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  • I take zinc tablets to help shorten the duration of a cold.
  • More frequent and longer duration exercise is associated with better health.
  • The happy state in which the family had spent the evening, as just recorded, was not of very long duration.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • This self-deception was not of long duration.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina

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  • The malice, impotent though it be, which possesses these demon souls is an evil of boundless extension, of limitless duration, a frightful state of wickedness which we can scarcely realize unless we bear in mind the enormity of sin and the hatred God bears to it.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • After a single combat of some duration they returned, and I saw, to my joy, both in Mrs. Crupp’s countenance and in my aunt’s, that the deed was done.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Still, the average duration of human life is proved to have increased of late years.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • These considerations led the deep-sighted lady into a calculation of the probable duration of Mrs Wititterly’s life, and the chances of the disconsolate widower bestowing his hand on her daughter.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • You have no doubt of the mutual attachment of your brother and your friend; depend upon it, therefore, that real jealousy never can exist between them; depend upon it that no disagreement between them can be of any duration.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • ’Clearly,’ the Time Traveller proceeded, ’any real body must have extension in four directions: it must have Length, Breadth, Thickness, and—Duration.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine

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  • It passes from duration in time to immortality.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • On one trip that took place in the winter I remember that we each were assigned to a truck for the duration of the problem.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I drink your health, dear." and John sipped his tea with an air of reposeful rapture, which was of very short duration however, for as he put down his cup, the door handle rattled mysteriously, and a little voice was heard, saying impatiently….
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • She had passed the recent hour in lamenting over a rumour newly come to her ears—that Yeobright’s visit to his mother was to be of short duration, and would end some time the next week.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • ’twas because the little phrase, unlike them, whatever opinion it might hold on the short duration of these states of the soul, saw in them something not, as everyone else saw, less serious than the events of everyday life, but, on the contrary, so far superior to everyday life as to be alone worthy of the trouble of expressing it.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • For the hereditary prince has less cause and less necessity to offend; hence it happens that he will be more loved; and unless extraordinary vices cause him to be hated, it is reasonable to expect that his subjects will be naturally well disposed towards him; and in the antiquity and duration of his rule the memories and motives that make for change are lost, for one change always leaves the toothing for another.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • These performances are always of pretty short duration.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • Someone she put in a cage for the duration would have the strongest revenge ratio.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • One correspondent dubbed her the Dragon Lady, and the name stuck for the duration of the trial.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Not guessing the cause, there was nothing to remind him that experience is as to intensity, and not as to duration.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • If it was going to happen, it would happen in moments, the duration brief.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • This is seeing life in the best view, and this unwillingness to quit our friends is the most amiable motive from which we can derive the fear of death; and yet the longest enjoyment which we can hope for of this kind is of so trivial a duration, that it is to a wise man truly contemptible.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I can’t speak to the purpose today of the duration of these things.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • But such fights were of brief duration.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • But Ramsbotham began fiddling with the three greatest Einsteinian equations, the two relativity equations for distance and duration and the mass-conversion equation; each contained the velocity of light.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Only for the duration of this trip.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The government has decreed that we are to be relocated for the duration of this war.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • "And then probably back to France, as I’m still enlisted for the duration.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • This rebirth was not for some single exceptional man alone, nor the king alone, but for ’millions of millions… there is not one who fails to reach that place… as for the duration of life upon earth, it is a sort of dream; they say "Welcome, safe and sound" to him who reaches the West’.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • …love, Great was th’ effect, and high was his intent; Well wist he why, and what thereof he meant: For with that faire chain of love he bond* *bound The fire, the air, the water, and the lond In certain bondes, that they may not flee:<91> That same prince and mover eke," quoth he, "Hath stablish’d, in this wretched world adown, Certain of dayes and duration To all that are engender’d in this place, Over the whiche day they may not pace*, *pass All may they yet their dayes well abridge.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Respect the _naturlangsamkeit_[296] which hardens the ruby in a million years, and works in duration, in which Alps and Andes come and go as rainbows.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It had long been Mr. Touchett’s most ingenious way of taking the cheerful view of his son’s possible duration.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • After an unquiet slumber of some three or four hours’ duration, we arose, as if by preconcert, to make examination of our treasure.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • She thought that she had realized all that was in her soul to realize in the event, and when at length the time came to put on her veil, leave the bedroom she had shared with her husband, leave their home, and go down to see him for the first time since his death and to see the long day through, which would cover him out of sight for the duration of this world, she thought that she was firm and ready.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • At the same time, such emotion in him, though vivid, was of brief duration.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • He thought about the strength of the storm, its duration, how oddly minimal the damage had been to this house.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • On the evening when he was to preach, he and Deborah walked together to the great, lighted lodge hall that had but lately held a dance band, and that the saints had rented for the duration of the revival.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • The raging of the tempest had a character of duration that rendered it easy to imagine it might be a permanent feature of the spot.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • When the mind reverts to the earliest days of colonial history, the period seems remote and obscure, the thousand changes that thicken along the links of recollections, throwing back the origin of the nation to a day so distant as seemingly to reach the mists of time; and yet four lives of ordinary duration would suffice to transmit, from mouth to mouth, in the form of tradition, all that civilized man has achieved within the limits of the republic.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Just as the last sheet of agitated ice was disappearing in the distance, the eagles rose, and soared with a wide sweep above the clouds, while the waves tossed their little caps of snow in the air, as if rioting in their release from a thraldom of five minutes’ duration.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The hesitation of the squatter was consequently of short duration.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Seemingly there was silence of longer duration than all her former life.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • We have no time to lose—as our approaching sea voyage may be of long duration.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • "Ah, do keep it to yourself then, for the duration of the journey, and not go bragging, will you?" the young wife cried at him.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • "And for the duration of this war…?" he asked.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • He also tended to believe in the infinite duration of the state and mood in which he happened to find himself at a given moment, cherished it for just that reason and was not eager for change.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Indecision had not hitherto been one of Newman’s weaknesses, and in this case it was not of long duration.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • No Patton rushing for the Rhine, no beachheads to storm and win and hold for the duration.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • "Well, every night I’d collect the ashtrays and I’d put them inside of my washing machine for the duration of the night.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
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