Phrases with "admit"

Edith Wharton But even at this point the manager betrayed no open resistance; he seemed tacitly to admit Amherst’s right to discuss the proposed plans, and even to be consulted concerning the choice of a site. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Robert Green Ingersoll I admit that thousands and millions of Presbyterians are good people, no man ever being half so bad as his creed. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing When I told her — too violently, I admit — that Mrs. Tresilian had begged me always to think first of what I owed to my guardian, she simply didn’t believe it. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Ann Radcliffe At the foot of this mountain her companions alighted, and obliged her to do the same, for the ascent was too steep and irregular to admit of a carriage. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Jeremy Bentham They admit not, therefore, of compensation. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope But this was clear, that, as he had announced his engagement to such a one as Dolly Longstaff, the matter now would admit of no delay. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She could not admit to herself the possibility that there should be successful love between her and her hero. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing You surely will admit that, in a time when their interests are engaging so much attention, working men should—for instance—go to the polls with intelligent preparation. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

You’ve been talking darned queer ever since you’ve been in here, and in this matter of these finger-prints I admit you’ve sprung upon me a deuced funny surprise. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

It isn’t their business to admit doubt and imperfections. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Henry James If I choose to live in this way, it may be queer (I admit it is, awfully), but you have nothing to say to it. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Anthony Trollope He trusted that his would henceforth be so moderate in their nature as to admit of a probability of their being realized. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Edith Wharton Lonely! It was a word she did not admit in her vocabulary — but the sensation was there, cold and a little sickening, gnawing at the roots of her life. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Andrew Lang The anthropologist and psychologist, then, must either admit that their evidence is no better than ours, if as good, or must say that they only believe evidence as to ‘possible’ facts. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Ford Madox Ford You’ll admit yourself you never saw anything so ravishing as me amongst the lilies and the tea-cups with the great crucifix above my head. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Anthony Trollope He won’t admit him as a partner — that’s certain. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

I’ll admit there are more likely possibilities. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

John Ruskin For no economist would admit national economy to be legitimate which proposed to itself only the building of a pyramid of gold. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Anthony Trollope In the world nowadays the only thing disgraceful is to admit a failure. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton No one who still believes in democracy and the rights of man will admit that any division between men and men can be anything but a fanciful analogy to the division between men and animals. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

H. G. Wells He’ll be the first to admit it. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Gissing She won’t admit that the climate benefits her; she won’t allow an expression of interest in anything Italian to escape her. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Virginia Woolf You have very great virtues; I am the first, I hope, to admit that; but I have never met a woman who even saw what is meant by statesmanship. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

T. H. Huxley I should, in all humility, admit the likelihood of having myself erred in judgment, failed in knowledge, or been blinded by prejudice. Essays by T. H. Huxley

H. Rider Haggard It is one of the best points in Sir Henry’s character that he is always ready to admit it when he is in the wrong. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Virginia Woolf For, said Sally, Clarissa was at heart a snob — one had to admit it, a snob. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Arnold Bennett He suddenly saw Brighton in its autumnal pride, Brighton beginning one of its fine week-ends, and he had to admit that the number of rich and idle people in the world surpassed his provincial notions. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Theodore Dreiser He had almost to admit that somehow he was depending upon her being in the city. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope His uncle dead!—suddenly dead! And the inheritance all his own! In doing him justice, however, we must admit that he did not at the time admit this to be the case. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope I suppose you’ll admit that she would disgrace herself if she did do so. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Gervaise didn’t want to admit it, but she derived a great deal of pleasure from being adored like this. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry Adams Yet he was forced to admit that the education of an editor, in some ways, was thinner still. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Mankind, however, are unwilling to admit this; and they endeavour from time to time to persuade themselves that they have discovered the rules which will enable them to produce the desired effect. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

And how could she refuse to admit him when she had admitted that odious Captain Pratt only four days before. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim To do so would be to admit my guilt, to put myself outside all possible chance of ever proving my innocence. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

James Anthony Froude Only moral obliquity of the worst kind could admit a doubt about so excellent a religion as this. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Your accomplishments and those of the girls are of a very high order, and I admit that, up to a certain point, you took us in completely. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Rudyard Kipling The regular residents admit the disgrace, but their answer is: ‘Wait till the wind blows off the Salt Lakes where all the sewage goes, and then you’ll smell something. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith Though I am very ready to admit that she is much improved by this—shall I call it, desired consummation?’ Evan could listen no more. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Ann Radcliffe They, however, found another flight, which they descended and entered upon a passage so very narrow and low, as not to admit of a person walking upright. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Anthony Trollope Clara, though she would not admit to Mrs Askerton that she was going away from the place for ever, was not the less aware that such might very probably be the case. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft A black rift began to yawn, and at length — when I had pushed away every fragment small enough to budge — the leprous moonlight blazed on an aperture of ample width to admit me. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Anthony Trollope This was what Mr. Camperdown had at last learned, but he had been forced to admit to himself, while learning this, that there was confusion. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev I would not admit this for anything in the world, if I were not writing only for myself. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Colonel Tempest, whose own feelings were invariably too deep to admit of his remembering those of others, pressed it spasmodically in his. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

I conceive this to be the more strenuous type of emotion; but I have to admit that its inability to let loose quietistic raptures is a serious deficiency in the pluralistic philosophy which I profess. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Arnold Bennett She ought to admit that she had been a fool to dream of the enterprise. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Then he’ll be quite certain Sir Eric knows everything that happened that night and, with Hellingsby dead, he’ll have the third degree put on Sir Eric in the witness-box to make him admit it. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

And presently upon this they are forced to admit into their discourse many monstrous and strange positions, mixing whole bodies with whole; of which this also is one, that three are four. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

How would he account for his being up here hiding among those rocks, and, another thing, to explain that he had shot Sakao he’d have to admit he was carrying a pistol. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Yet that would admit of another explanation. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

H. Rider Haggard Mildred felt that the crisis in her fortunes was far too serious to admit of being trifled with. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

I admit that I do not see how the fracture can have happened in the known — or assumed — circumstances, and I further admit that the appearances are not at all decisive. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle How well I remember the day that was the commencement of all our miseries! Dinner was over, and we were in the drawing-room, with the windows open to admit the balmy southern breeze. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

Were the figures painted on it of blue or of silver? Who will ever know?) ‘I admit . Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Rafael Sabatini They opened wide enough to admit the passage of her white hand in token that he was understood. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Preparation for the future was necessary, and he was willing to admit that the great change would perhaps come in the upheaval of a revolution. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But I tell you, Sogrange,” he added, after a moment’s pause, “I wouldn’t admit it to any one else in the world, but I am afraid of Bernadine. I have had the best of it so often. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They had each guessed the truth about the other, but of the two she was the more ready to admit the situation. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Algernon Blackwood I searched every corner of my mind and imagination for some inkling of his meaning, but was obliged to admit that I understood nothing so far. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

H. G. Wells I admit we move freely in two dimensions. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Edith Wharton But in business matters — have you never noticed? You wouldn’t admit it, I suppose. The Spark by Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton The victim invents a thousand pretexts rather than admit that one fact. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

For neither do they themselves admit corruptions and generations of incorporeal things; nor can there be a mixture and coalition of bodies retaining their own extremities. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

H. G. Wells The steel framework of the obstruction was, everywhere, the self-protective obstinacy of the formal government in control, which would not accept even compromise, much less admit defeat. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins Though he won’t admit it in plain words, I happen to know that Rosamond has persuaded him to make this his last cruise. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

I have not been quite myself for the last few weeks, I admit — a touch of low fever, I think; but there is not the slightest occasion for fear on your part. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Therefore, without distinct evidence in each case, I am unwilling to admit that this has been effected in natural species. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Elizabeth Gaskell You admit the existence of the supernatural by the condemnation of this very crime of witchcraft. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

But I admit to having a nasty jar when I saw the three things all exactly alike. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

John Morley We, who are fortunately not committed by the exigencies of patriotism to close our eyes to either half of the facts, may with facile impartiality admit both halves. Voltaire by John Morley

Robert Green Ingersoll And all the ministers they say in private, admit that they do not believe it, not quite. What shall we do to be Saved? by Robert Green Ingersoll

I admit that twice two makes four is an excellent thing, but if we are to give everything its due, twice two makes five is sometimes a very charming thing too. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I am bound to admit that my own researches go to show that the occurrences in question are at least extra-natural. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

But you’ll admit it’s horribly awkward. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Even his grandmother was fain to admit that Maulevrier was improved, and that Mr. Hammond’s influence upon him must be exercised for good and not for evil. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope And unless you will promise to drop the matter, I must — to protect myself — desire my servants not to admit you into the house again. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

I’ll admit that I have a strong natural aversion for belief in the supernatural. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells He would sometimes admit quite damaging things, and then apologize. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Besides, it wouldn’t have looked too good to those Russians to admit Hitler had been hiding for so long among us here. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

