Phrases with "ever"

Nathaniel Hawthorne He widened, deepened, rose to a higher point, and thus ever made himself equal to the ever-heightening occasion. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Radclyffe Hall My God! Shall I ever forget it!’ And now she described the long, angular streets, miles and miles of streets; miles and miles of faces all strange and unfriendly — faces like masks. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

If that life ever had any purpose or any aim outside itself I would have said that it threw a shadow across its path. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Leslie Stephen In any case, the work, however darkened by personal feeling or love of class-privilege, expressed as hearty a hatred of oppression as ever animated a human being. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Jane Austen Were you, yourself, ever to marry, she is the very woman for you. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu What a thing that post-obit had turned out! Those cursed Jews who had dealt with him must have known ever so much more about his poor father’s health than he did. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Edith Wharton The Mount was my first real home, and though it is nearly twenty years since I last saw it (for I was too happy there ever to want to revisit it as a stranger) its blessed influence still lives in me. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Andrew Lang You can hardly ever get a novel of Jane Austen’s in the first edition. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Smiling, gay, as if no care had ever crossed him, Longcluse enters the drawing-room, where he finds the handsome young lady writing a note at that moment. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Henry Handel Richardson But when Mahony came back from the brisk walk by means of which he got rid of his annoyance, he fancied, though Polly was as cheery as ever and had supper laid for him, that her eyelids were red. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton But there are things one doesn’t ever have a chance to face in this slippery sliding modern world, because they don’t come out into the open. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Robert Green Ingersoll And considering the amount of raw material used, I look upon it as the most successful job ever performed. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The situation required caution if ever a situation did. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells Then comes wave upon wave of ever more sultry air, and the punkahs begin to swing and the white clothes appear. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Ford Madox Ford I suppose that that was the most monstrously wicked thing that Edward Ashburnham ever did in his life. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Abraham Merri And ever the wind pressed us on . Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang So he took it off, and there he stood before her, the handsomest young man she had ever seen in all her life, with short curly yellow hair, and blue eyes, and a laughing face. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nothing ever vexed him so much in his life, he says; but what could he do? His mother has only him: and on Mr. Foliott he is dependent for riches. Helen Whitney’s Wedding by Ellen Wood [1877]

John Stuart Mill The notion that it is one man’s duty that another should be religious, was the foundation of all the religious persecutions ever perpetrated, and if admitted, would fully justify them. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

James Joyce Endless, would it be mine, form of my form? Who watches me here? Who ever anywhere will read these written words? Signs on a white field. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

If ever you have need of a friend’s devotion, come to me, come to your friend. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope I doubt whether either of them had ever contributed any thing willingly to the comfort or happiness of any human being. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant She allowed to herself that he had an air of distinction, a something more than the others—alas, that nothing ever came of it! The others all, or almost all, were already launched in the world. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

M. P. Shiel So I shouted out: ‘There he is—come on! This way!’ The man quickly joined me, but as soon as ever he recognised me, stopped dead. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

I have not looked at his Twelve Caesars for twice as many years, but I should be greatly surprised to find it other than one of the greatest historical monographs ever written. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Rudyard Kipling Has it ever struck you, dear, that I’m getting old?’ ‘Thanks for your courtesy. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Nikolay seemed to the mother to bow lower to her than ever before and to press her hand more firmly. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins Away in the dim light behind, is a solitary figure, ever mournful and ever still. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

John Galsworthy But — DEAD! Away over there — utterly far! Lying in the earth by the river that had drowned him, in forest silence, where no one would ever see his grave. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Maria Edgeworth Helen was not in a condition to chop logic, or ever much inclined to it; now less than ever, and least of all with Miss Clarendon, so able as she was. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Benjamin Disraeli In addition to his many recommendations he had now the inestimable reputation, which no one had ever contemplated for him, of having been a good husband. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

But whose the opera? No cabinet intrigue ever was so secret. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Olaf Stapledon Or was his case more tragic? Perhaps Man was indeed potentially of the sort to play a conscious part in the whole’s life, but maybe he was so crippled that he remained for ever impotent. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

T. E. Lawrence When Feisal had gone, I made to Allenby the last (and also I think the first) request I ever made him for myself — leave to go away. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

If ever I’m found dead in my bed, it will be the work of that Toledo man and of nobody else. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Sidney Colvin Its energy and voluntary power he possessed completely, and no man has ever lived at a more genuinely exalted pitch of feeling and aspiration. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Would she never be able to break off the remembrance? Would his name be ever on her lips, his face ever before her eyes? Thank heaven! she was about to leave. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Henry Lawson I think she was the best little girl that ever lived, and about the prettiest. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Wilkie Collins Mr. Candy, the doctor, for instance, said more unlucky things than I ever knew him to say before. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

H. G. Wells This foul Food is the last shape of the Devil, still set as ever upon the ruin of our world. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He bought my stories and published them in a filthy, ill-printed magazine, side by side with the worst trash I ever saw in my life. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

That was too much for me; I snatched the MSS. out of his hands, and declared that never, no never, would I ever again show him one of my compositions. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Frances Hodgson Burnett Mistress Mary forgot that she had ever been contrary in her life when he allowed her to draw closer and closer to him, and bend down and talk and try to make something like robin sounds. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Whether you will ever see England again rests with yourself. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Virginia Woolf No one has ever been more closely verified and exactly authenticated than Queen Victoria. The biographer could not invent her, because at every moment some document was at hand to check his invention. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Arthur Conan Doyle That great black stiff got his ten and out as neat as ever I saw. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

He was no longer Edgar Byrne. He was a tortured soul suffering more anguish than any sinner’s body had ever suffered from rack or boot. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Braddock merely rubbed his chin and stared harder than ever at the glittering visitor. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Oliver Goldsmith I am heartily sorry, Sir, I ever deceived you, or indeed any man; for you see,’ continued he, shewing his shackles, ‘what my tricks have brought me to. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

F. Scott Fitzgerald Jonquil Cary was her name, and to George O’Kelly nothing had ever looked so fresh and pale as her face when she saw him and fled to him eagerly along the station platform. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell In him this faculty is a sort of captain and leader; and if ever any passage in his writings lacks interest, it is when this master-faculty is for a time thrust into a subordinate position. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Samuel Johnson Addison declared that the rival versions were both good, but that Tickell’s was the best that ever was made; and with Addison, the wits, his adherents and followers, were certain to concur. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Arthur Conan Doyle Our inquiries led to no result; and from that day to this no word has ever been heard of my unfortunate father. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Abraham Merri And ever the’ frown on the face of the Witch-woman grew darker, and stronger the contempt and fury in her eyes. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

If ever I plan one, I shall lure my victim north of the Border.’ ‘There was an inquest, as it happens. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Henry James They’ve made friends, he and she, ever so happily, and he doesn’t, I believe, think ill of her. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

William Makepeace Thackeray The fact is, he was going to pay his losses upon the last Manchester steeple-chase, and I leave you to imagine how much principal or interest poor Polly ever saw back again. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Thomas Hardy I can never go back to Hintock — never — to the roof of the Melburys! Not poppy nor mandragora will ever medicine this bitter feud! . The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

It is almost impossible to say if he ever had considered the event rationally. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George MacDonald I think I have been rather cold ever since though,” he added with a smile. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

George Gissing How very kind of you to call on us!’ Janet was as far as ever from looking handsome or pretty, but it must have been a dullard who proclaimed her face unpleasing. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Love Peacock Thick walls, dreary galleries, and tapestried chambers, were indifferent to me while I could leave them at pleasure, but have ever been hateful to me since they held me by force. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Henry James He had told her, the first evening she ever spent at Gardencourt, that if she should live to suffer enough she might some day see the ghost with which the old house was duly provided. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Charles Dickens I myself only knew the elder Mr. Holliday when he was getting on in years; and then he was as quiet and as respectable a gentleman as ever I met with. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

H. G. Wells If ever I saw a man hopelessly hard-up it was the man in front of me. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

That took him to Central Asia, and he observed that if ever he left England again he would make for those parts, since they were the refuge of all the superior rascality of creation. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Wilkie Collins No Babylonian inscription that ever was cut, no manuscript on papyrus that ever was penned, could possibly have puzzled the young assistant more than this remarkable advertisement. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

You are for ever grumbling because we have no money to buy the goods you trade in; and your only remedy is to give us less money: This must be because you serve false gods. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

Spain loomed as ever upon the horizon; she had not been crushed at Cadiz; the snake was still dangerous, and must be scotched again. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

The blind, the lame, and the sick are the only beggars I ever saw in Nicaragua. The necessaries of life are easily procured. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Look, did you ever see a stone like that?” He passed it over to Mrs. Ferguson. “Look at the colour, isn’t it exquisite?” “What is it?” the old lady asked. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

George Gissing All at once it seemed impossible that he should have lost what hitherto he had scarcely ever felt it possible to win. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

D. H. Lawrence And he loved me a thousand times better than ever you do. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope For ever afterwards,—for ever and ever and ever,—she must be a castaway. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Ann Radcliffe All her former pleasures now appeared insipid; she wondered that they ever had power to affect her, and that she had endured with content the dull uniformity to which she had been condemned. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Victor Hugo A certain diffused phase of the soul ever escapes words. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

But Viola had a new companion; she was enjoying that most delicious novelty which ever renews the youth and dazzles the eyes of woman. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Andrew Lang But the sentiment is ever in your heart and often on your lips. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Everybody, it seemed, was being hit all at once, and Sandy Wadgers, knowing as ever and his wits sharpened by a frightful blow in the nose, reopened the door and led the rout. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Margaret Oliphant No man will ever be shot down behind a hedge by a Highlander: so if you should resolve to turn them out to-morrow, my lord, ye need stand in no personal fear. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Never in my whole life have I ever known such a soft thing. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

During his lifetime Balzac, in an enormous eulogy of La Chartreuse de Parme, paid him one of the most magnificent compliments ever received by a man of letters from a fellow craftsman. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins I don’t think I ever felt what a good dutiful daughter I had, so strongly as I felt it at that moment. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Walter Scott Old Song. FEW have been in my secret while I was compiling these narratives, nor is it probable that they will ever become public during the life of their author. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

The history of that struggle is the history of this book, is the history, perhaps, of every book that has ever been written. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Kate Chopin The night was so dark, so hushed, that if ever the dead had wished to step from their graves and take a stroll above ground, they could not have found a more fitting hour. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Jack London She seemed more beautiful than ever — strangely and weirdly beautiful, it is true. Lost Face by Jack London

Leon Trotsky Throughout the trip, ever since we had boarded the train at Pishpek, we were not allowed to leave our car. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope He would endure no farther disgrace on behalf of Miss Tickle. Miss Tickle should never be an inmate of his house, and as for the ponies, no pony should ever be stabled in his stalls. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry Handel Richardson What can you know of his real character? And what can he know of you?” “He knows as much of me as I ever intend him to know. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

E. T. A. Hoffmann She knew quite well that ever since that ill-omened night he had altogether relinquished gambling and effected a complete revolution in his habits of life. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

H. G. Wells Few of us ever had it out fairly into the light of day. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

All the world knows what was his imprudence; if ever he possessed a score of pounds, nothing could keep him from lavishing it idly, or make him think of tomorrow. Fielding by Austin Dobson

E. Phillips Oppenheim I can’t remember any woman who ever took the trouble to make herself decently agreeable to me. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

George Gissing If ever the brother and sister were tempted to hide anything by a falsehood they remembered ‘Aunt Emma’s’ face, and durst not incur the danger of her severity. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Olaf Stapledon Most were capable, at least in some humble degree, of the intimate kind of community which is personal affection; but for nearly all of them a stranger was ever a thing to fear and hate. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells I don’t think I’ve ever believed in individual salvation. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Tobias Smolle You saw that footman who dined with us — he’s one of the honestest fellows that ever wore livery. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Jack London But nobody else ever romped with White Fang. He did not permit it. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Mrs. Gaskell That spring day was the last time he ever saw his mother’s face. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

I remember perfectly well the first one that I ever saw. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Thomas Hardy She was altogether finer in figure than her mother or grandmother had ever been, which made her more of a woman in appearance than in years. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

George Gissing From the “Cuckoo Song” of our language in its beginnings to the perfect loveliness of Tennyson’s best verse, this note is ever sounding. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

It was all Scott and all Fenimore Cooper, he said, with a fire and wit, into the bargain, that neither of these writers ever possessed. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Daniel Defoe I dressed myself up as well as the best clothes that I suffered myself ever to appear in there would allow me, and went to the press-yard, but had for some time a hood over my face. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Wilkie Collins With that remembrance there returned, too — darker than ever — the ominous doubts which had depressed me but a few hours since. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Say, Billy—of our 3,000 citizens, how many do you suppose ever had on a pair of shoes?” Keogh reflected judicially. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

D. H. Lawrence But I don’t believe I’ve ever liked anybody, except a few of our negroes. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope For the last twenty years — ever since I first heard of the pretended English marriageeverybody has known that she was no more a Countess than I am. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Von Arnim Real human beings aren’t ever as good as we’ve been. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

For years any flutterings in that region had been mere indigestion — if indigestion can ever be mere. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

She grew to be revered, and valued, and respected as few had ever been in Church Dykely: certainly as none had, so young as she was. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Thomas Hughes What substitute for it is there, or ever was there, amongst any nation under the sun? What would you like to see take its place? Learn to box, then, as you learn to play cricket and football. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Arthur Conan Doyle I lost the best situation which I am ever likely to have through it. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Elizabeth Gaskell The greatest variety I ever have is afforded by a letter from you, or by meeting with a pleasant new book. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

He has helped to nurse you ever since you came down this second time. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Louisa May Alcott Give my dearest love to Father, and believe me, ever your own . Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Andrew Lang If the father ever tried to come to his daughter’s help, his wife turned upon him, and things were rather worse than before. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

No one would ever dare go in there, anyway. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

William Makepeace Thackeray No; the Dean was no Irishman — no Irishman ever gave but with a kind word and a kind heart. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

Was there any sign of idiocy about Elizabeth Woodville?’ ‘Not that anyone ever noticed. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Jack London He could get little air, and that little grew less and less under the merciless grip that ever tightened. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Jane Austen And I am not only, not going to be married, at present, but have very little intention of ever marrying at all. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

H. Rider Haggard And ever men fell, and ever, fighting hard, they drew nearer to the point of rock. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

M. R. James But they do not, I think, know that any glimmer of light has ever been thrown, or could be thrown, on the mystery. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

He was sure he was in great and deadly peril, for if ever he had seen murder in anyone’s eyes he had seen it in those of the white, flabby-faced man who had questioned him last. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I saw you when I was five, but of course I didn’t remember, and how could I have gone on without practically ever having seen my only brother?” “It was mighty sweet of you, Lois,” he repeated. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

We had another interview this afternoon, when I asked my V.C. if he ever went to the theatre; you see he had spotted Tom Fool, and told me he never had a chance of getting to Lord’s. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Jane Austen Do not imagine, Miss Bennet, that your ambition will ever be gratified. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

G. K. Chesterton But there was something about him that is the making of every Bolshevist; something I have felt in every Russian I ever met. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Robert Louis Stevenson And anyway, and however his name should be spelt, this Irvine Lovelands was the most unmitigated Caliban I ever knew. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

W. H. Hudson All this she was obliged to tell Cosine in the letter she wrote to him, and which perhaps never reached his hands, for no reply to it ever came. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Jack London And ever the examination went on. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

No one could ever get him to sleep under roof-tree more. Dickon the Devil by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing Perhaps you want to go somewhere to-night—to see friends?” “No. I will stay with you as long as ever you wish. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Mayhew, he said, was his name and explained that if I ever wanted a game of faro or euchre or indeed anything else, he’d oblige me. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Mark Twain It is a pity some great ruin does not fall in and flatten out some of these reptiles, and scare their kind out of ever giving their names to fame upon any walls or monuments again, forever. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

We’ll have the highest old time you ever saw. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Miles Franklin It was all so beautiful that I resented more tensely than ever that so much of my life had been cramped into the ugly environs of ‘Possum Gully. Edmée was up betimes next morning. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

John Galsworthy The isolation in which she had been ever since the meeting with Wilfrid under Foch’s statue now showed nakedly. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

H.P. Lovecraft What I will do is to relate the most horrible circumstance I ever encountered, and leave it to you to judge whether or not this forms a suitable explanation of my peculiarity. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Henry James Her presence seemed somehow to contain his, and I felt nearer to him at that first moment of seeing her than I ever had been before or ever have been since. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell I am the girl, you are the lover, and possible shame hangs over my father, if something — oh, so dreadful” (here she blanched), “but not so very much his fault, is ever found out. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Robert Louis Stevenson Can you not see that the work of falsification which a play demands is of all tasks the most ungrateful? And I have done it a long while — and nothing ever came of it. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens No more, dear Mr. Pip, from your ever obliged, and affectionate servant, “Biddy.” “P.S. He wishes me most particular to write what larks. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Charles Dickens The same true, faithful fellow that he ever was. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

G. K. Chesterton Hibbs However had already composed a leaderette on the Pebblewick incident, which rather pointed to the truth of the story, so far as his articles ever pointed to anything. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

When had she ever done so? Why had he suspected her? In the meanwhile the world was “At rest with will And leisure to be fair. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

His creditors had been trying ever since to rent or sell the place at a decent profit, but nobody seemed to want it till this man Reed came along. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Upon no equal space of earth, was, or ever had been, the same energy of human power put forth daily. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

G. K. Chesterton He, closing the door of that room behind him, closed a door in himself, and none ever saw Browning upon earth again but only a splendid surface. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

But he does not seem to have devoted himself seriously to physical science until 1766, when he had the great good fortune to meet Benjamin Franklin, whose friendship he ever afterwards enjoyed. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Charles Dickens Whatever capacities for speed he might possess he had kept so strictly to himself, that no amount of training had ever brought them out. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

George Meredith In fact, the void of plot, drama, shuffle of excitement, reflected upon Nataly. He might have seen as tragic as ever dripped on Stage, had he looked. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Tobias Smolle I moreover observed, that not one of those fellows ever swore an oath, or spoke an indecent word. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Sinclair Lewis They all keep telling me you’re the swellest girl they ever saw. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray He has bought a snug farm in Tipperary with the money that was given him to secure his brothers; and I fancy few men of the guards ever profited so much by it. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

His nephew was ever by hardy Hygelac held full dear, and each kept watch o’er the other’s weal. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Robert Louis Stevenson Indeed, ever since the carpenter of the floating light, formerly noticed, had been brought to the rock, expressions of discontent had been manifested upon various occasions. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet, with scarce an hour of rest, Sir Nigel was as blithe and bright as ever as they set forth after breakfast upon their way. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Lucy Maud Montgomery It’s all very well to say resist temptation, but it’s ever so much easier to resist it if you can’t get the key. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Andrew Lang As for Esben, no one had ever thought about him; his brothers had not even said farewell to him. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing I don’t think I ever spoke to her, though she went backwards and forwards past our house in Brook Street for nearly two years. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells If ever the man picked up a flint implement he would do so as if he had just dropped it. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Then, after a thoughtful pause: “Irene is as good a girl as ever breathed, and she’s a perfect beauty. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Henry Handel Richardson My ever leaving Ballarat was a fatal mistake. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Bram Stoker That awful man — I shall see him for ever in my dreams. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was she — Eva Cameron, the woman whom I thought I had for ever left. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Theodore Dreiser I don’t believe you ever had. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Edgar Rice Burroughs The ape-man knew no god, but he was as near to worshipping his divinity as mortal man ever comes to worship. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The clouds gathered ever more thickly over Europe. In Vienna it was a blizzard, by the Hague the sea was rising and tumbling in huge swollen billows along the deserted shore. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Washington Irving His family has inhabited the fortress ever since the time of the conquest, handing down an hereditary poverty from father to son; not one of them having ever been known to be worth a maravedi. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

He had a sad countenance, and scanty grey hair, and looked ever so much older than his actual years. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

He knows that I consider it in that light, and I have refused ever to see him again if I can possibly help it. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Edith Wharton His deepest heart-searchings showed him as sincerely devoted as ever to the cause which had enlisted his youth. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle It has been told elsewhere how as the years passed Nigel’s name rose higher in honor; but still Mary’s would keep pace with it, each helping and sustaining the other upon an ever higher path. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

George Gissing But at length she raised it, to ask solemnly: ‘It was not because you thought this that you promised Mr. Grail?’ ‘No, no, no!’ ‘Blue-eyes, nobody’ll ever love me but you. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

How should I ever set myself right in her eyes? Bitter were my thoughts in that dreadful time. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope I hope my darling little friend Johnny is as strong as ever — dear little fellow. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry Lawson Presently Tommy asks: “Mother! Do you think they’ll ever extricate the (adjective) kangaroo?” “Lord! How am I to know, child? Go to sleep. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Wilkie Collins She knows fancy-work and cuttin’ out — would ye ever have thought it? And I’ll show her how to give the workhouse the go-by to-morrow, if she only holds out, and keeps in her senses. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Willa Cather You lived in an unnatural world, like the fish in an aquarium, who were probably much more comfortable than they ever were in the sea. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Three slabs fell out of the stable wall —   ’Twas done ‘fore ever the trooper knew — And Ryan, as soon as he saw them fall,   Mounted the Swagman and rushed him through. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

Alfred Ainger Had he ever come face to face with the author for a single evening, the result might have been quite different. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Anti–Prag.:— But I thought you said a while ago that there is a truth of past events, even tho no one shall ever know it. The Meaning of Truth by William James

H. G. Wells In the cultivated State we are assuming it will be ever so much easier for people to eat in public, rest and amuse themselves in public, and even work in public. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

George Meredith But it has haunted me ever since we joined hands. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Marjorie Bowen Looking at her my lord changed in voice, in mien, in expression, and a part of him that no other had ever seen was hers to gaze on. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

His eldest daughter, perhaps a year younger than myself, wore at that time upon her very lovely face the most angelic expression of character and temper that I have almost ever seen. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

H. Rider Haggard Ever ambitious, ever plotting to be great, I fear me that thou hast overreached thyself at last. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

I haven’t agreed yet, Mr. Raffles; don’t you make too sure that I ever shall. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Olaf Stapledon As in my own world, so in all these others, lives were spent in pursuit of shadowy ends that remained ever just round the corner. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope Then she began to build castles in the air — castles which she declared to herself must ever be in the air — of which Lord Lovel, and not Daniel Thwaite, was the hero, owner, and master. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

The question as to which ending I ought to have given my romance is what has ever since remained to perplex me, and it is what has prevented my ever writing it. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Sinclair Lewis It’s hard to realize, maybe to you I’m just another fool girl —” He as nearly came of age then as Gideon Planish ever could. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray We went, and the little Baron had as fine a supper as ever I saw: lots of Champang (and I didn’t mind drinking it), and plenty of laughing and fun. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Whether he ever did more than think over the story of Rob McQuechan’s Elshin, or into what poetic form he intended to cast it, we know not. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Olaf Stapledon Yet in the midst of this distress, and in spite of it, and because of it, he saw more clearly than ever the truth about himself. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Tennyson was not familiar with foreign countries to the same degree as Browning, nor was he ever a great traveller. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore