Phrases with "anything"

Wilkie Collins I was obliged to ask in plain words if anything had happened to annoy her mother and herself. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

It resembled the creaking of a rusty hinge, more than anything else. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

D. H. Lawrence It was now so dreary and so like death she wished he would do anything rather than continue in this negation. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Mark Twain I think the Azores must be very little known in America. Out of our whole ship’s company there was not a solitary individual who knew anything whatever about them. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

But I will do anything I can to help Mr. Mallow and I hope he’ll always think kindly of me. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

F. Scott Fitzgerald Brutal men were tender, negligible men were astonishingly loyal and lovable, and, often, honorable men took attitudes that were anything but honorable. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Willa Cather She was not willfully holding anything back. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Hardly a word was said about anything else; even the pictures, which generally are in such demand, attracted but little notice. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Andrew Lang Just as the pedlar was about to close his box, the Caliph noticed a small drawer, and asked if there was anything else in it for sale. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Why, they used to keep account o’ the amount o’ business I done, an’ figger up my profits, an’ have the face to come an’ talk to me about ’em, as if that had anything to do with wages. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Jules Verne Do you see anything abnormal?” “Nothing.” “There is, however, one thing which absolutely proves that the language is subject to the laws of number. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Arnold Bennett I never did anything wrong, or even silly, except let myself get too fond of somebody. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I suppose it will be years, though, before I could think of anything like that. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Two, three, four, five week-ends passed without anything to interest him, but then upon the sixth, though he was never to become aware of it, a most momentous happening for him occurred. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Henry James And you want to go there?” “It is silly, it is low, it is anything you please. The American by Henry James [1877]

Rudyard Kipling Don’t risk your life trying to fish out anything that may go downstream. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

She had been scared stiff by Miles Allison, in spite of his patient quietness; evidently regarding anything in a wig and gown as hostile and a potential dispenser of penalties. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Other nineteenth-century writers, Surtees, Barham, Thackeray, even Marryat, have something of Dickens’s profuse, overflowing quality, but none of them on anything like the same scale. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

So you need not be afraid of anything at all. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Do you know if such messenger or such letter has been received at my apartments? Have you heard anything about this ring? It was a notable one and not to be confounded with any other. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Has anything been happening in Kyauktada? Any scandals?’ The doctor looked suddenly serious. Burmese Days by George Orwell

John Galsworthy The removal of this snuffbox — so tangible a reminder of James and Emily — tried her considerable equanimity more than anything that had happened to her for years. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Henry James She had an infinite hope that she should never do anything wrong. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

If there is anything hiding in the background, it ought not to be called activity, but should get itself another name. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Mallinson, who sometimes came to listen to the music for want of anything better to do, found her a very baffling proposition. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

He said little — I do not recall anything of what he did say. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

John Galsworthy So, on the whole, people went about their business much as if there were no war, no concentration camps, no slippery de Wet, no feeling on the Continent, no anything unpleasant. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

James Payn But if Arthur Haldane’s legal training had really enabled him to come to the right conclusion in the matter, it also judiciously restrained him from saying anything about it. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

It was more like rabbit shooting than anything else. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Jonathan Swif Tell me how my “Shower” is liked in Ireland: I never knew anything pass better here. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

E. F. Benson Her work on Shirley, discontinued when Emily fell ill, was still unhandled, for there was no energy to spare for anything but the daily duties. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Donal would come, not only because he was so big that Nanny would let him do what he wanted to do, but because he would do everything and anything in the world. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

He looked a Bohemian, a painter, an actor, a popular parson gone to the bad: anything rather than an undistinguished pauper. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

I will never bear your name, or be anything to you but a stranger, except that I shall hate you all the days of my life. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas More When they want anything in the country which it does not produce, they fetch that from the town, without carrying anything in exchange for it. Utopia by Thomas More

E. Phillips Oppenheim You please won’t do anything of the sort. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Henry James I certainly never pretended the thing was anything else than an experiment; I promised nothing, I answered for nothing; I only said the case was hopeful, and that it would be a shame to neglect it. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Telephone or run around if you’ve anything to tell me. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Charles Dickens Apart from the general human disinclination to do anything that ought to be done, I dare say there is a specially about assuring one’s life. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

Willa Cather Nowdays the girls in my classes who have a spark of aptitude for anything seem to think themselves remarkable. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

