Phrases with "example"

Thomas Hardy And what an example he would set! If his income were 5000 pounds a year, he would give away 4500 pounds in one form and another, and live sumptuously (for him) on the remainder. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing I’ll give you an example of how he grew rich. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Maria Edgeworth Their example tempts others, who fall a sacrifice to their weakness and folly. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

G. K. Chesterton Take such an example as “Caliban upon Setebos,” a wonderful poem designed to describe the way in which a primitive nature may at once be afraid of its gods and yet familiar with them. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

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]

Andrew Lang Another example is quoted in the Quarterly Review, vol. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

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]

George Meredith He begged them urgently to keep his example in memory. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anna Katherine Green Her example set the pace for those who followed. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Andrew Lang Natural bent, and reaction against the example of Mr. Longfellow, combined to make you too intolerant of what you call the ‘didactic’ element in verse. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

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

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]

G. K. Chesterton His curious complicated puns are an example of this: Hood had used the pun to make a sentence or a sentiment especially pointed and clear. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

I think that is as good an example of a zoological co-operative store as you can well have. Coral and Coral Reefs by Thomas Henry Huxley

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]

Wilkie Collins Ask her, as one of the passengers in a ship on fire, to help in setting an example of composure to the rest, and it is certain, in nine cases out of ten, that she will do it. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Gertrude Stein There is no example in a relation. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

As soon as this virtue is honoured and practised by some few men, it spreads through instruction and example to the young, and eventually becomes incorporated in public opinion. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Baldwin Spencer As an example of these we may take the oldest Uanai man in Table 4. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Some day I may afford you another example which will perhaps enlighten you more fully. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Francis Bacon But an example must at the same time be given of the danger and caution to which I alluded. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

H. P. Lovecraf This example having been set, later authors were naturally forced to conform to it in order to compete at all; so that in this way a definite change begin to affect the main stream of macabre writing. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

The host of the present example has no weapon of offence appreciable in its effects by human beings, whilst the shells are not nearly as frail as others that lead independent lives. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

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

Wilkie Collins In this respect he has set an example of candor which I propose to follow. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

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

The country gentlemen around still loomed larger than life-size upon their horizon, but the Vicar lived amongst them, they saw him and spoke to him daily, and his example and influence were greater. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

William Henry Bragg We have already considered an example of this kind in the chapter dealing with β rays; viz. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Anthony Trollope The example was good, and the precepts were the best to be had. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Henry Fielding It is sufficient to say she was easily prevailed with to follow her husband’s example in consenting to the match. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Oliver Goldsmith His example was followed by Miss Wilmot and her father; my wife too kissed her daughter with much affection, as, to use her own expression, she was now made an honest woman of. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith If example be necessary to prove this, I’ll give you a story, my child, told us by a grave, tho’ sometimes a romancing, historian. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Henry James She had a friend whose acquaintance she had made shortly before her father’s death, who offered so high an example of useful activity that Isabel always thought of her as a model. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

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]

H. G. Wells One example is as good as a score of the silly bickering resistances I put up to annoy my teachers during that futile course of instruction. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The faultless tact with which he kept his safe limits while he so dauntlessly asserted himself within them, is an example fitted to give heart to other theorists and artists the world over. Memories and Studies by William James

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 He has just given an example of the equivalent pleasures of dogmatic disbelief. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

John Morley His master’s skill as a teacher did not impress him more than the example which was every day set before him, of uprightness and simplicity of heart. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Be an example to yourself of the sinfulness of our nature and of the weakness of our humanity. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

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]

These had not thrown down their weapons, more from fear than the spirit of contest; they looked at each other, each wishing to follow some example given him — but they had no leader. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

William Godwin Meeting two of his acquaintance in the street, and they having intimated a desire to witness some example of his skill, he invited them home with him. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Thomas Hobbes And he that counterfeiteth such worship for fear of punishment, if he be a man whose example hath power amongst his brethren, committeth a sin. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch He rode away next day with his troop: but my uncle Philip not being caught yet, and the Government set on making an example of him, we hadn’t seen the last of these dragoons. The Haunted Dragoon by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

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]

T. H. Huxley It will be useful to consider with attention the nature and the order of the stages of canine development, as an example of the process in the higher animals generally. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Jules Verne He felt that his part was to be the strength and the example of his wife and companions; that he was the head and chief; ready to die for the rest if circumstances required it. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The example of new Rome in the rise and practice of the hierarchy (too well known to require any further illustration) is far more immodest. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

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

However, the force of example brought the flowers into great favour, and amongst a certain class of people tulips have ever since been prized more highly than any other flowers of the field. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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]

Wilkie Collins As a member of parliament, he set an example which might have been followed with advantage by many of his colleagues. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope We have before us an example in the United States of the prosperity which has attended such a rupture of old ties. North America by Anthony Trollope

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]

Ford Madox Ford I have been, in short, trying to recall to you all that you owe to yourself as being an example of his training!’ Involuntarily Valentine’s lips formed themselves for a low whistle of incredulity. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Wilkie Collins If I had ever had any idea of following the example of other runaway lovers, and going to Gretna Green, I should now have abandoned it. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

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]

Andrew Lang I may give an example of their method. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

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

Must I give you an example to assist you? Very well. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

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]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle Let me commend my example to you. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

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

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

Pu Songling The lodgers bowed to the scholar when he came, and talked to him; the whole town was entertained with this touching example of such everlasting love. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

It was a general movement, but some credit for the brightening of outdoor life is due to Mr. George Lansbury for the example he set by his work on the London parks. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Sir Walter Scott I am, indeed, the brother of Angus; but in being so, I am only the first of his clansmen, and bound to show an example to the others by my cheerful and ready obedience to his commands. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

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

Arthur Morrison I’m goin’ to do it open an’ free, I am, an’ set a example to men o’ property. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Henry Kingsley In short, the best example I have ever seen of the best class of sailor. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Without venturing to differ entirely from the opinion of experience, I would add that the strain of continually having to set an example must surely be very great. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Miles Franklin I claim the same right as all the Father O’Toole’s to be a spiritual parent of my race rather than to submit to the ideal or to follow the example of the mother rabbit. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

G. K. Chesterton I am an example of atavism; I am a reversion to type. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Gertrude Stein A looking like that is a most connected piece of example of what it is where there is no choking, no choking in any sign. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

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

Andrew Lang Fielding was then setting the first and best English example of a craft in which the very greatest authors have been weak, or of which they were careless. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

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]

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

Ye’re an example to us a’. Politics and the Mayfly by John Buchan

Edgar Allan Poe Thinking thus, we shall have no scruple in illustrating our opinion in regard to what is not Ideality or the Poetic Power, by an example of what is. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells If there was any element of self-deception in his persona it was a belief in the luck that comes to men who are “Cards”— Regular Cards. His investments for example were too hopeful. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Guy de Maupassan He used to call him his ‘dear friend,’ and respected him immensely, having never received from him anything but wise counsels and an example of integrity, honor, and probity. Mother and Son by Guy de Maupassan

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]

Bunyan’s was an example of genius in a peculiar kind of the novel: as, in a very different one, was Sterne’s. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

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

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]

One can think of similar instances in French—for example —— which is now a quite meaningless expletive. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Henry James I looked at the windows of the palace to see if by chance the example of Verona (Verona being not far off) had been followed; but everything was dim, as usual, and everything was still. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

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]

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]

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

George Gissing You have to set an example of the sterner qualities — to discourage anything that resembles sentimentalism. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

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

Anthony Trollope He had never before thought so much of his father’s example as he did now. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce Such a boy is marked off from his companions by his piety, by the good example he shows to others. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Sigmund Freud The construction which the biblical Joseph placed upon the dream of Pharaoh furnishes an example of this method. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Meredith When he’s a Christian instead of a Churchman, then may my example not be followed. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

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

His example helped to render all the learned men of the time more convinced of its practicability, and more eager in the pursuit. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope That getting home from hunting with a thoroughly weary animal, who has no longer sympathy or example to carry him on, is very tedious work. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

What honour this will do you! What distinctions, what applauses will follow wherever you go! — LORD CHESTERFIELD: Letters to his Son. Example, my boy — example is worth a thousand precepts. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Tobias Smolle He alledged the example of the inhabitants of the Ladrone islands, who never taste any thing that is not cold, and are remarkably healthy. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Posterity, however, will be more just; and remember that Catharine Macaulay was an example of intellectual acquirements supposed to be incompatible with the weakness of her sex. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

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

Charles Kingsley To give an example or two from the “Life Drama:” His heart holds a deep hope, As holds the wretched West the sunset’s corse — Spit on, insulted by the brutal rains. Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope by Charles Kingsley

Arthur Conan Doyle As a statesman he was so constant an example of devotion to duty, self-sacrifice, and high disinterested character, that the country was the better for his presence. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

On this ground also these traits have a better chance of survival among the body of the people than would be the case if it were not for the precept and example of the leisure class. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Elizabeth Gaskell Take example by him, Brother Holman. Let us hear you say, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

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]

George Meredith Count Medole’s example of intemperate vanity was spoiling them. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

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

Olaf Stapledon For a while, moreover, it looked as though North America would become the model community, destined to save mankind by example and by leadership. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon That is, contemplating one example of it, we affirm that, murder being such as it is, any conscious being who sees it as it is must necessarily condemn it. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

The nobles, also, it seems, at this high festival, imitated the example of their master. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

G. K. Chesterton The example was followed, and the whole black mass of men began to run and drip over the edge like black treacle. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

He wants to make an example o you. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

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

I can go back to the convent where, in my dear Aunt Anastasia, I saw so splendid an example of a holy life hidden from the world. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Mark Twain Mr. Sidney Lee himself supplies us with an example of this. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

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]

George Meredith Beppo here is an example that the style is useless for controversy. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Olaf Stapledon Any particular character, say the red of that rose, is not simply an example of redness, or even of any particular shade of red. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Sinclair Lewis I just mean it as an example of how free we ought to be. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

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

This example may be out of the common, and therefore worthy of inclusion in a general reference to the life of the coral reef. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Ralph Waldo Emerson In general, all that is required of them is to sit securely, to preside at public meetings, to countenance charities, and to give the example of that decorum so dear to the British heart. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

John Morley There is no more curious example of the remorse of a book-man impeded by affairs. Burke by John Morley [1879]

The most genuinely saintly person I have ever known is a friend of mine now suffering from cancer of the breast — I hope that she may pardon my citing her here as an example of what ideas can do. Memories and Studies by William James

Rudyard Kipling For examplerats bite not iron. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Edith Wharton At length Terry, evidently wishing, as the man of the party, to set the example of reasonableness, remarked that Judith, who had all the bother of looking after them, ought to go wherever she chose. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

I tried to give them the only Christianity I knew they understood, which was nothing but loving-kindness, and an unfailing trust, and example, example always. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

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]

Richard Burton We followed the example of the patriarchs, and prayed a two-bow prayer in each of the enclosures. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

I would make an example of one or two — one, at all events. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

G. K. Chesterton What I said first about the toy theatre may be urged in contradiction, and as an example of delight in a mere illusion. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Meredith Take poor Jorian for an example of what the absence of ambition brings men to. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Wilkie Collins My father talked to him by the hour together, about his duties and his prospects, the cultivation of his mind, and the example of his ancestors; and talked in vain. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Sir Walter Scott From her father’s example and injunctions, Rebecca had learnt to bear herself courteously towards all who approached her. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

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

He had scarcely entered when he began to agitate his nose and his jaws after the example of his clerks. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Machen And now for an example of a very different school of letter-writing. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Andrew Lang The case of the Thlinkeet man and the Iroquois maid is extremely unlikely to occur; but I give it as an example of the practical use, among savages, of representative art. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Here is an example to the contrary. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Sir Walter Scott Here the travellers received, in the same breath, an example of the truth of two old proverbs — namely, that Ill news fly fast, and that Listeners seldom hear a good tale of themselves. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

G. K. Chesterton In any case this superiority of The Christmas Carol makes it convenient for us to take it as an example of the generalisations already made. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Wilkie Collins She was the first to speak, the first to set the example of self-control. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Meredith For an example of the mirror offered by the Press, Colonel Halkett touched on Mr. Timothy Turbot’s article in eulogy of the great Commander Beauchamp. ‘Did you like it?’ he asked. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

His store was an example of variety, punctuality, and quality. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

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]

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

Wilkie Collins I will set you the example of eating, if you still distrust the food in this house. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

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]

Marie Corelli It cuts me to the heart that you should find it necessary to select such an example of the priesthood, though of course I am not in the secret of your aims — I do not understand your purpose . The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Rudyard Kipling I merely indicate an example of how a powerful commercial interest might hamper a Government intent in the first place on the larger interests of humanity. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Gissing The example of Mrs. Travis was too near. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was resolved now that such an example should be made of him as would prevent any other victim from rebelling. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Charles Kingsley It forbade them — as one glaring example — to know anything truly of the most beautiful of all natural objects — the human form. Grots and Groves by Charles Kingsley

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

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]

H. G. Wells Practically these things are as good as example — they are example. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Wilkie Collins You are eight years older than I am — you ought to set me an example of good-humor. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Then these three, who, after all, knew very few people present, followed the example of others, and made a circuit of the house, in high good humor. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

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]

Here are Philip and Laura finishing off like the end of a novel, fortune and all, and setting a very bad example to the world in general. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

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]

T. E. Lawrence Nasir, Auda, and Nesib were so many separate, punctilious houses, admitting the supremacy of Nasir only because I lived with him as a guest and furnished them with the example of respect. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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]

The novice, seeing Milady in bed, was about to follow the example of the superior; but Milady stopped her. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Thomas Hardy Howsomever, there’s not much risk of it, as they are obliged to make an example of him, there having been so much destruction of property that way lately. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

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

James Anthony Froude There were ‘perhaps necessities in the nature of things,’ as Bishop Butler says, and an example could not be made of the principal offender. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

She couldn’t really need to stretch her ham-strings, not after years of continued stretching, so presumably this was merely a North–Country example of “makking siccar. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

What do you mean by “unsettled hurries,” for instance?’ ‘An example will, perhaps, be the most satisfactory explanation. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

G. K. Chesterton The stupid because the absurdity alone stuck out from a level of intelligence that baffled them; it was indeed in itself an example of the truth in paradox. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Wilkie Collins Perhaps he wished to set the example of keeping the house as quiet as possible. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

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

The Mass of Shadows14, by Anatole France, is an example of the modern tendency to show phantoms in groups, as contrasted with the solitary habits of ancient specters. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

Henry Kingsley He was purveyor of fashionable intelligence, while Charles Marston dealt more in example and advice. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

George Meredith Every prescription of his ideal of demeanour as an example to his class and country, was abandoned by the enamoured gentleman. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Arnold Bennett But now she thought, proudly and timidly and desirously, that she would make as good a mayoress as most mayoresses, and that she could set one or two of them an example in tact and dignity. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Jeremy Bentham The practice, however, has become universal in England, from the force of example and public discussion alone. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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]

But the investigation, with its call on the calculating and combining faculties, would also interest him, as an example of the discovery of new powers by the human mind. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

George Elio Your boy is not likely to behave well, if you set him the example of being saucy. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

This is an example of the way in which Italian boys begin their art education now. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Jules Verne Glenarvan was wise enough to understand this, and felt he must set an example in obedience. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

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]

Virginia Woolf Cambridge may be quoted as an example of the practical results which come from Research for its own sake. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Robert Louis Stevenson But in the case of Mr. Grant White example were better than precept. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jeremy Bentham An example may be of use, to show the variety of contending motives, by which a man may be acted upon at the same time. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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]

His example —’ “‘True,’ I said; ‘his example, too. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

George Meredith They are shown by example how to look, think, speak; what to do. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

By his wisdom, his patience, and his example he had brought about, in the fullness of time, the miraculous metamorphosis of which he had dreamed. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Sigmund Freud I will first of all give an example in which analysis explains the apparent absence of affect in a conceptual content which ought to compel a liberation of affect. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

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

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

Charles Stur Thus stricken down, when my example and energies were so much required for the welfare and safety of others, I found the value of Mr. Browne’s services and counsel. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur