Phrases with "amount"

Elizabeth Gaskell Now two letters during the week of her absence showed what was in those days considered a very proper amount of conjugal affection. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Jules Verne This was a most fortunate circumstance, and the holes made in sounding were kept open, so that the amount of diminution in the base of the island could be estimated every day. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope In the three border States of Kentucky, Virginia, and Maryland, the slaves amount to thirty per cent. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells He has devoted a very large amount of energy and capacity to the vivid and convincing presentation of this idea, and to its courageous propagation. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

If you can let me have a pen and ink, I will draw a cheque in favour of his wife for the amount in question. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

The amount of land received by each peasant will vary according to the locality. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Henry Adams He knew what amount of violence in language was necessary to drive an idea into a Lancashire or Yorkshire head. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Anthony Trollope There still remained to him the power of spending some five or six hundred a year, and upon this practice had taught him to live with a very considerable amount of self-indulgence. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins She not only gave way, but actually mentioned the amount of rent which she could afford to pay. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

George Meredith No flatteries—we are all susceptible more or less—no conceivable condition could bring it about; no amount of admiration. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

And one need not go to crime or even to sin to find offences which no amount of abstract angelicalness could readily forgive or ever forget. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Anthony Trollope He had not the slightest desire to keep the amount of his income from Sir Thomas. But the questions were put to him in so distasteful a way that he could not bring himself to be confidential. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

T. H. Huxley There is, in the first place, CLIMATE; under that head I include only temperature and the varied amount of moisture of particular places. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Robert Green Ingersoll To do the greatest amount of work in the shortest space of time, is the problem of free labor. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. G. Wells And as for this devotion, what did it amount to? A persistent unimaginative besetting of Marjorie, a growing air of ownership, an expansive, indulgent, smiling disposition to thwart and control. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Rudyard Kipling There are any amount of that lot in the city,’ say the Police. Then the secret of the insolence of Calcutta is made plain. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope They begrudge you no amount that you can eat or drink; but they begrudge you a single moment that you sit there neither eating nor drinking. North America by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain He said it warn’t no use talking, heathens don’t amount to shucks alongside of pirates to work a camp-meeting with. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Arthur Conan Doyle The straining of the gale had increased the long-neglected rifts between her timbers, and no amount of pumping could save her. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Robert Green Ingersoll And considering the amount of raw material used, I look upon it as the most successful job ever performed. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

If there is an error the amount will be refunded. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Edith Wharton Stole — that is, gambled with a sum of money entrusted to me for the purpose, and won the large amount you have correctly stated. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Out of no amount of discreteness can you manufacture the concrete. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Charles Stur It will give the reader some idea of the scene of bustle and activity the Burra mine and road must present, and the very great amount of labour it requires. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

W. W. Jacobs But if we buy it for that amount you must do one thing for us. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Already, as Eva was well aware, though Birtley, luckily, was not, she was spending, or, perhaps, it would be truer to say owing, quite that amount of money over their joint income. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

But what does that all amount to? I’m sure I’ve wanted tone all my life. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

William Henry Bragg The electroscope could be moved into various positions as Fig. 65 shows, and the amount of γ radiation scattered in various directions could therefore be determined. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Anthony Trollope This was the amount actually cashed, exclusive of a sum of 140,000l. North America by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain It is likely that such a very liberal amount of space was given to the organ which enables me to make promises, that the organ which should enable me to keep them was crowded out. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

That was the amount of his generosity to my poor girl. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

There were thirty runs to make when Herbert went in, and in a quarter of an hour he made them nearly all from his own bat, exhibiting an almost insolent amount of coolness and nerve at the crisis. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

The one set become living men and women; the other amount to little more than mechanical cases, deceptively painted automatons. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Anthony Trollope There is an amount of hustling on the Treasury Bench which makes a seat there almost ignominious. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The amount came in all to less than a thousand francs, but Heathcote insisted upon making the payment fifteen hundred, an insistence which was infinitely gratifying to fallen genius. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Theodore Dreiser Those guys out there don’t amount to anything. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Now, she no longer gave a halfpenny; she worked off the amount solely by the washing. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

I knew the amount exactly, and, casting up the entire sum of my wealth, found that the total was two pounds, three shillings and sixpence. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Who does not shudder at the thought of what his own fate might have been, trained in such a school? The amount of crime does not necessarily show the criminality of the agent. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

No amount of burnish, he thought thankfully, would rub out the evidence. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

A good conscience is better than gold, and no amount can compensate for the misery incident to a return to crime. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Andrew Lang Dr. Callaway translates some Zulu communications which indicate the amount of belief in this very practical and sceptical people. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Matthew Paris informs us, that an army of the same amount was gathered in England; and most of the writers upon the Crusades adopt his statement. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Benjamin Disraeli It was not a kind or an amount of property that Lothair, relinquishing the trust, could satisfactorily deliver to a shopman. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

H. G. Wells The amount of mental benefit I derived from those few weeks as his pupil, cannot be measured by the work actually done; the stimulus I got was far more important. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells Before the last war began it was a matter of common knowledge that a man could carry about in a handbag an amount of latent energy sufficient to wreck half a city. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

It may be found in the note-books of one of the greatest artists that ever lived, Leonardo da Vinci. It has a simplicity and a truth which no amount of subtle comment can destroy. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Wilkie Collins I went to business on Monday morning half an hour earlier than usual, so great was my impatience to restore the amount of that unlucky draft to my account as soon as possible after the bank opened. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

The amount of good they accomplish under the direction of their superiors is in proportion to the work done. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Anthony Trollope But no such simple assurance was ever believed, and I doubt even whether any description will procure for me from the reader that amount of faith which I desire to achieve. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang This difficulty can only be got over by an amount of learning on the part of the collector to which, unfortunately, he is too often a stranger. The Library by Andrew Lang

Kenneth Grahame After so much open air and excitement the Toad slept very soundly, and no amount of shaking could rouse him out of bed next morning. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Edgar Allan Poe Poor girl! — she was barely fifteen, and without this consent, her little amount in the funds was not come-at-able until five immeasurable summers had “dragged their slow length along. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Pure theory, but it fitted — almost! There was one corner where no amount of insinuation would make it fit. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells I suppose there IS a rather unusual amount of massacre and torture going on nowadays. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Anthony Trollope But then if she has no right to any of it, what does it amount to?” “But she has a right to all of it — she and her mother between them. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf I’m sure you’ve got any amount of stuff in you, though you look — well, as if you’d lived all your life in a garden. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

George Meredith There is already an amount of dropping of the curtain that is positively wearisome, even to extremely refined persons, in order to save him from apparent misconduct. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

And I pondered: How is one an orphan “to a certain extent”? No amount of solemnity could make such a statement other than bizarre. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

John Stuart Mill But no amount of ill usage, without adultery superadded, will in England free a wife from her tormentor. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Anthony Trollope They cannot deny that an amount of success and prosperity, much greater than the nation even expected for itself, has been achieved under this Constitution and in connection with it. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Copley Banks and Sharkey were left face to face, the one because he had drunk the least, the other because no amount of liquor would ever shake his iron nerve or warm his sluggish blood. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Jane Austen This was the amount of the whole story — of his communication and of Harriet’s as soon as she had recovered her senses and speech. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Mark Twain Where the wit-mechanism is lacking, no amount of study and reflection can manufacture the product. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

John Hill Burton The great value of this arrangement he found to be in its power of adjusting the amount of the reward to the extent to which society found itself benefited. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

A quarter of wheat cost in 1787 forty-eight shillings, and that amount was trebled later. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Wilkie Collins Unfortunately for himself, he endeavored to increase the amount of his property by speculating. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

His negligence is such as to amount to an absence of construction. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

As he told himself, it was no use crying over spilt milk, and no amount of regret would bring the money back. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

But to get the lecturer into the lecture-room does not amount to much more than bringing the horse to the water. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Jack London The wage for the same amount of labour, performed for a private employer, would buy them better beds, better food, more good cheer, and, above all, greater freedom. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Edward Bellamy Desert is a moral question, and the amount of the product a material quantity. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Jack London But the Outside dogs, though practically broken in since their landing, did not amount to much. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

She found that she must manage to spend existence almost entirely by herself — that she must expect the smallest amount of companionship from her father. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Charles Dickens The amount of the valuation shall be paid by the succeeding tenant, who shall be allowed to enter on any part of the allotment which is uncropped at the time of notice of the leaving tenant. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And they very likely don’t amount to anything, after all. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

A favourable balance, it was assumed, must necessarily increase the amount of gold and silver in the country, while an unfavourable balance must necessarily diminish it. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

The amount in “lawful Money of Great Britain,” received by “Henry Fielding, Esq.” from “Andrew Millar of St. Clement’s Danes in the Strand,” was L183 11s. Fielding by Austin Dobson

That is why I want YOU. You have a kind of knack of stumbling on truths which no amount of ordinary reasoning can get at. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anthony Trollope It doesn’t amount to more than thinking after all. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope The parchments were prepared, and the signatures were written with the necessary amount of witnessing, and Tappitt and Rowan once more met each other on friendly terms. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Tidings of the great amount of his debts reached even her ears; and, moreover, it was nearly time that he should reform and settle down. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Charles Kingsley He must be ready to assume everything about them to be true which is neither absurd, immoral, nor unsupported by the same amount of evidence which he would require for any other historic fact. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope There are some mining shares as to which there may be a question whether they are real or personal, but they amount to but little. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Potts was ready for any amount of trouble; Mallard the same. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Elizabeth Von Arnim I suppose it was my own superfluous amount of civilisation that made me pity these people when first I came to live among them. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Kate Chopin And the daughter really puts me to shame, child as she is, with the amount of her knowledge. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope Sir Harry already knew that he was in debt to these men; already knew with fair accuracy the amount of those debts. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Edgar Allan Poe They were of a deep hazel exceedingly large and lustrous; and there was perceptible about them, ever and anon, just that amount of interesting obliquity which gives pregnancy to expression. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Jules Verne I hold to this last hypothesis, grounding it on the fact that the moon is really a cold star, which is no longer habitable, although the sun continues to throw on its surface the same amount of heat. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

You have done your work very well, and my part is confined to a very small amount of scribble which you will rub out at discretion. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Algernon Blackwood And nothing — no amount of blazing fire, or chatting on ordinary subjects — could make that camp exactly as it had been before. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

G. K. Chesterton I have heard many arguments for anonymity; but they all seem to amount to the statement that anonymity is safe, which is just what I complain of. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

John Hill Burton The disablement of the former is sure to produce the end aimed at, and may occasion a comparatively small amount of misery. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Kate Chopin I know nothing of her, except that she receipts for the amount paid her each month. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope So the rubbers went on with the amount of harmony customary to the place. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

You’ve looked at me with an amount of interest my personal merits could scarcely call for. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope What good do you think can ever come from pitching any thing weak? Pitch it as strong as you will, find it don’t amount to much. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Mark Twain Tom had his store clothes on, and an audience — and that was always nuts for Tom Sawyer. In them circumstances it warn’t no trouble to him to throw in an amount of style that was suitable. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

One doesn’t shove in at the head of a queue without attracting a most uncomfortable amount of attention. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Kate Chopin The amount named was alluring, but here was proposed another change and she felt plainly called on for resistance. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Benjamin Disraeli They did not amount to exquisite bliss. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

John Hill Burton The more extensively property is distributed, the more happiness does it produce; for the amount of felicity which each person enjoys is not increased with the relative proportion of his riches. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Anthony Trollope This work took up my time so completely, and entailed upon me so great an amount of writing, that I was in fact unable to do any literary work. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Ah, me! Yes, he saw it, and his mind approved—such amount of mind as he had then left to him. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

The result was an aggregate sum of nine hundred and eighty dollars, just the amount Sweetwater had promised to show them. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Tobias Smolle The whole may amount to near thirty pounds. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Abraham Merri But no amount of touching or of pressing these spots singly or in any combination gave the slightest promise of motion to the slab itself. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

G. K. Chesterton But of course that don’t amount to half the old one, for they’re afraid of old Meadows finding out. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

D. H. Lawrence But the question was, how much did “everything” amount to? There was something less than a hundred pounds in the bank. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He will then be wise enough to know how wretched a place is the interior of a pyramid—an amount of wisdom with which no teaching of mine will imbue him. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Anthony Trollope Sunlight, real genial light of the sun, never made its way there, and no amount of candles could illuminate the gloom of that brownness. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Dear me!” The amount of malice, envy and all uncharitableness which Lucia managed to put into this quite unrehearsed speech was positively amazing. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

The abilities of persons with square jaws are usually taken for granted by the crowd, and certainly John’s was square enough to suggest any amount of reserved force. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Mr. Granger’s proposals respecting a settlement were liberal, but, taking into consideration the amount of his wealth, not lavish. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Isabella Bird The amount of perfumery and rubbish piled in these ramshackle shops is wonderful. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Florence Dixie This amount fully satisfies all the first mortgages, and pays off all the second mortgages except one. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Anthony Trollope She probably thought that an over — amount of heart was the malady under which she specially suffered. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Jack London This, in itself, did not amount to much. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

It was found to amount to thirty-seven millions eight hundred thousand pounds, of which the stock allotted to all the proprietors only amounted to twenty-four millions five hundred thousand pounds. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope But if his wife, as well as he, has been brought up as a lawyer’s clerk, he will look to her also for some amount of wages. North America by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott But the zeal of these gentlemen was, for the time, effectually bridled by a large body of Covenanters, commanded by the Lord Burleigh, and supposed to amount to three thousand men. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Ford Madox Ford He was truly grieved at his wife’s want of sentiment — at her refusal to receive that amount of public homage from him. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Sinclair Lewis I tell you in the ministry there is always a vast, though often of course unfair, amount of criticism of the unmarried preacher, which seriously cramps him. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

