Phrases with "born"

It could not yet be born because the historic sense which was its necessary begetter hardly existed, and because the provision of historic matter for this sense to work on was rather scanty. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Bernard Balssa, born July 22, 1746, left his native village at the age of fourteen years, never to return. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

But Willis was not born to live alone, and in the following summer he fell in love with a Miss Cornelia Grinnell at Washington, and was married to her in October, 1846. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

For while rivalry, born of hate, was the propelling influence in Gourlay’s mind, other reasons whispered that the course suggested by hate was a good one on its merits. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

When I find such a born cook as you are — well I know when I’m well off. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

John Locke For, if I have a clear idea of sweetness, light, or extension, I have, too, of equal, or more, or less, of each of these: if I know what it is for one man to be born of a woman, viz. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Stephanie Eiderstrom is Hungarian born and bred. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Andrew Lang He suddenly felt a jerk, and saw that the thread must have caught on something, and this thought filled him with the daring that is born of despair. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Margaret Oliphan Her letters are very good letters, well expressed in something of the old-fashioned way, but without any of the charm of a born letter-writer. The Sisters Brontë by Margaret Oliphan

Ford Madox Ford There was sister Effie — born to be a curate’s wife. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Age had accentuated that trait of a born leader. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Maria Edgeworth Mademoiselle, or Miss O’Faley, was in fact half French and half Irish — born in France, she was the daughter of an officer of the Irish brigade, and of a French lady of good family. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Hardy Some men are born to luck, some are not. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

She would die also, and history would repeat itself, for even as she had been born at the instant of her parents’ death, so now would her child be born of their death. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Cleverest saw, and jumped at the conclusion most natural to a born Servant of Penn. “Oh, is that it?” he demanded angrily. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

I don’t believe anyone who hadn’t happened to be born here would have believed that these streets were fields as little as twenty years ago. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

George Gissing Oh, leave them alone, leave them alone! Would I had been born one of these, and had never learned the half knowledge which turns life sour! “But I have news for you. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Walter Scott Pope has distinguished him as Argyle, the state’s whole thunder born to wield,     And shake alike the senate and the field. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Even his virtues also led him farther astray; for, born with a warm constitution and lively fancy, nature carried him toward the other sex with such eager fondness, that he soon became lascivious. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

George Meredith That was love, as a born gentleman connected with a baronetcy and richer than many lords took the dreadful passion. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Rudyard Kipling And was I born of womankind and laid on a father’s arm? For I have dreamed of long white teeth that guarded me from harm. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

When women are born with hearts of this sort it’s a bad look-out for everybody they come near. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Gissing The true Radical is the man who wishes so to order things that no one will be urged by misery to try and get out of the class he is born in. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

She had, almost in a literal physical sense, to be born again; at least she had to grow again, and over the growth her daughter was to preside. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

She seemed one of those women born to shine and to rule rather than to love. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Maria Edgeworth Most heroes are born perfect — so at least their biographers, or rather their panegyrists, would have us believe. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

William Makepeace Thackeray Talk about coolness, I never saw such in all MY born days. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

If he’s born to the pigskin he’ll be in at the distance safe enough, whether he smokes or don’t smoke, drink or don’t drink. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Elizabeth Von Arnim I should say you were own sister to the Ancient Mariner, and, like all egoists, a born detainer of unwilling listeners. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Arthur Machen Now I think that every man or almost every man is born with the potentiality at all events of this function of genius. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Edgar Rice Burroughs A year from the day her little son was born Lady Alice passed quietly away in the night. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

D. H. Lawrence The baby was born six months after his wedding. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

And after all their silence was eloquent, for faint smiles, and glances born of their thoughts, crossed and recrossed, until lips moved and words were formed, which seemed almost superfluous. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Sinclair Lewis Louis’s pocket heroes were Calvin Coolidge, Leonard Wood, Dwight L. Moody, and Admiral Dewey (and Dewey was a born Vermonter, rejoiced Louis, who himself had been born in Flatbush, Long Island). It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson I was neither born nor bred as a detective, but as a placable and very thirsty gentleman; and, for my part, I begin to weary for a drink. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy Two sons were born to them, whom their mother loved to idolatry, although she had never passionately loved her husband; and she lavished upon them all her forethought and care. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

William Makepeace Thackeray The Chevalier his grandson was a true Frenchman; he had been born in France, where his father held a diplomatic appointment in the Duke’s service. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Sinclair Lewis He had been born in Mississippi, the son of a bankrupt grocer, but he thought that it would be much nicer if you supposed him to be the scion of a plantation-owner. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith A man should accept his country for what it is when he’s born into it. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Nothing can be more certain than that every man born in slavery is born for slavery. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

This it is to be born at a proper period of time. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Virginia Woolf That woman, then, who was born with a gift of poetry in the sixteenth century, was an unhappy woman, a woman at strife against herself. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

G. K. Chesterton Haven’t you noticed that we never saw him since we found ourselves? He was an astral baby born on all four of us; he was only our own youth returned. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson We may struggle as we please, we are not born economists. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Allan Poe It was the misfortune of Mr. Pinckney to have been born too far south. The Poetic Principle by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

H. G. Wells You needn’t be born to it to dance well on the wires of the Bond Street tradesmen. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. Rider Haggard It is something as though a man were born into the world with wings. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Maria Edgeworth The post came in but three times a week at Llansillen, and every post day Miss Clarendon repeated her prophecy to her aunt, “You will see, ma’am, the child will be born in good time, and alive. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith He repeated that she ‘was born on a hired bed. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Wilkie Collins My child was born before my marriage; and the man who afterwards became my husband — a man of low origin, I should tell you — was the father. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell At length my child was born — my poor worse than fatherless child. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

In the superior ranks of life how seldom do we meet with a man of superior abilities, or even common acquirements? The reason appears to me clear, the state they are born in was an unnatural one. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Wilkie Collins The rector was an admirable player; and Sir Patrick, though a born Presbyterian, blessed the Church of England from the bottom of his heart. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Geoffrey Chaucer And he hadde been somtyme in chyvachie In Flaundres, in Artoys, and Pycardie, And born hym weel, as of so litel space, In hope to stonden in his lady grace. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Robert Green Ingersoll The idea of right and wrong is born of man’s capacity to enjoy and suffer. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

James Joyce Child born every minute somewhere. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope But let me ask any man here who has not been born an eldest son himself, whether it is natural that he should wish to give it all to one son. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

John Locke Sempronia, I know what it is for another man to be born of the same woman Sempronia; and so have as clear a notion of brothers as of births, and perhaps clearer. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

With a swift vision of imagination, born only through love and exceedingly rare with him, he saw his father as he had been, so handsome and grand. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Laxus, high Admiral of Witchland and after king of Pixyland, born in Estremerine. 367. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

What was betokened by so many infants born dead? He felt himself surrounded by a mystery of iniquity. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

David Hume And shall it be said that he, born in Pella, a place heretofore mean and ignoble, should be inspired with so high an ambition and thirst of fame: while you, Athenians, &c. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Arnold Bennett She’s a woman who could handle anything — a born manager — but even if it was so, all she would have to do would be to retire — only leave us the place and the name. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Clearly this was some serious mental affection, some hallucination born of physical pain. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

Andrew Lang Then was Wäinämöinen born on the waters, and reached a barren land, and gazed on the new heavens and the new earth. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

But what thrilled Laura most was that she herself had had a narrow escape from never having been born at all. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Then came Thomas, born 1806; and Catherine, born 1808; and the list is ended by William, born 1810, and now (1880) the only survivor. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

G. K. Chesterton But it’s more my luck to be born a serf or something. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Anthony Trollope For Mr Crawley had married almost as soon as he was ordained, and children had been born to him in that chill, comfortless Cornish village. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

The time was out of joint, and he was only too delighted to have been born to set it right. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope There is an old saying that you need not be a horse because you were born in a stable. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

The same boat brought on board Stimson, who had begun the voyage with me from Boston, and, like me, was going back to his family and to the society in which he had been born and brought up. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

She often talked rapturously of La Belle France, raved of her sunny south, that gracious city of Périgord where she had been born and reared to the age of fifteen. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

It had become almost a rarity in recent years, and it is one of the best of the little library of American books on which people born at about the turn of the century were brought up. Collected Essays by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Once she asked a philosopher: “Are all women born to be given to men?” To which the old man answered slowly: “Rare women wait for the re-born man. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

H. Rider Haggard But the mother of the king hid away the feebler child, which was born the last, for her heart yearned over it, and that child is Twala the king. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Fanny Fern This is a serious world, madam, and it 1 becomes those who are born to die, to go dancing through it. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Anthony Trollope Though born to comfortable circumstances, he had worked so hard in his younger days as to have already made for himself a name at the bar. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen You have proved yourself upright and disinterested, prove yourself grateful and tender-hearted; and then you will be the perfect model of a woman which I have always believed you born for. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Benjamin Disraeli I am the most unfortunate of men; I was not born to be a villain. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Ivan Turgenev He was not born a romantic idealist, and his fastidiously dry though ardent soul, with its tinge of French scepticism, was not addicted to dreaming . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

H. G. Wells There is no absolute reason whatever why every child born should not be born happily into a life of activity and interest and happiness. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

The ‘stationery’ items are sometimes carelessly audited by the State Department.” “We’re wasting our time,” said Keogh. “This man was born to hold office. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

I did not dare attempt it; I was worse at any kind of surgery than a born imbecile. A Day in Briar Wood by Ellen Wood [1877]

Had she been born in the Ionian Archipelago some three thousand years ago, that one doctrine would probably have made her name sure of a place in every university curriculum and examination paper. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

I had never undergone such distress; but I am born to run through all the misfortunes of life. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Thomas Wolfe Why? He was just born that way — fortunate, a child of genius, innocent and simple — and a Fox! “And ah! — a cunning Fox!” the Aimers and the Missers say. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Then she hears that a child which has been born somewhere lately is dead, and she goes and leaves her own there. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Robert Green Ingersoll The next is Benedict Spinoza, a Jew, born at Amsterdam in 1768. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

John Locke But this is not all the acquired knowledge in the case: the ideas themselves, about which the proposition is, are not born with them, no more than their names, but got afterwards. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edith Wharton I suppose some people are born sensitive — I can’t imagine anybody’d CHOOSE to be so. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Ralph Waldo Emerson And, though a man cannot return into his mother’s womb, and be born with new amounts of vivacity, yet there are two economies, which are the best succedanea which the case admits. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Henry Lawson The last two children were born in the bush — one while her husband was bringing a drunken doctor, by force, to attend to her. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Some of us,” she added, looking up, with a sickly smile, “are born to sorrow. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Thomas Hardy Thus the congregation on Christmas morning is mostly a Tussaud collection of celebrities who have been born in the neighbourhood. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith Professional Puritans, born conservatives, malicious tattlers, made up a goodly tail to Lady Charlotte’s party. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Gissing If I had been born one of them I should be the most savage anarchist. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Elizabeth Von Arnim My eldest baby, born in April, is five years old, and the youngest, born in June, is three; so that the discerning will at once be able to guess the age of the remaining middle or May baby. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Bram Stoker They had issue one daughter, Olive, born at Warwick 3 April 1772. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Thomas Paine Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Algernon Blackwood Passions in me awoke, so deep, so ardent, so imperious, that I conceived them as born of the need of one soul for another. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Robert Louis Stevenson Then comes the part of the man of the world, of the detective born and bred. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang After many days she bore a child, and the people despised and rejected her, and she was thrust forth, and her babe was born in a stable, and cradled in the manger. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

John Locke Secondly, It is impossible of right, that men should do so, because all men being born under government, they are to submit to that, and are not at liberty to begin a new one. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

Baldwin Spencer When they died their spirits became Ngaidjan, entered lubras, and were born again. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Willa Cather It seems as if we would have to be born with new faculties, to comprehend what is going on in the air and under the sea. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Lesbia felt in her heart that such a man must be destined for success, born to be a conqueror in all strifes, a victor upon every field. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Borrow Hungarian. To what? Tche Drak, to the Mohacs Veszedelem. Ulaszlo left a son, Lajos the Second, born without skin, as it is said, certainly without a head. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Charles Dickens When we had looked about us, and were getting sheepish, through fearing we were troublesome, she turned us over to a young woman, English born but West India bred, who served her as her maid. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Jack London Women such as she are born rarely, scarce twice a century the whole world over. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Thomas Hughes I pity people who weren’t born in a vale. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Anthony Trollope The little stranger was being born at the moment of her divorce from her third husband. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anne Bronte And th’ chapter afore, where it says — ”He that is born of God cannot commit sin. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Geoffrey Chaucer The presentes been ful roially yfet, This is to seyn, the swerd and the mirrour, And born anon into the heighe tour With certeine officers ordeyned therfore. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Carey, now Lord Rockage, had two offspring—Carey the younger, born in 1780, and Phyllis, born in 1782. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell Do you know “The Oldham Weaver?” Not unless you are Lancashire born and bred, for it is a complete Lancashire ditty. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Charles Dickens The, lady who adopted him was a bred and born lady — it was easy to see that. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Jane Austen He was just entering into life, full of spirits, and with all the liberal dispositions of an eldest son, who feels born only for expense and enjoyment. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

H. G. Wells No man is born with an instinctive respect for the rights of any property but his own, and few with a passion for monogamy. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Jules Verne However, I am inclined to think that the commander and his companion were born in low latitudes. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Edith Wharton The low order, in fiction, of the genuine roman a clef (which is never written by a born novelist) naturally makes any serious writer of fiction indignant at being suspected of such methods. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

D. H. Lawrence Just because one wasn’t born in England — as if one could help that. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling But, whatever stars men may be born under, they are always immensely curious to know and be told how other men live, and what they think of the business of living. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

E. T. A. Hoffmann My mother talked much about you; she said she would pour out all her troubles to you; but then she fell a victim to that despondency which is born of misery. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Henry Handel Richardson She’s born gifted with the faculty. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Dudley Warner The duties which the minister had to perform were unusual, delicate, and difficult; but I believe he acquitted himself of them with the skill of a born diplomatist. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is born of something which belongs to you, so when I try to answer your question I can only say I have had no experience. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Willa Cather Consequently all the lambs were born at the wrong season; came at the beginning of March, in a blinding blizzard, and the mothers died from exposure. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Meredith She can lie—Oh! born to the art! born to it!—lies like a Saint tricking Satan! But she says she has left the city. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Virginia Woolf Many hundreds of pounds changed hands between them at this game, which the Archduke, who was a born gambler, swore was every bit as good as horse racing, and vowed he could play at for ever. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Anthony Trollope I will not say but that they who are born to such a life may be the happier. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Besides, the whole notion of a mock ghost was vulgarised by Wilmot’s foolery, who ought to have been born a saltimbanque, and spent his life in a fair. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Wilkie Collins She was a born musician, with a delicacy and subtlety of touch such as few even of the greatest virtuosi possess. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

H. G. Wells The world is a Phoenix. It perishes in flames and even as it dies it is born again. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Anthony Trollope I call it nothing to have the ball at your feet if you are born with it there. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had been born ten years ago. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

The power of the Holy Ghost Shall overshadow thee; Thou shalt conceive without any grief, As the Lord told unto me; God’s own dear Son from Heaven shall come, And shall be born of thee. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

It was a little better when he was curate-in-charge at some remote place in Kent (Dorothy had been born in Kent), where the decently down- trodden villagers still touched their hats to ‘parson’. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Miss Armour was without doubt a born criminal, who much preferred doing evil to doing good. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Placed in a political sphere, this marvellously gifted woman would have been a Madame Roland; born to the throne, she would have been a Catherine II.; there was genius in her. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Sinclair Lewis Sometimes I t’ink you have a liddle of it born in you. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Walter Besant But Frank was not like many of our young bloods, a mere hunting and shooting creature, born to destroy vermin for the farmers and provide game for the table. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

George Gissing She realised to the uttermost his ideal of womanhood, none the less so that it seemed no child would be born of her to trouble the exclusiveness of their love. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

H. G. Wells The clergyman, stooping slightly under the six foot door, came in, quite unaware that the world he lived in had just been warned to get itself born again or go. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Sinclair Lewis Gid looked them all over like a born chairman. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

He was from the South, born of French immigrant parents in Bessarabia. “Ah,” he kept saying, “it is not the danger or the hardships I mind, but being so long, three years, away from my mother. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Anthony Trollope I am beginning to think that it is a great curse to have been born a woman. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

William Morris Now scold me!” Quoth I: “No, indeed; the pair of you seem as if you were born out of the summer day itself; and I will scold you when I scold it. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Virginia Woolf If anything comes through in spite of all this, it is a miracle, and probably no book is born entire and uncrippled as it was conceived. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Olaf Stapledon As William James said, each thought is born an owner of preceding thoughts, and dies owned by the following thought. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Ford Madox Ford Well, he had never intended to do it, because he had been born tired of it. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Robert Green Ingersoll These words are born of the terror and beauty of nature. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. G. Wells It is born of perfectly healthy parents; its mother has chosen to bear it after due thought and preparation. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Nellie Bly A selvage of rock formed the altar, and to that humble but picturesque temple Chinese women flock to pray for sons to be born unto them that they may have some one to support them in their old age. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Edgar Allan Poe Was born in the neighborhood, and has always resided there. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope That coming of age must be a delightful time to a young man born to inherit broad acres and wide wealth. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George Elio The soul that was born anew to music was born anew to love. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

M. P. Shiel No, I was not born for the martyr’s crown, I own the badge and trick of escape. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Jules Verne This intrepid fellow was a Negro born on the engineer’s estate, of a slave father and mother, but to whom Cyrus, who was an Abolitionist from conviction and heart, had long since given his freedom. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

He had a way of cringing to those of us who were born to position in the world; but any poor friendless chap, who had nothing but himself and his work to get on by, he put upon shamefully. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

Arthur Conan Doyle If children are born they must die. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Half of her was sober Herries—she could understand Will’s ambitions—the other half was wild English, born of her mother and father, belonging altogether to these hills and lakes and streams. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

G. K. Chesterton I ain’t a clever chap like you; but I ain’t a born natural, Michael Moon, and when there’s an elephant on my doorstep I don’t listen to no explanations. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Ralph Waldo Emerson When it reaches its true law of action, every man that is born will be hailed as essential. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Thomas Love Peacock How should he, after what we have seen in France? SCYTHROP A Frenchman is born in harness, ready saddled, bitted, and bridled, for any tyrant to ride. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

George Meredith He is born for the navy and should be preparing to enter it now. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Thomas Hardy No sooner was the thought born than it was carried out. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

But you were born under an evil star, Clarissa; and hitherto perhaps I have tried to shut my heart against you. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jack London Children are begotten in drunkenness, saturated in drink before they draw their first breath, born to the smell and taste of it, and brought up in the midst of it. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

He had a house in Lowndes Square, which was much too big for him, but he had been born in it and, accordingly, did not get rid of it because of its associations. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Olaf Stapledon Saints, on the other hand, were sinners or potential sinners who by self-discipline and contemplation had been born again, had won for themselves a new nature. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Gaston Leroux The Comtesse de Chagny, nee de Moerogis de La Martyniere, had died in giving birth to Raoul, who was born twenty years after his elder brother. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Virginia Woolf She was a born critic, and a critic whose judgments were inborn, unhesitating. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Anthony Trollope She had acknowledged him to be master of her spirit; her bosom’s lord; the man whom she had been born to worship; the human being to whom it was for her to link her destiny. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Ralph Waldo Emerson To these gifts of nature, Napoleon added the advantage of having been born to a private and humble fortune. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

George Meredith I must be a born intriguer! she said in her breast. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

I wish you had been born to me simple — like your own . Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

He was vain of the negative force of a nature which had never known the weakness of the affections, or the strength which may be born of that very weakness. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Rudyard Kipling But soldiers are born grumblers. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The Princess was a pretty woman born in Boston, Massachusetts and Pat was forty-nine with red-rimmed eyes and a soft purr of whiskey on his breath. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

George Meredith Barto Rizzo was, it was said, born in a village near Forli, in the dominions of the Pope; according to the rumour, he was the child of a veiled woman and a cowled paternity. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Matthew Arnold He was a Denbighshire statesman, as we say in the north, born before the middle of last century, in that vale of Myvyr, which has given its name to his archæology. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

If poor, innocent Constance Treyvellian had been born the veriest cur in the county of Cornwall, she would have had a better chance of winning Talbot’s regard than she had now. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

W. H. Hudson You will now shortly be married to the woman you love and probably some day a son will be born to you. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Algernon Blackwood A thing of darkness, born of this man’s unassertive presence, flitted ever across the scenery, marring its grandeur with something evil, petty, dreadful. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Well, this was all pleasant enough, to be sure, while it lasted; but inhuman beings is born to misfortune, an’ Bill’s divarshin was not to last always. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton And Lita was first and foremost an artist, born to live in the world of art — in quite other values — a fourth-dimensional world, as it were. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Frederick Marryat Here Jacob Armitage had been born — for the cottage had been built by his grandfather — but he had not always remained at the cottage. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Before long it became clear that a child was to be expected: the Duke decided that it should be born in England. Funds were lacking for the journey, but his determination was not to be set aside. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Anatole France Why? What did I want, and what did I expect? Was I not warned enough of the sadness of everything?” She had been born rich, in the brilliancy of a fortune too new. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

George Borrow Hungarian. A Moldavian born dumb! Excuse me, the thing is impossible; all Moldavians are born talking! I have known a Moldavian who could not speak, but he was not born dumb. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

F. Scott Fitzgerald In Gloria had been born something that she had hitherto never needed — the skeleton, incomplete but nevertheless unmistakable, of her ancient abhorrence, a conscience. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Algernon Blackwood His love, born of some far unearthly valley, undoubtedly consumed him, while yet he said it nay. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Charles Kingsley It is enough for the poor old widow to know that her boy is what he is, and to forget all her anguish day by day, for joy that a man is born into the world. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

The notion that we shall be sure to do so seems to me to be born of delusion. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

The old man didn’t say much more, only shook his head, saying — ‘Ah, ye’re a grand laddie, and buirdly, and no that thrawn, either — like ye, Dick, ye born deevil,’ looking at me. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

It was a wraith, you remember, a dream-maiden, a creature of his own imagination, born of some tragedy he had read. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

He speaks eight or ten languages, up to certain limit, rather better than people born to them, and his presence commands an instant reverence softening to affection under his universal helpfulness. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Thomas Hardy They that be born in a business always know more about it than any ‘prentice. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy