Phrases with "action"

William Hazlitt There is not one thought or action that ought to bring a blush into her cheeks, or that for a moment lessens her in our esteem. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

William Hazlitt He at the same time preserves the utmost propriety of action and passion, and gives all their local accompaniments. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Benjamin Disraeli He found that the social action in every part of the island was regulated and assisted by this process. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Wilkie Collins You keep the child here at your peril! I’ll go to the first lawyer in Rubbleford, and bring an action against you. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell Oh! she was grateful! She had been cowardly and false, and had shown her cowardliness and falsehood in action that could not be recalled; but she was not ungrateful. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Wilkie Collins The course of action which I have to suggest is a very simple one. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry James He should have to see first what this action would amount to. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

But in the second action is? comparatively — free. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Marie Corelli Liberty of action is restrained by law in the world of nature, and must be equally restrained in the world of men. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

But now for action and I must be quick. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Olaf Stapledon Granting that political action is necessary, how is it to be kept sweet? Not, certainly, by the Communist method of sacrificing everything to immediate political opportunism. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

M. P. Shiel I was so utterly at a loss, my ingenuity was so entirely baffled by the situation, that I could devise no course of action which did not immediately appear absurd. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Jules Verne De plus, un vent violent du sud-ouest trouvait prise sur sa masse et joignait son action à celle du flux. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Just before sunset, however, so magnificent a prey came within my radius of action that I could not possibly refuse her. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Arthur Conan Doyle One of my cylinders was out of action — a dirty plug, I should imagine, but still I was rising steadily with plenty of power. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Any one with this assumption in his mind would naturally extend too far the action of natural selection, either during past or present times. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells It was stripped of the accumulation of centuries, a naked government with all that freedom of action that nakedness affords. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

No matter how unreasonable the action in itself may seem, if the motive for that action can be demonstrated. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. Rider Haggard Tender, constant, humorous, and possessing of many of the qualities that go to make a poet, he was yet almost unrivalled as a man of action and a citizen of the world. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells But in some fashion armed forces that take action have to be disarmed and I remain persuaded that there will have to be a last conflict to inaugurate the peace of mankind. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins Considers it a reflection cast on the memory of the best of men, to suppose that his course of action toward the Misses Vanstone can be other than the course of action which his father pursued. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jeremy Bentham Of an action that is conformable to the principle of utility, one may always say either that it is one that ought to be done, or at least that it is not one that ought not to be done. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

And her first action in Number Fourteen had been to take Rouse’s shoes out of the cupboard and look at them. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Virginia Woolf Hence, I suppose, comes our slight contempt for men of action — men, we assume, who don’t think. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Henry Kingsley I am, however, of opinion that in one of the civil courts of the colony an action for damages would lie. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Sir Walter Scott My plan requires that I should explain the motives on which its action proceeded; and these motives necessarily arose from the feelings, prejudices, and parties of the times. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Lombard would of course have fought — he was the kind of man who must — and in some obscure action in some part of the world-wide battlefield death had closed his dreams. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

John Stuart Mill Even in the Homeric age, [aidos] towards the [Troadas elkesipeplous] is an acknowledged and powerful motive of action in the great Hector. The moral influence of women has had two modes of operation. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

That action was more significant than any words. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Whenever his wife could not persuade him to do a thing, she used to suggest that great gain was likely to result from it, and this enabled her to lead him into any course of action against his will. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell In spite of himself, and during the very action of hand-shaking, Philip felt a cloud come over his face, not altering or moving his features, but taking light and peace out of his countenance. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

No motive for deceased’s action has been put forward and several other matters must be looked into. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

H.P. Lovecraft By Tuesday he had a definite line of action mapped out, and believed he would try a trip to Dunwich within a week. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Henry Fielding I will not believe that any human being ever did an action merely because they knew it to be wrong. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope No, Sophie will not have an action with her Julie. She would scorn that; and so the lawyer went away. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

The defence having rested the night before, the first action of the Judge on the opening of the court was to demand whether the prosecution had any rebuttal testimony to offer. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

He had acquired it by an action much more automatic than buying an evening paper. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Walter Scott This shall not be my case, if, by strong internal resolution, it is in human nature to avoid the action of exterior and contagious sympathies. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

And few are they that have proposed to themselves a long career of action without the intermixture of some vulgar personal motive, — fame, honors, or emolument. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

The very thought of action braced me up, and I was soon reviewing everything in a cool and matter-of-fact spirit of calculation, without any undue trepidation at the risks I was going to run. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

But before he decided on which course of action to pursue, he must see what sort of woman he had to deal with. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

What is done continually is not done all the time, but continuous action is without interruption. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

William Hope Hodgson And all to be born of love, and nature in action upon nature. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Olaf Stapledon There was an early stage in his development when, through this action of mine, he came to think of the universe as a sandwich made of the upper and nether night, with, between them, the meat of day. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle Long into the hours of the night I sat motionless, meditating over every word that I had heard and endeavouring to form in my mind some plan of action for the future. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Meredith Her action was too decided for him to follow her up under the observation of the inn windows and a staring street. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

It might have been ascertained at the time, but for my stopping the action of the doctors, you know. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Theodore Dreiser She seemed to be gaining feeling, now that the play was drawing to a close and the opportunity for great action was passing. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

But as the official of the Embassy went on blinking at him steadily he felt constrained to add: “Allow me to observe that I have no means of action upon the police here. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Oscar Wilde For action of every kind belongs to the sphere of ethics. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The whole sea and the whole tree are registers of what has happened, and are different for the wave’s and the leaf’s action having occurred. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Was dad in the right? I had tried to reserve criticism there, and in action I had certainly backed him to the limit. Serapion by Francis Stevens

George Meredith They laughed at the incident, stating how glad they would have been to behold the heights all across the lakes ablaze and promising action for the morrow. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anna Katherine Green In every man’s nature there lurk possibilities of action which he only recognises under stress, also impossibilities which stretch like an iron barrier between him and the excellence he craves. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

On the Plaza de Espana the Trotskyists brought into action batteries of’75’ guns which were destined for the front in Aragon and which the militia had carefully concealed on their premises. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

The action of holding up the bottle reminded her of the amorous Blunt, and she smiled. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then she shakes her head vigorously, frowns, imitates the action of drinking, frowns and shakes her head again. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Charles Dickens From moving one hand he began to move both, and then his action was the action of a person groping in the dark. Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy by Charles Dickens [1864]

Rafael Sabatini Called to account by the Basha for this action he took a high-handed way, since no other was possible. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

H. G. Wells And behind his judgments even in this first letter there was the suggestion of action gathering. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Arthur Conan Doyle I think that your course of action is an excellent one. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Olaf Stapledon Unfortunately the politicians were themselves members of the bureaucratic class, and would seldom take action against officials who exceeded their powers. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope He’ll bring an action against me else, for keeping his wife from him. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Jack London Its pavements were brightened by well-dressed women without escort, and there was more life and action there than elsewhere, due to the process of finding escort. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

William Godwin They appear in most cases to have been brought into action by the impulse of private malice. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Arthur Conan Doyle Truth to tell, my mind was far from battles and ruses at the moment, for it had wandered away to aqua-regia and its action upon the metals, until your appearance brought me back to soldiership. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Ralph Waldo Emerson There seemed a pool of honey about his heart which lubricated all his speech and action with fine jets of mead. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Henry James She was at bottom an excellent woman, but she wrote roy and foy like her husband, and the action of her mind was wholly restricted to questions of relationship and alliance. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

George MacDonald Some people don’t know how to do what they are told; they have not been used to it, and they neither understand quickly nor are able to turn what they do understand into action quickly. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Would not it be cruel and inhuman to wake him back to grief? Is it, then, kind to permit him to wake by the natural action of his own physical energies? I have given him the advice for which he asked. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

And yet, to Drayton at least, it seemed that no amount of thinking or action either was likely to be of great service. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

The happy exhilaration of action was upon her. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Wilkie Collins That action and the hints which preceded it seemed to bewilder the little man more than ever. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Sir Walter Scott But then, I am the bolder, the quicker, the more ready, both at action and expedient. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Anthony Trollope He had stumbled so frequently! Though in action he would so often be thoughtless — yet he understood perfectly the effect which had been produced on his father’s mind by his conduct. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

But it is more to the present point to note the effect of this proclivity in shaping the action and coloring the purposes of the non-lucrative movements and organizations here under discussion. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

The action was so full of trust and confidence that it brought the tears to my eyes. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Robert Green Ingersoll Oh, but they say, “We do not expect a direct answer to prayer; it is the reflex action we are after. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

E. Phillips Oppenheim After that will come the time for arguments, and after that, Maurice, but not before, might come the time for the sort of action you are contemplating. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

My old great-great-great-grandfather at Dettingen led his regiment into action after telling them, “Ye see those lads on yon hill? Well, if ye dinna kill them, they’ll kill you. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Henry Adams When in action he was superb and safe to follow; only when torpid he was dangerous. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Elizabeth Gaskell There was no more careless ease, every word was guarded, and every action planned. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

What a fool! No one who has ever been in action but remembers how naturally every rifle turns toward the man on a white horse; no one but has observed how a bit of red enrages the bull of battle. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

George MacDonald But surely sleep is not the first thing! Surely, surely, action takes precedence of repose!” “A man can do nothing he is not fit to do. Lilith by George MacDonald

Elizabeth Gaskell To-morrow you will hear or read of some heroic action meeting with a nation’s sympathy, and you will rejoice and be proud of your country. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

D. H. Lawrence It’s the old story — action and reaction, and nothing between. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot It seemed to Stephen like some action in a dream that he was obliged to do, and wonder at himself all the while — to go on stroking Minny’s head. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

His action was actuated by his scorn and hate of the Rio Medio population, rather than by any friendly feeling towards myself. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Edward Jenner Perhaps the difference we perceive may be owing to some variety in the mode of action of the virus upon the skin of those who breathe the air of London and those who live in the country. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Guy de Maupassant Every act and action of Paul’s has woman for its motive; all his thoughts, all his efforts and hopes are centered in them. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Louis Pasteur Yeast has no action on malate of lime, or on other calcareous salts formed by vegetable acids. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

On the contrary, she begged pardon in real regret at having given such deep offence to her brother and his wife, and in astonishment that so simple an action could offend. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Wilkie Collins Discovering this, and seeing that prompt action is now of the most vital importance, I undertake, as I told you, my employer’s commission for Paris, depart with all speed, and stop here on my way. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

With children thought cannot be separated from action for very long. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Philip Sidney As for example, I may speak, though I am here, of Peru, and in speech digress from that to the description of Calicut; but in action I cannot represent it without Pacolet’s horse. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

Percy Bysshe Shelley What follows from the admission? It establishes no new truth, it gives us no additional insight into our hidden nature, neither its action nor itself. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Flight might provoke action of the kind for which there seemed no longer a motive. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Thus their sphere of action was much enlarged beyond that of a humble trader, and they acquired a high consideration in the body politic. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

E. T. A. Hoffmann The only thing that can declare the verdict of the tribunal within him is the course of action he adopted; and perhaps, kindly reader, this tribunal faltered for the first time. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Theodore Dreiser We ought to be ready with these letters to show to the newspapers at once, in case this action is forced upon us. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling D’you like it?’ Maisie looked at the wild whirling rush of a field-battery going into action under fire. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. F. Benson Every action begins in the brain. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

All the melodies and harmonies that proceed from the piano depend upon the action of the musician upon the keys. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Of the alarm that speedily followed, and my action at that time and afterwards, I need not speak in detail. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Economy of force, efficiency of action . The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Charles Dickens That action on her part, calls to my mind as I look at her hand with the rings on it — Well! I won’t! To be sure it will come in, in its own place. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

John Locke And thus, by this consciousness he finds himself to be the same self which did such and such an action some years since, by which he comes to be happy or miserable now. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

H. G. Wells Man of thought and man of action are mutually necessary — or, at any rate, the cooperation seems to be necessary to the man of thought. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Henry James The action wavers between the streets of Rome, whose literal features the author perpetually sketches, and a vague realm of fancy, in which quite a different verisimilitude prevails. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope Archie, not gifted as was his brother, had been milder, softer, and less actively hateful; but his principle of action had been the same. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe She rejected, with instant disdain, the idea of uniting Alleyn with dishonour; and that he should be guilty of an action so base as the present, soared beyond all the bounds of possibility. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Ann Radcliffe He cannot discriminate the circumstances, that render the same action virtuous or vicious. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Anthony Trollope He knew that he had put off the day of action till the power of action had passed away from him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

R. D. Blackmore And what is even worse, you expose me to an action at law, with heavy damages. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

John Morley And he was quite right in refusing to hope from any political action what could only be effected after the moral preparation of the bulk of the nation. Burke by John Morley [1879]

But the position and the action seemed to torture Valera. He struggled into a sitting posture again. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

How much longer does Lord Mallow mean to take up his abode with you?” Vixen shrugged her cloaked shoulders with an action that seemed to express contemptuous carelessness. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Theodore Dreiser He was in a fevered state of mind, owing to the blight his wife’s action threatened to cast upon his entire future. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling Bessie saw the action and, as far as in her lay, was touched. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jules Verne When his ordinarily pale face became at all flushed, it arose solely from a more rapid action of the heart. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

John Galsworthy We presume, therefore, that the action must go forward. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

George Eliot He was acting on hypothetic grounds, but this was the sort of action that had the keenest interest for his diplomatic mind. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

George Meredith For action all thine iron clanks In cravings for a splendid prize; Again to race or bump thy planks With any flag that flies. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald On the after deck Golding had fanned three pairs of dancers into action with his colossal paws. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope I do not think that every action of a minister’s life should be made matter of inquiry because a newspaper may choose to make allusion to it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Because he is lame, and consequently slow, they drive him with their guns — like this!” He imitated the action of a man’s being impelled forward by the butt-ends of muskets. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle The time for action had come at last and all the damped-down energy of the man came flaring up. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

John Hill Burton Originally it signified that which the law sanctions — my rights are those privileges of action and possession, which are fixed in my favour by the existing law. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Wilkie Collins In the new sphere of action which we design for you, you will not only be at liberty to acknowledge that you are a Catholic, it will be absolutely necessary that you should do so. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

The horse was a great bony hunter of rare speed and endurance, and his long stride and powerful action raised poor Mrs. Dodd’s hopes, and the rushing air did her good. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Thomas Love Peacock A deep silence among the attendant crowd accompanied this action of the friar; interrupted only by the hollow tone of the death-bell, at long and dreary intervals. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

No action of his has been so variously criticized, none caused such bitterness in political circles. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Henry Adams He then became supple in action and large in motive, whatever he thought of his colleagues. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Benjamin Disraeli She had the power of exciting others to action in a degree rarely possessed. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

David Hume Indulge your passion for science, says she, but let your science be human, and such as may have a direct reference to action and society. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

My poor patient, sicker than she had been the night before, left me but little leisure for thought or action disconnected with my care for her. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hobbes Sometimes a man desires to know the event of an action; and then he thinketh of some like action past, and the events thereof one after another, supposing like events will follow like actions. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

M. P. Shiel If nature be phenomenon and nothing else, it is conceivable how one mind may, by its forceful action upon other minds, effect in them a sense of variation from the usual succession of phenomena. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

It was the contempt of the man of action for the man of activities, and it was probably reciprocated. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Something, but how much we do not know, may be attributed to the definite action of the conditions of life. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The action seemed to touch her. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

George Eliot Keenly alive to all the suggestions of Romola’s remonstrating words, he was rapidly surveying, as he had done before, the courses of action that were open to him, and their probable results. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Wilkie Collins The action attracted Mrs. Treverton’s attention, and roused her sinking faculties into observation of present things. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

H. G. Wells From that to a definite course of rational worldly action was plain sailing. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle As well might a dramatic author rush up to the footlights and begin telling anecdotes while his play was suspending its action and his characters waiting wearily behind him. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Besides this, as every great action bears its recompense with it, the brave exploit of d’Artagnan resulted in the restoration of the tranquility he had lost. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Mrs Villiers became mixed up in mining matters, and bought and sold on ‘Change with such foresight and promptitude of action that she soon began to make a lot of money. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Anatole France I cannot fully tell how deeply your action wounds and affects me. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

T. E. Lawrence In neither case does he do a thing of himself, nor a thing so clean as to be his own (without thought of conversion), letting them take what action or reaction they please from the silent example. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle To burgle his house is no more than to forcibly take his pocketbook — an action in which you were prepared to aid me. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Henry Fielding If ever any action of mine, nay, if ever any thought, had stained the innocence of my soul, I could be contented. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Walter Scott He was obliged to spur himself to action by recollecting that the commands of the Lady Edith had required haste. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

But Larose stool solid as a rock — sheer amazement bereft him of power of action and paralysed his limbs. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

George Meredith It’s the primitive action of an appeal to the god of combats, that is exploded in these days. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Griso, with the body of the troop, waited in ambuscade till the time of action should arrive. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Capital is a collective product, and only by the united action of many members, nay, in the last resort, only by the united action of all members of society, can it be set in motion. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Then he manipulated the wires, until one of them was crossing over the other, by that means effectually putting the telephone out of action until the wires were disengaged again. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Jeremy Bentham If it regards both the act and the consequences, the whole action may be said to be intentional. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Thomas Hardy The woman thought that his action must have been prompted by no other intent than that of poisoning her, and yet she could not instantly put on a fear of her position. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

At its foot a rounded and half degraded dorsum of stiff gravel, the nucleus of its former self, showed a segment of foundation-wall, and the state of the stone suggested the action of fire. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

A. E. W. Mason Some plan of action must be decided upon that night. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

My father at once urged Sir Arthur to proceed against the paper in an action of libel, but he would not hear of it, nor consent to my father’s taking any legal steps whatever in the matter. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth Gaskell There was not much the matter with Miss Caroline’s heart: a little feeble in action or so, a mere matter of weakness and general languor. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

In action his orders must be obeyed, but he is strictly responsible to us. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

I occupy a position of extreme responsibility, in which my slightest word or action is liable to misconstruction. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Wilkie Collins The action added so much to her embarrassment that she kicked her foot against a chair, and uttered a suppressed exclamation of pain as she went out. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Olaf Stapledon Moreover they tend to use toleration as a convenient excuse for taking no action against powerful malefactors. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Bram Stoker At the same time, we must remember that ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are terms so wide as to take in the whole scheme of creation, and all that is implied by them and by their mutual action and reaction. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

George Meredith He has commenced an action against her. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

The throbbing of the pulse and the heart’s action seemed to have died away. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Robert Louis Stevenson And I kiss my loof to ye, Mr. Balfour,” says she, suiting the action to the word; “and a braw journey to ye back to where ye cam frae. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Green Ingersoll Now, these people say that if Jonah had walked rapidly up and down the whale’s belly he would have avoided the action of its gastric-juice. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The marquise was not one to weep when action was necessary, nor to waste time in bewailing a misfortune as long as means still existed of relieving it. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope It will be the case that a slight danger or injury in one direction will often stop a course of action calculated to create greater dangers and worse injuries. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

I little thought then what good service this simple action was to do me in a few weeks’ time. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

It was at this moment that people came flocking to the scene of action from all sides. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Virginia Woolf But we can guess that Sophocles used them not to express something outside the action of the play, but to sing the praises of some virtue, or the beauties of some place mentioned in it. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I am sorry to tell you your two brothers were killed in action today by a long range Tommy-gun. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

I do not know if I can bring home to you how deeply that action touched me. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Gustave Flauber The Carthaginians hauled in order to pull it up; and the action was prolonged until the evening. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

The quiet minimum of action which led to such vast consequences is withdrawn from us. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

I did not suffer from the climate, but in the case of most Europeans the air passages become irritated, the skin cracks, and after a time the action of the heart is affected. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

Her only means of action is to be what SHE IS. You understand what I mean. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

T. H. Huxley The study of the deltas of the Nile, the Ganges, and the Mississippi has taught us how slow is the wearing action of water, how vast its effects when time is allowed for its operation. Essays by T. H. Huxley

He availed himself of the presence of some noble Mexicans, taken in the late action with Sandoval, to send another message to their master. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Marjorie Bowen Then he was gone, the door slammed after him and she sprang into instant action which seemed without her own volition. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

She got herself into a nasty mess — an action for libel. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

At present the Provisional Government obstructs the action of the local democratic will, just as the Tsar’s Government did. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Thomas Hobbes Nor does it alter the case of honour whether an action (so it be great and difficult, and consequently a sign of much power) be just or unjust: for honour consisteth only in the opinion of power. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

The action was so quick that I could not determine whether it struck with its fore-feet or its jaws, but I think it was with the feet. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Still, it remains a terrible thing for a man of action to remain idle. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Andrew Lang I will eat her alive;’ and he suited the action to his words. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James For action you’re no good at all; but action is over, for me, forever, and you will have the great merit of knowing, when I’m brutally silent, what I shall be thinking about. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

H. G. Wells While these sovereign governments of yours can turn paper into money we can be put out of action with the utmost ease. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

A. E. W. Mason He had indeed mapped out already the plan of action concerning which Lieutenant Sutch was so disturbed. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Benjamin Disraeli I am old before my time; bent with the blended influence of action and of thought, and of physical and moral suffering. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

John Locke For all power relating to action, and there being but two sorts of action whereof we have an idea, viz. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Ford Madox Ford An immense blind will forces them in the effort to consummate the one decent action that humanity has to its credit in the whole of recorded history. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

So there!” “If you don’t,” said Random very distinctly, “Don Pedro will bring an action against you, and Captain Hervey will be called as a witness to prove that the mummy was stolen. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle How I longed to turn Violette, and to lead my Hussars into the thick of it! What a picture! Etienne Gerard with his back to the battle, and a fine cavalry action raging behind him. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]