Phrases with "force"

Henry Adams The force of the Virgin was still felt at Lourdes, and seemed to be as potent as X-rays; but in America neither Venus nor Virgin ever had value as force — at most as sentiment. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

H. G. Wells Their force spent itself in inco-ordinated shouting, gesticulations, tears. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Henry Adams To evolutionists may be left the processes of evolution; to historians the single interest is the law of reaction between force and force — between mind and nature — the law of progress. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Wilkie Collins Only on that morning, they had been marked enough to force themselves on his notice. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

David Hume The thought moves instantly towards it, and conveys to it all that force of conception, which is derived from the impression present to the senses. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Anthony Trollope He was able to perceive how vain was law in such a period as that in which he lived; and that, having risen by force of arms, he must by force of arms keep his place or lose his life. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Algernon Blackwood I stared, trying to force every atom of vision from my eyes. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Anatole France Et il est vrai que Riquet lançait ses aboiements de toute la force de son gosier. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Don’t try to interfere with anything I may do or say, or show any unusual familiarity, or you may force me to pretend to take no notice of you. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

All impediments yielded before the force of his temperament, warm, sanguine, and voluptuous in the excess. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins Married to a wife without force of character, the probabilities would point to him as likely to yield to examples which might make him a bad husband. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell But she wouldn’t do either — not she! And the very force of her will brought her round. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Wilkie Collins He exerted his whole strength to force it up; but in this case the wood was sound, the lock held, and all his efforts were in vain. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Edith Wharton But the sense of loneliness returned with redoubled force as she saw herself forever shut out from Selden’s inmost self. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Jules Verne Le pauvre homme n’aurait pas eu la force de se traîner vingt pas de plus, et il tomba comme le boeuf qui s’abat sous la masse du boucher. Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

Anthony Trollope He must retreat now in order that he might advance with more force on the next occasion. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky It is possible by force of arms to check the development of progressive historical tendencies; it is not possible to block the road of the advance of progressive ideas for ever. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Gissing Whatsoever force of waters beat against the flood-gates of her heart, she could not give them free passage. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins I don’t wish to force your inclinations. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Jules Verne On the earth it would have registered a kilogramme as a kilogramme; here it recorded a different value altogether, as the result of the altered force of gravity. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Anne Bronte I went down to dinner, but I could not force myself to eat. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Jules Verne Simpson paraissait privé de tout sentiment; il ne se plaignait plus; la force lui manquait. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood fearing the force of such testimony and regretting it, still looked at Stener, pityingly. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

John Ruskin This is easily seen in the case of things affecting the body; we know, that no force of fantasy will make stones nourishing, or poison innocent; but it is less apparent in things affecting the mind. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

A week later, as if to make amends, General Groplau, with a zeal and gallantry that is beyond all praise, met and defeated a force of the enemy much greater than his own. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a magnificent blow, straight, clean, crisp, with the force of the loins and the back behind it. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Walter Crane In graphic drawing, lines to express forms in the relief of light and shade are often needed to give additional force even where no great degree of realism is desired. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The prospector cannot turn unless its nose is deflected from the outside — by some external force or resistance — the steering wheel within would have moved in response. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Hence my despair; for neither force nor art Can wound her bosom, nor extract the dart That rankles here, while proudly she defies The power that makes a captive world his prize. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

John Morley It is more certain that Voltaire by the extraordinary force of his personality gave a peculiar tone and life even to those who adhered most staunchly to the ancient ordering. Voltaire by John Morley

There was uncommon force in this fierce and forbidding-looking portrait. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Jules Verne Le flot montant — et il se faisait déjà sentir en ce moment — devait le refouler avec force jusqu’à une distance assez considérable. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle Two of the lower windows have marks as if a chisel or some such instrument had been pushed under them to force them open. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Sinclair Lewis It isn’t mere brute force that appeals to women — to congregations. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Realising that they can only last a few days, we have decided to come to the aid of the strongest force opposed to them — Kerensky — and help to restore order. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

T. E. Lawrence His manner was dignified and admirable, but direct; and he struck me as a pleasant gentleman, conscientious, without great force of character, nervous, and rather tired. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He looked at them all; and each reminded him of Dona Rita, either by some profound resemblance or by the startling force of contrast. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Wilkie Collins She took her leave as soon after as possible — that is to say, as soon as she could summon courage to force herself from the presence of her unfortunate sister. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

A trick resorted to in order to force one witch to confess, is told in this doggrel as an excellent joke. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

