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A perpetual flame burns beside the grave of John F. Kennedy.
  continuing forever without change


occurring so frequently it seems continual
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  • A perpetual flame burns beside the grave of John F. Kennedy.
  • She complains perpetually.
  • She has a perpetual ironic smirk.
  • A machine capable of perpetual motion without input of outside energy is impossible according to the laws of thermodynamics.

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  • An old lady stood there smiling, her dentures glowing white in the perpetual green twilight of the hallway.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Once I ran away from Lorraine and the others and hid in a part of the cemetery that didn’t have perpetual care.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Henry limped down into the clubroom, dragging his crippled left leg, the perpetual grin spread across his skinny face.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • She was in her thirties, unmarried, perpetually sipping herbal tea.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • The principle of perpetual disappointment.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • He’s not sure of his name—everyone just calls him "the Mouth Breather," since his nose is perpetually stuffed.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • Sometimes Mrs. Livingston feels like Yetta, with her perpetual yearning.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Rand and Marybeth feared that I might take Amy’s marriage as some jab at my perpetually single state.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She was in a perpetually good mood, despite her denials that a guy had anything to do with it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • But inside it’s perpetual twilight.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Thick towers of swirling black clouds brought rain, and the brown stems glistened in the perpetual twilight that dwelled beneath the canopy.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • All of that would be, so soon, replaced by a new and glorious openness, a world of perpetual light.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • We hide in these temporal backwaters, afraid of the very people we should be ruling, arrested in a state of perpetual childhood by this confederacy of busybodies—these women!
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It was as if the constance of their lives here, the unvarying days—this perpetual deathless summer—had arrested their emotions as well as their bodies, sealing them in their youth like Peter Pan and his Lost Boys.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • One of them looked like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, all watery blue eyes, bad posture, and Adam’s apple, and she seemed irritated by her situation; the other was like a young novice in a convent, with shorn hair and a perpetually surprised expression; then there was Alice, about five feet tall with the thickest Coke-bottle glasses I had seen in a long time.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Life as a perpetual student is so much harder than actually earning a living.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Rather, he had them, but they were in a perpetual state of regrowing from being burned off in the course of his alchemical pursuits.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The enormous room was hidden away from the circadian lights, in a state of perpetual twilight.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • The only discernible sights are the bombs, continually falling, large displays of fire of all colors that sweep through the night sky and the perpetual explosions that follow.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Kai bristled at the sight of the Lunar Queen, her head and shoulders draped in an ornate cream-colored veil, like a perpetual bride.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive, perpetual.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • She hated the drafty floors and frigid corners, and the perpetual animal reek of heavy clothes hung about the fireplace to dry.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "Is that bad?" asked the perpetually worried Humbug.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Her caught-in-headlights eyes gave her a look of perpetual astonishment, so that we found ourselves turning and looking back over our shoulders, wondering what we were missing.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Her left eyebrow was slightly higher than her right, giving the impression that she was perpetually interested, or maybe perpetually perplexed.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Merrick was skinny and ungainly, with the Whitshanks’ definite jaw that looked better on the men than on the women, and that summer she was wearing her hair in a dramatic new style, flaring out on the left side but pressed flat to her skull on the right, so that it looked as if she were perpetually being buffeted by a strong wind.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The old Roman’s hair was pale in the moonlight, and he wore the toga in which he had been buried, with, beneath it, a thick woolen vest and leggings because this was a cold country at the edge of the world, and the only place colder was Caledonia to the North, where the men were more animal than human and covered in orange fur, and were too savage even to be conquered by the Romans, so would soon be walled off in their perpetual winter.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • I think of her cold eyes and perpetual scowl, her unwillingness to see me as anything more than a pair of hands, fingers holding a needle and thread.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • His call for "perpetual revolution" mobilized young people into Red Guards who would wage class war against remnants of traditional society, both native and foreign.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • The one with the perpetually open garage.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Tante Bep, with her perpetual, disapproving scowl, was the oldest of the aunts and the one we children liked least.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • They capped the number at thirty a week later, and moved on to filling the next wooden structure along the camp’s perpetually soggy and trampled main trail.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • It was as though, as a result of some disturbance in the heavens, the early morning light was always receding into the darkness, and men lived in a perpetual dawn.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The children were perpetually begging me for cigarettes for the prisoners.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The boys of our school and the Catholic boys from Our Lady of Perpetual Help throw them at one another, but we would not do that.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I laid down one long road of a sentence in my remembery: "For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever."
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • I was on my way to the chapel because it is my turn for the perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at this hour.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Jack Welch said manufacturing should be on a perpetual barge, circling the globe for the cheapest conditions possible, and it seemed the world had taken him at his word.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He thought a moment, brow furrowed, a deeper version of his perpetual worried expression—"I’ll tell you what I’m trying a bit clumsily to say, after my mother died I’d walk and walk, that awful dragging summer.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He told us we were sentencing ourselves to a life of perpetual mourning, a life where we’d feel like you were dying every single day over and over again."
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • I was looking pretty dead—my hands and feet ballooned; my skin cracked; my lips were perpetually blue.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Besides migrants, the camp has ten perpetual residents.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • But she never seemed bitter, only perpetually annoyed.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • He wears a perpetual, almost devilish smile.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • It came as if self-impelled, driving all before it, a perpetual explosion.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It is in perpetual movement, punctuated with the bursts of flame from the nozzles of the batteries.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
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