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I prefer to defy death vicariously.
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  • I prefer to defy death vicariously.
  • The book is full of romance and vicarious thrills.
  • It is true, it was a vicarious experience, else he would not have lived to profit by it.
    London, Jack  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Experience is the most valuable commodity, and she who gains it vicariously, is wisest.

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  • "But sometimes," he said, "I can’t help but think that you live vicariously through his antics, and I must say that it hurts me."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • It could even have been sent by someone who got some sort of vicarious thrill by making lonely women cry on distant beaches.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • I’m living vicariously through the two of you, I hope you know.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • School was my solace, and studying let me escape, allowing me to live a thousand vicarious lives.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Olive screamed and several of us flinched in vicarious pain as Horace dropped to the floor like a sack of potatoes, loose change and train tickets spilling out of his pockets.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Those who weren’t expecting visits would plant themselves on the stairs anyway to observe the comings and goings, as a source of vicarious entertainment—they could generally identify any regulars on sight.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • After the noise subsided above, I saw that it was past noon and at the same time realized that both the fornication and the fracas had in some urgent, vicarious way made me incredibly hungry, as if I had actually partaken in whatever had taken place up there.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • What rich art collectors like to buy, among other things, is a little vicarious craziness.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • My sister, having so much to do, was going to church vicariously, that is to say, Joe and I were going.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It is true, it was a vicarious experience, else he would not have lived to profit by it.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • I think it’s more like she’s living vicariously.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • When I would come back from these excursions, I was often plunged into a kind of wonder at my vicarious depravity.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • So Eppie was reared without punishment, the burden of her misdeeds being borne vicariously by father Silas.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • So, only half resigned to her fate, she spent most of her time with Scarlett, vicariously enjoying a pregnancy not her own.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Even vicariously this was an eminence we could hardly stand.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Matt did that, it was his business; yet White Fang divined that it was his master’s food he ate and that it was his master who thus fed him vicariously.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • For the host: rejuvenation of intelligence, vicarious satisfaction.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The mates regularly relieved each other at the watches, and for aught that could be seen to the contrary, they seemed to be the only commanders of the ship; only they sometimes issued from the cabin with orders so sudden and peremptory, that after all it was plain they but commanded vicariously.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The crowd, full of good feeling, replete with food and drunk with the music, vicariously excited, pressed round, eagerly thrusting over their heads garland after garland of flowers; the earth was spattered with petals.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Winter-bourne mixes voyeurism, vicarious thrills, and stiff-necked disapproval, all of which culminate when he finds her with a (male) friend at the Colosseum and chooses to ignore her.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • And Ed had lived vicariously through Harlon’s exploits on the football field.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Standing in the station, with Paris in back of them, it seemed as if they were vicariously leaning a little over the ocean, already undergoing a sea-change, a shifting about of atoms to form the essential molecule of a new people.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • After five, nothing awaited her except lovebirds, tropical fish, and vicarious journeys back to more romantic centuries via historical novels.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • As it was precisely of that love that poor Winsett was starving to death, Archer looked with a sort of vicarious envy at this eager impecunious young man who had fared so richly in his poverty.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • This was the trunk of a large wooden doll, which once stared with the roundest of eyes above the reddest of cheeks; but was now entirely defaced by a long career of vicarious suffering.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I felt as if I were slipping into a holiday mood, embarked on another vicarious moral adventure, which looked as though it would be painless.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • It was probably just peaceful despair and relief at final and complete abnegation, now that Judith was about to immolate the frustration’s vicarious recompense into the living fairy tale.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • She has the air of a professional guide for whom the ravishments of, say, Niagara Falls have become a commonplace, but who hopes to enjoy vicariously the raptures of visiting neophytes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • I knew it had something to do with my being his vicarious counterpart in the game he was too small to play.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Whenever I fidgeted or complained, she reminded me that she didn’t have any memories of being human, and asked me not to ruin her vicarious fun.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • The priest hurriedly whispered the words of conditional absolution, in case, for one second before it crossed the border, the spirit had repented, but it was more likely that it had gone over still seeking its knife, bent on vicarious violence.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Carol was shuddering with the vicarious shame which sensitive people feel when they listen to an "elocutionist" being humorous, or to a precocious child publicly doing badly what no child should do at all.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I’m at the point where the things on your to-do list get transferred to a should-have-done list, and one reason I write a column is for the privilege of vicariously sampling other worlds, dropping in with my passport, my notebook and my curiosity.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Whether any one got into the omnibus or not was a matter of secondary importance, since by standing there it not only bore witness to the orthodox intentions of the family, but made Mrs. Trenor feel, when she finally heard it drive away, that she had somehow vicariously made use of it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • For your bad deeds, vicarious atonement, mercy without justice.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Kitsch is vicarious experience and faked sensations.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • In towns women like her live vicariously in the lives of the film stars.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • He doesn’t want vicarious satisfaction.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • But this first experience had been so shocking that most of the information was pushed aside by the raw experience of living vicariously through another mind.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Saintly Amma’s vision now felt like a pipe dream, a vicarious evangelism so ill informed that Sister Mary Joseph Praise was embarrassed to mention it to Thomas Stone.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She supposed that these were unpunctual guests, who would have to be content with vicarious civility, since Evie and Charles were gone, Henry tired, and the others in their rooms.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • He was the undisciplined, recalcitrant, nonconformist, politically incorrect free spirit I had always wanted to be, had I been brave enough, and I took vicarious joy in his unbridled verve.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • If the Lincoln legend gathers strength from its similarity to the Christian theme of vicarious atonement and redemption, there is still another strain in American experience that it represents equally well.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • My job at that moment was clear: I was to relate my adventure, and in the retelling of what had happened so far, they would get to vicariously ride a bicycle across America—a thrill they secretly desired but would never do.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • I’ve seen this kind bellow for blood at a prize fight, have orgasms when a man is gored in the bull ring, stare with vicarious lust at a highway accident, stand patiently in line for the privilege of watching any pain or any agony.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The terror of cloudless noon, the emerald of Polycrates,[130] the awe of prosperity, the instinct which leads every generous soul to impose on itself tasks of a noble asceticism and vicarious virtue, are the tremblings of the balance of justice through the heart and mind of man.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
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