Phrases with "endeavour"

The time had not been allowed to go by without some endeavour being made to bring Violet to a better state of feeling. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Before we exclaim against the sin of such a determination, let us endeavour to set before us what the sinner had suffered during the past six years. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

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]

Anthony Trollope She could not endeavour even to make him understand that because her story was so like his own, hers had not been told. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope He will not think that you have loved him the less or that you are less true to him; but there will be something that will rankle, and which he will not endeavour to define. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

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]

His endeavour was to render it the more piquant, if not dramatic. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

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

Anthony Trollope He retreated from the room and betook himself to solitude, that he might again endeavour to make up his mind as to what he would do. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

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]

Our object was to follow the tracks of the precious rascals, until we could ascertain the position of their hiding place; then, should the opportunity occur, endeavour to surround and take them. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

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]

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

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]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle She would not endeavour to entangle the old gentleman in a sentimental attachment which might deliver him over to his enemy. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

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]

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

If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavour to do, he drowns — nicht wahr? . Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope I certainly shall not have cause for extravagance now, living here alone; and shall endeavour to free the estate from the burden by degrees. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

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

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]

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]

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 She found, after a vain attempt or two, that it was hopeless to endeavour to write to Lady Albury. The words would not come to her pen. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

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]

Anthony Trollope I have to endeavour to think how Crasweller’s mind may be affected rather than my own. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle It is easy to perceive the cause of variety in nature in view of this striving endeavour to organize the vehicle that the nature spirits use, and so gain in endless ways a closer touch. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

I told him I would not hinder their having the metals, or endeavour to stop their trade in the least, but should be glad to treat with them about it myself. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

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

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]

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]

Mr. Pendarvon seemed to endeavour to huddle himself closer to the dial-plate. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

I endeavour to do my duty, whatever the result may be. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

He disdained to struggle with the sinister influence of his mother-in-law; he did not endeavour to discipline and invigorate the facile disposition of his bride. Lodore by Mary Shelley

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]

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]

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

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

Give us that air again; how does it go?’ and he affected to endeavour to recall ‘The Ploughboy’. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Anthony Trollope I came in here to endeavour to save you; but I fear it is too late. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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]

H. G. Wells Those who are most in the child’s hearing should endeavour to speak — even when they are not addressing the childdeliberately and clearly. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

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

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]

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]

George Gissing No endeavour would shake off this ghastly clairvoyance. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

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]

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]

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

It seems impossible to believe that mere greed could hold men to such a steadfastness of purpose, to such a blind persistence in endeavour and sacrifice. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Florence Dixie Fortunately, beyond a shaking, I am unhurt, and remounting, endeavour to rejoin the now somewhat distant chase. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Daniel Defoe She told him she would endeavour to procure it for him, and leave the valuing it to himself. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Anthony Trollope I endeavour always to ask yours. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Miles Franklin It was usual for him to take all new-comers under his wing, and with officious good-nature endeavour to make them feel at home. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

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]

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]

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]

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]

If one wants to succeed in murder, as in anything else, one must endeavour to be original. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

David Hume Vainly would we, in such cases, endeavour to enter into the sentiments of others, and divest ourselves of those propensities, which are natural to us. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

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

Marie Corelli One of these notions was a devout feeling that he should, so far as it was humanly possible, endeavour to obey the Master whose doctrine he professed to follow. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

I said, ‘My father, it is in vain to endeavour to diminish my repugnance to the monastic life; the proof that that repugnance is invincible lies before you. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

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]

Samuel Johnson He did not endeavour to assist his eloquence by any gesticulations; for, as no corporeal actions have any correspondence with theological truth, he did not see how they could enforce it. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

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

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

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]

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

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

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]

Anthony Trollope There was her life before her, and she would still endeavour to be happy though there had been so much to distress her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She, however, found herself compelled to go into the matter, and compelled also to make an endeavour to understand it. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

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

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

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]

Olaf Stapledon Only by means of endeavour can the great theme of the cosmos proceed. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne It was therefore a wise step for the Company to endeavour to explore a new country, where the wild animals had hitherto escaped the rapacity of man. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

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

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

Sidney Colvin But in handling these Keats’s method is the reverse of that by which some writers vainly endeavour to rival in literature the effects of the painter and sculptor. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

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

The capital I felt, after all, was the place where I ought to endeavour to gain some permanent and lucrative situation; and to that I turned my views. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Tobias Smolle They must, therefore, endeavour to find amusements at home; and this, I apprehend, would be no easy task for people of an active spirit or restless disposition. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

In future trust to me, I pray you, to repel those who would force their unwelcome attentions upon me in the green-room, or endeavour to make their way into my dressing-room. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Anthony Trollope But as readers like the cart the best, I will do it once again — trying it only for a branch of my story — and will endeavour to let as little as possible of the horse be seen afterwards. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

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

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

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]

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 In his great endeavour to get her he had been successful. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Nevertheless, a season of repentance succeeded each outbreak, and an endeavour to atone for it and wipe out its remembrance by additional courtesies and kindness. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Theodore Dreiser Oh, blessed are the children of endeavour in this, that they try and are hopeful. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell This endeavour failed, however, owing to the energetic conduct of the officers in command. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope I endeavour so to live among my neighbours that I may not disgrace them, or you, or myself. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

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

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]

Anthony Trollope Any commands from her aunt, save one, she would endeavour to obey; but from all accusations as to impropriety of conduct she would defend herself with unabashed spirit. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

John Locke I endeavour as much as I can to deliver myself from those fallacies which we are apt to put upon ourselves, by taking words for things. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

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

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]

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]

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

When reason returned, she would remonstrate and endeavour to inspire me with resignation. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope What reason could he give that he should not go to Margate, seeing that it was a thing quite understood that he was to endeavour to persuade Polly to be his wife. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

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

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

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]

Samuel Johnson Those who are gone will endeavour by every art to draw others after them; for as their numbers are greater, they will provide better for themselves. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Again I’ll endeavour to persuade you. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

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]

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

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

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]

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]

George Gissing He stayed only an hour, resisting Nancy’s endeavour to detain him at least for the mid-day meal. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

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

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

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 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]

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

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

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]

We should rather endeavour to view ourselves as we suppose that Being views us who seeth each thought ripen into action, and whose judgment never swerves from the eternal rule of right. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is going to give me the greatest possible pleasure to feel myself, for once, a host, to endeavour to repay a little the sumptuous hospitality I have received. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

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]

Anthony Trollope If that were so she would endeavour to bear it all. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Certainly he was not deficient in sympathy with the poor and with those who endeavour to benefit them. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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 I don’t exactly appreciate your ideas; but if I can do no good, I will at any rate endeavour to do no harm. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

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

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

Sir Walter Scott Were he to write the tale anew, he would probably endeavour to give the character a higher turn. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

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

Henry Fielding I own, said Lennard, my dear friend, shaking him by the hand, there is great truth and reason in what you say; and I will for the future endeavour to follow your advice. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

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]

Now, if you will excuse me, I will go out and endeavour to obtain some lymph. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Sigmund Freud I endeavour to call to mind the aim of certain metaphysical studies which I am proposing to undertake. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

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]

G. K. Chesterton He has gone out of his way to endeavour to realise what it is that repels him in Browning, and he has discovered the fault which none of Browning’s opponents have discovered. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

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]

I felt that the only possible return I could make was to endeavour to try and cause Moira’s life to be happy as long as I lived. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Anthony Trollope I think that I should not cower before my position, but that I should, on the other hand, endeavour to soar so high that I should be consumed by my own flames. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing There were men—there were multitudes, alas! who made it the object of their life-long endeavour to oust Christianity from the world; if not avowedly, at all events in fact. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

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

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]

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

Anthony Trollope He had already taught himself to endeavour to make excuses for her,—though in doing so he always fell back at last on the enormity of her offence. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim I endeavour to compress my brows into a frown, and I take care that my voice is low and faint. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

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]

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 consequence, She resolved, when He should next be alone with Antonia, to endeavour at surprizing him. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

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]

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

Anthony Trollope When a man’s heart is warmly concerned in any matter, it is almost useless for him to endeavour to think of it. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

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]

All I had to do was to endeavour to forget that we had ever met. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Jeremy Bentham This property, it is to be observed, necessarily supposes, on the part of the people, some prejudice or other, which it is the business of the legislator to endeavour to correct. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope But she did endeavour to describe the effect upon herself of the description the woman had given her of her own conduct. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

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]

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

David Hume For this reason it may be requisite to venture upon a more difficult task; and enumerating all the branches of human knowledge, endeavour to show that none of them can afford such an argument. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

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

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]

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]

George Gissing But at this moment Mr. Chilvers abandoned his endeavour and became seated, allowing the Principal to rise, manuscript in hand. Born in Exile 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]

George Meredith The endeavour chilled her to a notion that she was but half alive. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope Hester had her hat and shawl with her; but Mrs. Bolton did not suspect that she would endeavour to escape now without returning for her child. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing As in duty bound, Robert made his endeavour to interest her in various kinds of conversation. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

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

Full of this fancy, he used every endeavour to make others forget that he had been a merchant; in fact, he wished to forget it himself. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

He must be badly burned or he would make a more strenuous endeavour to avoid the fire. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

The dog’s endeavour to void him was unsuccessful; as I guessed by a scutter downstairs, and a prolonged, piteous yelping. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Anthony Trollope If one could only ordain that things should be as though they had never been! That, however, is impossible, and one can only endeavour to live so as to come as nearly as possible to such a state. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

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]

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

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

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson MY love was warm; for that I crossed The mountains and the sea, Nor counted that endeavour lost That gave my love to me. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

Now I could only answer my father with a look of despair and endeavour to hide myself from his view. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

The growing shadow rose and rose, filling, and then seeming to endeavour to burst beyond, the adamantine vault that bent over, sustaining and enclosing the world. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

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]

We have selected one for our purpose, and will endeavour to describe it. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Being perfectly well aware that my mother would endeavour to dissuade me from adopting such a course, I resolved to act on my own initiative. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Slope, as he argued to himself, was a respectable man and a clergyman, and he, as Eleanor’s father, had no right even to endeavour to prevent her from marrying such a one. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She is your fortunate rival’s magnificent widowed sister, and has come here I presume to endeavour to set matters right. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing It would be vain to endeavour to depict in mere words the suffering she endured even on her days of least depression. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry Handel Richardson He had his peculiarities, of course; but so had every husband; and it was part of a wife’s duty to study them, to adapt herself to them, or to endeavour to tone them down. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

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

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]

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]

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]