There were no animals; but there were great flocks of birds, some of which seemed different from anything that we had ever seen before. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

F. Scott Fitzgerald How could any one possibly think or worry, or do anything except splash and dive and loll there on the edge of time while the flower months failed. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Gaskell I could say anything to my lady, she was so sure to understand me rightly. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

It’s a very exceptional gal who can do anything by herselfquite exceptional. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Olaf Stapledon He wrote a cheque, and made no offer to pay her anything additional on account of leaving without notice. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James She would perhaps have liked, for reasons best known to herself, to look as if she were throwing herself away, not being able to do anything else. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Anthony Trollope Has anything happened to him? Has he lost money?” “No; I have heard nothing about money. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

I don’t believe she was really interested in anything she saw. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

There were few things he himself would like less than to have the Chief Constable looking for anything he had lost. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

But even in Genoa he proved capable of writing The Chimes, which is as markedly English in temper as anything which he wrote. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Wilkie Collins Change the subject, and I will talk of anything else you please. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

No real suggestion of anything but accident. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Rudyard Kipling This set him fully at his ease; and then we spoke as men together, each too interested to think of anything except the subject in hand. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Guy de Maupassan Get them married, abbé, get them married, and do not trouble yourself about anything else. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy She had not told Mrs. Buckle anything as to her intentions, and was supposed to have gone out shopping. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anthony Trollope No. But in any way no consideration about money has anything to do with it. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

This was undoubtedly an illusion — how should it be anything else? That would be too terrible! But there is no insanity; you are working too hard at the bank. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Many unscrupulous collectors would be prepared to pay large sums for anything of his and not divulge how they had obtained it. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Thomas Paine In military numbers, the ancients far exceeded the moderns; and the reason is evident, for trade being the consequence of population, men became too much absorbed thereby to attend to anything else. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

But it’s very annoying, this business, if there’s anything in it, as you say. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

In the meantime Jameson, Dr. Shillington’s chauffeur, had been left waiting in the car in anything but a happy frame of mind. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

He dressed and packed hurriedly, glad to think that if anything had been taken from the vaults he would be well away before the loss had been discovered. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Elizabeth Gaskell The traveller could be refreshed and bright, and the first excitement of the meeting with his father all be over, before her mother became aware of anything unusual. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

From that moment Mando could do anything with him, and a singular attachment grew up between man and horse. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

His face no longer changed at anything he heard; it was as strenuously attentive as that of any judge upon the bench. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

If there’s anything in Haraldsen’s story, my promise stands, and I’m in the business up to my neck, the same as you. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Henry James But if he had expected anything of a flare he was disappointed, for the girl simply laughed a little, nodded good-night and withdrew accompanied by her aunt. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

H. G. Wells It would be difficult to control his irritation if anything adverse arose. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

M. R. James His neighbour continued: ‘The site — I doubt if there is anything showing above ground — must be down quite close to the beach now. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Andrew Lang Towards sunset he woke up and said to the old woman: ‘Where are the singing birds which you have got to catch?’ ‘You never told me anything about that,’ replied she. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope I don’t know, now I think of it, that she did say anything about her own age. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton It was almost unintelligible that anything should have happened to him against which his wealth and his health could not prevail. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

We aren’t used to regarding them as anything except angels and children. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Willa Cather She might be at Mrs. Hiller’s or with Alexandra. But anything that reminded him of her would be enough, the orchard, the mulberry tree . O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

James Payn I never heard of anything more atrociously mean, and I think you have been wanting in your duty—let alone your personal regard for me, Mary—to have concealed the matter so long. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

It was the first time she had ever asked me to do anything for her which any one else might not have done, and I was proud of her confidence, and happy to do just what she asked. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang At last it occurred to the lion that if he could only steal the magic ball he could kill bears and snakes for himself, and then the cat might be as sulky as he liked for anything that it would matter. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The so-called wickedness must be, like the so-called virtue, its own reward—to be anything at all. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Alphonse Daudet Whereupon more egg-nogg, bravoes, handshaking, slappings of the shoulder, and a torchlight serenade up to midnight before Baobab Villa. It was Sancho-Tartarin who was anything but delighted. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Arnold Bennett He would have sacrificed almost anything to the social proprieties. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Algernon Blackwood And it was far more distressingly horrible than anything I had anticipated. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Thomas Hardy I have enough of my own to last me for a long while, and Jude will let me have ——” “I would rather not know anything about him, if you don’t mind. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

F. Scott Fitzgerald Basil watched him bundle his toilet things into a towel and take one last survey about the room’s new barrenness to see if there was anything forgotten. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Wilkie Collins He brought down many books with him, and read a great deal; but from all that I heard, he spent more time over his flowers and his botany than anything else. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

The man Bullock was of weak temperament, and if he had had anything to tell we should have got it all out of him very soon. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Henry James He seemed to have come only for that, for he was all the while revolving round it; she couldn’t speak of anything but what he brought it back to the question of some new truth like that. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Anthony Trollope They were gallant, well-grown, handsome boys with a certain dash of cleverness — more like their mother than their father; but they had not as yet done anything as he would have made them do it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang The brothers had never seen anything of the kind, nor had the town council of Orleans. THEY had nothing to gain by their belief, the brothers had everything to gain. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Henry Kingsley Densil inquired if anything were the matter at home. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Buckingham, indeed, was almost the only man in the Lords who said anything for Bacon, and, alone, he voted against his punishment. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

If Lizzie did not know he had come down here, or that his family lived here, or anything about them, she could not follow him. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Rudyard Kipling Obey.’ ‘Dick,’ said Torpenhow, next morning, ‘can I do anything for you?’ ‘No! Leave me alone. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George MacDonald Mrs. Crump said the poor child had walked out in his sleep, and Diamond thought she ought to know, and did not contradict her for anything he knew, it might be so indeed. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope If there be anything in it, it won’t be expelled by Lady Fawn’s interference. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I burned his note, because I did not choose that anything from him should be in my possession. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft Dream, madness, and memory merged wildly together in a series of fantastic, fragmentary delusions which can have no relation to anything real. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Elizabeth Gaskell Somehow, look in what direction she would, she caught the glance of those eyes before she could see anything else. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

For anything I know about the matter, it may be the way of Nature to be unintelligible; she is often puzzling, and I have no reason to suppose that she is bound to fit herself to our notions. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Statues, inscriptions, memorial stones, the names of streets — anything that might throw light upon the past had been systematically altered. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have never seen him look so keen about anything before. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Nikola, however, had small attention to spare for them--he was too busily occupied endeavouring to discover the spring in the central pillar to think of anything else. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

I don’t remember well anything that happened after that. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Anything — spinsterhood, drudgery, anything — sooner than the alternative. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope I’ll do anything for him I can if he ever comes up to London. Wouldn’t it be a good thing, Mrs Dale, if he settled himself in London? “No, John; it would be a very bad thing. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Of cauce it won’t be anything to look at: just an old wooden travelling theatre. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Joseph Furphy He was n’t interested in anything but the Diamantina track, and I was nasty over the gilgie, so we did n’t yarn much. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

H. G. Wells The millennium arrived in anything but millennial fashion. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. G. Wells It did not do to think of anything beyond those facts and possibilities and dodges and counterdodges, for to do so was to let in irrelevant and distracting lights. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Meredith Lord and Lady Esquart agreed to anything agreeable to her, after excusing themselves for the necessitated flight, piteously relating the story of their sufferings. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

It was a great pity; for Manua Sera was so much liked by the Wanyamuezi, they would, had they been able, have done anything to restore him. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

E. F. Benson It would be too much that the visitors, if there are any, should think that my beautiful Hurst belongs to Daisy. And, as I said, I shall be happy to coach her, and see if I can do anything with her. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Anthony Trollope You never do anything that I suggest. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But I wished to learn, sir, whether you intend to do anything for your niece. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford Why, she will never do anything again. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Nathaniel Hawthorne You seldom hear a painter heap generous praise on anything in his special line of art; a sculptor never has a favorable eye for any marble but his own. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

George Gissing Impossible for Sidwell and Fanny to be anything but graceful, for at all times they were perfectly unaffected. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Machen He had all the English boy’s healthy horror of anything approaching pose or eccentricity. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Edith Wharton Anything — anything to get away from her own thoughts! That was the pass she had come to. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

I find that anything outrageously strange generally ends by fascinating me even when I abominate it. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

D. H. Lawrence He just didn’t care any more about anything in life or death. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

You can’t think of anything that you have seen him with that would fill that gap?’ They could not; and neither could Alice the housemaid. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

E. F. Benson Not time for just one materialisation? They are more convincing than anything to most inquirers. Mr. Tilly’s Seance by E. F. Benson

James Joyce Do anything you like with figures juggling. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Of course, since we’re at war with Germany, anything that any one of us doesn’t like is ‘pro-German,’ whether it’s business competition or bad music. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton Artists have remarked that a cloud has perspective like anything else; but the perspective of the cloud coming up the valley was curiously solid. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

She could have flung herself down on the floor and grovelled, and torn her hair — she could have done anything mad, wicked, desperate, in the wild rage of this moment. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Wilkie Collins The late Mrs. Betteredge took her exercise on that favourite female animal whenever I happened to deny her anything that she had set her heart on. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

E. T. A. Hoffmann This you would have been permitted to do, but not so the young merchant Traugott, who, on beginning to do anything of this kind, encountered a thousand difficulties and vexations. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Are you sufficiently well informed now, or do you require anything further? If so, speak, monsieur. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

In the theatre there is a series of suffocating odours, especially in the dimly-lighted corridors, which is anything but agreeable. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Henry James There was apparently, I was obliged to admit, but little apprehension in her of her unduly showing that our meeting had been anything of a blessing to her. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

But the old man answered genially: “Oh, she knows, but I cannot say anything positive about her having encouraged him. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Jack London We loved love, and our love was never smirched by anything less than the best. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Willa Cather Neither he nor her father said anything about how badly Ray was hurt. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

G. K. Chesterton He says he will challenge me to a duel; and I cannot say anything stronger about his mental state than to say that I think that it is highly probable that he will. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

She was like some beautiful, noisy, boisterous water-fall, for ever dancing, rushing, sparkling, scintillating, and utterly defying you to do anything but admire it. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

If he had had anything in his hand he was sure that in his dismay he would have struck the boy down where he stood. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Theodore Dreiser If there’s anything that I ought to know, I suppose Mr. Kane will tell me. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing Impossible to interest him in anything apart from literature; yet one saw him to be a man of solid understanding, and not without perception of humour. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Now, it is because it is great that it seems unlike anything else. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Willa Cather Drink to Hindenburg, or the High Command, or anything else that got you out of the cornfield. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Old Nat had taken several strong oaths that he would not breathe a word to anyone, and would not mention anything to the other lodgers. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

You say you cannot tell us of anything that passed in the room at the time of the discovery?” “No, sir. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

I never saw anything like this; it is only in the sunshine. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Andrew Lang But it was too late now to do anything but wish vainly that he had stayed on shore, and to grow heartily weary of the boat and the sea and everything connected with it. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Pure and unadulterated, I quaffed it freely, and (being no politician) neither did it enhance my wisdom nor enable me to see through anything with half-shut eyes. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

E. F. Benson If there was going to be anything odd, anything worth observation, it was far better that our respective impressions should not fortify each other. The Gardener by E. F. Benson

Rudyard Kipling No! What happened this morning seemed to be more of a — of a leading than anything else. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Rudyard Kipling No. I do not think there is anything more. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

They lived very quietly, not spending, she was sure, anything like half of it; Herbert put by the rest. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Jack London You can prove anything by metaphysics; and having done so, every metaphysician can prove every other metaphysician wrong — to his own satisfaction. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Will you go back to dinner? Or shall I get you anything here?” “I don’t want to go back; I don’t want anything,” he answered. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

E. F. Benson Or have you ever done anything of the sort before? For pity’s sake tell me that you have, and that it had no result. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Can you imagine anything more appalling than the present situation?” “Well, I think I could, with an effort,” was the curt reply. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

George Gissing For anything I know, you may still find the money. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

They have to wait upon him as if they were inferior beings, or slaves who’d get their heads chopped off if they did anything wrong. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Everyone who was anything of a hunter stood with eyes fixed on the animal in anxious expectation. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Wilkie Collins He answered, ‘I can bear anything while I have my wife and my children. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Sinclair Lewis And if anything did go wrong — but nothing could — how could YOU help? — Just as well not to be around and mooning over her all the time. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

What evidence have you of anything so incredible?” “I have Simon’s word for it. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Florence Dixie My dear little friend, will you believe me that I did so with a heart heavier than it has ever been before ? I would give anything to see you and say good-bye, but it is best not. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Henry Kingsley You are not a man to chatter about anything you see. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Walter Besant As regards the pursuit of an heiress, I never heard anything more about it, and conjecture that it was a part of her ladyship’s advice offered, but not carried into practice. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Anthony Trollope Major Mackintosh quite understands that, and says that nobody can do anything to me; only I must go to Mr. Camperdown.” “You will have to be examined again before a magistrate. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Have you seen anything interesting?” “Yes, something very interesting,” replied the detective, smiling to himself, “but now we’ll put back this ladder and then I’m off to bed. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

In a world where both the terms and their distinctions are affairs of experience, conjunctions that are experienced must be at least as real as anything else. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Anna Katherine Green He abhorred scandal and shrank with almost a woman’s distaste from anything which savoured of the clandestine. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Edith Wharton When he entered it he had the shock of feeling himself in a strange place: it did not seem like anything he had ever seen before. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

H. Rider Haggard If there is anything more which I can give, that will I give you. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing I beg you will not think my leaving you is due to anything but necessity—indeed it is not. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell But I never thought anything of it at the time; but now all the town is talking about it, and crying shame, and saying they ought to be married. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am Marie Lapouse. Does that convey anything to you?” “A great deal,” Peter admitted, quickly. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I never saw anything like the eyes of her when she was explaining the case to me. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Willa Cather If he achieves anything noble, anything enduring, it must be by giving himself absolutely to his material. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch If you have anything further against him, or if you have any confession to make, I warn you that this is a bad moment to choose. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Sinclair Lewis But can’t you understand — I’m not just a climber — I want us both to be equal to anything we run into. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Edith Wharton Of course, you know, anything my good mother gives is — well — virtually — You haven’t asked her? Sure? I could have sworn; I get so many of these appeals. The Choice by Edith Wharton [1916]

Every person helped himself; and all delays of ceremony were so disagreeable to Kant, that he seldom failed to express his displeasure with anything of that sort, though not angrily. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

Bram Stoker It has been well administered, however, and no tenant or other connected with it has had anything of which to complain. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

If anything happens messenger boys in a procession such as preceded the queen of Sheba when she came to Suleiman shall be poured out to tell you all. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Is it anything you wish to ask of me?” “Yes,” he said, boldly, “I have come to ask you a favour. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Every sense in him seemed to become numb, and then a sort of faintness seized him, and his mind refused to think of anything at all. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Cold, cruel and sexless, it’s my opinion she would do anything for money. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

George Elio You know she’s been as haughty as anything since I quarrelled with her husband. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

I had never in my life heard anything so bitter as that noise. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope Do you know anything about it? Sometimes I have thought you knew nothing. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Edmund Burke By this the whole spirit of the election is changed; nor can any corrective your Constitution-mongers have devised render him anything else than what he is. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Arnold Bennett Edwin could seldom think of anything that he really wanted to say to Clara. The children were very hot and weary of wonders. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Maria Edgeworth The pitiless woman kept me till it was even too late to dress, talking over her family misfortunes; as if they were anything to me. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Me with a revolver close at hand with one barrel discharged! I can’t think of anything else. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry James It couldn’t be fruitful, it couldn’t be anything but ridiculous, almost ignoble; but it soothed his nerves, it was in the nature of a secret dissipation. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

So Mr. Deblois said, ‘Boys, anything to eat that is in our baskets is as much yours as ours; help yourselves; but we shall not invite you to drink spirits. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Frederick Marryat I tell you thus much, that you may not do anything foolish; and having said this, I advise you to think twice before you act once. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

But do you think I can ask anything of him now, after you have refused him? I know of your refusal to be that man’s wife. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

E. Nesbi For anything he knew they might have been sent to prison, too. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

H. G. Wells They had got down with an unobtrusive persistence into the second line, before the dawn had grown clear enough for anything to be seen. The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

Togur proved an excellent little patient, taking the medicine, gruel, or anything I gave him obediently. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Thomas Paine The notion of a Trinity of Gods has enfeebled the belief of one God. A multiplication of beliefs acts as a division of belief; and in proportion as anything is divided it is weakened. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

George Gissing Don’t get up till midday; anything interesting you shall know at once. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

M. R. James Hideous it was beyond anything I had heard or have heard since, but I could read no emotion in it, and doubted if I could read any intelligence. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James