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  • the health-care exigency
  • I was stunned by Arthur’s reversal—I chalked it up to political exigency...
    Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
  • I consulted my partner again in this exigency, and he was as much at a loss as I was.
    Defoe, Daniel  --  The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • On this fearful exigency, Adrienne had aroused all her energies, and gone deliberately into the consideration of her circumstances.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief

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  • The letters he wrote to me from the Pacific—after military exigencies had separated us and he was preparing for the assault on Iwo Jima while I was still studying platoon tactics in the swamps of North Carolina—were wondrous long documents, drolly obscene and touched with a raging yet resigned hilarity which I assumed was Jack’s exclusive property until I saw it miraculously resurrected years later in Catch-22.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Given the exigencies of road travel, the crowded state of the inns, and the crudity or complete lack of sanitary facilities, I was on terms of such physical intimacy with these men, Jamie included, that I found the idea of such prudery hilarious.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • My imagination, sternly checked by the exigencies of my profession, waxed secretly to colossal force.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • The exigencies of war.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Mina took a growing interest in everything and I was rejoiced to see that the exigency of affairs was helping her to forget for a time the terrible experience of the night.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • For, though bred a lawyer, and accustomed to speak of Bacon, Coke, Noye, and Finch, as his professional associates, the exigencies of this new country had transformed Governor Bellingham into a soldier, as well as a statesman and ruler.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • Young dogs are bound to play, and out of the exigencies of the situation they realised their play in this mimic warfare.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I visualised a self-appointed jury of twelve people who had condemned him to death and who by the exigencies of the case had themselves been forced to be his executioners.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Since then the exigencies of my own affairs and your own social duties have kept up apart …. although many things have happened….
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Having been embarked with his company in the exigencies of the campaign, on board a pinnace which was proceeding from Genoa to some obscure port on the coast, he fell into a wasps’-nest of seven or eight English vessels.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We were all at a great loss in this exigency, and would very gladly have been on shore almost any where; but our old pilot told me, that if I would sail to the southward about two and forty leagues, there was a little port called Quinchange, where no European ships ever came, and where we might consider what was further to be done.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • "Oh, monsieur, procurator’s wife or duchess, if she will but loosen her pursestrings, it will be all the same; but she positively answered that she was tired of the exigencies and infidelities of Monsieur Porthos, and that she would not send him a denier."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • She would never have arrived at this eminence so early in life had not the exigencies of war and the demands of the commissary department on Tara made it impossible for Ellen to spare Mammy or Dilcey or even Rosa or Teena.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She was at first even astonished—she had seen them in their relation to each other as people without personal exigencies—as something cooler.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Many a time I have shared between two claimants the precious morsel of brown bread distributed at tea-time; and after relinquishing to a third half the contents of my mug of coffee, I have swallowed the remainder with an accompaniment of secret tears, forced from me by the exigency of hunger.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I learned, there, that he had gone to Lowestoft, to meet some sudden exigency of ship-repairing in which his skill was required; but that he would be back tomorrow morning, in good time.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They are good to have, of course, for the ordinary exigencies of life, but they are no use in professional work.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • One consolation however remained for them, to which the exigence of the moment gave more than usual propriety; it was that of running with all possible speed down the steep side of the hill which led immediately to their garden gate.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • T S. Eliot, in "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1917), has his neurotic, timorous main character say he was never cut out to be Prince Hamlet, that the most he could be is an extra, someone who could come on to fill out the numbers onstage or possibly be sacrificed to plot exigency.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Everywhere it obtrudes its mechanism, its activity, its dreary exigencies and vanity between the ideal and the real, between orchestra and ear.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Then, without any consideration for Hippolyte, who was sweating with agony between his sheets, these gentlemen entered into a conversation, in which the druggist compared the coolness of a surgeon to that of a general; and this comparison was pleasing to Canivet, who launched out on the exigencies of his art.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • This impression was presently heightened by the way in which a consciously conspicuous group of people advanced to the middle front, and stood before Selden with the air of the chief performers gathered together by the exigencies of the final effect.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It was really nothing more than a small clerkship, at times in the past held by young men or girls or old men or middle-aged women, according to the exigencies of the life of the place.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Another of her principles was that parents should never (at least visibly) interfere with the plans of their married children; and the difficulty of adjusting this respect for May’s independence with the exigency of Mr. Welland’s claims could be overcome only by the exercise of an ingenuity which left not a second of Mrs. Welland’s own time unprovided for.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Finding nothing in either to induce a change of plan, he lay down, and prepared to catch a few hours’ sleep, that the morrow might find him equal to its exigencies.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • But there are temptations which it is not in the power of human nature to resist, and few know what would be their case if driven to the same exigencies.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • The exigency of the moment was to ascertain if there were game in Surprise Valley.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Madeline explained to her the exigency of the situation.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • That’s a temporary exigency, Manuel, one we can cope with.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • In this exigency the guide came to a decision with his usual cool promptitude, making his preparations accordingly.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • The exigency of the case was manifest to Helen, when she saw how they came down over the cantles of the saddles and to their boot-tops.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • The exigencies of my vocation make me almost completely bilingual; I can write English, as in this clause, quite as readily as American, as in this here one.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The heads of the State have never had any forethought for its exigencies, and its victories have been obtained without their consent or without their knowledge.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • "It was one of those strokes which the prospect and exigency of the times required," wrote Abigail, "and which the President determined upon without consultation."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But at Oran the violent extremes of temperature, the exigencies of business, the uninspiring surroundings, the sudden nightfalls, and the very nature of its pleasures call for good health.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Who can pretend that commercial imposts are, or would be, alone equal to the present and future exigencies of the Union?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • These widows and widowers were people with whom she had been much concerned before the Plague, but the exigencies of the dying had meant that the living, no matter they be needy, had been left to shift for themselves.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The result of Joe’s hint was that Shefford put off the hour of revelation, lived in his dream, helped the girl grow farther and farther away from her trouble, until that inevitable hour arrived when he was driven by accumulated emotion as much as the exigency of the case.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • I felt the risk I ran of being circumvented, blinded, decoyed, bullied, perhaps, into taking a definite part in a dispute impossible of decision if one had to be fair to all the phantoms in possession—to the reputable that had its claims and to the disreputable that had its exigencies.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • …that to have revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant; that the intrinsic embarrassment, inseparable from the selection of the proper objects (which is always a choice of difficulties), ought to be a decisive motive for a candid construction of the conduct of the government in making it, and for a spirit of acquiescence in the measures for obtaining revenue, which the public exigencies may at any time dictate.
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • …recommended that the States appoint delegates to meet and consider "the situation of the United States; to devise such further provisions as shall appear to them necessary to render [make] the Constitution of the federal government adequate to the exigencies of the Union; and to report such an act for that purpose to the United States in Congress assembled, as when agreed to by them, and afterwards confirmed by the legislature of every State, will effectually provide for the same."
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • In such an exigence, my uncle’s advice and assistance would be everything in the world; he will immediately comprehend what I must feel, and I rely upon his goodness."
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Part Fourth AT SHASTON "Whoso prefers either Matrimony or other Ordinance before the Good of Man and the plain Exigence of Charity, let him profess Papist, or Protestant, or what he will, he is no better than a Pharisee.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • In America the people is a master whose exigencies demand obedience to the utmost limits of possibility.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It is unencumbered by those fictions which have been thrown over it in other countries, and it appears in every possible form according to the exigency of the occasion.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Its repugnancy to an adequate supply of the national exigencies has been already pointed out, and has sufficiently appeared from the trial which has been made of it.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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