Phrases with "aesthetic"

Oh, yes, I am sensible to aesthetic impressions, I have been educated to believe that there is a soul in them. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

A heretic — political, moral, religious, or aesthetic — was one who refused to outrage his own conscience. Collected Essays by George Orwell

In aesthetic theory it might be extremely difficult, if not quite impracticable, to draw a line between the canon of classicism, or regard for the archaic, and the canon of beauty. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

But it does not follow that no improvement is possible within our present framework, nor that an aesthetic improvement is not a necessary part of the general redemption of society. Collected Essays by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Bob Stevenson, like York Powell, was all on the side of aesthetic concentration and letting the rest go hang. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing His position was illogical — one result of the moral weakness which was allied with his aesthetic sensibility. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The part played by this canon of taste in assigning her place in the popular aesthetic scale to the cow has already been spokes of. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Edith Wharton Her inarticulateness, which used to make her seem sullen, had acquired an aesthetic grace. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

But Mr Verloc knew his business, and remained undisturbed by any sort of aesthetic doubt about his appearance. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Moreover, even in the worst of the industrial towns one sees a great deal that is not ugly in the narrow aesthetic sense. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Olaf Stapledon They found many intellectual and aesthetic enthusiasms in common. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James It was for me to decide whether my aesthetic need of giving life to my idea was such as to justify me in destroying it in a woman after all in most eyes so beautiful. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

H. G. Wells The intellectual and aesthetic fellowship of Miss Winchelsea and the scholarly young man passed insensibly towards a deeper feeling. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James Florence in midsummer was perfectly void of travelers, and the dense little city gave forth its aesthetic aroma with a larger frankness, as the nightingale sings when the listeners have departed. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

G. K. Chesterton But London was already unthinkably large, in comparison with its few last relics of eighteenth-century elegance or its first faint signals of aesthetic revival. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Olaf Stapledon This is particularly clear in aesthetic experience, in which the artist both creates his work and is created by it. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

So far as I have known these, they are men of aesthetic conscience and of generous sympathy. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

George Gissing He was wholly sure of himself, knew so well his own mind, his scheme of existence, that Irene’s beauty and her charm were nothing more to him than an aesthetic perception. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Olaf Stapledon There are intuitions of sense and of introspection, logical and mathematical intuitions, aesthetic and moral intuitions, and there may be many other kinds. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

The aesthetic serviceability of objects of beauty is not greatly nor universally heightened by possession. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Gissing I suppose Glazzard’s aesthetic neutrality stirs me up. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

But perhaps they may think the thing too rough and unsightly for this scientific and aesthetic age. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Henry James They twanged with a vengeance the aesthetic lyre — they drew from it wonderful airs. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

It was this aesthetic quality which on the one hand inspired the grandeur of his philosophical conceptions and on the other made him one of the supreme masters of the written word. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

H. G. Wells It rendered the disguise he had chosen unexpectedly plausible, but it inflicted upon him a considerable amount of aesthetic conversation for which he was very imperfectly prepared. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Rudyard Kipling The natives laugh at the tiny English hooks, but they hold; and duns and drabs and sober greys seem to tickle the aesthetic tastes of the trout. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arnold Bennett She sincerely imagined herself to be filled with proper grief; but an aesthetic appreciation of the theatrical effectiveness of the misfortune was certainly stronger in her than any other feeling. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Olaf Stapledon These objects varied greatly in aesthetic value and in symbolic power. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James He tried to talk of indifferent matters — about the statues and the frescoes; but today, plainly, aesthetic curiosity, with Miss Garland, had folded its wings. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Yet he experienced no aesthetic sensations — he felt nothing but an intense longing for action and possession. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

It arose from a picture, from two pictures and also from a phrase pronounced by a man, who in the science of life and in the perception of aesthetic truth had no equal in the world of culture. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

George Gissing Conscious of aesthetic defects, Zillah had chosen for her speciality the study of the history of civilization. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

All I was thinking of was that she was adorable and too lovely for words! I cared for nothing but that sublimely aesthetic impression. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

This requirement is imperative, whatever latitude may be allowed with regard to these accessories in point of aesthetic or other serviceability. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Olaf Stapledon This the minded worlds were able to discover through their own most formalistic aesthetic experience. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Visitors of the conventional aesthetic type would have many a surprise and many a shock. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

So, again, in the pictorial art, an arabesque, or a “harmony in grey,” touches none but the aesthetic faculty. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

G. K. Chesterton But Alice Meynell, though she preferred to be aesthetic rather than anaesthetic, was no aesthete; and there was nothing about her that can decay. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Henry James If he had gone to the other inn he might have had charming company: at his own establishment there was no one but an aesthetic German who smoked bad tobacco in the dining-room. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Johnson’s aesthetic judgments are almost invariably subtle, or solid, or bold; they have always some good quality to recommend themexcept one: they are never right. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Thomas Wolfe For the artist as we conceived him was a kind of aesthetic monster. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Willa Cather At Harvard he kept away from the aesthetic circle that had already discovered Francis Thompson. He liked no poetry but German poetry. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Virginia Woolf But now, for the past twenty years or so, it is no longer a sight merely, a photograph, or fresco scrawled upon the walls of time, at which we can look with merely an aesthetic appreciation. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

G. K. Chesterton I can write in some solemn quarterly an elaborate article explaining that God is the devil; I can write in some cultured weekly an aesthetic fancy describing how I should like to eat boiled baby. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

G. K. Chesterton This aesthetic experiment was quite recent; it had some elements of real co-operative and corporative independence; its own stores and post-office and church and inn. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The process of developing an aesthetic nausea takes more or less time; the length of time required in any given case being inversely as the degree of intrinsic odiousness of the style in question. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Robert Louis Stevenson It cannot, even if it would, become merely aesthetic or merely classical like literature. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing He had imagined that to her Mr. Palmer was indebted for guidance on points of aesthetic propriety. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Wolfe He had an eye for aesthetic values, too, and he liked to loll back in the tub and watch the dance of water spangles in their magic shift and play upon the creamy ceiling. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Willa Cather It was not a moral scruple she had outraged, but an aesthetic ideal. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

John Galsworthy Even those features of his native land which offended the aesthetic soul, were comforting. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells The fashions of the days of Leo the Tenth were perhaps the prevailing influence, but the aesthetic conceptions of the far east were also patent. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

H. G. Wells The autotypes that hung about the room were eloquent of aesthetic ambitions and of a certain impermeability to implicit meanings. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

G. K. Chesterton He took great pleasure in appearing in correct clerical clothes, surmounted with a sort of hairy or furry cap, making him look like an aesthetic rat-catcher. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

And the more one is conscious of one’s political bias, the more chance one has of acting politically without sacrificing one’s aesthetic and intellectual integrity. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry James Before Michael Angelo’s statues and the pictures of the early Tuscans, he quite forgot his own infelicities, and picked up the thread of his old aesthetic loquacity. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

John Galsworthy He was well-built and very upright, and always pleased Jolyon’s aesthetic sense, so that he was a tiny bit afraid of him, as artists ever are of those of their own sex whom they admire physically. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Miles Franklin When he appeared before me he flung out a leg and waltzed, an indulgence for aesthetic reasons improper to a corpulent man. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

He will take extra risks in the name of ‘sportsmanship’, and sometimes even for aesthetic reasons. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

D. H. Lawrence Lord! — we were an infatuated couple — and she would choose to view me in an aesthetic light. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Flowers and leaves and berries are bright and attractive, a factor in aesthetic education, but I doubt if, in itself, vegetation can hold the attention of the young. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

It was not exactly an aesthetic picture, but it was certainly a very amusing one. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Ralph Waldo Emerson If the non-conformist or aesthetic farmer leaves out the cattle, and does not also leave out the want which the cattle must supply, he must fill the gap by begging or stealing. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Thomas Wolfe He found her intellectual and aesthetic interests rather on the dull side, and was several times on the point of giving her up in sheer boredom. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Henry James She had a sort of aesthetic ideal for Clifford which seemed to her a disinterested reason for taking him in hand. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

D. H. Lawrence And all the while the pensive, tortured woman piled up her own defences of aesthetic knowledge, and culture, and world-visions, and disinterestedness. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anatole France Her dressing-room, an aesthetic fantasy of Vivian Bell, with its coarsely varnished pottery, its tall copper pitchers, and its faience pavement, like a chess-board, resembled a fairy’s kitchen. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

D. H. Lawrence Very aesthetic people found it rather loud, they preferred the worn, dim yellowish Aubusson in the big bedroom. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

H. G. Wells It is no good saying as though it was an objection either to my paper or to me, that I neglect or repudiate spiritual, emotional and aesthetic values. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Andrew Lang The aesthetic ghoul cuts illuminated initials out of manuscripts. The Library by Andrew Lang

Life on an Elgin market day was a serious presentment even when the sun shone, and at times when it rained or snowed the aesthetic seemed a wholly unjustifiable point of view. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

H. Rider Haggard Never had she been so dissatisfied with them, and yet her hair was considered lovely, and an aesthetic hair-dresser had once called it a “poem. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

The aesthetic value of the scene was marred in some degree by Rose–Marie’s difficulty in holding the struggling infant, which was borne wrong-end foremost towards the agitated bosom of its family. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

The trouble is that whenever an aesthetic judgement on Kipling’s work seems to be called for, Mr. Eliot is too much on the defensive to be able to speak plainly. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

Look at the factories you pass as you travel out of London on the G.W.R.; they may not be aesthetic triumphs but certainly they are not ugly in the same way as the Sheffield gasworks. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Thomas Wolfe One of his new-found friends told him about an aesthetic and high-minded millionaire who was panting with eagerness to meet him. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

But in such cases it is not the positive horror and its direct effect which attract the poet: a deeper symbolism and an effect both aesthetic and moral recommend the element to him. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

John Galsworthy If in philosophic reach or aesthetic taste he was not advanced, if he knew more of horses than of poetry, was he any the worse? She sometimes thought he was the better. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

H.P. Lovecraft These pastimes were to us the most exquisite form of aesthetic expression, and we gave their details a fastidious technical care. The Hound by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Henry James One of them is a young man from Boston, — an aesthetic young man, who talks about its being “a real Corot day,” etc. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

H.P. Lovecraft My pets are not pretty, for they come out of places where aesthetic standards are — very different. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

It is of course only as to the economic value of this school of aesthetic teaching that anything is intended to be said or can be said here. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

She wouldn’t understand the aesthetic argument and with what values could he back up the moral one? The economic didn’t make sense either. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

George Gissing She loved her husband, and had once worshipped him; she loved her recovered daughter; but both affections were in her, so to speak, of aesthetic rather than of moral quality. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Olaf Stapledon The aesthetic fervors of youth, the more serene but earnest will of maturity, all maturity’s devotion to the active pursuit of wisdom, now fall away. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

He forgot the aesthetic remark he had been about to make. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

H. G. Wells These masterful people with their control over materials, over all the forces of the world and over their own nervous reactions, are not going to starve their aesthetic impulses. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

It is extremely doubtful if any one could be induced to wear such a contrivance as the high hat of civilized society, except for some urgent reason based on other than aesthetic grounds. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Their vigorous beauty was an aesthetic pleasure, not an irritant. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Willa Cather He had never known such girls, or heard them talk, or seen the inside of the houses in which they lived; but he believed them all to be artificial and, in an aesthetic sense, perverted. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Edith Wharton Her intellectual and aesthetic range so far exceeds my humble capacity that it would be ridiculous, unbecoming. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

H. G. Wells Ruskin and Morris arrived at an anti-mechanical aesthetic socialism in recoil from the early degradation of popular art by crude machine processes. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

She is no longer a mere physical need, an aesthetic bye-play, a sentimental background; she is a moral and intellectual necessity in a man’s life. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

D. H. Lawrence But from the first she had a curious ascendancy over James Houghton. One would have expected his aesthetic eye to be offended. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James Felix was very sure, at least, that Mr. Wentworth had not adopted his ingenious device for stimulating the young man’s aesthetic consciousness. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

But I could not do the work of writing a book, or even a long magazine article, if it were not also an aesthetic experience. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Edith Wharton He would have liked to prolong their talk for the purely aesthetic pleasure of making Mr. Spence lose time, and, better still, of making him forget that he was losing it. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

It was all very well to admire Francesca, upon strictly aesthetic grounds, as the perfection of erring womanhood, beautiful even in her guilt. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Olaf Stapledon I was at first intrigued, then aesthetically stirred; but in spite of his patient help I was never at this early stage able to enter fully and spontaneously into the aesthetic of taste. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James It was egotism still: aesthetic disgust at the graceless contour of his conduct, but never a hint of simple sorrow for the pain he had given. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Olaf Stapledon Athletes of the spirit, by the very intensity of their single aesthetic achievement they were prone to cut themselves off from the still-living, though desperately imperilled world. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

He is a fortunate man whose work is an end, and every business man sees this, and owns it to himself, at least when he meets some man of an aesthetic or scientific occupation. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells I think our real difference was one of aesthetic sensibility. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

My mother has never been treated with impertinence before, and the aesthetic impression must have been of extraordinary strength. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Olaf Stapledon These were ecstasies of personal triumph, of mutual intercourse and love, of intellectual insight, of aesthetic creation. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

John Galsworthy Yes, she must have had talent, and miniatures had a certain back-watered cachet of their own, little subject to the currents of competition on aesthetic Change. Soames opened the drawing-room door. To Let by John Galsworthy

Mr. Curtis has given an account of his demeanor on another occasion:— “I had driven up with some friends to an aesthetic tea at Mr. Emerson’s. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Olaf Stapledon The experience is not purely aesthetic; or if it is, then the aesthetic itself has a mystical aspect. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Willa Cather She talked about his having no aesthetic sense and insisted that her artists had always shown him tolerance. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft The weird silhouette on that remote peak must have been a spectacle of infinite grotesqueness and impressiveness, but no observer was in a mood for aesthetic appreciation. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

H. G. Wells It swept aside the one worse alternative that conceivably she was just simple and lacking in aesthetic enterprise. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Leslie Stephen He looks upon his virtuous resolution with a sort of aesthetic satisfaction, and with the glow of a virtuous man contemplating a promising penitent. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Anatole France She had exquisite lines, but lines follow movement, and escape incessantly; they are lost and found again; they cause aesthetic joys and despair. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]