Phrases with "anecdote"

William Makepeace Thackeray Let us imagine how in the hall of one or other of these Clubs this strange anecdote will be discussed. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

A passage in his life is well known, which ought to be mentioned as an offset to the doubtful anecdote of the two-headed eagle. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

The anecdote is characteristic. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Meredith And then he told an anecdote of Papa. It was the dreadful old “Bath” story. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

It is unnecessary to tell my readers that the Shereefs are very sensitive on matters of religion; but an anecdote or two may amuse them. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

George Gissing Trollope himself tells how he surprised the editor of a periodical, who wanted a serial from him, by asking how many thousand words it should run to; an anecdote savouring indeed of good old days. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

A. E. W. Mason An anecdote recalling some particular act of courage would hurt as keenly as a story of cowardice. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Henry James We’re haunted by the curate’s daughter!” Mr. Searle retailed this anecdote with infinite taste and point, the happiest art; when he ceased there was a pause of some moments. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Jane Austen Lady Catherine was generally speaking — stating the mistakes of the three others, or relating some anecdote of herself. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Sigmund Freud I am in the habit of using the anecdote to elucidate the factor of retrospective tendencies in the mechanism of the psychoneuroses. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Tobias Smolle This anecdote I learned from a worthy gentleman of this country, who had it from the engineer’s own mouth. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

An anecdote was related to us this morning, by a member of the cabinet, a striking one amongst the innumerable instances of fortune’s caprices. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Arthur Morrison His fund of illustration and anecdote was inexhaustible, and during all my acquaintance with him I never heard him tell the same story twice. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Anatole France The anecdote was told to him by the son of Mounier himself. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Elizabeth Gaskell A friend of hers, who wrote to me on the appearance of the eloquent article in the Daily News upon the “Death of Currer Bell,” gives an anecdote which may well come in here. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Sir Walter Scott It is to be supposed that she made a mental reservation in favour of Leicester, to whom her ladyship transmitted without delay an anecdote so little calculated to give him pleasure. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Robert Louis Stevenson And if a man reads very hard, as the old anecdote reminds us, he will have little time for thought. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang Another anecdote occurs to me; good, I think, for a short story, but capable, also, of being dumped down in the middle of a long novel. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Arthur Morrison Hewitt explained afterwards that they were mostly stories of poaching, with now and again a horse-coping anecdote thrown in. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Elizabeth Gaskell Thus his whole nature was attracted towards the metropolis; and many an hour must he have spent poring over the map of London, to judge from an anecdote which has been told me. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Ralph Waldo Emerson A text of heroism, a name and anecdote of courage, are not arguments, but sallies of freedom. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Sinclair Lewis But the Senator passed on to a trivial, quite improper anecdote about a certain Brazilian ambassador and a Washington milliner, and Selig was irritable again. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang On this topic I will offer, in a Kantian spirit, an anecdote of the kind which, occurring in great quantities, disposes the mind to a sort of belief. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton This anecdote leads me to two others which I may as well insert at this point into my English picture. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

This anecdote was treated sceptically at the time by some critics. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

William Makepeace Thackeray The anecdote is trivial, but it shows the power of Julia Jowler over me. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Edith Wharton Her voice rattled like her bangles as she poured forth a stream of anecdote and ejaculation; and her round black eyes jumped with acrobatic velocity from one face to another. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Ford Madox Ford I think an anecdote is about the best way to give you an idea of what the old gentleman was like. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Jane Austen They could describe an entertainment with accuracy, relate an anecdote with humour, and laugh at their acquaintance with spirit. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Augustine Birrell He can tell an anecdote and elaborate a parable. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Rudyard Kipling It demands careful study of city politics, tact, the power of conciliation, and infinite resources of anecdote to amuse and keep the crowd together night after night, till the saloon becomes a salon. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I never made a note of a fact, of an impression, or of an anecdote in my life. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Mr Macgregor told his anecdote about Prome, which could be produced in almost any context. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Benjamin Disraeli The history of Count von Sohnspeer amused her; and no sooner had Vivian finished his anecdote than the lady said, “Ah! I so: you are an amusing person. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Henry James He was naturally much struck with my anecdote and still more with my interpretation of it. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

It was he who told that delicious anecdote of a friend of Laffitte the banker. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

We were told an anecdote concerning Simon the Cyrenian, which is not bad. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

It was a very rare circumstance if a theft was prevented by the presence of a dog; when such a thing did occur, every paper spoke of it, and the anecdote was never forgotten. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

Arthur Conan Doyle To this day she declares that I told her one moving anecdote as to how a musket looked into my tent at the dead of night, and how I fired a double-barrelled tiger cub at it. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Sir Walter Scott This anecdote I received many years since (about 1792) from the mouth of the venerable gentleman who was concerned in it. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Their names are wrought into the verbs of language, their works and effigies are in our houses, and every circumstance of the day recalls an anecdote of them. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Guy de Maupassant When he had finished the last head he was obliged, at the baron’s orders, to tell an anecdote to compensate the disappointed ones. The Snipe (Contes de la bécasse) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson Hence the effect of anecdote on simple minds; and hence good biographies and works of high, imaginative art, are not only far more entertaining, but far more edifying, than books of theory or precept. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Amy smiled and told another anecdote of the great editor. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins Let nobody laugh at the unique anecdote here related. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

In this connection there is an anecdote narrated by Baudelaire, in the Echo des Theatres of the 25th of August 1846, and referable to the year 1839. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

George Meredith Before I had finished my bow his glass was empty—the man was telling an anecdote of Lord Livelyston! You may be sure, my dear, I did not say I had seen his lordship. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Samuel Johnson An anecdote of this cruel sort, so open to contradiction, so impossible to be true, who could propagate? Thus easily are blasted the reputation of the living and of the dead. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Robert Louis Stevenson I remember an anecdote of a well-known French theorist, who was debating a point eagerly in his Cenacle. It was objected against him that he had never experienced love. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle There is the major, as stubby-toed and pigeon-breasted as ever, broken from many of his Bohemian ways, but still full of anecdote and of kindliness. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle Uncle Jeremy overflowed with anecdote and quotation, delighted to have found a new listener. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

And this annoyed me, because the anecdote was really good. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson My grandfather had an anecdote of Smeaton, probably learned from John Clerk of Eldin, their common friend. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith The anecdote was of the character of an apologue, and pertained to game. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Leslie Stephen A touch of her son’s humour appears in the only anecdote about her. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

The latest ridiculous anecdote about the King had put everybody into a good humour. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

The thought contained in a poem is always simple, and is no more the primary purpose of the poem than the anecdote is the primary purpose of the picture. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Leslie Stephen It is indicated in an anecdote which rests upon tolerable authority. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

The anecdote puts La Palferine’s genius before you in all its vivacity and completeness. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

Washington Irving Another anecdote was current, illustrative of the carelessness with which he executed works requiring accuracy and research. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Helen Zimmern Speaking of the Russians, he compared their civilization to a naked man looking at himself in a gilt-framed mirror, and he told an anecdote that illustrated the perfunctory method of government. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Robert Louis Stevenson I must tell here an anecdote that illustrates the difficulties of inspection. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith So generous! so lordly! When the rain of tears would subside for a moment, one would relate an anecdote or childish reminiscence of him, and provoke a more violent outburst. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Meredith An anecdote of immediate diversion was wanted, expected: and Fenellan sat stupidly speculating upon whether the doctor knew of a cupboard locked. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Walter Scott I have endeavoured to give the anecdote a turn more consistent with the sense and prudence of the great author concerned. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

At that moment Francis’s anecdote seemed extraordinarily funny. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Leslie Stephen By this last phrase hangs an anecdote of later days. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Sidney Colvin Haydon, an artist who loved to lay his colours thick, gives this anecdote of the sword a different turn:—“He was when an infant a most violent and ungovernable child. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

At Pinang I heard an anecdote of him which is quite credible. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

I can think of nobody to-day whose personality so constantly gives rise to anecdote and legend, and I can see none coming from the young. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Guy de Maupassant I can tell you an anecdote about it not generally known, if it has any interest for you. Beside a Dead Man (Beside Schopenhauer’s Corpse) (Auprès d'un Mort) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

The question as to where the short story distinguishes itself from the anecdote is of the same nature as that which concerns the bound set between it and the novel. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Robert Louis Stevenson One anecdote marks the taste of the family. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bronislaw Malinowski An anecdote is told in support of this statement which appears trustworthy. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Leslie Stephen One of the stories reminds us of an anecdote already related of Johnson himself. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Charles Dickens Sammy, relate a anecdote o’ vun o’ them boys, — that ‘ere little anecdote about young Tony sayin’ as he WOULD smoke a pipe unbeknown to his mother. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

An anecdote recurs to me of old Youssef, Bashaw of Tripoli, illustrative of the phlebotomizing system now under consideration. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

The anecdote offers an illustration of character, or records a moment of action; the novella embodies a drama and develops a type. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Robert Louis Stevenson The anecdote might be called infinitely little, and yet its meaning for Archie was immense. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells I tell this anecdote for the sake of its complete pointlessness. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Henry James Mr. Carteret would find his natural level — the production of anecdote in regard to the formation of early ministries. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

William Makepeace Thackeray It is a sad thing, to think that a man with what you call a fund of anecdote is a humbug, more or less amiable and pleasant. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

It is sufficient with most of them that an anecdote be ben trovato; the vero is but matter of secondary consideration. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Andrew Lang Not long ago, for example, I heard an anecdote out of which M. Guy de Maupassant could have made the most ghastly, the most squalid, and the most supernaturally moving of all his contes. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

This anecdote shews the unpopularity of the Crusade. If the clergy disliked to contribute, it is no wonder that the people felt still greater antipathy. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Once I knew a man who fell in love with his nurse —” The anecdote rambled on, punctuated by their footsteps. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ralph Waldo Emerson I replied, that it evinced English pluck more than any anecdote I knew. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Arthur Conan Doyle This led him to Paganini, and we sat for an hour over a bottle of claret while he told me anecdote after anecdote of that extraordinary man. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Then he was among the most agreeable and entertaining of men, full of anecdote and episode and quiet but true humour. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Andrew Lang An example by way of anecdote may be permitted. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

John Lewis Burckhard I mention this anecdote to show how small a chance a single traveller has of passing through this country without being stripped. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

In the “American Note–Books” occurs an anecdote which recalls the climax of the romance. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

G. K. Chesterton It had in it all sorts of things; including the outside and the inside of England. And yet as an anecdote it would probably seem pointless, so subtle and penetrating is the point. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

But, with all his liberalism, the earl disliked Sheridan; and an anecdote of his daughter-in-law. Lady Caroline Lamb by Grace and Philip Wharton [1890]

From this it grew to anecdote of wreck and adventure, and at last Gabbett said something which made the listener start from his indifferent efforts to slumber, into sudden broad wakefulness. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Washington Irving He relates another anecdote of the kind, on the authority of Johnson himself. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Edgar Allan Poe I soon found that nearly all the company were well educated; and my host was a world of good-humored anecdote in himself. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

W. H. Hudson Melville relates an anecdote of an old sailor who swooned from terror at the sight of an ocean white with the foam of breakers among which the ship was driven. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Joseph Furphy Good! One fellow was relating an anecdote suited to gentlemen only. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Gissing An anecdote from his twentieth year depicts this feature of the man. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

One anecdote concerning the method by which he shepherded his flock will suffice to show his character and his value. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Virginia Woolf The physical vigour which this anecdote implies was combined in the Archbishop with powers of intellect which promised success in whatever profession he adopted. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Edith Wharton The Duke, Zinnia, Lord Wrench and Cliffe Wheater received the anecdote with uproarious approval. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Henry James She was full of gossip and anecdote and drollery; she had exactly the air he would have wished her to have — that of thinking of no end of things to tell him. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Charles Dudley Warner Irving used to like to repeat an anecdote of one of his early friends, Henry Ogden, who had been at one of these festive meetings. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Andrew Lang This anecdote he selects out of “many stories scattered abroad at the time” as “upon a better foundation of credit”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Sir Walter Scott The reader has here the original of an anecdote which has since been fathered on a Scottish Chief of our own time. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

H. P. Lovecraf In the end horror overtakes her in a manner deftly prefigured by an anecdote in the prologue, but she poisons herself in time. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

The circumstance recalls an anecdote of a similar outburst—attested by Sir W. Scott, who was present on the occasion—before her marriage. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Charles Stur I shall frequently have to speak of this our old friend Nadbuck, and will not therefore disturb the thread of my narrative by relating any anecdote of him here. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Now and again, however, as the previous anecdote shows, he broke his rule. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

A lady of Washington, however, told me an anecdote which went far to shew that a more intellectual turn in the women, would produce a change in the manners of the men. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

A. E. W. Mason Trite anecdotes were sandwiched between aphorisms of the copybook; and whether anecdote or aphorism, all was delivered with the air of a man surprised by his own profundity. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Walter Scott The anecdote is too characteristic to be suppressed. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Lady Hester related to me this other anecdote of her Arab life. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

If we may trust an anecdote given by Kippis, Lord Denbigh once asked his kinsman the reason of this difference. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Virginia Woolf An anecdote was on the tip of her tongue, about a public lavatory built to celebrate the same occasion, and how the Mayor . Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]