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as i review the records and data on algernon, i see that although he is still in his physical infancy, he has regressed mentally.
Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  returning to a former (less advanced) state
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  • as i review the records and data on algernon, i see that although he is still in his physical infancy, he has regressed mentally.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • I’ve regressed to the damsel in distress.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Kool-Aid seemed a little too regressive.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He regressed me.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility

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  • I filled my lungs, prayed a small regressive prayer to the Christian deity—my first in years—and resumed my heroic crawl southward toward that receding wet mop of yellow hair.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • That without his reformist spirit, his tolerance of small acts of progress, things would regress, and all the liberties promised at KAEC would be ground into the sand.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • And, um, I know this sounds weird —" in fact, it was a completely lunatic analogy, crackpot, insane, but I didn’t know any other way to work around to what I wanted to say —"but you know Barbara Guibbory, who does those seminars up in Rhinebeck, those past-life-regression things?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It’s a regression.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Still-and here Glaedr’s eye gleamed-it has already gentled your race from the rough barbarians who first landed in Alagaesia, though you have begun to regress since the Fall.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • We were afraid that Fifi was caving in to family pressure and regressing into some nice third-world girl.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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  • They had a special language: regression, acting out, hostility, withdrawal, indulging in behavior.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • As we might expect, Henry IL; Part II provides a means of measuring Harold’s growth, which is actually a sort of regression into the most repugnant of human impulses.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Animals taking the drug did not develop the disease, and animals already demonstrating the disease showed a marked regression as a result of the drug.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • He reflected that the progressive extension of the field of individual development and experience was regressively accompanied by a restriction of the converse domain of interindividual relations.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • ’I regressed this subject at least a dozen times,’ says Dr. Chatterjee.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Indeed, where not so kept, they have a regressive effect: they reduce the father image back again to the dimensions of the totem.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The regent was loath to have me visit Qunu, thinking I would regress and fall into bad company back in my old village.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I appeal to your infantile regressions.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He is what they call in the thrillers a double agent, a triple agent in this case, an agent to infinite regression.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She didn’t exactly regress—there were still moments when she seemed her old self—but for the most part, she seemed to be frozen somewhere in between.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • "And we’re falling for this because of our sudden, unexpected regression into unbelievable stupidity?"
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • It was important to make no jarring note, no sudden noise or physical movement that might frighten the patient into a psychological regression.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He is regressing under the emotional bankruptcy very rapidly…
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • He’d never made the admission, and he did so now at the risk of sounding like he might be regressing.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • I believe one does not regress in neurosis.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • My hand, bully; thou shalt have egress and regress; said I well? and thy name shall be Brook.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • She hadn’t done this because the regression was infinite.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • If you see him regressing into that state of mind-and you’ll know it when you see it-stop him.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • But outsiders have their supporting role to play, too, in part by shining a spotlight on these regressive attitudes in an effort to break the taboo that often surrounds them.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • X can cause Y; Y can cause X; or it may be that some other factor is causing both X and Y. A regression alone can’t tell you whether it snows because its cold, whether it’s cold because it snows, or if the two just happen to go together.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • To the engineers’ surprise, however, prolonged rains routinely caused the Chicago River to regress and again pour dead cats and fecal matter into the lake, and in such volume that tendrils of black water reached all the way to the intake cribs of the city water system.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • "In four months," Randy said, "we’ve regressed four thousand years.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • To the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Pedestrian
  • i’ve got to find the reason for the sharp regression in algernon.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • And the regression was infinite because it is called infinite regression.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • And the regression was infinite because it is called infinite regression.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • On the other hand, this kind of honesty was anything but a sign of regression.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • He was regressing under emotional exhaustion and on the verge of self-destruction.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • What I hear on this tape is the same man, pushed into regression by the discovery that his daughter whom he loves more than his own life is now in the hands of a killer.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • With a single act his fragile, damaged mind could regress years-thirteen years-to where he was a functioning killer, and for him nothing else! … A voice.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Dr. Shiv Chatterjee, fitness guru and high-energy physicist, recently stunned a live TV audience by relating the well-documented case of two women, unknown to each other, who came to him for regression in the same week, only to discover that they had been twin sisters in the lost city of Atlantis fifty thousand years ago.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • "In the last year alone,’ declares reincarnation hypnotist Ling Ti Wan , ’I have helped hundreds to regress to previous lives under hypnosis.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The standing is slippery, and the regress is either a downfall, or at least an eclipse, which is a melancholy thing.
    Bacon, Sir Francis  --  The Essays
  • This gave me not only egress and regress, as it was a back way to my tent and to my storehouse, but gave me room to store my goods.
    Defoe, Daniel  --  Robinson Crusoe
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