Usage examples for persist

  1. Spendius represented that it would be best not to persist – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  2. Some separate wisdom and kindness in another way; they are so anxious to help others that they stretch a point of conscience, and persist in a forbidden friendship, in order to help the friend. – Stray Thoughts for Girls by Lucy H. M. Soulsby
  3. As he really cared for it no longer, this made him persist in clinging to it; he liked this pretty woman's being kind to him. – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  4. Why do you persist in annoying me in this manner? – At the Time Appointed by A. Maynard Barbour
  5. Of course she did not persist in her refusal. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  6. These traditions persist in the face of favorable geological reports published before discovery; they are natural expressions of the instinctive distrust of any knowledge which is beyond the field of empirical experience. – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  7. Why did he persist – Mortal Coils by Aldous Huxley
  8. It pains me to recollect that he will persist to the end of time, in thinking me his, by right! – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  9. " Don't persist Arthur," she said, " or you will make me think it is only my money that makes you, that made you, pretend to- to care for me." – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  10. And when I, in my zeal, persist they,- several of them, Sayler, have grinned at me and reminded me that the legislature to be elected next fall will choose my successor! – The Plum Tree by David Graham Phillips
  11. But, seeing her so silent and inwardly tortured, he did not persist – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  12. While it will persist in living under almost any circumstances, I have found no variety that responded more gratefully to good treatment. – The Home Acre by E. P. Roe
  13. As it grows here, all over the country, the unpoisoned camels persist in eating it; after they have had a shock, however, they generally leave it entirely alone; but there is, unfortunately, nothing else for them to eat here. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  14. " Since you persist in accompanying me," Hilda said to me, as we sat in our chairs on deck the first evening out, " I see what I must do. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  15. Why do you persist in living in the one spot where people know you and have a bad opinion of you? – Cæsar or Nothing by Pío Baroja Baroja
  16. The grave eyes of Destiny would persist in looking out through the jester's- mask. – Barbara Ladd by Charles G. D. Roberts
  17. Do you persist in your denial? – Catherine de' Medici by Honore de Balzac
  18. It you persist in this absurd accusation, you will both of you go out of this room dead in the eyes of Society: you for bringing it, he for being the object of it. – Loyalties (Fifth Series Plays) by John Galsworthy Last Updated: February 10, 2009
  19. I don't know about what I ought to have, but I know that if you persist in throwing Redford away, I shall take it. – Sisters by Ada Cambridge
  20. From set of sun till morning rise, Each hour does she persist 'Oh wherefore did you close mine eyes, When on my mouth you kissed? – Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine by Heinrich Heine