George Eliot Doubtless many hurts and bruises had been received but no one could know the amount of injuries that were wildly scattered. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

What do we amount to? Mr. Heritage, six laddies, and myself—and I’m no more used to fighting than an old wife. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Trust to a Scotchman’s head for standing any amount of whisky. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

With his wealth and eighty years he would have made a much more satisfactory husband than Peter. She was sure from the amount he was eating and drinking that he could not last long. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Wilkie Collins Besides this, she had a life-interest in ten thousand pounds more, which latter amount was to go, on her decease, to her aunt Eleanor, her father’s only sister. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

William Morris The amount of talent, and even genius, which the present system crushes, and which would be drawn out by such a system, would make our daily work easy and interesting. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

M. P. Shiel The net result is in each case the same—the altered ratio of the total amount of reproductive health to the total amount of reproductive disease. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Wilkie Collins Let us see what amount of credit can be attached to the evidence of these three witnesses. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

In more than half the cases, the object was to get hold of a certain known sum of money such as a legacy or an insurance policy, but the amount involved was nearly always small. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope I’m only a half sort of lover, meditating a mariage de convenance to oblige an uncle, and by no means required by the terms of my agreement to undergo a very rigid amount of drill. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Incidentally, he named the sum his Fredi would convey to her husband; with, as was calculable, the further amount his only child would inherit. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Mary Webb What an improper thing to say! Even anger and jealousy did not excuse impropriety, though they excused any amount of unkindness. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Robert Louis Stevenson In course of time, he got wind of the real amount of their booty and understood how scurvily he had been used; but he seems to have borne no malice. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

A certain standard of wealth in the one case, and of prowess in the other, is a necessary condition of reputability, and anything in excess of this normal amount is meritorious. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Isabella Bird The sum to be levied is distributed among the tribes by a general council, after which each subdivision apportions the amount to be paid by the different camps, and the Rish–Sefid (lit. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope Let a committee of Irish landlords say how the rents are paid now, and what amount of arrears was due through the country when the famine came among them. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson In fifteen months, therefore, Charlotte produced literary compositions containing 2,252,800 words, or an amount equivalent to twenty-two substantial novels. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Any amount of cannon shot he could face cheerfully, but not a trying responsibility. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

William Dampier The King’s treasure is said to amount commonly to about 24,000,000 of pieces-of-eight: besides abundance of merchants’ money. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Virginia Woolf What did their “education” amount to? It only made her critical, censorious. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

H. G. Wells There seems to have been little dispute that he had been so employed; the case turned upon the extent of his services and the amount of his fees. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope The sheep or the cattle or the corn required an amount of energy which he no longer possessed. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Rafael Sabatini His word, they swore, was good for any amount with them. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Charles Dickens The amount of electricity that must have been rubbed out of it in a week, is not to be calculated. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

The books now existing upon the ancient oracles, above all, upon the Greek oracles, amount to a small library. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

Edgar Allan Poe The possessor of any appreciable amount of money might have been imagined to perform any one of a thousand things. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

And then you describe him as taking an amount of trouble in his search for her, which might have been so easily avoided, had he acted with ordinary prudence and caution. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing You don’t remember,” he added carelessly, “the amount of the bequest?” “Mr. Kerchever tells me it represents about seventy thousand pounds. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

The man had drawn the money himself, and could have had the whole amount in Treasury notes if he had so wanted. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope I should say nearer the former than the latter sum, did I not know that the amount in such matters always goes on increasing. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell She delighted in the exercise of her intellectual powers, and liked the idea of the infinite amount of which she was ignorant; for it was a grand pleasure to learn — to crave, and be satisfied. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

George Meredith As when the wriggling eel that has been prodded by the countryman’s fork, finds that no amount of wriggling will release it, to it twists in a knot around the imprisoning prong. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

The amount exported in a recent year was about the value of £6,000 sterling. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

No amount of interrogatory glaring on the part of the despoiled lady could bring the least shade of conscious guilt to his face. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

When such was the general feeling, the superabundant issues of paper but increased the evil, by rendering still more enormous the disparity between the amount of specie and notes in circulation. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jack London On the other hand, though, and in return, I would turn out an amount of work in the course of the day that would put to shame the amount he turned out. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Anthony Trollope However clamorous they might intend to be afterwards that amount of fair play they were all determined to afford him. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Philip, canst thee tell me the exact amount of stock in the shop at present?’ It had only just been taken; Philip had it at his fingers’ ends. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Leslie Stephen They amount to saying that a man must manage to project himself into a distant period, and saturate his mind with the corresponding modes of life. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Anthony Trollope I could not even rob him of a single luxury without an amount of suffering much greater than he would feel. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Such quantities, it is certain, could not be supplied by any possible amount of meat and drink consumed within the time specified. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

There can, however, be no doubt that changed conditions induce an almost indefinite amount of fluctuating variability, by which the whole organisation is rendered in some degree plastic. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Theodore Dreiser It was so unexpected, and the amount involved was comparatively so large. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

I did not see the Gazette, but I believe the amount of the debt was stated, and that Gavity (but I don’t know whether he was mentioned by name) had a bill of sale on our household furniture. “Jerry’s Gazette.” by Ellen Wood [1869]

Rudyard Kipling This was easy, because the river brought down any amount of unrationed drift-wood from the great forests in the interior of England, and laid it almost at Nobby’s door. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Kenneth Grahame The amount involved, it was true, was not very burdensome, the gipsy’s valuation being admitted by local assessors to be approximately correct. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Wilkie Collins But he was resolved, if he sold off everything, to get the amount and repay —” “Of course,” says I, “drop that. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

What an amount of trouble I should have been spared had I only known this before? “You did not approve then of my being imported into the case?” “I distinctly disapproved,” he answered. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

On the other hand, this, for the public, does not amount to more than a confession of ignorance. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Anthony Trollope Let him, however, be adequately screwed up with gin, and adequately screwed down by the presence of his master, and then no amount of counting and writing would be too much for him. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George Borrow It possesses a beautiful alameda, or public walk, through which flows the river Escurva. The population is said to amount to sixty thousand souls. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

H. G. Wells The amount of carbonic acid we breathed was also unnaturally low, but why this was, I am quite unable to explain. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Henry Handel Richardson Reckon as he might, he could not make his dividends for the past six months amount to more than a hundred and fifty pounds: a hundred and fifty! Nor was this wretched sum a certainty. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

T. H. Huxley It regards animal bodies as machines impelled by certain forces, and performing an amount of work which can be expressed in terms of the ordinary forces of nature. Essays by T. H. Huxley

It is of some interest as showing the amount of clothes the human body can carry. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

No amount of drudgery or labour deterred Scott from any undertaking on the prosecution of which he was bent. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

M. P. Shiel Words, of course, have fixed meanings, which no amount of loose talk can alter. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

George Eliot Why do you crave vengeance in this way? No amount of torture that you could inflict on him could benefit her. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Anthony Trollope Mommsen quotes the price as 12,000 denarii, which would amount to about the same sum. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Meredith All the tenants doing well, Rowsley?’ ‘About the same amount of trouble with them. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Meredith The amount was distinctly nailed to his ear: whereupon he said, “Ah!—yes! you young fellows want money: must have it, I suppose. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Henry Handel Richardson Gradually the passers-by began to look at him with the right amount of attention; he jostled, as if by accident, one or two of those who were unobservant, then apologised for his hurry. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

John Galsworthy No amount of eating your cake and wanting to have it could take the place of common honesty. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Some young people had come with some amount of hope that they might get up a dance in the evening, and were unwilling to leave till all such hope was at an end. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens The amount I play, I pay at the lottery office, where I purchase the ticket; and it is stated on the ticket itself. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

John Galsworthy The eleventh baronet! He did not seem to amount to much, beneath her head bent over him. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Henry James He might have been a little scared at the picture of how much more, in this place, he should know himself “in” hadn’t his friend been on the spot to measure the amount to his appetite. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

But prudence stepped in, and he limited the amount to be squandered to a thousand pounds, which was not so bad for a man who did not believe in sentiment. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

He said they’d be satisfied with a share of whatever the amount was, and that they’d never want to be shown the Hollow or to come anigh it. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Smooth, upright walls alone mark the place where the work has been done; and the amount of débris is altogether insignificant. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Charles Stur The amount of distress indeed was very great and severe, but such a state of things was naturally to be expected from the change that had taken place in the monetary affairs of the province. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Robert Louis Stevenson No amount of mere discussion and statement, such as this, could give a just conception of the greatness of this power. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith And the choicest women are those who yield not a feather of their womanliness for some amount of manlike strength. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

John Galsworthy Any amount of spirit, and no patience at all. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope These houses in Cleveland were very good, as, indeed, they are in most Northern towns; but some of them have been erected with an amount of bad taste that is almost incredible. North America by Anthony Trollope

I want you to keep the books and to let the amount you gave me for them be a loan, which I will repay as soon as I possibly can. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]