I don’t know whether everyone would admit this, and it is a fact that some people seem unaware of being influenced by their inner life, or even of having any inner. New Words by George Orwell

John Lewis Burckhard They are of sufficient breadth to admit four or five persons to walk abreast, and they are elevated about nine inches above the ground. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Henry James Let me admit it — I AM selfish. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

I put the jug on the banister and hastened to admit him myself. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Arnold Bennett Honesty made him admit that it was puerile to affect disdain of an individuality so powerful and so mysterious. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry James The foreign observer whom I took for granted in beginning to sketch this scene would have had to admit that the rigid English family had after all a capacity for emotion. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Nicholas did not admit the flawlessness of the reasoning; he felt perfectly capable of being in disgrace and in a gooseberry garden at the same moment. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

D. H. Lawrence Even, she was sure, Sir Clifford was inwardly absolutely aware of it, only he wouldn’t admit it to himself. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Nathaniel Hawthorne As the sacred edifice was too much thronged to admit another auditor, she took up her position close beside the scaffold of the pillory. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Henry James You see I admit our drawbacks. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

H. G. Wells He had not the courage to admit ignorance of this remarkable word. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Arnold Bennett She would not admit that Madame Foucault’s devotion as a nurse entitled her to the satisfaction of being a philanthropist when there was no necessity for philanthropy. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Sinclair Lewis I’ll admit I had hoped to have you waiting for me at the end of the day, and all fresh, not a tired working woman, but I know I have no right to demand that. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

I admit that I was on the verge of desperation, with no relief in sight, when there came the glad news that the strike was over. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Ex-policeman though Larose might be, his lordship had to admit there was an air of distinction about him and he noted he looked very capable and sure of himself. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Algernon Blackwood Wisely, his mind, while never losing sight of it, declined to admit the exaggeration that over-elaborate thinking brings. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Jules Verne As Harry would not admit a supernatural explanation for a physical occurrence, he concluded that certainly some strange being prowled about in the pit. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Olaf Stapledon Victor refused to admit that the man was unique. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith Albeit constrained to admit that this was the first occasion of their ever being on their way to the dinner-table of a person of quality, they could refuse to look the admission in the face. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He mounted the stairs with footsteps which he was half-ashamed to admit were reluctant ones. The Cafe of Terror by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1925]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You do not wish to give away a beautiful lady any more than I want to admit to the indignity of having been nearly wiped off the earth by so frail an instrument. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

But now let me come back to that point I mentioned earlier — that there is widespread awareness of the prevalence of antisemitic feeling, and unwillingness to admit sharing it. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The mind of a European does not admit of any other situation, as the Municipal self-government is the only organ which is capable of protecting the interests of the citizens. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Anthony Trollope Mr. Plomacy knew nothing about the city apprentices; he was to admit the tenants and labourers on the estate; Miss Thorne wasn’t going to take in the whole city of Barchester; and so on. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle For the rest, he was an excellent man of business, fair and even generous in his dealings, respected by all and loved by few, for his nature was too self-contained to admit of much affection. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arnold Bennett Nevertheless Hilda’s irrational contempt would not admit this. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Edith Wharton But I’m free to admit I wasn’t a promising case in those days. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

You mean that this demands explanation, do you not?” “I admit it. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

H. G. Wells Until at last the gap between them and the latent mental possibilities of a new generation broadened enough to admit a new type of journalism. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Henry James So far as he followed he was edified, but he had to admit to himself that half the time he didn’t know what she was talking about. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Oscar Wilde You will do me the justice to admit that. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

I admit that it was scarcely a sacrifice. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Virginia Woolf And there are some”— she glanced fiercely at the window —“who don’t see it! There are some who are satisfied to go on, year after year, refusing to admit the truth. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

He was — he had to admit — frightened of touching it; he felt as if it would bleed at a cut and pour out its life before him. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

I was bound to admit to myself that I could not blame him. Prester John by John Buchan

I’ll admit that fool gardener of yours let the crowd tramp all over everything before we got here, though the chief warned him over the phone not to do that very thing. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling I admit it, but they are all of two objectionable sets. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Why, to do that would be to have failed altogether in our journey; and though Nikola often boasts, you must admit he seldom fails to do what he undertakes. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

A room in a sober discreet family, who would not be averse to admit a sober, discreet, virtuous, regular, quiet, goodnatured man of a bad character — such a room, I say, would suit me extremely. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Henry Adams Adams returned to Paris with a broken and contrite spirit, prepared to admit that his life had no meaning, and conscious that in any case it no longer mattered. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Anthony Trollope But I do not think that a man can travel through the States with his eyes open and not admit the fact. North America by Anthony Trollope

E. T. A. Hoffmann I can quite admit that old Coppelius may have been highly obnoxious to you children, but your real detestation of him arose from the fact that he hated children. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

I admit it’s almost unthinkable, but then all wars are really unthinkable, till you’re in the middle of them. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

He refused to admit that the exact detail of Edward’s march was not, in fact, worth to him the cost of a single cigar. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Anthony Trollope Come — you must admit that he shouldn’t have written. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

But at the threshold of his room she was stopped by the direction of the sick man to admit no one without special permission except the doctor, or his eldest daughter, if she should come. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

Arthur Conan Doyle In a few moments it opened again to admit a short square monk with a heavy, composed face and an authoritative manner. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle He pushed it back whilst I turned the key, and we swung the door open to admit the fugitive. The Club-Footed Grocer by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Therefore we can hardly admit that the numerous females which differ very slightly in colour from their males are now all commencing to become obscure for the sake of protection. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Henry James I admit that the means are very singular, and, as far as the Louvre is concerned, they were not successful. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Andrew Lang And now, as the enchantment was at an end, the Princess awaked, and looking on him with eyes more tender than the first view might seem to admit of: “Is it you, my Prince?” said she to him. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ann Radcliffe A shattered casement, placed high from the floor, seemed to be the only opening to admit light. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

But, besides such differences, all naturalists admit that natural varieties exist, which are considered sufficiently distinct to be worthy of record in systematic works. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Theodore Dreiser He would want her to admit that he was right. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Besides, why were they not allowed to escape? What crime had they committed? I admit you may contest with me the right of judging their conduct. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

H. G. Wells Some seem frankly to admit the existence of rivals. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope His real object had been to convince her that their joint circumstances did not admit of an immediate marriage; and as to that she completely understood him. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing He had, indeed, an end in view in connection with it, and one far too important to admit of neglect. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

To say that she disliked Mr. Sheldon is only to admit that she was subject to the natural prejudices of humanity. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

I am not very fond of Milton, but I admit that he does at times put me in mind of Fleet Street. While on the subject of Fleet Street, I would put in a word in favour of the much-abused griffin. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Andrew Lang But truth compels me to admit that Blinton’s repentance had vanished by the end of the week, when he was discovered marking M. Claudin’s catalogue, surreptitiously, before breakfast. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne The ministerpainfully embarrassed, but hoping that a kiss might prove a talisman to admit him into the child’s kindlier regards — bent forward, and impressed one on her brow. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

George Gissing Yet there was another reason, though he would scarcely admit it to himself. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Anthony Trollope Nor will the American government willingly admit it. North America by Anthony Trollope

It may be a movement towards becoming like little children to admit that we are generally nothing else. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was myself forced to admit it. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

George Gissing She heard Gilbert admit his visitor, and she heard the latter’s voice. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Henry Adams At times he doubted whether the Grand Dukes or the Czar knew, but old diplomatic training forbade him to admit such innocence. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the present instance I am forced to admit that the facts are, to the best of my belief, unique. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

The militarily patriotic and romantic-minded everywhere, and especially the professional military class, refuse to admit for a moment that war may be a transitory phenomenon in social evolution. Memories and Studies by William James

Robert Louis Stevenson We never pause for a moment’s consideration but we admit it as an axiom. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

T. H. Huxley You admit that all these occurrences took place when you were fast asleep, at a time when you could not possibly have known anything about what was taking place. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Jules Verne Let us admit that the pressure of the atmosphere is represented by the weight of a column of water thirty-two feet high. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Bram Stoker I admit that at the first I was sceptic. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry James You in fact appeared to accept my protest and to admit that I had the right on my side. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Sinclair Lewis You pretend like you like everybody, but even you got to admit Mary Eliza is a pain in the neck. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells She’s fearfully ashamed of herself—fearfully! but it’s just because she is ashamed that she won’t admit it. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

John Galsworthy Besides, he’s Adrian.” “I admit that makes a difference. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope An intimacy had grown up between the great lawyer and his noble client, not social in its nature, but still sufficiently close, as Lord Lovel thought, to admit of such confidence. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The service won’t admit of it. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

He was thereupon constrained to admit that he was indeed awake and that his bloody dream was real. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Benjamin Disraeli If dead, it was clear that his memory, however cherished by his relict, was associated with feelings too keen to admit of any other but solitary indulgence. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

But truth compels me to admit that nothing of the sort happened. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Even although Dericka doesn’t like me she must admit that I have been good to her father in that way. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

M. P. Shiel And, Loveday, smiling again, though pale: “Well, if we admit the promises. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

E. F. Benson Even before the door that had been open to admit him was closed, he had turned and gone with a crouching, stumbling run from the room, and I heard him at the latch of the front door. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

Kate Chopin Have you ever thought of this, Mr. Hosmer?” “No, I admit that I’ve not gone into it. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Radclyffe Hall She said: ‘He lived in past glories, Stephen. Because he was a Maxwell — a Maxwell of Virginia — he wouldn’t admit that the Civil War had deprived us all of the right to spend money. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Rudyard Kipling An hour ago I admit I was that author; but, thanks to the high honour which you have done me, I am now a Stationer, duly entered and obligated. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet I admit that there may very well be places where an expert human climber may reach the summit, and yet a cumbrous and heavy animal be unable to descend. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

He will be forced to admit that these great and sudden transformations have left no trace of their action on the embryo. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The windows are mere holes in the mats to admit light, and the doors are cut with a Mpáno (adze) from a single tree trunk, which would be wilful waste if timber were ever wanting. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

As she sat there, placid, silent, quiet, he had to admit that as Catterson had said, she was not at all the sort of girl he had imagined her to be. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Charles Stur Under less urgent circumstances, therefore, I should have detained Mr. Poole until the weather cleared, but our movements at this time were involved in too much uncertainty to admit of delay. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Great as the genius of Ibsen was, yet, rating it as ungrudgingly as possible, we have to admit that Björnson’s character was the more magnetic and more radiant of the two. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Various explanations have been given of this atrocious deed; but few historians have been content to admit that of Alvarado himself. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Sinclair Lewis To have nagged would have been to admit that there were persons who did not acknowledge her sovereignty. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

After what we’ve just heard Mr. Larose say it will be wisest for you to admit at once. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Arnold Bennett Her pride induced her to put Gerald in the right and herself in the wrong, for she was too proud to admit that she had married a charming and irresponsible fool. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Thomas Hobbes For seeing they openly profess deceit, to admit them into council, or reasoning, were manifest folly. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

The thieves had made a hole obviously only big enough to admit the very small man who had dropped down into the shop in a corner right at the back, in the shadows. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Sigmund Freud Her answer showed that she had no need to admit the contradiction. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

About his man — I admit we have to depend upon the judgment of others that he is half-witted. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

To be true, it appears, means, FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL, to work satisfactorily for him; and the working and the satisfaction, since they vary from case to case, admit of no universal description. The Meaning of Truth by William James

I didn’t think you could be so narrow-minded, Dr. Morrell. But of course your scientific bigotry couldn’t admit the effect of the moral influence. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope I admit that it was so, though I will not admit without a protest that the word insincere should be applied to him as describing his character generally. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

You must in this place confess the heinousness of your guilt on the precise counts I have expounded, admit your grievous errors and your abhorrence of them, and humbly submit yourself to judgment. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Wilkie Collins He was not happy in his marriage — I admit that. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

I purchased a wooden box, just large enough to admit one, and not transferable. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Olaf Stapledon But as my influence extended, he was forced to admit that there was something in him profoundly alien to his environment, something alien even to himself. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Leon Trotsky Politically, you were always right, beginning with, and I told you repeatedly that with my own ears I had heard Lenin admit that even in 1905, you, and not he, were right. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jeremy Bentham To prove this, let the profit of the offence admit of a multitude of degrees. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Pushing it open only just sufficiently to admit of his body squeezing in, he passed inside and pulled it to behind him. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Henry James He often tried, in odd half-hours of conversation to infuse into Newman a little of his own spiritual starch, but Newman’s personal texture was too loose to admit of stiffening. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope With Walter Marrable there had remained a feeling adverse to his uncle and cousin, even after he had been forced to admit to himself how many and how grievous were the sins of his own father. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Thomas Love Peacock MR HILARY All these anecdotes admit of solution on psychological principles. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Anthony Trollope But the man who writes currente calamo, who works with a rapidity which will not admit of accuracy, may be as true, and in one sense as trustworthy, as he who bases every word upon a rock of facts. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle This side of the house had a door of its own for the convenience of patients, so that it was possible for the doctor to admit and receive a visitor there without the knowledge of anyone. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

G. K. Chesterton I admit he has the slight disadvantage of being, beyond all question, off his head. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Anthony Trollope I will not admit that I am a coward, believing as I do that I could dare to face necessary danger. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope