Phrases with "greatest"

E. Phillips Oppenheim Greatness will always survive, and the greatest thing upon this earth is the soul of the German people. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The Sage, without great effort, is able to accomplish the greatest things. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Laura’s greatest find was a battered old copy of Belzoni’s Travels propping open somebody’s pantry window. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

His greatest works will continue to be acted and applauded so long as there is a theatre in England. But even Shakespeare himself was not always successful. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence The greatest of all gods granted me this. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

The greatest wrong Pat did in keeping silence was the wrong to Simon. I can only suppose that he intended never to come back at all. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins I took the greatest care of our charming passenger; and she took the greatest care of her dog. The First Officer’s Confession by Wilkie Collins [1887]

The circumstances of this case were never divulged, and the greatest influence was exerted to prevent it from going to trial. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Virginia Woolf On no account must they part until something of the very greatest importance had happened. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

It was the greatest comfort to have her here. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Benjamin Disraeli But he is my greatest friend, and, as you know, we habitually correspond. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Theodore Dreiser His greatest weakness, if he had one, was that he could but ill brook opposition of any kind. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Daniel Defoe Thus all these difficulties were made easy, and we lived together with the greatest kindness and comfort imaginable. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

The chief engineer left the stern-sheets, and could be heard clambering forward as if with hostile intentions against “the greatest idiot that ever was. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope In those days I read a little, and did learn to read French and Latin. I made myself familiar with Horace, and became acquainted with the works of our own greatest poets. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Baldwin Spencer Mr. Magarey states in regard to this matter that “the greatest obstacle in the way of obtaining the information required is the proud racial reticence of the natives themselves. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Ralph Waldo Emerson He steals by this apology — that what he takes has no worth where he finds it and the greatest where he leaves it. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Olaf Stapledon The fourth type, though not actually a majority in all lands, had the greatest influence, because in most of the other types the sentiment of this fourth type was present in some considerable degree. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Some would even go so far as to claim honour for him, not only as Scotland’s greatest poet, but as one of the best men she has produced. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

He was quite my greatest friend among the clergy round here. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Sigmund Freud It is remarkable how nimbly this particular theory avoids the greatest danger that threatens every dream-interpretation; that is, shipwreck on one of the contrasts incorporated in dreams. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Willa Cather She never asked for this greatest solace of the day; it was something that Mandy gave, who had nothing else to give. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Thomas Hardy I feel now that the greatest mercy that could be vouchsafed to me would be that something should serve me as I served that animal. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Henry David Thoreau The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

He was as pleased with him for what he had done as if he had rendered him the greatest service. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope I placed the greatest confidence in you, especially in regard to my son’s affairs, and you deceived me. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Amongst many animals, sexual selection will have given its aid to ordinary selection, by assuring to the most vigorous and best adapted males the greatest number of offspring. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne Wassili Fedor, as we have already said, followed his profession of a medical man in Irkutsk. He was clever and charitable, and also possessed the greatest courage and most sincere patriotism. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

There was also present Sir Bartle Elkin — the great mental expert — perhaps the greatest authority on diseases of the mind that the Commonwealth has ever produced. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

To begin with, King John’s won the Half-mile with the greatest of ease; first, second and third, with none of the St. Benger’s boys giving serious fight. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Maria Edgeworth Lord Beltravers had named Miss Stanley, but Beauclerc had stopped him, and had expressed the greatest anxiety that Miss Stanley’s name should not be implicated, should not be mentioned. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Fielding At the same time I perceived I was surrounded by all those ladies who were on his account my greatest enemies, and, in revenge, wished for nothing more than to see me make a ridiculous figure. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Elizabeth Gaskell You would think that some antique doom presses on her house, and that once in so many generations its brightest ornament was to become its greatest disgrace. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Jules Verne It became impossible to leave the vessel, and the greatest precaution was needed to keep out the damp. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Arthur Conan Doyle Tomorrow the loose settings shall be tightened by an expert goldsmith, and so passes the greatest danger to which, since the destruction of the Temple, the urim and thummim has been exposed. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Not being a dramatist, I still cannot indulge the greatest contempt of that play and its public. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Daniel Defoe An Englishman will fairly drink as much, As will maintain two families of Dutch: Subjecting all their labours to the pots; The greatest artists are the greatest sots. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

Louisa May Alcott If anybody had asked Amy what the greatest trial of her life was, she would have answered at once, “My nose. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Anthony Trollope Thady had borne his incarceration and distress with the greatest courage. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

H.P. Lovecraft My greatest dread was in re-crossing broad and moonlit South Street — with its seaward view — and I had to nerve myself for the ordeal. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Princes of all men be in greatest danger, for that men dare not acquaint them with their own peril. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His greatest satisfaction was in Geraldine’s company. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Instruction in English, French, and German is provided, and thus the three greatest literatures of the modern world are made accessible to the student. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Edith Wharton It was perhaps her association with a world so unfamiliar and alluring that lent her for the moment her greatest charm. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

The doctor calmly bowed, and waited with the greatest self-possession for him to state his case. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim You and I, Hodson, are going to avert the greatest calamity with which the world has ever been threatened. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The novels are as useful as Bibles, if they teach you the secret, that the best of life is conversation, and the greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between sincere people. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Baldwin Spencer Of two other unmounted and ground stones, the surfaces of which are not nearly so well ground as that of the one just described, one measures in greatest length 18 cm. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

But the sober truth is that our deeds were of the humblest, and a dozen of fish or a handful of apples was all our booty, and our greatest exploit a fight with the roughs at the Dyve tan-work. Prester John by John Buchan

He could, like the king, touch the greatest of us on the head, and touching them make such heads shake on their shoulders. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Richard Hakluyt In the tenth leafe: There wee sawe the fairest and the greatest vines with grapes accordinge, and younge trees and small wooddes very well smellinge, that ever weare sene. A Discourse of Western Planting by Richard Hakluyt [1584]

Arthur Conan Doyle In another ten minutes they would all be under the guns of the Happy Delivery, and Sharkey would have won the greatest stake that ever a pirate played for yet. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Sinclair Lewis Among the people he knew the greatest rule of life was never to be ridiculous. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

Leslie Stephen This is so marked a feature in Johnson’s character, that it will be as well at this point to notice some of the friendships from which he derived the greatest part of his happiness. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

He loved fighting for fighting’s sake; and to be beside Cecil was the greatest happiness life held for him. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

D. H. Lawrence Her greatest horror was lest her husband should come into the room. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith He named the greatest of contraltos. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Oliver Goldsmith The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is still a greater, which is the good man that comes to relieve it. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Rudyard Kipling Then Tarrion dropped in, and they read through all the papers together, and Tarrion, not knowing how she had come by them, vowed that Mrs. Hauksbee was the greatest woman on earth. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Arthur Morrison Miss Garth has the greatest possible interest in the will. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Edith Wharton The Procuratessa was no exception to the rule, and as was natural to one of her complexion, she preferred the convents where the greatest freedom prevailed. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Guy de Maupassan Love is stronger than death, and consequently also, than the greatest crash. Crash by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins He didn’t give me anything like the money I expected, when I said good-by — and I rather think he warned me solemnly, at parting, to take the greatest care of it. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Watkin Tench In which case an officer, when applied to, always told us the usual price of the commodity with the greatest readiness, and adjusted the terms of the purchase. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

M. P. Shiel He is destined to become the greatest priest in Europe. . The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Moreover, it was the one on which were placed the greatest number and quantity of dishes, consisting of fish, game, meat, fruit, vegetables, and preserves. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Nearly all are agreed as to the great excellence of The Cloister and the Hearth, Mr. Swinburne placing it “among the very greatest masterpieces of narrative. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

James was highly flattered at the idea that the devil should have said that he was the greatest enemy he ever had. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Elizabeth Gaskell And yet we could not help watching and listening with the greatest interest. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Francis Bacon Yet it were great reason that those that have children, should have greatest care of future times; unto which they know they must transmit their dearest pledges. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Baldwin Spencer Fig. 1 represents the egg of Eribinjori, the large crocodile, and measures four inches in greatest diameter, and six inches in length, and one and three-quarters in width. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

And yet the heroine is perhaps—as she ought to be—the greatest triumph of the whole, and the most indicative of the new method. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

George Eliot The greatest of painters only once painted a mysteriously divine child; he couldn’t have told how he did it, and we can’t tell why we feel it to be divine. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Walter Scott The Lady of Avenel had been meek and courteous in her prosperity; in adversity, therefore, she met with the greatest sympathy. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Shut in, however, by ice, it was impossible to follow his track, which we had observed with the greatest attention. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Was that it? I believe you are the greatest miser in the world, or else why. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

E. T. A. Hoffmann As already said, Cardillac was the greatest master in his trade, not only in Paris, but also perhaps of his age. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Wilkie Collins Trees were beyond all other objects the greatest luxuries that her eyes could enjoy. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Theodore Dreiser The greatest minds are not so afflicted; and on the contrary, the lowest order of mind is not so disturbed. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell Some of my greatest difficulties lie in things that would appear to you comparatively trivial. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Maria Edgeworth People who, with the greatest abilities and the most anxious affection, are unexperienced in education, should not be surprised or mortified if their first attempts be not attended with success. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Elizabeth Gaskell They had lost all natural, healthy appetite for simple food, and, having no higher tastes, found their greatest enjoyment in their luxurious meals. Libbie Marsh’s Three Eras by Elizabeth Gaskell [1847]

Leslie Stephen The greatest liar is said to speak more truth than falsehood, and perhaps the worst man might do more good than not. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Wilkie Collins The greatest actresses on the stage are nervous. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Theodore Dreiser There are times when life to those endowed with the greatest intelligence — perhaps mostly to those — takes on a somber hue. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Papa’s prejudice against Roderick was my greatest grief. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Baldwin Spencer The greatest width across the barbs, which are, relatively, flat, broad and short, is four inches. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

On the contrary, the whole people are anxious to honor you to the very uttermost, and to bestow upon you the greatest privileges and blessings which can possibly be given. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Take this Manann. If I could explore the secret of these moors, I would write the world’s greatest book. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

D. H. Lawrence And not having been very clever at school, she always had the greatest respect for the mental powers. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

He sends up passionate and despairing petitions that God will help him in his dreadful necessities, will raise him friends from sources invisible, and enable him to finish his last and greatest works. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Robert Green Ingersoll Let me say here: The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

He seemed to pay the greatest attention to Herbert Tanerton’s sermon; possibly was deliberating whether he was worthy of the living, or not. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

H. Rider Haggard I have been obliged to take the greatest precautions to prevent her from obtaining any. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

I mean the power to love anyone devotedly, be they who they may, is God’s greatest gift to us His children. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Indeed, this is one of the serious difficulties to be encountered, throughout the East, by the scrupulous traveller whose greatest fear is that of misleading others. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

They would have assured herself of the fact with the greatest pleasure had that been of any use. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

She will do it with the greatest pleasure, however, for her instinct leads her to disenchant poets. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Thomas Paine Those men would deserve the gratitude of ages, who should discover a mode of government that contained the greatest sum of individual happiness, with the least national expense. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Jules Verne Desiring, however, to put the greatest possible distance between himself and the horsemen who had no doubt been dispatched in pursuit, he resolved to push on. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Anthony Trollope Lady Mary Palliser was at that time nineteen, and her entrance into the world was to be her mother’s greatest care and great delight. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

In all ranks, however, it appeared to me that the greatest and best feelings of the human heart were paralyzed by the relative positions of slave and owner. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Is that the reason I hate myself at times — my greatest enemy, and one whom I have injured beyond forgiveness? There are offences against one’s own nature that are not to be forgiven. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Kate Chopin It possessed the greatest interest and attraction for Edna; the envelope, its size and shape, the post-mark, the handwriting. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

George Meredith He said urgently: ‘Understand me; you speak of Mr. Radnor; pray, believe I have the greatest respect for Mr. Radnor’s abilities. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle The greatest laggard of all was one which was ridden by a wounded Soudanese soldier. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

We ought to consider the greatest good of the greatest number. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Charles, surrounded by a breathless crowd, assailed by cries of terror which would have dashed the greatest courage, was for a moment ready to fall on the dying animal. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Miles Franklin Which was the greatest idiot of the two he didn’t know. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Colonel Woodville paid the greatest attention to all that passed. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Wilkie Collins You have the greatest interest of any of them in finding out the truth. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Virginia Woolf I like bossing things — perhaps that’s my greatest fault. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

With all its glories, it was the greatest shipwreck, the greatest tragedy, of an age which saw many. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

I had the greatest admiration and affection for her, and when you know all you will appreciate my position. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Henry Fielding But pray tell me, hath anything happened to the serjeant?” “O, madam!” cries she, “I have the greatest reason to fear I shall lose him. Amelia by Henry Fielding

John Lewis Burckhard This canal, and that of Mekka, are the greatest architectural curiosities in the Hedjaz. Near to the mosque of Koba stands a building erected by Sultan Morad, for dervishes. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

After all, self-preservation is nature’s first and greatest law. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Edgar Allan Poe The greatest care had been taken to preserve a due medium between the neat and graceful on the one hand, and the pittoresque, in the true sense of the Italian term, on the other. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

