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  • My father had less mad strictures about the city, though still intense ones.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • For the first time, I understood the stern Scotch strictures against idleness that had seemed like mere quaintness before—or after, as the case might be.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • What would I give to hear your strictures on them!
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • At the American Community School, Luma was free from the strictures of a conservative Muslim society and at liberty to play sports as boys did.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • Other strictures apply, but in general, yes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Harry doubted that Snape had even heard her strictures on Mul-ciber and Avery.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Mindful of John Wesley’s strictures on the use of many words in buying and selling, Simon made a pile practicing medicine, but in this pursuit he was unhappy lest he be tempted into doing what he knew was not for the glory of God, as the putting on of gold and costly apparel.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • There is no stricture on you, for you have tried.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Stephen feels hemmed in by the strictures of Irish life, by family and politics and education and religion and narrow-mindedness; as we know by now, the antidote to limitations and shackles is freedom.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He had also agreed, to some extent, with Barnard’s strictures on the air force.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon

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  • A smile that was permanently in conflict with some inner stricture against the seductiveness of humor.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • My father did, in any case, rapidly discover a way to circumvent the limitations on his effectiveness implied by the stricture that he should carry no laden trays.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • She was abandoning herself to a life of strictures, rules, obedience, housework, and a constant fear of disapproval.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He’d ride sometimes clear to the upper end of the laguna before the horse would even stop trembling and he spoke constantly to it in Spanish in phrases almost biblical repeating again and again the strictures of a yet untabled law.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Belle accepted, too, her denomination’s strictures against alcohol, narcotics, and unclean foods; against swearing and unchastity; and against violation of the Ten Commandments—including the Commandment that stipulated, "Thou Shalt Not Kill."
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • There are those who believed we should always reject bail, as it could be interpreted that we were fainthearted rebels who accepted the racist strictures of the legal system.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Perhaps in no minor point does woman astonish her helpmate more than in the strange power she possesses of believing cajoleries that she knows to be false—except, indeed, in that of being utterly sceptical on strictures that she knows to be true.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • I have deliver’d to Lord Angelo,— A man of stricture and firm abstinence,— My absolute power and place here in Vienna, And he supposes me travell’d to Poland; For so I have strew’d it in the common ear, And so it is received.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • It proved that the Essence of the Sun Spirit was Truth, but its Aura and Effluxion were Cheerfulness: "Face always the day with the dawn-laugh with the enthusiasm of the initiate who perceives that all works together in the revolutions of the Wheel and who answers the strictures of the Soured Souls of the Destructionists with a Glad Affirmation—"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I shall call this stricture, this rigidity, "death among the apple trees" for ever.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Yet a feeling of stricture, of a responding hopelessness almost approaching ferocity, grew with alarming quickness about her.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • There had been a moment of crisis when he stripped Galbatorix’s strictures from the Eldunari the king had enslaved.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • I will do my level best to protect the United States under those strictures despite the fact that the situation is most illogical.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • We had been having a heated discussion,—upon life, of course,—and, grown over-bold, I was passing stiff strictures upon Wolf Larsen and the life of Wolf Larsen.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • A laugh, or a joke, in honor of the "Sergeant’s daughter," however, limited their strictures; though "Mabel Dunham" was soon a toast that even the ensign, or the lieutenant, did not disdain to give.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • By that time, Astaroth had essentially become a ’demon’ as we tend to think of them: He assumed their aura, he could be summoned, and, despite his great powers, he was bound by certain rules and strictures.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • I don’t as a rule like Americans-haven’t any use for ’em-" Poirot smiled, remembering MacQueen’s strictures on "Britishers."
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • …Oaths…… By Gorm, Ilda, and Fell Angvara, we vow to perform homage at least thrice a month, in the hour before dusk, and then to make an offering of ourselves to appease the eternal hunger of our Great and Terrible Lord…… We vow to observe the strictures as they are presented in the book of Tosk…… We vow to always carry our Bregnir on our bodies and to forever abstain from the twelve of twelves and the touch of a many-knotted rope, lest it corrupt …. " A sudden rise in the wind obscured…
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • She was not medically unsophisticated, so Sophie was aware of the irony involved in her seeking the ministrations of a chiropractor, but such strictures involving her employer she had of necessity abandoned when she took the desperately needed job in the first place.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Now the stricture and rigidity are over; and I will continue to make my survey of the purlieus of the house in the late afternoon, in the sunset, when the sun makes oleaginous spots on the linoleum, and a crack of light kneels on the wall, making the chair legs look broken.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • But just as we had outgrown our Youth League outlook, I was confident that these young men would transcend some of the strictures of Black Consciousness.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • From this little story the condition of paralysis grows into one of Joyce’s great themes: Dublin is a city in which the inhabitants are paralyzed by the strictures laid upon them by church, state, and convention.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • When I find a man, sir, who looks me full in the face, while he praises an officer,—for, begging your honor’s pardon, the men will sometimes pass their strictures on their betters,—and when I find a man looking me in the eyes as he praises his captain, I always set it down that the fellow is honest, and means what he says."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
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