Phrases with "error"

H. G. Wells The one main strand of error in that theory is the facile assumption that the people at a disadvantage will be stirred to anything more than chaotic and destructive expressions of resentment. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Elizabeth Gaskell You know, as I think I once told you, Osborne has behaved differently to what I should have done, though not wronglyonly what I call an error of judgment. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

The pleasure she received from his addresses she mistook for love, and imagined herself deeply enamoured, when she was in reality only extremely flattered; the common error of her age. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Thomas Hobbes For consequences of words are not the signs of his will, when other consequences are signs of the contrary; but rather signs of error and misreckoning, to which all mankind is too prone. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Bronislaw Malinowski It is obviously an error to take “the Australian Aborigines” as an ethnic unit. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle Well, it was at this point that I made an error — a very serious error it must be admitted. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

A sect He guides, and for a sect of them was error due; verily, they did take the devils for their patrons instead of God, and they did count that they were guided. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

H. G. Wells It would be possible to cite a thousand instances of error and inefficiency in its proceedings due to the forgetfulness, irritability, or fatigue of its members. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

H. G. Wells To deny was to assert that error had ruled the world so far and wisdom was only beginning — with scared little chaps like me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hobbes For error is but a deception, in presuming that somewhat is past, or to come; of which, though it were not past, or not to come, yet there was no impossibility discoverable. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Bruno’s error was too great haste of temper and strength of hatred; that all the country knew. Signa by Ouida

G. K. Chesterton However this may be, it is worth while to notice one very curious error that has arisen in connection with one of the most famous of these monologues. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Walter Scott This error had a doubly bad effect, both as degrading the immediate department in which it occurred, and as affording a protection for falsehood in other branches of science. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

George Gissing She was the sacrifice of others’ wrong-doing; the evil-heartedness of one man, the thoughtless error of another, had brought this upon her. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Gissing Certainly it would be unjust to relate Carrie’s error without at the same time making the cause fully known, and this Arthur was not disposed to do. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Olaf Stapledon My error consists in ignorance. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

John Morley It made the same impression upon him, he said, as the bleeding body of Cæsar made upon the men of Rome. But he soon found that it was an error to impute a special cruelty to the spiritual power. Voltaire by John Morley

Sinclair Lewis She made it all clear: “If this class of people had an understanding of Science and that we are the children of God and nothing can harm us, they wouldn’t be in error and poverty. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton This slow and awful self-hypnotism of error is a process that can occur not only with individuals, but also with whole societies. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

William Shakespeare If this be error and upon me prov’d, I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

But, on the other hand, the slightest error in execution shows more in the small than in the large, and a fault of conception is more evident. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

E. F. Benson Of course, good must triumph, but when error is so firmly rooted in a man it wants some pulling up. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

George Gissing His error was to have taken advantage—perhaps a mean advantage—of the strange events that followed. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Jules Verne The eastern hemisphere lies before them in the full blaze of light, and there is no possibility of error in distinguishing continent from continent. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

William Henry Bragg But it is scarcely worth while to look carefully into these sources of error and others which are also present, such as the variations in quality of returned β radiations. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

George Eliot Tom’s severity gave her a certain fund of defiance, and kept her sense of error in abeyance. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Charles Stur This appeared to me to be the most satisfactory way of computing our distances and position, for the latitude necessarily correcting both, the amount of error could not be very great. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Victor Hugo Under the reign of such a prince it is natural that meteors of error and of perdition should arise. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Wolfe There was no need to count it up, because there never had been a cheat or error in their reckoning. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

This error on the part of Mlle. Blanche rose from the custom of designating Maurice by his Christian name, which prevailed in the neighborhood. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins Mistaken in supposing that Horace had left the house, Julian had, beyond all doubt, been equally in error in concluding that he had been entrapped into breaking off the engagement upstairs. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Jeremy Bentham An irregularity, and that but a superficial one, is a less evil than continual error and contradiction. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Doubtless the lazy fellow prefers the loose gamboling of nude girls to the decent grace and moderation of a better art, but this, I submit, is an error of taste resulting from imperfect instruction. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Arnold Bennett He had the illusion that if only he could maintain a silence sufficiently august his error of fact and of manner would cease to be an error. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle With poor marks in botany and zoology, such an error in chemistry was irreparable. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Andrew Lang It is an error to be impatient: we know not whither the logos may lead us, or later generations; and we ought not to be irritated with others because it leads them into what we think the wrong path. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson Why, of course, you can catch me out, because often and often I am bound by error and claims of mortal mind. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

It is an error to imagine that we might have had better books on these subjects if, for example, George Moore, or Gissing, or Thomas Hardy, had had Kipling’s opportunities. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

G. K. Chesterton Lord Shaftesbury seldom appeared in the character and costume of the archer on the Shaftesbury Fountain; and it is an error to suppose that he is there represented. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Nay, the Hour is their promised time! and the Hour is most severe and bitter! Verily, the sinners are in error and excitement. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

It would be a most serious error to regard the rhubarb that will appear in Covent Garden Market next October as belonging to the autumn then supposed to be current. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

He was the first to study and describe the mediastinum, correcting the error of the ancients, who believed that this duplicature of the pleura contained a portion of the lungs. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Henry Fielding This threw me into an error the other way, and I sometimes fell into a levity in my behavior that was afterwards made use of to my disadvantage. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

E. F. Benson And whenever we contemplate Him like that, there is no existence possible for sin or error or imperfection. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Thomas Hobbes No man's error becomes his own law, nor obliges him to persist in it. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

It was a fatal error — an error which they themselves, before many weeks were over, were to be forced by the hard logic of events to admit. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Leslie Stephen Each phrase is either wrong or escapes from error by vagueness, and one would swear that Pope had never seen the sea. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Theodore Dreiser Mrs. Gerhardt, long weighed upon by the misery which Jennie’s error had entailed, was for taking measures for carrying out this plan at once. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

There is an ambiguity in most general maxims, and a seed of error which assumes preponderance over the truth when the interpreters of the maxim are men easily led by formulæ. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Commenting on George Sand’s generous panegyric of her brother, she adds: “It is an error to speak of his extreme moderation. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Arnold Bennett Horrible! Of course there was nothing to prevent her from going back to Bursley and repairing the grand error of her girlhood. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Maria Edgeworth Clarence made an error in his first move, for his attention was distracted by seeing Belinda behind his adversary’s chair. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins Accident might at any time give Mr. Bygrave an opportunity of repairing the error that he had committed, and of artfully regaining his lost place in Noel Vanstone’s estimation. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Edith Wharton Step by step she had seen, as in some old allegorical painting, error fly before the shafts of truth. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

G. K. Chesterton But it is quite an error to suppose that these are the dark mines containing his treasure. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Anthony Trollope But that very error goes far to prove the excellence of the code. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing It was the fault of his character, and, thus far on his life’s journey, in recognising the error might he not correct it? Unbalanced ambition explained his ineffectiveness. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope But that trouble did not gall him nearly so severely as the necessity which was on him to rectify an error made by himself. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Theodore Dreiser As has been said, he had had tremendous faith in his son; but he could not help seeing that an error had been committed, as he thought, and that Frank was suffering greatly for it now. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Watkin Tench And here I beg leave to correct an error which crept into my former publication wherein I asserted that, “the teats of the kangaroo never exceed two in number. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

G. K. Chesterton Consequently, this episode is not an error merely in the sense that we may find many errors in a great writer like Dickens; it is a mistake patched up with another mistake. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

E. F. Benson Though Tilling said nothing about that, it was felt that the error was productive of a very suitable effect, if a symbolic meaning was interpreted into it. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Thomas Hobbes For a judge may err in the interpretation even of written laws; but no error of a subordinate judge can change the law, which is the general sentence of the sovereign. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

No possible fractional error in this calculation can render the chance a working probability. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

He spoke to her a good deal about the Court and its surroundings — which seemed to her an error in taste — and appeared anxious to interest her in all his improvements. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

For it is surely an error to judge and to condemn the latinisms without reference to the whole style of which they form a necessary part. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins The discovery that I have committed such an error in judgment as this makes me hesitate about everything else. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

It would be an error to believe that the great quarrel which in recent times has arisen between Cuvier and Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire is concerned with a scientific innovation. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Nathaniel Hawthorne There were both truth and error in the impression; the child and mother were estranged, but through Hester’s fault, not Pearl’s. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

George Meredith My Philosopher’s error is to deem the sugar, born of the cane, inseparable from it. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Thomas Hardy It has worried me all the illness through, and I cannot dismiss my error from my mind . The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

He was ashamed of it as an error of intelligence. Signa by Ouida

Henry James But he saw his error immediately, and blushed. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

George Meredith It has for many generations been our Italian error to imagine a positive blood relationship—not to say maternity itself—existing between intentions and deeds. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

To reproach them for an error they have not committed is, sometimes, almost equivalent to telling them they might be guilty of even worse. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

The best of us are filled with the contrary vision of a democracy stumbling through every error till its institutions glow with justice and its customs shine with beauty. Memories and Studies by William James

They asserted that, by an error (a very slight one,) of a little figure, they had fixed the date of this awful inundation a whole century too early. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells The intention of the two admirals had been to have a five-mile lane, but either there had been some error in reckoning on one side or the other, or else there had been encroachment by the minor craft. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Bram Stoker The statecraft of England, France, the Papacy, and the German Empire were either unsuspicious or in error — or both. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H. G. Wells There is no real distinction between political, social and economic control, that is an error that has crept into social life as it has developed. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Whatever the nature of that girlish error which made the mystery of her life, it was not to be undone. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

That was an error to which I was accustomed and which it was not my habit to rectify unless the matter seemed important. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

William Godwin One night the servant, from an error in judgment, teazed her with idle expostulations, but she complained of it grievously, and it was corrected. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Theodore Dreiser The type of the latter’s escorts suggested error — a lack of social discrimination. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Stur I only wish however to record my own ideas, and if I am in error in any particular, I shall thank any one of the many who are better versed in these matters than myself to correct me. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Anthony Trollope He had lacked the courage to say ‘No,’ though he knew at the time how gross was the error which he was committing. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Marie Corelli Discovering an error in one of the documents he was examining, he called Moretti’s attention to it, and the conversation drifted to everyday trivial subjects. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau This error is due to a lack of exact notions concerning the Sovereign authority, and to taking for parts of it what are only emanations from it. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

John Locke If this be so, the foundation of error will lie in wrong measures of probability; as the foundation of vice in wrong measures of good. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Wilkie Collins Why do you ask Me?” Blanche did all that could be done toward repairing the error that she had committed. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Algernon Blackwood Next to him, however, stood a woman carrying a baby there was no error there. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was all very well to wait a week, she said, for that would give his grandfather’s violent animosity time to cool — but to wait longer would be an error — it would give it a chance to harden. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Upon this fundamental error he afterwards acted. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Francis Bacon Nor have I forgotten that in a former passage I noted and corrected as an error of the human mind the opinion that forms give existence. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Anthony Trollope Calumny or error has thrown an unmerited disgrace over his last wretched days. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne As soon as the movement was assured, and there could be no error as to the height to which the flood would rise, all those interested in the undertaking were seized with no little excitement. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

John Ruskin Othello is, I believe, “the careful;” all the calamity of the tragedy arising from the single flaw and error in his magnificently collected strength. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Anthony Trollope Lady Lufton, however, had woman-craft enough not to be led into any egregious error by Lucy’s silence. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Just now I wrote Peccavi because I had written God the Invisible King, but after all I do not think it was so much a sin to use that phrase, God the Invisible King, as an error in expression. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Andrew Lang At the earlier date she had written to the town of Orleans; at the later, she was writing to the King, from Tours. Here an error must be avoided. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells For her exaltation was made terrible by the dread that some error might dishonour her. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

He ought to try a bit to make him feel his errorperhaps not enough to convert him, but enough to give him a bad conscience and to weaken the energy of his defence. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Benjamin Disraeli Let me warn you not to fall into the usual error of youth in fancying that the circle you move in is precisely the world itself. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

H. G. Wells But a lot of us have come to believe that it is an almost fundamental error in human thought. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope A man could not wear his hat, or carry his umbrella, or mount his horse, without falling into some error of snobbism before his hypercritical eyes. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Sidney Colvin I find the same date given between brackets at the head of the same letter as transcribed in Woodhouse MSS. B., proving that an error was early made either in docketing or copying it. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

A yet graver, not uncommon, source of error arises when a great writer misapplies the maxims of his own philosophy, or states them in such a manner that they are sure to be misapplied. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

E. F. Benson To doubt that it all happened in any other way than the way it did is error on your part. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Wilkie Collins And yet, the result of my error will appear far more humiliating, and even disgraceful, in your eyes, than the results of any errors of Ralph’s. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

We consider the Judge’s anger at so trifling an error very ridiculous and insulting, and shall shoot him the first time he comes to town. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

He fell into the natural error of the inexperienced teacher, that of supposing that the remedy was the ingestion of much and diversified intelligible matter. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

For “it is,” says he, “another error of Aristotle’s politics that in a well-ordered commonwealth, not men should govern, but the laws. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Francis Bacon But the innate are inherent in the very nature of the intellect, which is far more prone to error than the sense is. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

If truth be the universal fons et origo, how does error slip in? ‘The coherence theory of truth,’ he concludes, ‘may thus be said to suffer shipwreck at the very entrance of the harbor. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

I suppose this is an error of his guide, which his short stay hindered him from rectifying, for I have, in other matters, a very just esteem for his veracity. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Andrew Lang This error Elizabeth overlooked, and with it the innocent authorship of the piece, ‘now olde and outworne. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Henry Adams Again and again, in after life, he went back over the ground to see whether he could detect error on either side. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Andrew Lang Death came into the world by a blunder, an accident, an error in ritual, a decision of a god who was before Death was. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Thomas Love Peacock The Reverend Doctor Gaster. It is an error of which I am seldom guilty. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Andrew Lang Hogg’s error would have lain, as Scott’s did, in being, as Scott said of Mrs. Hemans, too poetical. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Among the many good things to be found in Lord Bacon’s works, none is more full of wisdom than the saying that “truth more easily comes out of error than out of confusion. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Anthony Trollope He fell into some little error as to the fabrication of the postage-stamp in the colony, not having quite seized Bagwax’s great point. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott This error being acknowledged and pardoned, Oldbuck resumed his disquisition. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

It is the greatest error possible to suppose that a trouble is increased by discussion. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Anthony Trollope The error lay in the parson and his wife. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Then, to make sure that there was no error in his calculations, he carefully stepped the distance once more. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

D.H. Lawrence It is better to go forward into error than to stay fixed inextricably in the past. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Though you wouldn’t say,’ added she, smiling sweetly, ‘that my error was in wishing you well, and promising myself to you. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

A great lawyer-statesman and philosopher of a former age — I mean Francis Bacon — said that truth came out of error much more rapidly than it came out of confusion. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Alexander Pope The error of imputing to virtue what are only the calamities of nature, or of fortune, ver. An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope [1734]

Victor Hugo He had what might be called a wan countenance; for the countenance is above all things a reflection, and it is an error to believe that idea is colourless. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

I am desirous of preventing Miss Decie from falling into the error of believing that she will ever be your wife. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Edith Wharton He felt himself drawn to her by obscure feelings of jealousy and pity, as if her dumbly-confessed error had put her at his mercy, humbling yet endearing her. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Samuel Johnson The intrusion or omission of a comma was sufficient to discompose him, and he would lament an error of a single letter as a heavy calamity. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Jane Austen I do not know where the error lies. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Edith Wharton A moment before she had prayed that he might be spared the error of a vain return upon the past. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle Still, it is an error to argue in front of your data. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

We were then convinced, my friend and I, that there was some error of which we were the victims, and that an explanation was called for between his eminence and ourselves. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Rudyard Kipling An intelligent bureau asserted that it could not be laid down for less than — but the error shall be glossed over. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

H. G. Wells It was in those days that I first became critical of my life and burdened with a sense of error and maladjustment. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Jack London But before I make it, I shall challenge you to point out error in it or to remain a silent metaphysician. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Rafael Sabatini Since his arrest was a pure error, as I gather, you must repair that error as best you can. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Adam Lindsay Gordon Still, if to error I incline, Truth whispers comfort strong, That never reckless act of mine E’er worked a comrade wrong. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

The first respects the age of those who are the objects of this discipline; on which point a very grave error prevails. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

I may have been guilty — I have been guilty — of an error of judgment, but not of a crime. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

George Gissing Unless I am much mistaken, this is the common error of husbands—of those who are at heart the best. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

I am also constantly baffled as to what to think of this or that particular story, for the sources of error in any one observation are seldom fully knowable. Memories and Studies by William James

Anthony Trollope Perhaps, Mrs. Proudie, when he is dean, they’ll be better able to see the error of their ways. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I could not endure the inaction of the next day, the Sunday, without having done my best on the spot to repair the error into which my own folly had led me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Those were in error who derived their name from a cross of roses, or called them drunkards. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Edgar Allan Poe The modes and sources of this kind of error are well typified in the contemplation of the heavenly bodies. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

That’s the standing error of politicians. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Henry Fielding Then starting, as if conscious of an error committed, he cried with a faltering voice, ‘What am I saying? Pardon me, Miss Fanny; since I beg only your pity, I never will ask for more. Amelia by Henry Fielding

G. K. Chesterton The Puritans in the great struggles of the reign of Charles I. may have possessed more valuable ideals than the Royalists, but it is a very vulgar error to suppose that they were any more idealistic. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

John Locke He, therefore, that will not give himself up to all the extravagances of delusion and error must bring this guide of his light within to the trial. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Elizabeth Gaskell But it was not for her to undo what was done, and to reveal the error and shame of a father. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

There is no error more absurd, and yet more rooted in the heart of man, than the belief that his sufferings will promote his spiritual safety. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

You dream that you can restore him? Daedalus never wound so inextricable an error round Minotaur, as madness has woven about his imprisoned reason. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Thomas Carlyle Cannot we conceive that Odin was a reality? Error indeed, error enough: but sheer falsehood, idle fables, allegory aforethought, — we will not believe that our Fathers believed in these. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Olaf Stapledon Then according to the theory under discussion, error consists in asserting that a certain system of universal characters belongs to a certain object when in fact it does not. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Wilkie Collins I committed one error in trusting myself to such a blindfold calculation of chances as this. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell She is innocent, except for the great error of loving one above her in station. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

George Gissing A natural, inevitable, error was that she imagined a scene of mutual declaration between the two. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

William Makepeace Thackeray Since the noble Cunard Company has run its ships, but one accident, and that through the error of a pilot, has happened on the line. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Wilkie Collins I lighted my candle at last, and searched through my old journals to see what my share in the fatal error of her marriage had really been, and what I might have once done to save her from it. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson This may have been an error from the first, or he may have estranged her by subsequent misconduct or temerity. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Theodore Dreiser Material error in the first place was now being complicated with spiritual error. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

John Hill Burton This will remove one spring of error and false judgment from the mind of the speaker, and from the minds of the hearers one source of misunderstanding. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Jules Verne Who could have expected such an error in calculation? Barbicane would not believe it. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Rudyard Kipling Men have married on that sort of error before now. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Algernon Blackwood It was, indeed, months since they had met, yet his knowledge of her appearance was so accurate and detailed that such an error seemed incredible. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Henry Fielding O sir, answered the gentleman, it is the very error of the times. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope I think you are in error there. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

He held it an error in most custodians to show discontent when travellers gave them little; and he said that if he received never so much, he believed it wise not to betray exultation. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

He might be more prone to error than those who had trained themselves to political life, but he faced the problems honestly and sacrificed his comfort for the common good. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

H. G. Wells He could startle the accepted error into self-betrayal. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Edward Bellamy Even suppose by an error of judgment an excessive production of some commodity. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

F. Scott Fitzgerald MAURY: Why are all grooms given the title of “old”? I think marriage is an error of youth. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Wilkie Collins The error is evidently in what he told me yesterday. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Pu Songling Peaceful-union at last began to see her error and regretted bitterly what she had done. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

John Ruskin It has been the great error of modern intelligence to mistake science for education. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

It is only when the doctor looks death in the face that he realizes his error and seeks to know by faith in the Bible the truths of the far country of the soul. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Guy de Maupassan He was again rendered uncomfortable for fear of committing some error in the conventional management of his fork, his spoon, or his glasses, of which he had four. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

E. F. Benson But we’ve got to unwind the error in order to get at it. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

George Gissing You and others are wildly in error in calling it dissipation, profligacy, recklessness, and so on. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Robert Louis Stevenson To suspect Shakespeare in his maturity of a superficial touch savours of paradox; yet he was surely in error when he attributed insensibility to the digger of the grave. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Theodore Dreiser Those who look upon Hurstwood’s Brooklyn venture as an error of judgment will none the less realise the negative influence on him of the fact that he had tried and failed. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson Yet it would be an error to regard this marriage as unfortunate. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope A thing perfect in beauty! How was she to say that she would be that to him? And yet, understanding her error as she had done with a full intelligence, she could have sworn that it should be so. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry Handel Richardson Whereas she committed the gross error in taste of, as it were, parading it outside her other clothes. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

An error on the side of injustice to Julian is very natural in a man who, having renounced allegiance to Christianity, yet fully realises the futility of attempting to arrest it in the fourth century. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Henry James He knew he probably thanked Mr Withers too much, but he couldn’t help this – it was an irrepressible tendency and an error he should doubtless always commit. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Sidney Colvin The error is doubtless due to the misdating of Keats’s March letter to Bailey: see last note but two, p. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

This error will cost me my life. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Mark Twain The error is, indeed, a venial one, but it is just one of those little things which at once enable a lawyer to know if the writer is a layman or “one of the craft. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

No, there is error somewhere, friend. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Their error was of another sort: they had no pickets. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

John Galsworthy It was not his fault; it was her error of judgment — her misfortune. To Let by John Galsworthy

David Hume It is plainly an error in a critic, to confine his approbation to one species or style of writing, and condemn all the rest. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

Olaf Stapledon They could see very clearly the central error of the modern spirit, namely, the belief that reality is wholly included in the world of sense. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon