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  • The belief is not only foolish, but potentially injurious.
  • altogether he assured me that it would be excessively troublesome, injurious, and unsafe.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • O, injurious law,
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Slavery proved as injurious to her as it did to me.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  • The work was at once commenced, and pursued with true American energy; nor did the rapidity with which it went on injuriously affect its good execution.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Swine eat many things injurious to men.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • We are all free to speak & do as we individually will-providing this "freedom" of Speech & Deed are not injurious to our fellow-man.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • It is known that you are not my sister; I cannot introduce you as such: to attempt it would be to fasten injurious suspicions on us both.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "Porthos," replied Aramis, "I have had the occasion to observe to you more than once that you are very indiscreet; and that is injurious to you among the women."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Literature is taking a maturer form, many injurious prejudice have been rooted up and turned into ridicule….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment

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  • I got down into the canoe, while the Dutchman, standing upon the deck, loaded me with all the curses and injurious terms his language could afford.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • In his truthful simple soul, not even the growing greed and worship of gold could beget any vice directly injurious to others.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • When her next baby was born, despite the opposition of her mother, the doctors, and even of her husband himself—who were all vigorously opposed to her nursing her baby herself, a thing then unheard of and considered injurious—she insisted on having her own way, and after that nursed all her babies herself.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He always slouched, locomotively, with his eyes on the ground; and, when accosted or otherwise required to raise them, he looked up in a half-resentful, half-puzzled way, as though the only thought he ever had was, that it was rather an odd and injurious fact that he should never be thinking.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He is a broad-faced, bull-necked, young butcher, with rough red cheeks, an ill-conditioned mind, and an injurious tongue.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And this is an abuse of great gravity in itself, and one that reacts injuriously on the government service.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • If a servant should be allowed to purchase herself, after absenting herself so long from her owners, and return free, it would have an injurious effect.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Mr. Bumble, having spread a handkerchief over his knees to prevent the crumbs from sullying the splendour of his shorts, began to eat and drink; varying these amusements, occasionally, by fetching a deep sigh; which, however, had no injurious effect upon his appetite, but, on the contrary, rather seemed to facilitate his operations in the tea and toast department.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Cloisters, useful in the early education of modern civilization, have embarrassed its growth, and are injurious to its development.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A capable physician ought to know what measures to take—he ought to be capable of preventing injurious influences or of remedying them if they become obviously persistent.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • With this uneasiness half stifled, and half reproaching him, he had been brought to the pointed comparison of himself with the brave old gentleman in whom duty was so strong; upon that comparison (injurious to himself) had instantly followed the sneers of Monseigneur, which had stung him bitterly, and those of Stryver, which above all were coarse and galling, for old reasons.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • ’I’ll tell you; saying, for instance, that education is beneficial, that’s a common-place; but to say that education is injurious, that’s a common-place turned upside down.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Do you mean to pretend that you didn’t know it would be injurious to her to meet you here week after week?
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He perfectly knew his own meaning; and having warmly protested against her suspicion as most injurious, and slightly touched upon his respect for Miss Smith as her friend,—but acknowledging his wonder that Miss Smith should be mentioned at all,—he resumed the subject of his own passion, and was very urgent for a favourable answer.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • But he had not spoken out of his own will and desire; and he felt it in his heart a noble return for his late injurious treatment to be faithful to the last to those who had repudiated him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • They agree with me in apprehending that this false step in one daughter will be injurious to the fortunes of all the others; for who, as Lady Catherine herself condescendingly says, will connect themselves with such a family?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • O, injurious law, That respites me a life whose very comfort Is still a dying horror!
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • It is well for the old girl that she has but one birthday in a year, for two such indulgences in poultry might be injurious.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • This disposition, if he had been continued in the command, would have destroyed in time the fame and glory of Scipio; but, he being under the control of the Senate, this injurious characteristic not only concealed itself, but contributed to his glory.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • If, indeed, by any strange mischance his father should have gained intelligence of what she had dared to think and look for, of her causeless fancies and injurious examinations, she could not wonder at any degree of his indignation.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • I need only take it regularly and avoid all injurious influences.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • These things I mention as a caution to young printers, and that they may be encouraged not to pollute their presses and disgrace their profession by such infamous practices, but refuse steadily, as they may see by my example that such a course of conduct will not, on the whole, be injurious to their interests.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • You cannot, therefore, estimate the wrong—the blasphemy, I may even say—that is offered to her character by a light or injurious word.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • Errors such as these which have occurred over the last few months have been, naturally enough, injurious to one’s self-respect, but then there is no reason to believe them to be the signs of anything more sinister than a staff shortage.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • And when all this was done, the prince threw himself on the couch, sad-spirited, and heavyhearted, blaming himself and repenting of his injurious conduct to his father.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Oh, clubs injurious to Princeton democracy; cost a lot; draw social lines, take time; the regular line you get sometimes from disappointed sophomores.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • She insisted how it might tend to a further divulging the secret, and might in the end be injurious to him, entreating him not to press for it; so at length he desisted.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • "I don’t mean that," said the barber, "but that experience has shown that all or most of the expedients which are proposed to his Majesty are either impossible, or absurd, or injurious to the King and to the kingdom."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • —It were for me To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods; To tell them that this world did equal theirs Till they had stol’n our jewel.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Even Miss Pinkerton, that austere and godlike woman, ceased scolding her after the first time, and though she no more comprehended sensibility than she did Algebra, gave all masters and teachers particular orders to treat Miss Sedley with the utmost gentleness, as harsh treatment was injurious to her.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Thou and I will abide together the utmost rage of our injurious oppressors, while he, free and safe, shall arouse the awakened spirits of our countrymen to avenge us.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • She remembered, however, that on her first asking him about Madame Merle he had answered her in a manner which this lady might have thought injurious without being explicit.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Next day he hired in Graff’s place Fritz Weilinger, the salesman of his most injurious rival, the East Side Homes and Development Company, and thus at once annoyed his competitor and acquired an excellent man.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • That if she would have, approve, kiss, use her hands on me, allow me the clay dust of the court from her legs, the mild sweat, her intimate dirt and sweat, deliver me from suffering falsehood—show that there wasn’t anything false, injurious, or empty-hearted that couldn’t be corrected!
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The advantage of his having to come only to Uppercross, instead of going six miles another way; of his having, in every respect, a better curacy; of his belonging to their dear Dr Shirley, and of dear, good Dr Shirley’s being relieved from the duty which he could no longer get through without most injurious fatigue, had been a great deal, even to Louisa, but had been almost everything to Henrietta.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • , to a book, without calling the author a blockhead; which, though in a moral sense it is a preferable appellation to that of villain, is perhaps rather more injurious to his worldly interest.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I knew that it would be very injurious to you if it were known that you wished to part with your house and furniture, and I had a very strong objection to it.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I trace amongst our contemporaries two contrary notions which are equally injurious.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Why this is less injurious than most is that the teaching is more incompetent than elsewhere.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • They contain such injurious information that when presented by you "Sir?"
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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