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  • "You guys," Mae said, knowing she had to make this statement very clear, knowing this was a pivotal moment, for their own health and the overall health data—gathering system the Circle was trying to make possible.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • There were many other lessons, though none were quite so pivotal as the Alar.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Millennia ago, she decreed that we would play pivotal roles in many battles.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Again he had the feeling his concerns were warranted: this proved that lump on his back was very serious, the results of the operation more pivotal.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

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  • Once uncovered again, she asked the pivotal question.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • These two actions are of pivotal importance.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • This was the pivotal moment in the entire play, and it sets the tone for everything else that happens afterward.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • In the three months following Rogers’s story, Jet, Ebony, Smithsonian, and various newspapers published articles about Henrietta, "one of the pivotal figures in the crusade against cancer."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Instead, his innocent mistakes turned out to be pivotal and irreversible, his name became the stuff of tabloid headlines, and his bewildered family was left clutching the shards of a fierce and painful love.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The other pictograms were arranged around this pivotal area.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl

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  • The famous episode that follows, Homer’s book of the dead, which inspired Virgil and through Virgil Dante, has often been seen as occupying a pivotal place in the poem.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Long ago, he had played the pivotal role in Mal’akh’s mortal life path.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • For the second time in Greg Mortenson’s life, a gas station proved pivotal to his involvement with Islam.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He had come to the surface facing down the stream; in a moment the visible world seemed to wheel slowly round, himself the pivotal point, and he saw the bridge, the fort, the soldiers upon the bridge, the captain, the sergeant, the two privates, his executioners.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • There was no pivotal moment of creative difference, no storming or flouncing out.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • I intuitively knew — and sensed he did, too — that tomorrow would be pivotal.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Besides, no one compares with you as a specialist in the internal affairs of the People’s Republic of China — I believe you played a pivotal role in the trade conferences between Washington and Peking.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The New York Times headline mentioned the pivotal base running of Fidel Ruiz.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • This was a big deal; a pivotal decision in the case.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • At last the night of the titanic battle arrived, and I settled by my radio to attend upon the pivotal point of the modern age.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • There were pitiful leaps, hoarse curses, and several agonizing moments when Nigel’s meager arms failed him at the pivotal instant.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • This distinction between something and nothing-this pivotal separation between being and nonbeing-is quite fundamental and underlies many Creation myths.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The mate, Johansen, stood away several feet to the side of him, and fully three yards in front of him sat Wolf Larsen on one of the pivotal cabin chairs.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • That two great armies, at the most pivotal point in their histories, have descended upon High Bridge at the same time is one of those random acts of fate that so often decide a war.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • I don’t think either artist would have even known their work was involved; one of our people—a student of theirs or someone who had access—would have played the pivotal role.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • To each hatchway there were double stairs descending right and left, with a pivotal arrangement at the top to allow the lower ends to be hitched to the ceiling; and, as these were now raised, the compartment had the appearance of a skylighted hall.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Jackie just might be the pivotal factor in helping him get reelected in 1964.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • "When you think about it, he’s been a pivotal point for every bad event that’s happened: the theft of the kettle; the death of Archibald; the murder of the professor; the sham Council at Paralon.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Aeneas’ descent to the dead in Book 6 of the Aeneid really is pivotal, preparing him for the role he is to play in the second half of the poem as founder of a new civilization on Italian soil.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Hence Homer’s descensus ad inferos does not have the pivotal effect it might otherwise have possessed, with Odysseus’ "death" serving as the prelude to the rebirth that awaits him when finally he sets foot on his native land.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • This is a pivotal moment in your careers.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • For this reason, Peter had been chosen to play the pivotal role in Mal’akh’s great transformation.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • At the decisive Battle of Five Forks, General Phil Sheridan and 45,000 men capture a pivotal crossing, cutting off the main road to North Carolina, handing General George Pickett his second disastrous loss of the war—the first coming at Gettysburg, and the infamous ill-fated charge that bears his name.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • For it was none other than Mr. Sikes, the cruel and clever imp who had played such a pivotal role in Astaroth’s rise to power.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Then, in the midst of this idyll, came the first of two pivotal setbacks.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Not that Lin believed that his growing task force of intelligence gatherers was pivotal to policy decisions, he did not.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The famous entertainers attending the previous night’s parties were promised prime seats for this pivotal moment in American history, but owing to the cold and a 100-proof celebration that stretched into the wee small hours, singer Frank Sinatra, actor Peter Lawford, and composer Leonard Bernstein—along with a host of others—opted to sleep late and watch the event on television.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • We are on the verge of a truly great period of illumination, and all of us—all of you—are profoundly blessed to be living through this pivotal moment of history.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • A run-of-the-mill narrator would probably have sent Odysseus straight home at this point, but to pass directly from Kalypso’s enchanted realm to the everyday bread-and-butter world of Ithaka would have been jarringly abrupt, so-a beautifully pivotal transition-he is sent to the happy land of the Phaiakians, human beings but kinsmen of the gods, Zeus calls them, and free from the normal constraints of mankind.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Legend holds that the verbum significatium is buried deep underground, where it waits patiently for a pivotal moment in history . a moment when mankind can no longer survive without the truth, knowledge, and wisdom of the ages.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
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  • Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions
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