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  • It is of the utmost importance.
  • it was with the utmost difficulty that I...
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • There was the huge tree asleep yet in the paling moonlight, and small and silly Sylvia began with utmost bravery to mount to the top of it,
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • However, since our ancestors have set the seal of their approval upon the practice, I must obey, and to the utmost of my power shall endeavor to satisfy the wishes and beliefs of all who hear me.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration

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  • It gives me the utmost pleasure to present to you a performance like no other in history!
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • …YOUR DIFFICULTIES STOP YOUR INSTRUCTIONS ARE PERFECTLY CLEAR STOP IF CAREFULLY FOLLOWED NO DIFFICULTIES SHOULD DEVELOP STOP WHEN SENDING COMMERCIAL RADIO MESSAGES TO THIS DEPARTMENT YOU ARE INSTRUCTED TO RESTRICT YOURSELF TO MATTERS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES REPEAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD THESE MESSAGES BE LONGER THAN TEN WORDS STOP EXPECT INTERIM PROGRESS REPORT WITHIN TWO WEEKS BY WHICH TIME IT IS ANTICIPATED YOU SHOULD HAVE ESTABLISHED CLOSE CONTACT…
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It is of the utmost importance that Will has someone here who understands that responsibility.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • As my children, they were inherently inclined to the utmost grace.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • You’re to hold this information in utmost secrecy.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • But in a week’s time she had stretched her memory to the utmost, and Pilgrim had traveled all the way from the Slough of Despond to the Celestial City.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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  • Only a matter of the utmost urgency could take me away.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • By that time German officers and soldiers were fleeing, doing their utmost to avoid capture by the rapidly approaching Soviet army.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • He said it with the utmost confidence, which made the shock on his face when I lunged at him that much sweeter.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • The idea came to me that I should fix him with a look of the utmost hostility and say, ’The job I want is your job.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • He reached up with his free hand, and using the utmost delicacy, plucked a little something from the edge of her upper lip; it was, she realized, a crumb of the chocolate she had eaten, now held between his thumb and forefinger, and she watched with grave wonder as he moved his tar-stained fingers slowly toward his lips and deposited the tiny chestnut-brown flake into his mouth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Klaus stared at the ceiling with the utmost concentration, as if something very interesting were written on it, but nothing helpful occurred to him as the hour grew later and later.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • His earlier suspicion had vanished, and he greeted me with the utmost geniality.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He has personally assured His Highness of the utmost safety of the Delphie base.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • DANFORTH: I shall do my utmost.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • She screamed and screamed-screams of the utmost terror-wild desperate cries for help.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • J. Grimes Everett was doing his utmost to change this state of affairs, and desperately needed our prayers.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • They were tired, yes. a battle every day for more than four weeks, often in situations that tested their abilities to the utmost.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The new regime will maintain the utmost respect for principles, both Islamic and democratic.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • In these seven years he would have climbed to the utmost heights.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • I should try to think bigger, beyond our current situation where I am of the utmost importance, to the future where I may be worth nothing.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • It gave me the best assurance that I might rely with the utmost confidence on the results which, he said, would flow from teaching me to read.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I come with nothing but the utmost ihtiram… and the highest regards for you, your family names, and the memory… of your ancestors.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • He was staring down at Ludo Bagman with an expression of the utmost severity and dislike.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I wished to see him again, that I might wreak the utmost extent of abhorrence on his head and avenge the deaths of William and Justine.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • They could lay bare in the utmost detail everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Pray do not take us as exceeding the bounds of business courtesy in pressing you in all ways to use the utmost expedition.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • After a moment, however, Snowball and Napoleon butted the door open with their shoulders and the animals entered in single file, walking with the utmost care for fear of disturbing anything.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • With the utmost difficulty we regained the track.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • After depositing his brief case on my bed, he introduced himself, and added that he’d perused the record of my case with the utmost care.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • You do not believe in doing your utmost to further the ends of justice?
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • No sooner do we know this than we dive into the nearest dug-outs, and with the utmost haste seize on whatever provisions we can see, especially the tins of corned beef and butter, before we clear out.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • — Be not afraid, though you do see me weapon’d; Here is my journey’s end, here is my butt, And very sea-mark of my utmost sail.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Sire, the kindness your majesty deigns to evince towards me is a recompense which so far surpasses my utmost ambition that I have nothing more to ask for.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Gripping the bough above with both hands, Milo began inching his way out on the limb sideways with utmost care and apprehension.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "With utmost respect for your father," General Doppel said.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • "Your warlock does realize," she said, "that Jonathan is a witness of utmost importance to the Clave?"
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Again Pierre fell into the naively symmetrical pose of an Egyptian statue, evidently distressed that his stout and clumsy body took up so much room and doing his utmost to look as small as possible.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And it is of utmost importance that the newspapers get no word about it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I stepped over them with the utmost care, and, seeing how careful I was, June stepped over them, too, and then, to my shock, she hugged me.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Still she had her merits; and I was disposed to appreciate all that was good in her to the utmost.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • We shall require our utmost strength tomorrow.’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He remained absent a day or two days at the utmost.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There are one or two indications, and yet the utmost pains have been taken to remove all clues.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Standing over them, with an expression of the utmost fury on her face, was Professor McGonagall.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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