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Four months ago, Madeleine randomly asked to be Andie’s friend, and Andie, like a hapless puppy, accepted, so I know the little girl fairly well, along with all her minutiae-enthralled friends, who take many naps and love Greek yogurt and pinot grigio and enjoy sharing that with one another.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
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  • Four months ago, Madeleine randomly asked to be Andie’s friend, and Andie, like a hapless puppy, accepted, so I know the little girl fairly well, along with all her minutiae-enthralled friends, who take many naps and love Greek yogurt and pinot grigio and enjoy sharing that with one another.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I forget sometimes that the entire world isn’t up on the minutiae of classical music.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "Astound me with your grasp of historical minutiae, Elm" I had asked him what E’lir meant once.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I realized he would not be interested in the personal minutiae of Will’s life, even if he knew.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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  • Fredi would drone on about minutiae until he saw eyes drooping.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Even if she had decided to reveal either to Nathan or me the gruesome minutiae of her twenty months at Auschwitz, I might be constrained to draw down the veil, for, as George Steiner remarks, it is not clear "that those who were not themselves fully involved should touch upon these agonies unscathed."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Because of certain …. incidents, he was fascinated with minutiae about the way demon metals and demon drugs act on lycanthropes, the same way the Silent Brothers keep records of the ways Nephilim can be healed.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Etiquette had no minutiae unknown to him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • His gift was for theoretical physics, and his tutor, a man named Patrick Blackett (who would win a Nobel Prize in 1948), was forcing him to attend to the minutiae of experimental physics, which he hated.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He had always urged his students to understand the overall tones and motifs of an artistic period rather than getting lost in the minutia of dates and specific works.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • Another might have missed the tension, but she had trained him in the Bene Gesserit Way — in the minutiae of observation.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • At Base Camp detailing logistical minutiae: menus, spare parts, tools, medicines, communications hard ware, loadhauling schedules, yak availability.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Upon my word, I am not acquainted with the minutiae of her principles.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • I paused, examining and analysing all the minutiae of causation, as exemplified in the change from life to death, and death to life, until from the midst of this darkness a sudden light broke in upon me—a light so brilliant and wondrous, yet so simple, that while I became dizzy with the immensity of the prospect which it illustrated, I was surprised that among so many men of genius who had directed their inquiries towards the same science, that I alone should be reserved to discover so…
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • But Henchard was constructed upon too large a scale to discern such minutiae as these by an evening light, which to him were as the notes of an insect that lie above the compass of the human ear.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But Amory knew that nothing in the abstract, no theory or generality, ever moved Rahill until he stubbed his toe upon the concrete minutiae of it.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Because of the strangeness of the hour, and the abrupt destruction of sleep, the necessity for action and its interruptive minutiae, the gravity of his errand, and a kind of weary exhilaration, both of them found it peculiarly hard to talk, though both particularly wanted to.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Our vanities differ as our noses do: all conceit is not the same conceit, but varies in correspondence with the minutiae of mental make in which one of us differs from another.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It was a worn whisper, dry and papery, and it brushed so distinctly across the ear that, by the accustomed, the material minutiae in which it originated could be realized as by touch.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The minutiae of the business Anne could not attempt to understand; even Captain Wentworth did not seem admitted to perfect confidence here; but that there had been a withdrawing on the gentleman’s side, and a relenting on the lady’s, and that they were now very glad to be together again, did not admit a doubt.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Whenever she had thought of the minutiae of the evening, it had been as a matter of course that Edmund would begin with Miss Crawford; and the impression was so strong, that though her uncle spoke the contrary, she could not help an exclamation of surprise, a hint of her unfitness, an entreaty even to be excused.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • For the enlightenment of those who are not so intimately acquainted with the minutiae of the municipal abattoir as this morbidminded esthete and embryo philosopher who for all his overweening bumptiousness in things scientific can scarcely distinguish an acid from an alkali prides himself on being, it should perhaps be stated that staggering bob in the vile parlance of our lowerclass licensed victuallers signifies the cookable and eatable flesh of a calf newly dropped from its mother.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He had not known all of the minutiae and thus had not been able to divulge every detail to the Demon.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • He has three Esper secretaries, memory wizards all, who carry within their minds the minutiae of his business.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • There was the eye for detail to ascertain which minutiae were askew, what oddity or normality was out of place.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • "This whole obsession with stores, and snacks, and analyzing the minutiae of every single choice and pairing," I said.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Who would have dreamed, though, that the easily willed minutiae of their daily actions could amass so — solidifying, mountainous, beyond their control?
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • [6] America began to stand for something quite new in the world—in government, in law, in public and private morals, in customs and habits of mind, in the minutia of social intercourse.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The mirror’s frame is a clutter of postcards, family photographs, and other minutiae, such as the Sunday Mass schedules for St. Stephen’s and St. Matthew’s cathedrals.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • I knew nothing of the minutiae of ropes and rigging, of the trimming and setting of sails; but the sailors took pains to put me to rights,—Louis proving an especially good teacher,—and I had little trouble with those under me.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • He therefore presents to the mind of his auditors a succession of great general truths (which he himself only comprehends, and expresses, confusedly), and of petty minutia, which he is but too able to discover and to point out.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • TWO WEEKS LATER, the Colonel returned from spring break with two notebooks filled with the minutiae of prank planning, sketches of various locations, and a forty-page, two-column list of problems that might crop up and their solutions.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • It was an extraordinarily extensive "story" of who we were, an autobiography as such, often evolving to develop even the minutiae of life experience, countless facts and figures, though it also required a truthful ontological bearing, a certain presence of character.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • To awaken in this manner after years of war was too much to bear, and to prevent himself from breaking under the strain he tried to take simple inventories: he spoke to himself about what he had done that day, and took note of the minutiae of the bathroom in which he lay in a steaming tub of hot water all the way up to his blessed collar-bone.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Having thus far dealt primarily with the "minutiae" of a plan for confederation, the delegates, by late July, had gotten down to the "great points of representation, boundaries, and taxation," in Jefferson’s words; and as Josiah Bartlett wrote with New Hampshire understatement, "the sentiments of the members [were] very different on many of the articles."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But I am at a loss to explain the political action of the American tribunals without entering into some technical details of their constitution and their forms of proceeding; and I know not how to descend to these minutiae without wearying the curiosity of the reader by the natural aridity of the subject, or without risking to fall into obscurity through a desire to be succinct.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Like many minds of panoramic sweep, hers was apt to overlook the MINUTIAE of the foreground, and she was much more likely to know where Carry Fisher had found the Welly Brys’ CHEF for them, than what was happening to her own niece.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Why, Mrs. Gant!’ he said—" She was off on a lengthy divagation, recording with an absorbed gusto the interminable minutia of her transaction with the worthy Quinine King, with the attendant phenomena, during the time, of birds, bees, flowers, sun, clouds, dogs, cows, and people.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • …of children and women, The many-moving sea-tides, and I saw the ships how they sail’d, And the summer approaching with richness, and the fields all busy with labor, And the infinite separate houses, how they all went on, each with its meals and minutia of daily usages, And the streets how their throbbings throbb’d, and the cities pent— lo, then and there, Falling upon them all and among them all, enveloping me with the rest, Appear’d the cloud, appear’d the long black trail, And I knew…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Remarkable often found occasions, in after days, to recount the minutiae of that celebrated operation; and when she arrived at this point she commonly proceeded as follows:" And then the doctor tuck out of the pocket book a long thing, like a knitting-needle, with a button fastened to the end on’t; and then he pushed it into the wound and then the young man looked awful; and then I thought I should have swaned away—I felt in sitch a dispu’t taking; and then the doctor had run it right…
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Paul sensed the hyperalertness of his mind reading her reactions, computing on minutiae.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • An accumulation of minutiae in the way it was flown, the dash of the landing—clues so small even his mother hadn’t detected them—had told Paul precisely who sat at those controls.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Oscar could have simply said no. The consulate checks for a criminal record but doesn’t have the time to dig up the minutiae of every applicant’s life.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • -from "A Child’s History of Muad’Dib" by the Princess Irulan As Paul fought the ’thopter’s controls, he grew aware that he was sorting out the interwoven storm forces, his more than Mentat awareness computing on the basis of fractional minutiae.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • WAY, BENE GESSERIT: use of the minutiae of observation.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • She had a great deal to listen to; all the particulars of past sad scenes, all the minutiae of distress upon distress, which in former conversations had been merely hinted at, were dwelt on now with a natural indulgence.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I know not whether the soldiers of Greece and Rome ever carried the minutiae of military discipline to the same degree of perfection as the Russians have done; but this did not prevent Alexander from conquering Asia—and Rome, the world.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • …could only have done so in some such general words as I have already used: to have been driven to be more particular would have been like trying to give a history of the lights and shadows, for that new real future which was replacing the imaginary drew its material from the endless minutiae by which her view of Mr. Casaubon and her wifely relation, now that she was married to him, was gradually changing with the secret motion of a watch-hand from what it had been in her maiden dream.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …Hayter had said one day, and what Mr Musgrove had proposed the next, and what had occurred to my sister Hayter, and what the young people had wished, and what I said at first I never could consent to, but was afterwards persuaded to think might do very well," and a great deal in the same style of open-hearted communication: minutiae which, even with every advantage of taste and delicacy, which good Mrs Musgrove could not give, could be properly interesting only to the principals.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • he had memorized the many minutiae of the legal code
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