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  • The essential feature of the pen is that it writes so consistently.
  • I carry all the essential tools and materials I need in this toolbox.
  • the essentials of the good life
  • funds essential to the completion of the project

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  • Affordable housing is essential to an artist.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • Put me in possession of the document essential to establish my rights, and the House of the Seven Gables is your own!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • She said she hated putting the children through this, but their testimony was essential.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Her favorite game was golf because its essential principles consisted of a stick, a small ball, and a state of mind.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • By now, even the youngest Yearlings have learned Blackcliff’s most essential lessons: Obey, conform, and keep your mouth shut.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Will was only one year older than I am now when his parents died, and he essentially became a parent himself.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed

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  • And Mr. Woodwork has essentially stolen property of the royal family through his relations with Miss Tames!
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • He won essentially by default, but sometimes that was how things played out.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Even August had just said the Northerners were essentially unarmed.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • But no. Love is essentially selfish, and so are both of you.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Just the essentials, with the Luger, the M16, the ammo, and my trusty bowie knife topping the list.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • My intent alerted the central processor, which calculated the overwhelming probability of terminal failure and shut down all but the essential functions of my muscular system.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • She’d all but forgotten about her left-wrist health monitor, but the camera had made essential the use of this, a second, right-wrist bracelet.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • A publishing company in Lahore which supplied our schoolbooks sent five trucks of food and other essentials.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • They made up a sort of Grand Tour that was once considered an essential part of any well-bred peculiar’s education.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The building consisted mainly of one narrow and profoundly vertical room—a giant stairwell, essentially—dominated by a skeletal staircase that corkscrewed from the floor to a stone landing, more than a hundred feet up.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • People like Nora and Jack (essentially subcontractors) would arrange to transport the suitcases into the States, where they were handed off to an anonymous pickup.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In Alabama, asking to change venue was an essentially futile act.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Which essentially meant rich.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I kept my camping gear to the barest minimum — a small primus stove, a stew pot, a teakettle, and a sleeping bag were the essentials.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The money I earned in Kilvin’s shop was spent on essentials: ink, soap, lute strings . the only other thing I could afford was pride.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • So the abiding philosophy is to help a wayward child develop into a productive member of the community, or if ignored, risk allowing someone of essentially decent nature to become an adult whose social interactions are fraught and difficult, or even pathological, criminal.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The rebels against the government consisted of thousands from every walk of life—but essentially the young.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Glass knew the Vice Chancellor would be there, and that it was essential to play her part; she’d gotten back her life in exchange for giving him a better image, which was a more than fair trade-off.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Essentially, it makes it so that they are immune to Lunar control.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I realized pretty quickly that I was essentially being instructed to befuddle old people into switching energy suppliers, and told Syed, my personal "adviser," that I couldn’t do it.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I don’t exaggerate when I say that every one of you is essential to the success of the team, and indeed, to the fate of us all.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • At twenty-nine, the wine was essential to wake him in the morning.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • In five minutes, my carpetbag was packed with a few essentials: Tonic, my magic book, my dictionary, a shawl, and little else.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Engines and men had scattered as the fire advanced and were now operating on their own, essentially trying to save individual buildings here and there.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Good spelling and good grammar and good word skills are essential for every student.
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • The Miranda warnings are essential, you know.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • An argument that he had "essential" enamelware workers wouldn’t have meant anything to the decision makers, but the argument that we were essential to Germany’s munitions production did.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • She was certain that it was the result of theft from both her workers and her clients, so it was essential to stay on top of the situation.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • When the lease was up on my office downtown, I found my secretary a job at another law firm and moved the essentials out to my house.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • ) They liked him well enough, but they marveled at how astonishingly impractical he was, how out of touch with matters they considered essential.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • "Well," Molly says, "I think the boat represents what you take with you—the essential things—from place to place.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Moose are large, and essentially insane with an almost pathological hatred of the dogs, the sled, the musher, trees, trains, cars, and everything else as near as I can figure.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • Another trigger pull and then there occurs a second spin of Afghani flesh and bone with essential brain parts missing.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Allan told Lorenzo to keep it to essential communications.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The rumors are that only essential personnel and those with medical reasons will be allowed to stay in Saint-Malo.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • In a hotel in Paris, George, Bernie, and Mike argued anew for the basic goodness of man, but I felt that I had extracted the essential message of Dachau and that our philosophy was simply an exercise of innocence and nothing more.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • In spite of this and other changes, life for the three of us—Father, Betsie, and me—stayed essentially the same.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Not essentials, not luxuries; but things that made ordinary life easier.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Like Sophie, like Nathan too, I was at that time of life—long before Rock or the resurgence of Folk—when music was more than simple meat and drink, it was an essential opiate and something resembling the divine breath.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • How spruce budworms could be essential to the war effort I have not yet figured out, but apparently they were.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
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