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  • attendance is obligatory
  • an obligatory contribution
  • he made all the obligatory apologies
  • Holiness does not mean merely performing the obligatory rituals on the outside; it means staying pure on the inside.
    Dinesh D’Souza  --  What’s So Great About Christianity

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  • But mostly it’s the obligatory applause from an audience waiting to be impressed.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • "He was a good man," she said, dullness with an obligatory injection of empathy.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • It was Saturday, and all the Elite had been excused from our obligatory day of sitting in the Women’s Room.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • His dad loved him in a completely obligatory way, like Park loved Josh.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • ) At night we made love—it seemed almost obligatory at the moment, as if we should take full advantage of our freedom.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Maybe some people find comfort in obligatory words and reheatable food; my dad and I just weren’t those people.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility

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  • What I had up until then failed to perceive, and was only at this moment perceiving, was that the wearing of hats was no mere fashion but, indeed, obligatory, as much a part of the McGraw-Hill costume as the button-down Arrow shirts and amply tailored Weber & Heilbroner flannel suits worn by everyone in the green tower, from the textbook salesmen to the anxiety-ridden editors of Solid Wastes Management.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I suck in some coffee, skip to the last paragraph: the inevitable eclectic, the obligatory post-feminist, a however and a despite.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • …died, I feel different, I am different, and there’s a certain benumbed pleasure in moving in and out of the group mind, napping in molded plastic chairs and wandering the gleaming aisles of Duty Free and of course everyone perfectly nice when you touch down, indoor tennis courts and private beaches and —after the obligatory tour, all very nice, admiring the Bonnard, the Vuillard, light lunch out by the pool — a hefty check and a taxi ride back to the hotel again a good deal poorer.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • They had poked their heads out for an obligatory but, at last, final brunch with the families.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • First there were the obligatory celebrations.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The obligatory questions, the perfunctory answers.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • I heard the officer, his voice tired and uninterested, asking his obligatory questions.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The book showed up at 33 Himmel Street perhaps an hour after Liesel had drifted back to sleep from her obligatory nightmare.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Mr. Wandati’s mother was a heavy, rather pompous woman who lived in another part of town, with the obligatory team of servants and her two beloved dogs.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • For the most part she’d held up well-far better than I-and over the first two weeks she’d trooped along without complaint as we hit the obligatory tourist stops.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • He did not know that where the steward had shown him in the accounts that the serfs’ payments had been diminished by a third, their obligatory manorial work had been increased by a half.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Equality has an organ: gratuitous and obligatory instruction.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You might call him the obligatory eccentric in the village.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Aunt J never said a disapproving word, but after a week or so, she did offer an obligatory warning.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • It’s a change, because it was never obligatory before.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He supposed he could have made his obligatory thank-you call to Al from home; he certainly wasn’t going to say anything Wendy would object to.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Hall’s obligatory turn-around time had come and gone a full two hours earlier.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • In discussing any joint action, it becomes obligatory that A should argue in favour of B’s supposed wishes and against his own, while B does the opposite.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • I’m taken to the doctor’s once a month, for tests: urine, hormones, cancer smear, blood test; the same as before, except that now it’s obligatory.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • He did not wear the uniform cloak—which was not obligatory at that epoch of less liberty but more independence—but a cerulean-blue doublet, a little faded and worn, and over this a magnificent baldric, worked in gold, which shone like water ripples in the sun.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Still, all over Europe now schools are obligatory.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • There’s the obligatory interview.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Past the obligatory images of Everest, Hillary lingered on frames taken in the 1960s and 1970s, of strapping Western men and slight Sherpas, working together to build schools and clinics in Nepal.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He imposed obligatory military service for men over eighteen, declared to be public property any animals walking the streets after six in the evening, and made men who were overage wear red armbands.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The country’s lone medical school was an obligatory stop.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • He seldom visited a patient on a holy day of obligation unless it was of extreme urgency, and for many years he had not accepted a social engagement that was not obligatory.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • After That He pulls carefully away from the curb, turn signal doing its obligatory thing.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • And for that cause, in buying, and selling, and other acts of Contract, A Promise is equivalent to a Covenant; and therefore obligatory.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • A unit, membership in which is obligatory for all Communists, is the party’s basic form of organization.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Without anybody who would pay her a dowry and therefore without an obligatory husband looming on her horizon.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • We eschewed the obligatory silence of plebes and entered noisily, screaming, drunk, out of control.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • You would have to look close to see that that is not a mon toe Majid drove us to the homes of various relatives for our obligatory appearances.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • When she marched in the obligatory May Day parades, she could never keep in step, and the girl behind her would shout at her and purposely tread on her heels.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • He sat down in the obligatory chair in the hotel room and looked around.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Connor gave an obligatory grunt, but Max saw that he was deeply troubled.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • To Washington it had been an obligatory farce.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • One missed the obligatory thread of smoke in the foreground and the pack-animals grazing.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • I made the obligatory joke: "Don’t grab my boob."
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • The chauffeur took the little girl to school, where the first activity of the day was mass and obligatory communion.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • They wade patiently through the obligatory introductions, disappear upstairs to spend time alone in Jake’s room.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
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