Phrases with "excellent"

Be ye then steadfast in prayer, and give alms, and hold fast by God; He is your sovereign, and an excellent sovereign, and an excellent help! 1 The word may also be rendered ‘sky. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

The excellent man’s religion was, we know, a little Jewish, and rested upon temporal rewards and comforts. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing She was in excellent spirits, without a trace of the morning’s ill-humour. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Wilkie Collins She changed the conversation to local topics, waited until she was sure of leaving an excellent impression behind her, and then took her leave. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle They were, as I surmise, of the same breed as those of whom the excellent John Milton wrote: “The sons of Belial, flown with insolence and wine. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

A few miles nearer Angera there is Brebbia, the church of which is an excellent specimen of early Lombard work. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Andrew Lang So he arranged all the affairs of state in an orderly manner, and set out, attended by only one equerry, who, though not very clever, had most excellent good sense. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Dampier The paunches of the goats would make them an excellent dish; they dressed it in this manner. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Charles Dickens So, we were closely attentive, and kept excellent order; and let the man or boy who did otherwise instantly get out from this place, or we would put him out with the greatest expedition. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The world has a sure chemistry, by which it extracts what is excellent in its children and lets fall the infirmities and limitations of the grandest mind. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

George Meredith This is our English system; like our English pudding, a fortuitous concourse of all the sweets in the grocer’s shop, but an excellent thing for all that, and let none threaten it. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Peace is an excellent thing; there’s nothing I more wish for myself. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Besides, Monsieur is in an excellent humor today. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Encouraged by Deafie’s example — for he was an excellent picker — she managed to do her fair share of work during the afternoon. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

We parted on excellent terms, after some highly technical talk about spring salmon in Caithness, and he promised to ring me up as soon as he had anything to tell me. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman She was not so great an authority on ethics as he; but an excellent teacher, widely useful. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

George Gissing Mr. Mutimer has no doubt many excellent qualities; no doubt he is really an earnest and a well-meaning man. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

When this was done it hung midway between the awning and the taffrail, and afforded an excellent target. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

G. K. Chesterton But though he was a good-natured fellow and excellent in theatricals, he was also an exceedingly casual fellow and had hitherto been very remiss in the matter of rehearsals. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

There is an excellent biography by Dean Church (1879). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

I never went into the canoe without it: it was of great use in starting the beasts and snakes out of the hollow trees, and in case of need was an excellent defence. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Wilkie Collins I don’t know what I should do, but for one of the servants in the house, who is an excellent creature — who sympathizes with me, and helps me. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Wilkie Collins He goes away—as I hope and trust—thinking what an excellent lawyer’s wife any one of the three young ladies would make. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

He gives it out that you ‘went away to recuperate from a slight illness and have now got an excellent post at a girls’ school’. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling I drenched him then and there with a half-cup of waters, which I do not say cure the plague, but are excellent against heaviness of the spirits. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

You — er — planning any swearing to, sir?” Robert had known Albert for nearly twenty years and had always found him of an excellent discretion. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle Finally his choice fell upon Alf Stevens of Kentish Town, an excellent rising middle-weight who had never yet known defeat and had indeed some claims to the championship. The Bully of Brocas Court by Arthur Conan Doyle

Maria Edgeworth He slept at a small but excellent inn — excellent, perhaps, because it was small, and proportioned to the situation and business of the place. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

The little fellow submitted to the operation, which he evidently regarded in the light of an excellent joke. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

To speak truth, reader, there is no excellent beauty, no accomplished grace, no reliable refinement, without strength as excellent, as complete, as trustworthy. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Then he proceeded to catechise me in excellent English, with now and then a phrase of French, as to the doings in my own land. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

I cannot say that fortune has thrown me intimately into the society of Mr. Halliday or Mr. Upjohn, but they bear an excellent name for hospitality amongst us. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

E. F. Benson Dear Olga had given us an excellent box, a little too near the stage perhaps. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Wilkie Collins She has thrown away an excellent position in life, and has pained and humiliated one of the kindest-hearted men living. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Henry was an excellent valet, but a trifle domineering, something which I never allow in any one who approaches me. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Edgar Allan Poe His courtiers have left him in the lurch, and his concubines have followed so excellent an example. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope And yet he neither came nor sent! “He has an excellent situation,” their informant told them. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anatole France It is further said that fear keeps them obedient, and it is true that prison, gallows and wheels are excellent assurers of submission to existing laws. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Anthony Trollope Her teeth were excellent both in form and colour, but were seen seldom. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Two excellent opportunities and he has failed to remove you out of my way. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Edgar Allan Poe The edition before us is handsomely printed, on excellent paper. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Walter Besant I do not despise oysters — Why, he has eaten the whole six! Bravo! bravo! an excellent beginning. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

They gave me, however, an excellent place, quite close to the grating, beside the Countess de S——o, that is to say, a place to kneel on. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

The master is a person of an excellent disposition and is remarkable in the ship for his gentleness and the mildness of his discipline. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Benjamin Disraeli Mr. Sidney Wilton purchased the house; he wanted an investment, and this was an excellent one; so Lady Roehampton became his tenant. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Sinclair Lewis Nimbus had an excellent record; he had risen to corporal and been honorably discharged for a mild stomach ulcer. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Mark Twain It was polished and hard, and in as excellent a state of preservation as if the dread tragedy on Calvary had occurred yesterday instead of eighteen centuries ago. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

E. F. Benson On the right of the hall were two excellent sitting-rooms looking out, the one on to the gravel in front of the house, the other on to the garden. The House with the Brick-Kiln by E. F. Benson

G. K. Chesterton Miss Brown, who was an excellent girl in every way, did quite suddenly and surreptitiously leave us only a day or two afterwards. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Here was an excellent vantage-ground, and all three of us curled behind it, with our eyes just over the edge. Prester John by John Buchan

We all seem a little mad to each other; an excellent arrangement for the bulk of humanity which finds in it an easy motive of forgiveness. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Gissing Her dress was in excellent taste, tending to elaboration, such as becomes a lady who makes some figure in the world of ease. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Though I must confess I could not see them at the time, there were excellent reasons for not stating there and then the delicious plight in which we had really left Levy’s myrmidons. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Helen Zimmern Mrs. Mary Sneyd is quite well and in excellent spirits. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Henry Fielding The greatest genius the world hath ever produced observes, in one of his most excellent plays, that Trifles, light as air, Are to the jealous confirmations strong As proofs of holy writ. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Elizabeth Gaskell I even underwent a personal experiment; and though the result was not absolutely clear, it was inferred that in time I should prove an excellent subject. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Virginia Woolf This woman who has killed five men — but who feels not sure about the sixth — was for the envoys of the House of Commons an excellent introducer to the Spanish war. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Andrew Lang The prince thought, ‘It would be excellent if here, in her very house, I could get the answer to her riddle; but I must be silent, on pain of death. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Goldwin Smith Afterwards his star had declined, but having an excellent heart, he had not been in the least soured by the downfall of his reputation. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But if Mr. Harcutt is your friend,” she added, looking at him fixedly, “you can give him some excellent advice. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Henry James These have been spent in conversation with my excellent friend Mr. Sloane — we having taken the liberty of making you the topic. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Have you no musicians among your train, prince, that might regale our ears while we inhale the fragrance of your orange-trees?” “An excellent thought!” said the prince. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

T. E. Lawrence Arab civilizations had been of an abstract nature, moral and intellectual rather than applied; and their lack of public spirit made their excellent private qualities futile. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope Of course it would be an excellent marriage, if we loved each other. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

They have great powers of ridicule, and are excellent mimics, many of them discovering and imitating the peculiarities of our own people before we had observed them ourselves. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

He was that excellent type, the soldier radical, and we began that day a friendship that was only ended by his death in the hunting-field three years later. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Kate Chopin She wanted an excellent and stylish fit, she told the young fellow who served her, and she did not mind the difference of a dollar or two more in the price so long as she got what she desired. Short stories by Kate Chopin

George Gissing Mallard is an excellent fellow, in his own way, Somehow I’ve lost sight of him for a long time. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Jane Austen She always travels with her own sheets; an excellent precaution. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

But, of course, from a worldly point of view, you are an excellent match for him. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Benjamin Disraeli He had such excellent principles, she said; was so straight-forward, so true and firm. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Wilkie Collins Providence sent me into the world with an excellent nature, with a true heart, with a remarkable susceptibility to the influence of estimable sentiments. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Sinclair Lewis He came from South Biddlesford, Connecticut, and his father, to whom he often referred as “that dear and so classical a bibliophile,” had been an excellent hat-manufacturer. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells Zorin is a witty and humorous speaker, and he got his audience into an excellent frame of mind. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

She had been very fortunate there, and treated with great kindness, among many privileges and had been allowed the unrestricted use of an excellent library. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Jeremy Bentham Such laws as a man might make now would not have been understood: they were excellent for the time; they were excellent for the people: better laws than those, the people would never have received. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Mr. de Barral (so she referred to him) had been an excellent husband and an exemplary father but “you see my dear I have had a great experience of him. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H.P. Lovecraft He saw that Rice, from the party’s point of advantage above and behind the entity, had an excellent chance of spreading the potent powder with marvellous effect. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

By the by, who will accompany you?” “Bragelonne and De Wardes.” “Both excellent and fearless companions. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Wilkie Collins I appeared to excellent advantage in the matter, as the judicious foreign lady who had insisted on making inquiries. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Gissing Our excellent doctor seems not to regard the crisis as alarming, but he forbids any movement. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Jules Verne The oyster-bed among the rocks was frequently renewed and furnished excellent molluscs. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Wilkie Collins She will go away in the morning and return at night, and she will bring back with her, to relieve you, a nurse of excellent conduct and capacity, who is now disengaged. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

He sported a small red rose in his buttonhole, and across his shoulders were suspended a pair of excellent binoculars of the latest type. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

He had, of course, an excellent chance of being hung also, but his doom was not so certain, and he therefore looked upon himself as unfortunate. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Once I falsely hoped to meet with beings who, pardoning my outward form, would love me for the excellent qualities which I was capable of unfolding. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Ivan Turgenev My father could hardly read and write himself, but he gave us an excellent education. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Andrew Lang But there is excellent evidence to prove that here we would be mistaken. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Arnold Bennett Moreover the property was always maintained in excellent repair by its landlords, and residents cared passionately for the appearance of the windows and the front-steps. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Tobias Smolle The people of the Well-house give her an excellent character. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Arthur Conan Doyle I fear, my son, that your excellent plan would have little chance of success in the face of the vigilant guard which these men keep. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

The host opened the door of a large room, in which an old stove had just been replaced by a large and excellent chimney. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Charles Dickens I regard it as an excellent thing for both, and a kind of union very wholesome for the times in which we live. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

On the tableland beyond the Somme valley the sun shone like April. At Beauvais we lunched badly in an inn — badly as to food, but there was an excellent Burgundy at two francs a bottle. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Edgar Rice Burroughs It was well that Perry had had so excellent a balance wheel, for he had been wild to build a huge frigate of the Nelsonian era — he told me so himself. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Guy de Maupassan Then Chicot, in an excess of generosity, said: “Look here, as it is so much to your taste, I will give you a small keg of it, just to show that you and I are still excellent friends. The Little Cask (Le Petit Fut) by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells Most of these armament propagandists were admirable in their private lives: gentle lovers, excellent husbands, fond of children and animals, good fellows, courteous to inferiors, and so on. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

William Morris This was No. 21, Upper Mall, overlooking the river, which acted as a reflector, so that there was an excellent light for printing. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

Sir Walter Scott Our plot is a good plot as ever was laid; our friends true and constant: a good plot, good friends, and full of expectation: an excellent plot, very good friends. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Maria Edgeworth As the men filled up his grave, one of them said, “There lies the making of an excellent gentleman — but the cunning of his head spoiled the goodness of his heart. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Walter Scott His success put him into excellent humour. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

But I could not convince them of it, for they met my objections with excellent arguments. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

As a matter of fact, he was clinging to its fur and the skin of its breast, which was fortunately very loose, affording an excellent handhold. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Florence Dixie Now it reminds you of some hot August day among the purple hills of Scotland, when a good bag, before an excellent lunch, had been followed by some more than usually exciting sport. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

George Gissing Mr. Gresham had procured her an excellent teacher, and those hours which were not devoted to solitary reflection were now usually spent in practice at her own piano. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Eliot Not,” he added, with polite significance — “not that a man can’t be an excellent miller and farmer, and a shrewd, sensible fellow into the bargain, without much help from the schoolmaster. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Edgar Allan Poe The bird we had taken in such good season proved excellent eating, although somewhat tough. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

E. T. A. Hoffmann The first fruit of this very happy marriage was a son, an excellent youth, who appeared to be walking steadfastly in his father’s footsteps. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Walter Scott At his elbow, on an oaken stand, stood the remains of a roasted capon, on which his reverence had made his evening meal, flanked by a goodly stoup of Bordeaux of excellent flavour. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

At the top of an extra page (quite a treasure, probably, when first lighted on) I was greatly amused to behold an excellent caricature of my friend Joseph—rudely, yet powerfully sketched. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Arthur Machen Can learning be made a desirable secret, an excellent sport, instead of a horrible penance? He made a mental note, and set about the work before him. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Charles Dudley Warner It is an exquisite, sympathetic piece of work, without pretension or any subtle verbal analysis, but on the whole an excellent interpretation of the character. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Tobias Smolle The streets are crowded with people; the shops are well furnished; and the markets abound with all sorts of excellent provision. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Tobias Smolle I have drank excellent Burgundy at Brussels for a florin a bottle; that is, little more than twenty pence sterling. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope That she had been an excellent wife, a kind and careful mother, a loving neighbour to the poor, and courteous neighbour to the rich, all the county Cork admitted. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I have just ordered an excellent dinner at the customary hour. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry James This excellent person, instead of losing herself in the crowd, had simply attended to her mistress’s luggage, so that the latter was now at liberty to leave the station. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Rudyard Kipling It was an excellent notion, and met a long felt want of the tribe. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

He is a young man of excellent principles, and has never fathomed the secret of his cousin’s conduct towards him. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Daniel Defoe These should every day at low water carry away these sandhills, and remove every other obstruction to the navigation of this most excellent and useful river. Everybody’s business is nobody’s business by Daniel Defoe [1725]

George Borrow At one end was a large pigeon-house, which we all entered: “for,” said the curate, “if we could find some nice delicate pigeons they would afford you an excellent dinner. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Theodore Dreiser Because she was very pretty, they gave it excellent space and drew scrolls about it. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang Though he lived so much in the clouds and among philosophical abstractions, he was an excellent man of business. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins That excellent Christian ceased to be on speaking terms now with his brother the clergyman, as well as with all the rest of the family. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

After the well had been thoroughly cleansed and the water tested, it provided an excellent supply close at hand for the house. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Mark Twain He invited nine of us, and we ate an excellent dinner at the principal hotel. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

G. K. Chesterton He withdrew into an adjoining room where he managed to procure coffee and a liqueur; an excellent liqueur which he had forgotten and of which he had more than one glass. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Wilkie Collins The excellent impression which he had produced on my mother was perfectly intelligible now. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

With his retreating forehead, and his immense ears, his odious turned-up nose, tiny eyes, and coarse, thick lips, M. Tabaret seemed an excellent type of the ignorant, pennywise, petty rentier class. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

His own manipulative powers were of the smallest, but he was an excellent critic. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope It was really suicide for an attorney to throw away business so excellent as this. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The excellent Don Patricio would take measures to have them removed, the old man soothed me. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Sarah Orne Jewett She had been an excellent vessel in her day. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Rudyard Kipling It was an excellent thing to destroy wizards, Buldeo thought; and people who entertained Wolf-children out of the Jungle were clearly the worst kind of witches. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

George Borrow The landlord received us in the bar with marks of much satisfaction and esteem, made us sit down, and treated us with some excellent mild draught ale. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Arnold Bennett Constance, excellent kind heart, tried to imitate her mother’s tactics as the girls undressed in their room. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The traveller was an excellent and practised shot — he was almost within arm’s length of his intended victim — his pistols were the envy of all his Irish friends. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

R. D. Blackmore That was an excellent thought of yours. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

His excellent constitution, however, got the better of disease, and he was, at length, once more enabled to resume his customary activity. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Jules Verne Neb and Pencroft, cleverly directed, made hatchets, which, heated red-hot, and plunged suddenly into cold water, acquired an excellent temper. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

E. F. Benson It was a cosy little room, looking out on to the garden which had yielded her so many pots of excellent preserves during the summer, but dreadfully untidy, as Diva’s house always was. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Robert Green Ingersoll Give your wives and daughters things to cook, and things to cook with, and they will soon become most excellent cooks. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

I had always looked upon this as an excellent and desirable spot for an encampment, though we had never used it yet. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Wilkie Collins He had plenty of money, excellent health, and a hare-brained little niece who might have caused some anxiety to other men in his position. The Poetry Did It by Wilkie Collins [1885]

Robert Louis Stevenson Poor Archie is a good fellow, an excellent fellow, a fellow I always liked. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

The king, who was a man of excellent dispositions, but easily led, had now become a willing disciple of his imperious consort. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins At dinner-time we all pinned our faith on Sir John’s excellent wine, and waited anxiously for its legitimate effect on the superb and icy stranger. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Leslie Stephen Above all, Bolingbroke, the venerated friend of thirty years’ standing; Patty Blount, the woman whom he loved best; and the excellent Spence, who preserved some of the last words of the dying man. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Maecenas was to come here, as was the excellent Cocceius. Both sent ambassadors on matters of great importance, having been accustomed to reconcile friends at variance. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

H.G. Wells Indeed, a number of people — excellent religious people — have been so impressed by the universality of pain that they think, after death, things will be even worse for a great many of us. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Madness or idiotcy may utterly extinguish the most excellent and delicate of those powers. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

That excellent observer, Gartner, likewise concluded that species when crossed are sterile owing to differences confined to their reproductive systems. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Gertrude Stein Lipschitz is an excellent gossip and Gertrude Stein adores the beginning and middle and end of a story and Lipschitz was able to supply several missing parts of several stories. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

The excellent rains so recently fallen had produced abundant and luscious herbage, and on all sides the stock gave evidence of doing as well as the most exacting of breeders could wish. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

We have, by good fortune, procured an excellent Mexican housekeeper, under whose auspices everything has assumed a very different aspect, and to whose care we can intrust the house when we go. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

She had enjoyed an excellent dinner: she was beautifully dressed: and shortly she would witness the newest musical comedy; three very good reasons for her amiable expression. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Anatole France He is an excellent friend whom, for all the world, I should not wish to offend. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Sir Walter Scott Lovel had many attractive qualities, but he won our Antiquary’s heart by being on most occasions an excellent listener. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Henry James After Peter Sherringham’s heartless flight she had wantonly slighted an excellent opportunity to repair her misfortune. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We had also in safekeeping some thirty thousand pounds’ worth of excellent stocks and bonds. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

She had been a troop-leader in the Spies and a branch secretary in the Youth League before joining the Junior Anti-Sex League. She had always borne an excellent character. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

They were grieved to lose so excellent a tenant and neighbour as Miss Preen, and wished circumstances had been more kindly. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Charles Dickens They will please to believe that Dr. Johnson believed in it, and that, in Mr. Howitt’s words, he “appears to have had excellent reasons for his belief”. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Wilkie Collins She accepted the place, very much to her aunt’s surprise and regret, when that excellent person heard of it. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Jules Verne Under any circumstances, they are excellent to drink, of a freshness quite enviable for the climate, and without after-taste, and perfectly harmless. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Charles Dickens There is no local Legislature in America which may not study Mr. Chadwick’s excellent Report upon the Sanitary Condition of our Labouring Classes, with immense advantage. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Sinclair Lewis Kennicott made an excellent land-deal, but as he told her none of the details, she was not greatly exalted or agitated. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The Boers were honest companionable fellows, and when I had made a bowl of toddy in the Scotch fashion to keep out the evening chill, we all became excellent friends. Prester John by John Buchan

Henry James They were of an excellent insular tradition, full both of natural and of cultivated sweetness, and they puzzled him when other indications seemed to betray her — to refer her to more common air. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Mr. and Mrs. Powers came frequently up the hill in the cool of the evening, and Miss Blagden also proved an excellent neighbor. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Henry James There is something painful in the spectacle of absolute enthralment, even to an excellent cause. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Where would you like it taken?” “On the terrace,” replied Stone. “Our photographer says the light will be excellent there. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Wilkie Collins How was it I had not seen him yet? For an excellent reason. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Science not only furnishes extraordinary situations for curdling tales, but it is an excellent hook to hang supernatural tales upon, for it gives an excuse for believing anything, however incredible. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Charles Dickens The shock was followed by the appearance of Madame Dor. “Obenreizer” exclaimed this excellent person in a whisper, and plumped down instantly in her regular place by the stove. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

His first thought was for Henry, who was beside Marguerite. This excellent couple seemed to care so much for each other that they were unable to be apart. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

On the last day of his life Sir Richard seemed better than usual, and all the household remarked his excellent spirits. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Sinclair Lewis It is strange that excellent bacteriologists and chemists should scramble eggs so waterily, should make such bitter coffee and be so casual about dirty spoons. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Wilkie Collins As a short-sighted man, he had necessarily excellent eyes for all objects which were sufficiently near to him. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Robert Louis Stevenson May I remark, as a balm for wounded fellow-townsmen, that there is nothing deadly in my accusations? Small blame to them if they keep ledgers: ’tis an excellent business habit. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. F. Benson She felt that she was slighting that excellent line, the Great Western, but it must get on without her support. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

John Morley This method supplies an excellent answer as against Protestants who tax Catholics with the crime of persecution, or the crime of opposing intellectual independence. Voltaire by John Morley

Arthur Conan Doyle I have devised an excellent plan, and it has Elliott’s hearty support. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

The best are the Rowton Houses, where the charge is a shilling, for which you get a cubicle to yourself, and the use of excellent bathrooms. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Lewis Carroll For the shops — ” “An excellent arrangement,” Balbus interrupted. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

At dinner the Professor was in excellent spirits, and actually became so human as to compliment Lucy on her housekeeping. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

F. Scott Fitzgerald The sultry person was tall and of a fine carriage, dressed in excellent English clothes except for a turban. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Arnold Bennett He was a solid mass of excellent qualities; but he lacked brilliance, importance, dignity. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Rudyard Kipling Then home to bed at half-past eleven! Truly excellent life helped out by the visits of the Padri, just fresh from burying somebody down below there. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Maria Edgeworth Use your own excellent understanding, and I shall always, I hope, be inclined to yield to your reasons. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

Richard Hakluy The fruit is like vnto Peares Riall: it hath a verie good smell, and an excellent taste. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

Rudyard Kipling The excellent Ah Cum led us to the Viceroy’s summer-garden house on the cityward slope of an azalea-covered hill surrounded by cotton trees. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Augustine Birrell Nobody is now left to think much of Bradshaw, but in 1654 he was an excellent representative of the class Carlyle was fond of describing as the alors célèbre. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Benjamin Disraeli There was an excellent story about, on the return of Denham and Clapperton. The travellers took different routes, in order to arrive at the same point of destination. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Ford Madox Ford McKechnie was a fellow with an excellent military record; you could in fact hardly have found a regimental officer with a better record. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

H. G. Wells My own behaviour in 1914-15 is an excellent example of that inability. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Rudyard Kipling All this is excellent and exactly suitable to the opening of a new country; but when a man tells you it is civilisation, you object. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

We eventually got them all, and proceeded down the creek south, then through a little gap west, on to the banks of a fine large creek with excellent timber on it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Marcel Prous C’était un excellent garçon, sobre et adroit, mais avec une de ces figures mélancoliques où le regard, trop fixe, signifie qu’on se fait pour un rien de la bile, même des idées noires. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Wilkie Collins Roland, who was an excellent walker, set forth on his way to Manchester on foot. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]