Phrases with "equal"

George Meredith True, Old England is always louting to the rear, and has to be pricked in the rear and pulled by the neck before she ‘s equal to the circumstances around her. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Anthony Trollope She was strong and well made, and apparently equal to any labour to which her position might subject her. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins What to say, what to do, when I had closed the book, was more than I felt myself equal to decide. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

John Morley Of that stern and cold stuff which supports a man in firm march and straight course, giving him the ample content of self-respect, he probably had less than any one of equal prominence has ever had. Voltaire by John Morley

In like manner it is also properly called Æquator, because it divides the whole frame of the earth between the poles into equal parts. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Anthony Trollope He is, if not of equal rank, yet of equal standing with the highest; and if he be open to the amenities of society, may choose his own circles. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope But they were members of a Liberal government, and of course Antilizzieite. Gentlemen who were equal to them in learning, who had held offices equally high, were distinctly of a different opinion. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Walter Besant Juliet always used to reckon me as equal to four. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Thus equal deaths are dealt with equal chance; By turns they quit their ground, by turns advance: Victors and vanquish’d, in the various field, Nor wholly overcome, nor wholly yield. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Watkin Tench Nor was the effect of wine or brandy upon him more perceptible than an equal quantity would have produced upon one of us, although fermented liquor was new to him. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Cheshire was for leaving them to starve, but Lesly, Shiers, and I held out for an equal division. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Taking for granted that all bodies produced spectra of equal length, he dismissed all further consideration of the refracting instrument, and took up the principle of reflection. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

Arnold Bennett He thought, recalling with vexation his last firm forbidding words to Hilda in the bedroom: “Nobody could be equal to this emergency. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Jane Austen I could never hope to equal my own doings at Randalls. I shall leave off while I am well. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

The old dessert set, curiously enough, instead of consisting of knives and forks in equal proportions, contained eleven knives and one fork for ginger. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

But when Skapti knew that, he went to the judges, and asked whence they had that? They said that they deemed the slain men were bonders of equal worth. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

For pretty lying, nicely buttered, and going down like a fig in a dog’s throat, there is not his equal anywhere — not anywhere. Signa by Ouida

Jules Verne But the management of two balloons would, necessarily, be very difficult, in view of the problem how to keep them both at an equal ascensional force. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Maria Edgeworth Spies and cowards are upon an equal footing. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Such a want of principle argued an equal want of truth. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

The straight leg or tarsus is longer than the three toes, which are of equal length, and diverging, lie in the same plane. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope That which did not crush us will not crush them, if their future energy be equal to our past energy. North America by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson They accompany in the Highlands every action, which can be done in equal time, with an appropriated strain, which has, they say, not much meaning; but its effects are regularity and cheerfulness. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Rudyard Kipling It replied in two voices of an equal regret that it was attached and could not free itself. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Wilkie Collins They’re both of them quite equal to coming after me and spoiling my pleasure here, just as they spoil it everywhere else. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Henry James Morris Townsend accepted her invitation with equal good grace, and the dinner took place a few days later. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe In this latter science it is very usually untrue that the aggregated parts are equal to the whole. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

Robert Green Ingersoll Now suppose that two atoms should come together, would there be an effect? Yes. Suppose they came in exactly opposite directions with equal force, they would be stopped, to say the least. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry James She was therefore yet more puzzled to see him show his serene beauty untroubled, as well as an equal interest in a matter quite distinct from any freedom but her ladyship’s. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Anthony Trollope She would have borne the battlings which would have arisen with an equal temper. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

James Payn He was accustomed to meet men of a much higher social rank than his present visitor on something like equal terms; many of them shook hands with him; all of them treated him with familiarity. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Henry Fielding She was so kind as to say that all stations of life were equal to her, unless as one afforded her more of my company than another. Amelia by Henry Fielding

These brothers are, to view the fairest side of the question, good sort of men, and give as a favour, what children of the same parents had an equal right to. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Altogether it is the character of human nature, not only to be intense, but to take “a moral holiday” so that the men may be equal to the troubles of life. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

George Gissing Their chaperon spoke with him; he learned that Lady Ogram did not feel quite equal to an occasion such as this, and had stayed at home. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

H. Rider Haggard Standing in semicircles at equal distances from each other on the north and south of the sacred place are ten golden angels, or female winged forms, exquisitely shaped and draped. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Margaret Oliphant But Mr. Vincent was not equal to the occasion. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Every evening after that Deidrick proposed in perfect good faith, the girl repeated her objections with equal candour, and they were received with somnolent approval. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Andrew Lang I have wealth equal to the treasure of the miserly Qarun.’ But the prince only made answer like a man distraught, and told her nothing. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle Marriage, however, should be an equal partnership, as she points out. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Elizabeth Gaskell She was no longer the buoyant self-sufficient Susan, equal to every occasion. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Arnold Bennett Constance’s confusion was equal to her pleasure. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jane Austen Were she your equal in situation — but, Emma, consider how far this is from being the case. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Hence the tendrils of this latter plant, when stimulated by a touch of equal force on opposite sides, did not bend. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

John Galsworthy You might make mine, by the way — equal shares to Roger, Eustace and Francie. Executors yourself and Eustace. Come and do an air-raid with me one night. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Wherefore be assured that the nation where you cannot establish an equal agrarian, is incapable of its liberty as to this kind of donation. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

George Gissing But her devilish malice is equal to anything. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Thomas Paine They had been convened only on extraordinary occasions, the last of which was in 1614; their numbers were then in equal proportions, and they voted by orders. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

With equal ease, apparently, he can be playful, tender, serious, preposterous, eloquent, meditative, and absurd. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

John Locke All pain of the body, of what sort soever, and disquiet of the mind, is uneasiness: and with this is always joined desire, equal to the pain or uneasiness felt; and is scarce distinguishable from it. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Towards sunset they found themselves at equal distances from a little town and a monastery, only the latter was off the road. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

John Lewis Burckhard It is surrounded by a wall ten feet thick, flanked with numerous round towers, built with equal blocks of stone, each about two feet square. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

John Lewis Burckhard The children are dressed out in the same expensive manner; and a person would submit to be called a thief, rather than allow those of equal rank to exceed him in finery. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

The god of archers gives thy youth a part Of his own praise, nor envies equal art. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

My mother had an equal dread of “blacks” by day and the “night air,” so that our brightly clean windows were rarely open. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Wilkie Collins Not the slightest visible change was produced in her by the eating and drinking; she was equal to any demands that any dinner could make on her. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

What if that wicked Gouverneur Hildreth should know I lived so much alone? I don’t believe he would stop at killing me! And my husband! He is equal to telling him I have no protector. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells The proposition he struggled to develop was this, that True Democracy did not mean an equal share in the government, it meant an equal opportunity to share in the government. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Thomas Hobbes The latter is called science, and is conditional; as when we know that: if the figure shown be a circle, then any straight line through the center shall divide it into two equal parts. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

The Somali described its dimensions as equal in extent to the Gulf of Aden, and further alluded to its being navigated by white men. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

So why I shouldn’t equal Sarah’s life I don’t see. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

George Meredith Mrs. Rosamund Culling had a whole collection of photographs of him, equal to a visual history of his growth in chapters, from boyhood to midshipmanship and to manhood. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

His activity was equal to his strength; and he seemed to be at every point the moment that his presence was needed. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Thomas Love Peacock I do not know when I have been equal to such an effort. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Thomas Wolfe But now the lonely cry of the great train was speaking to him with an equal strangeness of return. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Virginia Woolf One must be able to live on equal terms with the Whalleys and the Singletons and yet hide from their suspicious eyes the very qualities which enable one to understand them. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

John Ruskin For instance: the public are under a vague impression that, because they have paid for the contents of the British Museum, every one has an equal right to see and to handle them. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Victor Hugo I’ve seen your equal off Cape Machichaco.” And when secured he clutched the helm with that strange hilarity which danger awakens. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Leslie Stephen Driven from her position in this world, poor Mrs. Knowles hoped that sexes might be equal in the next. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

These statements may apparently be trusted, because this same man said that the sexes are about equal with the lark, the twite (Linaria montana), and goldfinch. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

We chatted with the Shark Point wreckers, and found that they thought like Arthegal, “For equal right in equal things doth stand. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

George Meredith The General will say, ‘Oh! a very big lie’s equal to a truth; big brother to a fact, or something; as he always does, you know. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Benjamin Disraeli It was nearly equal to the last. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

The result was an equal division of a property worth about 7000 l a year. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Rudyard Kipling With an equal swiftness they tied his thumbs together behind his back with a piece of twine, and then, because he kicked furiously, removed his shoes. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Hood was not equal to the task of concealing his purpose. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

I’ve guaranteed you to be square, and you’re to come in on the profits equal with the boys, and you’ve got to help. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Victor Hugo One can only fight one’s equal; who is one’s equal if not one’s brother? I will send you my seconds; tomorrow we will cut each other’s throats. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope I intend that she shall be my equal — my equal in every respect, if I can make her so. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

John Stuart Mill It may be more correctly described as supposing that equal amounts of happiness are equally desirable, whether felt by the same or by different persons. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Robert Louis Stevenson Neither must they be boys to be instructed, but fellow-teachers with whom I may wrangle and agree on equal terms. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Indeed, nothing could equal the splendor of this starry world, bathed in limpid ether. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing Would the brains in that boy’s head weigh as much as those of a cat, or be of equal reflecting power? Never believe it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

If you should burst yourself, says he, you will not be equal to it. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Edith Wharton Odo noted with equal interest the impression produced by the various members of the court and the Church dignitaries. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Charles Kingsley She knew that they would all be equal in heaven, and that was enough for her. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Thomas Paine The subject was then taken up by the Parliament, who recommended that the number of the Commons should be equal to the other two: and they should all sit in one house and vote in one body. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Jules Verne The farm servants, on equal footing with their master, were already in their places to take their share of the meal. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Edgar Allan Poe In this case, granting the personal acquaintances to be equal, the chances would be also equal that an equal number of personal encounters would be made. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

But I’m not going to have you coming to me, and pretending that you can meet Bromfield Corey as an equal on his own ground. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Sheep and goats sell according to their skills; a large one is preferred to a shukka, equal to one dollar; but a dhoti, the proper price of three small goats, is scarcely the value of the largest. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Samuel Johnson No scheme of policy has, in any country, yet brought the rich and poor on equal terms into courts of judicature. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

In spite of your size I’m equal to you!” “Yes, that’s it, at once. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Edmund Burke Having endeavored to show what beauty is not, it remains that we should examine, at least with equal attention, in what it really consists. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Arthur Conan Doyle Do you feel equal to it?” “Yes; I shall not feel easy until I have told my story. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

John Locke If such an assent be a mark of innate, then “that one and two are equal to three, that sweetness is not bitterness,” and a thousand the like, must be innate. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Arthur Conan Doyle Nor was it all furnished in equal taste. The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle

Thomas Hardy Eyes almost as deep and speaking he had seen before, and cheeks perhaps as fair; brows as arched, a chin and throat almost as shapely; her mouth he had seen nothing to equal on the face of the earth. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Walter Scott As he approached, he saw an equal change in his countenance. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

John Lewis Burckhard I had observed similar strata in Wady Genne, but running horizontally along the whole chain of mountains, and di­viding it, as it were, into two equal parts. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope I’ve known Mr. Moggs all my life, and he’s equal to me, anyways,—only he’s a deal better. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Gissing His involuntary gaze was met with one of equal intensity. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Margaret Oliphant It ain’t equal to doing for itself, like most. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Henry James I’m sure I hope she is!” I echoed the hope, but I remember well the impression this made upon me — my immediate pang of resentment, a disgust almost equal to Flora’s own. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Anthony Trollope Perhaps he was about equal to Mr. George Brattle in his religious zeal. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Jules Verne Thus the time necessary to travel over the distance between the dead point and the south pole would be equal to the distance separating the north pole from the dead point. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Ann Radcliffe The pleasure she now felt she believed would always be renewed, and in an equal degree, by the objects which first excited it. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

It might have been expected that an age which had produced both Diderot and Voltaire would hardly be able to boast of yet another star of equal magnitude. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Henry James His indifference to this advantage was not of the same character as Gilbert Osmond’s, but it had at this moment an equal distinctness. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Straight down the Liteiny we rattled, and along the Zagorodny Prospekt. Next to me sat a youth with the shoulder-straps of a Lieutenant, who seemed to speak all European languages with equal fluency. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Margaret Oliphant And then we can do something for your cold, for I am sure you have a cold; and Oona and you can settle all that business about the benevolent tyrant, which is more than my poor head is equal to. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Thomas Wolfe George had never before witnessed anything to equal the indignity and sheer animal horror of the scene. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Leslie Stephen For reasons sufficiently obvious, few men whose lives have been devoted to letters for an equal period, have left behind them such scanty and inadequate remains. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

George Gissing He had won the right of addressing her on equal terms, but she was not inclined to anticipate that future day to which he pointed. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope Instead of this, however, she was permitted to expend an equal amount of energy in every variation of waltz and polka that the ingenuity of the dancing professors of the age has been able to produce. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Our ancestor, on his part, betrayed no disinclination to receive her caresses, but returned them with equal ardour. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

The affection for the ethical ideal defined by moral science would claim equal if not superior rights. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

George Gissing She asked no liberty to be vile, as her husband made himself; but that she was denied an equal freedom to exercise all her powers, to enrich her life with experiences of joy, this fired her to revolt. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Leon Trotsky On a number of important questions, the editors were divided into two equal groups: the older ones (Plekhanov, Zasulitch, Axelrod), and the younger generation (Lenin, Martov, Potresov). My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells America was profoundly impressed by her own growth and disposed to disregard the equal pace of European progress. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Vsevolod Krestovsky As a result, his hands were almost feminine in their delicacy, the sensibility of the finger tips had reached an extraordinary degree of development, equal to that of one born blind. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

It would be a task of equal difficulty, either to assign any particular spot for the residence of these beings, or to endeavour to enumerate their general occupations. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Anthony Trollope And on that he felt himself equal to any man. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

He wrote with equal ability on political, agrarian, and financial subjects. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

After that it hasn’t very much to say, and when it has promised a robe of byssus of two colors and a string of pearls of equal size, it is at the end of its tether. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Thomas Hobbes Commutative, therefore, they place in the equality of value of the things contracted for; and distributive, in the distribution of equal benefit to men of equal merit. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Edith Wharton At first he was aware only of those that centred in his own troubled consciousness; then it occurred to him that an equal activity of intercourse was going on outside of it. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Another day came in, and the Squire declared he had never felt anything to equal the cold. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

Arthur Machen A stone in a box and a quarry of rocks may be shown to be of an equal freight. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope Her brown hair was rough, and did not form itself into equal lengths. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Let two persons, equally strangers, make application for some benefit in the possession of a third to bestow, and to which he feels that they have an equal claim. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

If by your rival’s hand th’ Italians fall, So shall your fatal sword his friends oppress, In honor equal, equal in success. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

She does not acquire an equal influence over the other sex, for she is evidently in love with herself. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Victor Hugo Laid on it, at equal distance from the four angles, was a huge round shield of embossed metal, on which sparkled, in dazzling relief, various coats of arms. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

We were all equal now; but near at hand was an equality still more levelling, a state where beauty and strength, and wisdom, would be as vain as riches and birth. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins He said just enough about himself to satisfy us that we were receiving a person who was at least of equal rank with ourselves. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Mark Twain Davoust and Massena, who wrought in many a battle tragedy, are here, and so also is Rachel, of equal renown in mimic tragedy on the stage. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Shot from the crowd, swift Nisus all o’erpass’d; Nor storms, nor thunder, equal half his haste. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Thomas Love Peacock Her hair was light-brown; her eyes hazel, and sparkling with a mild but fluctuating light; her features regular; her lips full, and of equal size; and her person surpassingly graceful. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

What story in all the books is equal to mine?” “APRIL 23, 1879. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope He had assumed, when first meeting the squatter, that good-fellowship between them, on equal terms, would be acceptable to both; but his overtures had been coldly received. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne In the more elevated field of the Senate, he pursued the same course as while a representative, and with more than equal results. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

The remainder of the lands was divided, per capita, in equal shares among the people. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope When of two men the first thinks himself equal to the second, the second will generally feel himself to be superior to the first. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Marie Corelli Moving a little closer he tried to hear what was being said — but Leigh spoke very softly, and Sylvie answered with equal softness, so that he could catch no distinct word. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Jane Austen He had before believed her to return his affection with sincere, if not with equal regard. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Virginia Woolf At the cliff’s edge there was an equal murmur of air that had been brushed through forests, of water that had been cooled in a thousand glassy hollows of mid-ocean. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

They were indeed quite above and outside this sense, because to be Herries was enough and, rich or poor, you were of an equal and exceptional importance. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe That Pierre Bon-Bon was, in an equal degree, skilled in the philosophy of that period is, I presume still more especially undeniable. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Lucy Maud Montgomery Did you ever hear anything equal to that?” All the Avonlea scholars were in a fever of excitement that day, for the hall had to be decorated and a last grand rehearsal held. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

H.P. Lovecraft May equal Himalayas, allowing for height of plateau. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Robert Green Ingersoll They knew that a mechanic was esteemed as hardly the equal of a hound, and far below a blooded horse. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry James And those boxes are fearfully stuffy, you know,” he added, as if Hyacinth had had at least an equal experience of that part of the theatre. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

William Henry Bragg The plate B can be moved so as to make the depth of the chamber equal to any desired value. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Apprenticeship was not to be thought of, for the family resources were not equal to a premium. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Henry James It all hung together; they were subject, he and the great vagueness, to an equal and indivisible law. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

Virgil and Tacitus, were they ready writers? The whole Prophecies of Isaiah are not equal in extent to this cobweb of a Review article. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Helen Zimmern Her stepmother appears to have taken great pains with her, conversing with her as an equal in every respect but age. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

William Hazlitt It has been the fashion of late to cry up our author’s poems, as equal to his plays: this is the desperate cant of modern criticism. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

John Lewis Burckhard They are not at equal distances, the space between the two middle ones being greater than the two other intervals. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

George Meredith As to blood, the Kirbys of Lincolnshire were quite equal to the Cressetts of Warwick. The Old Buccaneer seems to have had money too. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Jules Verne The Major observed that the influence of Kara-Tete gave umbrage to Kai-Koumou. They both ruled the Waikato tribes, and were equal in authority. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

His feeble character was not equal to support the burden of poverty and despair. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope Such men, as a rule, do know how to bear a mind fairly equal to adversity. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

If a branch be touched at the same time with equal force on opposite sides, both sides are equally stimulated and there is no movement. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Oliver Goldsmith The huntsman, who rode foremost, past us with great swiftness, followed by four or five persons more, who seemed in equal haste. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

The zeal of the Liberal party in the propagation of the cult of Milton was of course encountered by an equal passion on the part of the Tory opposition. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Jane Austen Sir Henry thought the duke not equal to Frederick, but that was because Sir Henry wanted the part himself; whereas it was certainly in the best hands of the two. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Olaf Stapledon For in his most lucid mood, though he longed with equal ardour, his detachment, his fundamental dispassion, enabled him to stand outside his passion and control it. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Take two tracts of equal extent, one of which brings in five and the other ten. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jack London Also, and with equal suddenness, the book disappeared from the market. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H. G. Wells Then he looked up again, speaking in the same equal voice. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Sir Walter Scott The Duke of Buckingham is in all respects equal in magnificence of dress to the King or the Prince. The only difference that is marked between him and royalty is, that his head is uncovered. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

And we see that as she is of all others the most quiet, so the most equal commonwealth. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

They treated Larose as if he were quite an old friend, and as an equal in every way. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Benjamin Disraeli When the eventful day arrived, he was quite equal to the occasion. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

But that evening Anthony, lying in a large chair, contemplated Quentin with almost equal bewilderment. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We are men of equal strength, I should say, although once I surprised and got the better of you. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Joseph Furphy We ain’t on equal terms while that stick o’ tobacker’s between us. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Arthur Conan Doyle They say of old Saladin that in his day his breed of birds, of hounds and of horses had no equal on earth. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Jules Verne Soon the nature of the soil changed; to the sandy plain succeeded an extent of slimy mud which the Americans call “ooze,” composed of equal parts of silicious and calcareous shells. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Anthony Trollope Who that either of us knows is equal to or approaches him in talent? He is brave, generous, simple-hearted beyond all that I have ever known. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

John Stuart Mill Already in modern life, and more and more as it progressively improves, command and obedience become exceptional facts in life, equal association its general rule. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

She returned his gaze with equal steadfastness; but he noticed that her lips whitened. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Henry Fielding The count, little suspecting that Wild had been the sole contriver of the misfortune which had befallen him, rose up and eagerly embraced him, and Wild returned his embrace with equal warmth. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

But if a piece A B be cut out (although it is near the æquator), yet it will be as strong in its magnetical actions as C D or D E, if torn away from the whole in equal quantity. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Sigmund Freud It is quite possible that he had taken into his sleep his anxiety lest the aged watcher should not be equal to his task. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

David Hume That the square of the hypothenuse is equal to the squares of the other two sides, cannot be known, let the terms be ever so exactly defined, without a train of reasoning and enquiry. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

You couldn’t get a job as a navvy or a coal-miner even if you were equal to the work. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Guy de Maupassant It is we (do you see?) who should be taught politeness, and the task would be such a difficult one that Hercules himself would not be equal to it. The Impolite Sex (Correspondance) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

George Gissing With equal solicitude did they discuss the food upon their table. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

They thought my father was not my mother’s equal in point of family, and when she married him, they turned her off, as it were. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Finally, as in all bodies re-action is equal to action, it is certain that the earth gravitates also towards the moon; and that the sun gravitates towards both. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

When he paints after the manner of the classics, he is equal to them. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Never did any one holding the same high office as Sir William Brandon earn an equal reputation in so short a time. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Arthur Conan Doyle They were old battle-companions, of the same age and in the very prime of life, with equal fame and equal experience of the wars. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

It asserted its own tranquillity, which seemed a pledge of equal quiet to its former inhabitants. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Edith Wharton He returned with equal violence: “No — you’re not. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Edgar Allan Poe In the consideration of motive it falls; for two motives, each of a given value, have not, necessarily, a value when united, equal to the sum of their values apart. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

Ralph Waldo Emerson Fair play and an open field and freshest laurels to all who have won them! But heaven reserves an equal scope for every creature. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]