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Knowledge does not just come from the top down. It also percolates from the bottom up.
  pass through a substance gradually; or spread gradually
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  • Knowledge does not just come from the top down. It also percolates from the bottom up.
  • Had it percolated gradually through the years until now?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The rain had finally eased, and the beginning of a blue day was percolating on the horizon.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • He could hear the anger beginning to percolate again, and he raised his hands in an attempt to calm her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • The bloodline was considered eccentric (one Dickman had set herself on fire) and rumours about the family often percolated across Colombo in hushed tones.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Every time I was with him now, my skin tickled and my brain buzzed and my blood romped around as if it were percolating.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • He didn’t refer to the subject again, but Abby herself sort of simmered and percolated all those weeks before Christmas.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I could smell his coffee, and even though it didn’t smell as good as Mrs. Windermere’s—which she percolated before I came—it still smelled pretty good.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • It was not a green SS manual but, rather, a slate-blue Army quartermaster’s manual with a title that all but engulfed the paper cover: Improved Methods of Measuring and Predicting Septic Tank Percolation Under Unfavorable Conditions of Soil and Climate.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Colonel Graff, the name of Ender Wiggin has percolated through the high command.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game

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  • No residents were left in Moscow, and the soldiers—like water percolating through sand—spread irresistibly through the city in all directions from the Kremlin into which they had first marched.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • By midmorning the storm had abated, although a continuous drizzle still percolated through the mist.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • All of Jasper’s stories about newly created vampires had been percolating in my head since he’d explained his past.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Dewey was in the kitchen; Marie, searching for him, found him there, waiting for a pot of coffee to percolate and with the murder-scene photographs spread before him on the kitchen table-bleak stains, spoiling the table’s pretty fruit-patterned oil cloth.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The son was an abolitionist almost before the sentiment had become a word to percolate down from the North.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Some were condensing air into a dry tangible substance, by extracting the nitre, and letting the aqueous or fluid particles percolate; others softening marble, for pillows and pin-cushions; others petrifying the hoofs of a living horse, to preserve them from foundering.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • From then until the eighth century, legends of Troy percolated, mixing with older stories of mainland wars such as the tale of the Seven Against Thebes (parts of which are recalled by Iliadic heroes) or the legends of Herakles (who is credited with an earlier sack of Troy).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Inside its percolating depths, the manure fermented, generating scalding heat.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Resistance was beginning to percolate even in the rural areas.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • My plans were starting to percolate as I marched with the others back into the fantasy world of mad scientists, and that plus the knowledge that Fang was on his way made me almost cheerful.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • From Roundwood reservoir in county Wicklow of a cubic capacity of 2400 million gallons, percolating through a subterranean aqueduct of filter mains of single and double pipeage constructed at an initial plant cost of 5 pounds per linear yard by way of the Dargle, Rathdown, Glen of the Downs and Callowhill to the 26 acre reservoir at Stillorgan, a distance of 22 statute miles, and thence, through a system of relieving tanks, by a gradient of 250 feet to the city boundary at Eustace…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Nonetheless, Lincoln hears Stanton out, then lets his thoughts percolate.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Then we hit it with heavy power and burn some off, let it percolate, hit it again.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • My mother would pour the coffee and say, perhaps, that it was strong or weak or should have percolated longer or something.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • Reporters from far-flung cities wired the same observation back to their editors, and stories of delight and awe began to percolate through the most remote towns.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The smoke from the fires inside percolated through the thatch or drifted in clouds from the doorways, so that each had the appearance of smouldering slowly from within.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • The servants bowed and dispersed, murmuring a little among themselves, and Attolia knew that the news of the mad Eugenides would percolate through the palace, like water through soil.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Some of it had percolated through the open windows, some had whitened the roses and gooseberries of the wayside gardens, while a certain proportion had entered the lungs of the villagers.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Several times I passed my hand across the rock hoping to find some trace of humidity—of the slightest percolation.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • She sent him to the little Jewish grocery down the street for the sour relishes she liked so well: tabled in mid-morning they ate sour pickles, heavy slabs of ripe tomatoes, coated with thick mayonnaise, amber percolated coffee, fig-newtons and ladyfingers, hot pungent fudge pebbled with walnuts and coated fragrantly with butter, sandwiches of tender bacon and cucumber, iced belchy softdrinks.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • For Bella, who was the family’s chief source of gossip, gathering the most of it from the Snedeker School, through which all the social news appeared to percolate most swiftly, suddenly announced: "What do you think, Mamma?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Then, as electronic music began to percolate into the room, "But there’s another angle too.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • I was far more willing to allow that this chimney of an extinct volcano was covered by lava of a kind refractory to heat—in fact a bad conductor—which did not allow the great increase of temperature to percolate through its sides.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Then I headed off to Mrs. Windermere’s, where I knew the coffee was percolating.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • Except for the intermittent hiccup of the coffee pot percolating on the stove the house was quiet, breathlessly quiet.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • No matter how wet and cold you are, black coffee percolating will get you through it.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • Even percolated black coffee wouldn’t keep you awake, if you were reading these.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • The coffee really was percolating at Mrs. Windermere’s, and the kitchen was that kind of warm that goes right into you, like a blanket.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
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