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  • We expect at least a modicum of eccentricity in our artists.
  • I must’ve had some modicum of talent, because I kept getting hired, but I wore my shirt and tie like an imposter.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • A man with a modicum of intelligence would have seen that those racketeers meant no good.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • It takes a modicum of thinking, but within an hour or so, I invent a great (I think) excuse.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass

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  • In her view, people, even if they had behaved deplorably in life, deserved a modicum of dignity in death.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • There were dozens of these circular alcoves, each lined with a stone bench and provided with a velvet curtain that could be pulled closed to provide a modicum of privacy.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • It would be easy to stereotype Christopher McCandless as another boy who felt too much, a loopy young man who read too many books and lacked even a modicum of common sense.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • ADMONISHMENTS Once a modicum of strength returned to him, Eragon staggered out of the alley, skirting the dead monsters.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I feel I owe her at least that modicum of discretion.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • We moved on to really heavy demolition, setting, off charges on a grand scale, then hand grenades, then rockets, and generally causing major explosions and practicing until we demonstrated a modicum of expertise.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor

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  • They communicated to each other that modicum of light which they possessed.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Eragon chose his response with care to avoid offending her and to provide a modicum of comfort.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Cedric clears his throat, recovering a modicum of poise.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • During the 1980s Fischer made a number of impressive ascents hid that earned him a modicum of local renown, but celebrity in the world climbing community eluded him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • I kept another small loaf, and a modicum of cheese, on a particular shelf of a particular cupboard, to make my supper on when I came back at night.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • In her lay a Godframed Godgiven preformed possibility which thou hast fructified with thy modicum of man’s work.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Langdon had expected a modicum of sanity from the Architect of the Capitol, but now it seemed Warren Bellamy was no more rational than the madman claiming Peter was in purgatory.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • If I thought there was one modicum of sense in what you are saying I might bother to engage with you in this discussion.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Haggard Saint Antoine had had only one exultant week, in which to soften his modicum of hard and bitter bread to such extent as he could, with the relish of fraternal embraces and congratulations, when Madame Defarge sat at her counter, as usual, presiding over the customers.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • And, with a modicum of luck, no one will know.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Had the modicum been less, I should have known my duty.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • True, he had not felt it when the diary had been destroyed, but he had thought that was because he had no body to fell, being less than ghost… No, surely, the rest were safe… The other Horcruxes must be intact… But he must know, he must be sure… He paced the room, kicking aside the goblin’s corpse as he passed, and the pictures blurred and burned in his boiling brain: the lake, the shack, and Hogwarts — A modicum of calm cooled his rage now.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • As a result of such apathy, the countryside had maintained more than a modicum of autonomy and freedom.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Convention rejects and bans certain of the more naked instincts, a little consciousness, morality and debestialization is called for, and a modicum of spirit is not only permitted but even thought necessary.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • But to stand working slowly in a field, and feel the creep of rain-water, first in legs and shoulders, then on hips and head, then at back, front, and sides, and yet to work on till the leaden light diminishes and marks that the sun is down, demands a distinct modicum of stoicism, even of valour.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Maybe Shay had gained a modicum of respect through his miracles.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • …which my aunt had left behind, keeping a fides: house, who was not spying, hiding, but waiting, watching, for no reward, no thanks, who did not love him in the sense we mean it because there is no love of that sort without hope; who (if it were love) loved with that sort beyond the compass of glib books: that love which gives up what it never had—that penny’s modicum which is the donor’s all yet whose infinitesimal weight adds nothing to the substance of the loved—and yet I gave it.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • A teacher should display at least a modicum of interest in his own lessons.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Her modicum of strength had been exhausted, and she was unable even to move from her position.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Julie led him to one of several at the far end, where he would have at least a modicum of privacy.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • But maybe, with time, we might have been able to build up some modicum of mutual trust… But to stand there and deny it?
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • I wish, Dear Diary, I could summon even a modicum of sympathy for my dear John, but reason does not allow me such luxury.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Indeed, with just a modicum of logic, one could achieve very amusing results from the dogma or infinite space and time— to wit: nothing.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • After having taken a very small modicum of the welcome refreshment, he had seated himself in a corner with his usual imperturbable gravity.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • By marriage, and by intermarriage among its own kinsmen, it could boast of some connection with the great, of some insanity, and a modicum of idiocy.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • If you happen to be a responsible citizen who feels a modicum of Christian concern for his unfortunate brothers, you try to mobilize public sentiment, you write letters, make phonecalls, talk to your fellow Elks.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • In the waning light, the Varden settled on a series of cultivated fields just southeast of Dras-Leona, where the land rose up to a slight plateau, which would provide them with a modicum of protection should the enemy charge their position.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • "Well, I must say that is uncommonly decent of you, Palomides, to let me do the prancinV "Yours truly trusts that a modicum of caution will be exercised in the prance, to prevent delivery of uncomfortable blows to the posterior of the forequarters?"
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Do you see a modicum of intelligence?
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • I had used nearly all my savings last year on the hybrid—to be honest, I didn’t understand why car manufacturers charged a premium if you were a buyer with a modicum of social conscience.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Perhaps his nails were a way for him to exert a modicum of control over a life that was no longer his own.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • There is necessarily required a certain modicum of antiquity in a race, and the wrinkle of the centuries cannot be improvised.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They were written in Greek, by authors who had a modicum of education—unlike Jesus’s fishermen disciples, who were illiterate, like ninety percent of the population.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Hunger was pushed out of the tall houses, in the wretched clothing that hung upon poles and lines; Hunger was patched into them with straw and rag and wood and paper; Hunger was repeated in every fragment of the small modicum of firewood that the man sawed off; Hunger stared down from the smokeless chimneys, and started up from the filthy street that had no offal, among its refuse, of anything to eat.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The two of them wanted to marry, which Odele’s parents vehemently opposed on the grounds that the young sailor lacked a family of his own, a respectable profession, and the means to provide even a modicum of comfort for their daughter.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • If there exists some wraith, some bodily spirit here in this room with me, if he or she can hear my thoughts as the wet ink travels from my pen to parchment, if in fact said entity has any modicum of compassion still held in reserve, then you-it!-must certainly heed a mother’s cry: my sweet child has gone missing.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • And as for the rest of his charge, Herr Lodovico could be sure that he, Naphta, pursued his modicum of bourgeois activity, to which the former had been kind enough to allude, with all due reservatio mentalis and that he recognized a certain irony in having found a niche in an educational institution devoted to classical rhetoric, a pedagogy whose life span even the most sanguine would estimate only in decades.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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