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  • In most schools physical education is compulsory.
  • Education is compulsory for young children in the United States.
  • He didn’t say anything then, but the next night he made us have compulsory study hall in the academic building and he came up and made a speech.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • "I hadn’t realized it was compulsory," I grumbled.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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  • The Sunday before there would be a compulsory church attendance.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • If the children were not in school by Monday, the parents would face a thirty-day jail sentence and a fine of fifty dollars per day, in violation of the compulsory-attendance law.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Certainly, since leaving the Marine Corps two years before, I had never thought of hat-wearing as a compulsory matter.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Words like compulsory and duty were beaten into the page.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • On other estates the serfs’ compulsory labor was commuted for a quitrent.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As soon as he recovered, I related our compulsory visit, and detention at the Heights.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • The first Pregnancy Substitute isn’t compulsory till twenty-one.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • It ought to be compulsory for all policemen to have small children.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • These were the showers, a compulsory formality at the entrance to all these camps.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • It’s not compulsory, you know.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • She completed the nine years of compulsory schooling without a certificate.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "Attendance is now compulsory for every young witch and wizard," he replied.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It was compulsory.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Robberies from Jews, their compulsory evacuation, deportations for labour in Germany were going on all the time, but we had become accustomed to it.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • If you want my adviceoh, I know you won’t go for it, but it’s just a thought-issue a directive making it compulsory to add, say, one-third more men to every payroll in the country.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In our present society it is not altogether normal, because it is compulsory, but in the future society it will be perfectly normal, because it will be voluntary.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He had unconsciously dropped back into the phraseology of the first days of his compulsory greatness.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Dick thought, for example, that nothing was more conducive to the development of observation than compulsory silence.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Jewish education was compulsory for the Orthodox, and because this was America and not Europe, English education was compulsory as well—so each student carried a double burden: Hebrew studies in the mornings and English studies in the afternoons.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Attendance at Prayvaganzas isn’t compulsory for them, especially if they’re on duty or have young children, but the galleries seem to be filling up anyway.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Blood is compulsory-they’re all blood, you see.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • The compulsory age was eight, but there was no room for my group that year, so I didn’t start until later.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • It was the ideal of "book-learning"; the curiosity, born of compulsory ignorance, to know and test the power of the cabalistic letters of the white man, the longing to know.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Simon’s patience and swallowing were worse to me than his wrath or flamboyance—that shabby compulsory physical patience.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • "Yes," said Lydgate, in a tone of compulsory admission.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The rule here is that one must be escorted up to the reading room in a lift, whose cramped space makes small talk compulsory as far as I’m concerned.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Where are your free and compulsory schools?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That the party to which Hist compulsorily belonged was not one that was regularly on the war path, was evident by the presence of females.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • And it had been Clyde’s compulsory duty throughout the years when he could not act for himself to be in attendance at these various meetings.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • If, with the right kind of luck, it comes off, it should be comparable in effect to a compulsory guided tour through the engine room, with myself, as guide, leading the way in an old one-piece Jantzen bathing suit.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • We advocated the redivision of land on an equitable basis; the abolition of color bars prohibiting Africans from doing skilled work; and the need for free and compulsory education.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Don’t forget either, you unhappy man, that voluntary confinement is a great deal harder to bear than compulsory.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Bet
  • As though something in their family genes had bestowed on them compulsory bumps that appeared randomly on different parts of their bodies.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The grades and the high school were combined in a damp yellow-brick structure with the narrow windows of an antiquated jail—a hulk which expressed hatred and compulsory training.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Virchow made important contributions in oncology and parasitology, coined at least fifty medical terms still in use today, defined the pathophysiology of a host of diseases, including trichinosis, and led a successful campaign for compulsory meat inspection in Germany.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He had long since begun to sigh again for Eustacia; indeed, it may be asserted that signing the marriage register with Thomasin was the natural signal to his heart to return to its first quarters, and that the extra complication of Eustacia’s marriage was the one addition required to make that return compulsory.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Without really wanting to at all, they pay calls and carry on conversations, sit out their hours at desks and on office chairs; and it is all compulsory, mechanical and against the grain, and it could all be done or left undone just as well by machines; and indeed it is this never-ceasing machinery that prevents their being, like me, the critics of their own lives and recognizing the stupidity and shallowness, the hopeless tragedy and waste of the lives they lead, and the awful…
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • …favour with the people who ’really counted,’ that he made it possible for us to transgress laws which Francoise had taught me to regard as more ineluctable than the laws of life and death, as when we were allowed to postpone for a year the compulsory repainting of the walls of our house, alone among all the houses in that part of Paris, or when he obtained permission from the Minister for Mme. Sazerat’s son, who had been ordered to some watering-place, to take his degree two months…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • …what a speech he meant to make in favour of that petition whenever it should be presented, and how desperately he meant to taunt the parliament if they rejected the bill; and to inform them also, that he regretted his honourable friends had not inserted a clause rendering the purchase of muffins and crumpets compulsory upon all classes of the community, which he—opposing all half-measures, and preferring to go the extreme animal—pledged himself to propose and divide upon, in committee.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Comrades, I beg you—do not resort to compulsory taxation.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Education is compulsory, that means required.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • No …. then the boys would have to learn Hindi or Tamil as a compulsory second language.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I highly approve of vaccination, feel it should be compulsory; rabies is a dreadful thing.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • All whites undergo compulsory military training, but no such training was given to Africans.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • If I didn’t go after him, Sam would pull him deeper into his frightening, compulsory gang.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Will it be compulsory?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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