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... all of which fell into the nebulous category of we’re-building-up-God’s-house,
James McBride  --  The Color of Water
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  • ... all of which fell into the nebulous category of we’re-building-up-God’s-house,
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • …hunting on Sunday; war on the increasing tendency of young women to paint themselves and smoke in public; war on drinking whiskey—in this connection at least fifty children per summer went to the altar and swore they would not drink, smoke, or curse until they were twenty-one; war on something so nebulous Jean Louise never could figure out what it was, except there was nothing to swear concerning it; and war among the town’s ladies over who could set the best table for the evangelist.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The rest of the plan that’s formulating in my head—part of which already solidified in some nebulous way last night on the bridge—I keep to myself, but I think Aldous senses it.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • 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

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  • I close my eyes and feel him as a source of power, nebulous and shifting.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • It had happened that morning at the Ministry, if anything so nebulous could be said to happen.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Boo’s transition from the basement to back home was nebulous in Jem’s memory.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He was now decently clothed in a "sport shirt," open at the neck, sneakers, and duck trousers of a nebulous hue.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Millions of worlds are born, evolve, and pass away into nebulous, unmeasured skies; and there is still eternity.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • They were like the tiniest grains of dust, and they whirled round and gathered in clusters in a nebulous sort of way.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • He has to really concentrate with humans, though, because the latent ability is so nebulous.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Garrett watched a mist drift by, whispering and whispering, shaped like a beautiful and nebulous woman.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Your nearest relations are often no more for you than vague shadowy forms, barely outlined against a nebulous background of life and easily confounded again with the invisible.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • My friends, I have reviewed the facts in my mind, and have also gone over to myself the evidence of the passengers-with this result: I see, nebulously as yet, a certain explanation that would cover the facts as we know them.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • And whereas the wants of the Californians were nebulous and undefined, the wants of the Okies were beside the roads, lying there to be seen and coveted: the good fields with water to be dug for, the good green fields, earth to crumble experimentally in the hand, grass to smell, oaten stalks to chew until the sharp sweetness was in the throat.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Athena now dispelled the nebulous haze before their eyes, and light burst shining on them, front and rear, from ships and from the battle.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • …Paris wrapped in night! half nebulous: The moonlight streams o’er the blue-shadowed roofs; A lovely frame for this wild battle-scene; Beneath the vapor’s floating scarves, the Seine Trembles, mysterious, like a magic mirror, And, shortly, you shall see what you shall see!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • It was a most painful position, for at the same time, Mary reminded me constantly that something was expected of me, some act of leadership, some newsworthy achievement; and I was torn between resenting her for it and loving her for the nebulous hope she kept alive.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • I suspect that Christine Hargensen was the brains of the affair, but that she herself had only the most nebulous of ideas on how one might "get" a girl like Carrie.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Then there were other more nebulous signs to support Mr Graham’s view.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • There were so many levels to the unknown, from safe to dangerous to outright nebulous, scariest of all.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • The first step was to accept the realities of the situation and act on them rather than on some nebulous dream of a future when all men would come to the realization that racial justice was for the good of all society, not just for the good of the oppressed.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Beyond the desk Hightower watches him while he talks in that level, restrained tone, not once at a loss for words until he came to something still too new and nebulous for him to more than feel.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Thin, needle-sharp rays of watery light radiated outward from the shape, and there appeared the nebulous image of a gigantic, shaggy-haired male figure of the form the petals had traced.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Land was nebulous: there was no foundation.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Nevertheless, something nebulous, preoccupied, vague, in his bearing and regard, marked him as one who probably had no very definite aim or concern about his material future.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • This is how I am able to teach my students how to stand, sit and walk, even though I know you think these subjects are too obvious and nebulous and generalized to be reduced to component parts.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The two amateurs had concocted only the most nebulous plan.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Three minutes before it was due, a Brahman brought forth a model of the village of Gokul (the Bethlehem in that nebulous story) and placed it in front of the altar.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He tried, but he could not express to her the nebulous facts of his rebellion and punishment.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Some day but——Please, dear nebulous Lord, not now!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Like his two brothers, both older and almost as nebulous, Titus was a farmer solely because bis father had been a farmer.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Her loudly affirmed pleasure at seeing Miss Bart took the form of a nebulous generalization, which included neither enquiries as to her future nor the expression of a definite wish to see her again.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The bustling swarm had swept the sky in a scattered and uniform haze, which now thickened to a nebulous centre: this glided on to a bough and grew still denser, till it formed a solid black spot upon the light.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He heard a confused music within him as of memories and names which he was almost conscious of but could not capture even for an instant; then the music seemed to recede, to recede, to recede, and from each receding trail of nebulous music there fell always one longdrawn calling note, piercing like a star the dusk of silence.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • And if everything is so nebulous about a matter so elementary as the morals of sex, what is there to guide us in the more subtle morality of all other personal contacts, associations, and activities?
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • The evening films began to make nebulous pictures of the valleys, but the high lands still were raked by the declining rays of the winter sun, which glanced on Clym as he walked forward, eyed by every rabbit and fieldfare around, a long shadow advancing in front of him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • These held, if George remembered correctly, some fifteen thousand volumes-almost everything of importance that had ever been published on the nebulous subjects of magic, psychic research, divining, telepathy, and the whole range of elusive phenomena lumped in the category of paraphysics.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • …and where even the voice cannot reach them; where they exist (this the hoyden who could—and did—outrun and outclimb, and ride and fight both with and beside her brother) in a pearly lambence without shadows and themselves partaking of it; in nebulous suspension held, strange and unpredictable, even their very shapes fluid and delicate and without substance; not in themselves floating and seeking but merely waiting, parasitic and potent and serene, drawing to themselves without effort…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • His official duties, however, were nebulous.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Those things seem too nebulous to have a concrete location in a person’s body.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • I didn’t understand why, but the nebulous threat the men presented drew me toward them.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Brownsville was fading from his mind, becoming soon a troubled nebulous land, alien and diverging.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • He could not remember when he’d first heard those words, but they triggered a deep, nebulous fear.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • He had her obedience and her respect, but the nebulous friendship that could have existed between them was gone.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Vague and nebulous is the beginning of all things, but not their end, And I fain would have you remember me as a beginning.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • The tremendous vault above our heads, the sky, so to speak, appeared to be composed of a conglomeration of nebulous vapors, in constant motion.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • A sick-bed could recall Helen, but she was deaf to more human calls; after a glimpse at her aunt, she would retire into her nebulous life behind some poste restante.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • It seemed to him now that any fool should have seen that it would end this way, Nick Slater killing somebody merely to get out of jail, Will Jr dragged into it, and Hodge himself in some nebulous way responsible.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Her emotions were in that nebulous, formative stage when but a touch would be needed to show her whither the regard tended, yet till that touch should come, she as unashamedly adored Gray as any child of five could have done.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
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