Phrases with "false"

William Hope Hodgson If they find I hide him, they dis-bowel me for a false brother. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Henry Adams That my opinion was founded upon a false estimate of the facts was the very least part of my fault. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Radclyffe Hall The great thing with him is to blaze a false trail, that distracts his mind, it works like a charm. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Gertrude Stein Picasso caught the name, a false Greco, he said. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He fancied that there was a false beat in the engine, then it went on again, roaring away stronger than ever. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

He was a married man — a base impostor, who had sailed under false colours — a very pirate. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Maxim Gorky You want to simplify it, to make it accessible to all: you find that you have coined a lot of false coins. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

Anthony Trollope She had been false to the trust reposed in her. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

John Locke From what has been said concerning our simple ideas, I think it evident that our simple ideas can none of them be false in respect of things existing without us. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Wilkie Collins The servants, talking downstairs of their mistress’s occupation before her marriage, had not been misled by false reports. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Anthony Trollope I have heard it said that to the public it is a false guide, and that to authors it is never a trustworthy Mentor. I do not concur in this wholesale censure. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Though it would be false modesty — and a disrespect to our ancestors — not to admit that we are conscious of having made some progress, as a race. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Henry James In Selina’s set people only harried each other from morning till night with extravagant accusations — it was all a kind of horse-play of false charges. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

At this moment his horse made a false step for the second time, and Fouquet’s again took the lead. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Gaston Leroux That hypothesis I believe to be a false one. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Anthony Trollope So he thought; but those who know Clara Desmond better than he did will know how false were his hopes. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell He won’t mind it long; and a man must take the consequences when he puts himself in a false position. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Jeremy Bentham A false witness comes, and causes it to be believed that you are the son of a woman, who, in truth, is not your mother. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

George Meredith She is now away-off—out of sight—the perfule! Ah false that she is; speak not of her. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

How could I hope that, after having been so false to her, you could be true to me?” “Even if I loved you. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

James Joyce Might be false name however like my name and the address Dolphin’s barn a blind. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

As thou, false knave, didst swear the whelps in heaven licked the sores of Lazybones, a beggar of old. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

But Bruno, like many others, had fallen by fear and haste into a false way; and stumbled on in it galled and entangled. Signa by Ouida

Olaf Stapledon The false sceptic is the cynic. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson He gives quite a false description of something of mine, and talks about my ‘insolence. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

And they be false and traitors; and they last nought that they behote. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

In guilty Night, and hid in false Disguise, Forsaken Saul to Endor comes, and cries, Woman, arise, call pow'rful Arts together, And raise the Soul that I shall name, up hither. The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen by Jane Barker

Yet it was whispered in the school that he was in the habit of parading the town at night in loud checks and a false beard. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

It can hardly be supposed that a false theory would explain, in so satisfactory a manner as does the theory of natural selection, the several large classes of facts above specified. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

John Hill Burton This will remove one spring of error and false judgment from the mind of the speaker, and from the minds of the hearers one source of misunderstanding. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

George Gissing It was pain unspeakable to think of Helen viewing him in the light of false accusations, and losing all that interest in him which his talent — was it his talent alone? — had excited. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

John Locke Ideas of substances may be false in reference to existing things. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Anthony Trollope If the thing was false, why should they all conspire to tell the same falsehood? And yet he knew that they were false in their natures. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray This morning, in the presence of all the servants, you called me by the most vile, abominable name, which heaven forbid I should repeat! You dismissed me from your house under a false accusation. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

Arthur Conan Doyle Otherwise it has usually been a curse to us, for it has called itself progress and given us a false impression that we are making progress, whereas we are really drifting very steadily backwards. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

D. H. Lawrence But let him take some false direction, and there is torture through the whole organism, roots and all. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Edmund Burke But an absurd theory on one side of a question forms no justification for alleging a false fact or promulgating mischievous maxims on the other. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Henry Adams Without false modesty he thought he knew what he meant. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Thomas Love Peacock Our life is a false nature; it is not in the harmony of things; it is an all-blasting upas, whose root is earth, and whose leaves are the skies which rain their poison-dews upon mankind. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Most of my embarrassments were due to the sensitiveness that made me dislike asking questions — a weakness that was always placing me in false positions. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Anthony Trollope I should be false to myself if I tried to move his love—I, who have nothing to give him in return for it. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Whatever might happen, and to whomever he might be false — he would be true to her. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman If a paper published a false statement anyone could bring a complaint; and the district attorney was obliged to prosecute. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Henry James It was the matter of a few seconds, of a false movement, a knock of the elbow, a gasp, a shriek, a complete little crash. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Walter Scott Your own colour, also, my comrade, is greatly too like that of Satan himself, to render you an unsuspicious companion amid ruins, in which the false spirit, it is said, daily walks his rounds. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Wilkie Collins Be warned against seeking a false hope in the belief that my faculties are shaken, and that my resolves are visionary — false, because such a hope is only despair in disguise. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Such advantages are of no avail, however, if one has struck into a false road from the outset. Memories and Studies by William James

According to him the “ouriadnik” had made a false report. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

The hope that his ear might be greeted by a woman’s voice, drawling and unforgettably sweet, proved a false one. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Arthur Machen After years of hate, on one side at all events, a false rumour went about the county that Mr. James had lost all his money, in “Turkish Bonds,” I think. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

G. K. Chesterton She was too strong and too weak, or (as a false sex philosophy would express it) too masculine and too feminine. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

But to lure her away on false pretences, to unite her with a vanishing existence, to leave her desolate and dishonoured in a foreign land! That were indeed cruel. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

This was his study;” and the old woman opened a small door, masked by false book backs. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

G. K. Chesterton The sky was particularly black, and on this alone was one false protest raised against the triumphant optimism of the Provost of North Kensington. He overruled it with his infectious common sense. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

I had been started wrong, I had gone on wrong, in a world that was muddled and confused, full of false counsel and erratic shames and twisted temptations. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

D. H. Lawrence One afternoon a giant lunged after him: the boy darted gracefully among the heaps of vegetables, still bearing aloft his tea-tray, like some young blue-buttoned acolyte fleeing before a false god. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle If we make one false move the villain may escape us yet. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Tourguenief was of that great race which has more than any other fully and freely uttered human nature, without either false pride or false shame in its nakedness. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

He began to think you were bamboozling him about his brother, Fergus, and getting money under false pretences. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Wilkie Collins It is only doing you justice to suppose that your wife has been mislaid by false appearances. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope I don’t want to give you false hopes, but I don’t think any jury can convict you. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Henry Kingsley To us who know what had happened, and how worthless and false Adelaide was, it would be merely painful and humiliating to hear any more of it. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

H. G. Wells He worked at first upon a false start, and then resumed to discover a growing illumination. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Henry James She had sacrificed her mother on the altar — proclaimed her as false and cruel: and if that didn’t “fix” Mr. Pitman, as he would have said — well, it was all she could do. Julia Bride by Henry James [1908]

Henry James He would bound off on false scents as I had done — he would clap his hands over new lights and see them blown out by the wind of the turned page. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

No; I do not believe she could ever be false or unworthy. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope I thought when you told me that he was so bad, that you were believing false people; and, Papa, I know now that I should not have loved him as I did;—so quickly, like that. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Gaston Leroux No more maroon coats with false astrakhan trimmings, eh? But Apaches, Apaches on the wartrail, who blend themselves with the ground, with the trees, with the stones in the roadway. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

David Hume We must submit to this fatigue in order to live at ease ever after: and must cultivate true metaphysics with some care, in order to destroy the false and adulterate. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

George Gissing When you first saw me I was a gawky schoolboy, learning to use my brains, and knowing already that life had nothing to offer me but a false position. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

I had read somewhere an aphorism that everything may be false to itself save human nature. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Elio He will come towards her with that false smile, thinking she does not know his baseness — she will plunge that dagger into his heart. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Rudyard Kipling My District’s worked by some man at Darjiling, on the strength of a native pleader’s false reports. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Virginia Woolf She had got them there on false pretences, to help her out of a difficulty — “But let us eat first,” she said. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Edmund Burke The army will not long look to an Assembly acting through the organ of false show and palpable imposition. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Robert Louis Stevenson What to tell my lady and in what words, and how far to be false and how far cruel, was a thing that kept me often from my slumber. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope His doctrine at present amounted to this, that if you left the people alone and gave them no false hopes, they would contrive to live somehow. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling The big bay leader had leaped many times in the air, but Mowgli dared not risk a false blow. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I’m older now, Rosina, than when I talked common sense to you and Philip and you spouted back false philosophy and sentiment to me. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Gustave Flauber Madame Aubain looked over her accounts and soon discovered his numerous embezzlements; sales of wood which had been concealed from her, false receipts, etc. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Sigmund Freud Years ago I came across a comical example of false association in a newspaper. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Question me no more till I have made trial thereof, lest it prove but a false dawn. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Edith Wharton And that, I’ve no doubt, was her purpose — to give Osric Dane a false impression of her own standing in the club. Xingu by Edith Wharton [1916]

Jules Verne The police were ignorant what had become of the detective, Fix, who had so unfortunately followed up a false scent. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

John Stuart Mill We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

George Eliot With impish zeal the youngsters lifted it, and held it up pitilessly, with the false hair dangling. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

George Meredith Formerly the leader of the Firm, he was now, after dreary fits of restiveness, kickings, false prophecies of ruin, Victor’s obedient cart-horse. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Walter Scott That attention, it may be guessed, was not bestowed lest he should make a false step, so much as for fear of his attempting an escape, of which he had no intentions. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Edith Wharton And my right to make that is simply the universal right of a man to enlighten a woman when he sees her unconsciously placed in a false position. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Meredith So far Lady Arpington judged rightly; Carinthia’s tears, shed at the thought of her brother under the world’s false judgement of him, left her spiritless to resist her husband’s advocates. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Andrew Lang Absolute proof that Scott did, or did not, pervert the ballad, and turn a false Elliot into a false Scott version, cannot be obtained unless new documents bearing on the matter are discovered. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Thomas Hobbes So likewise if it be false to say that virtue can be poured, or blown up and down, the words inpoured virtue, inblown virtue, are as absurd and insignificant as a round quadrangle. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

George Meredith Oh-h-h! such a card! He knew the way to get into company without false pretences. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Walter Scott If he failed in his combat, then was he to be hanged, and his lady burned, as false and unjust calumniators. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have no doubt that some gossip had exaggerated my wealth and given him false ideas of my importance. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

John Locke But that this is a false way of judging, when applied to the happiness of another life, they must confess; unless they will say, God cannot make those happy he designs to be so. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Anthony Trollope She had stolen nothing; and she still thought that if she could obtain the support of some strong arm on which to lean, she might escape punishment for those false oaths which she had sworn. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Jonathan Swif He seems to be the cousin whom Mrs. De la Riviere Manley accuses of having drawn her into a false marriage. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Gaston Leroux I’m sick and tired of having a forest and a torture-chamber in my house and of living like a mountebank, in a house with a false bottom! . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

William Hazlitt For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down; Myself could else out-frown false fortune’s frown. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Guy de Maupassant Around her neck she wore strings of false pearls, on her arms bracelets of imitation gold, and combs set with glass jewels. The False Gems (Les Bijoux) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Marie Corelli It IS a false position and always has been. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Then, as Mitter had already given a false name and address, and as his number-plates were false as well, it was not surprising he was unable to produce it. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

D. H. Lawrence He looked up at Somers with a searching, penetrating, inimical look, that he tried to cover with an appearance of false deference. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

John Hill Burton The whole principle of the sacredness of foundations proceeds on a false analogy with the stability of property. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

He will find it a false policy sooner or late. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope They are not surely all false and wicked. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Marie Corelli As I told you, he felt that his death might occur at any moment, and he did not wish to leave the world under a false impression of his character. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Richard Burton He turned the papers over and over, as if unable to read them, and raised false hopes high by referring me to his clerk. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Leslie Stephen We need not be prudish in our judgment of impassioned poetry; but when the passion has this false ring, the ethical coincides with the æsthetic objection. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

John Bunyan Then said he with the Whip, It is Flatterer, a false Apostle, that hath transformed himself into an Angel of Light. So he rent the Net, and let the men out. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Ralph Waldo Emerson In true England all is false and forged. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Against my convictions, I might say my knowledge, I was simply bullying myself into a false courage. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Maria Edgeworth The more I was convinced of my father’s inflexibility, the more desperate I knew my circumstances were, the more I was bound not to mislead by false appearances. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

John Galsworthy A false tale for a true — no word of Danby and Winter, the gentleman with the sliding smile, of the Grand Marnier, or ‘the altogether. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

T. E. Lawrence So always the ideality of the ideal vanished, leaving its worshippers exhausted: holding for false what they had once pursued. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope I should feel myself to be false were I to do so. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

She saw it, too, and so I fancy my false position has righted itself. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

It is now beginning to be realized how false this idea was. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

George Meredith Before he comes back to life, or is carried to his grave, he shall know that I was not false to my love of him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Wilkie Collins I acknowledge that we are in a false position, sir; and I tell you plainly at the outset — your housekeeper is the cause of it. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Maria Edgeworth One false principle as to laying out money is worse than any bad bargain that can be made, because it leads to bad bargains innumerable. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins She had entered the shop with the idea of exhibiting the false necklace on the wedding-day, whilst the genuine pearls were pledged for the money of which she stood in need. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Rudyard Kipling This false report was then cancelled. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Thomas Carlyle He has become a false mirror of this Universe; not a small mirror only, but a crooked, bedimmed and utterly deranged one. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

I begged him to reveal himself to Mr. Treverton—papa, as you know I always called him—but he shrank, not unnaturally, from acknowledging a deception that placed him in such a false position. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

John Galsworthy Still, there was the letter — an open and direct admission of false criticism, which changed the whole position! At once she began to consider what use could be made of it. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Sir Walter Scott He seemed, indeed, to have a pleasure in displaying the alertness with which he could baffle investigation, and amuse himself by putting the curiosity of tapsters and inn-keepers on a false scent. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Sinclair Lewis He made a false start and did the worst work of his life. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Anthony Trollope The archdeacon perceived that he would be making a false step if he allowed the cathedral clergy to give the bishop just ground of umbrage. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald Just prior to the seventh false start a third sound contributes to the subdued discord. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

William Makepeace Thackeray They don’t know he is false coin. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Wilkie Collins Why?” “I think she’s a false woman. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

G. K. Chesterton The only metaphor he could think of was this, that they all looked as men of fashion and presence would look, with the additional twist given in a false and curved mirror. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

H. Rider Haggard But beware lest ye be deceived and false gods set themselves up among you, for then shall the last evil fall upon you and the sun shall hide his face. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope Should she be false to all her vows, and try whether happiness might not be gained in that way? The manner of doing it passed through her mind in that moment. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Henry Adams He had made another total misconception of life — another inconceivable false start. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

One false step at the top — and the fall might kill him. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

Anthony Trollope She had been false now — so far false that she had told her friend that she had never been in love. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

I warrant marriage is a false tale. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope Either may be falsewilfully false; as also may either be steadfastly true. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Eliot They said there was a deal o’ false swearing. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I left Russia with one false passport and entered Poland with another. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Anthony Trollope Of all the false deceivers that have ever broken a woman’s heart, that man is the basest and the falsest. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Charles and Brooks instinctively drew a long breath; and Charles for the first time believed the alarm of poachers had not been a false one after all. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Wilkie Collins To amend this false step, and to recover his position in Emily’s estimation, had been his object in view — and it had been successfully accomplished. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Arnold Bennett As, in the wake of Hilda, he pushed with false eagerness between stubborn shoulders, he heard the bands striking up again. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Meredith A statement that he could call false must be challenged hot the next morning. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Olaf Stapledon In a sense all false reasoning springs from ignorance and rashness. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Wilkie Collins You may make me suffer for it when you know what I have done; but you will at least be warned in time; you will see your false friend in his true light. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins I don’t like to be false to Oscar even in a dream. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Yet indeed, yet I, when floods of death were around thee, Set thee on high, did rather a brother choose to defend not, Ere I, in hate's last hour, false heart, fail'd thee to deliver. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Anthony Trollope Mean, base, and vile she had been, and she now confessed it; but she was not false enough to pretend that she mourned the man as a wife mourns. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

He went away, wondering if this crime could be connected in any way with the circulation of false money. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Next day, before calling at the “Shrine of the Muses,” he went to Scotland Yard, and there made inquiries about the rumor of false coins being in circulation. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins It was there that my false name was detected, and my identity discovered again — I never knew through whom. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was the picture of a woman, haggard, painted, with darkened eyebrows, false hair, in a ball dress cut absurdly low, and a satin skirt absurdly tight. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Anthony Trollope But this insolence is a false effort, it will be said. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover he would have placed himself in a false position. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Julian Hawthorne It must have been a ticklish passage without a handrail, for a false step, followed by a plunge over the cataract, would have been almost certain death. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Charles Dickens Let us out, you old fox, or I’ll get him to bring an action against you for false imprisonment. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins I was resolved to deceive nobody, and to enter no convent under false pretences of any sort. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

George Gissing She was dressed with tawdry extravagance, wore a mass of false yellow hair, had her eyebrows dyed black,—piquant contrast,—and her cheeks and lips richly carmined. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Thomas Carlyle Such an intellect, I maintain, does not belong to a false man: the false man sees false shows, plausibilities, expediences: the true man is needed to discern even practical truth. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

E. F. Benson But [writes Charlotte] I am always alone except at meal times, for Mdlle Blanche’s character is so false and so contemptible, I can’t force myself to associate with her. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Thus my men were cleared of a false stigma; and the king, whilst praising them, ordered all the Wazinza to leave his dominions on the morrow. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Anthony Trollope You should be as much above false girlish petty scruples, as you will be and are above falsehood of another kind. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Willa Cather It would have had to write thousands of useless letters, frame thousands of false excuses. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Charles Dickens Well! Warwick’s brother soon beat the Lancastrians, and the false noblemen, being taken, were beheaded without a moment’s loss of time. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Gissing Anything was to be chosen rather than a parting from you on false pretences, a ridiculous affectation of hope where there was no hope. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith That this host of little passions will invariably surround a false great one, she learnt by degrees, by having to quell them and rise out of them. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Wilkie Collins Yet I hid my disgust from him — I tried to smile — I, who once mercilessly despised deceit in other women, was as false as the worst of them, as false as the Judas whose lips had touched my hand. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

H. Rider Haggard The position was one that was far from being agreeable to him, for all such intimacies must, from their very nature, necessitate a certain amount of false swearing. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

So, he becomes a criminal himself, criminal perhaps, only in little ways, such as bolstering up false evidence and framing for them the lies his clients must tell to hood-wink the jury. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Thomas Wolfe We both knew how grotesquely false this was — so false and so grotesque that it was sometimes the subject of an anguished and exasperated laugh. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Henry James It’s like the jewelers, with their false stones. The American by Henry James [1877]

George Meredith Who could be false that gave her heart food on which it lived? One night Juliana returned from her drive alarmingly ill. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Henry Kingsley I tell you, as a desperate woman like me dare tell you, that I love you far too well to ruin your prospects, and I love my own soul too well ever to make another false step. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Only in so far as they lead us, successfully or unsuccessfully, back into sensible experience again, are our abstracts and universals true or false at all. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Geoffrey Chaucer His false wyf koude hym so plese and preye Til she his conseil knew, and she untrewe Unto hise foos his conseil gan biwreye, And hym forsook, and took another newe. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

They were by far the smartest and most artistic utterers of false stuff that the Commonwealth has ever known. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

George Gissing But as this remark may easily convey a false impression, it must be added that Miss Fouracres was a very discreet, well-spoken, deliberate person, of at least two-and-thirty. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

Jules Verne It must have been a false manoeuvre, for this submarine tunnel, obstructed by blocks, was not very easy navigation. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

On the morrow, it was seriously discussed whether it would not be advisable to duck the false prophets in the river. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope But she would allow the false assertion to pass unnoticed. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Shall I lay perjury upon my soul?” The wind, rising as if to a storm, screamed “perjury” through the sky that held the Hill and all; false, false! she perjured in that last false gleam. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Olaf Stapledon And all too often I still succumb to its unruly greeds or fears, false to the outer reality and the central spirit that possesses me. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

It appeared, by accounts brought back, that many of the men who ran off at the first false alarm never ventured back again to help themselves from the spoils. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

I brought them together; but clearly Taine was not impressed, for Ned out of false shame hardly opened his mouth. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Francis Bacon And the human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

You were false to your truest friend, my husband, when you loved me; and now that you could love me with honour you are false to me. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Wilkie Collins Always speak the truth; and never say what is false of another man behind his back. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing Nearly all men who have their way to make think as I do, but most feel obliged to adopt a false tone, to talk about literary conscientiousness, and so on. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins He doesn’t encourage his inferiors to be false to a public trust. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope As long as he could by any possibility raise money he had paid it away, and by no false trick had he ever endeavored to get it back again. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton At Oubli she would have been a false note; here she seemed to justify the general futility by the way it became her. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Olaf Stapledon Here I must check myself, lest I give a false impression. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing Don’t you think this event has happened very luckily? Whether I am elected or not, it’ll be easier for me to get out of my false position. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Often one must listen to false protestations, empty words, strings of lies all day long, so that in the evening one is not fit for anything, not even for truth if it comes in one’s way. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Robert Louis Stevenson Softly he clambered out of bed and up to a false window which looked upon another room, and there, by the glimmer of a thieves’ lantern, was his good friend the Deacon in a mask. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson