Phrases with "believed"

Maria Edgeworth He believed the story to be true, for it was constructed with unparalleled ingenuity, and developed with consummate art. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Jan Neruda I am happy!” They believed in health and happiness. Vampire by Jan Neruda

George Meredith I could have believed him to be a fairy prince who had charmed me. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

That he believed to be the real snag, and he felt himself unequal to coping with it. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

George Eliot He believed that God had committed to the Church the sacred lamp of truth for the guidance and salvation of men, and he saw that the Church, in its corruption, had become a sepulchre to hide the lamp. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Robert Louis Stevenson Where your father failed, will you be wiser or more fortunate? or are you, too, helpless in the toils?’ I had followed his words with changing emotion, but now I believed I understood. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Misanthropes, we believed ourselves to be; but I have thought since that we were only sulky fellows. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

She said he had been a friend of Ellister and she believed Ellister knew where he was, though he wouldn’t tell her. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

George Eliot And he believed that there was no one besides himself who would or could make Harold any wiser. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Henry James He believed it would take care of itself; it wouldn’t last forever. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Willa Cather He believed that whatever he hoped for was destined not to be; that his affection brought ill-fortune, especially to the young; that if he held anything in his thoughts, he harmed it. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

On the contrary, he believed that they had been the means of diffusing very incorrect and imperfect notions on the subject. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Robert Green Ingersoll An old saint believed that hell was in the interior of the earth, and that the rotation of the earth was caused by the souls trying to get away from the fire. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

Perceiving me to be silent and tranquil, my Attendants believed my delirium to have abated, and that my malady had taken a favourable turn. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Theodore Dreiser Here he was endowed with a peculiar brain and a certain amount of talent, and he had inherited a certain amount of wealth which he now scarcely believed he deserved, only luck had favoured him. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Jane Austen Must it not follow of course, that, when he was understood, he should succeed? He believed it fully. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Had he not enticed Castro out? He had never believed there was any one else in there. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anatole France He then thought of his young cousin, Angèle de La Garandine, whom he believed would be willingly bestowed upon him, as she had no property. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

Washington Irving Goldsmith replied that he had indulged in no personalities, and had only spoken what he believed to be the truth. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

But he believed that it was only because he did not raise his hand, nor determine on one true effort, that he was thus enslaved. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Rudyard Kipling We believed Big Hand and we went home again — we three braves. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Gertrude Stein Doctor Mall believed in everybody developing their own technique. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Arnold Bennett The Palace Porcelain Company, who had believed in the efficacy of printed advertising matter and expensive catalogues, owed Edwin a hundred and eighty pounds. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

He had been seen falling from his horse and had not been seen to rise; every one, therefore, believed him to be dead, especially those to whom his death would give promotion. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Anthony Trollope She was a sanguine old lady, who always believed that things would go right. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

James Anthony Froude The minister when he preached was, according to the theory, an instrument uttering the words not of himself but of the Holy Spirit. A man like Bunyan, who really believed this, might well be alarmed. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Olaf Stapledon He was not actually a Christian Scientist but he believed that the best cure for most diseases was a combination of prayer and a refusal to admit that one was ill. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft My fellow-officer, Lieutenant Kienze, believed that the thing was of great age and artistic value, so took it from the men for himself. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Anthony Trollope Could any wife live with a husband who declared to her face that he believed that she had a lover? And in this very letter he says that which almost repeats the accusation. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Lucy Maud Montgomery But I hadn’t then and I believed every word he said IMPLICITLY.” “Who said? Who are you talking about?” “The peddler that was here this afternoon. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

He, at least, was true to her; he, at least, believed in her perfection. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jules Verne He lived in Dundee, in Perthshire, Scotland. His father, a minister of St. Katrine’s Church, had given him a thorough education, as he believed that could never hurt anybody. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

George Meredith And she imagined that her husband favoured the Austrians. She believed he was an Austrian spy. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Andrew Lang After seeking me everywhere he believed that I must have been drowned, or eaten up by wild beasts in the forest. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson She brooded over it till she believed it to be her duty to reproduce every detail . Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

H. G. Wells For he no longer felt that universal attention he believed in at eighteen; it was beginning to dawn on him indeed that quite a number of people were entirely indifferent to the fact of his existence. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

G. K. Chesterton This he had been born too late actually to inaugurate, but he believed at least, that he had considerably improved it. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Anthony Trollope A man who has really believed does not lose by a sudden blow the firm convictions of his soul. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

He did this at first with pleasure, indeed with unconcealed exultation, condescending to say that he believed I was “bonne et pas trop faible” (i. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

She has cried ‘Wolf’ too often before to expect to be believed now. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Every thing was believed to have been poisoned by the Devil; the waters of the wells, the standing corn in the fields, and the fruit upon the trees. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Why didn’t he know I had not burnt it?” “I believed in you,” said De Rivaz, his voice shaking. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Anthony Trollope They believed that it had been destroyed. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Henry James I knew you were not a spontaneous nature, but I believed you were firm, and I told your father that he would find you so. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was gone — all gone into the land of shadows; but for the moment it seemed so present in the old room, that Ruth believed her actual life to be the dream. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Morris, from beyond Cong, was here the other day, and from what he said about the floods it was easy to see that he believed it. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope I believed it then, or I shouldn’t have said them. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne It was quite evident he believed them irrevocably lost. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

D. H. Lawrence Sufficient that the girl herself worshipped Miss Frost: or believed she did. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Green Ingersoll I am sure the man who wrote it, believed darkness to be an entity, a something, a tangible thing that can be mixed with light. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

D. H. Lawrence For he believed in the inward soul, in the profound unconscious of man. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She believed him to be addicted to hunting, and therefore horses must be provided for him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

A woman appeared—the lady whom the waiter had said he believed was a Mrs. Jaynes, and who had advanced that curious story about a mask being made to imitate the human face. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

H. G. Wells He believed that Waterloo was won by the indirect influence of public school cricket—disregarding many other contributory factors. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

D.H. Lawrence Now Helena believed he was ill, perhaps very ill, perhaps she only could be of any avail. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

It was three years since the grave had closed upon her, and Edward Heathcote was still a widower, and was believed to have no thought of marriage. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Anthony Trollope Should she be persistent in refusing him, which he believed to be probable, then he would have shown himself desirous of carrying out his uncle’s wishes. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Meredith Fearless, confident, able, he could not but be, as he believed himself, indomitable. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Sir Walter Scott Credit me, friend, it hath been ever thus, Since the ark rested on Mount Ararat. False man hath sworn, and woman hath believed — Repented and reproach’d, and then believed once more. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Benjamin Disraeli He had always been kind to Endymion; she really believed sometimes that Lord Montfort was even a little attached to him. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

William Godwin Gifted and extraordinary persons in those ages believed that they were endowed with marvellous prerogatives, and acted upon that belief. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Virginia Woolf The suburban world of Putney had called her mad because she believed too much; the learned world of divinity had called him wicked because he believed too little. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Gaston Leroux From the day when he declared that my little Meg, the flesh of my flesh, the fruit of my womb, would be empress, I believed in him altogether. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Willa Cather He believed he was safe, for to-night. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

David Hume This very table, which we see white, and which we feel hard, is believed to exist, independent of our perception, and to be something external to our mind, which perceives it. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

They were, in the scholastic sense — which so oddly contradicts the modern use of the word “Realists.” They believed classes were REAL and independent of their individuals. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Did not this quizzing hide a determination not to be influenced by anything that he could say? He believed it did; and it was without the least deception that he commenced his pleading. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Guy de Maupassant Some spoke of a surprise planned by the Italians, others of the landing of the prince imperial and others again believed that there was an Orleanist conspiracy. Madame Parisse by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Wilkie Collins When she put the pen into my hand, I began the composition of the advertisement as obediently as if I, too, believed that John Jago was a living man. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Henry James I believed Mrs. Stan-nace still had money, though she pretended that, called upon at every turn to retrieve deficits, she had long since poured it into the general fund. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Guy de Maupassant His impression was that she was not very well at the present moment; he believed she was in the family way, but he was not quite sure. The Peddler (Le Colporteur) by Guy de Maupassant [1900]

That to Altiora was the normal sexual life, and she believed it to be the quality of the great bulk of the life about her. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Charles Dickens For I believed one of two other persons to have become possessed of it, and to have turned it to this cruel account. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

He thought he knew roughly where the deeper mere lay so as to avoid it, and with his three duck he started for where he believed Thomas to be. The Magic Walking Stick by John Buchan [1927]

D. H. Lawrence And she could easily have believed that she heard a faint, fine shivering, cracking, through the air, a delicate crackling noise. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Jane Austen All manner of solemn nonsense was talked on the subject, but I believed none of it. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

He believed these reports, and despised her; yet he could not see her without being moved at once with admiration and pity. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Arnold Bennett She ought to have obstinately believed that it was very grave. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

I am not sure that I believed all this tale, but there was one thing I couldn’t doubt — Valdemar believed it, and was sweating with terror. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Walter Scott He was, or believed himself, obliged in courtesy to take hold of her bridle, and assist her in managing the unruly animal. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

H. G. Wells We believed very gravely in the general sanity of things and we took the tide of easy success which had caught us up, as the due reward of our activity and efforts. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

A young boy opened it, saying he believed Mr. Ferrar was in his parlour. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Maria Edgeworth His guardian’s opinion swayed him powerfully, whenever he believed that it was not designed to influence him; when the opinion was repressed, he could not rest without drawing it out. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

But from what the young man had seen of Braddock’s longing for the especial sepulchre, which he desired to loot, he believed that the scientist would not readily surrender his whim. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Frances Hodgson Burnett Robin was there and each night she believed that a dead man came to her a seeming living being. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope When a man has walked for six months over stony ways in the same boots, he will be believed when he says that his boots are good boots. North America by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson As long as this laugh rang in his ears—to the bottom of the street, that is—he believed her. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope She believed that the man’s absurd notions would be overcome by continual social pressure. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Benjamin Disraeli That she was not the lovely simpleton that Madame Carolina believed her to be, he had little doubt. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Henry Fielding As we are here, by a certain fated necessity, obliged to confine ourselves to truth, I answered, I believed about 50,000,000. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

And whatever he did for himself, he believed that he was serving Essex. His scheming imagination and his indefatigable pen were at work. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

G. K. Chesterton And his national religion, even if he had believed in his religion as ardently as he believed in his nation, would never have met that particular point at issue. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Gissing She believed her power over him was absolute. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

He was materialist to the core; the things which he valued and believed in were the hard realities of this world. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch This took me some distance out of my way, but anything was preferable to the risk of meeting the lieutenant, and I believed that I had yet some minutes to spare before the second gunfire. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Anthony Trollope She and all her friends believed that the Earl had committed no such crime. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel She believed that he was still at the ball, and wondered that he was slow in coming, for he had said that he would be with her soon. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

H. G. Wells We believed it, yet could not believe it. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James She believed this would make no difference now — she had done what she had done. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

Anthony Trollope I am quite sure that Thackeray believed every word that he said in the lectures, and that he intended to put in the good and the bad, honestly, as they might come to his hand. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

H. G. Wells At the time I believed the former was the case. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

George Meredith I said I believed you would release me. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

In addition to a tenant which is believed to be welcome, the blue anemone has been shown to be troubled by multitudes of small crustaceans, the colour of which exactly matches that of their host. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope He had said that George was honest, and he believed it, as far as he could believe in honesty. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

San Jose was at that time believed to be haunted by the visible spirit of a noted bandit named Vasquez, who had been hanged there. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Instead, I stayed at home and wrote out a full account of the whole affair up to Medina’s appearance at Haripol, and I set down baldly what I believed to be his purpose. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Robert Green Ingersoll He had the courage to die for what he believed to be right. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope He believed those whom he wished to get under his hoof, the Grantlys and Gwynnes of the church, to be the enemies of that religion. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Comedy is believed to require the least pains, because it fetches its subjects from common life; but the less indulgence It meets with, the more labor it requires. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Rudyard Kipling I jammed a stick under the door and told you that I was burying Amomma alive in the potatoes, and you believed me. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jane Austen It would have all ended in a regular standing flirtation, in yearly meetings at Sotherton and Everingham.’ Could you have believed it possible? But the charm is broken. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Jack London I believed in the lordship of the mind over the body. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Obviously he believed it was the Palace Crescent lot who were responsible but they had not left a loose thread anywhere. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope It had been her misfortune that the story which he had told had been true;—and her further misfortune that her husband should have believed so much more than the truth. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Meredith He has, therefore, believed excessively in his ability to make use of her, and to counteract her baseness. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

I consider I brought off rather a creditable piece of acting, for he believed me. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Nellie Bly It was evident that he believed he was dealing with an insane person. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

A great, shuddering cry broke from them both; his head sank as though the bullet had already pierced his breast, and the man who believed him dead stood gazing at him, paralyzed with horror. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Clytia believed in intelligently prepared food, as she believed in intelligent instruction for her children; she would have thought it a crime to set an ignorant person over her kitchen. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

She was wont to say that for her part she liked only what was perfectly true, by which it is believed she meant prose. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

George Gissing She believed herself to have become indifferent to her husband, and only wondered that she did not hate him. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Ulric believed him, and they hastened to the church, all shouting and singing together for joy of such an easy victory. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Rudyard Kipling She had never believed in all those advanced views — though Miss Fowler herself leaned a little that way — of woman’s work in the world; but now she saw there was much to be said for them. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Jack London No matter what he and the Sanhedrim believed of the true inwardness of the situation, it was clear this rabble had been well tutored to believe that Rome was at the bottom of it. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

All the teachers had dreams of some lover; one (but she was naturally of a credulous turn) believed in a future husband. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope Then there came the witnesses as to character, and evidence was given as to Hester’s determination to remain with the man whom she believed to be her husband. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald But Dolly Karger, lying awake and staring at the ceiling, never again believed in anything at all. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Edgar Allan Poe He believed in George of Trebizonde — He believed in Bossarion. Bon-Bon was emphatically a — Bon-Bonist. I have spoken of the philosopher in his capacity of restaurateur. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

These sufferers hated the machines which they believed took their bread from them; they hated the buildings which contained those machines; they hated the manufacturers who owned those buildings. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

D. H. Lawrence He believed that Winifred had talent, he had seen Gudrun, he knew that she was an exceptional person. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

For the first time she believed what the Little One had said — that this man loved her. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Jane Austen If anybody had told me a year ago that this place would be my home, that I should be spending month after month here, as I have done, I certainly should not have believed them. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Bram Stoker The rumour was believed and the contradiction ignored; vehicles, horsemen and pedestrians pushed on to their destination. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H.P. Lovecraft The picture impressed him mightily with its likeness to his son, and he believed the boy deserved it as a present. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Anton Chekhov My nurse used to tell me fairy tales, and I believed in house-spirits, in wood-elves, and in goblins of all kinds. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

At one of the University visited at this time, he is believed to have secured the medical degree, of which he subsequently made use. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

George Gissing What he had just heard he believed the more readily because it so surprised him; it was one of those revelations of his wife’s superiority which abashed him without causing evil feeling. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

They believed that in so doing they were absorbing his strength and virtue, and his very vital spark, and all the warnings of the “white father” would not keep them from it. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Charles Dickens Whenever they came to a town which yielded readily, the soldiers believed in her; but, whenever they came to a town which gave them any trouble, they began to murmur that she was an impostor. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

I informed her very plainly that I believed him much too good for her, and intimated with equal plainness my impression that she was but a vain coquette. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Peter John’s first impulse was to dodge the cordon and get into the House. He believed that he could do it, for he must know the ground better than they did. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Our own agents there have been continually reporting to us a knowledge by the authorities of things and happenings that we believed to be among our most closely guarded secrets. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

George Gissing Since, she had uttered no word touching worldly matters; the woman believed that she was now unconscious. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Anthony Trollope That did not in the least shock Captain Clayton, who certainly would have believed nothing had the truth been told him without hesitation. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Willa Cather He had believed in her fine feelings; believed implicitly. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry James I noted that he came as fast as if he believed that Miss Bordereau was still in danger. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Robert Green Ingersoll They believed that animals were often taken possession of by devils, and that the killing of the animal would destroy the devil. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

She believed the order ready for execution. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Henry James I believed that if she should give up Mr. Tester she would suffer accordingly; but I did n’t think that a reason for not giving him up. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Margaret Oliphant They had been there all their lives; they never believed it possible that they would be sent away. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

In the meanwhile he had the satisfaction of finding that Mr. Dwerrihouse was universally believed to have absconded with the money, no one knew how or whither. The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards

I have always believed that the exact moment when the devil entered into Barrett was four forty-five p. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

George Gissing Mutimer, on the other hand, though fortune helped him to forbearance, saw, or believed he saw, the very essence of all he most hated in this proud-eyed representative of a county family. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Gaston Leroux I believed in the voice, but had never believed in the ghost. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

I believed that behind the skins there was a horrible idol, and that at any moment a priest with a knife would slip in to cut my throat. “Divus” Johnston by John Buchan

Robert Green Ingersoll This gentleman in the dug-out believed that God was a tyrant; that he would eternally damn the man who lived in accordance with his highest and grandest ideal. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Elizabeth Gaskell Until now, seeing his short-sightedness, she had believed herself safe; now her face flushed with a painful, miserable blush. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Rudyard Kipling How cud I ha’ believed her sworn oath — me that have bruk mine again an’ again for the sport av seein’ thim cry? An’ there are the others,” he sez. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Jules Verne With the egotism of madness, he believed himself the owner of a treasure he must conceal and defend. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Leslie Stephen It was already believed at the time that the whole affair was an elaborate contrivance of Pope’s, and subsequent revelations have demonstrated the truth of the hypothesis. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

They believed that the spirits of the dead were taken to Kur’an’nup, a land beyond the western sea. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

She believed that she had a great influence for good over him which it was her duty to use. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

But what a charming, gentle, gay, and fearless companion she would have made! I believed in her fearlessness in any adventure that would interest her. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Abraham Merri Not that I believed I had been lying dormant in some extra-spatial limbo for centuries. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

That warder had had charge of over thirty men condemned to death, and this was the first time he had ever believed one of them to have been innocent of the crime for which he was to suffer death. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Edgar Allan Poe Of Mad’selle Salle it has been well said, “que tous ses pas etaient des sentiments,” and of Berenice I more seriously believed que toutes ses dents etaient des idees. Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Henry Adams Judges always ranked him beneath a rival, if he had any; and he believed the judges were right. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

My friend pleaded for me, that my stay was uncertain, and she believed that was the cause of my seeming stupidity; and this was all she could find to say in my justification. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

For I believed him! Courage is needed for a lie. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hardy In doing this the crack widened considerably, and it was not believed safe for the men to stand upon the walls any longer. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson And again he believed Polly hit the nail on the head, when she asserted that the poor position he had occupied was responsible for much of his dislike. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Willa Cather He believed that in the yellow head over there in the sand he had found his ideal, and that by the time she was old enough to marry, he would be able to keep her like a queen. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle Papistry, Church, Dissent, I believed that there was good in all of them, but that not one was worth the spilling of human blood. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry Handel Richardson Maurice, watching her across the table, believed that she was over-tired, and filled up her glass with wine. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

It was currently believed among the young Edmonstones that Mamma and Mrs. Deane never met without talking over Mr. Morville’s good qualities, and the present visit proved no exception. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Mary, who had been running with him and had dashed through the door too, believed that he managed to make himself look taller than he had ever looked before — inches taller. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Thomas Hardy This extension of power can almost be believed in at such moments. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing In a youthful poem, he had sung of Love as “the crown of life,” believing it fervently; he believed it now with a fervour more intense, because more spiritual. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Mother, once I was reported “missing, killed or believed taken prisoner. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Halliday believed that the telegrams alluded to by Miss Armour and which were to be sent by Mrs. Jarsell were intended to summon the members to a conference. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Elizabeth Von Arnim Nobody in consequence ever believed they were being snubbed. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Robert Green Ingersoll He believed in the music of the spheres, and assigned alto, bass, tenor, and treble to certain stars. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry Handel Richardson But SHE believed the people in it had set fire to it themselves, to get money. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

If I could only get my foot on that I believed I could avoid being swept down, and stand up and reach for the wall above the cave. Prester John by John Buchan

An horrible adventure, and the treachery of a Relation, separated us from each other: I believed him for ever lost to me, and threw myself into a Convent from motives of despair. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

For her dear sake I believed him. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jane Austen She immediately answered, without any embarrassment, that he had been kind enough to call on her on Monday; but she believed he had already returned home, which I was very far from crediting. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Until 1909 no one in Lower Binfield believed that human beings would ever learn to fly. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

I never had any — while he believed that I had fourteen thousand dollars. The Golden Ingot by Fitz James O’Brien

Andrew Lang Felicia believed that her brother loved her, but when she sat down upon one of the stools he said angrily: “Keep your pot of pinks and your ring, but let my things alone. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence He believed firmly in his work, that it was good and valuable. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins So far, we had only discovered that she was, what Mrs Parley believed her to be — an imposter, unknown. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

R. D. Blackmore He hoped for the best, and he believed the best, and if the king was cheated, why, his loyal subject was the same, and the women were their masters. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

They were far too poor to join an orthodox troop, but they faithfully copied what they believed to be the practices of more fortunate boys. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Arthur Machen As all the world knows, his succession to the Headmastership was regarded by everyone as assured, and he was, naturally and properly, full of the great task which he believed was before him. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope The boot-maker believed him so far that he undertook to supply his orders. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He believed it was not, perhaps, impossible to prolong its duration. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

D. H. Lawrence But still she believed in herself. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

He still asseverated that it was a land of gold, and he believed that if he could get to Egypt the rest would be easy. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh