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Definition the substance of a living cell
  • Heart attacks, strokes, stabbings, falls off buildings—his protoplasm is resilient.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • 26 x 10^7 microseconds; merely seems longer, ten gravities being sixty times what a fragile sack of protoplasm should be asked to endure.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Without their spirit life might never have moved out of protoplasm.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • It felt to her as if she were fingering the very quivering tissue, the very protoplasm of life, as she heard him.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • It turned out that they had mistaken a precipitate of gypsum for protoplasm.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • If you are not substantial yourself it's very difficult to realize how limiting protoplasm is."
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • A miserable bit of protoplasm, full of ugly little concepts and mean little emotions-and it imagines itself important!
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Of course, we could not count the dead, because they did not exist as individuals, but merely as homogeneous protoplasm, with alloys of iron and buttons.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • People are like icebergs; one-seventh visible and operative, and the rest just so much protoplasmic energy, seething around under there, looking for a target to funnel toward.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • There were atoms in the ancient world even, but since we've learned that you've discovered the chemical molecule and protoplasm and the devil knows what, we had to lower our crest.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I wanted to be a writer myself until halfway through Harvard I realized I could never be a Dostoevsky, and so turned my piercing mind toward the seething arcana of human protoplasm.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Like the night had its own voice-that hum in your ears-and in the hours after midnight you'd swear you were walking through some kind of soft black protoplasm, Vietnam, the blood and the flesh.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • I had to wait for his calls in the police station to tell the cops when a load was setting out from the yard, my first lawful sitting in such a place, moving from dark to lighter inside the great social protoplasm.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • But if he gave in to it, if the cops finally returned tomorrow or the day after to find Annie dead in the guest-room and a blubbering ball of protoplasm in the downstairs bathroom, a blubbering ball of protoplasm who had once been a writer named Paul Sheldon, wouldn't that be Annie's victory?
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • ...for whatever it was her hand was implacable for, maybe came to believe (or saw) that she had tricked him into receiving that shape and temper, and didn't care about that too because probably by that time he had learned that there were three things and no more: breathing, pleasure, darkness; and without money there could be no pleasure, and without pleasure it would not even be breathing but mere protoplasmic inhale and collapse of blind unorganism in a darkness where light never began.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • But the upshot of this was, that as he investigated the irritability of protoplasm he discovered some of the secrets of life.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I get the same results time after time—protoplasm.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The answer people gave was: Life, a special immunity of living protoplasm—and acted as if they did not notice what a mystical explanation that was.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Anything like a mechanical explanation for these achievements of protoplasm was completely out of the question.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • And yet, for all that, the accomplishments of protoplasm remained quite inexplicable—it seemed that life was prohibited from understanding itself.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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