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She is likely to succeed in the job because she is smart, friendly, and industrious.
  characterized by a habit of hard work
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  • She is likely to succeed in the job because she is smart, friendly, and industrious.
  • She is the most industrious of all Tashi’s father’s widows, and her fields are praised for their cleanliness, productivity and general attractiveness.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • But the people of ancient London weren’t interested in constructing tall things, so one night the pigeons snuck into the bedroom of the most industrious human they could find and whispered into his ear the plans for a magnificent tower.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The industrious hobbyists of the penal system would work with whatever materials they had.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • Occasionally drinking too much, getting into a fight, or even having an extramarital affair—these weren’t indiscretions significant enough to destroy the reputation and standing of an honest and industrious black man who could be trusted to do good work.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The point is, they had it handled, and most likely they found some sort of self-satisfaction in their industriousness.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Beside me, Basil pumped industriously at the bellows.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Liv Crawford is helplessly, perhaps even morbidly industrious.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Well, you know what an industrious fellow I am; you remember how I liked to learn and how I’d already trained myself to work twenty hours a day.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • We were agrarian, unsophisticated, industrious people, Jews and Christians alike, whose lives revolved around family, our religious calendars, and the seasons of sowing and reaping.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box

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  • After he left us at the door, we followed the Polish landlord, Mr. Kaminski, down the tiled hallway and up the stairs, struggling in the heat and the dark with our bags while he lectured us on the virtues of cleanliness and civility and industriousness, all of which he clearly suspected we lacked.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • They want industrious boys.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • She is pulling and untwisting and bending forward, occasionally, to chew at the nylon with her teeth, giving the impression of a quiet and industrious animal gnawing its way through a fence.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I speculated on our matrimonial bed at the farm, thought of its size and shape, wondered if its mattress was constructed with sufficient amplitude, bounce and resilience to accommodate the industrious venery it would certainly receive.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • However, it was difficult to maintain the proper mood of languorous romance with Mrs. Baird industriously Hoovering away outside our door.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • One of them held a camera to his face and was industriously taking photos.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Simon’s eyes flicked sideways to stare at the girl, who was industriously studying an issue of Shonen Jump.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Has it not been industriously circulated by yourselves?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Craftsmen and industrious artisans, return to your work, your houses, your shops, where the protection of guards awaits you!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I do know that the industrious bees do the most of it.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Quite industrious, don’t you think?
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • But Tom is so steady, industrious, and pious.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • And my mother’s education was the product of the riots of 1937 and the industriousness of Mr. Chance.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Happy as a fly and just as industrious, he lived with her for six years until he came home to find her with another man.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Marilla found Mrs. Lynde knitting quilts as industriously and cheerfully as usual.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • By this time Jack had pointed a good supply of arrows, and industriously practised archery.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • But the other hobbled industriously after him.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Colonel Cathcart was indefatigable that way, an industrious, intense, dedicated military tactician who calculated day and night in the service of himself.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A woman of orderly and industrious appearance rose from her knees in a corner, with sufficient haste and trepidation to show that she was the person referred to.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Oceania by the width of the Atlantic and the Pacific, Eastasia by the fecundity and industriousness of its inhabitants.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The next morning I slept late, considering the on-and-off night I’d had, plus I’d been falling into lazy habits without the honey house to keep me industrious.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • The most ridiculous example I can think of is that the people who run public education promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious— because all men are created equal, educators will gravely tell you, the children left behind suffer terrible feelings of inferiority.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • What, Ariel! my industrious servant, Ariel!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Whether it was not a serious thing, that he, a laborer, out of work, that he, an industrious man, should have lacked bread.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They are industrious, commercial people; ’the happiness of all’ is their case.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • If he is industrious he may seek help from a commentary, but what he finds there is likely to be so much academic lumber that lies inertly in the mind.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • This made him wonder more and more; for it was plain from the replies of the two boys that they had both been there; and Oliver naturally wondered how they could possibly have found time to be so very industrious.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • His long holster and belt glistened and his silver spurs and scabbard gleamed, from the industrious polishing Uncle Peter had given them.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • As for me, I stared industriously in the direction under observation but without spotting a thing.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • After a few minutes of awkward conversation with a bored Magnus while Jace, sitting on Luke’s piano bench and industriously studying some sheet music, ignored her, Clary decided to go to bed early.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • All that interested her in regard to this new frenzy which had seized hold of her son-in-law was whether or not it had a tendency to make him sober and industrious; and when she found he intended to look for work and to contribute his share to the family fund, she gave him full rein to convince her of anything.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I should have been quite delighted with his application, had he been cheerfully industrious.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Which do we prefer, a law-abiding, industrious and purposeful native people, or a lawless, idle and purposeless people?
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • I am practically industrious—painstaking, a workman to execute with perseverance and labour—but besides this there is a love for the marvellous, a belief in the marvellous, intertwined in all my projects, which hurries me out of the common pathways of men, even to the wild sea and unvisited regions I am about to explore.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I can be well recommended by all the neighbors, and I hope I can be industrious and patient, and teach myself while I teach others.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • But I was subject to it; and so were hundreds of intelligent and industrious people all around us.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • ’Mortar!’ he would bellow, the word echoing over the site, and I would snatch up the first bucket that came to hand, or a brick trowel, and pretend to be working industriously.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • I demand this so that others may be deterred from similar crimes, so that peaceful and industrious people may be safe.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • "By what place did the imp enter?" asked the industrious scout, when his work was ended.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The wood was green as mosses of the Icy Glen; the trees stood high and haughty, feeling their living sap; the industrious earth beneath was as a weaver’s loom, with a gorgeous carpet on it, whereof the ground-vine tendrils formed the warp and woof, and the living flowers the figures.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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