Phrases with "destructive"

H. G. Wells They have been moved less by moral impulses and sentimental pity and so forth, admirable but futile motives, as by the intense intellectual irritation of living in a foolish and destructive system. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells I remember distinctly when the first effectual destructive tap came to my delusion. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope I say it because I know it is impossible that you and your cousin should be married, and because such an engagement is destructive to both the parties. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

His destructive criticism of works of fiction became so acute that it was natural that his unlettered friends should suggest that he himself ought to write a novel. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Jack London While my hope and faith in human life still survived Wolf Larsen’s destructive criticism, he had nevertheless been a cause of change in minor matters. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

It was a multitude of incoordinated fresh starts, each more sweeping and destructive than the last, and none of them ever really worked out to a ripe and satisfactory completion. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

The young man learned to reflect, which is a destructive process, a reckoning of the cost. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

I never know what the big game have done to deserve it, but they do help to deflect the destructive energies of some of our social misfits. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Jules Verne Increase its size fivefold or tenfold, give it strength proportionate to its size, lengthen its destructive weapons, and you obtain the animal required. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

William Blades Boys, however, are by far more destructive than girls, and have, naturally, no reverence for age, whether in man or books. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Algernon Blackwood I at least succeeded in keeping my attitude of thought and feeling above destructive levels. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Yet under a destructive pressure, of which Western Europe can have no notion, applied by forces that were not only crushing but corrupting, we have preserved our sanity. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

George Gissing It was against Bill’s ordinary habits to partake of liquor in the daytime; the practice was, to say the least of it, destructive to the interests of his profession. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

But ’tis a false, destructive blaze Within those eyes I see; Turn hence their fascinating gaze; I will not follow thee. Selections from Poems by Acton Bell by Anne Brontë [1846]

Anthony Trollope There is a pretence of grandeur about that and, alas, about other sports also, which is, to my thinking, destructive of all sport itself. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Ann Radcliffe She solicited her mother to assist in expelling the destructive image from her mind. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Man, as a destructive agent did modify history, unquestionably. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

H. G. Wells Before our product is ready to use there have to be corrosive and destructive phases. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Various reasons are offered for this; but the only true reason is hatred to the sea, as being a disagreeable, or rather naturally a destructive element to man. Symposiacs by Plutarch

She was less diminutive than her sister; she had a finer figure, a warmer color, and indeed, despite the destructive Australian sun, a very beautiful complexion. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Jules Verne Where, when, and how was it built? and how could its construction have been kept secret? Certainly a Government might possess such a destructive machine. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

H. G. Wells Yet the process goes on, without any general control, more monstrously destructive even than the continually enhanced terrors of modern warfare. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

George Meredith He meant no harm, meant nothing but good; and he was lighting the most destructive of our lower fires. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Henry Handel Richardson A failure in business, even bankruptcy was the solution she favoured — being still too young to face of herself the destructive thought of death. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith Thunder, destructive to insects, refreshes earth: so she. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Meredith The new blasting powder and a destructive shell might build her the palace she deserved. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is a shocking habitdestructive to the logical faculty. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Meredith They referred to inventions of destructive weapons, which were primarily to place his country out of all danger from a world in arms; and also, it might be mentioned, to bring him fortune. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

H. G. Wells The ski-like alighting runners touched the ridge for a moment and the left wing bent against the top of the chimney-stack and floundered over it in an awkward, destructive manner. My First Aeroplane by H. G. Wells [1910]

D. H. Lawrence Her senses were entirely apart from him, cold and destructive of him. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Watkin Tench Her mouth was small and her teeth, though exposed to all the destructive purposes to which they apply them, were white, sound and unbroken. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Sinclair Lewis But he was extremely well trained, from his first days in Zenith High School, in not letting himself do anything so destructive as abstract thinking. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

This scheme of false dispatches was but a detail in a plan for a great, a destructive victory. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

G. K. Chesterton There is nothing wrong in all this; the only wrong thing is that it should be confined to the merely destructive arts of war. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

How they must hate each other, those great, strong gods! Would you not like to watch a battle between gods?” “‘Twould be a destructive spectacle. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells The particulars of the brief, destructive and indecisive naval war that followed need not occupy us here. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Edith Wharton And no one would do more than look and laugh! At the thought, he felt the destructive ire of the man who finds his private desires pitted against the tendencies of his age. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Walter Scott His cruelty was great — his dissimulation profound; and the skill and promptitude with which he maintained a destructive and desultory warfare, inflicted many dreadful calamities on the settlement. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Walter Scott Say it was but the wile of these unhappy women, and this false boy, which plotted an escape so fatal to Scotland — so destructive to thy father’s house. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Thomas Paine It has been the most dishonorable belief against the character of the Divinity, the most destructive to morality and the peace and happiness of man, that ever was propagated since man began to exist. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

Jules Verne What incalculable advantages would it give to any nation, both on land and sea! Its destructive powers could not even be estimated, until its qualities and limitations were better known. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There were autumnal fevers too, and a contagious and destructive throat-distemper, — diseases unwritten in medical hooks. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Moreover in some instances even the authority of the State is powerless to arrest conditions destructive to birds of restricted range and secluded habits. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells No need for destructive activities. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was another neighbour of ours at Silverado, small but very active, a destructive fellow. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis There is no greater bliss than to be destructive as hell while being moral as heaven. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle For the first time our eyes rested upon this presentment of the great emperor, which seemed to raise such frantic and destructive hatred in the mind of the unknown. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The conditions of literary success are almost destructive of the best social power, as they do not leave that frolic liberty which only can encounter a companion on the best terms. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Andrew Lang These Runoias, or rhapsodists, complain, of course, of the degeneracy of human memory; they notice how any foreign influence, in religion or politics, is destructive to the native songs of a race. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

It is a destructive but, by comparison, it is a peaceful phenomenon. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

D. H. Lawrence The terrible white, destructive light that burned in her eyes only excited and roused him. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence What was the matter? Examining herself, she had long ago decided that her nature was a destructive force. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith It is, taken by itself, destructive nourishment. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Theodore Dreiser She was so wrought up by her prospective loss that she could only think of rash, impossible, destructive things to do. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence Sometimes her mother turned on her with a fierce, destructive anger, in which was no pity or consideration. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The “average of damages” is only thirty-three cents, from which I infer that the class was not a destructive one. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

How would she bear this; this further blow? This destructive folly. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

William Blake The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake [1790-93]

Algernon Blackwood I can work with passion because it is creative, but not with lust, for it is destructive only. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Sigmund Freud The free play of ideas following any chain of associations may perhaps occur in cases of destructive organic affections of the brain. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

The dresses, compared with the actual fashion, were absurdly short, and the feet, naturally small, were squeezed into shoes still smaller, which is destructive to grace, whether in walking or dancing. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Mark Twain Every farm and every acre is cut up into little square inclosures by stone walls, whose duty it is to protect the growing products from the destructive gales that blow there. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Usurpers always bring about or select troublous times to get passed, under cover of the public terror, destructive laws, which the people would never adopt in cold blood. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Young dates have been planted in pits; some are burnt and others are torn; for the Bedawi, mischievous and destructive as the Cynocephalus, will neither work nor allow others to work. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

It flowed from outside — it rose higher, in a destructive silence. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells So flimsy against destructive forces, so hard to set up again. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Eliot The destructive spirit tends towards completeness; and any object once maimed or otherwise injured, is as readily doomed by unreasoning men as by unreasoning boys. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

John Morley He is no more a destructive agency because he drew hypocrites and coxcombs, than Bousset was destructive or critical because he inveighed against sin and the excess of human vain glory. Voltaire by John Morley

John Ruskin It may be either an improving, or destructive one. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

In Paleveria they have tree doctors, whose business it is to ward off disease, heal wounded or broken boughs, and exterminate destructive insects. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Olaf Stapledon No doubt, we ourselves are faced with the possibility of a scarcely less destructive war; but, whatever the agony that awaits us, we shall almost certainly recover. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells The third peculiarity of aerial warfare was that it was at once enormously destructive and entirely indecisive. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

It was doubtless a clumsy weapon compared with modern fire-arms, but, in hands accustomed to wield it, proved a destructive instrument. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

D. H. Lawrence He had all his life been tortured by a furious and destructive demon, which possessed him sometimes like an insanity. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton But it would be grossly unfair to indicate that even in his first and most destructive stage he uttered nothing except these accidental, if arresting, negations. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

D. H. Lawrence The universe is non-human, thank God.’ It seemed to her irreverence, destructive of all true life, to make little Lloyd Georges of the birds. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Aphra Behn Abandon me, reproach me, hate me, scorn me, whenever I harbour any thing in mind so destructive to my repose and thine. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

Spurn not with destructive foot that column which now stands firm, nor let popular tummult rouse those, who now rest quiet, to arms — to arms — and break the empire. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Olaf Stapledon For in the decades and centuries to come he seems to see war upon war, each more destructive than the last. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

John Morley The alliance which had lasted between Burke and Fox for five and twenty years came to a sudden end, and this rift gradually widened into a destructive breach throughout the party. Burke by John Morley [1879]

I remember, after having witnessed the destructive effects of a fire, I could not even behold a small one in a stove, without a sensation of fear. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Edith Wharton Ralph had never seen his way clearly in that dim underworld of affairs where men of the Moffatt and Driscoll type moved like shadowy destructive monsters beneath the darting small fry of the surface. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

T. E. Lawrence They thought weapons destructive in proportion to their noise. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell I believe temptation often assails the finest manly natures; as the pecking sparrow or destructive wasp attacks the sweetest and mellowest fruit, eschewing what is sour and crude. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Watkin Tench The people here complain sadly of a destructive grub which destroys the young plants of maize. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

H. G. Wells She hunted out controversial material from the Encyclopædia Britannica. And from more destructive sources. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

That is to say, by paving the way for more extensive and more destructive crises, and by diminishing the means whereby crises are prevented. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

This is the lesson of the tragedy, that nothing is so destructive as the morality of mere appearances. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

D. H. Lawrence And now, with something of the terror of a destructive child, he saw himself on the point of inheriting his own destruction. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Her ears conveyed warning that the inside of their dear bungalow was being literally wrecked; yet she still hesitated at opening the door and trying to stop the destructive work. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

His genius flourished upon him like a destructive flame, and the ashes that it left, are like a deadly powdered poison. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

H. G. Wells They keep no promises; they love destructive enterprises. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Poor Francis was dead, Jennifer bewildered, like a woman lost in a wood, the children helpless—and this power, this force, destructive and remorseless, hung over them. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Sigmund Freud But the interesting problem of whether all dreams are not produced by libidinal motives (in opposition to destructive ones) has hardly been considered by our opponents. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Charles Dickens The sea of black and threatening waters, and of destructive upheaving of wave against wave, whose depths were yet unfathomed and whose forces were yet unknown. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

William Blades Doraston. — Not so destructive as of yore. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Theodore Dreiser His attitude toward Berenice, meditating, as he was, a course which should be destructive to Braxmar, was gentle, courteous, serenely thoughtful. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Virginia Woolf One is reminded of the private life of another man whose power of conviction was even greater than Shelley’s, and more destructive of normal human happiness. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

John Galsworthy They were such destructive things! And she lay, with her eyes just moving, following in her mind that little scrattling sound, and waiting for sleep to release her from it. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells Abolition of distance, enhancement of productive and destructive power, release of human energy into unemployment or social wreckage. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Theodore Dreiser Something akin to a destructive force seemed to issue from them at times. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Walter Scott The unavowed, but obvious, purpose of this practice, was to avert the destructive rage of Satan from the neighbouring possessions. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Guy de Maupassan He got his program of agricultural communism from Herzen, and his destructive radicalism from Pougatcheff, but he did not stop there. Countess Satan (Comtesse Satan) by Guy de Maupassan

The camoudi snake has been killed from thirty to forty feet long; though not venomous, his size renders him destructive to the passing animals. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

It is the utterly destructive quality. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Robert Green Ingersoll I am aware that there is a vast difference of opinion as to what progress really is; that many denounce the ideas of today as destructive of all happiness — of all good. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

If the Irish Church had not been disestablished before Lord Mallow went into Parliament, he would have gripped his destructive axe and had a chop or two at the root of that fine old tree. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Comfortable? A glance across at Jennifer on the opposite seat, and it was as though everything sinister and destructive thickened the summer air. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

D. H. Lawrence Aphrodite is born in the first spasm of universal dissolution — then the snakes and swans and lotus — marsh-flowers — and Gudrun and Gerald — born in the process of destructive creation. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Walter Crane But the love of sharp or very violent contrasts, more especially of form, may easily lead one astray and be destructive of ornamental effect. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

H. G. Wells By 2050 the biological world was confronted by a score of absolutely new species of plants and — queer first-fruits in the animal world — by two new and very destructive species of rodent. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Indeed, the peculiar aptitude for medicine shown in these pages led to the traveller’s adopting the destructive art of healing as a profession, and caused his unhappy end. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

On almost bare land, with few or no destructive insects or birds living there, nearly every seed which chanced to arrive, if fitted for the climate, would germinate and survive. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

G. K. Chesterton But in fact we have turned the freedom of democracy into a mere scepticism, destructive of everything, including democracy itself. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Jane Austen Unwilling as she was to admit an idea so destructive of Jane’s happiness, and so dishonorable to the stability of her lover, she could not prevent its frequently occurring. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

To these people, apparently, the only danger of the machine is its possible use for destructive purposes; as, for instance, aero-planes are used in war. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

H. G. Wells First came a vast expansion and increase of private fortunes and then destructive taxation. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

David Hume As superstition groans under the dominion of priests, and enthusiasm is destructive of all ecclesiastical power, this sufficiently accounts for the present observation. Of Superstition and Enthusiasm by David Hume

Rudyard Kipling Have you seen to Wynn’s things?’ ‘Everything — since he first came,’ said Mary. ‘He was never destructive — even with his toys. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

H. G. Wells Climatic phases and political chances had smiled upon the race after a long period of recurrent shortage, pestilence and destructive warfare. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

D. H. Lawrence Her heart was so black and tangled in the teaching, her personal self was shut in prison, abolished, she was subjugate to a bad, destructive will. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

He was dreadfully destructive with his pack-bags, for he would never get out of the road for anything less than a gum-tree. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope The character reproduces itself from generation to generation; and as it does so, becomes shorn in a wonderful way of those little touches of humanity which would be destructive of its purposes. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Leslie Stephen He was ready to run all hazards as a chemist might try some new experiment at the risk of a destructive explosion; but being resolved, he took every precaution with admirable foresight. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Anthony Trollope For what other purpose do you suppose that I can wish to meet you?” Phineas felt at the moment that the fighting of a duel would be destructive to all his political hopes. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard The elephant is a destructive feeder. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Algernon Blackwood Looking about him, he saw no big constructive movement; the figure who more than any other was altering the face of the world with his ideas as well as his armies, was avowedly destructive only. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Charles Dickens It is a destructive kind of gambling, requiring no accessories but the ten fingers, which are always — I intend no pun — at hand. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Edith Wharton All the repressed passions which civilisation had sought, however imperfectly, to curb, stalked abroad destructive as flood and fire. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

H. G. Wells But this was the real thing, the relief of vehement and destructive words. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Theodore Dreiser Life may play fast and loose about them, running like a racing, destructive tide in and out, but they themselves are like a rock, still, serene, unmoved. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

William Hope Hodgson Now, I saw that time was beginning its destructive work, even on this strange old building. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

George Gissing Hence his fervours of idealism, and the habit of destructive criticism which seemed inconsistent with them. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Sometimes, indeed, we knock off a leading barrister or so, and express the anguish of the junior counsel at a loss so destructive to their interests. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

H. G. Wells The Asiatic troubles had been more destructive because they were nearer the barbaric level, but even there the actual deaths in warfare are estimated as under nine million. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Sinclair Lewis Most of them had been cleared away by the fine, high, destructive industry of the frontiersmen, and the country was now an upland wheat prairie, and Pioneer Falls a characteristic grain-belt village. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells His invention of destructive test experiments was as happy as the respectful irony with which he brought them into contact with the generalizations they doomed. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Brick edifices in those times were few till a succession of destructive fires had swept, and swept again, the wooden dwellings and warehouses from the most populous quarters of the town. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. G. Wells Benham’s things were all packed up and the room had an air of having been straightened up neatly and methodically after a destructive cataclysm. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Ralph Waldo Emerson But these shocks and ruins are less destructive to us, than the stealthy power of other laws which act on us daily. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

The breeze, blowing freshly from the west, seconded their efforts, and the destructive element, flying on the wings of the wind, soon outstripped the efforts of the unfortunate aborigines to escape. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Anthony Trollope As far as I can see, nothing is so destructive of individual energy as what is called public money. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells Such were the fruits of our all too copious modern inventiveness and our all too destructive criticism of simple political issues. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

At the end of the dries the only green is in the hill-folds and the basin-sinks, where the trees muster strong enough to defend themselves from the destructive annual fires. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Anthony Trollope My uncle, you must know, is very chary about the carriage horses, thinking that the corn of idleness — which is destructive to young men and women — is very good for cattle. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Alexander Pope VI. That external goods are not the proper rewards, but often inconsistent with, or destructive of virtue, ver. An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope [1734]

H. G. Wells Both these two realities, these two portentous realities, the change of scale in human affairs and the monstrous increase of destructive power, haunt every intelligent mind today. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

G. K. Chesterton I understood that he had proved that the destructive principle in the universe was God; hence he insisted on the need for a furious and incessant energy, rending all things in pieces. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Edith Wharton So untempered a glare would have been destructive to all half-tones and subtleties of modelling; but Undine’s beauty was as vivid, and almost as crude, as the brightness suffusing it. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

My impression is that my speed was constantly accelerated until I neared my journey’s end, when the planet’s pink envelope interposed its soft resistance to prevent a destructive landing. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Jules Verne L’espérance ne peut indéfiniment résister à l’action destructive du temps. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

He stared, shaking in every limb, while he felt the destructive breath, the mysterious breath, the breath of passion, stir the profound peace of the house. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Francis Bacon On account of the ease with which all bodies are heated, without any destruction or observable alteration, reject a destructive nature, or the violent communication of any new nature. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

D.H. Lawrence She had a destructive force; anyone she embraced she injured. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence They come together mostly in anger and in violence of destructive passion. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]