Phrases with "anything"

He had scarcely hoped for anything better. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry James Where — to explain her at all — does she fancy she can presently, when we least expect it, take it out of us?” “She doesn’t fancy anything, nor want anything out of any one. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Anthony Trollope She did not ask me anything about it. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan One of them was always saying: “I don’t know how it is, but I have spent a hundred francs today, and I haven’t anything to show for it. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Neither had had anything to eat and the dog was sniffing anxiously about, as if he, at all events, could have done with a good meal. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Say you will, Sir, and I’ll do anything you wish!” “I will”, I replied, “but oh, I’m glad you want love: can you come to me to night? I want a couple of hours with you uninterrupted. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Anna Katherine Green Would anything come of it? Morning passed; no news of Antoinette Duclos. Afternoon: messages of all kinds leading to much work, but bringing no result. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

They took up these wrecks of novels, and, as they had never read anything of the kind before, they were surprised and amused. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

George Gissing Once or twice they have plucked me from despair; I would not speak unkindly of anything in cask or bottle which bears the great name of wine. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Now will you examine the connection, and see if there is anything peculiar about it?” Mr. Hines at once set to work. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

G. K. Chesterton The moment that he came in contact with anything that was slovenly, anything that was lawless, in actual life, something rose up in him, older than any opinions, the blood of generations of good men. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Mark Twain Did you carry anything there with you. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

H. G. Wells But anything was better than stagnation and more father. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Gissing I haven’t been so riled about anything for a long time!’ Meantime I had been reflecting. Christopherson by George Gissing

The girl complied, though with a doubtful shake of the head which was anything but encouraging. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope It was useless for him to remind her that hitherto she had never wanted anything for herself or her children. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Henry James But it was well known that I was too particular, whereas poor Ralph, with the easy manners of genius, was ready to accept almost anything to which a salary, even a small one, was attached. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Henry David Thoreau Yet his thinking was so primitive and immersed in his animal life, that, though more promising than a merely learned man’s, it rarely ripened to anything which can be reported. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Virginia Woolf The form of the essay admits of its own particular perfection; and if anything is perfect the exact dimensions of its perfection become immaterial. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

John Galsworthy A Morland was a Morland, as a Millet was a Millet; and would never be anything else. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis No servant in the hotel had seen anything of him since yesterday. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James Ransom offered his hand in farewell to his hostess; but Olive found it impossible to do anything but ignore the gesture. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Anthony Trollope We must now request our reader to accompany us to the little town of Mohill; not that there is anything attractive in the place to repay him for the trouble of going there. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

H. G. Wells Thirp listened to anything he could catch and Rud winked at him suddenly. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Mark Twain When Louis XIV had finished the Grand Trianon, he told Maintenon he had created a Paradise for her, and asked if she could think of anything now to wish for. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

She could always face a situation when it admitted the possibility of anything being done, when there was a chance for resolution and action. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

But Mr. Rosenbaum seemed beamingly unconscious of anything of the kind. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

George Gissing Under ordinary circumstances she addressed the girl as if tentatively; however sure of anything from her own point of view, she knew that Marian, as often as not, had quite a different criterion. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Rudyard Kipling They will do anything for trinketry. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Anthony Trollope You know how I treated her down in Scotland.” “With a splendid hospitality,” said Mr. Emilius. “Of course she did not pay for anything there. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

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]

She could never imagine herself anything but what she was. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

If you have anything to say, say it quickly, for I cannot keep your boat waiting. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Anne Bronte He looked me full in the face; but I kept my countenance so well that he could not imagine I was saying anything more than the actual truth. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

George Gissing The Baxendales send daily to make inquiries, and I am afraid the latest news is anything but hopeful. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Julian Hawthorne It was a long time till then, and meanwhile I was without anything to amuse me. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

If there is anything that I admire nearly as much as the superb scholarship of Tseng Kuofan, it is the military qualities of this fine officer. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

The passage about the howling of the wolves, and the fever faint of the victim, is as graphic as anything in Burns— The skies spun like a mighty wheel, I saw the trees like drunkards reel. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Anthony Trollope I haven’t taken particular possession of anything that I know of. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Sir Richard Burton Also am I certified that all the world could not build anything evening it. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Sinclair Lewis There was a teacher, not too young, who thought fairly well of him — not that they did anything really wrong, you understand. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Jane Austen Family squabbling is the greatest evil of all, and we had better do anything than be altogether by the ears. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

