Phrases with "absolute"

Anthony Trollope And now what was I to do? The absolute magnitude of my misfortune only loomed upon me by degrees. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The disposition of the man was averse to the probability of an absolute reply at the first moment. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But she was stirred to absolute anger by what took place with Mrs. Green, though she was unable to express her anger. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

John Lewis Burckhard His absolute power is owing to the diversity of Arab tribes inhabiting Shendy, none of which is strong enough to cope with his own family and its numerous branches. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

A month settles my fate: a little fortune, or absolute beggary. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

D. H. Lawrence Her mind, in its strange, hectic clarity, wanted to consider things in absolute detachment. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

George Meredith The sowing asks for persistency; but the reaping demands skill and absolute truthfulness. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I agree with you that crime is not an absolute thing. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Wilkie Collins Frank was petrified by an absolute unanimity of opinion which he had not anticipated; and Magdalen was caught, for once in her life, at the end of all her resources. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Gissing The young man bowed acquiescence, assuring himself the while that this visitor was an absolute stranger to him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

This, of course, was the absolute in humiliation; compared with which the heavings of The Amazon and the light slingings of The Midget were a mere corollary. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

E. F. Benson I was an absolute martyr to that neuralgia up in Scotland, and I began—yes, I did begin—to get into the habit of taking this. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

A great number of infants, for example, died of absolute neglect, their mothers having been carried off by the pestilence. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

It is a hard thing, but so it is; the comfort of absolute stagnation is nowhere permitted us. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith His face was rather comic, and, under the shadow of embarrassment, twitching and working for ideas—might excuse a want of steadiness and absolute gravity in the countenances of others. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Anthony Trollope We shall have an absolute barrack at Durbellière. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Greet me, O Sun. Dominant master and absolute lord   Over the soul of one!’ ‘Well?’ said Charlie, looking over my shoulder. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle The whole thing is the most absolute bilge and a disgrace to our legislature. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

She held, I suppose, that a woman holds an absolute right — or possesses a perfect excuse — to escape in her own way from a man-mismanaged world. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Racine is in reality a writer of extreme force — but it is a force of absolute directness that he wields. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Transcendentalist theories left it impossible to traverse by finite knowers, and brought an absolute in to perform the saltatory act. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Rudyard Kipling A five-pound note would have covered his personal expenses for food through any one of the many years in which he had been absolute master of millions of money. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

These people must be absolute savages!’ ‘Oh no! They’re highly civilized; more civilized than we are, in my opinion. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle If you give us a vigorous support the defeat will be changed to absolute rout and —” His knees gave way under him and he fell in a heap upon the floor. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

William Hazlitt The secret of Falstaff’s wit is for the most part a masterly presence of mind, an absolute self-possession, which nothing can disturb. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

John Locke In these cases Barclay, the great champion of absolute monarchy, is forced to allow, that a king may be resisted, and ceases to be a king. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

H. G. Wells An absolute stranger in an office took my notice, and our banns were proclaimed to ears that had never previously heard our names. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Wilkie Collins I said all I could say to shake the absolute confidence which she felt in the discharge of the prisoners at the next examination. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Wilkie Collins As it was, the “little dinner” compelled me to wait in absolute inaction through a whole week. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

There was, in fine, but one feature of the affair which even Oswald Melvin, drunk with notoriety and secretly sanguine of a nominal punishment, could not contemplate with absolute satisfaction. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

H. Rider Haggard The change from day to night is as quick and as absolute as the change from life to death. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Margaret Oliphant They were in the first absolute devotion of their union, invulnerable, no germ of distrust, no crevice of possible separation. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anthony Trollope They did hate each other, and this hatred had, at one time, almost produced an absolute disseverance of even the courtesies which are so necessary between the bishop and his clergy. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

The absolute perfection of all the appointments about the carriages and the harness, and the magnificence of the horses, were what might first have fixed the attention. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

D. H. Lawrence He must have absolute calm and restfulness. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence He was in a state of absolute mistrust, like a cat crouching to spring. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Fielding I desired you not to have too absolute a reliance upon him. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Now an absolute silence froze the scene. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James The great thing was the flashes, the quick revivals, absolute accidents all, and neither to be counted on nor to be resisted. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

David Hume The provinces of absolute monarchies are always better treated than those of free states. That Politics may be reduced to a Science by David Hume

D. H. Lawrence He would go all the day waiting for the night to come, when he could give himself to the enjoyment of some luxurious absolute of beauty in her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell Your sorrow is absolute pain to me; but it is worse to feel how indifferent you are — how little you care about our separation. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

The end is, in the first instance, the fullness of life of the individual, taken in absolute terms. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Arnold Bennett The thing’s absolute madness. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Jules Verne James Starr and his companions were suddenly plunged in absolute darkness. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Anton Chekhov The prince’s second misfortune was his absolute solitariness. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

D. H. Lawrence They were both absolute and happy and calm. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

There was an absolute mania for singing; and the worst of it was, that, like good Father Philip in the romance of The Monastery, they seemed utterly unable to change their tune. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope He had not wanted Miss Dunstable’s money—that was true; but he could not deny that he had been about to talk that absolute nonsense of which she spoke with so much scorn. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope There was no further hope thence of absolute deliverance, but there had been a tender of money service. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Here is an absolute necessity for my return to England. The newspaper arrived with the letters. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Rudyard Kipling Allowing for some purple patches, it was an absolute fair rendering. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Anthony Trollope What absolute money he had ever received into his hand he could not now have said, but it was very little, probably not amounting in all to £50. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope To them the poaching of numerous horses is absolute destruction. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Aphra Behn Though the stranger were by birth a Spaniard; yet, while they discoursed the glass was not idle, but went as briskly about, as if Sylvia had been an absolute good fellow. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

Henry Adams The forces were interchangeable if not reversible, but he could see only an absolute fiat in electricity as in faith. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

H. G. Wells Just simply that — not an absolute impossibility. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

H.G. Wells The Angel burnt his finger in the candle-flame — and displayed an absolute ignorance of the elementary principles of combustion. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Thomas Hardy What a proud moment it was for Elfride then! She was ruling a heart with absolute despotism for the first time in her life. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

D. H. Lawrence But the more absolute remains the law, that it shall never give itself away. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

I may sum up that discussion by saying that whether there really be an absolute or not, no one makes himself absurd or self-contradictory by doubting or denying it. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Willa Cather There was only one thing that had an absolute value for each individual, and it was just that original impulse, that internal heat, that feeling of one’s self in one’s own breast. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Those who prefer to absolute success in the creation of a work of art the personal flavor or perfume of the artist himself were predisposed to place Little Eyolf very high among his writings. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Rudyard Kipling An absolute blow-out!’ De Forest plugged him wrathfully, and poured out the story of our doings for the last twenty-four hours on the top-note. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Nellie Bly One who had blue eyes saw me look at her, and she turned as far as she could, talking and smiling, with that terrible, horrifying look of absolute insanity stamped on her. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Extending the analogy of certain wholes, of which we have familiar experience, to the whole of wholes, we easily become absolute idealists. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Gissing How can they be helped?’ ‘They can’t fall into absolute want. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing True, there was no absolute necessity for making the confession this evening, and if she chose to resist her father’s prejudice, things might even go on in a seemingly natural way. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Only when the true divine state had been established would the virtue of absolute acquiescence be possible. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope He had been screwed up to the pitch of asserting a will of his own, and might possibly be carried on till by an absolute success he should have been taught how possible it was to succeed. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Rafael Sabatini So absolute was the bitter sway of his anger against Lionel that he could give no thought to this rascally seaman’s share in the adventure. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope It’s all poison to — me — absolute poison — as you’re very well aware. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Evan MacIan was standing a few yards off looking at him in absolute silence. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Strange it was that this lady could permit herself to calculate upon absolute concealment in such circumstances. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

William Morris The king did his best to throw off the restraint of the feudal constitution, and to govern simply as an absolute monarch. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Margaret Oliphant When he recovered his senses he was in absolute darkness and in considerable pain. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anthony Trollope In the meantime Lucy still remained at Hogglestock, and had there become absolute mistress of the house. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The expression of absolute conviction on his face staggered her. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Had there always been this absolute single-mindedness between them? “You make it necessary for me to tell you,” he said slowly, “that there is one thing between us you do not know. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Henry Fielding He began now to disclose his passion in the strongest manner imaginable, indeed with a warmth rather beyond that of both my former lovers, but as yet without any attempt of absolute force. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

George Gissing Now and then they spoke with a formal coldness which threatened absolute silence. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

T. H. Huxley To resume — the foot of man is distinguished from his hand by the following absolute anatomical differences:— 1. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Anthony Trollope I have always thought, and do think, that a war for the suppression of the Southern rebellion could not have been avoided by the North without an absolute loss of its political prestige. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard On the surface of the earth there is always some sound or motion, and though it may in itself be imperceptible, yet it deadens the sharp edge of absolute silence. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Gaston Leroux He found himself in absolute darkness. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Arnold Bennett Mr. Peartree expressed his certitude that Edwin was “with them at heart,” and his absolute reliance upon Edwin’s sense of the responsibilities of a man in his, Edwin’s, position. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anthony Trollope His wife laid strong injunctions on him as to absolute secrecy, having forgotten, probably, that she herself had told the whole story to Lady Persiflage. The Marquis quite agreed. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing He fixed his attention so strongly upon it that it attained to absolute reality. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing The absolute darkness of his room would not allow him to see whether anything had really been pushed into his room. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope It was in this spirit,—a spirit of absolute pugnacity,—that he asked for the Marquis at Scumberg’s hotel. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Maria Edgeworth Looking straight between her horses’ ears, she drove on in absolute silence. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

In a constant play of leafy light and shadow, I would eat my tea and toast in absolute content, while outside the blue smoke of the fire changed to grey in the bright sunlight. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

H. G. Wells Just nervousness, Gemini. I want this thing to be an absolute success. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

We could not, indeed, complain of absolute neglect from the government. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Arthur Conan Doyle The man, who has some work which he must do, desires to leave the woman in absolute safety while he does it. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Anthony Trollope The other young ladies are apt to disapprove of brothers who are not brothers by absolute right of birth. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

He had never looked on it as within the possibilities of hazard that the horse could be defeated; now, little as those about him knew it, an absolute and irremediable disgrace fronted him. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

That is, we can see what the absolute truth was, but never what it is. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

He stopped short with a gesture of absolute devotion. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

James Joyce Superlative absolute of Porterstown. THE MONGREL UNDER THE DUNGMOUND. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE INFRALIMINAL INELLIGENCE. OFFRANDES. Dogs’ vespers are anending. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

To live at Rozaine with her—with children possibly—he had pictured to himself as the ideal of absolute happiness. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

George Gissing I may change; I may perhaps some day attain rest in an absolute ideal. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli He proclaims the absolute equality of all religious, and of the power of the state to confiscate ecclesiastical property, and not restore it to us, but alienate it forever. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Maria Edgeworth Far, far above the jurisdiction of reason, true love creates perfect sympathy in taste, and an absolute identity of opinion upon all subjects, physical, metaphysical, moral, political, and economic. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

Guy de Maupassan In a week’s time Rosalie had taken absolute control of everything and everyone in the château. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

But the blessed Buddha, in his essential, absolute nature, is changeless and everlasting. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

George Gissing They must be taught that it is morally wrong to vote for such a man as Robb, and an absolute duty of citizenship to vote for you. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins It may be some consolation to them to know that, next to absolute starvation, the same company-dinner, every day, is one of the hardest trials that assail human endurance. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Thomas Hardy The villagers everywhere had already bestirred themselves, rising at this time of the year at the far less dreary hour of absolute darkness. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle There is no bird in the steel-blue heaven, no movement upon the dull, gray earth — above all, there is absolute silence. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Anthony Trollope Then he proceeded to explain how absolute evidence might be obtained at San Francisco as to his brother’s death. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Candide is the epitome of an epoch in which there were bastilles, a stag-park, and an absolute king. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

I gave up preaching because at last it came to an absolute breakdown. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle Chilly politeness was even more repulsing than absolute rudeness. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

I was become an absolute skeleton: My eyes already failed me, and my limbs were beginning to stiffen. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

D. H. Lawrence Back to the central self, the isolate, absolute self. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Such a combination as you and she is a matter of absolute impossibility. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope Clara, therefore, had declared quite loudly that Marion had made an absolute prisoner of him,—had bound him hand and foot,—would not let him call his life his own. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edward Bellamy When they agree upon a verdict, we believe it to be as near to absolute truth as men well can come. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Sigmund Freud Even Rank does not make an absolute assertion. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope Obedience, absolute obedience, must come before that could be reached. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle From the moment of meeting the one was bound to exercise an absolute ascendency over the other which made unbiassed criticism far more difficult than it would be between ordinary father and son. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle This will cause me to leave you for a little time, but it is with the absolute assurance that we shall see each other very soon. The Sealed Room by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Anthony Trollope He was a married man and did not keep his wife and children in absolute comfort; but they lived, and Mr. Nickem in some fashion paid his way. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant His sentiment had all the violence, the passion of a man born to believe in absolute ideas. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

She loved with the passionate blindness of her sex, with the absolute abandonment of the southern blood. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Anthony Trollope It was all very clean, but the room conveyed at first glance an overpowering idea of its own absolute inutility and vanity. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott On the morning, she fell into a state of absolute insensibility. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope It now seemed to her that by this lie she was owning herself to be quelled and brought into absolute subjection by her husband. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George MacDonald What I did or thought, I referred constantly to her, and rejoiced to believe that, while doing her work in absolute independence, she was most at home by my side. Lilith by George MacDonald

Edward Bellamy Nevertheless, to speak of service being compulsory would be a weak way to state its absolute inevitableness. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

George Meredith The supposition of an absolute loneliness was most possible. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

But that there are so many knowers is itself a fact, which in turn requires its knower, so the one absolute knower has eventually to be brought in. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Anthony Trollope For two days I wore my jewels beneath royal eyes — eyes that will sooner or later belong to absolute majesty. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then I will remember what I represent over here, and I will venture to add in my ambassadorial capacity that I come with an absolute and heartfelt mandate of peace. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The young artist gazed about him in absolute amazement. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Some thirty or more there were, it was alleged, and five or six only which were not held as absolute sinecures. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

George Meredith The post of Irish Secretary must be won by real service founded on absolute local knowledge. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

The room was in absolute darkness, but being unterrified he knew where to direct his eyes, and there he held them, awaiting in silence what further might occur. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope But all that had come to absolute failure. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Hardy The peculiar charm attaching to an old village in an old country, as seen by the eyes of an absolute foreigner, was lowered in his case by magnified expectations from infantine memories. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Wilkie Collins My utmost expectations had not prepared me for the tone of absolute conviction in which he had spoken. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

No one knew her reasons for taking up her abode in a country where she was an absolute stranger. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Charles Dickens When he called his first Parliament after he had been king a year, he accordingly thought he would take pretty high ground with them, and told them that he commanded them ‘as an absolute king. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Thomas Hardy The work had been carried out with absolute fidelity. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

The humanist sees all the time, however, that there is no absolute transcendency even about the more absolute realities thus conjectured or believed in. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Anthony Trollope It was his, beyond the power of any earthly potentate to deprive him of it, and would have been transmitted by him to a son with as absolute security. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Meredith Yet, see: when a piece of Transatlantic slang happens to be tellingly true—something coined from an absolute experience; from a fight with the elements—we cannot resist it: it invades us. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Theodore Dreiser If he did not, it was due wholly to the fact that his state was so well balanced that an absolute change for the worse did not show. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Machen But, if you will believe me, she cast such a spell upon Panurge that he thought himself an absolute beggar. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Elizabeth Von Arnim At home I wouldn’t love Mellersh unless he loved me back, exactly as much, absolute fairness. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson I found that I had what they call fallen in life with absolute success and verisimilitude. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Olaf Stapledon Moreover, no theories, they say, are objectively true in an absolute sense. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H. G. Wells We think no longer of submission to the irrevocable decrees of absolute dominion, but of participation in an adventure on behalf of a power that gains strength and establishes itself. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Since the morning stars sang together, absolute silence has not visited the uneasy earth. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Was Lady Mardykes happy with her lord? A woman so gentle and loving as she, is a happy wife with any husband who is not an absolute brute. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Matthew Arnold But, for the ordinary man, this sense of labor and sorrow constitutes an absolute disqualification; it paralyzes him; under the weight of it, he cannot make way towards the goal at all. Marcus Aurelius by Matthew Arnold [1863]

Anthony Trollope Of course I have no absolute claim on him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton Manford surely guessed the meaning of that “too”? Such absolute reliability, such complete devotion, were sometimes more of a strain to the artistic temperament than scenes and infidelities. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Wilkie Collins The moral sensibility, like the nervous sensibility, reaches its period of absolute exhaustion, and feels no more. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I should wish to make it an absolute specialty, but of course a man must take what he can get at first. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Maria Edgeworth There the dialogue came to a full stop, and breakfast, uncomfortably on her part, and with a preoccupied air on his, went on in absolute silence. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

John Stuart Mill It is not true that in all voluntary association between two people, one of them must be absolute master: still less that the law must determine which of them it shall be. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Anthony Trollope That he was tender and true, manly, heroic — as brightly angelic as could be any Angel of Light — was already an absolute fact to her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant He incurred some debts, and was soon reduced to absolute poverty. The False Gems (Les Bijoux) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

You came here in absolute ignorance of everything, and you instantly formed your own opinion, knowing nothing whatever of anything that had taken place. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope There would be absolute misery for both in parting — but there is no law from god or man entitling a man to escape from misery at the expense of falsehood and sin. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

The absolute is not the impossible being I once thought it. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Bram Stoker This absolute collapse — half epileptic, half hystericallasted varying periods according to the influence exercised by the presence of the calm, self-reliant operator. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H. G. Wells I started into absolute wakefulness. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Henry David Thoreau One may almost doubt if the wisest man has learned anything of absolute value by living. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

George Gissing What I really aim at is an absolute realism in the sphere of the ignobly decent. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells The obstacle to any ampler enterprise is ignorance and ignorance alone — not the ignorance of a majority in relation to a minority, but an absolute want of knowledge. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Natural selection will not necessarily lead to absolute perfection; nor, as far as we can judge by our limited faculties, can absolute perfection be everywhere predicated. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was a trick which at times barely escaped assuming the proportions of absolute creation. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Edgar Allan Poe Absolute coalescence is absolute density. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

E. Phillips Oppenheim Until then, I require you to keep my whereabouts an absolute secret both from my relatives and all enquirers, whoever they may be. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Thomas Hardy Thus she lay in absolute stillness, scarcely venturing to breathe, and, wondering what he was going to do with her, suffered herself to be borne out upon the landing. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Anatole France Therefore I did not tell an absolute lie by saying that, maybe, I saw something. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

John Locke And he certainly can have no absolute power over the whole family, who has but a very limited one over every individual in it. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

For the moment, at any rate, I knew I had broken down the absolute certainty he had had hitherto that I was a murderer. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

M. R. James But the feel of it, and still more the fact that instead of a responsive movement, absolute stillness greeted his touch, made him look over the arm. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Maria Edgeworth Hardly English that — colloquial, I think; and this awkward ablative absolute — never admitted now. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

These troops have an absolute authority here, and their conduct carries much more the aspect of rebellion, than the appearance of subordination. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

John Stuart Mill Men are not required, as a preliminary to the marriage ceremony, to prove by testimonials that they are fit to be trusted with the exercise of absolute power. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Better to decay in absolute delirium, than to be the victim of the methodical unreason of ill-bestowed love. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Every case he’s put on to becomes an absolute mania with him, and he’s then really a sort of madman himself. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

H. Rider Haggard So it came about that very soon Otter, who had the gift, not uncommon among savages, of seeing in anything short of absolute darkness, was able to make out his surroundings with tolerable accuracy. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle He is not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She laughed unexpectedly — had to shut her mouth hard to keep from emitting an absolute peal. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope As to the majority of them, there is no difficulty in locating them; but this cannot be done with absolute certainty as to some few that lie on the borders. North America by Anthony Trollope

As soon as she removed her hand he hastened to speak, so insupportable to him was that stillness perfect and absolute in which his thoughts seemed to ring with the loudness of shouts. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

He’s a tres galant homme of absolute probity, even with himself. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Jules Verne These stars were soft eyes, looking out into the dark night, amid the silence of absolute space. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Theodore Dreiser It promised to give her absolute financial security for the future. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

If there be a God, he is no absolute all-experiencer, but simply the experiencer of widest actual conscious span. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The door was open; inside, huddled together upon a chair, Hunter was sunk in a state of absolute stupor, the favourite’s stall was empty, and there were no signs of his trainer. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

George Meredith Consequently a man in love with one woman, and in all but absolute consciousness, behind the thinnest of veils, preparing his mind to love another, will be barely credible. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Arthur Machen We have six days of absolute inaction before us; there is really nothing to be done. The Shining Pyramid by Arthur Machen

D. H. Lawrence There is no such thing as absolute wisdom. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence