Phrases with "cannot"

Rudyard Kipling You cannot reform a lady of many lovers, and Asia has been insatiable in her flirtations aforetime. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

H.P. Lovecraft Notwithstanding the deep things I saw and heard, and the admitted vividness the impression produced on me by these things, I cannot prove even now whether I was right or wrong in my hideous inference. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

I cannot pretend to describe what I then felt. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope Bertie would give his eyes to go with you, but Madeline cannot possibly go without him. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

George Berkeley That this cause cannot be any quality or idea or combination of ideas, is clear from the preceding section. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Wilkie Collins He has his answer, always the same, and always ready: “How are we to live? where is the money?” The maddening part of it is that I cannot accuse him of raising objections that don’t exist. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Thomas Hardy They cannot make out what the disease is. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope If I fail to meet with your approbation, I shall grieve; but I cannot on that account act otherwise than in accordance with my own judgment. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

John Hill Burton As the candidate cannot know whether or not the service has been performed, it is held that he will not give the wages. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Ye cannot harm Him at all; verily, my Lord is guardian over all!’ And when our order came we saved Hûd, and those who believed with him, by mercy from us; and we saved them from harsh torment. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Francis Bacon It cannot be spared, nor left behind, but it hindereth the march; yea, and the care of it, sometimes loseth or disturbeth the victory. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Arthur Machen You do not believe, therefore you cannot see. The Terror by Arthur Machen

I cannot live a slave, or see my throne Usurp’d by strangers or a Trojan son. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Even now, old man as I am, I cannot dwell upon that scene. A Service of Danger by Amelia B. Edwards

Karl Philipp Moritz I now constantly dine in my own lodgings; and I cannot but flatter myself that my meals are regulated with frugality. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Andrew Lang M. Quicherat avers that Alain was present: I cannot find this in his letter. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle We cannot let him perish at our very gates. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

We cannot even remark on our good health without touching wood or crossing our fingers or otherwise averting the gods’ anger at mortal well-being. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Anthony Trollope I cannot tell you how horrid it all was, but I am sure that if I could make you understand it, it would go a long way in inducing you to excuse her. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Really, try as religiously as I will, I cannot help admiring my appearance in them. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson I do loathe politics, but at the same time, I cannot stand by and have the natives blown in the air treacherously with dynamite. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ralph Waldo Emerson We cannot go deep enough into the biography of the spirit who never throws himself entire into one hero, but delegates his energy in parts or spasms to vicious and defective individuals. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Benjamin Disraeli My lord cannot stand Treeby more than two days, and Treeby cannot stand my lord for a longer period, and that is why they are such friends. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell So being, I have the greatest right to look after her, and I cannot yield it even to”— “Her father,” said Margaret, finishing his interrupted sentence. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Jules Verne I cannot bend, and with Harry Grant, when once his resolution is taken, any resistance is impossible, my Lord. He has an iron will both for himself and others. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

G. K. Chesterton It was merely a recognition of the fact that one cannot write in white chalk except on a black-board. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Rudyard Kipling I am an alien, and for the life of me cannot see why six shillings should be paid for eighteen-penny caps, or eight shillings for half-crown cigar-cases. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Jack London There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

George Meredith How? Oh! our weakness is the swiftest dog to hunt us; we cannot escape it. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Andrew Lang He cannot read yet, but he can do many other things. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ford Madox Ford I’ve protested very strongly to old Campion — General Campion — that I cannot do without you. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

William Makepeace Thackeray My agony at parting from that Christian cannot be described. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Victor Hugo The rose of Jericho blooms on Christmas Eve. Serpents cannot endure the shadow of the ash tree. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith She called me a “rattle!” As a gentleman, I cannot recede. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Eliot Those great jets of emotion were a necessary part of his life; he himself had said to the people long ago, ‘Without preaching I cannot live. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

What could have induced such a sound Teuton to entrust his offspring to the unhealthy influences of that effete, corrupt, rotten and criminal country I cannot imagine. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Anna Katherine Green Love cannot always keep at fever-heat. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Theodore Dreiser If we decide that we cannot find out what you want to know, we are the first to say so. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Nathaniel Hawthorne We have so much familiarity with one another’s realities, that we cannot remove ourselves, at pleasure, into an imaginary sphere. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

I cannot explain myself further at present. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Olaf Stapledon But although I cannot altogether trust the Marxist's prophecies, I recognize that he has seized upon one of the most important sociological principles. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Nathaniel Hawthorne It cannot comfort the heart in affliction; it grows dim when the shadow is upon us. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

M. P. Shiel You cannot imagine me a mere fille! To be escortcd is to admit yourself a woman, and that is improper in Nowhere. Young Eos drives an équipage à quatre, but Artemis ‘walks’ alone. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Such criticism indeed was not common in Switzerland in his day, and one cannot blame Gibbon for not anticipating the researches of modern investigators. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

William Hope Hodgson Presently, I try to think over the happenings of the past night; but, though I cannot sleep, I find that it is useless, to attempt consecutive thought. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Sinclair Lewis Girls like Madeline Fox, artistic young women who do not work at it, cannot be restrained from Improving for more than a day at a time. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Henry James In this country, I cannot understand whether it is an increase of effort: the English Sunday is so difficult! This one will, however, in any case, have been beautiful for you. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George MacDonald Much of what she said, I did not understand, and therefore cannot remember. Lilith by George MacDonald

E. Phillips Oppenheim I cannot turn them into action. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Bram Stoker It is now six o’clock, and we are to meet in the study in half an hour and take something to eat, for Dr. Van Helsing and Dr. Seward are agreed that if we do not eat we cannot work our best. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Walter Scott He cannot but be aware of the feelings which prevented me from taking advantage of the cover which this young lady’s devoted loyalty afforded me, at the risk of her own happiness. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

When I go out you shall go too, and if business takes me where you cannot accompany me I will give you money to shop with, which will keep you pleasantly occupied till I can rejoin you. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

She felt keenly having failed to give Ralph a son, and the sudden smart of the old hurt added a touch of sharpness to her usually gentle voice as she said, “1 cannot see what has been left undone. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

John Galsworthy It’s not his fault — so was he born! To me it is a view that has always been abhorrent — so was I born! Knowing you as I do, I feel it cannot be otherwise than abhorrent to you. To Let by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling I cannot climb out,” cried Mowgli. The curve of the broken dome was above his head. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Elizabeth Gaskell Besides, my time for my excursion is so short, I cannot afford to waste a day. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Wilkie Collins Margaret cannot give me much help, I am afraid. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

We are much obliged to this gentleman for his kindness, but you cannot accept his offer. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Rudyard Kipling And what more remains to tell? I cannot write connectedly, because I am in love with all those girls aforesaid, and some others who do not appear in the invoice. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith Search myself through as I may, I cannot tell when the change began, or what the change consists of, or what is the matter with me, or what charm there is in the person who does the mischief. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Anthony Trollope I cannot allow that a man can be justified in neglecting his duties for the sake of a cloudy wife. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Whomever I think of now I cannot but compare them to ourselves. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Von Arnim Why cannot it be my duty to make lists and plans for the dear garden? “And so it is,” I insisted to the Man of Wrath, when he protested against what he called wasting my time upstairs. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

What Posthumus felt at hearing this proof of the innocence of his lady cannot be expressed. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Andrew Lang Absolute proof that Scott did, or did not, pervert the ballad, and turn a false Elliot into a false Scott version, cannot be obtained unless new documents bearing on the matter are discovered. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Edmund Burke Their efforts, if ever they can be commenced, cannot be sustained. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Caroline Lamb It cannot however exist in union with guilt. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Arthur Machen For if we shift to raise the body, ’tis a great chance that the man’s head will fall apart, and I cannot abide the thought of it. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

The actions of persons under a certain influence cannot be predicted or accounted for. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Anthony Trollope I cannot think that at the present day any hesitation need be felt on such a point. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I cannot think it the finest thing in the world for all of us that Marie Bromar should succeed in getting a rich young man for her husband, who, as far as I can see, never had two ideas in his head. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Why cannot we have faith in each other? I want to help you. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

I cannot describe to you my sensations on the near prospect of my undertaking. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Let those who cannot break it, beware, for Eblis is near at hand. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

He cannot have much money with him, but they may force him to find them money. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

George Gissing Faith cannot spring from any observation of phenomena, or scrutiny of authorities, but from the declaration made to us by the spiritual faculty. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Samuel Johnson It must be placed where the wind cannot act upon it with violence, because it has no cement; and where the water will run easily away, because it has no floor but the naked ground. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Ralph Waldo Emerson We cannot get rid of these people, and we cannot get rid of their will to be supported. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

H. G. Wells I cannot give you by any writing the light and the sweet freshness of that high desolation. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Eliot You may say, “I will forsake my husband,” but you cannot cease to be a wife. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

The highest genius cannot afford in our time to forget the ancient precept, Divide et impera. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

M. P. Shiel Then suddenly vocal: ‘What, think you, did he mean by ‘suns whose rays are living lutes’?’ ‘I cannot tell, Areta. Read the whole. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

He is the advocate of Plutarchus; he knows state secrets; the city cannot contain him. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Life, I grant, cannot be made eternal; but it may be prolonged almost indefinitely. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Jack London But the circulation of wet and freezing feet cannot be restored by running when it is seventy-five below. Lost Face by Jack London

Rudyard Kipling The houses where they nautch hold many thousand people, and the nautch is so wonderful that I cannot describe it. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Rudyard Kipling On that occasion, it cannot be denied that Gunner Barnabas was drunk. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope It is not only that I am separated from you, my own dear, dearest girl, but that I cannot refrain from thinking how it has come to pass that it is so. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Samuel Johnson Of the Earse language, as I understand nothing, I cannot say more than I have been told. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Maria Edgeworth Change of circumstances, however alarming, cannot shake the fixed judgment of my understanding. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

E. F. Benson I cannot possibly permit it to take place in my garden. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Anthony Trollope There are men by whom a woman, if she have wit, beauty, and no conscience, cannot be withstood. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen It cannot be concealed from anyone. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

George MacDonald I know this seems nonsense, but I cannot help it. Lilith by George MacDonald

George Meredith I cannot say less, and will say no more. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

What hallucination blinds you I cannot say. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Not one statement shall be made which cannot be supported by unimpeachable reference: not one word shall be uttered which I am not as willing to print as to speak. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Rudyard Kipling Whether the granite-faced reservoir and two-mile tunnel that supplies Hong-Kong with water be worth seeing I cannot tell. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Bram Stoker What music they make!” Seeing, I suppose, some expression in my face strange to him, he added, “Ah, sir, you dwellers in the city cannot enter into the feelings of the hunter. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Olaf Stapledon So deeply impressed is he with this fact about his own life that he cannot but feel it as a universal truth. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Edgar Allan Poe How canst thou tranquilly sleep? I cannot rest for the cry of these great agonies. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

William Shakespeare Or I shall live your epitaph to make, Or you survive when I in earth am rotten; From hence your memory death cannot take, Although in me each part will be forgotten. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

John Stuart Mill We cannot isolate a human being from the circumstances of his condition, so as to ascertain experimentally what he would have been by nature. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Anthony Trollope There, darling, I must not say more; only that I cannot bear to see you grieving, I would not have said this:’ and then he left her, and nothing more was spoken on the subject. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Oscar Wilde You will see fearful shapes in darkness, and wicked voices will whisper in your ear, but they will not harm you, for against the purity of a little child the powers of Hell cannot prevail. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde [1887]

The Duchess of Marlborough has given me a hundred pounds for one copy; and others have contributed very handsomely; but as my account is not yet settled, I cannot tell you particulars. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Andrew Lang No matter what you see or hear, it is absolutely needful for you to be perfectly still, or I cannot answer for the consequences. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

You cannot tell how far it might have been the vehicle of some fluid force in nature. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

That Duchess [of Hamilton],19 Lord Warwick, Lord Stanhope, Mrs. Bellenden, Mrs. Lepell, and I cannot tell who else, had your letters . The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Guy de Maupassan She tried to read it, but the figures danced before her eyes; she handed the paper to Duroy. “Here, pay it for me; I cannot see. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

I cannot recognize him as my father. Mother by Maksim Gorky

M. P. Shiel But, since Frankl was just preparing to celebrate the kiddush, “He cannot be seen now”, said a man in the hall. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You cannot add up a column of figures correctly, or post a single entry from the day book into the ledger to the right account. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell When I remember Boucher’s half mad words and ways, I cannot bear to think how coolly Mr. Thornton spoke. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Charles Kingsley Where it has no inward unity it cannot have any outward one. Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope by Charles Kingsley

Ford Madox Ford Things cannot be done in a hole-and-corner manner in this command . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

James Joyce I feel I cannot usefully add anything to that. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

I cannot think that what we saw was an imagination of the waking mind. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

You must see that with such ideas I cannot remain in these times or in this world; for one cannot exist thus without regard to time and space. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Anthony Trollope You tell me that you cannot marry me. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anne Bronte So you must hold your tongue, you naughty girl; for, though you are so ready to leave us, you know very well we cannot part with you. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

John Ruskin For the same reason that your child cannot wash its face and hands till you have washed them many a day for it, and will not wash them when it can, till you force it. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Mrs. Knox was not in the house at the time, and therefore cannot give me the details. Dr. Knox by Ellen Wood [1873]

W. H. Hudson I cannot describe my unhappy condition during the long months when I vainly wrestled with this sinful emotion, and when I often thought in the bitterness of my heart that my God had forsaken me. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

George Gissing You cannot think what difficulties I have overcome. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

M. R. James I cannot put a date to the story, but I was young when I heard it, and the teller was old. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

I cannot quite see now how I found time for even trying to do the things I had in hand more or less. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Andrew Lang So now you know why, if you dive deep down below the cold surface of the water on a frosty day, you will find it comfortable and pleasant underneath, and be quite sorry that you cannot stay there. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux I do not believe either in the guilt or in the connivance of my concierges, though I cannot understand what they were doing in the park at that late hour of the night. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Walter Scott There lingers here in these dungeons, for I cannot say he lives — a blind old man, to whom for three years every thing beyond his prison has been a universal blot. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

She cannot keep me from showing you that; no, no, she cannot keep me from showing you that. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

The Australian native can withstand all the reverses of nature, fiendish droughts and sweeping floods, horrors of thirst and enforced starvation-but he cannot withstand civilization. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Not to be insincere, I cannot pretend that I viewed the situation with his single mind. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn What could be better than “Still the question I must parry, Still a wayward truant prove, Where I love I cannot marry, Where I marry cannot love. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Benjamin Disraeli She is a regular quiz, and you cannot imagine how everybody was laughing at you the other night. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Vain legend! They cannot make it true and real to their conceptions. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

You cannot have been guilty of a crime. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope Miss O’Joscelyn might cry for her lost lover till she got him back again, or got another; and no one would be the wiser, and she would not be the worse; but you cannot do that. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The bores we dread, the letters we don’t want to answer, cannot follow and annoy us. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

George Borrow Oh! I cannot tell you all she was’— and here the old man drew his hand across his eyes. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

The worst of it is that, for very many reasons, I cannot tell you anything definite. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Andrew Lang The attitude of Dr. Nevius cannot be called strictly scientific. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells I did this thing and I want to tell of my doing it, but why I did it and particularly why I should be held responsible for it I cannot explain. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Guy de Maupassan I said to myself: “May Fate preserve me from ever receiving a similar relic!” I know of nothing more terrible than such a recollection connected with a familiar object that one cannot dispose of. The Mountain Pool by Guy de Maupassan

A duel was fought, sorely against my wish, but I was neither principal nor second in the affair “But you took a deep interest in some one who was?” “That I cannot deny, donna. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Jules Verne But as we cannot possibly stop them, we must make haste to begin our own operations, and compete boldly with all rivals. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Virginia Woolf It is time the Government insisted upon employers giving work to more men, thus enabling them to marry the women they cannot now approach. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Frances Hodgson Burnett People who need taking care of must be literally hidden away in corners where war vibrations cannot reach them. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell I cannot help fearing that he will leave off caring for all the quiet ways in which we have been so happy ever since we were married. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Whatever exceptions we take to his methods or his results, we cannot deny him a very great literary genius. Henry James by William Dean Howells

Algernon Blackwood For Beauty, once known, cannot exclude us. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Henry James I don’t say it because I am her father, sir; but as one man of taste addressing another I cannot help observing that you have there an exquisite work. The American by Henry James [1877]

Leo Tolstoy Although I feel all this so vividly, I still live on amid the depravity and sins of rich society; and I cannot leave it, because I have neither the knowledge nor the strength to do so. There are No Guilty People by Leo Tolstoy

It is certain that we cannot keep together since I have received news that the police are after us. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

John Ruskin The book we cannot read, or picture we take no delight in, may indeed be called part of our wealth, in so far as we have power of exchanging either for something we like better. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

He is my brother, but I cannot acquit him of fault. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

We cannot fight these skellums on fair terms in the open, but in a strong fort we may beat them off for perhaps twelve hours, perhaps more. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

O, shun me not, but hear me ere you go! God knows, I cannot force love as you do: My words shall be as spotless as my youth, Full of simplicity and naked truth. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Apart from the writing and publication of his poems, we cannot divide Tennyson’s later life into definite sections. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

George Gissing Man has a right to nothing in this world that he cannot pay for. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Sometimes now I cannot even persuade myself that it was a human being. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

John Bunyan Hope. Why man! Christ is so hid in God from the natural apprehensions of all flesh, that he cannot by any man be savingly known, unless God the Father reveals him to them. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Do you really think the enemy will attack us in the morning?” “Not knowing their plans, I cannot say,” I replied, “but I must confess it looks terribly like it. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Thomas Carlyle The diligent Godwin himself admits that he cannot make it out. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

When we entertain a great man or stranger, there we cannot invite or choose his company, but must receive those that come along with him. Symposiacs by Plutarch

I cannot drag the unfathomable disgrace of all these crimes into a record so pure as that of the Roche–Guyon race. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Dickens You may make a great dwelling-house very lonely, but isolating suites of rooms and calling them chambers, but you cannot make the true kind of loneliness. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

But I— I have lost everything and cannot begin life anew. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Margaret Oliphant I cannot understand for my part——” “And there could be no young lady,” said Katie. “Mrs. Methven was alone. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George Berkeley Without extension solidity cannot be conceived; since therefore it has been shewn that extension exists not in an unthinking substance, the same must also be true of solidity. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

E. Phillips Oppenheim What I cannot make up my mind about is whether we might not do more harm by succeeding. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have seen such faces in the pictures of the old masters of the Middle Ages. How a beastman could have laid his vile paws upon such a being of the beyond I cannot imagine. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Charles Dickens M. Loyal cannot bear to admit anything that might seem by any implication to disparage the military profession. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Anthony Trollope It is impossible that poor Daly should hunt if they will not permit him, and they carry their orders so far that he cannot even keep a hound in his kennels because they do not choose to allow it. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins I cannot get your last cruel words out of my ears. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Robert Green Ingersoll God cannot hate anybody who is capable of loving anybody. What shall we do to be Saved? by Robert Green Ingersoll

There, follow me! I cannot go so slow. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope When things have once gone wrong they cannot be mended without showing the patches. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon If a shipwrecked seaman on his raft is swept helplessly past marvelous coasts and then home again, he cannot hold his peace. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells I cannot tell you of temptation and ignorance and disease. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Charles Dickens I cannot sleep, I cannot stay here, I cannot leave you alone under the roof where such dreams come. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He cannot even manage an abduction. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

But it cannot be supposed we can let you go without great regret; and I beg you to receive the expression of my own. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Wilkie Collins As long as I am shut out from your confidence, it matters little whether we live on land or at sea — we cannot live happily. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Like most other races, the Burmese have a distinctive smell — I cannot describe it: it is a smell that makes one’s teeth tingle — but this smell never disgusted me. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry Kingsley Say I should wish her to be happy, only that I know she cannot be. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Arnold Bennett The single monosyllable conveyed to Edwin: “I cannot deny it. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

They would all laugh at me, and I cannot bear to be mocked. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

You cannot anywhere buy better than these. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Even now I cannot sit in this room save with quickened pulses and stirred heart. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Meredith There cannot be an error, Chillon. It seems to show, that he has embraced the serious meaning of the word—or seriously embraced the meaning, reads’ better. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Gissing We cannot carry the salt, but we give her a copper and she runs off, delighted. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

G. K. Chesterton But it cannot be denied that when his machine was brought into operation it was always operative, even to the point of killing the millionaire who might have financed it. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Rave not, rage not, wrath is fruitless, Fury cannot change my mind; I but deem the feeling rootless Which so whirls in passion’s wind. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Edgar Allan Poe We cannot suppose him, on the night of the fatal Sunday, both innocent himself and incognizant of an outrage committed. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

H. G. Wells It cannot break off to give way to something else. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Miles Franklin Will you wear my ring again?” “Oh no; and you must not say I am flirting if I cannot manage to love you enough to marry you, but I will try my best. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Sir Walter Scott No, I cannot believe a nobleman would carry deceit so far. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Rudyard Kipling How Ortheris, a fox-terrier of a Cockney, ever came to be one of the trio, is a mystery which even today I cannot explain. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Robert Green Ingersoll The slave may bow and cringe and crawl, but he cannot worship, he cannot adore. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll