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She shakes her head, an infinitesimal gesture.
Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  very tiny; or immeasurably small
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  • She shakes her head, an infinitesimal gesture.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • An infinitesimal change.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • If he had been his old self, if the system hadn’t crashed, he would have seen the blur of the blade as it came around, heard the infinitesimally small whistle of it cutting through the air.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Here is the winged thunbergia, the large snouted justicia, the mustard tree of Scripture with its succulent leaves and infinitesimal berries.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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  • Tiny things, infinitesimal things.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He crouched down beside Harry, who saw, through the infinitesimal gap left between his swollen eyelids, a face covered in matted gray hair and whiskers, with pointed brown teeth and sores in the corners of his mouth.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • As if, inside Werner’s head, an infinitesimal orchestra has stirred to life.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Father, his jeweler’s glass in his eye, was bent over the shoulder of the newest apprentice, deftly selecting an infinitesimal part from the array before them on the workbench.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The universe, he once thought, may well be made up of infinitesimal pieces of string, in thirty-two different colors.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • So maybe I had the teeniest, tiniest, most infinitesimal amount of auburn in my hair.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush

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  • The cords stood out in his neck, and his face was suffused with dark blood, but I saw an infinitesimal nod in acknowledgment of my message.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • After an infinitesimal hesitation he included Daisy with a slight nod, and she winked at me again.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • These infinitesimal distinctions between man and man are too paltry for an Omnipotent Being.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Today we pass on, we see it no more, and we are different, changed in some infinitesimal way.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Sharmak just sat there, and then Gulab nodded to the Taliban boss, who I noticed made an infinitesimal incline of his head, like a pitcher acknowledging a catcher’s signal.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Whatever was inside was infinitesimal.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • His eyebrows moved an infinitesimal bit, then his lips.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Rather, it shattered into infinitesimal pieces.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Prissy quickened her gait infinitesimally and Scarlett went back into the house.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In the infinitesimal glow of the stars, the trees and flowers were strewing their cool odors.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Then, an infinitesimal veering of the canoe, and the line of his body would break, the soaring arms collapse, up shoot an uncontrollable leg, and Phineas would tumble into the water, roaring with rage.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Yossarian shook his head and explained that deja vu was just a momentary infinitesimal lag in the operation of two coactive sensory nerve centers that commonly functioned simultaneously.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They studied the infinitesimal effects of spit on snow and history.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • You miss an infinitesimal line and you can build it into a pyramid of evidence!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Arriving at infinitesimals, mathematics, the most exact of sciences, abandons the process of analysis and enters on the new process of the integration of unknown, infinitely small, quantities.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • His head shook infinitesimally.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • In point of fact the three actions of perceiving, determining, and responding were sequential; but so infinitesimal were the intervals of time between them that they appeared simultaneous.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Thus, he could avoid the leap of another dog, or the drive of its fangs, and at the same moment could seize the infinitesimal fraction of time in which to deliver his own attack.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • From here they do not appear to violate the surface at all; it is as though it had severed them both at a single blow, the two torsos moving with infinitesimal and ludicrous care upon the surface.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • I see several women I recognize, exchange with them the infinitesimal nods with which we show each other we are known, at least to someone, we still exist.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • This Cambronne, this man spending his last hour, this unknown soldier, this infinitesimal of war, realizes that here is a falsehood, a falsehood in a catastrophe, and so doubly agonizing; and at the moment when his rage is bursting forth because of it, he is offered this mockery,—life!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As a philosopher he knew that at the termination of any allotted life only an infinitesimal part of any person’s desires has been realised.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • While I was in the very act of yearning toward the new forms that Cleric brought up before me, my mind plunged away from me, and I suddenly found myself thinking of the places and people of my own infinitesimal past.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • It seems to hang suspended in the middle distance forever and forever, so infinitesimal is its progress, like a shabby bead upon the mild red string of road.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • She woke up from time to time in the night and whispered "Mary" and touched the doll’s infinitesimal slipper with a light finger.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • On the count of three, then… one… two…’ It happened in a fraction of a second: in the infinitesimal pause before Dumbledore said ’three’, Harry looked up at him — they were very close together — and Dumbledore’s clear blue gaze moved from the Portkey to Harry’s face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • When two legs of my level were on the shore and the third on the ice, and the sights were directed over the latter, a rise or fall of the ice of an almost infinitesimal amount made a difference of several feet on a tree across the pond.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Then, leaving infinitesimal sections of Wurtemburgers, Prussian Guards, Chasseurs Alpins, Manchester mill hands and old Etonians to pursue their eternal dissolution under the warm rain, they took the train for Paris.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • So much, and himself, infinitesimal, at the core a nothingness, and yet not nothing.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Their little sounds, as they approached his father, vanished upon it like the infinitesimal whisperings of snow, falling on open water.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • The two trunks in their infinitesimal dance of growth Have turned completely about one another, their join A slowly twisted scar … that I recognize…… A quick arc flashes sidewise in the air, A heavy blade in flight.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Once it is accepted that nothing can change, that nothing can come out of nothing, and that nothing is ever lost, then nature must consist of infinitesimal blocks that can join and separate again.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • In the moment that these words filled the room, and hung in the room like the infinitesimal moment of hanging, jagged light that precedes an explosion, John and his father were staring into each other’s eyes.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • First, she walked down the block by heart, noting the infinitesimal differences between the lookalike houses: different color drapes, an azalea bush on the left side of the door instead of on the right, a mailbox or door with a doodad of some kind.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • He expanded reason to handle infinitesimal changes and I think what is needed now is a similar expansion of reason to handle technological ugliness.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The odds of seeing it were infinitesimal, but she stayed out anyway, growing chilled as the evening deepened.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • His eyes seemed to narrow infinitesimally.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Nevertheless, after the most infinitesimal of pauses, she shook her head.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • I saw the little creases in the flesh of her neck, just the tiniest little creases, the little mark left day after day by that absolutely infinitesimal gossamer cord of thuggee which time throws around the prettiest neck every day to garrote it.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • A tiny circle of green, an infinitesimal glow of green light.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
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