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  • To make things better, to enjoy each other’s company, and to empathize are essence of humanity.
  • There was only—spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere...
    Willa Cather
  • What I have tried to do here was not to write everything, but in essence everything that was said.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • When we drink small amounts of blood, we do not take any of a person’s essence.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant

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  • Time is of the essence, as I’m sure you’re aware.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • These lumps seemed too small somehow, burned down to their essence.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Like someone cut away the parts that weren’t absolutely necessary for Ben to maintain his Ben essence.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • I picked up the spray can of air freshener (A Delicate Blend of Essences!
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Having a matrix of preferences presented as your essence, as the whole you?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The theory goes that if somehow our peculiar essence could be distilled and captured—in a bottle, as he said, or more likely a petri dish—then perhaps that essence could also be transferred from one being to another.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • The essence.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I feel no sympathetic sensation of a soul or a life essence leaving.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • On the right is the ocean, on the left is the gulf; it is, in essence, the same water, but with two different names.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Nevertheless, the essence of what you say is true.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The main course was essence of brandied pig, and you need a lot of it to serve five hundred people.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • The Earl of Essence.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • It had essence and structure.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • They were in essence going back to their roots.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The meeting was, in essence, a bedtime story.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • So I decided to teach them rules, fair play, and sportsmanship: the essence of the noble game, the proper manner in which gentlemen and athletes conduct themselves on a field of honor.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "The central idea of secession," said Lincoln, "is the essence of anarchy."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Over the table I hold her hand, which is moist, as if with the pure essence of desire.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A deep cut from Celestial bronze or Imperial gold could literally dissolve a demigod’s essence from the inside out.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Time is of the essence.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • "I believe that speed is of the essence in an emergency, don’t you?"
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • Geilie’s loose, flowing gowns smelled always of the essences she distilled: marigold, chamomile, bay leaf, spikenard, mint, marjoram.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • You’ll remember the essence.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • In essence, he invented a huge part of the twentieth century.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • There was nothing he could do except to be himself, to try to make the letters on the keyboard speak the truth of his heart, to work to make them reveal the essence of the squirrel he was.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • She can have grapes now, and beef essence — and soda-water and milk, and you’d better get in a bottle of brandy.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • But this house was the essence of modernity.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • In essence, politicians have put a lock on the front door while swinging the back door wide open.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • "Urgh — essence of Millicent Bulstrode," said Ron, eyeing it with loathing.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • They were strident and blatant—and, in essence, lifelessly mild.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • But the essence remains the same.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Jamie was the truest essence of that very description.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • Is not general incivility the very essence of love?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The tree itself looked perfectly fine, whole and healthy, suffused with the essence of the Golden Fleece.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • The twisting of it to bring out its essence?
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Once she could have smote down an army, but that piece of scum Downworlder with his Mark of Cain scattered her essence through the voids between the worlds.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Phineas was the essence of this careless peace.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The essence of oligarchical rule is not father-to-son inheritance, but the persistence of a certain world-view and a certain way of life, imposed by the dead upon the living.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience— Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • If you hit a monster just right, you can dissolve them, send their essence back to Tartarus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • The celestial bronze blade had to be destroying his essence.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • You might say that there was really but one Socialist principle—that of "no compromise," which was the essence of the proletarian movement all over the world.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • But on another plane—a plane that defies rationalizing, a more fragile plane, one whose essence would fracture and splinter if I even vocalized it—I wasn’t surprised that she was calling.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Her honour is an essence that’s not seen; They have it very oft that have it not: But, for the handkerchief,— OTHELLO.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Roman, Andrew, and I stay up well past midnight, trying to make sense of McCandless’s life and death, yet his essence remains slippery, vague, elusive.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The essence escapes but its aura remains.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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