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All the salespeople met their quota for the month.
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quota quotas
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  • All the salespeople met their quota for the month.
  • The quota for Japanese automobile imports was negotiated.
  • Voices in the stairway, in the courtyard, said: "There is a quota. The trains must take five thousand Jews every day."
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • I got to kill eight more Cong before I get my quota.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels

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  • I only stole the money to try to meet her quota.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Read off the names of the boys who have reached or surpassed their quota.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • Is there a quota you have to meet?
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Quotas.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • So many quota spots to fill with people from Pakistan and Fresno, right?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • …the toddy tapper walks
    collecting the white liquid for tavern vats.
    Down here the light
    storms through branches
    and boils the street.
    Villagers stand in the shadow and drink
    the fluid from a coned leaf.
    He works fast to reach his quota
    before the maniac monsoon.
    The shape of knife and pot
    do not vary from r8th Century museum prints.
    In the village,
    a woman shuffles rice in a cane mat.
    Grit and husk separate
    are thrown to the sun.
    From his darkness among high flowers
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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  • God grant you your quota of smiles.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • You’re still making your quota.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • After perhaps half an hour of visiting among the tables, the foreman reminded us that we had a day’s quota to meet and people drifted back to their places.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • "Yeah, but I’ve reached my weekly quota already."
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Each party of boys added a quota, less or more, and the pile grew.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Such as, being largely ignored by the Capitol as long as we produce our coal quotas.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • But we would have to make adjustments for that in the kitchen quota ….
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • There’s no quotas, no numbers.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Winston, however, in rewriting the forecast, marked the figure down to fifty-seven millions, so as to allow for the usual claim that the quota had been overfulfilled.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I study my quota of Talmud every day, and he doesn’t care what I do the rest of the time.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • I’ve already used my quota for today.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He well remembered the last interview he had had with the old prince at the time of the enrollment, when in reply to an invitation to dinner he had had to listen to an angry reprimand for not having provided his full quota of men.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Madame, he said, when Aunt Theodosia finished her story and flashed her famous medal around the room, do you realize King Leopold cut the hands off workers who, in the opinion of his plantation overseers, did not fulfill their rubber quota?
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • I did obtain an unusually large quota for the Instituteand only by the special favor of some very special connections-but I feel abjectly guilty if this proved insufficient.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Do I have specific time quotas to fill, though?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Each new lot would have its quota of provocateurs.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The Rangoon had a large quota of passengers, many of whom disembarked at Singapore, among them a number of Indians, Ceylonese, Chinamen, Malays, and Portuguese, mostly second-class travellers.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • In his view an intellectually creative person must do physical labour in order to assess his own capabilities properly, and so he did his quota of work, although it interrupted his studies.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Those who did not choose to leave voluntarily would bescheduled for resettlement in weekly quotas.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • Others have been filling the quota and going in my place.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Arthur informed his readers that a quota of $500 had been set by Mrs. Lars Heineman of the San Piedro Red Cross Relief Fund and that the Japanese-American Citizens’ League had immediately donated $55—the largest contribution to date.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • You used up your yearly quota of pouting last week.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • The justice is rolling, cutting swiftly across the terrain of affirmative action and quotas and something he calls the "liberal elite," his hand chopping the air for effect.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The faimers were failing to fulfill their quota of work days—or the individual plots had been cut down to one-third acre, and some people’s right back to the cottage walls.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Arrangements had not yet been completed for obtaining the full quota of horses, but those who had horses performed what they imagined to be cavalry maneuvers in the field behind the courthouse, kicked up a great deal of dust, yelled themselves hoarse and waved the Revolutionary-war swords that had been taken down from parlor walls.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The horse having reached the end of his tether, so to speak, halted and, rearing high a proud feathering tail, added his quota by letting fall on the floor which the brush would soon brush up and polish, three smoking globes of turds.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was to this effect: In the case of a war-ship short of hands whose speedy sailing was imperative, the deficient quota in lack of any other way of making it good, would be eked out by draughts culled direct from the jails.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • I suppose that Willie had his natural quota of ordinary suspicion and cageyness, but those things tend to evaporate when what people tell you is what you want to hear.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Why do they not dissolve it themselves—the union between themselves and the State—and refuse to pay their quota into its treasury?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • But even those wild memories of his mad youth left him unmoved, just as during his last debauch he had exhausted his quota of salaciousness and all he had left was the marvelous gift of being able to remember it without bitterness or repentance.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • They have their orders and their quotas to fill, just as in a factory.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • There it was, familiar and comforting in its own strange way, a set of statements no less real than our daily quota of observable household fact.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • It was only the beginning of the month, and they still had weeks to move their quota of letters and parcels from one side of the building to the other.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The quota for Chinese, however, is very low, and the number who want to get in is beyond count.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • In stolen whispers we resolved on a policy: no quotas.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Mustering my final quota of strength, I crawled on my arms, dragging useless legs behind me.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Now there were quotas and regulations and licenses and big companies, all chasing fewer fish than there’d ever been.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • Meat, seafood and eggs were all on a strict quota system, along with oil, soy sauce, sugar, salt, wheat and corn flour, rice and also coal.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I had to remember it wasn’t his fault that Mike and Eric had already used up my quota of patience for the day.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • This I distributed among the principal inhabitants gratis; and as soon as I could suppose their minds a little prepared by the perusal of it, I set on foot a subscription for opening and supporting an academy; it was to be paid in quotas yearly for five years; by so dividing it, I judg’d the subscription might be larger, and I believe it was so, amounting to no less, if I remember right, than five thousand pounds.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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