business context," I say, equally shortly.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • In this context it was an amphitheater of death.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • There are some old spots, where I was sick once before without ever knowing it, I heard those myself when he tapped, and now he says he can hear a fresh one—ha, ’fresh’ sounds quite peculiar in that context.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "So they simply stay on," Bortz said, "in the context of conspiracy.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Paradoxically enough, it was when I was away from her, when I was withdrawn from her context, back in my room at night or in the hot early afternoon, after lunch, that I was savagely impatient of the delays and discriminations.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • It was too strange and too mocking to be real; it was like a page torn out of a romance, with no context in his own experience.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Within the context of our obligations to other people.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • The whole collection creates a context in which to ponder your own personal philosophy.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Jacobs pauses to let the weight of what she has just said sink in for me, then she puts it in context.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • I believe that people identify things only in context.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
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