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  • I’m hoping to be able to reveal this to my father soon enough, but, for tonight, discretion is imperative."
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • The evolutionary imperative that drove them to live in groups was the opportunity to kill them by the billions.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • It was the imperative of youth.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Most important, we shared a deep reserve of humor, creativity in adverse circumstances, and the will to protect and maintain our own humanity despite the prison system’s imperative to crush it.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • That’s what he thought of every time he left Gabby for the day, but now the notion struck him as imperative.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • It was imperative for me to prove that a diet of small rodents would suffice to maintain a large carnivore in good condition.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • And I don’t know whether she’ll be pardoned," she lied, remembering her mom’s imperative that she not talk about the Earth mission.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • If we one day make it back, I think it’s imperative to understand what happened in order to prevent it from happening again.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • But now, it is imperative that you understand why you cannot let Levana take you.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • She only patted my arm and said, "We can study imperatives tomorrow."
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • It is imperative that you look presentable.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I should hate to be responsible for anyone’s death but it is absolutely imperative that this book never be published.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It is absolutely imperative that you keep the potentially concussed patient awake at all times.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • For One Night Only, On account of imperative European engagements!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • But haste was becoming imperative.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The one absolute, the one imperative in that living creature.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I was under way, propelled by an imperative that was beyond my ability to control or comprehend.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Life had altered in the wildest possible way, but it was imperative that they act as if nothing at all had happened.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • He could feel the skillful hand of fate motivating him imperatively.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It was plainly imperative we all got damn good at this, since SEALs use such nets to board and disembark submarines and ships and to get in and out of inflatable boats.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It became imperative to lance the flying whale, or be content to lose him.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Noirtier cast an appealing look on Valentine, which look was at once so earnest and imperative, that she answered immediately.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I tried to raise her up, and said, as gravely as I could, that I thanked her, but my duty was imperative, and that I must go.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I know why it was imperative he should leave America.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I have resolved every night, when I am not imperatively occupied by my duties, to record, as nearly as possible in his own words, what he has related during the day.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Knowledge, of course, is always imperfect, but it seemed to me that when a nation goes to war it must have reasonable confidence in the justice and imperative of its cause.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Only a familiar territory will allow them to fulfill the two relentless imperatives of the wild: the avoidance of enemies and the getting of food and water.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Like why it’s so imperative that I spend time with my dad?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • But the crime that tipped the scale and made our hate not only just but imperative was his actions at the dinner table.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Pearl, looking at this bright wonder of a house began to caper and dance, and imperatively required that the whole breadth of sunshine should be stripped off its front, and given her to play with.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Before I could reply that he was my neighbor dinner was announced; wedging his tense arm imperatively under mine, Tom Buchanan compelled me from the room as though he were moving a checker to another square.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Two or three times, the matter in hand became so knotty, that the jackal found it imperative on him to get up, and steep his towels anew.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • There was imperative need to be constantly alert; for these dogs and men were not town dogs and men.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • "Imbuing violence with holy meaning," wrote the historian Iris Chang, "the Japanese imperial army made violence a cultural imperative every bit as powerful as that which propelled Europeans during the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • If you’re right, then it’s imperative that we get him out.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • It was imperative that everything be relocated to a safe distance before the bio-bomb went in.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He uttered nothing but uncertain opinions about physical nature-and nothing but categorical imperatives about men.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The she-wolf’s need to find the thing for which she searched had now become imperative.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • We’ve traveled more leagues than you’d care to know, and it’s imperative we see Jeod today.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • A dark, wild face was seen, for a moment, to glance at the window of the house; and, as Legree opened the door, a female voice said something, in a quick, imperative tone.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • While Nana considered it imperative to keep the dogs cool, she’d never bothered to add cooling ducts that led to the office.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • It became imperative that he take hold of the bottom rung of the sinuous ladder, which he did.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • I found it very difficult to gauge the exact moment when it became imperative to dilute the tea with the boiling water, and more difficult still to concentrate on the small talk that was going on at my side.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • But I cannot give him orders in this case: I cannot say ’Beware of harming me, Richard;’ for it is imperative that I should keep him ignorant that harm to me is possible.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Her glance wandered from his face away toward the Gulf, whose sonorous murmur reached her like a loving but imperative entreaty.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • My friends say that I laughed and cried naturally, and for awhile I made many sounds and word-elements, not because they were a means of communication, but because the need of exercising my vocal organs was imperative.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • When the requirements of the service imperatively demanded it, and he could not do otherwise than meet the mayor, he addressed him with profound respect.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So it was imperative to make contact with whatever beings were confined inside the plating of this machine.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • It was an important suit, and great accuracy was imperative.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • But bringing order of the confusion in the castle was more imperative.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
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