Phrases with "earth"

Anthony Trollope Then, why on earth does he come here? I’ll tell you. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Corinius caught the axe on his shield, but his fingers loosed the rein, and almost he fell to earth under that mighty stroke, and the good bronze shield was dented and battered in. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Earth to earth — she herself earth; body, shoulders, limbs, earth in her arms, in her hands. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Drum, trumpet, bugle, had uttered their clangour, and were forgotten; with pencil-ray she wrote on heaven and on earth records for archives everlasting. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Where the trees thicken into a wood, the fragrance of the wet earth and rotting leaves kicked up by the horses’ hoofs fills my soul with delight. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Henry Handel Richardson But a fig for all the soft sawder that’s talked about marriage! The long and the short of it is, marriage is sent to TRY us women, and for nothin’ on earth besides. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope Why on earth should I let them off? He did not let me off. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Meredith Her reputation for coldness was derived from the fact of her having stood a siege from Captain Gambier. But she loved a creature of earth too well to put up a hand for saintly honours. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Meredith My God! when I think of her, I fancy everything on earth hangs still and doubts what’s to happen. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

H. G. Wells And then he knew she was the only thing on earth worth having, and that he must seek her, however hopeless the search, until she was found once more. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Anthony Trollope He is quite as fond of Gregory as he is of me, and would do anything on earth that Gregory told him. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The nest was not a very large one, the low mound of earth covering it being about four yards in diameter. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

At this moment he saw McCoy in the hands of captors, and raising from the earth the piece which Foxley had dropped, he rushed towards the captive bushranger. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

It was the memory of that diplomatic reticence which on the terrace had stiffled his first cry which would have told them all that the man sought for was not to be met on earth any more. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

E. T. A. Hoffmann I felt as if I should sink into the earth with fear — with joy — when Father Boniface came and told me that Salvator Rosa lay sick unto death in the Via Bergognona, and required my help. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Ford Madox Ford A lot of earth falling away, obligingly, after one withdrawal of the shovel Lance-Corporal Duckett’s thin legs appeared to the fork, the knees dropping. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

H. G. Wells After thinking a little I started upon the windows at right angles to this one, and got the huge crescent moon and the little crescent earth behind it, the second time. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

James Payn I am yours—yours—yours—my beloved mistress, and will be though every friend on earth should stand afar off, and you were forsaken by your very kith and kin. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

A second and a third peal of thunder rattled along the earth like the horrible roar of some hungry animal creeping nearer and nearer to its prey. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Oscar Wilde Peace, Peace, she cannot hear Lyre or sonnet, All my life’s buried here, Heap earth upon it. Poems by Oscar Wilde [1881]

George Meredith Madge pointed to the marks of her jump, deep in flower-bed earth under an open window. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

We don’t know what on earth to do. Sophie Chalk by Ellen Wood [1869]

Mark Twain There was a dignity not of earth in its mien, and in its countenance a benignity such as never any thing human wore. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Edith Wharton The sun, treading the earth like a vintager, drew from it heady fragrances, crushed out of it new colours. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

I have starved for days; I have wept for years; in all God’s earth there is no more miserable a creature than I am. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins What on earth has he done to offend you?” Norah’s self-control began to show signs of failing her. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Francis Bacon So that it may be conjectured that a dense and compact mass, at a great distance from the earth, would hang like the earth itself and not fall unless thrust down. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

G. K. Chesterton The Church is the only thing on earth that can perpetuate a type of virtue and make it something more than a fashion. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

What on earth did he mean? I fell back on a question which had been in my thoughts for a long time — the most natural question on the lips of any seaman whatever joining a ship. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Anthony Trollope To my way of thinking, there is nothing on earth so pleasant as a pleasant wife; but then, what is there so damnable as one that is unpleasant?” “Are you a married man?” he inquired. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy They had disappeared while still following the same straight course away from the world of land-livers, as if they were intending to drop over the sea-edge into space, and never return to earth again. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

George Meredith She struck a light to try her poet on the shelf of the elect of earth by her bed, and she read, and read flatness. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Charles Kingsley If there be aught on earth worth aspiring to, it is the lot of him who is enabled to do something for his miserable and suffering fellow-men; and this you and I will try to do at least. Burns and His School by Charles Kingsley

George Meredith He was for throwing the letter aside, shouting that he thanked his God he was unacquainted with anybody on earth with such an infernal list of names as that. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Virginia Woolf They seemed to narrow the space between earth and heaven, so that there was no room for the air to move in freely; and the waves, too, lay flat, and yet rigid, as if they were restrained. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson When I forget thee, auld Reekie, may my right hand forget its cunning! The happiest lot on earth is to be born a Scotchman. You must pay for it in many ways, as for all other advantages on earth. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Margaret Oliphant He saw nothing in heaven or earth but that miserable woman going back to her prison, interwoven with the vision of these two in their garden of paradise. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

H. G. Wells The very flies came sailing down the air with wings outspread; the spider hung crumpled in his loaded net; like some gaily painted snowflake the butterfly drifted to earth and grounded, and was still. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

I shovelled the earth round and over it, working as fast as possible. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

Nathaniel Hawthorne Oh, could one search the weary earth — The earth from sea to sea — He’d turn and mingle in our mirth; For we’re the merriest three. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

On the quiet, as I am sure you can understand, I am most amused about it, wondering what on earth she would say if she only knew whom my father had been. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

And now that Dick has forgotten me, how on earth am I ever to marry? ‘Man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live and is full of misery. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

H.P. Lovecraf Once when the gentle rain fell I glided in a barge down a sunless stream under the earth till I reached another world of purple twilight, iridescent arbours, and undying roses. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

However it had come about, poor Scarry had indubitably been put into the earth face downward. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Edith Wharton I knew there was no use in theorizing with Alstrop; but I tried another tack, “What on earth has Delane done with himself all these years?” I asked. The Spark by Edith Wharton

Thomas Hardy But what most attracted her eye was a small flagstone turned up in the middle of the floor, a heap of earth beside it, and a measuring-tape. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Morgan Robertson And yet, they say the core of all religions on earth is the belief in this. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Thomas Hardy The luminary was a golden-haired, beaming, mild-eyed, God-like creature, gazing down in the vigour and intentness of youth upon an earth that was brimming with interest for him. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells Half and more of the drunkenness of earth is an attempt to lighten dull days and hopelessly sordid and disagreeable lives, and in Utopia they do not suffer these things. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Ford Madox Ford Just at that moment he fell on his nose at an angle of forty-five degrees against some squashed earth where, as he remembered, the parapet had been revetted. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

H. G. Wells And behold! the green curtain was a black one, and the earth and I and all things ceased to be. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

For the others, for those who on earth drain the goblet of pleasure, and riot in the raptures of sin, for them comes the dread retribution after death. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Baldwin Spencer First of all, an earth oven is made by digging a hole in the ground, lighting a fire in it and heating stones on the fire. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Virginia Woolf WHAT name? Lady Rosseter? But who on earth was Lady Rosseter? “Clarissa!” That voice! It was Sally Seton! Sally Seton! after all these years! She loomed through a mist. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

She was trying to keep up with the movement, she wasn’t initiating it — and that feeling of earth escaping was in fact only this compulsion which the cards were exercising. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

George Meredith Irritated by the noise, but anxious not to seem harsh, he said: “What on earth are you about, when there was no fire there yesterday?” “There ain’t no stuff for afire now, sir,” said she. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson Now long enough had day endured, Or King Apollo Palinured, Seaward he steers his panting team, And casts on earth his latest gleam. Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling Then I told him I wouldn’t have you if you were the last man on earth instead of only the best-looking — not with a million in each stocking. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Sinclair Lewis The mud roads of a few days ago are powdery dust and the puddles beside them have hardened into lozenges of black sleek earth like cracked patent leather. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope And why on earth we made nothing of that fellow in Gooseberry Grove I couldn’t understand. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

For scores of miles every rock is trachytic, and the earth decomposing tufas. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

The sacristan stands ready, with his shovel of earth and stones. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Clearly, therefore, on such a system the earth might be enclosed, occupied, and cultivated in entire subordination to the law of equal freedom. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

John Galsworthy As to a regular allowance what on earth do you want it for? I give you everything you can reasonably require. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

She looked on the actual thing; earth was stretched before her, and the myriad inhabitants of that great part of earth. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

The earth turns magnetick bodies and at the æquator directs them strongly toward the pole: 227at the poles there is no direction, but only a strong coition through the congruent poles. On the Magnet by William Gilber

H. G. Wells On earth light falls from above, or comes slanting down sideways, but here it came from beneath our feet, and to see our shadows we had to look up. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Anthony Trollope And where on earth they’re to live, I don’t know; and how they’re to live when his fellowship is gone, I can’t think. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The good old minister came freshly from the death-chamber of Governor Winthrop, who had passed from earth to heaven within that very hour. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

It came back to earth smiling, with only a sort of dimple on one of its cheeks. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Charles Kingsley For I fear, or rather I hope, that most of us are not capable of carrying out Talleyrand’s recipe for perfect happiness on earth — namely, a hard heart and a good digestion. On Bio-Geology by Charles Kingsley

What on earth can she have to say to me? Well, Lawson won’t be here for another ten minutes, so you may as well show her in. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Andrew Lang To-morrow I will ask the king to give me soldiers, and I will seek him over the whole earth till I find him. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

All that was fairest upon earth was at his command. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Meredith A man of full growth ought to know that nothing on earth tempts Providence so much as the binding of a young woman against her will. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

I had thought them but a little way apart, and now I saw they were separated by all the distance between earth and heaven. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anthony Trollope What’s the good of talking of it, aunt? Harry Annesley has my word, and nothing on earth shall induce me to go back from it. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope So Bell is going to marry Dr Crofts!” “There is no doubt on earth about that,” said Mary. “And they say that Bernard Dale is going abroad with his regiment. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

While he had kept on the blackened earth of the slope, and afterwards crouching in the boat, he had been safe enough. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Walter Scott He was on horseback, so that it could not be Hamish; and Elspat cared not enough for any other being on earth to make her turn her eyes towards him a second time. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Robert Louis Stevenson The pleasant future still Shall smile to me, And hope with wooing hands Wave on to fairy lands All over dale and hill And earth and sea. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim She hated, too, the firm rigidity of his features, which it seemed no shock on earth could disturb. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

H. G. Wells The springless frozen earth under Bert’s feet felt strangely dead and heavy after the buoyant airship. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

What on earth were his rifles and shot-guns for unless to be used? He had seen the enemy from the verandah wall, and a more ruffianly crew he had never dreamed of. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We have better children than ever were born on earth before, and they grade higher every year. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Anthony Trollope When a man is in Parliament, Mr. Newton, doesn’t that make him a gentleman?” “No.” “What then?” “Nothing on earth can make a man a gentleman. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Once, we fancied the earth a plane, and stationary. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Why on earth did St. George not tell me of it? I shall take him to task when he comes in. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

H.P. Lovecraft I wonder how I shall look when the earth is cleared and there are no earth beings on it. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

H. G. Wells What on earth was Chaffery going to say? Not that he cared, of course. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Jack London Bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh The whole world leaps to my will, And the unslaked thirst of an Eden cursed Shall harrow the earth for its fill. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Contact with the earth had somewhat dampened the powder, but the startled functionary saw himself pursued by a tall moving pillar of fire and smoke and fierce evolution. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Henry James One thing at any rate was certain, Nick reflected: nothing on earth would induce him to change back again — not even if this twilight of the soul should last for the rest of his days. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Horace Walpole She is the dearest thing I have on earth — Oh! I will never, never behold him more!” “Isabella,” said Hippolita, “thou art conscious to this unhappy secret, whatever it is. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Abraham Merri And they say it was a place of light and that strength came to them from earth heart — strength greater than you and those from which you sprang ever derived from sun. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

George Gissing Face downwards, like a man who bites the earth in his last agony, he lay quivering. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald BEAUTY: Oh! THE VOICE: Your life on earth will be, as always, the interval between two significant glances in a mundane mirror. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He used, Mr. Brandon told me, often to carry practically everything he possessed on earth in his dispatch box—like the one that was found empty in your waiting-room. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

G. K. Chesterton He felt a strange and vivid value in all the earth around him, in the grass under his feet; he felt the love of life in all living things. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope She did resolve that nothing on earth should induce her to shake hands with the woman. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Guy de Maupassant No longer did he implore the help of a merciful God, for he realized that no power on earth or in the sky could save those who had been visited by such a terrible disaster. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Elizabeth Gaskell The wind came sweeping down from the hill-top in great beats, like the pulses of heaven; and, during the pauses, while I listened for the coming roar, I felt the earth shiver beneath me. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Anthony Trollope The rich red earth drinks in the heat and holds it, and no breezes come up from the southern torpid sea. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott Tread the path of glory that is before thee, and only think of me as the creature on earth who will be most delighted to hear of thy fame. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

But how did you know where to find me, and how on God’s earth did you get here?” “I’ll tell you some other time. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

There’s no bigger humbug walking on God’s earth today than Thomas Carlyle Craw. I take his wages, because I give good value for them. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Ivan Turgenev No, the old man had better pray and beat his head against the earth and endure in patience and fast. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Anatole France The snow which covered the earth under the russet light of the sky, rendered the atmosphere dull and heavy. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Willa Cather It struck young Rosicky that this was the trouble with big cities; they built you in from the earth itself, cemented you away from any contact with the ground. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Anthony Trollope It fell softly in a long, continuous, noiseless stream, sinking into everything that it touched, converting the deep rich earth on all sides into mud. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang No man or maid on earth could lay it to his charge that he or she had been corrupted by these books, while no man on earth could read “Clarissa” without being touched by the noble ending. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang Suddenly a loud noise struck on his ear, and he felt the earth tremble beneath his feet. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Abraham Merri Think not that her wondrous fertility is limited by what ye see on earth or what has been on earth from its beginning. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

All she cared for on earth she should leave behind her at East Lynne. “Indeed you must not leave,” resumed Barbara. “It would be unjust to allow you to do so. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Matthew Arnold The day was clear and soft, and the earth gave out a light smoke where it had been freshly laid open by the ploughshare. George Sand by Matthew Arnold [1877]

The most impartial person on earth might have supposed me deranged, or possessed, or both, from the state in which they saw me. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

But such a voice can carry no selfish complaint, no wrangling excuse; it is a sound which, native to heaven, can on earth be vocal and audible only between spirits already disposed to heaven. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In far antiquity, beneath a darksome shadow of venerable boughs, a spring bubbled out of the leaf-strewn earth in the very spot where you now behold me on the sunny pavement. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Jules Verne Indeed, the projectile’s course was being traced between the earth and the moon. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Only I wondered — why does God make the earth so beautiful and men so greedy?” His own thoughts were sadder and wider than this, but they were dim to him; he could not put them into better words. Signa by Ouida

What on earth was there in a lump of letter-paper for any one to steal? Was there money in the parcel? I was fain to confess there was no money; on which the waiter laughed aloud. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Henry James Is there any present structure that plays such a part in proportion to its size? — though even as I ask the question I feel how nothing on earth is proportioned to present sizes. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Ah, how beautiful it was! Oh, Lenka, dear heart, where God is whether in Heaven or earth all goes well. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

George MacDonald The earth was rushing past like a river or a sea below him. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

G. K. Chesterton He was so quiet at all normal times, so neat in shape and so shiny, so to speak, in his ordinary reflections of earth and sky and the common daylight. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Jack London First, the men who received it were unimaginative and materialistic, unaware of the existence of any Unseen, and too inured to hell on earth to be frightened by hell to come. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

How beautiful did earth appear to her! There was a delight and a sympathy in the very action of the shadows, as they pranked the sunshiny ground with their dark and fluctuating forms. Lodore by Mary Shelley

G. K. Chesterton He wildly calls to somebody (probably the gardener) to telephone to somewhere for a messenger; he barricades himself in another room and tears his hair, wondering what on earth he shall write about. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Isabella Bird The earth radiates heat far on into the night. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

William Hope Hodgson Then, for the last time, I saw the earth — an enduring globule of radiant blue, swimming in an eternity of ether. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

John Galsworthy He had ‘taken the knock’—‘taken the knock!’ And he wondered what on earth Mrs. Soames had been saying, what on earth she had been telling him in the railway carriage. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Guy de Maupassant Evening fell softly, one of those calm, moist evenings when the earth breathes forth all her perfumes. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Written in black and white it looks a trifle bloodthirsty, but you must remember we were fighting for our lives, and if by any chance he gave the alarm, nothing on earth could save us from death. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

H. G. Wells Vaster grew the earth and vaster, swallowing up the stars, and the silvery translucent starlit veil of cloud it wore spread out to catch me. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

The earth rocked at times under his feet. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Ann Radcliffe No power on earth could restore the peace you have destroyed. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

G. K. Chesterton Basil Grant and I were talking one day in what is perhaps the most perfect place for talking on earth — the top of a tolerably deserted tramcar. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

The colonel ground his heel into the earth and turned to look again at the enemy’s guns. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Arthur Conan Doyle Had this test been invented, there are hundreds of men now walking the earth who would long ago have paid the penalty of their crimes. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

George Meredith Make the bed for Attila! Earth has got him whom God gave, Earth may sing, and earth shall smart! None of earth shall know his grave. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

John Galsworthy There went the past! If only there were a joyful future to look forward to! It was like stamping down earth on one’s own life. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

James Anthony Froude Now I could see myself in heaven and earth at once; in heaven by my Christ, though on earth by my body and person. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle What on earth was he returning for? He had been so keen to see the general, and yet he was coming back with his mission unaccomplished. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Verily, God holds back the heavens and the earth lest they should decline; and if they should decline there is none to hold them back after Him; verily, He is clement, forgiving. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

How on earth then could I approach the man unawares, I asked myself, once he had left the scrub and was in the open, and I quickened my pace in my dismay. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

When I felt that you loved me, and my heart told me that I loved again, I said to myself, ‘Now the void that my soul finds on earth will be filled. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Thomas Wolfe What was he doing here? What on earth did it mean? George did not have to wait long for an answer. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Andrew Lang In fact there was not the smallest event going on over the earth that was hidden from him. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling So I said: “Why on earth didn’t you see your Opposite Number in Town instead of bringing your office work here?” “Eh? Who?” said he, looking up from his fourth cable since lunch. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Washington Irving The earth closed over them, and no trace remained of the opening by which they had descended. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Guy de Maupassan What on earth makes you want to run about so?” “I can’t help it,” Jeanne would reply sadly. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

And what on earth did that beggar want on board? What could he be after? The new-comer acted strangely at first. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

George Gissing How on earth did I get my individuality? And you mustn’t think that Miriam is just what she seems—I mean, there are possibilities in her; I am convinced of it. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The great nose rested upon the bare earth of the floor. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Charles Kingsley Go in, keep quiet, persuade them to bolt anywhere on earth by daylight to-morrow. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

John Galsworthy What on earth was he to do with them? Annette, with that French quickness which so often annoyed him, suggested that he should use them. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Richard Burton Nought moved in the air except kites and vultures, speckling the deep blue sky: the denizens of earth seemed paralysed by the fire from above. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

H.P. Lovecraft On October 29 we found in the soft earth underneath the library window a series of footprints utterly impossible to describe. The Hound by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Otherwise there was no light in earth or heaven, and no sound except the far-away drone of a waterfall in the high woods and an occasional stirring of beasts in byre or stable. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Henry Handel Richardson You saw the bare cracked earth of its bottom, not to speak of the rubbish, the old tins and boots and broken china, that had been thrown into it when full. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

It was a matter of life and death as he was going upon, he said, and that there was no power on earth could keep him back, not if he was ten times worse than he was. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope Nothing on earth shall make me believe it. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Bull finds him like the earth in spring, Gogol like the sun at noonday. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Jules Verne The sand and earth blinded him, it is true, but protected by the cliff he had not as yet actually faced the wind. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

E. F. Benson Once again he plunged the poker down, and as he removed the earth I heard the shovel grate on something hard. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

F. Scott Fitzgerald Out of a hot silence he heard his name called in a tragic voice, and the earth tipped absurdly back and forth to a babel of shouting and confusion. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Diffuse all the knowledge the earth contains equally over all mankind today, and some men will be wiser than the rest tomorrow. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Robert Green Ingersoll And before he gets through he admits that the Old Testament is a rotten tree that will soon fall into the earth and act as a fertilizer for his doctrine. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jules Verne The earth seemed covered with verdure from the shore to the summits in the interior, that were crowned by Mount Kapogo, 476 feet high. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

The turtle swallows Willis, but is thereupon taken ill, and having returned him to earth again, dies in great agony. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

We lived snug in Flanders, and our servants throughout the broad earth were busy getting us gear. The Wife of Flanders by John Buchan

Charles Dickens There was a magnetism of dulness in them which would have beaten down the most facetious companion that the earth ever knew. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Guy de Maupassant Paul motioned to me to get out, and as soon as we had done so, he said: “I wonder who on earth she can be?” I began to laugh. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Edith Wharton Why on earth can’t their nurse look after them?” “There isn’t any nurse but me. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

The only thing on earth that I have desired with any constancy, is to be beautiful. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Arthur Conan Doyle Nowhere in the blue heaven or on the sunlit earth was there any foreshadowing of a catastrophe. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Mary, what on earth brought you here?” “You’re not angry, Dick?” “Not a bit — only curious. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Nothing on earth seemed less real now than his plans, his energy, and his enthusiasm; and raising my eyes, I saw part of the moon glittering through the bushes at the bottom of the chasm. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

The sides of this funnel were rugged rock, and in the banks of earth lodged here and there upon projections, a scrubby vegetation grew. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope It was not by them, however, that he had learned to feel that a man’s final duty here on earth is his duty to other men. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells He endeavoured first to ascertain the extremes of temperature to which we earth beings were exposed, and he was deeply interested by my descriptive treatment of clouds and rain. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

The spring-time streams and summer rains tear up the gulleys, and again earth is carried away to the river. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Ford Madox Ford Mr. Quarternine, the celebrated upholder of the metempsychosistic school, had told her that those phenomena proved beyond doubt that the soul of the Maintenon had returned to earth in her body. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Henry James She couldn’t possibly have made it out; her friend was as much as ever “dreadfully plain” to her; she must have wondered to the last what on earth possessed us. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

Francis Bacon The good, it any be, is due tanquam adeps sacrificii, to be incensed to the honour, first of the Divine Majesty, and next of your Majesty, to whom on earth I am most bounden. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

H. G. Wells She dreamt, he perceived, of being able to come to earth and give her beauty and tenderness to the sick and poor. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

To others that lonely and unnoticed tomb would be as nothing; only one among the thousand marks left on the bosom of the violated earth by the ravenous and savage lusts of war. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

But he was filled with consternation, wondering, if the girl continued to remain in the study, how on earth he was going to get out of the house again before Mitter returned. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Visions of instant dismissal on Monday loomed up into his mind, and he wondered where on earth he would be able to get another crib. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Virginia Woolf All that inner darkness became a hall, leaf smelling, earth smelling of yellow light. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Mark Twain Tangier is clear out of the world, and what is the use of visiting when people have nothing on earth to talk about? There is none. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Henry Handel Richardson The earth lay steeped in moonshine, as in the light of a silver sun. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

What! the doctor married already to Mary Arbour and he’d told no one about it! What on earth did it mean, too, that the previous day he’d been looking so glum and unhappy? He spoke earnestly. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Sir Richard Burton So the accursed heaped the earth over him and left him to die of hunger. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

They have vanished from the face of earth as completely as the extinct sthenurus, of which their far-off ancestors were contemporaries. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Charles Dickens But they twinkled out one by one, without throwing any light on the questions why on earth I was going to play at Miss Havisham’s, and what on earth I was expected to play at. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Sinclair Lewis Even on a moonless night, a pale radiance came from the snow, from the earth itself, and the stars were drops of quicksilver. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Jules Verne This great work must be completed within eight months, so that you have 2,543,400 cubic feet of earth to excavate in 255 days; that is to say, in round numbers, 2,000 cubic feet per day. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

She was a sympathetic and trusting spirit, and knew poor Philip Feltram, in her simplicity, better than the shrewdest profligate on earth could have known him. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Then by the mightiest effort of his life he controlled himself, and bent over the earth and dug again, stamping his foot down on the iron as though he stamped a traitor’s life out with it. Signa by Ouida