Phrases with "carelessness"

Jane Austen It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is for my sake you asked Raoul de Besset here? and your jewels—your beautiful diamond necklace, which so many of your womenkind have worn—it is through my carelessness that it is lost. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Transcendent boldness welled up in Kennedy’s heart, and Boot’s himself could have crossed that threshold with no greater a carelessness for danger. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

The King looked narrowly at him, then greeting him with much outward show of carelessness and pleasure made him go with him to the King’s own lodgings. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Andrew Lang It was great carelessness of him, she said, to leave no one to watch the ship with her. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth The carelessness of the drunken servant, who had occasioned so much mischief, was talked of for a few minutes with great satisfaction. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Chateauroy spoke with a carelessness as of a man to a dog, turning to his Corporal. “Victor, Mme. la Princesse honors you with the desire to see your toys again. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

When their fowls escaped from their runs and were killed by speeding motorists, or when their cats and dogs sickened and died, everything was due to carelessness and improper feeding. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Miss Keeldar sauntered slowly by: her gait, her countenance wearing that mixture of wistfulness and carelessness which, when quiescent, was the wonted cast of her look, and character of her bearing. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

And why? Of course the carelessness and the ignorance of youth had something to do with that. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Sinclair Lewis While he remained true to Sharon, he had cumulatively been feeling that it was sheer carelessness to let the pretty and anemic and virginal Lily be wasted. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

It seemed to him, although this impression may have been unwarranted, that there was some carelessness and disorder over the hall bustle, too much shouting and calling out and casual argument. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

I am bound to say it might have been made much more truly impressive, if there had been less French, Rousseau-like sentimentalizing and wire-drawing; and rather more healthful carelessness of effect. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

The principle of esse quam videri, and the carelessness about names when the thing is unaffected, generally speaking, must command praise and respect. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

With all his carelessness he had a conscience and some forethought. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Willa Cather The space, the colour, the princely carelessness of the pioneer they would destroy and cut up into profitable bits, as the match factory splinters the primeval forest. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Gertrude Stein A tobacco habit is one that a leaf does not enlighten and yet carelessness is so extraordinary. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There was an air, not actually of neglect — for it was weeded, and the walks were trim and gravelled — but of carelessness and rusticity, not unpleasant, in the place. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Charles Dickens There was something naturally graceful and pleasant in the very carelessness of his air. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Wilkie Collins She talked to-day at dinner with a gaiety and carelessness so false, so shockingly out of her character, that I secretly longed to silence her and take her away. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell The tones of their unrestrained voices, and their carelessness of all common rules of street politeness, frightened Margaret a little at first. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

G. K. Chesterton I was once at a debating club at which Bernard Shaw said that he was not a humanitarian at all, but only an economist, that he merely hated to see life wasted by carelessness or cruelty. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

In Nelson there are few, if any, laws against carelessness in respect of scab. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

H. G. Wells As the days wore on, his utter carelessness of any consideration so intensified our distress and danger that I had, much as I loathed doing it, to resort to threats, and at last to blows. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

He wore a loose travelling dress, which, in its picturesque carelessness of style, was not without elegance. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Of Burton’s carelessness and inaccuracies, we have already spoken. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Anthony Trollope And the style of the English was good, though from most unpardonable carelessness the grammar was not unfrequently faulty. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

John Morley The prodigy of such amazing results from such glorious carelessness as Shakespeare's, has plunged hundreds of men of talent into a carelessness most inglorious, and made our acting stage a mock. Voltaire by John Morley

Arnold Bennett He stopped in the hall until she had had time to fly, and then he lit a match as a signal which surely no carelessness could miss. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anthony’s affair with Dorothy Raycroft was an inevitable result of his increasing carelessness about himself. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Some other person, therefore, had been using them, and upon returning them to the body, either in carelessness or hurry, had replaced them in the wrong pocket. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But carelessness was for his children. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was not uncommon in his new carelessness to let many of his clean clothes go directly back to the laundry without having ever been worn, a common eccentricity of impoverished bachelors. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The frocks I distributed to the new arrivals were frequently burned in a night from ignorance or carelessness at the sleeping fires. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

With a mixture of sailor's carelessness and of old-standing belief in his own luck he simply stuffed the precious waistcoat up the flue of the empty fireplace. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Algernon Blackwood Amid the anxiety were items of carelessness that almost seemed assumed. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

The door stood ajar, and with a jealous sense of his possession within, he reproached himself for his carelessness in leaving it so. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

George Eliot I had been brought up in carelessness of the true faith; I had not studied the doctrines of our religion; but it seemed to take possession of me like a rising flood. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

He then set the cream towards me with a carelessness that nearly overset it, and in trying to reach an egg from the centre of the table, broke two. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

After all, what was hers was his—though, to Raydon’s mind, his cherished darling’s only fault was her carelessness about money. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell No sort of carelessness or neglect is allowed under her rule, and yet she is not over-strict, nor too rigidly exacting: her servants and her poor neighbours love as well as respect her. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Rudyard Kipling By thy very carelessness they know that thou art a man. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

It’s easy enough to have brains as they call it, but it is not so easy to have a little gaiety or carelessness or childishness or whatever it was she had. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Lucy Maud Montgomery The liniment cake mistake cured me of carelessness in cooking. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

It was rotten carelessness dropping that card but, I am quite sure, nothing more. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

It was perfectly safe if properly worked; but a hitch, the slightest carelessness in the working, would be perilous, and might be fatal. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Moreover, he has copied the scrawls with a carelessness so prodigious, that we failed at first to recognize the original. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

William Blades This I will leave, and will now only place on record some of the cruelties perpetrated upon books by the ignorance or carelessness of binders. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Sigmund Freud Thus, the absurdity of this dream is simply the result of a carelessness of verbal expression, which does not distinguish between the bust or the photograph and the original. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Nothing makes people tire of each other like a familiarity that admits of carelessness in quarrelling and coarseness in complaining. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Picking them up, each in turn, he frowned in disgust at his late master’s carelessness in leaving them both loaded. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Arthur Conan Doyle That may point to carelessness or it may point to agitation and hurry upon the part of the cutter. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Charles Kingsley He has such utter confidence in you, such utter carelessness about himself, such utter faith in God, that he can let you go without a sigh. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

H.P. Lovecraft No defect in the machinery or carelessness in the men had been noticed, yet without warning the ship was racked from end to end with a colossal shock. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Thomas Hardy That Eustacia was somehow the cause of Wildeve’s carelessness in relation to the marriage had at once been Venn’s conclusion on hearing of the secret meeting between them. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Sir Walter Scott She preserved even the rash carelessness of her temper, and though her cheek had grown pale at the first alarm, her eye was calm and almost scornful. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Anton Chekhov To those of them who have been endowed by nature with taste and an instinct of beauty, the slight carelessness adds a special charm. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

George Gissing Mr. Norman, it appeared, had been pursuing his favourite pleasure, that of boating, and had, through some carelessness or other, been capsized. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Presently, however, Larose spoke with an inflexion of carelessness in his voice. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Virginia Woolf However, I suppose there’ll be no difficulty about getting a cottage, will there?” He spoke with an assumption of carelessness as if expecting her to dissuade him. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had none of the sang froid or the pleasure-seeking carelessness of the Englishman who sat by his side. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

I could not understand his mood: all the carelessness and the fierceness had quite gone out of him. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

H. G. Wells In his younger days there had been a lamentable lapse into luxurious indulgence and carelessness on the part of the free people of the States, but all that was past. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

T. E. Lawrence The webs were constantly unravelling through his carelessness in leaving them unfinished. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He was not great enough for the carelessness of perfect scorn. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Jim’s voice, suddenly raised with a stern intonation, carried across the courtyard, reproving the carelessness of some dumb sinner by the river-side. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

It was unpardonable carelessness on my part to have left them on the mountain as I had done, for it might be a long time now before I should be able to get them back and make restitution. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

It was a great deal stronger than could have been prompted by his disapprobation of the man’s carelessness in his duties on board. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

There is an abandon and carelessness in parts which mark its sincerity. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

D.H. Lawrence The women glanced at him with approval, for he was ruddy; besides, he had that carelessness and abstraction of despair. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf The carelessness of her attitude seemed to him rather masculine than feminine. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Jonathan Swif I hate that Sterne for his carelessness about it; but it was my fault. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Jules Verne They were by no means unnecessary, however, for any imprudence or carelessness might have cost the travelers dear. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had always been remarkable for a certain towsiness of appearance and carelessness of dress which harmonized with his Bohemian habits. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Rudyard Kipling It is only your carelessness in driving. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Algernon Blackwood The ‘N.H.’ side will disappear now more and more, unless you stimulate it for your own ends “ He broke off, speaking lightly still, but with a carelessness some might have guessed assumed. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

So he did not suspect anything? Such carelessness and negligence frightened him. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Arnold Bennett He was furiously angry because his precious property had been irretrievably damaged by the momentary carelessness of a silly girl. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins Some carelessness on the part of the attendant had left on the table the writing materials that had been needed for her confession. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Jules Verne The soldiers of the escort displayed excessive vigilance, for they would have paid for the slightest carelessness with their heads. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Gertrude Stein Carelessness is carelessness and a cake well a cake is a powder, it is very likely to be powder, it is very likely to be much worse. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

But now he expounded with admirable clearness the wrongness of carelessness about warrants and of taking things for granted. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Walter Scott But although the dress was handsome, it was put on with a carelessness which showed the mind of the wearer ill at ease. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Anthony Trollope This carelessness on such matters was very offensive to Mr Dobbes, who loved discipline and exactitude. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells For a space Kemp remained staring at the quiet carelessness of Adye’s attitude. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Henry Kingsley The mixture of respect and kindness towards the person, and of carelessness about his favour was — well — very creditable. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

This carelessness threw them into a dense mass, upon which my brother’s rapid eye saw instantly the opportunity offered for operating most effectually by a charge. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Maxim Gorky Yet under this carelessness is hidden, perhaps, caution. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

Anthony Trollope The land bursts with its own produce, and the plenty is such that it creates wasteful carelessness in the gathering of the crop. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jonathan Swif We are full of speculations upon it, but I believe it was the carelessness of his French rascally servants. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Arnold Bennett The Pension might have been the most complete business failure that gross carelessness and incapacity had ever provoked. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Gertrude Stein The disgrace is not in carelessness nor even in sewing it comes out out of the way. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Sinclair Lewis If Sam did not find them cheery, he was amused by the pleasant carelessness of Mrs. Cortright’s household. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Benjamin Disraeli It tortured him to feel that he had often accepted with carelessness or indifference the homage of a heart that had been to him ever faithful in its multiplied devotion. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope At hotels I have seldom locked up my belongings, and my carelessness has never been punished. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe His situation was still one of the most precarious, as the men were continually intoxicated, and there was no relying upon their continued good-humor or carelessness in regard to himself. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith And he accused Murat of carelessness of his horses, ingratitude to his benefactor, circussy style. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Olaf Stapledon He was thoroughly spoilt by the daughters of the business community on account of his good looks and a certain lordly carelessness in his attitude to them. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis Innocent in themselves, but they might lead to carelessness in beverages. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Benjamin Disraeli It is useless to criticise this invention of the lying Greeks, to whose blinded conceit and carelessness we are indebted for the almost total darkness in which the records of antiquity are enveloped. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

Rudyard Kipling But the evil planted in me by that moment’s carelessness works out to its end. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Rudyard Kipling Bus! Will the Sirdar take the tale of clay? And yet, were twenty men to be crushed by their own carelessness in the pit, these same impassive workers would scatter like panic-stricken horses. The Giridih Coal-Fields by Rudyard Kipling [1891]