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  • Call it the circle of strife: The Arkansas couple who drove it before me were sketchy; Ozark Amy was obviously shady; hopefully, some Illinois down-and-outer will enjoy it for a bit too.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I hear things, rumblings in Downworld, the rumor of coming strife.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Walking through San Francisco, or Oakland, or San Jose, or any city, really, seemed more and more like a Third World experience, with unnecessary filth, and unnecessary strife and unnecessary errors and inefficiencies—on any city block, a thousand problems correctible through simple enough algorithms and the application of available technology and willing members of the digital community.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Yes, I’ve seen pain and I’ve seen strife.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless

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  • But where You come, Lord, the spirit of strife cannot existů.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Nor did I have any idea how to deal with the situation as it stood now, with its overtone of irreconcilable strife.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The horse, the hawk, the hound, by blood they are ever bound to shield to serve from life to life in joy, in sorrow, in health, in strife.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • I think that Chief Healy and myself, in particular, were well aware of the dangers in this strife-torn country.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Why had I not followed him and closed with him in mortal strife?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife, Become a Christian and thy loving wife.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice

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  • Under the boughs of Mirkwood there was deadly strife of Elves and Men and fell beasts.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • But various paw injuries hinted at matrimonial strife.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • — Come, Desdemona: ’tis the soldiers’ life To have their balmy slumbers wak’d with strife.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • I didn’t anticipate how much strife my arrival would cause.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The worst of the strife was over.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • And remember, moreover, that it is often he who comes off victorious from the strife, absolved of all crime in the eyes of the world.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • After six hundred years of their own strife and a few centuries of Portuguese villainy, the warring tribes of Angola had finally agreed to a peace plan.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The strife will only get worse.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Then know that I, one Snug the joiner, am A lion fell, nor else no lion’s dam: For, if I should as lion come in strife Into this place, ’twere pity on my life.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Why this strife of the chase? why weary, and palsy the arm at the oar, and the iron, and the lance? how the richer or better is Ahab now?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • At the end of the meeting the Grand Master with irony and ill-will reproved Bezukhov for his vehemence and said it was not love of virtue alone, but also a love of strife that had moved him in the dispute.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • No sound of strife disturb his sleep!
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life; Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • War, strife, conflict, were the very air he breathed and put him in a good humor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I’ve done my best and I begin to understand what is meant by the ’joy of the strife.’
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • With his unpleasantness, he will forever make strife where he can-and goad the others on.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Both here and hence pursue me lasting strife, If, once a widow, ever I be wife!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • A sound of strife in Jody’s throat, but his eyes stared unwillingly into a corner of the room so Janie knew the futile fight was not with her.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • It was only the tame that the gods protected, and between the tame deadly strife was not permitted.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • But then he said that his tireless fate would bring forth, when the strife lulled for a moment, a man to ask of him an explanation.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Now he had had a confidential talk with his mother, only to discover that before he was born, before the first nerve end had formed in his mother’s womb, he was the subject of great controversy and strife.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • If thou wilt not unmask thy counterfeit, This earth will be the prey of strife once more, As when primaeval discord held its reign.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • But now, Sir, having women among us, and dreading that it might occasion some strife, if not blood, I asked the three men ’what they would do, and how they intended to use these creatures, whether as servants or women?’
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It is in scenes of strife and danger — where courage is proved, and energy exercised, and fortitude tasked — that he will speak and move, the leader and superior.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Laugh at woe and laugh at foe, Menoa’s scion now is safe this night! A forest child we lost to strife; A sylvan daughter caught by life!
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • O my sister, passing from me, Out of human care and strife, Leave me, as a gift, those virtues Which have beautified your life.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • And as the cranes go singing their lays, making in air a long line of themselves, so saw I come, uttering wails, shades borne along by the aforesaid strife.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Whoever lived within its walls, whatever trouble there was and strife, however much uneasiness and pain, no matter what tears were shed, what sorrows borne, the peace of Manderley could not be broken or the loveliness destroyed.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Thou didst kindle the strife, this feud of kinsman with kin, By the eyes of a winsome wife, and the yearning her heart to win.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • The dogs and the dying hyaena were by this time engaged in mortal strife; but the latter, although it severely wounded both Floss and Bruno, speedily succumbed, and was dead when the boys reached the spot.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The strife had lasted too long and had been too painful for me to call him back to continue it.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • The fifth and only Huron disengaged at the first onset had paused a moment, and then seeing that all around him were employed in the deadly strife, he had sought, with hellish vengeance, to complete the baffled work of revenge.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The word-painting of Virgil is wonderful sometimes; but his gods and men move through the scenes of passion and strife and pity and love like the graceful figures in an Elizabethan mask, whereas in the Iliad they give three leaps and go on singing.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Their angry expression had passed away, but she looked sorrowful and weary—weary of incessant strife.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • You felt, in spite of all bureaucracy and inefficiency and party strife, something that was like the feeling you expected to have and did not have when you made your first communion.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • For that horn did never good, but caused strife and debate, and always in her days she had been an enemy to all true lovers.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Either there is a civil strife in heaven, Or else the world too saucy with the gods, Incenses them to send destruction.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • A frenzy of studying for mid-October’s midterms gave Cedric a break from the fixating strife with Rob.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He stood in the porch and watched the laggard hurry towards the scrappy field where sharp voices were in strife.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And, to cut off all strife, here sit we down; Take you your instrument, play you the whiles; His lecture will be done ere you have tun’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
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