Phrases with "basis"

Robert Louis Stevenson Yes, my landlord, you have it in your power, if you be poor, to lay the basis of your fortune; if you be unknown, to capture honour at one snatch. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells But once this vast change-over was made and its permanence assured by the reconstruction of education on a basis of world history and social science, the task of a militant World-State was at an end. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

She often left the Deberles plunged in sadness, full of despair when she thought how fragile and unstable was the basis of human love. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Anthony Trollope I only wish that she had a more secure basis for her happiness. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Maria Edgeworth It was in vain he represented that his affection had not been created, and could not be annihilated, by such trifles; that it rested on the solid basis of esteem. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

We will now turn to the more intellectual emotions and faculties, which are very important, as forming the basis for the development of the higher mental powers. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Theodore Dreiser But, since I do have them, I thought I might as well mention them as a basis for a possible talk and compromise between us. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

On his first discovery of his situation, he had determined to take the utmost care of his health and intellect that the place allowed, as the sole basis of his hope of deliverance. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Jack London And on no day did they succeed in making more than half the distance used by the men as a basis in their dog-food computation. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Ford Madox Ford It seemed to her idiotic not to have remembered Henry VIII and the basis upon which Protestantism rests. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Electrical measurements, as you know, are the basis of electrical science, and Fechner’s measurements in galvanism, performed with the simplest self-made apparatus, are classic to this day. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

H. G. Wells It was clear that Benham was grappling with a crisis upon a basis of inadequate experience. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Jack London The “soul-snatchers” (as these men call all religious propagandists), should study the physiological basis of psychology a little, if they wish to make their efforts more effective. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

The practice is of course in great measure a matter of polite usage; but the basis of polite usage is, in turn, the proclivities of the class which sets the pace in polite usage. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Oscar Wilde The basis of optimism is sheer terror. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Bronislaw Malinowski So that the existence of this physiological and social basis of kinship may be taken as granted. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

The basis of his Conservatism was always the danger of undermining a system which had answered so well. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

George Gissing As on a previous occasion, he spoke of the artistic instincts which made the basis of his nature, and went on to sketch a plan of æsthetic education, such as he hoped some day to carry into effect. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

We must have an all-Russian basis for the rising; and on the 6th all the delegates to the Congress will not have arrived. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Theodore Dreiser In such feeble tendencies, be it known, such outworking of desire to reproduce life, lies the basis of all dramatic art. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The basis of the imperial idea inspired him with suspicion and hostility. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Tobias Smolle You, the freemen of England, are the basis of that excellent constitution which hath long flourished the object of envy and admiration. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

It was neither wise nor just to insult foreign nations with assumptions which no longer stood upon any basis of reality. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Religion was the basis of their polity, the very condition, as it were, of their social existence. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

And upon no other intellectual basis could the dominion of the Party be made permanent. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Bronislaw Malinowski The woman’s work appears as the chief basis of the economy of the Australian household. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Leon Trotsky PARIS. “I suggest to all the members of the editorial board that they co-optate ’Pero’ as a member of the board on the same basis as other members. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The procurator’s wife took Porthos into an adjoining room, and they began to lay the basis of a reconciliation. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Sports shade off from the basis of hostile combat, through skill, to cunning and chicanery, without its being possible to draw a line at any point. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

On this select basis he had built up his small library—Defoe, Hakluyt, Hazlitt and the essayists, Boswell, some indifferent romances and a shelf of spirited poetry. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu THERE was, as Cleve knew, a basis of truth in all that Mr. Dingwell had said, which made his voice more grating, his eye more alarming, and his language more disgusting. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Henry James The othersthose one meets on a basis of mere convenience — are much more exciting; they keep one’s temper in healthy exercise. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

But it was a basis which in principle every one of any account as yet held or professed to hold, and which Bacon himself held on grounds of philosophy and reason. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

H.P. Lovecraft Without question we are faced with the remains of an unknown civilization older than any dreamed of before, and forming a basis for your legends. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Gaston Leroux However, in the disturbed state of my mind, I did go into the deserted court and did look at all the footprints I could find there, seeking for some indication, as a basis for reasoning. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Henry James Everything, at the stage they had reached, directly helped her, because everything betrayed in him such a basis of intention. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

G. K. Chesterton She heartily approved of that; indeed it had been almost the basis of her approval. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

D. H. Lawrence I don’t want marriage on a basis of love. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

H. Rider Haggard The instinct of robbery is perhaps the strongest in human nature, and those who would rule humanity on its present basis must pander to it or fail. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Ralph Waldo Emerson The basis of good manners is self-reliance. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Olaf Stapledon In such worlds the organic basis of intelligence was often a swarm of avian creatures no bigger than sparrows. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London In my rags and tatters I escaped the pestilence of tipping, and encountered men on a basis of equality. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Bronislaw Malinowski The problem of territorial division is only the basis for our main question, viz. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Sigmund Freud As Lipps has said, the unconscious must be accepted as the general basis of the psychic life. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Affection and kindness were the basis of their pleasant partnership. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Edgar Allan Poe The fact in question is indeed the basis of the Eye-Sore trade. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

These two last provisions might be said to form the basis of all his operations. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope Whether they return to their homes, or again take up arms, matters little; they must all be destroyed, for blood alone can establish the Republic on a basis which can never be overturned. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

It had long been realized that the only secure basis for oligarchy is collectivism. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

It is, as I said, a frightening trait; and the basis of all criminal personality. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Not he! Cold reason, he boasted, was the basis of his optimism. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Indeed, his success was founded psychologically upon his duel with Tommy Barban, upon the basis of which, as it withered in his memory, he had created, afresh, a new self-respect. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gertrude Stein She understands very well the basis of creation and therefore her advice and criticism is invaluable to all her friends. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Sinclair Lewis Knowing nothing, never learning much, of the actual details of medicine, yet she understood — better it may be than Angus Duer — his philosophy and the basis of his work. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Edith Wharton All human beings ought to have things to say to each other, if only they meet on the broad basis of humanity and . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

At this time and until much later the Catalan militias were still on the same basis as they had been at the beginning of the war. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Olaf Stapledon But they do not afford adequate grounds for denying the objective basis of morality. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

I wish for my Prince a great, noble, warm, and true heart, such as shall serve as the richest and surest basis for the noblest views of human nature, and the firmest resolve to give them development. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

While he demanded the basis of reality for his personages, he at the same time, with a true instinct, rejected all that fell within the period of well-ascertained history. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

H. G. Wells But your theories are excellent, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t be made the basis of our new political education . The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The first-named cult stands on a somewhat different basis from the others, the beneficent activities of Osiris being more widely diffused, more universal in their operation. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

H. G. Wells We’ve no language yet for religious truth or metaphysical truth; we’ve no basis yet broad enough and strong enough on which to build. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Robert Green Ingersoll He was one of the few great enough to rise above the superstition and prejudice of his time, and to know that experience, observation and reason are the only basis of knowledge. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Moreover, he had not vanished next morning; he had risen with the lark, and was preparing breakfast, having made his estimates upon a basis of most immoderate consumption. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

But this would provide only the economic and not the emotional basis for a hierarchical society. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope He was certainly a man not standing on the solid basis of land, or of the Three Per Cents — those solidities to which such as the Whartons and the Fletchers are wont to trust. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Each was reassured of the old basis of ‘decency’ in the other. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

It has invented others which form the basis of long series of well-known composite substances. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Elizabeth Von Arnim Besides, passion, Fanny was sure, was a thoroughly bad basis for marriage. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

William Morris All ideas of peace on a basis of compromise had disappeared on either side. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Anthony Trollope He did not scruple to speak to the old man of these things; but he spoke of them rather as dreams, or as distant hopes, than as being the basis of any purpose of his own. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Advertisement, rewards, and inquiries proved equally fruitless, and nothing could be found which was solid enough to form the basis for a profitable investigation. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

It is light and lively; but one short specimen affords no basis for general criticism. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope That State basis, as opposed to a basis of population in the Upper House of Congress, has been the one great political weapon, both of offense and defense, in the hands of the Democratic party. North America by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton It is the utterance of that bitter and heartrending period of youth which comes before we realise the one grand and logical basis of all optimism — the doctrine of original sin. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope Miss Mackenzie found that the carriage arrangement had been fixed upon a new and more settled basis since her last visit. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Unless a man secures his financial basis for his work, he can’t do his work. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

I will make this the basis of my teaching. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

As boys, they had little in common upon which to rest the basis of a friendship, or even a mutual liking. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rafael Sabatini The men were no longer accustomed to the goad of his voice, their confidence in his judgment was not built upon the sound basis of past experience. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Leon Trotsky But the factory soon supplied the whole district with wicks and then closed down, and the duck again became the basis of the family’s well-being. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The basis of all ecclesiastical power rests upon fear. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

H. G. Wells An order which is only possible therefore on a basis of knowledge and education such as only a few of us are beginning to realise is attainable. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Elizabeth Gaskell To be sure, he needs some of the knowledge of the past, which gives the truest basis for conjecture as to the future; but he knows this need — he perceives it, and that is something. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Many other aspects of nature are made the basis for supernatural folk-tales too numerous to mention. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Algernon Blackwood The world, of course, asks for some plausible basis to which it can attach credence — something it can, at least, pretend to explain. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Charles Stur The basis of the country was sandstone, on which clay rested in a thin layer, and on this clay the sandy ridges reposed. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Theodore Dreiser His present plan was to pretend a marital contentment which had no basis solely in order to make this transition period as undisturbed as possible. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James She had done for him, that is, what her instinct enjoined; had laid a basis not merely momentary on which he could meet her. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Andrew Lang At present the anthropological hypothesis of ancestor-worship as the basis, perhaps (as in Mr. Spencer’s theory) the only basis of religion, affects observers. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Arnold Bennett Cyril had struck at the very basis of society. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Goldwin Smith Rousseau is conscious of the necessity of some such institution as slavery, by way of basis for his beautiful life according to nature. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Her character was so marked and her manner so simple that few gave attention to the intellect that was the real basis of her power. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

John Ruskin These inconveniences, however, attach to gold as a basis of currency on account of its portability and preciousness. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Thomas Hardy I am content to build happiness on any accidental basis that may lie near at hand; you are for making a world to suit your happiness. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

H. G. Wells Local topography can form the basis of geography. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Oscar Wilde The domestic virtues are not the true basis of art, though they may serve as an excellent advertisement for second-rate artists. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Augustine Birrell Ral. Once more, great queen, thy darling strive to save, Snatch him again from scandal and the grave; Present to ’s thoughts his long-scorned parliament, The basis of his throne and government. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Anthony Trollope He, too, liked his party, and was fond of loyal men; but he had learned at last that all loyalty must be built on a basis of self-advantage. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle It is the scientific use of the imagination, but we have always some material basis on which to start our speculation. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Henry James When you’ve got them all, some day, and I’ve become a great swell too, we’ll meet on that solid basis and you’ll be glad I’ve been dreadful now. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Theodore Dreiser I think a general union of all the companies is desirable, but it will have to be on a basis of one, two, three, or four shareswhatever is decided — at par for all stock involved. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells Further, his hair was black, his face rosy, and his eye a fiery brown; and his coat was chiefly of grease upon a basis of velveteen. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

There is no religion in the world that has any other basis than hearsay evidence. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

H. G. Wells However, going on her assumed basis she managed to be very pale, concise and tight-lipped at any mention of her son-in-law, and to put a fervour of helpless devotion into her embraces of her daughter. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Meredith Do but stretch a hand to the touch of earth in you, and you spring upon combative manhood again, from the basis where all are equal. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Theodore Dreiser Disposed as she then was to calculate upon that vague basis which allows the subtraction of one sum from another without any perceptible diminution, she was happy. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis He advised Conrad Lyte to purchase this lot, for eleven thousand dollars, though an appraisal on a basis of rents did not indicate its value as above nine thousand. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Baldwin Spencer Starting from this basis the customs, as we find them now developed, may be supposed to have followed one or other of two lines. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Algernon Blackwood They rest upon a basis of indubitable experience; and they remain — inexplicable. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

In any community where such an invidious comparison of persons is habitually made, visible success becomes an end sought for its own utility as a basis of esteem. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Oscar Wilde Its basis is the lack of imagination. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The man who relinquishes confidence in his good faith gives up the best basis for future operations. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Washington Irving His great qualities lose their novelty, we become too familiar with the common materials which form the basis even of the loftiest character. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

H. G. Wells But in Russia this has to be done on a basis of uncontrollable peasant production, with a population temperamentally indisciplined and self-indulgent. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Arthur Schopenhauer However varied the forms that human happiness and misery may take, leading a man to seek the one and shun the other, the material basis of it all is bodily pleasure or bodily pain. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Henry Kingsley Here was the basis of a new tale, Ode, Epic, Saga, or what you may please to call it, which he Burnside, the bard, should sing at each fireside throughout the land. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

George Gissing It may be so, or not; I have long known the idleness of advocating reform on a basis of personal predilection. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Variability is the necessary basis for the action of selection, and is wholly independent of it. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Henry Adams In truth, his chief trouble came not from the ratio in volume of heat, but from the intensity, since he could get no basis for a ratio there. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

You may be sure Mr. Adams had some basis for his idiosyncrasies. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Mr. Massy knew something of the scientific basis of his clever trick. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Julian Hawthorne I was buried alive to all intents and purposes, and the chance of my ever being disinterred rested upon a basis of probability so narrow, that I judged it wisest not to hope. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

H. G. Wells It is only I think the basis and matter of society, not its shape and life and reality, but it had to be apprehended before I could get on to more actual things. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Henry James He has not the least idea what she really is, and she has no just comprehension of Mr. Bantling.” “There’s no more usual basis of union than a mutual misunderstanding. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Arnold Bennett She admitted that he was the basis of the evening, that without him she could never have such triumphs. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Thomas Hardy For, Elfride, a secret of no importance at all may be made the basis of some fatal misunderstanding only because it is discovered, and not confessed. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

It may have had a basis in fact. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

The Christian churches would probably not survive on their own merits if their economic basis were destroyed. Collected Essays by George Orwell

But, as if in the very teeth of my purpose, one of the large columns which supported the roof of the chapel, had its basis and lower part of the shaft in this very pew. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Henry Handel Richardson Their seeming reluctance had no basis in fact; for it was an unwritten law that every one who could must add his mite; and only those who literally had “not a note of music in them” were exempt. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

The atomic bomb may complete the process by robbing the exploited classes and peoples of all power to revolt, and at the same time putting the possessors of the bomb on a basis of military equality. Collected Essays by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton But long before he was a botanist, still less an eminent botanist, he had begun, so to speak, on a basis of mushrooms and truffles. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Joseph Furphy Fit basis for many an ancient system of Theology — unscientific, if you will, but by no means contemptible. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

H. G. Wells It is of vital importance to keep these two questions distinct, if we are to get at last to a basis for effective action. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Thomas Love Peacock A few to think, and many to act; that is the only basis of perfect society. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

H. G. Wells She felt this gave her a basis for Plessingtonian justifications. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Helen Zimmern She knew not that excellent as utilitarianism is in its place and sphere, there is something more, something beyond, that is needed to form the basis upon which human actions are set in motion. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Rudyard Kipling The basis of it is a tank about the size of a swimming-bath, with a catchment of several hundred square yards, draining through leeped channels. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

James Clerk Maxwell The earth has been measured as a basis for a permanent standard of length, and every property of metals has been investigated to guard against any alteration of the material standards when made. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

H. G. Wells Quite parallel with that double basis for a world plan, I wanted to say, there is a third great system of possible co-operation in the Spanish-speaking community. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Henry James To name her father, on any such basis of anxiety, of compunction, would be to do the impossible thing, to do neither more nor less than give Charlotte away. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Bronislaw Malinowski And we may usually, in case of contradiction, take this information as the firm basis from which to start the operation of criticism. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

But, on the other hand, as long as he perform his functions wisely and well, his good-will resting on the solid basis of the good-will of his customers, he will be protected. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

Oscar Wilde The security of society lies in custom and unconscious instinct, and the basis of the stability of society, as a healthy organism, is the complete absence of any intelligence amongst its members. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Theodore Dreiser I recall that you were willing to compromise on a half-and-half basis with me before, and I was wondering whether you were still of that mind. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Nellie Bly The basis or plot of the play was a tale of love and tragedy. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Henry James He made them, indeed — few men made more — but he made them as a basis for variation. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

But it is always possible to cooperate so long as it is upon a basis of common interests. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

What men need is, as much knowledge as they can assimilate and organise into a basis for action; give them more and it may become injurious. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Virginia Woolf I can remember — what an age ago it seems! — settling the basis of a future state with the present Secretary for India. We thought ourselves very wise. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I really had not the energy to follow it up save in a very incomplete fashion, but it gave me a basis for some pleasing speculations. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Walter Crane It might also be used as the geometric basis of an elaborate repeating wall-pattern over a large surface. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Ralph Waldo Emerson We must have a basis for our higher accomplishments, our delicate entertainments of poetry and philosophy, in the work of our hands. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

George Gissing On a basis of assumptions such as these, there was every possibility of profitable commerce without any approach to technical fraud. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Henry Handel Richardson You are too naive, Maurice, too unsuspecting—one of those people who would like to carry on social intercourse on a basis of absolute truth, and then be surprised that it came to an end. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Noble morality! But thus is the understanding of the whole sex affronted, and their virtue deprived of the common basis of virtue. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Arnold Bennett Further, she found herself ignorant of many matters which by the other guests were taken for granted and used as a basis for conversation. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Meredith What if the Cogglesby Brewery proved a basis most unsound? Where must they fall then? Alas! on that point whence they sprang. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

She noted bitterly that his old evenness of temper, the gay placidity that made so delightful a basis for their joint happiness, had absolutely disappeared. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Distributed to all bourgeois households in Moscow by the Moscow Military Revolutionary Commitee, so as to provide a basis for the requisition of clothing for the Army and the poor workers. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

H. G. Wells For a World Encyclopaedia that was kept alive and up to date by the frequent re-issue of its volumes, could be made the basis of much fundamental discussion and controversy. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Anthony Trollope It was not all noble; but there was beneath it a basis of nobility. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

It is a part through the sorrow of life, growing out of dark events, that this basis of awe and solemn darkness slowly accumulates. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Fiction gives no basis for such hope. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H.P. Lovecraft Temperament rather than ancestry was evidently the basis of this cult, for it was entered by several who married into the family. The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

Biology was in so early a stage that a theory had often of necessity to be founded on a very slight basis of facts. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Bram Stoker How these are connected with the main story is impossible to say after the lapse of centuries; but in all probability there is a basis of ancient belief in all that has been added. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H. G. Wells Upon such a basis it becomes possible to consider the practicability of the endowment of general literature. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arnold Bennett The sale demonstrated that football had not entirely undermined the commercial basis of society in Bursley; only two Lots had to be withdrawn. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Leon Trotsky The basis of the revolution is the land question. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Abraham Merri It was Herbert Spencer who pointed out that there is a basis of fact in every myth and legend of man. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

To hold that this general aversion to that liquid has no basis in the preservative instinct of the race is to be unscientific — and without science we are as the snakes and toads. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

The basis of their diet, therefore, is white bread and margarine, corned beef, sugared tea, and potatoes — an appalling diet. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Jane Austen Mrs. Weston was the object of a regard which had its basis in gratitude and esteem. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Any such consumption by others can take place only on a basis of sufferance. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

G. K. Chesterton Monarchy in its healthiest days had the same basis as democracy: the belief in human nature when entrusted with power. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Henry David Thoreau It seemed that from such a basis of truth and frankness as the poor weak-headed pauper had laid, our intercourse might go forward to something better than the intercourse of sages. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

H.P. Lovecraft People did not seem to notice his glances, but they noticed my fear; and after his disappearance used that as a basis for some absurd suspicions. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

And there is usually some basis for their joylessness; they don’t have general melancholia with no grounds for it. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H.P. Lovecraft Thus, a basis existed for the formation of a fixed type of delusion. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Leon Trotsky At the time of my exile, Marxism had definitely become the basis of my philosophy. My Life by Leon Trotsky

A vast analogical series, in which the basis of the analogy consists of facts directly observable in ourselves. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

The young chief again deprecated the existence of hostilities between brethren of the same family, and proposed an accommodation of the quarrel on the same basis as before. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

H. G. Wells He may admit the need of variety, but he may argue that this variety must arise from a basis of common endowment. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Another story which has the characteristics of great work is Grant Allen’s “John Creedy.” So good a story upon so philosophic a basis deserves a place among the best. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Mark Twain Could Circumstance have ordered another dweller in that town to go to the Amazon and open up a world-trade in coca on a fifty-dollar basis and been obeyed? No, I was the only one. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Henry David Thoreau Though a constant one, it is not commonly noticed, and, in the case of an excitable imagination like Cellini’s, it would be basis enough for superstition. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Theodore Dreiser An old habit which had grown on him in the years of his prosperity of putting his hand to his mouth and of opening his eyes in an assumption of surprise, which had no basis in fact, now grew upon him. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

For Cecily it was so simple; prearranged by nature like her digestion, one could not see any logical basis for difficulties. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Sinclair Lewis He went over the country preaching to his people that they must be “realistic,” and make what future they could; not in some Utopian fantasy but on the inescapable basis of the ban against them. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

That point is that it is high time for the basis of discussion in these questions to be broadened and thickened up. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Adam Smith formerly argued, as has Mr. Bain recently, that the basis of sympathy lies in our strong retentiveness of former states of pain or pleasure. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Washington Irving James sought to found the basis of his power in the affections of his people. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Thomas Carlyle He has a basis of sincerity; unrecognized, because never questioned or capable of question. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Olaf Stapledon The basis of the Japanese revolution must be strictly materialistic, and its emotional drive must come from hate of the oppressor, not from metaphysical delusions. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Jean-Jacques Rousseau SINCE no man has a natural authority over his fellow, and force creates no right, we must conclude that conventions form the basis of all legitimate authority among men. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Catherine Helen Spence A bi-metallic basis was introduced into most of the European nations as a stop-gap, but that was not satisfactory, and finally, other solid security was taken. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

In altar-wise, a stately pile they rear; The basis broad below, and top advanc’d in air. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden