Phrases with "example"

Edith Wharton One of our joys, when the talk touched on any great example of prose or verse, was to get the book from the shelf, and ask one of the company to read the passage aloud. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Willa Cather Your people were cut off here without the influence of example or emulation, with no incentive but some natural yearning for order and security. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Now what I intend to do is to lay myself out to capture that somebody, and to make an example of him when I have got him. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Their example was followed by many of the other confederates. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Walter Scott In this mode of viewing the crime, the lawyers of the lower empire acted upon the example of those who had compiled the laws of the twelve tables. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Arthur Conan Doyle He mentioned this in no spirit which was derogatory to the memory of this great mall, but merely as an example of the absurdity of the law as it was now administered. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Another guest to set an example of early bed-going was Waldo Plubley, who conducted his life on a minutely regulated system of time-tables and hygienic routine. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Anthony Trollope If you want to teach a man any other business, you don’t specially select an example in which the proprietors are spending all their capital without any return. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding Nay, have we not an example of the like tenderness in the major? though as to him, I believe, I shall make you laugh. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Arthur Machen Johnson was mistaken when he said that the pageant of Tyburn, with its long drive from Newgate, furnished an example to the populace. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Andrew Lang But when one considers how Keats (like Shelley) has been gushed about, and how easy it is to gush about Keats, one can only thank Mr. Colvin for his example of reserve. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

William Henry Bragg Let us take as an example a gold aluminium pair. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Gertrude Stein No there is no example in this. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Sigmund Freud The same good fortune which gave this example its unusual value enabled Delboeuf to trace yet another portion of this dream to its forgotten source. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Virginia Woolf Their example was followed by those who felt the need of stretching. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Wilkie Collins This was another example of my sister’s childish character; she is instantly familiar with new acquaintances, if she happens to like them. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Olaf Stapledon To preach human brotherhood and set an example of non-violence would in this case be quite futile. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Nellie Bly He set the example by lighting one, and we all followed his lead. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Virginia Woolf And he goes on to say, very rightly, that it is not his business to tell you what you ought to do; but he adds, very kindly, that he will give you an example of what you might do. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

James Anthony Froude The authorities determine to make an example of them, and the result is the ever-memorable trial of the two pilgrims. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Ford Madox Ford Pettigul One is an example of it. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell They dared not, sir; they know I should make an example of the first rogue I found out. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

George Meredith Absorbed in their great example of devotion do they not think of you. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope The example is so awful that it will surely deter. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Gissing Give me an example of your topics. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Gertrude Stein Suppose an example is necessary, the plainer it is made the more reason there is for some outward recognition that there is a result. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

George Gissing Or is she another example of the unaccountable things women will do in marriage? Pray Heaven not!’ (Eight months after the last. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

An example of it would be as follows (O. xxii. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

William Hazlitt Another instance, which is certainly very happy as an example of the simple enumeration of a number of particulars, is Salisbury’s remonstrance against the second crowning of the king. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Daniel Defoe From hence ’tis evident to me, that when once we are hardened in crime, no fear can affect us, no example give us any warning. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It is, perhaps, an unbusiness-like temperament; but commercial habits and example had failed to control that natural ardour, and, when once inflamed, it governed his actions implicitly. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Gertrude Stein An example of this is fifteen years and a separation of regret. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Bad examplelove of pleasure — strong temptationevil company — all these are heavy weights to drag down men’s souls to hell. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Charles Dickens The gluttony of Swine is put before us, as an example to the young. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Leon Trotsky I did it as an example to the others. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The example of the capital was contagious. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Gissing She would be an example to the poor little heathen; she talked with her unctuously; she excited herself, began to find a pleasure in asceticism, and drew the susceptible girl into the same way. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

E. F. Benson I must set an example in my private as well as my public life. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

This was decisive; for no obscure premonition, and of something indefinite at that, could stand against the example of his tranquil personality. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Henry James Mr. Pardon was not the only one she knew; she had an example of the rest in the persons of two young Harvard law-students, who presented themselves after tea on this same occasion. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

In this he undoubtedly proposed to himself the example of Cortes, so contagious to the adventurous spirits of that day, and especially to Pizarro, engaged, as he was, in a similar enterprise. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Gissing It will be good to have an example of reaction. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope People may declare that I am good for nothing, and may hold me up as an example to be shunned. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

He was an example of the kind of thing that prevents one from ever getting enough sleep when men are herded as they are in these lodging-houses. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

John Morley They are an example without fault of all the qualities which the critic, whether a theorist or an actor, of great political situations should strive by night and by day to possess. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Andrew Lang An example by way of anecdote may be permitted. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

A life like his is so bright and shining an example that we are almost sorry he died. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Mr. Derham had, among his many lessons of usefulness, descanted on the generosity and boldness of Fitzhenry, as offering an example to be followed. Lodore by Mary Shelley

The finest known example of such a codex is the Papyrus of Nebseni (Brit. Mus. No. 9900), which is 77 feetinches in length and 1 foot 1½ inches in breadth. The Book of the Dead by E. A. Wallis Budge

Andrew Lang To take an example of half-forgotten deity. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Austin, would you guess it was my girl speaking? I never in my life had such an example of intoxication before me. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Bram Stoker He even took himself as an example when he mentioned certain things. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Robert Louis Stevenson This makes me no better; but really I have been driven about beyond all example in my past experience, and have been essentially obliged to neglect my own urgent affairs. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

One very curious example of Ibsen’s minute care is found in the copiousness of his stage directions. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

George Meredith I could have wished you to be here for an example to me. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

H. G. Wells Dr. Stedding may have described it to one or two fellow-practitioners as an example of the extreme intellectual elaboration that may appear in a case of delusional insanity. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Sinclair Lewis Their example made Hayden and Olivia unusually gentle with each other. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Amongst the mammals, I think the skunk is an example of the same kind. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Neither her husband’s entreaties, nor the example of Lady Kilrush could induce Mrs. Stobart to brave the perils of inoculation. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

William Godwin He maintained that deeds of charity were of more avail than the sacrifice of the mass, and that no one would be damned hereafter, but such as were proved to afford an example of immoral conduct. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Sidney Colvin The first considerable writer among Keats’s successors on whom his example took effect was Hood, in the fairy and romance poems of his earlier time. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Henry James It was not an example of that tendency, but she noted almost as if it were that almost as soon as the Doctor had left them he asked if she had not brought over to him that awfully pretty girl. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Tobias Smolle This is reinforced by the most preposterous education, and the example of a giddy people, engaged in the most frivolous pursuits. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Lying apart, as if sulking in a corner, was an example of the old “Gymnote” type of under-sea boat. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

For this others put as an example of those things which cannot be conceived even in thought. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Sinclair Lewis For fussy discussion they had a rich, full genius, and their example developed in Kennicott a tendency to the same form of affectionate flaying. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Here at Denderah we have an example of Græco-Egyptian work and early Christian fanaticism. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Robert Louis Stevenson I tell it because it gives so good an example of that uncivil kindness of the American, which is perhaps their most bewildering character to one newly landed. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Isabella Bird The viceroyalty of Lord Elgin was drawing rapidly to a close, and two parties, given every week at Government House, afforded an example which the good people of Quebec were not slow to follow. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Bronislaw Malinowski He gives an example of a couple who “loved each other,” and did not even greet after a long absence. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Sir Walter Scott There were obvious reasons why the politic Chieftain was desirous to place the example of this young hero under the eye of Waverley, with whose romantic disposition it coincided so peculiarly. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

John Stuart Mill He may be an inspiriting proof of what men can do, but assuredly not an example of what they should. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

G. K. Chesterton Indeed the last phrase alone suggests an example or a text. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Rudyard Kipling To prove his words he immediately laid all before them, and they followed his example . Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

William Godwin But Carr, instead of feeling how much obliged he was to Overbury for this example of disinterested friendship, went immediately and told the countess what the young man said. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Benjamin Disraeli Come hither!” and she led Vivian to the window: “what see you?” “I see Nature at rest, Mrs. Lorraine; and I would fain follow the example of beasts, birds, and fishes. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Oscar Wilde It is simply one example out of many; and if something cannot be done to check, or at least to modify, our monstrous worship of facts, Art will become sterile, and beauty will pass away from the land. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The family pressed each other to partake of it; but as the importunity was not enforced by the inviter setting any example of the lesson he tried to teach, the meal remained untasted. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Walter Besant This example my lord proposed to follow. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Le Jeu de l’Amour et du Hasard is perhaps the most perfect example of his work. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

George Meredith We want all our strength in these days of monstrous armies directed by banditti Councils. England is the nation of the Christian example to nations. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

T. E. Lawrence Of course, most things done in war were too dear, and we should have followed good example by going in and going through with it. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells They may learn much by way of precept and example from Russia and from the English-speaking world, but the days for mere revolt or for relief by a change of masters have passed. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Henry Handel Richardson But he also hoped by example to incite Zara to haste: now she was there, the meals dragged out to twice their usual length. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins There are some occasions when women set an example of courage to men. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Meredith Look here, Mr. Commander; if the upper classes want anything of me and come to me for it, I’ll know what sort of an example they’re setting; now that’s me. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Algernon Blackwood And presently Dr. Cathcart, seeing that further conversation was impossible, followed his nephew’s example and moved off to the tent, leaving the three men smoking over the now blazing fire. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Walter Scott Come, friend, to the church — to the church — and thou shalt have my example of the manner in which De Walton ought to be supported when in danger. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Arnold Bennett For example the question of the specialist. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Hilda witnessed what she deemed to be an example of this species of confidence between a young man and his saint. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Sir Richard Burton Were I not about to travel, I would make an example of thee. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

John Locke For this simple idea, entering by the touch as well as sight, it is impossible to show an example of any one who has no other way to get the idea of motion, but barely by the definition of that name. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

And it was at this point I followed the example of Miss Belsize and put in my one belated word. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Every useful institution, of which some traces still remain amongst them, is due to this excellent prelate; an example of what one good and zealous and well-judging man can effect. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Eshley packed up his tools and followed the animal’s example and “Larkdene” was left to neuralgia and the cook. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

She did not know how much of her severity towards herself was learned from the example that had been two years before her. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Edith Wharton Live and let live, eh, Susy? Haven’t we all got a right to our Affinities? I hear you’re following our example yourself. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Edith Wharton The rich ought to preach contentment, and to set the example themselves. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle Of course, I must follow Metaxa’s example by sending for a doctor. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

He never looks upon any other woman; and, what is much more extraordinary, touches no bribes, notwithstanding the example of all his predecessors. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

George Gissing Because we have to set an example to the sleepy of our sex, we must carry on an active warfare — must be invaders. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Sir Walter Scott He was brave to intrepidity, and almost to insensibility; very strong and active in person, completely master of his weapons, and always ready to show the example in the extremity of danger. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Wilkie Collins She really liked and admired Emily; and, as the elder woman and the hostess, she set an example of forbearance and good humor. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope Those who have a right to expect an example of good living, and think they do not see it. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Now Hegel himself, in building up his method of double negation, offers the vividest possible example of this vice of intellectualism. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Gissing No longer an example of perfect female independence, and unable therefore to use the same language as before, she might illustrate woman’s claim of equality in marriage. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells The first day there will be one execution for the sake of example — a man named Kemp. Death starts for him to-day. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

A well-known example is at the ending of David Copperfield, in which everyone who reads it feels that something has gone wrong. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Leslie Stephen The famous line— Man never is but always to be blest, is an example of defective construction, though his language is often tortured by more elliptical phrases. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Thomas Hardy Whatever one may think of plenary inspiration, one must heartily subscribe to these words of Paul: ‘Be thou an example — in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

T. H. Huxley But an example may bring into clearer light the profound opposition between the ordinary teleological, and the Darwinian, conception. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Cortes, satisfied of the truth of this, determined to make such an example of the delinquents as should intimidate his enemy from repeating the attempt. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Jonathan Swift It is needless to add, that the emperor and other princes followed the example of the Dutch, and succeeded as well, for the same reasons. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Bronislaw Malinowski It is, therefore, useless, and adduced only as an example of how different and contradictory the statement of even good informants may be. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

The daughters were an example to their sex. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

As boys, Max and I had been keen pistol shots, and I was quite prepared when I reached this part of his narrative to find that he had imitated Moreas’ example and destroyed the target. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

For example I liked potatoes so I resolved not to eat one for a week, or again I fore-swore coffee that I loved, for a month, and I was careful to keep to my determination. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Meredith There was the example of Constantia. But that desperate young lady had been assisted by a gallant, loving gentleman; she had met a Captain Oxford. Clara brooded on those two until they seemed heroic. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Walter Scott And hark you also, while I have a moment’s speech of you — do you and your wife heedfully follow my example at supper!” These words were spoken with a significant tone and corresponding look. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

There is no example of any one that has died in it; and you may believe I am well satisfied of the safety of this experiment, since I intend to try it on my dear little son. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

King Leopold and his counsellor provide in their careers an example of the curious diversity of human ambitions. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

George Gissing Horace’s example on the one hand, and that of Jessica Morgan on the other, helped her to contemn mere social excitement and the idle vanity which formerly she styled pursuit of culture. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

I trust that I have enough to say in favour of Petrarch to satisfy his rational admirers; but I quote this sonnet as an example of the worst style of Petrarch’s poetry. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

H. Rider Haggard That the process, in at least one instance, was incalculably slow, the following example will suffice to show. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing The example of your enthusiastic friend and of myself can be no law to you. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry James I found it an example of poetic, of absolutely retributive justice; so that my desire grew great to work it, as we say, on those lines. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

Andrew Lang But his good example was not followed by his sons and his grandsons. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

As a result the Prince followed our example and crossed the Border with as much despatch as possible. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

In the zany we see an example of creation; in the humorist, of transmission. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

William Hazlitt Sir Toby. Peace, peace! Malvolio. There is example for’t; the lady of the Strachy married the yeoman of the wardrobe. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Sigmund Freud Perhaps an example which takes us back to the interpretation of dreams will best illustrate my meaning. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle This he opened softly with his key, having first kicked off his shoes, an example which I followed. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Wilkie Collins Father Benwell sets you an example of Christian moderation. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Certainly this was so in one crowning example — certainly no more baroque figure ever trod this earth than the supreme phenomenon of Elizabethanism — Elizabeth herself. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

George Meredith In fact it had been but an example of our very general craving for a climax, palpable and scenic. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Bram Stoker It would be difficult indeed to furnish a more striking example of the height to which the blind credulity of people will occasionally attain. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

This was a very bad example for the country, and duelling of course fell into no disrepute after such a verdict. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Edith Wharton He had in his mother an example of the mind accessible only to concrete impressions: the mind which could die for the particular instance, yet remain serenely indifferent to its causes. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Now for an example of one of my many failures which took place when I was still a student and had fair opportunity to succeed. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Arnold Benne I think you will admit that in an estate agent’s clerk I have not chosen an example that specially favours my theories. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

Henry Fielding Atkinson was, at present, an example of this observation which doth so much honour to a profession for which I have a very high regard. Amelia by Henry Fielding

T. H. Huxley I think that is as good an example of a zoological co-operative store as you can well have. Essays by T. H. Huxley

John Morley Frederick the Great had set the first example of what some call iniquity and violence in Europe, and others in milder terms call a readjustment of the equilibrium of nations. Burke by John Morley [1879]

It was a work of difficulty; but Gonzalo cheered his men in the task, and set an example by taking part in their labors. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Daniel Defoe A thousand pities a gift of that nature should sink into oblivion, and not be kept up as an example to incite all parishes to do the like. Everybody’s business is nobody’s business by Daniel Defoe [1725]

Pu Songling We must ask the authorities to build her a marble arch to commemorate her history, and be an example to future generations. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Sigmund Freud Delboeuf relates from his own experience an especially impressive example of this kind. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Edmund Burke It is certainly not prudent to discredit the authority of an example we mean to follow. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Wilkie Collins Julian set the example by lowering his voice. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Upon examination this imp seems to be an example of arrested development. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

The squires and landholders round him thought that a sign of encouragement to a poor man meant that the poor man would rule, as he had been doing in France. The French example was before every eye. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Arthur Schopenhauer Let us hope that the more intelligent and refined among the nations will make a beginning in this matter, and then that the Germans may take example by it and follow suit. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

An example of this may be found in the “Knight’s Tale,” a narrative poem of which, in contrast with its beauties, a want of evenness is one of the chief defects. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Bronislaw Malinowski He gives an example of a native who after five years, seeing again his son, a grown-up lad, displayed a good deal of affection and tenderness. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Richard Burton After making these few observations I followed the example of my companions, and returned to sleep. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Virginia Woolf For our third example let us choose what we may call an experiment in passivity. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Edith Wharton How was I to protect Alan from the contamination I had let him live in? I couldn’t preach by example — couldn’t hold up his father as a warning, or denounce the money we were living on. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Augustine Birrell I now feel that at least I have done Parker full justice, but as so far I have hardly given an example of his familiar style, I must find room for two or three final quotations. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

George Gissing His example was followed by those who succeeded him. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

It was an example of the fact that you can get anything in this world if you genuinely don’t want it. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

George Meredith The example might, one hopes, create a taste. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

It is the first example in English of a poem devoted to local description. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Thomas Hughes They had never been duck-hunting there since, but others had, and the bold yeoman was very sore on the subject, and bent on making an example of the first boys he could catch. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Andrew Lang The modern pirate dresses you in rags, prints you murderously, and binds you, if he binds you at all, in some hideous example of “cloth extra,” all gilt, like archaic gingerbread. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Ralph Waldo Emerson Socrates again, in his traits and genius, is the best example of that synthesis which constitutes Plato’s extraordinary power. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

These gentlemen, however, whom I recommend as an example for my officers to follow, can hardly be so for these ladies. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Mrs. Lynde says the minister’s wife over at Newbridge sets a very bad example because she dresses so fashionably. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Wilkie Collins The least I can do, in the meantime, is to set an example of friendly sympathy and forbearance on my side. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

George followed his example and this was what they saw: Three men were standing flat against the fence leading from the shed directly to the porch. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

His example gave me a hatred of all such talk. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

But the sergeant was thinking of the difficulty of controlling Gaspar Ruiz when the time for making an example would come. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Wilkie Collins The table was an equally excellent example of dirty modern deal. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Walter Scott He urged the Lady Eveline to set an example to this group of helpless, yet intractable mourners. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I don’t want to alarm you in any way, either, but if I had as many beautiful things as you have, I should follow Audrey’s example and clear out. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

By degrees, they grow disgustful to each other; and, after the example of our first parents, they do not fail to reproach each other With the crime of their mutual imbecillity. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Edmund Burke They will be roused by emulation and example to enterprises the boldest and the most absurd. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Anthony Trollope In the regularity of her eatings and her drinkings, Miss Todd might have been taken as an example by all the ladies of Littlebath. Sir Lionel’s personal appearance has been already described. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You have there as well as the guns, as well as all the ordinary defences, you have there an example of the greatest scientific invention which the world of destruction has ever known. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Olaf Stapledon In this they were but following in the footsteps of the Japanese, but with the tragic example of that upstart modern society ever before them. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling He offered them an arena in which to explain, and by their living example to raise the Planet to loftier levels. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Sigmund Freud I am unfortunately unable to show this in the case of the actual dream, but an example from another situation will make my meaning intelligible. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Balzac gives us an example of a native will that was for ever rushing through his being and arousing to activity first one and then another of his native powers. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Thomas Carlyle And so you take criminal caitiffs, murderers, and the like, and hang them on gibbets “for an example to deter others. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

As for the church being “in a plain Gothic style,” it is an extremely beautiful example of pure Lombard, of the first few years of the eleventh century. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Wilkie Collins Look at your aunt as an example of what I say. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray Illustrations, to be sure, are no arguments, but the example is the Prince’s, not ours. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

George Meredith A perverted, impudent rascal! An example shall be set to my school, sir. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Borrow Now stand up, and I’ll make an example of you. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

I was a fool then; and it is armed with that experience that I venture to advise you not to copy my example today. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

H. G. Wells Leading American bootleggers were the chief offenders, but the example was contagious. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope Our veterans, following the example of young Cæsar, have repudiated Antony and his attempts. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Sigmund Freud I know of no example in which the actual spectators of these infantile exhibitions reappear in a dream; for a dream is hardly ever a simple recollection. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Edgar Allan Poe For example we say “syllabification. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

George Meredith And that astral head giving, as a commencement, example of the right use of riches, the nation is one, part of the riddle of the future solved. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Thomas Hobbes For example sake, it is against the law of nature to punish the innocent; and innocent is he that acquitteth himself judicially and is acknowledged for innocent by the judge. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Philip Sidney Yet will some bring in an example of the Eunuch in Terence, that containeth matter of two days, yet far short of twenty years. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

James Joyce Did speece permit the bad example of setting before the military to the best of our belief in the earliest wish of the one in mind was the mitigation of the king’s evils. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

G. K. Chesterton Nevertheless, this is the one place in his work where he does not make us remember human happiness by example as well as by precept. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Bram Stoker As an example of how a dishonest penny may be turned the following incident would be hard to beat. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Blackwood’s The Return is an example of the compact-ghost, that comes back at the hour of death to reveal himself to his friend as he long ago promised he would. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough