Phrases with "born"

M. P. Shiel Not by the imitation of nature was that shape born to life; but by four-winged imagination, yoked to the divine instinct of loveliness, and riding in paean triumph, scornful almost of nature. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Anthony Trollope There are men, even of high birth, who seem as though they were born to be rogues; but Mr Sowerby was, to my thinking, born to be a gentleman. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang The rector was the Rev. Samuel Wesley, born in 1662, the son of a clergyman banished from his living on “Black Bartholomew Day,” 1666. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

A Calabrian peasant named Coloni, born in 1753, lived so long that he had what he considered a glimpse of the dawn of universal peace. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Not having the advantage of the Turkish bath or patent medicine, he dies periodically and has to be born all over again in some other century. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

William Makepeace Thackeray Talk about coolness, I never saw such in all MY born days. Cox’s Diary by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

William Dampier The young women born here are but one remove from English, being the daughters of such. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

I was not born to be a king; I was born to be a poet. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

I must surely have been born under an unlucky star. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

A daughter, born two years after their marriage, was the only link that bound the ill-assorted pair. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Katherine Mansfield Had she been one whit less beautifully born we could not have endured the continual conversation about her, the songs in her praise, the detailed account of her movements. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

James Joyce It is interesting because, as he pertinently remarks, we are all born in the same way but we all die in different ways. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

I call to mind (but time the tale has worn) Th’ Arunci told, that Dardanus, tho’ born On Latian plains, yet sought the Phrygian shore, And Samothracia, Samos call’d before. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

E. F. Benson All this, too—this vision to which the hosts of heaven contributed—was his own, born of his own brain, which so short a time ago was bound on the rack of torture and sordid suffering. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Henry Handel Richardson Some men are born to be bachelors; some women, bless ’em, what’s known as old maids. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

She told me herself that she was not twenty-two years old, and that she was born in Australia, so she cannot be. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Whoever done this was human, and with all the other tracks that’s been tracked around here, the bloodhounds ain’t born that could pick up the trail. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

It’s bred and born and welded in them. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Watkin Tench Let those who have been born in more favoured lands and who have profited by more enlightened systems, compassionate, but not despise their destitute and obscure situation. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

H.P. Lovecraft A purplish darkness, born of nothing more than a spectral deepening of the sky’s blue, pressed down upon the rumbling hills. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Bram Stoker Even the fishes are those which are born to destroy, to wound, to torture. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson But Aunt Tilly said you trod on her feet and knocked against Baby, and you were a perfect nuisance; in all her born days she’d never known such fidgets. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle Above all, an heir to the throne had been born in Bordeaux, and the prince might leave his spouse with an easy mind, for all was well with mother and with child. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

These are the words of a born rebel, and such sentiments are constantly recurring in his books. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

G. K. Chesterton An aristocratic polity produces every now and then an aristocrat who is also an accident, a man of intellectual independence and insight, a Napoleon born in the purple. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton The preposterous masquerade, born of his own mockery, towered over him and embraced the world. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

George Gissing Here lie those who were born for toll; who, when toil has worn them to the uttermost, have but to yield their useless breath and pass into oblivion. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Eliot Certainly if Spike had been born a marquis he could not have had the same chance of being useful as a political element. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

James Joyce Why? — A gifted man, Mr Bloom said of Mr Dedalus senior, in more respects than one and a born Raconteur if ever there was one. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Joseph Furphy You’re not a born mechanician. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

At least,” she added, with a delicious frankness, that seemed born of her very brightness and beauty, “not that sort of flattery. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

John Galsworthy What, exactly, had he said? “This is the position, Mr. Forsyte. I can make pretty certain of her life if I operate, but the baby will be born dead. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope She could not claim to have known her lover from so early a date as Rebecca Loth had done, who had been, as she said, born in the arms of his family. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Geoffrey Chaucer They seyn, to hem it is greet shame and wo For to be subgetz, and to been in servage, To thee that born art of a smal village. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Do not make him a kingfortunately he was not born for a throne — but make him happy. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Sinclair Lewis Max Gottlieb was a German Jew, born in Saxony in 1850. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

In what class he had been born no one knew. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Egad, I congratulate you on your escape, Mallow. She was not born to make any man happy. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

But what fools we women are! Why wasn’t I born a man? I might have had more sense in me then. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Benjamin Disraeli We want something that we were not born to. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

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]

H.P. Lovecraft Nor was any child to be born alive in that house for a century and a half. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Mary Webb He badly wanted a son — born in wedlock. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Robert Green Ingersoll Experience teaches us that this be so; words are continually dying and continually may being born — words are the garments of thought. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Robert Green Ingersoll Is there a burial service mentioned in it in which a word of hope is spoken at the grave of the dead? The idea of eternal life was not born of any book. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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 Wolfe There was impatience and some scorn in it, a scorn not born of arrogance or any lack of warm humanity, but one that was inclined to say a trifle sharply: “Yes, yes, I know! I understand all that. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells They had been born and brought up in a tradition in which money was a secondary matter. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Take note, you Gerard Eliassoen must love something, ’tis in your blood; you were born to’t. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Florence Dixie Not so Esca. The boy was born of plucky blood. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

George Gissing I happen to have been born with a good deal of pride, and, when I began to think about myself—it was only a few years ago—I found it necessary to ask what I really had to be proud of. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Thomas Wolfe John Enborg had been born in Brooklyn more than sixty years before, the son of a Norwegian seaman and an Irish serving-girl. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Of Amory’s attempted sacrifice had been born merely the full realization of his disillusion, but of Monsignor’s funeral was born the romantic elf who was to enter the labyrinth with him. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Never in all my born days did I see such a night-the darkest night that ever came out of the heavens. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

She had been born and brought up in a cottage standing in the churchyard of a neighbouring village, ‘just like the little girl in We are Seven’, she used to tell her own children. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Anthony Trollope She sits upon her donkey as though she had been born sitting on a donkey; and through dust and heat and fleas and Arabs she makes herself agreeable as though nothing were amiss with her. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

He himself was born about fifty years old, all complete, with his iron-grey whiskers and his bilious eyes, which he had the habit of frequently closing during a conversation. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

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

In due process of time two children were born of these marriages. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

They were both born in one hour, and in one hour they were both in danger of perishing, for they were shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, as they were making a sea-voyage together. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

H. G. Wells She had secured my mother’s services for nothing, and it was manifest that my mother was a born lodging-house woman. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

George Gissing His thoughts turned once or twice to marriage, but a profound diffidence withheld him from the initial step; in the end, he knew himself born for bachelorhood, and with that estate was content. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

Baldwin Spencer This spirit, the old men told him, went, at a later time, into a woman, and was born again as a Purula man, whose name was, of course, Unburtcha, and who was a kangaroo man just as his ancestor was. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. G. Wells Do you find this world of our very wonderful? I suppose many things that seen quite commonplace to me because I have been born among them seem wonderful to you. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

No one will share it probably; but what am I to do? Every one is born marked with a black or white stamp. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Wilkie Collins I never liked Mrs. Clements. She was a poor, empty-headed, spiritless woman — what you call a born drudge — and I was now and then not averse to plaguing her by taking Anne away. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

And faith implies a belief not only in the one invisible, eternal, omnipotent God, but also in Jesus as the Messiah, who was born of a virgin, rose again from the grave, and ascended into heaven. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Olaf Stapledon I’m a man of power, born to lead men of power and use the slaves as I will. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Henry Kingsley But, though dead, she yet lived to him in the person of a bright-eyed baby, a little girl, born but three months before her mother’s death. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

John Locke Great mistakes in the ruling part, many wrong and inconvenient laws, and all the slips of human frailty, will be born by the people without mutiny or murmur. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

James Joyce The end he had been born to serve yet did not see had led him to escape by an unseen path and now it beckoned to him once more and a new adventure was about to be opened to him. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a born boon companion, with a magnetism which drew good humour from all around him. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

H. G. Wells I’m a born snatcher and shopper. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Ford Madox Ford His father, Mark knew, had been born in 1812 — before Waterloo! Great stretches of time. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether we are not as much Englishmen as the children of old Romans, born in Britain, were still Romans? 99. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

That girl was born to be troublesome. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Daniel Granger’s father had been rich before him; he had been born in the commercial purple, as it were, and none of these things were new to him. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It became known to her, at length, that she was to be born again. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Arnold Bennett Now lads, kneel, and all three on us together!” He stood between the taller and better-dressed boys unashamed, fervent, a born religionist. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

No more half-caste children were born in Ooldea from 1920 onward until the temporary cessation of my work there in 1934, nor was any half-caste ever begotten in any of my camps. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

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]

That’s what the folks say; that for all he was a born gentleman he spoke to ’em as man to man, not as if we was servants or childer. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Radclyffe Hall The air had an indefinable smell of dew and of very newly born morning. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Recedor, King of Goblinland, privily poisoned by Corsus: Gaslark reigns in his stead in Zajë Zaculo. Sriva, daughter to Corsus and Zenambria, born in Carcë. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

A good deal of my time was passed in taking care of a little puppy, which I had selected from thirty-six that were born within three days of one another at our house. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

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]

Radclyffe Hall Angela had once described such a ring with envy, but alas, it had been born in Paris. People stared at the masculine-looking girl who seemed so intent upon feminine adornments. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Proceed, auspicious prince, with glory crown’d, And born to better fates than I have found. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Robert Browning Rabbi Ben Ezra: or Ibn Ezra, a mediaeval Jewish writer and thinker, born in Toledo, near the end of the eleventh century. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

Wilkie Collins Everybody felt that the difficulty lay here — everybody saw the difficulty conquered — everybody echoed the manager’s enthusiasm at rehearsal, which had hailed her as a born actress. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jules Verne The governor was born on the island, and had never left his native country. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Ford Madox Ford It was odd that Groby and the whole Groby business should so bore him; he supposed he had been born with some kink. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Henry James He doesn’t have to be born with certain faculties, on purpose; he needs only to be a man. The American by Henry James [1877]

Lady Morgan While he stood rapt in horror and amazement he heard the sound of Glorvina’s harp, born on the blast which sighed at intervals along the passage. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Young Cassis, with the casual wit of a born Parisian, called Golden Mouth a dolt. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Meredith The Egoist is our fountain-head, primeval man: the primitive is born again, the elemental reconstituted. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

D. H. Lawrence Winifred had a small baby, born at the end of the summer. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Green Ingersoll They have been born of hatred and revenge; of love and self-sacrifice; of hope and fear, of agony and joy. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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

D. H. Lawrence A man child is born unto us, therefore let us rejoice and be glad. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton Some of the sceptical methods applied to the world’s origin might be applied to my origin, and a grave and earnest enquirer come to the conclusion that I was never born at all. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

He told himself that he had been born either too late or too soon. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

D. H. Lawrence There it was, tombed in, while she went through all the tricks of life that you have to go through if you are born today. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope So it is nicer to be born to £10,000 a year than to have to wish for £500. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

From the moment you were born we have both lavished all the tenderness of our hearts upon you. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

The one’s a born idler, the other I should say a born worker; though, mind you, Squire Gretorex was a bad man. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Rudyard Kipling And there were born to them mice among mice with prodigious ‘tides. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Henry Handel Richardson Energy for the effort was lacking in her; for the short, sharp stroke, which with her meant action, was invariably born of intense happiness or unhappiness. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith Our men are born for conquest. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Le Clerc was still young, having been born at Geneva in 1657, but he had already acquired considerable reputation both as a philosopher and as a theologian. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Thomas Hughes Every man isn’t born to be a martyr. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Being born and brought up in it is a drawback. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Charles Dickens If what you have got to say can be said before a born lady, this lady will stay where she is. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

The whilom drowsiness, as if born again of relief, once more seized upon the curtains, furniture, and littered garments. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It is time, too, for children to be born among us. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Abraham Merri The suggestion of sphere had been an illusion, born of the darkness in which we were moving and in its own luminescence. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Out of the silence, however, rest was born at last, and it was late in the afternoon when they woke. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

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

Some boys, born of poor parents, had struck out for themselves and become great men, and everybody had respected them for rising upon their own merits. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Rudyard Kipling We’re born fit,” said Pigeon, “and our ten-year-olds could knock spots out of your twelve-year-olds. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Anthony Hope A pause fell on us, born of the colonel’s last remark. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

T. E. Lawrence That slow breath had been born somewhere beyond the distant Euphrates and had dragged its way across many days and nights of dead grass, to its first obstacle, the man-made walls of our broken palace. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Nellie Bly Think of it-a little, innocent babe born in such a chamber of horrors! I can imagine nothing more terrible. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Radclyffe Hall Things had been different in India. Joan had been born in India. Joan was thirteen now; she would soon be growing up — there were signs already. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

I need not inform you, if you’re a man of understanding, that O’Hooligan is an Irish name, and Captain Timothy O’Hooligan was a born Irishman and an ignorant papist to boot. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Believed to have been born Singapore. Robbery with violence, speciality. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Virginia Woolf It was not born in England among the Saxons and the Britons. It is not born to-day among the working classes. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

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]

There are such noble souls born into the world, some to shine with lustre supernal, many to burn and die in social depths, obscure as ocean’s deepest cavern. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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]

Wilkie Collins Magdalen, in the character of a born actress, threatened serious future difficulties. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

William Makepeace Thackeray I don’t say he was not a good officer: a man with such experience MUST have been a good officer unless he was a born fool. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

And recalling the thought which she fancied had been born in her heart, she said: “Our Lord Jesus Christ would not have been, either, if people had not perished for his sake. Mother by Maksim Gorky

But what I say is, a thing has got to be born in a man; and if it ain’t born in him, all the privations in the world won’t put it there, and if it is, all the college training won’t take it out. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

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

Henry Handel Richardson For most people owned their houses — had been born and would die in them like their fathers before them — and in all the place only two were vacant. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith Why should she wish to run away from Patterne Hall for a single hour? Simply because she was of the sex born mutable and explosive. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

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

Willa Cather She was not born a musician, she decided; there was no other way of explaining it. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Theodore Dreiser Stimson was no mooning Romeo, however, but an eager, incisive soul, born very poor, eager to advance himself. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

With a strong dramatic instinct, he was a born artist in telling a story, and the earnestness and sincerity of the man stood out in every word he had spoken. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

There is a saying, one becomes an orator, one is born a poet; but it has never been said, one is born Porthos, and one becomes an engineer. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Honore de Balzac was already a fluent writer, full of clamorous ideas and schemes that each day were born anew. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

I found him a most agreeable companion, a witty conversationalist, and a born raconteur. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

But he was a sailor and a born captain of men for all homely purposes, where intellect is not required and an eye in a man’s head and a heart under his jacket will suffice. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

And, at fifty years of age, with failing powers, Balzac would have found the task increasingly hard to acquire an art for which, by his own confession, he had no born aptitude. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

As was said to those of old, Except you be born again you know Me not. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

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]

Charles Dickens But you must confess that you were born in the lap of luxury, yourself. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Anthony Trollope But she left it on these conditions, that he should be married before he was twenty-five, and that he should have a child lawfully born in the bonds of wedlock before he was twenty-six. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Jonathan Swif It was of this nobleman that Pope wrote — “Argyle, the State’s whole thunder born to wield, And shake alike the senate and the field. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Altogether he was what he looked, a born Bushman, and anything he didn’t know about the game wasn’t worth learning. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins There are persons born to be unhappy. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

And he is born to lead men to triumph. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Pierce, Cilley and Bridge were all born politicians, and it was this class of men with whom it would seem that Hawthorne naturally assimilated. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Samuel Johnson Being born without prospect of hereditary riches, he was sent to London in his youth, and placed apprentice with a silk mercer. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Frances Hodgson Burnett Those who were born during the last few years—those who are about to be born now. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

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]

But sea creatures are altogether strangers to us, and are born and brought up as it were in another world; neither does their voice, look, or any service they have done us plead for their life. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Edith Wharton He was a born journalist — like Alan. It was a great sacrifice for him to give up the paper, but he promised to do it — in time — when a good opportunity offered. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Anthony Trollope It was produced by no girlish softness, by no perishable mixture of white and red; it was not born of a sparkling eye, and a ripe lip, and a cherry cheek. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

H. Rider Haggard But these two never loved each other overmuch, and they had but one child, Eric, who was born when Saevuna was well on in years. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Ford Madox Ford Wonderful how he knows the men considering he was not born in the service . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Oscar Wilde Now as Lord Arthur looked at her, he was filled with the terrible pity that is born of love. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Jack London There was work to be done, and all of us were folks born to work. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

He stood there looking at it, and remembering that the nearest land was America. Not since he had stood in the North African desert had he known that uncanny feeling that is born of unlimited space. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Andrew Lang When the third child was born she would hardly allow a window or a door to be left open for a moment; but she wasn’t the nearer to keep the child to herself. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Margaret Oliphant Is not that in the Bible? To be born again, to begin again from the beginning, everything new. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anthony Trollope Lucinda had been born in New York, had been educated there till she was sixteen, and then been taken to Paris for nine months, and from Paris had been brought to London by her aunt. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray O holy saints, that I should be born to suffer this! — to have all my affections wrenched out of my bosom, and to be left alone in my old age! But, hark! the guests are arriving. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

George Gissing How could one live without art? The artist is born a prince among men. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The despair of institutions, and the inexorable “ye must be born again,” with Mrs Poyser’s stipulation, “and born different,” recurs in every generation. The Revolutionist’s Handbook and Pocket Companion by George Bernard Shaw

And so, if the Superman is to come, he must be born of Woman by Man’s intentional and well-considered contrivance. The Revolutionist’s Handbook and Pocket Companion by George Bernard Shaw

E. Phillips Oppenheim If I am born with a brain and with a gift of restraint, if I give less and take more, I still remain very much in the minority. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Every man being born free and his own master, no one, under any pretext whatsoever, can make any man subject without his consent. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Edgar Allan Poe The poem closes with the poetical apotheosis of Marco Bozzaris as One of the few, the immortal names That are not born to die. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Rudyard Kipling So he fled, and they howled behind him that he was an unpatriotic Anglomaniac, born to consume fruits, one totally lacking in public spirit. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

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]

Francis Bacon Certainly, kings that have able men of their nobility, shall find ease in employing them, and a better slide into their business; for people naturally bend to them, as born in some sort to command. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Sinclair Lewis Sugar had been born to the Louisiana canefields, but he had picked up a knowledge of tools and lathes. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

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]

Sinclair Lewis I certainly don’t regard myself as aged, at only forty-one, but still YOU— you were born the year of the Russian revolution, you’ve always known airplanes and the radio. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence He was a born Australian, had knocked about the continent, and spent many years on the goldfields. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

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

And if a born back-blocker may make so bold, it’s a fair old treat to see a new chum camping out for the fun of it!” “Who told you I was a new chum?” asked Stingaree, sharply. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Anatole France His mind was born anew every day. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Thomas Paine Every generation is equal in rights to generations which preceded it, by the same rule that every individual is born equal in rights with his contemporary. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Rudyard Kipling I’ve known the tax-men wait by a milch-camel till the foal was born and then hurry off the mother for arrears. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

H. G. Wells Even our Dominus wasn’t born until A.D. four. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

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]

Generation upon generation of the fierce lords of Thralldom had been born there, and always the lust of strife and conflict had flowed strongly in their veins. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

D. H. Lawrence Somewhere inside him, he was cowed, he had been born cowed. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Kate Chopin Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. Short stories by Kate Chopin

H. Rider Haggard They feared lest I should rule them too well and make all the people to be born ugly also. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Mark Twain Did he make that seed himself, or was it born in him? It was no merit of HIS that the seed was there. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Andrew Lang It seemed to Petru that he had been born again. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ford Madox Ford He had always been tired of the tenantry and Groby. He had been born tired of them. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]