He liked to force them to betray a certain fear, which made them alike falter in resolve and recoil in action — the fear, simply, of assassination. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

This was, to march to the royal palace, and bring Montezuma to the Spanish quarters, by fair means if they could persuade him, by force if necessary — at all events, to get possession of his person. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

But, no; they could not be foolish enough to think I would fly without barricading the door, and I should have time to fly before they could force it. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

John Stuart Mill It could not make them renounce either of the applications of force; force militant, or force triumphant. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Francis Bacon That is to say, the greater force of heat in the male thrusts the genitals outward; whereas in the female the heat is too feeble to effect this, and thus they are contained within. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

E. F. Benson You diminish the force of my example, dear, if you continue to do so. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

H. G. Wells You have a force and an effect. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Benjamin Disraeli A Turkish force instantly marched into Epirus, and seized upon Croia, the capital city, and the children of its late ruler were doomed to death. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

This news my scouts confirm, and I prepare To foil his cunning, and his force to dare; With chosen foot his passage to forelay, And place an ambush in the winding way. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Henry James Mr. Osmond needed to accustom his mind to an offer of a sort that he had not hitherto entertained, and this result must come of itself — it was useless to try to force it. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Maria Edgeworth Without force or any factitious excitements, the taste for knowledge, and the habits of application, were induced by example, and confirmed by sympathy. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Steele Rudd Dad thought to force matters, and began kicking his assailant vigorously in the stomach. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Abraham Merri But there is no force about this — stuff; no life. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins Lady Lundie stood her ground, plainly determined to force a serious expression of opinion from her brother-in-law. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Magnetick force is animate, or imitates life; and in many things surpasses human life, while this is bound up in the organick body. On the Magnet by William Gilber

It was as if he made an effort to force his feet across the threshold, and as if they refused him their obedience. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

With the best, or the worst, will in the world, no publisher can force a book into acceptance. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Willa Cather You can’t force your life back into that mould again. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

The force of habit is too strong in you, Bunny. I shall shut the window and leave everything exactly as we found it. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

George Gissing And in the undertaking that was before her she had no hope save through the influence of religion — with her a much stronger force than with either of the others. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

The theoretical garrison is one regiment of the line, a squadron of cavalry, and two companies of artillery with three-pounders; the real force is of some 800 men, mostly convicts. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Theophil Eshley was an artist by profession, a cattle painter by force of environment. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Theodore Dreiser He was the courage and force of his father: the spirit and opportunity of his brothers, the hope of his children, the estate of his wife, the dignity and significance of the Cowperwood name. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope They both became prizemen—one by force of intellect, and the other by force of industry. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

The words she had so long admired did not lose their force or beauty, but they were the mere feel of the texture. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

I may be able to force him to tell. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

George Gissing Never till now had he known the passive strength of woman, that characteristic which at times makes her a force of Nature rather than an individual being. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Anthony Trollope It was a tour de force; and successful as such a tour de force so seldom is. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

He beat the soldiers of Narvaez, and doubled his effective force by it. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H.P. Lovecraft Nevertheless the change in the menace from vague premonition to immediate reality was a profound shock, and fell upon me with the force of a genuine blow. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Edgar Rice Burroughs This was no time to force his love upon her, he quickly realized. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The right of conquest necessarily implies that of using whatever force may be necessary for overcoming resistance to the assertion of that right. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

It is worthy of remark that the military establishment — for so the magnificent Sikh armed police force may be called — costs more than the civil establishment. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

D. H. Lawrence And yet we try to force it to continue working. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

He was never the man to resort to force when persuasion could be employed, and he usually won his end by his own means. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Jack London The front end of the sled was turned up, like a scroll, in order to force down and under the bore of soft snow that surged like a wave before it. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

And pray what was this quarrel about?” “These fellows were drunk,” said Athos, “and knowing there was a lady who had arrived at the cabaret this evening, they wanted to force her door. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Green Ingersoll They declared that Scotland was so named after Scota, a daughter of Pharaoh, who landed in Ireland, invaded Scotland, and took it by force of arms. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Ivan Turgenev I am alive!’ She let her force and daring have full fling. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

But in all completed intellect, imagination exists, and will force its way; deny it healthful vents, and it may stray into morbid channels. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Every line of him told of force and energy but, hasty and quick though he might be in his decisions, it struck me he would be always just in the end. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Jules Verne Mulrady, quoique grièvement blessé, eut la force de se traîner jusqu’à trois cents pas du campementnous l’avons recueilli presque mort. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

H. G. Wells Up to that point, the time-honoured terms which have crystallized out in language about space, speed, force and so forth sufficed to carry what I was learning. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Robert Green Ingersoll I cannot conceive of force aside from matter, because force to be force must be active, and unless there is matter there is nothing for force to act upon, and consequently it cannot be active. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The popular discontent at her uninterrupted seclusion had been gathering force for many years, and now burst out in a new and alarming shape. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

George Meredith The question recurred: “Shall I care to win at all?” She had to force the idea of a violent love to excuse her proceedings. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope Neither on this day, nor on the next, nor on any following day, would she yield herself to the wretch whom they had endeavoured to force upon her. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing At length his expression changed, and with eager eyes he began to force a way for himself between the fat women. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Virginia Woolf No force on earth would have made her confess that. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

The Parliament ultimately passed a resolution to the effect, that, to establish any kind of paper credit, so as to force it to pass, was an improper expedient for the nation. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Olaf Stapledon But serious economic frustration is at least as harmful as any other force inimical to community. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Elizabeth Von Arnim However, there was one way she could force Mr. Wilkins into his proper place and save the situation: she could say she herself intended to invite a friend. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

William Hazlitt There is no attempt to force an interest: everything is left for time and circumstances to unfold. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Henry Fielding So that the first armed force I ever beheld was that with which Marcian surrounded the palace, where I was then shut up with the rest of the court. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Jules Verne Le prêtre, agenouillé, n’ayant plus la force de se tenir debout, n’était pas même lié à ce poteau, car sa faiblesse rendait des liens inutiles. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

Virginia Woolf He spoke gruffly, but the force of his anger was evidently spent, or some preoccupation had turned his mood to other regions. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Arthur Conan Doyle I say there shall be no mercy for such,’ here he paused and surveyed his force with a set face and his eyelids drawn low over his glinting, shifting eyes. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

They would allow her to know best what the doctor said, perhaps! It was she who prevented him returning to work, telling him every morning to take his time and not to force himself. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. Rider Haggard Next the music came in gusts, the rain pattered, and the thunder roared, till at length the tempest seemed to spend its force and pass slowly away into the distance. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Anatole France Il y a en lui une force qui devrait opérer des prodiges de bien ou de mal. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Thomas Hardy She fixed her eyes upon Elfride with an expression whose force it was impossible to doubt, but the meaning of which was not clear; then upon the carriage they had left. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

I told you I would never force your inclinations. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Jules Verne S’était-il formé en lui une de ces rages secrètes, terribles parce qu’elles sont contenues, et qui n’éclatent qu’au dernier moment avec une force irrésistible? On ne sait. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

The boy thought of D’Ingraville as a dreadful impersonal force of nature, like a snow blizzard or an earthquake. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Willa Cather I don’t believe in one people trying to force their ways or their religion on another. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope But as we turned on the river, the tug-boat which had brought us down was unable to hold us up against the force of the stream. North America by Anthony Trollope

James Anthony Froude He said that he would not force the people to come together, but if he was in a place where the people were met, he should certainly speak to them. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Jules Verne Joe sentit son cœur se soulever, et, reprenant quelque force dans sa répugnance, il courut à grands pas se plonger dans les eaux du lac. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

Anthony Trollope At any rate he would make no attempt to force his way into other society. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Furphy The labour-leader, of accredited integrity and capability, though (so to speak) ducally weedy, has moral force in reserve; and we all know how he controls the many-headed. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

M. P. Shiel After a monotony of twenty minutes he whispered: “I can bear this no more: going: you stay, until I bring a force of men. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Leslie Stephen The force of the satire depends ultimately upon the vigour with which Swift has described the real passions of human beings, big or little. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle The force soon became too overmastering for that. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Jules Verne Et elle repoussa la mulâtresse avec une force dont on ne l’eût pas crue capable. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

Anthony Trollope No one would have had himself driven up to the door of a country-house in such a manner who had the slightest doubt of his own right to force an entry. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne I will even add, that if we mix it with one-eighth of its own weight of nitrate of potassium, its expansive force is again considerably augmented. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

H. G. Wells The Communists have persuaded themselves that social discontent is a creative driving force in itself. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

But those formal forces pass out and are united to one another by meeting together; a force also, when conceived in the iron, begins to flow out without delay. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Jules Verne Il avait, en furetant bien, retrouvé une gourde à demi pleine de genièvre; il nous l’offrit, et cette bienfaisante liqueur eut la force de me ranimer un peu. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Ford Madox Ford Disagreeable to force the eye to examine that mist. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Henry Adams Tragedy had been woman’s lot since Eve. Her problem had been always one of physical strength and it was as physical perfection of force that her Venus had governed nature. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

William Henry Bragg The radioactive source was placed at the common centre, and therefore both the lines of force and the tracks of the Fig. 30. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Edith Wharton There was something unnerving in the contemplation of Mrs. Dorset’s composure, and she had to force the light tone in which she answered: “I tried to see you this morning, but you were not yet up. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Wilkie Collins Slowly the purpose of my words seemed to force its way through the confusion and agitation of her mind. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

The style is clear, spirited, and pointed, but, as has been said, “with all its force and vivacity . A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Jules Verne Mais il l’avait à peine déployé, que terrassé par une main de fer, malgré sa force prodigieuse, il tombait sur le pont. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Maria Edgeworth My dear friend, she will force your admiration, as she has won my love. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Wilkie Collins The fight to force my eyes from the candle and to get that one look at the daylight was the hardest I had had yet; and I lost the fight. Blow Up with the Brig! by Wilkie Collins [1859]

This was adverse to the wisdom of the Copenhagen Radicals, who were trying to assert by force their supremacy over a German population. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Ralph Waldo Emerson They burned the stacks, and so found a way to force the rich people to attend to them. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

From these sources the two captains succeeded in mustering about one hundred and sixty men, making altogether a very inadequate force for the conquest of an empire. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Jeremy Bentham Offences tending to weaken the force of the religious sanction: including blasphemy and profaneness. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Marjorie Bowen He and his force are with della Scala?’ ‘And fifteen miles outside our walls,’ said Giannotto; then at the look on the Duke’s face, he was sorry he had spoken, and shrank together. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Thomas Hardy No wind blew inside the protecting belt of evergreens, wasting its force upon the higher and stronger trees forming the outer margin of the grove. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Adhærence connotes a one-sided force (an impossibility in physics), cohærence a mutual force. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Evidently they had re-occupied the place in much greater force than before. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

William Hope Hodgson The men were answering with loud yells of encouragement, and it was plain they were working desperately to force the boat aft through the thick scum about the ship. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

Abraham Merri Why had he put out the fire? Because he had known I was afraid? To force me to face my fear. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

George Gissing Not the most impassioned pleading on Arthur’s part had force to awaken her to the unavoidable consequences of her course of life. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing Michael had no longer the mental pliancy of even six months ago; his idea was everything to him; as he became weaker, it would gain the dire force of an hallucination. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle His blue flag floats over Lyme.’ ‘What force hath he?’ my father asked anxiously. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins He spoke with all the eloquence of conviction — using the necessary arguments with a force and feeling which I have rarely heard equaled. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Henry Adams All it asks is to find and follow the force that attracts. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Algernon Blackwood For this terrific release of force long held back, long stored up, latent for centuries, came pouring down the empty Wadi bed prepared for its reception. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

William Hope Hodgson Anyway, he managed a great deal better than I did; going ahead of me, like a guide, and wittingly — or otherwise — helping, somewhat, to break the force of the water. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes knocked without receiving any answer, and then tried to turn the handle and force it open. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope When a horse balked with him at a fence, it was his habit to force the animal till he jumped it — as the groom had recommended Phineas to do. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing That fierce kick, making ruin of your rotten barrier, is dealt with the whole force of Law, of Society; you might as well think of resisting death when your hour shall come. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Henry Handel Richardson The wind was against them; they were exposed to the full force of the blizzard. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne La force centripète nous maintient sous l’influence lunaire, mais la force centrifuge nous éloigne irrésistiblement. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

Anatole France She resisted with all the force of her will, which was free and on the alert. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Then went on: “The ambition of Genghis was to conquer the world by force of arms. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Edmund Burke In order to force the most reluctant into a participation of their pillage, they rendered their paper circulation compulsory in all payments. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

I am alone in the house to submit to any affront your superior force may put upon me. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

I had to force myself to look them in the face. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

The first person he observed was, naturally, the Judge. Judge Evans, who has been but barely introduced to the reader, was a man of great moral force and discretion. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Ralph Waldo Emerson That reality, that causing force is moral. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Ann Radcliffe But when he returned entirely to his own situation, the terrors of the Marquis’s resentment struck their full force upon his mind, and he considered how he might best escape it. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

H. G. Wells A force of ten — not counting the mules — fourteen miles, and during a war! You saw the road?” “Road!” said the Ethnologist. “It’s better now than it was. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

