Phrases with "false"

It was morally reprehensible for that great captain to induce a simple-minded Polish gentleman to eat dog by raising in his breast a false hope of national independence. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Thomas Carlyle A false man, only struggling to “believe that he believes,” will naturally manage it in some other way. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

But they imputed false motives to his hearty greetings. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Olaf Stapledon The being whose brain I use in communicating with you would gladly tell of them in detail, for in his memory they have a false glamour and significance. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope It was not absolutely untrue in wordsthis assertion of her husband’s — but altogether false in spirit. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

I have by no means taken a false oath: we will go, we will go, whenever thou shalt lead the way, prepared to be fellow-travelers in the last journey. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Anthony Trollope She could anticipate that the efforts of all her friends to make her false to her word would be redoubled. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

You should not have come here under false colours. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

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

Lucien, however, quite out of breath with his exertions, at last made a false step, and fell sprawling in the middle of an imaginary ice-field. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Victor Hugo His false position dates from his earliest days. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope He probably at once regarded the Senator as an enemy, as a man on the other side, and therefore as a cunning knave who would be sure to come creeping about on false pretences. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

But he was no longer there, having withdrawn on the previous evening to La Bassee, misled by false intelligence of the enemy’s movements. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Arnold Bennett And, throwing down his cap, he went with false casual welcoming into the drawing-room. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Though the newspaper account of the burglary failed to mention the false teeth, they worried him considerably. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Alfred Tennyson Ah false but dear, Dear traitor, too much loved, why?—why?—Yet see, Before these kings we embrace you yet once more With all forgiveness, all oblivion, And trust, not love, you less. The Princess by Alfred Tennyson [1847]

He would have said nothing; but as it was he might easily have said much to imperil the situation; in fact, he had been in a false position all along, more especially at the hall. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Anne Bronte It is a hateful idea, but I cannot believe it is a false one. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

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

James Joyce Stephen’s mind halted by instinct, checked by the strange tone and the imagery and by the priest’s face which seemed like an unlit lamp or a reflector hung in a false focus. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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

Charles Dickens A nature prone to false enthusiasm, and the vanity of being a leader, were the worst qualities apparent in his composition. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Henry James Your mother and your brother have been false and cruel; they have been so to me, and I am sure they have been so to you. The American by Henry James [1877]

A few weeks ago a man called to see me in what I suspect to have been a false beard, I can’t imagine why. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

But he was as yet conscious of nothing fatal to his defence, and he knew that if false accusations could be lightly made they could also be exposed. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

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

H. Rider Haggard Good took off his clothes, shook them, put his eye-glass and his false teeth into his trousers pocket, and folding each article neatly, placed it out of the dew under a corner of his mackintosh sheet. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Ann Radcliffe Vicious inclinations not only corrupt the heart, but the understanding, and thus lead to false reasoning. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Guy de Maupassant She had a fringe of curly, false hair, which gave her a juvenile look, that contrasted strongly with the ripeness of her figure. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

William Morris But on the morrow came two evil men into the hall whom he had suborned, and bore false witness that I was a thrall and a runaway. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

I awaited with a false composure the return of old Wyat. Over the mantelpiece was a looking-glass. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It has been my folly to trust and believe in you, forgetful of the past, false to the teaching of most bitter experience. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins Conscious of the error into which her own impatience had led her, she was at a loss how to retrace the false step that she had taken. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

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]

H. Rider Haggard But if they are false gods, then surely Nam is guilty with them. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Olaf Stapledon Bifurcation also led, according to Whitehead, to a false separation of substance and quality, culminating in theories of an unknowable reality and its appearances. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Wilkie Collins What! after pledging myself to keep the secret? Yes. Perish the promise which makes me false to a person whom I love! I despise such promises from the bottom of my heart. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

It has been the fate of that credulous nation to starve for upward of a hundred years on a diet of false hopes and — well — dog. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

And thus, often-time, he was revenged of his enemies by his subtle deceits and false cautels. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

In the forests about befell all those adventures with the mad Cardenio and the wronged Dorothea, both self-banished to the wilderness through the perfidy of the same false friend and faithless lover. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

That species of argument which builds up any hypothesis out of a series of probabilities may, after all, lead very often to false conclusions. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry Kingsley He was humble enough, God knows; but he felt as if he had gained his goodwill, as it were, by false pretences, and that duty would forbid his presuming on that goodwill any longer. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Wilkie Collins I will defend her memory by no false reasoning — I will only speak the truth. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Andrew Lang The false Fatima, who wished for nothing better, consented, but kept his veil down for fear of discovery. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

But ask me not that I have not to give, or if I gave should give but false gold. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

I wouldn’t like him to get a false idea of my disposition . Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Citizens! Don’t believe these false rumours. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Arthur Conan Doyle Again there was a long silence, and I had begun to fear that it was a false alarm, when a stealthy step was heard upon the other side of the hut, and a moment later a metallic scraping and clinking. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Henry James She grew impatient of her situation at Poynton; she privately pronounced it false and horrid. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

G. K. Chesterton We hear much in these days about the dangers of innocence, much that is false and a little that is true. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman The false theory of industry was next to be changed. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

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]

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]

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

Marjorie Bowen My love for music has led me into a false position. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Guy de Maupassan She was past forty, with thin hair over her pads, and with a false plait; her linen was doubtful in color, and she had evidently bought her unfashionable dress at a reach-me-down shop. Sympathy by Guy de Maupassan

For Mr. Parrish had no false delicacy — nor very much of any other kind. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Robert Louis Stevenson You are a man of false weights and measures, my young friend. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang The secret perhaps was only knownbefore his arrest — to his confessors; it came out when he was arrested by the Viceroy as a coiner of false money. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott What is to be wrought by idols or by false deities, must be a treason to the real divinity. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Wilkie Collins She will not find her false character and her false name fit quite so easily next time — no, not even with Mr. Bygrave to help her! Another dip of ink, Mr. Noel; let us write the next paragraph. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Rudyard Kipling If Shere Khan had made a false step with his lame paw up in the jungles by the Waingunga, Mowgli would have heard him in those long, still mornings. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Anthony Trollope And whether the story was true or false it would have been the same. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

On the other hand, Master Cornelius was written to correct the false impression of Louis XI. which he considered Walter Scott had given to his readers in Quentin Durward, this making him very angry. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Henry James The Capitol — a vast structure, false classic, white marble, iron and stucco, which has assez grand air— must be seen to be appreciated. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Maria Edgeworth If I had not taken heart of grace, and publicly abjured the heresies of false delicacy, I should have been excommunicated. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Gaston Leroux A false movement, an awkwardness, and the “doctors” would be warned, and everything lost. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

So! I, too, think that our religion is false and injurious to us. Mother by Maksim Gorky

And drink inspired him with false courage to sustain his pose as a hardy rollicker. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Anthony Trollope Or perhaps we may say, without injury to Mr. Somers, that it was a true feeling, and not a false one. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

This protesting spirit, against a false and blind idolatry, was with me, at that time, a matter of enthusiasm—almost of bigotry. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Anthony Trollope If he loved her through it all, it was a pity he could not be constant to his love, even though she was false to him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

You were too weak to feel capable of coping with a false accusation that should embroil my good name with yours. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

George Meredith She half-fashioned the words on her lips that she had dreamed of a false Zion, and was being righteously punished. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

T. H. Huxley The latter (Fig. 17) comprise four incisors, two canines, four small grinders, called premolars or false molars, and six large grinders, or true molars, in each jaw — making thirty-two in all. Essays by T. H. Huxley

He had something true or false to say about each. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

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]

Arnold Bennett He pictured the repasts with savage gloating detestation — burnt ox, and more burnt ox, and the false odious brightness of a family determined to be mutually helpful and inspiring. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

At the moment of this panic, a false report was spread in the Saracen host, that the sultan had been slain. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Thomas Hobbes For example, if it be a false affirmation to say a quadrangle is round, the word round quadrangle signifies nothing, but is a mere sound. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

H. G. Wells And above all it is a game of false issues. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

I believe that the perverse abuse of the abstracting function has led critics to employ false arguments against these doctrines, and often has led their readers to false conclusions. The Meaning of Truth by William James

As your wife I should suffer and you would suffer, in a false position which could never be altered. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

John Locke Ideas of mixed modes most liable to be false in this sense. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Partly the result of not working, of course, and partly of the new false teeth, which had kind of freshened me up. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

David Hume These two species of false religion, though both pernicious, are yet of a very different, and even of a contrary nature. Of Superstition and Enthusiasm by David Hume

Mark Twain He says: “Ain’t they no Shepherdsons around?” They said, no, ’twas a false alarm. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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

Thomas Carlyle And yet surely it is but the transition from false to true. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

D. H. Lawrence But he was always in a false position with his son-inlaw, frustrated before him, therefore, as much as possible, he shut his eyes and ears to him. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

And yet to say that he was simply a doctrinaire would be a false description; for the pure doctrinaire rejoices always in an internal contentment, and Albert was very far from doing that. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Andrew Lang The next day he put on a false beard and the dress of a date merchant, and, taking a little table, he placed himself before the door of the church. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

All I caught of his mumble was a vague — “quite correct,” than which nothing could have been more egregiously false at bottom — to my view, at least. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am sick of slinking through life under a false name, of vegetating in this wretched hole, an alien from all the interest and excitement of life. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

G. K. Chesterton But the theorist who starts with a false theory and then sees everything as making it come true is the most dangerous enemy of human reason. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Anthony Trollope I was asked to copy some lines from the Times newspaper with an old quill pen, and at once made a series of blots and false spellings. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith You go wrong: I hear you: and dese claps of zese noodels send you into squeaks and shrills, and false! false away you go. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Edward Bellamy When he makes a false plea and is clearly proved guilty, his penalty is doubled. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Towards the end of his career, at the moment of reaching the goal, like the patrician Fuscus, he had made a false step upon a plank, and had fallen into the sea. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Anthony Trollope Do not look at me in that way, pray do not; what would you have me do? You would not have me false to my troth, and false to my own heart, because you are generous. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott But he shall find he has made a false estimate upon these plausible grounds, since — I must break off for the present. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Percy Bysshe Shelley I shall employ caution, indeed, as to the facts which I state, that they contain nothing false or exaggerated. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wilkie Collins She cannot, she dare not, let Horace make you his wife under the false impression that you are Colonel Roseberry’s daughter. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Olaf Stapledon The missionary could allow his flesh to be torn or crushed to a far greater extent, and in doing so he made no false claim that he enjoyed it. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Helen Zimmern She loved to expose the false and mawkish doctrines thought fit for women. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

There at his side stood the constable to whom she had pointed out the false way taken by Rybin. They knew her; they were tracking her — this was evident. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Robert Louis Stevenson It is the punishment of Don Juanism to create continually false positions — relations in life which are wrong in themselves, and which it is equally wrong to break or to perpetuate. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

George Gissing Gammon knew of the design and strongly favoured it, for he was annoyed by Mrs. Clover’s false position; he wished her to be proclaimed a widow, without the necessity of disagreeable revelations. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

And yet small blame it were to thee shouldst thou in dishonourable sort revile me, as many shall cry out against me, for a false friend into thee and a friend forsworn. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

David Hume But that Caesar, or the angel Gabriel, or any being never existed, may be a false proposition, but still is perfectly conceivable, and implies no contradiction. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

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

Anthony Trollope And I doubt whether the cleverest she in the world can make false enthusiasm palatable to the taste of man. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

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

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]

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

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]

The general impression is the same as that of Mrs. Octagon, that Maraquito murdered Miss Loach. It need not be known that Emilia was masquerading under a false name. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope He had given all his heart to a false woman who had betrayed him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang There he began to cut down a tree, but before long he made a false stroke with his axe, and cut his own arm so badly that he was obliged to go home and have it bound up. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

No false generosity! No inopportune devotedness! You knew nothing of my projects. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Tobias Smolle He imparted his design to Crabshaw, who had likewise suffered in spirit from the predictions of the said offender, and was extremely well disposed to assist in punishing the false prophet. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

James Joyce The false priest rustling soldier from his cassock. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But I don’t believe in false modesty. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

E. F. Benson And then Robert had hinted at the discovery of yards and yards of muslin and a false nose. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Guy de Maupassan You have not only been false to her, but you have deceived her with your servant, which makes your conduct doubly infamous. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence And therefore, whilst he treated Alvina on this uneasy tradesman footing, he felt himself in a false position. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne From the day that Isaac Hakkabut had entered upon his mercantile career, his dealings had all been carried on by a system of false weight. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Marjorie Bowen No, she was there, after all, as a dependant in a false position. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Benjamin Disraeli There is nothing high, or inflammatory, or exciting; no false magnificence, no visionary elevation, in the affair at all. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Olaf Stapledon I must not give a false impression. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

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

He amused himself by imagining there was a tremendous precipice on either side of the line, down which the smallest false step would precipitate him. Sir Julian Garve by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

Henry James She’s as cold and false and heartless as she’s beautiful, and she has sold her heartless beauty to the highest bidder. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Miles Franklin I was refilled with the false hope of youth that happiness could come to me some day with shining face as a prince or knight and that a struggle to remain available for such an advent was worth while. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Olaf Stapledon Or, less forlorn, we have found in the applause of our companions false consolation for our defeat in life. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope I have told you everything now; and if you choose to say again that I am fighting under false colours I will leave the castle before you can see me again. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott The former would be contumacy; and to a false tale you will not desire me to train my tongue. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Well, it was a marriage and no marriage—a, reckless, half-jesting promise, tortured, by false witnesses, into a legal undertaking. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Henry James The situation was really thrilling, and it scarcely seemed to her a false note when her companion asked for an oyster stew, and proceeded to consume it before her eyes. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Willa Cather Her own hair was one cast of iron-gray, her switch another, and her false front still another. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

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]

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

Anthony Trollope The ladies are addicted to whist and false hair, but pursue their pleasures with a discreet economy. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

This scheme of false dispatches was but a detail in a plan for a great, a destructive victory. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

In tragic life, God wot, No villain need be! Passions spin the plot: We are betray’d by what is false within. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

A false step, a misunderstood paragraph, might have had ruinous consequences for him. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Anthony Trollope And I should be ashamed to marry Lord Lovel.” “Why, dear?” “Because I should be false and ungrateful! I should be afraid to stand before him if he looked at me. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

The whole lot of them! All the people who couldn’t understand why a middle-aged man with false teeth should sneak away for a quiet week in the place where he spent his boyhood. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

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]

Ralph Waldo Emerson What! has my stove and pepper-pot a false bottom! I cry you mercy, good shoe-box! I did not know you were a jewel-case. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

The daintily gloved hand was held out to him; the fair, false face was bent close: and his own face turned red and white with emotion. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Andrew Lang The humorous deceits are, of course, the most pardonable, though it is difficult to forgive the young archaeologist who took in his own father with false Greek inscriptions. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

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]

She knew that, if her new sight strengthened, she would see even more clearly the whole construction, not only of the vehicle, but of false mortality and true mortality. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Anthony Trollope What is it about now?” “I have come, my lord,” said Roden, “because I do not like to be here in your house under a false pretence. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Charles Dickens The eyes you have trusted in, have been false to you. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

Anthony Trollope At any rate she had not as yet been false to him. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli No feeling of false delicacy shall prevent me from assisting you in giving utterance to thoughts which you have owned it is absolutely necessary should be expressed. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Eliot It was the fashion of old, when an ox was led out for sacrifice to Jupiter, to chalk the dark spots, and give the offering a false show of unblemished whiteness. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Arnold Bennett Racksole’s first aim was to pacify the inspector whose clue, which by the way was a false one, he had so curtly declined to follow up. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Anthony Trollope The world at large is very prone to condemn the hunting parson, regarding him as a man who is false to his profession; and, for myself, I am not prepared to say that the world is wrong. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

A. E. W. Mason Hanaud pointed to it, and there, lost amongst the huge glittering stones of paste and false pearls, Mrs. Blumenstein’s necklace was entwined. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

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]

There were a great many false alarms, sudden outcries, hushing again rather slowly. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Theodore Dreiser At the same time he was afraid to go any further along that line, for fear it might give her a false sense as to his present attitude toward her which was one essentially of indifference. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Gaston Leroux I, for my part, will add that this might very well apply to a false nose. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

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]

Wilkie Collins Was there hope in this new view? Yes! There was the false hope of making the inevitable atonement by some other means than by the confession of the fraud. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

It follows that “the false glorification of Shakespeare” is an important evil which Tolstoy feels it his duty to combat. Collected Essays by George Orwell

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

Anthony Trollope Margaret Mackenzie. The letter was a false letter; but I suppose Miss Mackenzie did not know that she was writing falsely. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

William Makepeace Thackeray A false woman, a false friend, a broken heart. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

I will not forsake her because she does not pile the cinders of a false repentance on her head; I will have more faith in the latent strength of patient purpose to win her back from error. Signa by Ouida

Anthony Trollope It seemed to him, as though he were being interrogated by some inner spirit of his own, to whom he could not refuse an answer and to whom he did not dare to give a false reply. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Upon that, the coroner sharply demanded why he had lived under a false name. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

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

Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield. In Front of Your Nose by George Orwell [1946]

Ford Madox Ford It gave them a false idea of Canadian troops. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Wilkie Collins The letter closed by recommending that any correspondence which ensued should be kept a secret from me — on the ground that it might excite false hopes in my mind if I were informed of it. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Bruno cheated himself with no false faiths. Signa by Ouida

George Gissing Worse still was the rumour, now generally believed, that the Senator’s daughter had obtained her inheritance by wicked hypocrisy, by a false show of return to the true faith. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Olaf Stapledon The spirit of Man had watched this great people clutch in their despair at the phantoms which the false prophet evoked for their undoing. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

William Blades One would fain cry out, calling on the Shade of Horace to pardon the false quantity — “Magna movet stomacho fastidia, si puer unctis Tractavit volumen manibus. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Me she may hate, and must despise; but that were to me more endurable than friendship gained on false pretences. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

There is nothing psychologically false in this, either. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Indeed, trusting in false hopes of restoration held out to him by Venice and France, he died on the 5th of the July following, at Padua,—it was said by poison, but more probably of sin and sorrow. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

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

And to strengthen this false luxurious confidence in the noiseless roads, it happened also that the night was one of peculiar solemnity and peace. The Vision of Sudden Death by Thomas de Quincey

Edith Wharton And the idea — the divine, incomparable idea — was simply that he should avenge his goddess by satirizing her false interpreters. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Anthony Trollope Here that flavour of hair-oil, that flavour of false jewels, that remembrance of tailors, comes out stronger than in all the others. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Annabel’s disposition may not have been a nice one, but weakness was certainly not one of her failings, and she would never take a false step for any man. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Wilkie Collins I could only abstain most carefully from raising any false hopes, and then explain that the object of my visit was to discover the persons who were really responsible for Anne’s disappearance. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Eliot One thing alone I looked towards as a possible means of casting doubt on my terrible conviction — the discovery that my vision of Prague had been false — and Prague was the next city on our route. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

She had no idea of tempting Roderick to be false to his vows. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

He had lost sight of Chasehope early in the evening, and had gone to Mirehope on a false scent. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

No generous regret for the false accusation could I expect, but rather an exacerbation of his anger against me. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A false dawn sent the sky pressing through the tall French windows, and getting up she walked out on the terrace, warm to her bare feet. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It was almost as if I could stand at a distance and watch myself coming down the road, with my fat, red face and my false teeth and my vulgar clothes. Coming up for Air by George Orwell