H. G. Wells I take it, therefore as a fair inference from the real immunity I have enjoyed, that such revolutionary proposals as mine are anything but unique and outstanding offences. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins These blind peoples, when they first see, have all alike the same hatred of anything what is dark. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

No, Mrs. Bunting had always been told it was very wrong to read in bed, and she was not in a mood just now to begin doing anything that she had been told was wrong . The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Anthony Trollope Lord Fawn, who rarely forgot anything, had certainly not forgotten the Sawab; and Frank was aware that he might soon be called on to address his lordship in anything but friendly terms. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

He said he was willing to do anything for me if I would direct the way in which I wished him to proceed; he did not understand the English law, and I must submit to Somali methods. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

I hadn’t a suspicion that anything could be wrong. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle But anything which bears upon that I will most freely answer. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Virginia Woolf We do not hear anything about the complexes which may be caused by sex indulgence. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Anthony Trollope That, you will say, is a conclusion too exact for man to reach without anything in the shape of absolute evidence. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

H. G. Wells He walked about the roofless shed for a time seeking anything we had overlooked, and then crawled in after me. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is no need for either of us to do anything with regard to the others, which might militate against his own chances. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Willa Cather Many a man turned his face away when that brown sack was lowered into the cold, leaping indigo ridges that seemed so destitute of anything friendly to human kind. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Arthur Morrison He had never spoken to the man, he said — indeed, nobody in the place outside Ranworth would have anything to do with him. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

But there did not seem to her to be anything of the horsey element in her husband’s composition. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

It was more like the sound of a badly blown Alpine horn than anything else, and seemed to be echoed from side to side of the path. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

William Makepeace Thackeray She never spoke a word to poor Muchit during the whole of dinner, or offered to help her to anything on the table. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle He has a deep horror of anything of the kind. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

You can take notes of anything likely to be useful to yourself, and it will be as well for me to possess the originals. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Gissing The paper-mills were not romantic; the old women who came along bending under huge bales of rags were anything but picturesque. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The phenomena are as massive and wide-spread as is anything in Nature, and the study of them is as tedious, repellent and undignified. Memories and Studies by William James

Sinclair Lewis Never anything new,’ Fred grunted. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Was it possible that he should ever be unable to do anything whatever for her? Nothing. And not see her any more? Never. Why? The punishment was too great for a little presumption, for a little pride. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Arthur Machen Generally, and for practical purposes, they were “out of it”: they were not the men whose whispers could lead to anything profitable in high quarters. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Miles Franklin I didn’t take no notice to anything ye might spit out in a rage. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

You won’t do anything by giving way, you know. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Seen anything of anybody lately?” There was a brief interchange of gossip. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

The principle goes all through; I say, business is business; and I am not going to pretend that business will ever be anything else. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

His father, when he had grown old and had had a good deal of trouble, had been inclined to wonder whether there was anything in religion. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

E. F. Benson This window, then, had to be polished and cleaned, to be made speckless of dust, or of anything which could cast a shadow and hinder the rays from penetrating. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Andrew Lang In neither passage cited is anything said about resting the lower rim “on the ground,” and in the second passage the warrior is actually advancing. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

She would have liked to feel him near by, and yet she welcomed anything that took her husband out of the house. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Anthony Trollope Why on earth had Miss Baker not told him of this? “And what did you think of Caroline?” asked Mr. Bertram. “Think of her?” said George. “Perhaps you did not think anything about her at all. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

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

John Galsworthy It’s not as if you had anything of your own. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Say nothing about it, and mind you don’t meddle with anything else. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

If you want anything you can ring. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Wilkie Collins I suppose nothing was said or done to frighten her? You were not talking of anything very terrible, were you?” “Oh no, miss!” said the girl, laughing. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

He was feeling rather tired, and it was an effort to pay attention to anything which he did not know by heart. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

D. H. Lawrence The hand was gone, all sign of anything was gone, but upheaving water. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Frederick Marryat Will you take anything before you go to bed?” “Indeed I will, for I am hungry; anything will do, with a pint of wine. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Charles Dickens I fear he is not to be reclaimed; there is scarcely a hope that anything in his character or fortunes is reparable now. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

The other one can’t be anything much. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

I can see what you mean by complaining of the shapes, though honestly I never thought of anything of the sort, and I’ll do something. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Gissing It isn’t painful to me—oh! anything but painful!” They sat down. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope She is anything but rich herself, and is the last person of all the world to make a fuss about money. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anthony Trollope I never saw anything like — like lightness with her, with any man. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Could anything be more laudable — or less lovable? He abandons his girl at the order of his father, and sums it up that he “sighs as a lover but obeys as a son. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Arthur Morrison I couldn’t make out what was up at first — didn’t tumble to it’s bein’ the bread he was frightened of, seein’ as he looked like a man as ‘ud be frightened at anything else afore that. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Swear to me that you will not second them in anything — but that you will defend her when possible, as I would have done myself. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Henry Kingsley But I must say that I never for one moment thought that she was anything more than light-headed. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Henry James Her disclosure made me for a moment muse violently, and I dare say that during that moment I wondered if anything else in the world makes people so gross as unselfishness. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Nellie Bly I never felt anything so annoying as that wool blanket as I tried to keep it around my shoulders to stop the chills from getting underneath. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

G. K. Chesterton It was rather that it was unlike anything she had ever associated with the word. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

I told her the master was with Lord Castlemallard since yesterday evening, on business, and don’t you say anything else; keep her quiet, do ye mind, and humour her. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton She had looked out so often on that lifeless circle, and wondered if anything could ever happen to anyone who was enclosed in it. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

As soon as anything interesting is to be said we are sent away to practise on the harp or spinet, and our music masters are always at least sixty years old and take snuff disgustingly. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

His fellow-aldermen would believe in anything rather than an heretical distaste for the city ambrosia of the soup tureen. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

There had been too many during her life, for I loved her better than anything in the world except my husband, who died when he was twenty-five and I was twenty-two. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

John Galsworthy That Kit should inherit an England worth living in was of more intrinsic importance than anything they proposed in the Commons and were unable to perform. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim I do not think that we ever passed beyond the ordinary terms of our relative positions into anything like intimacy. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle As I came in he gave quite a jump in his chair and turned quickly to Miss Stoper. “‘That will do,’ said he; ‘I could not ask for anything better. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Wilkie Collins If you have anything to say to my husband, he is ready to control himself and to hear you quietly, for my sake. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Henry Handel Richardson For, though foreign travel meant little to her, she was already determined that her children should not miss it — it, or anything else in life that was worth having. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim I only came to see if you had anything to tell me. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

I don’t intend that Juliet shall have anything more to do with her mother. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

But first I went rummaging in the back part to see if I could find anything to assist me. Prester John by John Buchan

Sinclair Lewis He doesn’t go out for anything, high stand or Dwight Hall or anything else. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins He could speak positively to the annoyance and interruption caused by the Indians, but not to anything else. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

They never read anything but a local paper, and local papers report London affairs in one line. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Charles Dickens Neither could I find out anything concerning it among the trades-people or otherwise; further than what Trottle had told me at first. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

It never gives up anything that gets into it. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Andrew Lang Do you know anything about them?’ ‘I don’t know anything myself, but wait till to-morrow. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. Rider Haggard All I have to say is, if the Snake they talk so much about is anything like those which are tattooed upon the old priests’ breasts, I have no wish to make a nearer acquaintance with it. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Henry Adams He never did anything else so foolish but he was given a bit of education which served him some purpose in life. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Virginia Woolf They say it’s different from anything else. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

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]

Guy de Maupassan They are incapable of attaching themselves in anything to that degree that existence is illumined by the happiness of comprehending it. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Bram Stoker Mother cried out in a fright, and struggled up into a sitting posture, and clutched wildly at anything that would help her. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

G. K. Chesterton All parties were quite sober, and had indeed obtained no opportunity to be anything else. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Jules Verne No one said anything in answer to this observation, and even Bell, the carpenter himself, would not have known what to answer. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

If I could think of anything to make me cry. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

John Galsworthy It’s like food or clothes, or anything else in civilisation. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope If there was anything to be known he would like to know it. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton He had promised to write as soon as there was anything definite to say, and had left her his address, and asked her to write also. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Rudyard Kipling They told me he was always glad to see ’em, and he’d hear ’em out to the end if they had anything on their minds. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Thomas Hardy Seeing Christopher bustling about the house without assistance, he asked if he could do anything to aid his host. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson And no man, it may be added, was ever anything but a wet blanket and a cross to his companions who boasted not a copious spirit of enjoyment. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Galsworthy They returned to the house less talkative, followed this time by the dog Balthasar, walking more slowly than anything on earth, and clearly expecting them not to exceed his speed limit. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I trust you have an attendant? Can I do anything for you? Cold, this morning. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Jane Austen I do not want to add to anything you may now be feeling, by an account of what he has felt. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Arthur Conan Doyle Do you know anything about odyllic force, doctor?” “No, I do not,” I replied, glancing sharply at him to see if there were any signs of his delirium returning. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Virginia Woolf She could not deny that the surface of her feeling was absolutely unruffled by anything in William’s character; on the contrary, she felt certain that she could deal with whatever turned up. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

This document, and the prompt personal visit of the two men, and above all, the known identity of the Franciscan, satisfied Heathcote as fully as anything short of complete publicity could have done. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

William Hope Hodgson It is of some interest to me now, psychologically, to remember how that rising and falling lantern brought home to me more than anything the incomprehensible dreadful strangeness of it all. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

I can’t think of anything else. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope Indeed if Mr. Morton would not do anything further in the matter, neither would he. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling You see, the writer class in India has never till now aspired to anything like command. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

I believe I have told you as much before; but a settled opinion of anything will naturally lead one into the same manner of expressing one’s thoughts. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

George Gissing The day was anything but cheerful; at times a stray flake of snow hissed upon the fire; already, at three o’clock, shadows were invading the room. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You’d better go and complain to Mr. Slattery, if there’s anything not to your liking. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

It is a peculiarity of English travellers that they do not really believe in the existence of anything outside the smart hotels. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

She never said anything about it, nor, as a consequence, did anybody else; it being a certain rule in this world that what is not made of vivid personal importance will cease to be of social interest. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Charles Dickens A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Arnold Bennett Constance could not think of anything to say. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope I don’t mind for myself, but I should be so unhappy if there were anything of a commotion. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

No one ought to do anything with which the king is unacquainted, especially those who belong to the court. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Well — Look here now, you can’t do anything till Monday. If there are any developments I will let you know. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Francis Bacon And better surely it is that we should know all we need to know, and yet think our knowledge imperfect, than that we should think our knowledge perfect, and yet not know anything we need to know. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

And Puddock, we must drink a bowl of punch together — you and I— or something — anything — what you please. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling He peopled the hills with anything thev had a mind to slay — thar, ibex, or markhor, and bear by Elisha’s allowance. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

George Eliot But — so blind sometimes are parents — neither Mr. nor Mrs. Palfrey suspected that Penny would have anything to say to a tradesman of questionable rank whose youthful bloom was much withered. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

Elizabeth Gaskell He had been too long in command over men at sea to like to be directed by a woman in anything he undertook, even though that woman was my lady. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Madame, keen-sighted enough in other respects, did not, however, at first see anything extraordinary in it. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry James In a certain sense, it seemed to Newman, M. Nioche might be at rest; his daughter might do something very audacious, but she would never do anything foolish. The American by Henry James [1877]

She wondered whether anything would come into sight. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Sinclair Lewis But she was still distantly civil as they arrived in Grand Republic toward six, in a dusk that even the friendly sight of the tall Pv elevators could not make anything but cold and dark. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Dice would do anything in his present mood, and that shooting this evening was as cool a piece of impudence as I’ve ever known. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

They were all in for a picnic now — or something worse than a picnic — if there is anything worse. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Thomas Hardy I never could do anything of that sort; I could never get over my fear of a horse. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Charles Kingsley I suppose we shall find out some day how it happened; for we must never despair of finding out anything which depends on facts. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

F. Scott Fitzgerald You can buy anything at a drug-store nowadays. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ford Madox Ford But I’m forgetting that the girl is not your mistress unless anything has happened since I saw you . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson Once it broke inside the ship, but I seized hold of it in time — the weight being hardly anything — and the line for the nonce was saved. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton It was deeply distasteful to him to do anything melodramatic and conspicuous, anything Mr. van der Luyden would have deprecated and the club box condemned as bad form. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

I know neither you nor Tiny have had anything to do with it — so far as you are aware; but Tiny must have told him we were coming here, and this is his roundabout dodge of seeing her again. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

I never saw anything half so neat during all the months I was in the Bush before. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Sinclair Lewis Only a bumpkin with a mental age of ten thinks anything about that, nowadays. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

He’s been dropping in for a drink now for quite a fair number of week-ends, but except on Saturdays and Sundays we never see anything of him. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

The train stopped for five minutes at Basingstoke, and Brian offered his wife tea, lemonade, anything which the refreshment-room could produce, but she declined everything. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Olaf Stapledon Of course, though he treated her always with a very special consideration and respect, he had never (he supposed) encouraged her to hope for anything more intimate. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Hardly anything definite is known of them. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

She secretly reserved to herself the right to tell Charlotte anything she pleased. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Though he had scoffed boldly at all the professor had told him about Gilbert Larose, some enquiries he had made at one of his clubs had been anything but reassuring. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

He would have been glad of half a quid, anything . The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

George MacDonald The darkness had given way, and the eastern horizon was growing dimly clearer, when I caught sight of a motion rather than of anything that moved — not far from me, and close to the ground. Lilith by George MacDonald

Louis Pasteur We have met with butyric fermentations of lactate of lime which did not yield the minutest trace of hydrogen, or anything besides carbonic acid. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

William Makepeace Thackeray My wife, who respected Mrs. B. more than anything else in the world, set her a chair, offered her a glass of wine, and vowed it was very kind of her to come. Cox’s Diary by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

It is only if the truth of this statement of yours to Lady Roding is denied point-blank that we may have to bring up anything about those other desecrated graves. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Anthony Trollope You were very angry, you know, when you parted from me last at Littlebath.” “If there be anything for me to forgive, I do forgive it with all my heart; with all my heart. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She doesn’t understand the interference of international history with her amusements! First of all, have you anything fresh to report?” “Nothing very definite, sir,” Grant acknowledged. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. G. Wells But do you know anything of the slow, persistent, intellectual revolt in which these men played their parts? Ultimately observation was liberated. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

G. K. Chesterton But it will accept anything without authority. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

The two of them were quite symmetrical, but they were clubbed out into an extraordinary globular shape which made them more like a horse’s hoof than anything human. Collected Essays by George Orwell

George Gissing Micklethwaite would talk of anything but that which his companion most desired to hear. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins After having shaken hands, neither he nor I had apparently anything more to say. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

George Eliot I don’t believe there’s anything you can’t prevail on people to do with kindness. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Gissing And I think it very improbable indeed that I should repent it if anything led me to indulge such an impulse. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope Your Lordship couldn’t do anything for me? We was very much together at one time, my Lord.’ ‘Yes, Major Tifto, we were. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Oh, curse it, isn’t anything in the world simple? Well, let’s go to the office, and I’ll begin to do things conscientiously and all wrong. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Rudyard Kipling What will we do wid our women-folk?” ‘“Fetch my throlly!” sez I; “my heart’s sick in my ribs for a wink at anything wid the Quane’s uniform on ut. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

She’ll be thinking no one knows anything about it, and it’s just likely she’ll be going off with a lot of things which don’t belong to her and hiding them there. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

He has a great deal to say too about the world, and is much given to opining, especially if he has taken anything strong to drink, that there is nothing in it worth living for. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Henry James I should never have thought of anything if it hadn’t been for him. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Henry James Of anything you were to say in your present state of mind you would live most bitterly to repent. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Walter Besant This project of Jenny’s contrivance was so simple, and seemed so easy, that it completely took possession of my mind, and for a time I could think scarce of anything else. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Andrew Lang And the old woman who had been the prince’s nurse became nurse to the prince’s children — at least she was called so; though she was far too old to do anything for them but love them. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Morrison This particular fence, by-the-bye, never bought anything himself. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Second, such an opinion must not be contradicted by anything else I am aware of. The Meaning of Truth by William James