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  • We don’t want the economy to stagnate.
  • Their political victory led to stagnation and relative decline compared to surrounding countries.
  • There are marshes that stagnate the waters
  • without progress there will be stagnation and decay.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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  • they’d chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward into stagnation.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I watched the tide of life that flowed through the streets, and found it a strange contrast to the stagnation in our Southern towns.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Without standardized materials and methods, they worried that the field of tissue culture would stagnate.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Back in Detroit, the labor war had stagnated, with each side accusing the other of failing to communicate.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • a veritable body of death, stagnating, depressing, retarding every effort to advance the body politic.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography

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  • without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • The complexity of Petersburg, as a rule, had a stimulating effect on him, rousing him out of his Moscow stagnation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • There is an atmosphere of oppressive stagnation in the room,
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • but women ... suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • If you didn’t exercise enough, your muscles stagnated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • And what an utter intellectual stagnation it reveals!
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • While we argue that schooling girls does stimulate economic growth and foster stability, for example, it is also true that one of the most educated parts of rural India is the state of Kerala, which has stagnated economically.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • My fear is that, without change, that strength will become stagnate.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Devoid of inspiration, I found that nothing would come, and although I sat there for half an hour while my mind fiddled with half-jelled ideas and nebulous conceits, I refused to let myself panic at my stagnation; after all, I reasoned, I had barely settled into these strange surroundings.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • There’s equality in stagnation.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Time stagnates here: we must surely have retired to rest at eight!’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The economy of many countries was allowed to stagnate, land went out of cultivation, capital equipment was not added to, great blocks of the population were prevented from working and kept half alive by State charity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But when it cuts the ragged hole, after a bound or two, there is, commonly, a stagnation of further leaping, be it Indian or be it deer!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Here is a stagnation that is repugnant.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Their putrescence is evident, their stagnation is unhealthy, their fermentation infects people with fever, and etiolates them; their multiplication becomes a plague of Egypt.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As though the clotting which is you had dissolved into the myriad original motion, and seeing and hearing in themselves blind and deaf; fury in itself quiet with stagnation.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • It might be weeks, it might be only a few days, before the horse were useable; but no preparations could be ventured on, and it was all melancholy stagnation.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Yet through all the centuries of stagnation and starvation, men exalted the looters, as aristocrats of the sword, as aristocrats of birth, as aristocrats of the bureau, and despised the producers, as slaves, as traders, as shopkeepers-as industrialists.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Change is constant, stagnation is relative.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Mentally she remained in utter stagnation, a condition which the mechanical occupation rather fostered than checked.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He was probably accustomed to a sad monotony of life, not so much flowing in a stream, however sluggish, as stagnating in a pool around his feet.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • As at Arles, where the Rhone stagnates, as at Pola, near the Quarnaro that shuts in Italy and bathes its borders, sepulchres make all the place uneven; so did they here on every side, saving that the manner was more bitter here; for among the tombs flames were scattered, by which they were so intensely kindled that no art requires iron more so.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • It’s like a huge Sargasso Sea of stagnated logic.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He smiled to think that it was this disorder, the misrule and confusion of his father’s house and the stagnation of vegetable life, which was to win the day in his soul.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • …with a brown sail, had followed; and some ballast-lighters, shaped like a child’s first rude imitation of a boat, lay low in the mud; and a little squat shoal-lighthouse on open piles stood crippled in the mud on stilts and crutches; and slimy stakes stuck out of the mud, and slimy stones stuck out of the mud, and red landmarks and tidemarks stuck out of the mud, and an old landing-stage and an old roofless building slipped into the mud, and all about us was stagnation and mud.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I should rush into idleness, and stagnate there with all my might.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Well may he eschew the calm of domestic life; it is not his element: there his faculties stagnate — they cannot develop or appear to advantage.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The misery of his look at this black Sargasso of a yard in its summer stagnation and stifling would sometimes make my blood crawl in me with horror.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • This was not the repose of actual stagnation, but the apparent repose of incredible slowness.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Creeping and crawling and gliding, like a ugly, old, bright-eyed, stagnation-blooded adder!
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The embargo completely idled the shipbuilding industry, destroyed the shipping trade and tied up the fishing vessels; and stagnation, bankruptcy, distress, and migration from the territory became common.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • As the host droned through the starter’s introduction, Pollard fidgeted in the crowd, slurping up champagne and, like everyone else, stagnating in boredom.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • There were psychological studies of emotional stress that produced stagnate hysteria and mental aphasia, conditions which also resulted in partial or total loss of memory.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The theatre or the rooms, where he was most likely to be, were not fashionable enough for the Elliots, whose evening amusements were solely in the elegant stupidity of private parties, in which they were getting more and more engaged; and Anne, wearied of such a state of stagnation, sick of knowing nothing, and fancying herself stronger because her strength was not tried, was quite impatient for the concert evening.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Often you see paralysis and stagnation and drift.
    Jimmy Carter  --  A Crisis of Confidence
  • After a few years of stagnation Lincoln advanced with the utmost rapidity in his middle twenties.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • And here I am stagnating like an old water hole—a stinking pond, and that’s not too crude a comparison, either.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • They will be very sensitive to the possibility of public danger or dishonorable stagnation in public affairs.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • And since beauty must be broken daily to remain beautiful, and he is static, his life stagnates in a china sea.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Growing more accustomed to his work it tired him less, and his mind, recovering from its long stagnation, sought for fresh activity.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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