If he did not bring a new idea into the world, he quadrupled the force of existing ideas and scattered them far and wide. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Catice raised his hand, and after holding the flint poised for a moment, brought it down with adroitness and force upon the left-hand probe. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

I, the Vicar of Swanton, shall be as a mere stick; I shall no more be a power in the pulpit, a force on the platform. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

George Gissing It all meant that he despaired of wooing successfully, and more than half wished to force some word from Sidwell which would spare him the necessity of a plain avowal. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Those Redclyffe people certainly have great force of character. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Guy de Maupassant Alors il rentra pour se coucher, et, à force de volonté, il finit par s’assoupir. Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Robert Green Ingersoll We walk with the same force with which we think. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

So man, when he resteth and assureth himself upon Divine protection and favour, gathereth a force and faith which human nature could not obtain. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

A pleasant enough woman, but without force of character. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Aphra Behn I just now heard what was decreed against you in Council, which no pleading, nor eloquence of friendship had force enough to evade. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

He demanded the keys of the archives; only when he brought workmen to force the locks were they given up. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Anthony Trollope The elder was leaving them, not by force of her own reason, but under the necessity of coming in contact with the world which was brought upon her by the vitality and instincts of her younger child. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells She would not force her thinking or think anything out, but she would let her thoughts run. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Tom Row pushed Ralph in at this opening with such force that the latter almost fell headlong; as it was, he lost his hat in going through. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Charles Dickens When they were comparatively safe, they separated; the King went to York to collect a force of soldiers; and the favourite shut himself up, in the meantime, in Scarborough Castle overlooking the sea. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Henry James To be back there,” she went on, “to be back there —!” And she paused for the force of her idea. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

The irreplaceable liquid wastes its force on the desert sands, where a magic richness of herbage instantly springs up in contrast to the barrenness around it. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Jules Verne But we face now a matter very different from that of the Great Eyrie. The day the government decides to force that secret, everything is ready. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

D. H. Lawrence She did not want her sons to force upon her any more the old brutal story of desire and offerings and deep, deep-hidden rage of unsatisfied men against women. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Ford Madox Ford And only a demonstration in force . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

D. H. Lawrence And she tried to force her mind to the contemplation of the new state of things, when she banged at the piano to a set of dithering and boring pictures. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

But the lower rooms had caught the force of the explosion. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

He had literally to force himself from sentence to sentence, when the time came for him to rise and open the proceedings with an exhortation. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Benjamin Disraeli A year ago, so long as he could extricate himself from a scrape by force of cash, he thought himself a lucky fellow. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Vrai, tu me fais rire, avec tes femmes honnêtes! Ne me pousse pas à bout, ne me force pas à te dire des choses que je regretterais ensuite. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Andrew Lang That way lies Siberia. “Imagine, then,” exclaims Mr. Shchapoff, “our horror, when, on our return to the country in March, the unknown force at once set to work again. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

She acted impulsively, and from a force which she could not analyse. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

It was dreadful, he thought, the difficulty the police force of South Australia were now in. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

He felt as though some force outside himself were pushing him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Henry Fielding It seems, when he thought he had despatched me, he ran his head with all his force against a chest of drawers which stood in the room, and gave himself a dreadful wound in his head. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope She knew that the image of the town-clerk was one simply disgusting to Linda, and therefore she was determined to force that image upon her. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

If he was indebted for his success to the co-operation of the Indian tribes, it was the force of his genius that obtained command of such materials. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

For if they open the gate we are enough to force an entry in despite of any numbers they are like to have within. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Ivan Turgenev A force stronger than its will flung it down. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Walter Crane In all art the mind must work through the eye, whether its force appears in closeness of observation or in vivid imaginings. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Edmund Burke It adds new force to my observations: and, indeed, M. de Calonne’s work supplies my deficiencies by many new and striking arguments on most of the subjects of this letter. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

George Meredith You force my hand from me, you take this miserable body, but my soul is free to love him and to go to him when God gives me sight of him. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

I clenched my hands, telling myself that I was happy, and trying to force my mind to pleasant thoughts; but though my head swam with the effort, I continued to be conscious that I was afraid. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

But once when she approached him with soothing speech, he turned on her swiftly, and with all his force dealt her a blow in the face with his fist. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

He knew there was another justice in the house, but he knew also he should not be allowed to get speech with him, if by cunning or force it could be prevented. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

This force was therefore wholly insufficient, and from time to time the line was broken through by the people and was formed again with difficulty. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]