Phrases with "destroy"

Tobias Smolle If the legislature would entirely destroy this connection, it must compel the Highlanders to change their habitation and their names. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Victor Hugo But one law does not destroy another. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

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]

It was necessary, above all things to destroy the Spanish fort at Smerwick, in order to prevent the rebellion being fed from abroad: and in November, 1580, Lord Grey in person undertook the work. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

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

Suicides almost always burn papers before they destroy themselves. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

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]

Arabs attempt to destroy locusts by digging pits into which they may fall. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Edith Wharton Between you, Joyce and you can easily destroy these children’s lives. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

The principle had too deep a root in her being — to tear it up would be to destroy her whole joy in life, she said, leaving Cardiff to wonder vaguely what she meant. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

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

Guy de Maupassan It is a grain of life that moves on the earth, and this grain of life, coming I know not whence, one can destroy at one’s will. Why? by Guy de Maupassan

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]

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

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

D. H. Lawrence Don’t put me to shame, don’t destroy my honour, and the honour of the Natcha-Kee-Tawara. Tell him that. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton That there were many beliefs does not destroy the fact that there was one well-founded belief. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jane Austen Henry Crawford had destroyed her happiness, but he should not know that he had done it; he should not destroy her credit, her appearance, her prosperity, too. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

William Hope Hodgson And lo! I saw that the Beast did scent of us, and made to come upward to destroy us. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

As he opened his own door and disappeared within, he said half audibly: “Easy to destroy me now, Amabel. One word and I am lost!” Sutherlandtown was a seaport. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope Something of all this would, thought Mr Apjohn, occur to Cousin Henry himself, and by this very addition to his fears he might be driven to destroy the will. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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

I willed to destroy my intended destroyer. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

I believe that I have no enemy on earth, and none surely would have been so wicked as to destroy me wantonly. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

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

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

Wilkie Collins But, I don’t think I shall act wisely if I destroy this. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jack London He would now destroy a big live thing. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Abraham Merri The Spirit that was north would destroy them for ever and for ever if I fell in its hands. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

When I find God I shall have the strength of mind to destroy you and to teach my people not to destroy themselves. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

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

Rudyard Kipling We are deep now in that world-war which aims to destroy the spirit and will of man in his home and at his work. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

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

George MacDonald By and by, however, their animosity assumed a more practical shape: they began to destroy the trees on whose fruit the Little Ones lived. Lilith by George MacDonald

Yesterday you tried to destroy yourself. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope Would it not in every way be better for him that they should find it? He could not bring himself to destroy it, and surely, sooner or later, it would be found. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

G. K. Chesterton By a curious coincidence, he was dining with the three men vowed to destroy the Government with which he professed to be at peace. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

It was acceded to with this proviso, that I was neither to destroy nor give up all or any of the papers except upon their united demand. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

When the world wishes to destroy any one, it taxes him with immorality. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Oscar Wilde The fires cannot destroy it, nor can the waters quench it. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

G. K. Chesterton It is always great to destroy a type without destroying a man. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle I deprecate, however, in the strongest way the attempts which have been made lately to get at and to destroy these papers. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

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

If the mere desires and emotions of mankind were daily carnified in such forms as those, no wonder that he viewed his fellow beings with detestation and longed only to destroy them. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

William Hazlitt For as to destroy thy natural country, it is altogether unmeet and unlawful, so were it not just and less honourable to betray those that put their trust in thee. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

They and it are alike indifferent to the result, if the armies of Europe destroy them they will but find in death a greater thing than their conquerors know. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

William Dampier These women also said that the Manta Indians were sent over to the island Plata to destroy all the goats there; which they performed about a month agone. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Thomas Paine Could the government of England destroy the commerce of all other nations, she would most effectually ruin her own. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

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

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]

Olaf Stapledon Propaganda for the light was rapidly gaining ground throughout the Empire. The imperialists decided that at all costs they must destroy their enemy at once. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

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 Hope Hodgson And, in verity, if Naani answered not to the Word, but there came instead an Evil Power to destroy me, I should but cease me of mine utter heart-ache. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

You made your daughter the bait which was to destroy us all. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

G. K. Chesterton The greater part of that generation held that clearness, economy, and a hard common-sense, would soon destroy the errors that had been erected by the superstitions and sentimentalities of the past. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

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]

Rudyard Kipling I’m goin’ to try it all on King.’ ‘Showin’-off as usual,’ said the acid, McTurk, who, like his race, lived and loved to destroy illusions. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Anthony Trollope Have I not proved to you that I am one whom it is hard to destroy by privation. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Rudyard Kipling It was an excellent thing to destroy wizards, Buldeo thought; and people who entertained Wolf-children out of the Jungle were clearly the worst kind of witches. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

George Gissing Mr. Norman took the boy’s hand, and questioned him as they walked, endeavouring to destroy the painful diffidence which marked Arthur’s conduct in his company. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

To yield subjectively, not merely to a party machine, but even to a group ideology, is to destroy yourself as a writer. Collected Essays by George Orwell

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

Sir Richard Burton And if the Fates abet me, I will assuredly destroy his life and send his mother back to spinning at her wheel, e’en as she was wont erewhiles to do. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

E. F. Benson But the panel, to his disordered mind, was the root of his terror, and so, as I said, he broke into the church and attempted — you will see why I said ‘attempted’— to destroy it. Negotium Perambulans by E. F. Benson

And when he turns away, he strives upon the earth to do evil therein, and to destroy the tilth and the stock; verily, God loves not evil doing. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

The detective police-officer had at that time not yet become a standing figure of fiction and the drama, nor had the detective of real life begun to destroy the illusion. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Anthony Trollope Though he had purposed to destroy himself in taking that leap, and now hoped for nothing better than that they might both perish together, he yet struggled to keep his head above the waves. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

I found myself giving my arm to the man who had tried to destroy me. Prester John by John Buchan

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

Edgar Rice Burroughs I did not rebel, though I had with me the means to destroy them all. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Anthony Trollope Just because this young man happens to be, in a sort of a way, his own son, he is going to destroy the whole family. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Ralph Waldo Emerson And the end of culture is not to destroy this, God forbid! but to train away all impediment and mixture, and leave nothing but pure power. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle The motion seemed to destroy her equilibrium and she vanished. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle It only remained to protect themselves against the assaults of wicked and violent men who are ever ready to destroy what is wiser and nobler than themselves. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

After the departure of Maurice, Martial attempted to destroy himself. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

William Makepeace Thackeray Seeing they did not appear in any formidable shape, I was more than once resolved to attack them, thinking that with my broadsword I could easily destroy them. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

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 Thought Police hunt them down and destroy them almost as fast as we can produce them. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Why didn’t you tell Bunce to destroy the petition?’ ‘That would have been hardly wise,’ said the warden. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

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]

Anthony Trollope I’ll destroy myself or something. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

He dared not show it; yet he dared not destroy it. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

Anatole France And a word stupidly cast by a stranger would destroy these beautiful things! Happily, it was not possible. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

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

William Hazlitt The progress of manners and knowledge has an influence on the stage, and will in time perhaps destroy both tragedy and comedy. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Jules Verne A gesture of his might destroy me, a single word chain me on board. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Olaf Stapledon But even if the species does not destroy itself, a temporary disaster seems probable. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

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]

Daniel Defoe He raised a mutiny among them when they travelled from mount Hor, till they brought fiery serpents among them to destroy them. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

It is a warfare of limited aims between combatants who are unable to destroy one another, have no material cause for fighting and are not divided by any genuine ideological difference. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

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]

Anthony Trollope It grieved me greatly to be told that the inhabitants of Gladstonopolis would rise in tumult and destroy the college merely to favour the views of a pretty girl. The Fixed Period 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]

Anthony Trollope It seemed to him certain that the man would destroy the will,—or would already have destroyed it,—if in the first instance he was wicked enough to conceal it. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Jeremy Bentham A relapse ought perhaps to destroy the excuse which might be drawn from this source. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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

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

Arthur Conan Doyle There are also those who tear, destroy or scatter the papers of the law, of which this young man is the chief. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

H. Rider Haggard Time or separation cannot destroy it — for it is immortal; use cannot stale it, pain can only sanctify it. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

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

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

Anthony Trollope To destroy the will was his only chance of escape. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope Neither could ever be what he would have been had the man never appeared to destroy their happiness. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon This was the heroic venture of sacrificing everything in the attempt to destroy the ‘titans’ with the lucidity of the human spirit. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Watkin Tench Unlike all other Indians, they never carry on operations in the night, or seek to destroy by ambush and surprise. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

M. R. James Still it does happen, and one should never destroy them unlooked at. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Wilkie Collins Do you wonder at what I had it in my thoughts to do that evening on the bridge? “Mind this: I believe I should never have attempted to destroy myself if I could only have burst out crying. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

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

H. G. Wells You know how to overthrow, Rud, you know how to destroy and how to grasp, but you don’t know how to guide and you don’t know how to let go. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Elizabeth Gaskell But he himself had done much to destroy the illusion which had hung about his memory for years, whenever Ruth had allowed herself to think of it. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Five years had failed to destroy the dazzling unreality of passion. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Willa Cather He had risen to avenge himself, to wipe out his shame, to destroy his enemy. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

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]

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]

William Morris But what availeth it? If thou go to Utterbol thou wilt destroy both her and thee. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

W. H. Hudson It was always the same, I was told; every year they appeared at some point in the valley to destroy the crops and pasturage. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Leon Trotsky The plan was to pass the headlands under cover of darkness, destroy the enemy’s flotilla and shore batteries, and shell the city. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

If I descended to the garden for a moment, they took the advantage of my absence to enter my cell, and remove or destroy every article of furniture. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

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

Said Moses to them, ‘Woe to you! do not forge against God a lie; lest He destroy you by torment; for disappointed has ever been he who has forged. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Arthur Conan Doyle Do you really think that anything could come to destroy it all?” “Who knows? Miromar is not the only one who says so. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Walter Scott She had been seduced by some profligate, and, to conceal her shame and promote the advantageous match she had planned, her mother had not hesitated to destroy the offspring of their intrigue. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Arthur Conan Doyle This argument, however, did not count for much, as he had ample time before his arrest to burn it or to destroy it. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

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

Benjamin Disraeli Centuries of the most degrading and foreign priestcraft — enervating rites brought in by Hellogabalus and the Syrian emperors — have failed to destroy her. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

H. G. Wells For even in the fires of Baal, now that men have done with base hatred, one may find the living God. Endless were the things we had to destroy in those great purgings. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

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]

Even such a weakling was young Gourlay. His success in Edinburgh, petty as it was, turned his head, and became one of the many causes working to destroy him. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

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

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]

Anthony Trollope It had existed, at any rate, that morning; but now came the terrible question whether the man, driven to his last gasp in his misery, would not destroy it. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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]

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

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

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]

It would be a breach of trust for you to return or destroy the papers without the mutual consent necessary. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

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]

Francis Bacon But then they go on to destroy the authority of the senses and understanding; whereas I proceed to devise and supply helps for the same. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Andrew Lang But his sister did not keep quiet for long, and tore and pulled at the rich brocade as if she wanted to destroy it, stamping about and shouting angrily. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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

When he saw that death could not be staved off longer he determined to destroy himself. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

T. E. Lawrence Clayton, in his letter, told me the development was to be treated with the utmost concern, and every effort made to capture Medina, or to destroy the garrison when they came out. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle I should advise that we destroy this Keynsham Bridge, and march down this southern bank in the hope of forcing a fight in a position which we may choose. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Thomas Paine They destroy the right which they might have, by grounding it on a right which they cannot have. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Jules Verne So, then, the perpetrator of this kidnapping “was” Robur the engineer, come expressly to Philadelphia to destroy in its egg the theory of the balloonists. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Abraham Merri And as the unrest grew, and the great war which was to destroy the Ayjirs brewed, the prophecy was born. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

That these two could threaten or destroy his intimacy with Mrs. Rebell had never occurred to him as being possible. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

George Meredith She will spare no sacrifice to save her husband, but she has brought her mind to look at the worst, for fear that a shock should destroy her motherly guard. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Oscar Wilde What you have got to do is to destroy the thing that is upstairs — to destroy it so that not a vestige of it will be left. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

David Hume There are two means commonly employed to destroy this conclusion: First, By making an unfair representation of the case, and insisting only upon the weakness of human nature. Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature by David Hume

Andrew Lang Quicklime would not destroy these metallic objects, nor would it destroy keys, which would easily prove Drood’s identity. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang Nobody supposed, when these notes were written, that Science would ask for their production; and even if people had guessed at this, it is human to lose or destroy old papers. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Theodore Dreiser His feeling for her became at times so great that he wished, one might almost have said, to destroy it — to appease the urge and allay the pull in himself, but it was useless. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

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

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]

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]

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

It was to him an assurance of a love beyond the grave, of a spiritual link between those who have loved each other on earth, a sympathy which corruption cannot destroy or worms devour. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

I broached my theory, that strong intellect in women went far to destroy their womanly nature. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

G. K. Chesterton And it is partly, alas, the unhappy Progressive trying to be in front of his own religion, trying to destroy his own idol and even to desecrate his own tomb. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Abraham Merri Why is it not better to remain with them than to go to our kind who would destroy us?” “They would not,” he said “If you gave them — her. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

G. K. Chesterton It is a grinding tyranny, and it threatens to destroy all British trade; but it doesn’t exist. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Tobias Smolle The churches and palaces of these days are crowded with pretty ornaments, which distract the eye, and by breaking the design into a variety of little parts, destroy the effect of the whole. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells So prepared, he went forth again to destroy Mr. Polly. Mr. Polly, freed from the sense of urgent pursuit, had halted beyond the raspberry canes and rallied his courage. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle He could suggest no possible cause why anyone should wish to destroy them — in fact, he laughed at the idea. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

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]

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]

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

I wondered why Ruiz did not march to attack and destroy this threatening force, in some wild gorge fit for an ambuscade, in accordance with his genius for guerilla warfare. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

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

Robert Green Ingersoll Luther started toward Humboldt, Wesley toward Bradlaugh. To really reform the church is to destroy it. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Tobias Smolle The most intire part of the wall now constitutes part of a monastery, the monks of which, I am told, have helped to destroy the amphitheatre, by removing the stones for their own purposes of building. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope Then let its page be soiled by no business; one touch of utility will destroy it all. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

But the armies of Europe will not destroy them, for the Second Evolution of man has begun. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Elizabeth Gaskell One almost felt as if he would have been as content to put her out of existence, as he would have been to destroy some disgusting reptile that had invaded his chamber or his couch. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

H. P. Lovecraf There is a sudden and potent climax when Dorian Gray, at last become a murderer, seeks to destroy the painting whose changes testify to his moral degeneracy. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Anthony Trollope I mean to be the wife of Harry Annesley. Say that it is not to be so, and you will simply destroy me. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

D. H. Lawrence But I feel I CAN’T— I CAN’T. It seems to destroy EVERYTHING. All the beauty and the — and the true holiness is destroyed — and I feel I can’t live without them. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens In the moment of realization, after all his toil and waiting, you cut the ground from under his feet, destroy his idea, and make his gains worthless to him. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Trollope They could not surely dispute his will or destroy it. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Henry James That independence rested on her knowledge, the knowledge which nothing now could destroy and which nothing could make different. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

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]

To loose it on them would be to destroy them at once; he must precipitate it beyond. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Olaf Stapledon What is not so obvious is that a sinister change of temper is spreading throughout the civilised world and threatening to destroy both the flower and the root of civilisation. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

I could not destroy them, so I gave them into the guardianship of the most conscientious person I know. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith You destroy my cousin’s professional prospects—I request you to listen—you blast his career in the navy; it was considered promising. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Anthony Trollope It is contemplated to destroy all those who shall have reached a certain fixed age. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

E. T. A. Hoffmann If I run you through, I destroy a whole world of the finest hopes; and if I fall, then you have put an end to a miserable existence, that is harrowed by the bitterest and most agonising memories. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

I made up my mind to destroy her and satisfy my hatred of Mr. Clavering at one blow. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

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

Algernon Blackwood Henriot made no pretence to more definite remembrance; but the haunting certainty rushed over him, deeper than doubt or denial, and with such force that he felt no effort to destroy it. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

George Meredith Sad that so small a murmur should destroy it for ever! ‘What?’ cried the Countess, bursting from his arm. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Meredith I should do it well—too well; destroy my soul in the performance. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Andrew Lang In her desperation she determined to pull down the church, and thus to destroy her two victims for ever. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

All rushed forward, and with lances, axes, knives, and ropes they sought to destroy the enemy. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Bram Stoker That you must destroy even as you destroyed the false Lucy so that the true Lucy might live hereafter. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

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 And there was a subconscious resentment that these, his kind, at first sight had pitched upon him and tried to destroy him. White Fang by Jack London [1906]