Phrases with "destroy"

Mark Twain I will go out and destroy him, and then come back and write another chapter of vituperation. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Radclyffe Hall All that she was and had been he knew; in all the world she had no other secret save this one most unnatural and monstrous injustice that was stronger than her will to destroy it. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Abraham Merri They would not slay the Shining One themselves, for still they loved it; but they instructed these others how to undo their work; how also they might destroy the evil Taithu were it necessary. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Radclyffe Hall Oh! my dear, how I built on you; and I thought I had dug the foundations so deep that no waves or tempests could destroy them. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Jules Verne However, I did not destroy it, but locked it in my desk for safe keeping. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Jack London It bid fair to destroy for me all that was best and brightest in life. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

D. H. Lawrence She would involve and lead a man on, she would destroy him rather than not get of him what she wanted. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anna Katherine Green A woman with a secret — and my heart held a woful and desperate one — should never feel that that secret lacks power to destroy her because it has long lain quiescent. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Anthony Trollope It might be returned, or it might simply be her own, to destroy all hope of happiness for her on earth. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Wise speech and good intentions — they were invariably maggoty with these secret inclinations to destroy the man in the man. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H. Rider Haggard Ay, we will bequeath to you three things: famine and pestilence and civil war, which shall rage among you and destroy you till ye are no more a people. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne Their hatred against Robur and his people had so increased that they would sacrifice their own lives to destroy the “Albatross” and all she bore. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

William Makepeace Thackeray Would there be any use in his martyrdom? Bluebeard cannot live for ever; perhaps, even now, those are on their way (one sees a suspicious cloud of dust or two) that are to destroy him. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Anthony Trollope But it is within human power to destroy possession, and redistribute the goods which industry, avarice, or perhaps injustice has congregated. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

The day would come when machinery would destroy the skilled worker. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

G. K. Chesterton He will not destroy the religion of South Kensington, or crush the old customs of Bayswater.” An irrepressible explosion of laughter went up from the forefront of the great army. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

M. P. Shiel Well, this is what I say: to keep Cobby, you must destroy his waggon-loads. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Abraham Merri Those who pursued the ancient ways went to the Three and pleaded with them to destroy their work — and they would not, for still they loved it. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Ann Radcliffe Hope, however, whispered to his wishes, that Mary might in time be induced to admit the addresses of the Count, and he determined not wholly to destroy his hopes. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Jack London This is a dilemma that interferes somehow with the aim of creation, and the only way out, as it seems to you, is to destroy that which takes from you your profits. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Its pretensions to public favour were thus summed up on the eight of spades: “A rare invention to destroy the crowd Of fools at home instead of fools abroad. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

These alone, I believe, would not suffice to destroy him. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

H. G. Wells The attempt to destroy freedom in one part of a man’s brain while leaving other parts to move freely and creatively was doomed to failure from the outset. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Hide the papers when she comes back, or she will destroy them. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells He used no Heat-Ray to destroy them, but picked them up one by one. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

G. K. Chesterton Each of us is trying to bend the tree by a twig: to alter England through a distant colony, or to capture the State through a small State department, or to destroy all voting through a vote. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Olaf Stapledon They did their utmost to destroy the enemy aerodromes. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Abraham Merri It is not too late to destroy you, my enemy . Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

I determined to go without a guide, for I was well acquainted with the path, and the presence of another would destroy the solitary grandeur of the scene. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Andrew Lang His brothers noticed this, and envy and jealousy were added to their fear, so much so that they determined once more to destroy him. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Familiarity with the white men would soon destroy the idea of any thing supernatural, or even superior, in their natures. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope But how could he himself, at one blow, by one word, destroy the high and polished shaft on which she whom he loved had placed him? He could not do it. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells You can persuade any one in five minutes that he or she belongs to some special and blessed and privileged sort of human being; it takes a lifetime to destroy that persuasion. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

William Godwin Those he consulted gave him a pointed warning to take heed of Macduff, who in time to come would seek to destroy him. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Edith Wharton They said it was of no use — that he’d always meant to destroy the whole edition and that I ought to respect his wishes. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Sir Thomas Browne They that endeavour to abolish vice destroy also virtue; for contraries, though they destroy one another, are yet the life of one another. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Gertrude Stein It shines and it darkens another, it does not shine and destroy the connector, it does not shine in a color, it does not make a brown tender. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Benjamin Disraeli They were for immediate progress, and at the head of the army which had been sent out to destroy him, Florestan in due course entered the enthusiastic city which recognised him as its sovereign. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

She had not had the clemency to destroy it with the rest. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Henry James It was because he knew that her voice had magic in it, and from the moment he caught its first note he had determined to destroy it. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins I want to know if I ought to destroy it. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

His first impulse was to ignore the whole business, destroy the note, and say nothing about it to Isbel or anyone else. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Edmund Burke On the contrary, without care it may be used to vitiate our minds and to destroy our happiness. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

D. H. Lawrence Before, with her husband, things had seemed to be breaking down in her, but they did not destroy her power to live. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

His powerful speech, however, was not without effect, for it raised him such a host of Presbyterian enemies as sufficed to destroy his practice. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Edmund Burke With them it is a sufficient motive to destroy an old scheme of things, because it is an old one. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Obviously the only thing was to destroy the prospective shrine. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

They were dead, and I lived; their murderer also lived, and to destroy him I must drag out my weary existence. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

He enlarged on the fact that all work disappears; certain people do it and others destroy it, neither valuing it nor understanding it. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Glenarm’s hand flew out with the stealthy rapidity of a cat’s paw, to seize and destroy it. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

G. K. Chesterton It is the fact that he wrote a play designed to destroy the whole of this intellectualist fallacy at the age of twenty-three. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

G. K. Chesterton We are to deny Christian justice and destroy international equality, all in order to teach an Arab to believe he is “an agent of fate,” when he has never believed anything else. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

David Hume There are many other particulars of the same kind, which may diminish or destroy the force of any argument, derived from human testimony. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Robert Green Ingersoll Every art and artifice, every cruelty and outrage has been practiced and perpetrated to destroy the rights of man. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

D. H. Lawrence Which, believe me, is very sincere! One hates to have to destroy a fine-looking animal. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

They suspected some insidious scheme concerted by Montezuma to destroy the Spaniards. These suggestions disturbed the mind of Cortes, but did not turn him from his purpose. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Andrew Lang There was talk of a plot to destroy both Dudley and the Queen. ‘The Duke and the rest of them cannot put up with Lord Robert’s being king. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

You friend was an idiot to destroy it. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Thomas Paine We are invited to submit to a man who has attempted by every cruelty to destroy us, and to join him in making war against France, who is already at war against him for our support. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

He would paint their fury with respect, appreciating its awful, anarchic power and aware that they had it in them to destroy civilization. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity — it is to destroy it. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Wilkie Collins On the other hand, he spoke with a revolting readiness of the crime that he had committed, and of his settled resolution to destroy himself if Miss Laroche refused to be his wife. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

What could this strange feeling portend?—why should it thus attack her? It was just as if some fatality were in the house waiting to destroy her, and a subtle power would keep her from entering it. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

George MacDonald But Diamond began as usual to try to destroy the misery. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

For the case is pretty equal as to both sexes, each can destroy the other’s peace. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Now I feel in my five wits it is the fiend that has made this bargain with me, to destroy me here. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

H. G. Wells Apparently a major power system is necessary to destroy any minor power system that preceded the readjustment or arose out of it. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Andrew Lang But the servant implored the prince to have nothing to do with them, and never gave him any peace till he had obtained leave to destroy the robes. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Locke It would, I think, be enough to destroy any such positive idea of infinite, to ask him that has it — whether he could add to it or no; which would easily show the mistake of such a positive idea. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

So eager was he to destroy every trace of its existence, that he did not spare even the finely bound copies of his friends. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Jack London It will not let you destroy the machines. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Edmund Burke It would be like the attempt to destroy (if it were in our competence to destroy) the expansive force of fixed air in nitre, or the power of steam, or of electricity, or of magnetism. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

He therefore made his way to Monsieur’s apartments, in order to surprise him on his return, and to destroy with a few words all the good impressions Madame might have been able to sow in his heart. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anatole France He intended to destroy them, and, in fact, did drown the larger part. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Olaf Stapledon The highly developed technique of violence threatened to destroy civilization; year by year gentleness lost ground. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells He wanted to destroy every stratum of recalcitrance in the world, before it could assemble a definite attack upon him. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Its favourite dainty is an An when it can catch him unawares; and hence the Ana destroy it relentlessly whenever it enters their dominion. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Plague came, threatening to destroy at once the aim of the ambitious and the hopes of love. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The slightest hint, the faintest idea that we are watching, and he’ll trail off or at best if he’s in anyway implicated, destroy all trace of the McIver affair. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

But thy Lord would never destroy cities until He sent to the metropolis thereof an apostle, to recite to them our signs; nor would we destroy cities unless their people were unjust. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

He talked about what were seven years in prison for a man who could live rich for the remainder of his life and he kept saying that no rats in the old mill could get at the notes to destroy them. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Wilkie Collins He is also to be especially careful to destroy the labels on the bottles in the medicine-chest. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Of course, we cannot settle in lands already occupied by the Vril-ya; and if we take the cultivated lands of the other races of Ana, we must utterly destroy the previous inhabitants. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Guy de Maupassant He gives life but to destroy it! God, monsieur, is a murderer! He needs death every day. Moiron by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Edith Wharton To destroy Anne’s happiness seemed an act of murderous cruelty. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Marjorie Bowen These few moments were his; then he must go and lie to his officers, deceive his men, weaken his towns, destroy his forts — prepare to place them in Visconti’s hands. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Anthony Trollope Could she make up her mind absolutely to destroy so large a property, it would be best for her to have recourse to “her own broad waves,” as she called them even to herself. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith And it didn’t destroy your confidence?’ ‘Added to it, I hope. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

D.H. Lawrence We, as natural men, are more or less degrading to them and to their love of us; therefore they destroy the natural man in us — that is, us altogether. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

On this Gerard felt it would be imprudent and improper to destroy the deed. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The child strikes at the fluttering creature because it has life in it, and he has an instinct within him impelling him to destroy life wherever he finds it. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

R. D. Blackmore But this conviction drove him to an uncomfortable conclusion —“Miss Yordas intends to destroy that deed without her sister’s knowledge. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

G. K. Chesterton Genuine rebels wish to destroy kings. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Take you, holy ragans, care to destroy the brood. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Accordingly he set off in search of it, intending to destroy it as he had done its contents. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Jules Verne Therefore, it would be necessary to fight, to destroy every one of these scoundrels, unworthy of pity, and against whom any means would be right. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

It was too late now to destroy General Sarsfield’s instructions; any attempt to do so would ensure detection. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

What will you do? The utmost you can do — and this you will never dare to do — is to burn down my mill, destroy its contents, and shoot me. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Wilkie Collins I have decided to destroy myself with a poison of my own discovery. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Wilkie Collins My first impulse, after reading Mrs. Catherick’s extraordinary narrative, was to destroy it. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

We must submit to this fatigue, in order to live at ease ever after; and must cultivate true metaphysics with some care, in order to destroy the false and adulterated. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Listen to me, Frankenstein. You accuse me of murder, and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

D. H. Lawrence He was thinking again that Jack was feeling malevolent towards him, wanting to destroy him, as in those early days when they used to play chess together. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London The plot of necessity was frightfully intricate, and anything premature was sure to destroy it. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He came to the daring resolution to destroy the fleet, without the knowledge of his army. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Most beautiful were Death to end my grief, Most hateful to destroy the sight of thee, Dear vision better than all death or life. The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson

D. H. Lawrence He waited there beside her like a shadow which she wanted to dissipate, destroy as the moonlight destroys a darkness, annihilate, have done with. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The wretch saw me destroy the creature on whose future existence he depended for happiness, and with a howl of devilish despair and revenge, withdrew. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

I will not destroy the marriage certificate, but place it with these papers, so that the truth of my story can be seen. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

E. T. A. Hoffmann He had to contend with the worst enemy of life, against which no human power is of any avail; it not only threatened to destroy him, but really did destroy him — namely, consumption. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

So,” (turning to me) “I thought it might amuse you to accompany me to see the way we destroy such unpleasant visitors. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Arnold Bennett Constance had frights, so serious as to destroy her anxiety about the cookery. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins She entreats you not to suppose that she had the faintest idea of her situation when she attempted to destroy herself. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

When she caught this renegade eighth at its work she reproved it and was suitably ashamed of herself; but she could not destroy it. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Jack London But when White Fang stopped without orders, then it was allowed them to spring upon him and destroy him if they could. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You destroy the security of us all, and now you entertain a young lady detective. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

William Godwin He therefore proceeded to destroy all against whom he entertained any suspicion, and every day more and more to steep his hands in blood. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

H. G. Wells What chiefly concerned them was defence against Asiatic raiders swooping for petrol or to destroy weapons or communications. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Bram Stoker But then the boat service would, most likely, be the one which would destroy the . Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

It is far from being the case: I have lost the faculty of enjoying their destruction, and I am too idle to destroy for nothing. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

T. E. Lawrence Our greatest object was to destroy locomotives, and I had kept in my arms a box of gun-cotton with fuse and detonator ready fixed, to make sure such a case. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Jules Verne Would Robur destroy her? No; he was going to save her crew! And so cleverly did he handle his vessel that the aeronaut jumped on board. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Habits and methods make a prisoner of a man, destroy his readiness, keep him from answering the call of the fresh moment. Memories and Studies by William James

Francis Bacon They that deny a God, destroy man’s nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts, by his body; and, if he be not of kin to God, by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Anthony Trollope I know you will not help me, but you need not destroy me. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The cooking would destroy any germs. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

M. P. Shiel So he is not going to destroy Kranampya, only to destroy so much of it as to show that he could destroy the whole, if he chose. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Olaf Stapledon It would at length with holy fervor attack, striving to destroy the other’s pernicious culture, and even exterminate its population. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

The illusion subsided at length; and as the mind rapidly passes to opposite extremes, he remembered the injunction of his uncle to destroy the portrait. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

You cannot wholly destroy and you cannot wholly live, but you can change mightily and for ever as any of our reckoning goes. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Jules Verne There would be no want of powder in a vessel which followed such a trade, and a spark would be enough to destroy it in an instant. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Ann Radcliffe He entreated her to destroy the possibility of separation, by consenting to become his immediately. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

David Hume While the sceptic insists upon these topics, he shows his force, or rather, indeed, his own and our weakness; and seems, for the time at least, to destroy all assurance and conviction. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

They destroy property, and they interfere with business — the two absolutely sacred things in the American religion. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Oscar Wilde If we are tempted to make war upon another nation, we shall remember that we are seeking to destroy an element of our own culture, and possibly its most important element. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Jules Verne It seemed to be floating amid a hail of howitzer shells, the smallest of which might destroy it instantly. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing There was no need to destroy what you had written. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The saying was near enough the truth to serve, and perhaps he did not want to destroy utterly by a more severe definition the prestige of the sham that could not deceive his genius. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Rudyard Kipling I will not destroy its simplicity or its significance by any attempt to quote. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

G. K. Chesterton He wishes to cleanse the edifice, but not to destroy it. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope Look at Raheeny.” “It isn’t so easy to destroy anything,” said the philosophic Clayton. “If the foxes are frightened out of Raheeny or Moytubber, they will go somewhere else. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton Father Ignazio would rather destroy the state than let it be saved by any hand but his. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Fool!” she exclaimed, suddenly turning upon Phoebe Marks in a transport of anger, “do you want to destroy me that you have left those two men together?” Mrs. Marks clasped her hands piteously. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Andrew Lang Then wailed Heaven and exclaimed Earth, “Wherefore this murder? Why this great sin? Why destroy us? Why separate us?” But Tane pushed and pushed: Rangi was driven far away into the air. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle She asked me to destroy her note and I burned it in the schoolroom grate. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

H. G. Wells You can do nothing with power except plunder and destroy — unless you know exactly what to do with it. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Olaf Stapledon I am not sure yet whether I shall have to destroy it and produce another. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Victor Hugo To break down, defy, make and destroy at will, that is true enjoyment. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

D. H. Lawrence But she must keep on, under this red sunset, alone, knowing the horror in humanity, that would destroy her, and with which she was at war. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

William Godwin The thought must be expected to destroy his courage, to co-operate with the disease, and to counteract every favourable effort of nature. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Robert Louis Stevenson The very flexibility and ease which make men’s friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Iuri Pavlovitch remembered that he ought to destroy some old letters and papers. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

The first step towards construction must be to destroy the destroyers. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

G. K. Chesterton They have but two objects, to destroy first humanity and then themselves. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

It was not the desire, as certainly it was not the interest, of the Spaniards to destroy the capital, or its inhabitants. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

D. H. Lawrence She felt so rich, in her warm vagueness, that her soul cried out on him, because he harried her and wanted to destroy her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence The Germans saw the danger of envelopment, and persuaded Enver to order the instant evacuation of Medina. Sir Archibald Murray begged us to put in a sustained attack to destroy the retreating enemy. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Florence Dixie They certainly seem very scarce, comparatively, a circumstance which may be due to this peculiarity, coupled with the fact that the Indians and traders destroy a good number annually. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Virginia Woolf What more fitting than to destroy an old word, a vicious and corrupt word that has done much harm in its day and is now obsolete? The word ‘feminist’ is the word indicated. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

It is curious, but till that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Margaret Oliphant It would have been no crime, he thought, to destroy such vermin off the face of the earth—to make an end of such a source of evil would be no crime. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

The hideous droning noise which a multitude of these insects make is quite enough to destroy one's peace, but when their incessant bites are added, existence becomes a burden. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope It is precisely word for word the same as that which he had made before he sent for your cousin Henry.” “Then Henry has not destroyed it?” “No, he did not destroy it. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope It was because nature had made her utterly unfit for such a destiny that she had been driven by coyness and feminine reserve to destroy herself! It was thus that Ayala conversed with herself. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Nothing will ever destroy the popularity of a work of which it can truly be said that, while offering to his muse a gift not less beautiful than precious, its author put into it his life’s blood. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

But the mystery was far from being unravelled, and to destroy the second will would only be to make things more complicated. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Olaf Stapledon For the principle itself would have to be used to construct the very argument that seeks to defend or destroy it. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Wilkie Collins That engagement forbids me to destroy this letter, or to take it away with me if I leave the house. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Andrew Lang Herdsmen, especially, carry pieces of its wood as charms, and if cattle or sheep have gone astray, they burn a piece of it in the fire, that the wild animals may not destroy them. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

His calm was so perfect that he could not destroy it even by being conscious of it. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

John Galsworthy She had done more, perhaps, in her way than any woman about town to destroy the sense of chivalry which still clogs the wheel of civilization. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Me and Morgan and Jenny can live well enough on the two thousand a year you promised me, Miss, so you can destroy the will and keep the rest. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope But that escape by way of the breeches-maker’s daughter would, in accordance with Sir Thomas’s view of things, destroy everything. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope When such a paper as the People’s Banner gets hold of a letter from a madman, which if published would destroy the happiness of a whole family, one shouldn’t stick at a trifle. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

James Anthony Froude When they had in this way put themselves, as Diabolus hoped, beyond reach of mercy, he informed them that Shaddai was raising an army to destroy the town. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Jane Austen Please to destroy my scrawls — but the ring with my hair you are very welcome to keep. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Hit’s bound to destroy de name of Weymouth and bow down dem dat own it wid shame and triberlation. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Rafael Sabatini He feared lest under the strain of it I should speak out, advance my proofs, and so destroy him. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

William Hazlitt It is a huddling together of fierce extremes, a war of opposite natures which of them shall destroy the other. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Robert Green Ingersoll A fellow with a new fact was suspected and arrested, and they always thought they could destroy it by burning him, but they never did. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Abraham Merri And if they do, then will they be strong enough, too, to destroy us all. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf In the car going home to the red villa in the cornfields, she would destroy it, as a thrush pecks the wings off a butterfly. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

The lecturer was stating this; and the misconduct of one half-dead specimen of heart ought not to destroy the impression of his words. Memories and Studies by William James

Jean-Jacques Rousseau First, the supreme authority can no more be modified than it can be alienated; to limit it is to destroy it. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Guy de Maupassan But Wanda only wished to get rid of her tiresome adorer, and not to destroy him. Delila by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells I sprang to my feet and as noiselessly as possible began to detach the connections of my apparatus, and to distribute it about the room, so as to destroy the suggestions of its arrangement. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes, for instance, I seemed to see that great companies of men and women had chosen to destroy themselves because they felt that they could no longer play a useful part. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

D. H. Lawrence Curious sensations and emotions went through the man’s frame seeming to destroy him. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon Something or other could destroy vision, and so destroy the good will. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

The Greek said, “Manasseh and I are going to destroy the Cup.” “Destroy it!” Gregory mouthed at them. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

A handful of Englishmen — a handful of Turks would, he believed, be enough to defeat the Mahdi’s hosts and destroy his dominion. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Much of what goes by the name of pleasure is simply an effort to destroy consciousness. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Jules Verne If the explosion did not destroy her at once, it would do so in her fall. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Jeremy Bentham Now it is only on one side that powers can be: for suppose them on both sides, and they destroy one another. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Wilkie Collins A second perusal of Doctor Chennery’s unlucky application to Mr. Treverton helped to confirm Shrowl in his resolution not to destroy the letter. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

To-morrow I will have my turn at you if I have to follow you into that hell from which you have come to ruin me, unless I destroy you. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

The other conflicts with his desire to eat his cake and have it — that is, to destroy his own egoism and by so doing to gain eternal life. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry James And then, in the second place, you seem to me, on the whole, so happy! One hesitates to destroy an illusion, no matter how pernicious, that is so delightful while it lasts. The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James [1879]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau This is the unavoidable and inherent defect which, from the very birth of the body politic, tends ceaselessly to destroy it, as age and death end by destroying the human body. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Rudyard Kipling It is hopeless to destroy unless one first builds up. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]