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She always digresses when telling a story.
  wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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  • She always digresses when telling a story.
  • Don’t digress when you give a lecture
  • methinks I do digress too much,
    Shakespeare, William  --  Titus Andronicus
  • "All this is a digression," he added in a different tone.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • But I am again digressing.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • All these digressions, they just screw up your story’s sound.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • The trouble with me is, I like it when somebody digresses. It’s more interesting and all.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • But I digress.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • I think that the digression of my thoughts must have done me good, for when I got back to bed I found a lethargy creeping over me.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • To return from this digression.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels

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  • I am come to keep my word, though in some part enforced to digress
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • But—I digress,
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect. (Full disclosure: I am not the first to make this observation...) I digress, but here’s the rub: The dead are visible only in the terrible lidless eye of memory. The living, thank heaven, retain the ability to surprise and to disappoint.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be grown old. I us’d to write more methodically.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • By-and-by, when you’ve got a name, you can afford to digress, and have philosophical and metaphysical people in your novels," said Amy, who took a strictly practical view of the subject.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • But we digress.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • One of them ... informed me with ...  and many digressions ... that my steamer was at the bottom of the river.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • ...the translator of the history thought it best to pass over these and other details of the same sort in silence, as they are not in harmony with the main purpose of the story, the strong point of which is truth rather than dull digressions.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Before he came to the heart of his intentions, Dr. Urbino Daza made several digressions on the subject of aging.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • But I am digressing.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • He flips forward to the chapter on series, an odd digression from the mostly tangible issues of calculus dealing with force or velocity or the trajectory of objects as they bump and bounce through the world.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I have digressed.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • And, "I really have not patience with the general," was uttered twice after Mr. Allen left the room, without any relaxation of anger, or any material digression of thought.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Is it perfume from a dress
    That makes me so digress?
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • After this long digression we have now arrived once more at the point where Pudd’nhead Wilson, while waiting for the arrival of the twins...
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Darya Alexandrovna noticed that at this point in his explanation he grew confused, and she did not quite understand this digression, but she felt that having once begun to speak of matters near his heart, of which he could not speak to Anna, he was now making a clean breast of everything, and that the question of his pursuits in the country fell into the same category of matters near his heart, as the question of his relations with Anna.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But this is mere digression from my purpose.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • When the demon digressed into observations about his chef’s latest dishes, Max broke in.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • my digression
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Chairman said that there had been many irrelevancies yesterday and matters discussed best left undiscussed—and that he would permit no digressions today.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • He could recall nothing save the philosophy of Max Gottlieb, occasional scoldings of Angus Duer, one out of ten among Madeline Fox’s digressions, and the councils of Dad Silva which was above the level of Alec Ingleblad’s barber-shop.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • "I think you heard more than enough on this particular subject," Old Chao kept saying. As indeed they all had. ... He did try digressions — wondering if certain aches he’d been having might be arthritis, for example ... but none of these proved sustainable.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Keep your boat-crew leaders and your class leaders informed of any digression from the normal.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Thy noble shape is but a form of wax,
    Digressing from the valor of a man;
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • When he had enumerated the many different occasions on which the Hurons had exhibited their courage and prowess, in the punishment of insults, he digressed in a high encomium on the virtue of wisdom.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Lou felt that they were wandering from the point, and that in digression Alexandra might unnerve him.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • Phoinix’ tale of Meleagros in Iliad strikes me as windy, and in the slow movement of The Odyssey at least one of the digressions and retards-the pedigree of Theokly
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But I digress.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • All her classmates are complaining about it—Brontes protracted digressions about human nature, the subplots about Jane’s friends at Lowood School, the long-winded, "unrealistic" dialogue.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I digress.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • But I digress.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I’m so eager to begin that I’m almost reluctant to digress now to your problem, but I’m afraid I must.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But this is what is called a digression, and now I am going to go back to the fact that it was a Good Day.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • In these notebooks he had recorded in an impeccable hand his own speculations, theories, digressions.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • But I digress.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Well, as I was saying before I so rudely digressed, so too in literature.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • ’Perhaps not,’ said Mr. Wickfield; ’and you bring me back to the question, with an apology for digressing.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It is always heartening for a teacher to see one of his students excel, however it might be…… But I digress.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Just a digression.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • In describing to her all the grandeur of Lady Catherine and her mansion, with occasional digressions in praise of his own humble abode, and the improvements it was receiving, he was happily employed until the gentlemen joined them; and he found in Mrs. Phillips a very attentive listener, whose opinion of his consequence increased with what she heard, and who was resolving to retail it all among her neighbours as soon as she could.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
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