Phrases with "endeavour"

Anthony Trollope Dear George, endeavour to think how small has been my offence and how tremendous is the punishment which you propose. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

They pity and excuse and endeavour to soothe. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

However, since I had not a penny of money to endeavour at recovering my right with, I told my master I would consider of his proposal. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

I intended upon returning here to endeavour to discover a line of country round the south-eastern extremity of Lake Amadeus, so as to reach Mount Olga at last. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Do your Nonconformist friends admit your primacy? They form a not inconsiderable section of English Protestantism. When informing ignorance let us endeavour to be accurate. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

The two remaining horses were so restless that I was compelled to stand and hold them while waiting, old Jimmy being away in the darkness to endeavour to find the missing one. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

E. Phillips Oppenheim Physical movement being impossible, I lie quite still and endeavour to grasp the situation mentally. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle One morning after a sleepless night she determined to see him, possibly for the last time, and make one strong endeavour to draw him from those evil influences which were sucking him down. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell She was getting surfeited of the eventless ease in which no struggle or endeavour was required. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

I rubbed my eyes in an endeavour to find out if I were awake or asleep, but that made no difference. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

John Stuart Mill Having thus prepared the ground, I shall afterwards endeavour to throw such light as I can upon the question, considered as one of philosophical theory. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Anthony Trollope But I’ll endeavour to get along as well as I can. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope This was manifest to him, and he was driven to endeavour to make it manifest to her. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Mauleverer had now convinced himself that all endeavour to save his property was hopeless, and he had also the consolation of thinking he had done his best to defend it. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Walter Scott In short, he persevered for a stricken hour in such a torrent of unnecessary tattle, as determined Peveril, at all events, to endeavour to procure a separate lodging. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Anthony Trollope What things? Why should you be determined to disagree with my mother? Surely you ought at any rate to endeavour to think as she thinks. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Worthy Lady, think me a weak man, full of imperfections; but be assured I do endeavour to be good, and had rather mend my faults than cover them. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Anthony Trollope I never knew a decent woman who wasn’t an Episcopalian. Eva is at any rate a good girl, to endeavour to save her father; and I’ll tell you what — it is not too late yet. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe The satisfaction with which the presence of her son inspired Madame La Motte, Adeline mistook for kindness to herself, and she exerted her whole attention in an endeavour to become worthy of it. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

George Gissing They came rushing, irresistible; she ceased from her endeavour to check them, and wept as she had not wept for long years. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

An endeavour has been made to identify him with a Sir Thomas Malory of Warwickshire, who fought successively on both sides in the Wars of the Roses, sat in Parliament 1444–45, and died 1471. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Benjamin Disraeli It is only your greenhorns who endeavour to make their way by fawning and cringing to every member of the establishment. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

David Hume After all, I may, perhaps, agree to your general conclusion in favour of liberty, though upon different premises from those, on which you endeavour to found it. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Benjamin Disraeli At length he enters with an answer; and while be reads you endeavour to look easy, with a countenance merry with the most melancholy smile. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Anthony Trollope As well might a man, when stung to madness by wasps, endeavour to sit in his chair without moving a muscle, as endure with patience and without reply the courtesies of a newspaper opponent. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

The endeavour to keep him from making himself objectionable in any way to the master of the house put no inconsiderable anxiety into these two women’s lives. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

His sincere desire and honest endeavour to perjure himself were baffled by a circumstance he had never foreseen nor indeed thought possible. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Then something that was very like a sob escaped him, and I saw his hands clench, as if he were battling with himself in an endeavour to suppress his emotion. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

If he were absolutely obliged to take a part, he favoured the stronger, always, however, with a reserve, and an endeavour to show the other that he was not willingly his enemy. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Anthony Trollope I will at any rate endeavour to deserve them. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

John Bunyan Hopeful also would endeavour to comfort him, saying, Brother, I see the Gate, and men standing by to receive us. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Anthony Trollope I apologise for these tales, which are certainly outside my purpose, and will endeavour to tell no more that shall not have a closer relation to my story. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

In point of fact, it was that very disadvantage that made me write to you last week and endeavour to induce you to pay us a visit. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

Marjorie Bowen Though unutterably weary and shaken by nausea, nothing would have persuaded him to endeavour to obtain any repose in that apartment. The Grey Chamber by Marjorie Bowen

Margaret Oliphant Now that he had recovered control of himself, it was time for him to endeavour to make out a reason for the hallucination in which he had almost lost himself and his sober senses. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Thomas Hobbes The end of obedience is protection; which, wheresoever a man seeth it, either in his own or in another's sword, nature applieth his obedience to it, and his endeavour to maintain it. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Tobias Smolle Beware of that artful traitor; and, oh! endeavour to overcome that levity of disposition, which, if indulged, will not only stain your reputation, but also debauch the good qualities of your heart. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Walter Besant If your passion be what you think it to be, six months is a short time indeed for meditation and endeavour to make yourself worthy of this young lady. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

He was the first among his compatriots to endeavour to relate in prose a long-sustained story, having for its chief concern: the truth. An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash by Edmund Gosse

Joseph Furphy Let me endeavour to describe the scene which I stealthily, but carefully, surveyed during the next few minutes. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anthony Trollope What can I do? Where can I turn? Oriel, if there be an empty, lying humbug in the world, it is the theory of high birth and pure blood which some of us endeavour to maintain. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

William Godwin Dunstan immediately conceived a jealousy of these qualities, and took an early opportunity to endeavour to disarm them. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

George Gissing That he would honestly endeavour to do so, there could be no doubt, especially since he must suspect that her own desire was to distinguish between the man and his fault. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Ann Radcliffe I speak to you as a friend, Adeline, and desire you will endeavour to listen to me without prejudice. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

William Morris Yet in the course of my endeavour to show how we might live, I must more or less deal in negatives. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

George Berkeley Hence, to endeavour to explain the production of colours or sounds, by figure, motion, magnitude, and the like, must needs be labour in vain. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Anthony Trollope To their evidence I shall come presently, and shall endeavour to show you why you should discredit them. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

He is not invincibly young and heroic; he is mature and human, though for him also the stress of adventure and endeavour must end fatally in inheritance and marriage. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a very young bird to endeavour to hold his own among these seasoned old vampires. The Tragedians by Arthur Conan Doyle

She made an endeavour to smile, and murmured unhappily, ‘Good morning. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope To him was added the trouble, which he did not endeavour to hide from himself or Mary, that all this misery came to him from his own father. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

E. F. Benson A general air of joyful mystery and spiritual endeavour blew balmily round them all, and without any doubt the exercises and the deep breathing were extremely good for them. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Ann Radcliffe He turned with impatience from recollections which produced only pain, and looked forward to the future with an endeavour to avert the disgrace and punishment which he saw impending. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

William Godwin It is in vain, on such occasions, for reserve and reproach to endeavour to curb in the emotions of an affectionate heart. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Henry Handel Richardson I know how little I can do; but honest endeavour must count for something. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne Ornithopters, machines which endeavour to reproduce the natural flight of birds. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Anthony Trollope She would, she told herself, endeavour to do her duty; she would be loving to all who had been kind to her, and kind even to those who had been unkind. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Every night when darkness falls I shall go out and endeavour to collect the information of which we stand in need. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

After swearing a little, down sat Mr. Pym to his desk, and in a shaky hand, to imitate a sick man’s, wrote back word that he was ill in bed, but would endeavour to be up in London on the morrow. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Anthony Trollope These fatal tidings were brought to Hampton by Harry Norman himself; how they were received we must now endeavour to tell. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hobbes And when the endeavour is from ward something, it is generally called aversion. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Arnold Bennett He reached his room, the room in which he meant to inaugurate the new life and the endeavour towards perfection. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Thomas Hobbes And for these doctrines men are chiefly beholding to some of those that, making profession of the laws, endeavour to make them depend upon their own learning, and not upon the legislative power. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Anthony Trollope If it is so, or even if it suits her now to say so, you will hardly, as a man, endeavour to drive her into a marriage which she does not wish. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It seemed to him strange that such a nice-looking girl—for her appearance was really charming—should endeavour by arts so flagrant to work upon the quiet dignity of a secretary of legation. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

The Bishop constantly enjoins on his clergy to endeavour to elicit the lay opinion. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

I should grieve to be a burthen to you, but it would be my endeavour to prove a comfort and a help. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope I would never endeavour to keep a person who wished to go. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Ann Radcliffe She came to inquire whether the gentleman above stairs had every thing that he liked, for she was sure it was her endeavour that he should. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

H. G. Wells Throughout my life, a main strand of interest has been the endeavour to anchor personas to a common conception of reality. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hardy But I do entreat you to endeavour to keep as much as possible in touch with moral ideals. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope There might, he had then said, arise an occasion on which he should find it impossible not to endeavour to see the girl he loved. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

At this stage of the proceedings, however, it would be worse than useless to endeavour to check him. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Ah! If you knew what I have suffered and what I may yet endure, you would endeavour to let me taste the quiet and freedom from despair that this one day at least permits me to enjoy. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope And it does not become a Christian to endeavour to make ill-blood between a husband and his wife. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

How he had begun with a fixed determination to detest her; and how that gloomy resolve had slipped out of his mind at their first interview, despite his endeavour to hold it fast. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

David Hume Men must, therefore, endeavour to palliate what they cannot cure. Of the Origin of Government by David Hume

Ann Radcliffe Her endeavour to distinguish the corresponding words was baffled by the low voice in which they were uttered. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

William Godwin He therefore caused himself to be attended by magicians, who employed their arts to conjure up the shade of Agrippina, and to endeavour to obtain her forgiveness for the crime perpetrated by her son. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

For this reason immediately we arrive I shall start for the Transvaal, and once there shall endeavour to carve out a new name and a new life for myself. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

George Gissing I shall not endeavour to find a name for this meal and those that follow. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing Through the anxious year of 1868 Mr. Welwyn–Baker sat firm as a rock; an endeavour to unseat him ended amid contemptuous laughter. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

In recompense, the poet subsequently sent to the Pasha some Turkish prisoners, with a letter requesting him to endeavour to mitigate the inhumanities of the war. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle One possible loose end lies in the question: Why does Professor Presbury’s wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?” I sank back in my chair in some disappointment. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

David Hume They endeavour to find objections, both to our abstract reasonings, and to those which regard matter of fact and existence. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

George Gissing Say rather, you would endeavour to perform it. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Sir Walter Scott I endeavour to strengthen my mind by arguing against the possibility of such a calamity. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

With a lover, I grant, she should be so, and her sensibility will naturally lead her to endeavour to excite emotion, not to gratify her vanity, but her heart. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

David Hume Secondly, This sentiment of an endeavour to overcome resistance has no known connexion with any event: What follows it, we know by experience; but could not know it a priori. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

George Gissing Shortly before midday the open eyes trembled to consciousness, the lips moved in endeavour to speak. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing Emily was driven now and then to endeavour to make clear to him her inner life, to speak of her ideals, her intellectual convictions. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Margaret Oliphan It is, in my opinion, a most impertinent inquiry to endeavour to search out what were the sentiments of Charlotte Brontë for M. Héger. The Sisters Brontë by Margaret Oliphan

George Meredith Cecilia was less alive to Beauchamp’s endeavour to prepare her for the harsh words in the letter than to her father’s insincerity. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Gissing We should then, perhaps, make some endeavour to improve. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell Overstrained expressions of gratitude always seem like an endeavour to place the receiver of these expressions in the position of debtor for future favours. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

He was bent too much to endeavour to do anything except keep on his feet. Geoffrey's Wife by Mary Cholmondeley

Jane Austen Her first attempts at usefulness were in an endeavour to find out who were the parents, but Harriet could not tell. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope But she did endeavour to make Frank understand that she would obey his dictation if he would earn the right to dictate. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I am to go down to Matching at Easter, and shall endeavour to have some time fixed. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe Something more excusable than curiosity made me endeavour to distinguish what was said, but in vain; now and then a word or two reached me, and once I heard my name repeated, but no more. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Sir Walter Scott After enduring for some time the broiling and suffocating feeling attendant upon such an atmosphere, he rose to endeavour to open the window of the apartment, and thus to procure a change of air. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Occasionally he used to visit Ah Chung late at night, and in the intervals of discussing business, endeavour to make himself agreeable to the latter’s two young and pretty wives. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

William Hazlitt He did not endeavour to extract beauty from wrinkles, or the wild throb of passion from the last expiring sigh of indifference. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Anthony Trollope On the second occasion of his coming she did endeavour to receive him with a meek heart, and to accept what he said with an obedient spirit. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

She was handsome, and won the heart of Mr. Santerre, then a minor, who was assisted by her father in the laudable endeavour to obtain more money than his father allowed him. Lodore by Mary Shelley

It was always a part of my work amongst them to endeavour to give them a little insight into our own social system, but to the end of their lives they failed to understand it. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Anthony Trollope His daughter would go to him when at breakfast, and there, together for some half-hour, they would endeavour to look forward to their future fate. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The capitalist system had already been smashed beyond repair by the onset of limitless gold and energy; it fell to pieces at the first endeavour to stand it up again. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Anthony Trollope Such wishing was infantine, and fit only for a weak woman, such as the Marchioness. If anything were to be done it must be done by some great endeavour; and the endeavour must come from himself. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Sigmund Freud We close the most important sensory portals, the eyes, and we endeavour to protect the other senses from all stimuli or from any change of the stimuli already acting upon them. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

William Godwin She determined therefore in the first place, to endeavour to qualify them for such an undertaking. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Anthony Trollope In respect to her aunt, she would endeavour to avoid any further conversation on the subject till her lover should have decided finally what would be best for both of them. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Victor Hugo Perhaps Gwynplaine breathed heavily, as we do when we endeavour to restrain our respiration. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins I could only endeavour to alleviate it by keeping incessantly in action; by walking or riding, hour after hour, in the vain attempt to quiet the mind by wearying out the body. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

But presently his evil genius prompted Alfred to endeavour to soften Mrs. Dodd by letter, and induce her to consent to his marriage with her daughter. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Ann Radcliffe The plan had been so well conducted, and the secrecy so strictly preserved, that every endeavour of his family to trace the means of his disappearance proved ineffectual. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

George Gissing As soon as she had reached the end she looked wildly at her mother, seemed to endeavour vainly to speak, then fell to the floor in unconsciousness. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

And indeed it was capable of being so; the extreme endeavour to shine took off from that ease in conversation which is its greatest charm. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Most prospects in life are marred by the shuffling worldly wisdom of men, who, forgetting that they cannot serve God and mammon, endeavour to blend contradictory things. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Nor do I deny that I might have dropped a hint, a distant hint, that under certain circumstances I should do, or endeavour to do, my duty to my Queen and to my country. Capturing a Convict by Richard Marsh [1893]

Henry Fielding Henceforth, therefore, he abandoned all friendship for Booth, and was more inclined to put him out of the world than to endeavour any longer at supporting him in it. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Arthur Conan Doyle Now let me endeavour to show you the different steps in my reasoning. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Anthony Trollope All she could do was to endeavour to stave off the evil. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

George Gissing A conversation ensued which I shall not endeavour to repeat, under fear of being stigmatised as a “realist” by the critical world. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope To endeavour to be just was the study of his life, and in no condition of life can justice be more imperatively due than from a father to his son. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding He who should endeavour it would be laughed at himself, instead of making others laugh. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

And art resolved, I dare lay my head to a turnip, to do thy utmost endeavour to despoil Corinius of that felicity he hath to-night decreed him, and bless thyself therewith. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Jules Verne If we then found that we were near the shore, we would, weather permitting, endeavour to land, either in the boat or upon a raft. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

It were vain to endeavour to controul it. Lodore by Mary Shelley

One of these horrid little insects awoke me in his struggles to penetrate my ear, but just too late: for in my endeavour to extract him, I aided his immersion. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Arthur Conan Doyle Would they come boldly up the avenue and claim her from the Girdlestones, or would they endeavour to communicate with her first? Whatever they decided upon would be sure to be for the best. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope Fitzgerald at once saw that such endeavour must be vain. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

William Godwin At the same time, she says, she will endeavour by magic to turn him away from his wholesome sense. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

His weakness still imparts anxiety to this feeling, his ignorance prevents entire intimacy; but we begin to respect the future man, and to endeavour to secure his esteem, even as if he were our equal. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope She did not endeavour to be soft, but had made up her mind as to the one step that must be taken. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope If she would run the risk with him he Would endeavour to make her such recompense as might come from his wealth. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Our endeavour must be to get there before they do, and yet to send them back to Pekin satisfied that they have fulfilled their mission. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Margaret Oliphant There was no need to make believe, to simulate unfelt enthusiasm, or endeavour to connect with unreal associations this wonderful and glorious scene. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Henry Handel Richardson His endeavour was to exhaust himself. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

H. Rider Haggard Their cause seemed hopeless indeed; but if faith can move mountains, much more can honest endeavour attain its ends. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells The marksman became foul-mouthed and high-voiced in his earnest endeavour to make things plain And suddenly, interrupting him, came a noisy shouting from the substage. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Jeremy Bentham It is because, upon the whole, there is no evil in the act, that legislation ought not to endeavour to prevent it. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

And I feel now that any endeavour to put the scene into words is a mere presumptuous effort to describe the indescribable. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Prendergast’s words had been too sudden to produce belief of so great a fact, and his first thought was that an endeavour was being made to fool him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

But how will they ever get on?’ ‘Don’t you see? It must be our serious endeavour to keep the peace, and prevent occasions of discord. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope In the mean time, Cathelineau and de Lescure had hurried off, at the top of their horses’ speed, to endeavour to head the column of madmen who were rushing towards almost certain destruction. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing He used to face problems with simple directness, in the positive spirit or with an idealist’s enthusiasm; now he leaned to scepticism, though it was his endeavour to conceal the tendency. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

France in the eighteenth century, whatever else it may have been — however splendid in genius, in vitality, in noble accomplishment and high endeavour — was certainly not a quiet place to live in. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Walter Scott Lockhard had his orders to endeavour on his part to make some acquaintance with the inmates of the castle, and we have seen how he played his part. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

George Gissing It was vain to endeavour to make her understand or answer. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Enough of the palace guards belong to us to make the endeavour a safe one. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Anthony Trollope Very little such endeavour was made at all. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing At once he wrote and secured his passage in the next Cunarder that left Liverpool. Upon his precise destination he did not endeavour to decide. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

John Locke Let him put a flint or a football between his hands, and then endeavour to join them, and he will know. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Anthony Trollope But, if it could be passed by — if nothing more were demanded from her — she would endeavour to forget it all, saying to herself that it had come from sudden passion. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle All that remains now is to carry out the plans which I have made, and to endeavour to lighten the earth of some of the misery and injustice which weigh it down. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

William Blake Religion is an endeavour to reconcile the two. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake [1790-93]

Jeremy Bentham The latter being by the supposition not mischievous, to prevent them is what it can no more be the business of ethics to endeavour at, than of legislation. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Sir Walter Scott Jenny, attend your lady to her chamber, while I endeavour to find a clue to all this. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Anthony Trollope Why should he be better than any other young lady’s Mr. Jones? I don’t suppose he is better; but we’ll endeavour to believe that he is up to the average. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope He has to reflect what others think of it, and to endeavour to do what will please them. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Ethel related how ineffectual every endeavour had yet been to arrange his affairs, how large his debts, how inexorable his creditors, how neglectful his attorney. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Jane Austen And, if I may mention so delicate a subject, endeavour to check that little something, bordering on conceit and impertinence, which your lady possesses. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Bram Stoker Moreover the scene of endeavour was this time laid in Venice, a place even more widely removed in the sixteenth century from Lisbon by circumstances than by geographical position. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Tobias Smolle Should I endeavour to tamper with the servant, he might discover my design, and then I should be abridged of the little comfort I enjoy. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope I’ve a good deal to say, indeed, which you must hear; and I trust, therefore, you will endeavour to be cool, whatever your opinions may be about my conduct. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

But when they began to speak kindly to him, he would glare wildly for a few seconds and at last would get up and run, or endeavour to strike them to the earth. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Anthony Trollope She fancied that he would say something about the arm in the cloud, and if so, she must endeavour to make him understand that — that — that — She did not know how to fix her thoughts. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith His endeavour to ape a deliberate gravity while he told the tale, roused Agostino’s humouristic ire. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Gissing The endeavour to give women a new soul is so difficult that we can’t be cumbered by side-tasks, such as fishing foolish people out of the mud they have walked into. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is a recognized maxim of trade to endeavour to depreciate the price of whatever you want to buy, and to raise it again when the time comes for selling. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

This endeavour furnished me with a sort of amusement as I passed through the streets. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

If you have drank and enjoyed the forbidden wine, and have got a headache by it, it is no reason that you should endeavour to make me sick too. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

But the Emperor was not at Fez; he was in the southern capital, and it was necessary for me to go via Mogador, to endeavour to obtain an interview with him at that place. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

But I doubt if that will ever happen now that so many years have gone by, and there has been no endeavour to trace her. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

John Locke He that can doubt whether he be anything or no, I speak not to; no more than I would argue with pure nothing, or endeavour to convince nonentity that it were something. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Respect for Harriot made Mr Alworth endeavour to conceal his passion, but could not prevent its daily increase. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

George Gissing In an endeavour to overcome this he began to run towards the row of cabs, but his legs refused such exercise, and coughing compelled him to pause for breath. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Sir Thomas Browne It is a barbarous part of inhumanity to add unto any afflicted parties misery, or endeavour to multiply in any man a passion whose single nature is already above his patience. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Vainly did he endeavour to beguile his mind by the study of an interesting treatise on dry-rot in the metatarsal bone. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Walter Scott He was, however, quick-witted beyond his experience, and was internally determined to endeavour to discover something of the character and the temper of him with whom he spoke. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

George Gissing There is something higher than that in this art work of mine, though I fear it would be useless for me to endeavour to make you see it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Karl Philipp Moritz A few dirty-looking men, who bear the coffin, endeavour to make their way through the crowd as well as they can; and some mourners follow. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

We submit that it is hardly worth his while to continue “larding the lean earth” with his carcase in the vain endeavour to emulate angels, whom in no respect he at all resembles. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson It may be argued again that dissatisfaction with our life’s endeavour springs in some degree from dulness. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope I do not pretend to be a very grand fellow, but I do endeavour not to be disagreeable. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

In the following chapters, I shall treat of the secondary sexual characters in animals of all classes, and shall endeavour in each case to apply the principles explained in the present chapter. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

His report was such as highly pleased my mistress; and we resolved to endeavour to make you notice us, and if possible to get acquainted with you. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Arnold Benne Monday. If you persevere you will soon want to pass four evenings, and perhaps five, in some sustained endeavour to be genuinely alive. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

William Hope Hodgson I will write it down now, and, if anything more happens, endeavour to make a note of it, at once. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Maria Edgeworth You should not, permit me to say, endeavour to criminate an innocent person. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope She was determined to persevere; and this endeavour to make her feel that her perseverance would be disastrous to the man she loved was, she thought, very cruel. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Walter Scott They plundered the carriage, and rode off, leaving, beside the mangled corpse, the daughter, who was herself wounded, in her pious endeavour to interpose betwixt her father and his murderers. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

What form that end will take I dare not endeavour to foresee. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Henry Fielding I would only endeavour to conceal that from you which I think would give you uneasiness if you knew. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope She had sense enough not to despise her father, and was good enough to endeavour to make life bearable to her mother. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Jane Austen Her youth had passed without distinction, and her middle of life was devoted to the care of a failing mother, and the endeavour to make a small income go as far as possible. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

It was dawn, and she quitted her asylum, that she might again endeavour to find my brother. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Despite everyone’s endeavour to convince me that I was frightening myself about her unnecessarily, I knew her too well to be easy in my mind about her. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

His desire was knowledge; his passion truth; his eager and never-sleeping endeavour was to inform and to satisfy his understanding. Lodore by Mary Shelley