Phrases with "essence"

No doubt the advertisers keep some record of the pioneers in that calling whose very essence is pioneering. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Henry James It’s of the very essence of our nature, and of yours exactly as much as of mine or of that of the others. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Henry James When I at last found deep in my pocket the one I could more or less work, it was to feel, with reassurance, that the picture was still after all in essence one’s aim. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

William Godwin Why did she thus obstinately cling to an ill-starred, unhappy passion? Because it is of the very essence of affection, to seek to perpetuate itself. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

H. G. Wells So they remain in essence to this day. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

In essence it was a class war. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

E. F. Benson For the first hour the essence of these joys, any description of which compared to the real thing is but as a stagnant pond compared to the bright rushing of a mountain stream, was mine. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

Edith Wharton The place, dusky now, and empty, was still sweet with the perfume of strewn herbs, and also, it seemed, with a subtler sweetness, as of the lingering essence of prayer. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Henry James You could criticise any marriage; it was the essence of a marriage to be open to criticism. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Henry Adams In essence incoherent and immoral, history had either to be taught as such — or falsified. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Sigmund Freud It gave me far greater pleasure to find by chance, in an unexpected quarter, a conception of the dream which is in complete agreement with the essence of my own. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Thomas Wolfe In our interminable discussions we were for ever trying to get at the inner essence of “truth”, “goodness”, and “beauty”. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Hell was concentrated essence of a winter morning after a sleepless night of self-distaste. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Olaf Stapledon The race entered on a phase of what might be called pseudo-civilized barbarism, which was in essence sub-human and incapable of change. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing Mutimer, on the other hand, though fortune helped him to forbearance, saw, or believed he saw, the very essence of all he most hated in this proud-eyed representative of a county family. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith An attested tail-coat, clearly out of its element, must contain a story: that story must be interesting; until its secret is divulged, the subtle essence of it spreads an aureole around the tail. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Henry James The only thing he really takes seriously is to speculate and understand, to talk about the reasons and the essence of things: the people who do that are the highest. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Olaf Stapledon And when he had so thrillingly greeted divinity in a schoolgirl, his adoration, though callow and muddied with self-importance, was in essence disinterested. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Zona Gale Over everything hung that imponderable essence that was clearer and purer than any light —“better than any light that ever shone. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson He knows that the policeman, as he is called upon continually to face greater odds, and that both worse equipped and for a better cause, is in form and essence a more noble hero than the soldier. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Wolfe The essence of Time is Flow, not Fix. The essence of faith is the knowledge that all flows and that everything must change. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H.G. Wells White’s the very essence of it. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

H. G. Wells For all that, brother Ratzel, our two indignations may not be so very different in essence as you seem to think. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle In this high forehead and sardonic, bearded mouth one sensed the very essence of evil. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Ralph Waldo Emerson And our philosophy finds one essence collected or distributed. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Samuel Johnson That of which the essence is uniformity will be soon described. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Anthony Trollope What right had he to tell that her happiness was in question? The woman spoke,—the essence of feminine self, putting itself forward to defend feminine rights generally against male assumption. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is no youngling enthusiasm on hilltops that can possess itself of the last essence of beauty. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells The essence of aristocracy was the ruthless refusal to suppress oneself. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Henry James The conditions were enormously to make, but it was of the very essence of Miriam’s confidence that she would make them. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

David Hume Now this is the very essence of necessity, according to the foregoing doctrine. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Robert Louis Stevenson The essence and charm of that unquiet and delightful epoch is ignorance of self as well as ignorance of life. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Locke God in his own essence incognisable. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Theodore Dreiser Let the soul be but gentle and receptive, and this vast truth will come home — not in set phrases, perhaps, but as a feeling, a comfort, which, after all, is the last essence of knowledge. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Nathaniel Hawthorne Therein consists the essence of my story. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. G. Wells It incorporated Bodisham’s analysis of the meaning of power, and the essence of Rud’s mysticism. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

All she thought of—the essence of her tremors, her flushes of heat, and her shudders of cold—was the question how to get hold of that knife, the mark and sign of stalking death. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

E. Nesbi She can have grapes now, and beef essence — and soda-water and milk, and you’d better get in a bottle of brandy. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Never had he met a woman who seemed to him more pure-minded in the very essence of her. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Arnold Bennett For it was a fact that Mrs. Baines’s empty garments inspired respect, as though some essence had escaped from her and remained in them. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He tossed some essence over his hands, and drew on his gauntlets. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Thomas Carlyle The essence of our being, the mystery in us that calls itself “I,” — ah, what words have we for such things? — is a breath of Heaven; the Highest Being reveals himself in man. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Jeremy Bentham Now acts of heroism are, in the very essence of them, but rare: for if they were common, they would not be acts of heroism. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Charles Dickens You are the essence of your great Association, in yourselves. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

The rest of his work, however conscientious he may be in praising or damning, is in essence humbug. Collected Essays by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Because in his strong, thick male legs there was none of the alert sensitiveness and power of tenderness which is the very essence of youth, that which never dies, once it is there. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf Both repeatedly insist that it is the nature of man and indeed the essence of manhood to fight. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

George Eliot The activity of her thought excluded a mental state of which the essence is expectant passivity. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

H. G. Wells Here is a fragment—saturated with the essence of her thought. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Arnold Bennett He might have physically hurt her, he might have killed her, she was beneath his hand — and yet she was most bafflingly withdrawn, and the essence of her could not be touched nor got at. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

G. K. Chesterton They believed in nothing except good manners; and the essence of good manners is to conceal a yawn. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Edmund Burke A monarchy may exist without it; but it seems to be in the very essence of a republican government. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Maria Edgeworth The essence of truth cannot be affected by the variation of external circumstances. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

G. K. Chesterton The essence of The Ring and the Book is that it is the great epic of the nineteenth century, because it is the great epic of the enormous importance of small things. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Tobias Smolle I have even found a change of company as necessary as a change of air, to promote a vigorous circulation of the spirits, which is the very essence and criterion of good health. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells What has to be, has to be — in essencewhatever the accidents. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

M. Lemaître, in fact, goes so far as to describe Racine as a supreme realist, while other writers have found in him the essence of the modern spirit. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

G. K. Chesterton The essence of a romantic heroine is that she asks herself an intense question; but the essence of a sensible wife is that she is much too sensible to ask herself any questions at all. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

William Morris But some, I know, think that the attainment of these very comforts is what makes the difference between civilisation and uncivilisation, that they are the essence of civilisation. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

If it belongs to heaven, as being the most brilliant and purest part of it, this may be the fifth essence in the elements, as certain distinguished philosophers think. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Sigmund Freud The alternatives stated in it do not cover the real essence of the matter. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Willa Cather He always caught the lyric essence of the moment, the poetic suggestion of every situation. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

William Morris Now, in our craft the chief of the limitations that spring from the essence of the art is that the decorator’s art cannot be imitative even to the limited extent that the picture-painter’s art is. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

William Hazlitt They are the essence of chivalry. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

George Meredith Lord Feltre oiled them, damned them, kindled them to a terrific expiatory blaze, and extinguishingly salved and wafted aloft the released essence of them. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Algernon Blackwood By some inner, concentrated process of mind, dynamic if not actually magical, he had been in direct contact with the source of the whole adventure, the very essence of the real mystery. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Dr. Knox never said such a thing to her as, miss, I am in love with you; Janet was the essence of respectful shyness, and called him sir. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Theodore Dreiser You are the essence of everything beautiful to me. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James His ideal was a conception of high prosperity and propriety, of the aristocratic life, which she now saw that he deemed himself always, in essence at least, to have led. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Few men realize that their life, the very essence of their character, their capabilities and their audacities, are only the expression of their belief in the safety of their surroundings. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Oscar Wilde Mr. Kipling knows its essence and its seriousness. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H. G. Wells Germany must pay and so on, they shall be victims and vanquished according to the best precedents, but the essence of our settlement is that civilisation as we know it will be saved. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Besides, she wanted to feel her work in her friend’s presence, to extract the censure that was due, to take the essence of praise from her eyes and voice and hand. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Rudyard Kipling It resembles the essence of corruption that has rotted for the second time — the clammy odour of blue slime. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

John Keats In this line we have the essence of all that makes the beauty of flowers satisfying and comforting. Poems published in 1820 by John Keats

Sinclair Lewis His arm flew up, but he heard the voice of his law-school dean: “The essence of the law is that the sweets of private vengeance shall be denied. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

John Locke The reason whereof is, because the complex idea signified by that name is the real as well as nominal essence; and there is no secret reference of that name to any other essence but that. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

She went on — “That is the very essence of being a man; that he can choose what he will be and do. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Helen Zimmern Her novels have been described as a sort of essence of common sense, and even more happily it has been said that it was her genius to be wise. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

H. G. Wells They admit that the Tyranny was in essence a liberation, but they insist that it left vitally important desires in the human make-up unsatisfied. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

T. E. Lawrence The essence of the desert was the lonely moving individual, the son of the road, apart from the world as in a grave. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

John Locke The essence of each sort of substance is our abstract idea to which the name is annexed. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

H. G. Wells What was the essence of love? A preference, a sweet pride, a delightful gift won, the most exquisite reassurance of body and mind. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is the very essence of all successful espionage. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet her personality is the very essence of my case. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Marcel Prous Mais les choses elles-mêmes y semblent des personnes, des personnes rares, d’une essence délicate et que la vie aurait déçues. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

John Locke The learned divine and lawyer must, on such occasions, renounce his sacred definition of animal rationale, and substitute some other essence of the human species. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

John Locke But the real essence is the constitution of the insensible parts of that body, on which those qualities and all the other properties of gold depend. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

John Locke And this we shall find to be that which the word essence imports in its most familiar use. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

The beauty which was the essence of it, which justifies it so far as it will bear justification, eludes statement. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells But the very essence of aristocracy, as I conceive it, is that it does not explain nor talk about itself. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

The essence of Alceste is not his misanthropy (the title of the play is somewhat misleading), it is his sensitiveness. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

The essence that had vivified it was gone. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Olaf Stapledon We were amazed to find that in a truly awakened world even a dictatorship could be in essence democratic. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton It is the whole essence of perspective that it comes to a point. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

H. G. Wells The essence of your knave is that he lacks the will, the motive capacity to seek his own greater good. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

George Meredith An outrageous lunatic fit, that promised to release him from his fatal passion, seemed, on the contrary, respectable in essence if not in the display. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Faith and devotion have hitherto been the essence of our intercourse; — these lost, let us not cling to the seedless husk of life, the unkernelled shell. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

His essence doesn’t start creating shapes until it has become thoroughly weakened and watered. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

John Locke But a man, not knowing wherein that real essence consists, the connexion in his mind of malleableness is not truly with an essence he knows not, but only with the sound gold he puts for it. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Thomas Carlyle For the intense Dante is intense in all things; he has got into the essence of all. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Olaf Stapledon To communicate their discovery they conceived a myth which, though fantastic and petty, did, they affirmed, convey the essence of the strange and desolate truth. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Theodore Dreiser He was the essence of sunshine and good-humour. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

This may not be a cheering prospect; but we shall at least be free from the vain search for the undiscovered and undiscoverable essence of the term species. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Thomas Hardy A field-man is a personality afield; a field-woman is a portion of the field; she had somehow lost her own margin, imbibed the essence of her surrounding, and assimilated herself with it. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Morrison The weather was hot, my chair was very comfortable, and the book had somewhere about its strings of polysyllables an essence as of laudanum. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

James Joyce It’s the very essence of Wilde, don’t you know. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

They hold the essence of good to be the reasonable election of things according to Nature. Now the election is not reasonable which is not directed to some end, as has been said before. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Edgar Allan Poe And thus the essence of all crime is undivulged. The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe [1840]

Thomas Carlyle It is of the inmost essence of his genius this sort of painting. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Rudyard Kipling The building in essence if not in the fact of to-day is the work of Freemasons. The men were allowed a certain scope in their choice of detail, and the result . Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope To keep Mr Daubney out was the very essence of the Duke of St Bungay’s life — the turning-point of his political creed, the one grand duty the idea of which was always present to him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

So, it’s only coffee essence I can offer you,” and he resumed the conversation where it had been interrupted. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Rudyard Kipling By gad, I’ll be the very essence o’ humanity! Did ye, or did ye not, see my notice-boards? Don’t attempt to deny it! Ye did. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Abraham Merri All these had been dedicated to gods which, whether created by humanity as science believes, or creators of humanity as their worshippers believed, still held in them that essence we term human. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Abraham Merri Surprise was the essence of my plan. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Edgar Allan Poe They — they alone were present to the mental eye, and they, in their sole individuality, became the essence of my mental life. Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

John Locke But if malleableness make not a part of the specific essence the name of gold stands for, it is plain, all gold is malleable, is not a certain proposition. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

John Locke Hence it is probable that thinking is the action, not the essence of the soul. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

These were issues beyond the competency of a court of inquiry: it was a subtle and momentous quarrel as to the true essence of life, and did not want a judge. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Charles Kingsley We look in vain, however, in Mr. Vaughan’s chapter for an explanation of this fact, save his assertion, which we deny, that Hindoo Mysticism was in essence and at its root wrong and rotten. Hours with the Mystics by Charles Kingsley

Robert Louis Stevenson Mirth, lyric mirth, and a vivacious classical contentment are of the very essence of the better kind of art; and these, in that most smiling forest, he has the chance to learn or to remember. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

How bright it seems! it is as the very essence of moonlit dews. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Casualties for Losses in Battle. The essence of casualty is accident, absence of design. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Thomas Love Peacock Mr Escot. There would be some plausibility in your argument, if it were not the very essence of this species of intercourse to exhibit them to each other under false colours. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

The mediating pathway which the environment supplies is the very essence of the pragmatist’s explanation. The Meaning of Truth by William James

H. G. Wells The essence of indecency is insisting upon things that everybody knows are there. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Eliot The essence of bribery is, that it should be legally proved; there is not such a thing — a — in rerum natura — a — as unproved bribery. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

No longer born to command — which is the very essence of aristocracy — it becomes difficult for them to do aught else but hold aloof from the great movements of popular passion. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Henry James This communication was not of a minatory order; it expressed on the contrary the loose sociability which was the essence of the good gentleman’s nature. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

James Joyce Tame essence of Wilde. You’re darned witty. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

John Morley A scientific term or two is not enough to disguise the purely theological essence of the treatise. Voltaire by John Morley

R. D. Blackmore But it is a long lane that has no turning; and turns are the essence of one very vital part. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Thomas Hardy The essence of Christianity is humility, and by the help of God I would have brazened it out. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Sinclair Lewis Its essence was that he should avoid manual labor and should make as many persons miserable as possible. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

She knelt there partly because of a vague desire to taste the essence of the spring and the garden and Rossetti at once, and partly because she felt the romance of the foolish situation. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Olaf Stapledon In this respect the thought of actual revolutionaries in our day seems to lag behind the philosophy of Marx and Engels, which is in its very essence flexible and expandable. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

John Stuart Mill Instead of a vivid conception and a living belief, there remain only a few phrases retained by rote; or, if any part, the shell and husk only of the meaning is retained, the finer essence being lost. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

An essence came out of the pictures and the trappings, and blended itself with the lingering fragrance of the joss-sticks and the roses and the cigarettes in a delightful manner. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The only difference was Mr. Topsparkle, and he seems the essence of good-nature. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

He himself defines it as “the essence of innumerable biographies. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

The essence of living lay in its contrasts. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Myra, her future sister-in-law, seemed the essence of spiritless conversationality. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Meredith Ah! which is right? I would not miss the faith in our nobler essence which Charles has. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

H. G. Wells And the very essence of all this is a vague thing, something we shall never come nearer to it in all our lives than to see it as a shadow and a glittering that escapes again into a mist. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Edgar Allan Poe This burning thirst belongs to the immortal essence of man’s nature. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

That act of servitude was in essence a towering self-assertion. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Sinclair Lewis The owner, now at the wheel, was the essence of decent self-satisfaction; a baldish, largish, level-eyed man, rugged of neck but sleek and round of face — face like the back of a spoon bowl. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Mary Webb Such was the essence of her creed, the only creed she held, and it lay darkly in her heart, never expressed even to herself. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Anthony Trollope Such an arrangement partakes of all the vice of a sumptuary law, and sumptuary laws are in their very essence mistakes. North America by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Littlemore felt in the scene, as so many persons feel it just there, something of the finest essence of France, and he gave a significant laugh. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Jack London Fortini smiled lazily at me while I thus paused for the moment to debate, but in his smile was the essence of all insolence. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Of that ineffable essence which we call Spirit, he that thinks most, will say least. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

That is just the essence of every sort of consciousness and reflection. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Miles Franklin I ventured to suggest that perhaps the English mind, to its loss, did not extract the essence of Australianism. Oh, my! What I brought upon myself! Mr. Wilting said that what he feared was true. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Marcel Prous Autrefois, quand j’apprenais qu’une femme aimait les femmes, elle ne me paraissait pas pour cela une femme autre, d’une essence particulière. Albertine disparue by Marcel Prous

Henry James He was kept in sight while remaining himself — as regards the essence of his position — sightless, and his only recourse then was in abrupt turns, rapid recoveries of ground. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

H. G. Wells And death and danger, the red essence of life. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

They are the essence of her supreme beauty. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Olaf Stapledon But from the other point of view our observers were forced to admit, at first reluctantly, that this errant and brutal thing had in it the distinctive essence which is man. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was incomprehensible, for, in her, soul and spirit were one — the beauty of her body was the essence of her soul. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Anthony Trollope One may say that hankering after naughty things is the very essence of the evil into which we have been precipitated by Adam’s fall. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

The essence of the matter was the villainy of the motive in the evoked predatory creature. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Charles Dickens It is the architectural essence of a rich old city, with all its common life and common habitations pressed out, and filtered away. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Now there was this scarcely saved waif of disaster bringing him the essence of a continent . Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry Handel Richardson He felt averse to any mental effort, in need of a repose as absolute as the very essence of silence itself. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

William Morris And it was the essence of my undertaking to produce books which it would be a pleasure to look upon as pieces of printing and arrangement of type. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

O Maecenas, thou progeny of Tuscan kings, there has been a long while for you in my house some mellow wine in an unbroached hogshead, with rose-flowers and expressed essence for your hair. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

It gives the essence of Blood’s philosophy, and shows most of the features of his talentalbeit one finds in it little humor and no verse. Memories and Studies by William James

Anthony Trollope His work is like a school-boy’s task; he knows it must be done, but never comprehends that the doing of it is the very end and essence of his life. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Adela had the field to herself, and did indeed embody in almost an ideal degree the fine essence of distinctly feminine qualities which appeal most strongly to the masculine mind. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Marcel Prous Mais avec un homme insensible, d’une autre humanité, comme était le prince des Laumes, comment prévoir à quels actes pouvaient le conduire des mobiles d’une essence différente. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

Algernon Blackwood Some essence emanated from them that besieged the heart. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

John Locke Secondly, It would be necessary to know whether nature always attains that essence it designs in the production of things. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Jack London It is loathsome to the life that is in me, the very essence of which is movement, the power of movement, and the consciousness of the power of movement. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Olaf Stapledon This is the very essence of Christian brotherhood. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope She had never taught herself to comprehend what is the very essence of love, and as for Sir Griffin Tewett, though he was anxious to marry her, he never had any idea of love at all. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

R. D. Blackmore However, this proves nothing anti-poetical, for the essence of that youth was to contradict experience. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

The essence of things holds the truth, which when seen can be revealed. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Olaf Stapledon The whole idea of giving the essence of culture without the details, in fact of ‘university standard’ without minutiae, is impossible. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet the very essence of faith was in that audacity. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Edith Wharton It was of the very essence of Lizzie’s devotion that it sought instinctively the larger freedom of its object; she could not conceive of love under any form of exaction or compulsion. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Richard Burton The essence of Oriental discipline is personal respect based upon fear. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

H. G. Wells A simple life it was in essence that the Lord Paramount led during this phase, a life of industrious servitude for the sake of all the noblest traditions of mankind. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Andrew Lang Yet no poet altered his verses so much in obedience to censure unjustly or irritatingly stated, yet in essence just. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Henry James What I ask you to give up is the dusty boards of the play-house and the flaring footlights, but not the very essence of your being. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

The principles of this trade I never clearly understood; but its essence appears to be to cheat the railroads out of their due fare. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Sigmund Freud The fulfilment of these wishes would no longer produce an affect of pleasure, but one of pain; and it is just this conversion of affect that constitutes the essence of what we call repression. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

He had observed that its visible and material substance failed and decayed with the rest of the body after death, but of its immaterial essence he knew nothing. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Henry James We must admit the oddity and offer simply in explanation that his sentiment apparently belonged to that species of emotion of which, by the testimony of the poets, the very name and essence is oddity. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Algernon Blackwood The essence of the girl, it seemed, was still with him. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Thomas Carlyle Human Intellect, if you consider it well, is the exact summary of Human Worth; and the essence of all worth-ships and worships is reverence for that same. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

John Locke Real and nominal essence the same in simple ideas and modes, different in substances. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edith Wharton His joy was so deep that this blurring of the surface left its essence untouched; but he would have liked to keep the surface pure too. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

H. G. Wells The essence of toil is that imperative, and the fact that the attention must cramp itself to the work in hand — that it excludes freedom, and not that it involves fatigue. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Rudyard Kipling Some of them, not more than three lines long, give one the very essence of what a man ought to try to do. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Robert Louis Stevenson But though the rest of us escape this crowning bitterness of the pillory, we all court in essence the same humiliation. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope What can you say to him?” “It is false!” “What is false? Though in essence it is false, in words it is true. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells The essence is the combination of energy, frustration and discontent. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Edgar Allan Poe His results, brought about by the very soul and essence of method, have, in truth, the whole air of intuition. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe