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  • I was prepared for that contingency.
  • The system might have a million contingencies for state wards trying to screw with things, but they don’t have a plan of action for dealing with an accident.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I wanted to prepare for any contingency, and when everything was finally ready, I signed my will in front of four witnesses.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Like every footstep between the farmhouse and Wright-Patterson has to be mapped out, every contingency considered.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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  • I remember how I was when I was his age, heady with the quiet arrogance of a newly minted officer, feeling wise and capable and in command of any contingencies.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • He said there had always been a contingency plan in case something of the sort occurred, but it was never taken seriously because the threat of an attack seemed ludicrous.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Westley was always prepared for contingencies, and if he could rescue her at six, he could just as happily rescue her at half past five.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Did our family talk about the future or make contingency plans in case the situation got worse?
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • The Army teaches you to provide for every contingency.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • They drag the boys out to the backyard, where there is now a large pile of cement blocks accumulated by my father for some future contingency.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • Like with Percy, and your future—you can’t control every contingency.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Nurses are taught to anticipate contingencies.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "We don’t have a solid plan, with the contingencies we’d surely need as yet, and more, Iona isn’t as well armed as she needs to be."
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • He also tried to prepare for every contingency.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The immediate contingency overtook him, pulled him back from the edge of the theoretical abyss.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • There seemed never to be an end to the things they had to buy and to the unforeseen contingencies.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Mother tried to think of every contingency, including hunger and illness.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • This was a contingency for which I was unprepared.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Now, entering into Weyrother’s plan, Prince Andrew considered possible contingencies and formed new projects such as might call for his rapidity of perception and decision.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • So I had a contingency plan.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Commander, I would like to hear your contingency plan for evacuation.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • To be constantly alert to any and every contingency.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • How glad and how grateful the relief from this unnatural hallucination of the night, and the fatal contingency of being brought by the lee!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But the car had a swivelling floodlight mounted on top for such contingencies.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The weight of his fallen fortunes seemed suddenly to crush him; he could not foresee the consequences; he could not contemplate the future with the indifference of the hardened criminal who merely faces a contingency already familiar.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Nevertheless, like the greater part of our misfortunes, even so serious a contingency brings its remedy and consolation with it, if the sufferer will but make the best rather than the worst, of the accident which has befallen him.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Mal’akh had planned for this contingency, however.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • You try and play God, imagining the evil that you fear becoming reality, and then you try and make plans and contingencies to avoid what you fear.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • For this reason Pyotr Petrovitch intended to go into the subject as soon as he reached Petersburg and, if necessary, to anticipate contingencies by seeking the favour of "our younger generation."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • In a word, such handsome features, and exact symmetry in every part, made me consider that I had saved the life of an Indian prince, no less graceful and accomplished than the great Oroonoko whose memorable behavior and unhappy contingencies of life have charmed the world, both to admiration of his person, and compassion to his sufferings.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • —Do you imagine it to be the consequence of an immediate commission from him, or that he may have sent only a general direction, an order indefinite as to time, to depend upon contingencies and conveniences?
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • It works out contingencies and relationships and sorts through the mountain of information we get from the outside world, prioritizing it and putting flags on things that demand our immediate attention.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He was considering categories of evidence, and possible findings, contingencies . "Evidence of what?"
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • To meet the contingency of a headwind he, like many other prisoners, had got himself a cloth with a long tape at each end.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • It’s strange to remember how we used to think, as if everything were available to us, as if there were no contingencies, no boundaries; as if we were free to shape and reshape forever the ever-expanding perimeters of our lives.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • I was too familiar with slavery not to know that promises made to slaves, though with kind intentions, and sincere at the time, depend upon many contingencies for their fulfillment.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The contingency that he had in his mind was, of course, the death of Mrs. Henchard.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • This contingency Randy had never imagined.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • He tried his hardest to recollect for the moment whether he had lost as well he might have or left because in that contingency it was not a pleasant lookout, very much the reverse in fact.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In dressing, she moved about in a mental cloud of many-coloured idealities, which eclipsed all sinister contingencies by its brightness.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • I shopped for immediate needs and distant contingencies.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • But the mistake made by him had arisen not simply from his having overlooked that contingency, but also from the fact that until that day of his interview with his dying wife, he had not known his own heart.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Judge, setting up the decision tree on this will not be easy—there are too many variables, too many possible contingencies.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • That was a contingency he had never thought of, and it spurred him to write all the more quickly to her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I live so resolutely apart from physical contingencies that my senses no longer trouble to inform me of them.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • For Javert, the usual incidents of the public highway were categorically classed, which is the beginning of foresight and surveillance, and each contingency had its own compartment; all possible facts were arranged in drawers, as it were, whence they emerged on occasion, in variable quantities; in the street, uproar, revolt, CHAPTER X. RETURN OF THE SON WHO WAS PRODIGAL OF HIS LIFE carnival, and funeral.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Just now, while waiting for the strangers to come nearer, he refused to be fussed into deciding what he might or mightn’t do in any number of possible contingencies.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • In which (I would say) every difficulty, every contingency, every masterly fiction, every form of procedure known in that court, is represented over and over again?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He had no burden of care upon him; there were none of those questions and contingencies with the future to be settled which wear away all other lives, and render them not worth having by the very process of providing for their support.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • We would admit that we had made contingency plans to undertake guerrilla warfare in the event sabotage failed.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
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