To have him for manager meant the greatest good which could befall this little community. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan derived the greatest pleasure of his life in hunting meat for these strangers. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

After cutting themselves only once with any sharp tool, they would not touch it again, or would handle it with the greatest caution. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Captain Hall, when asked what appeared to him to constitute the greatest difference between England and America, replied, like a gallant sailor, “the want of loyalty. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Charles Dickens I have the greatest reluctance to trouble men of business with inquiries for friends, knowing the probabilities to be a thousand to one that the friends will never follow them up. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

Jules Verne The Esquimaux would rather suffer the greatest torments than slake their thirst with snow. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Arthur Conan Doyle That was the last and greatest blunder of humanity. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Robert Green Ingersoll There is another thing these Methodists should remember, and that is, that the Episcopalians were the greatest enemies they ever had. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Radclyffe Hall Then the skating was the greatest luck, so rare as to be positively exciting. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

John Locke And that cannot but be very far from a positive complete idea, wherein the greatest part of what I would comprehend is left out, under the undeterminate intimation of being still greater. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Andrew Lang He led a very happy life, but he had the greatest dislike to the idea of marrying, nor had he ever felt the slightest wish to fall in love. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was his marital affection that had received the greatest shock from the premature explosion. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

E. F. Benson Then the last and the greatest candle was lit in her imagination, and she waited calm and composed for the conclusion of the séance, when Susan would see that the shrine was empty. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Rudyard Kipling Education is greatest blessing if of best sorts. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Daniel Defoe So true is it, that the greatest of spirits, when overwhelmed by their afflictions, are subject to the greatest dejections, and are the most apt to despair and give themselves up. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Samuel Johnson Many of his performances were produced in his youth; and his greatest work, “The Pleasures of Imagination,” appeared in 1744. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

The forehead was higher and broader than I had realised, the thick lips were firm enough now, but the closing of the crafty little eyes was the greatest gain of all. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Virginia Woolf One has a profound, if irrational, instinct in favour of the theory that the union of man and woman makes for the greatest satisfaction, the most complete happiness. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

George Gissing He had won the world’s greatest prize — a woman’s love — but could not retain it because his pockets were empty. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Thou shalt seek my side with a footstep swift,   In thee implanted Is the love of Art and the greatest gift   That God has granted. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

To be versatile was Lady Laura’s greatest pride, and courteous friends had gratified her by treating her as an authority upon all possible subjects. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Maria Edgeworth Then he mentioned all that he thought would be most efficacious in mitigating the pain that Lady Delacour might feel, and all that could be done, with the greatest probability of prolonging her life. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Fielding Then parson Adams desired him to “name what he had the greatest fancy for; whether a poached egg, or chicken-broth. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

But his face darkened and set sternly as he read the paper; it was the greatest crime in the sight of a proud soldier, this crime against discipline, of the man for whom she pleaded. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

The greatest misfortune of these two people was the likeness they bore to each other. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H. G. Wells Leaning forward towards the gas-lamp, I tried the thing on my watch-glass, and scored a white line across that with the greatest ease. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Sinclair Lewis The gift of a gold string from some ancient Christmas package was Jinny’s greatest success. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

I found more charm in that condition of things than I anticipated at first, for the greatest favor that elderly people can confer upon me is never to speak to me and to leave the room when I enter it. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Ford Madox Ford For the rest of her life she was never able to remember the greatest stab of joy that had ever been known by waiting millions. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

William Morris All this while men were going about with pitchers of wine and ale, and other good drinks; and every man drank freely what he would, and there was the greatest game and joyance. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Edith Wharton This power of absorbed and intelligent attention is one of the Frenchwoman’s greatest gifts, and makes a perfect background for the talk of the men. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

H. G. Wells Every living organ has in it an urge to exercise, and the greatest pleasure of a living thing comes through a satisfactory use of its powers. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

So, when in her company now, he had the greatest difficulty in behaving so that she should not notice any difference in his manner towards her. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

The ancient chronicles inform us, that the greatest captains in past times owed their successes quite as much to the wisdom of their ordinances, as to their own valour and virtue. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H. P. Lovecraf From this setting came the immortal tale — New England’s greatest contribution to weird literature — and we can feel in an instant the authenticity of the atmosphere presented to us. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Elizabeth Von Arnim Tampering. He had the greatest possible esteem for Mrs. Fisher, but he did at times find her a little difficult. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

H.P. Lovecraft From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

The return was almost as difficult as the climb up, but so very anxious was I to get back to the Station with the greatest speed, that I did not notice it. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

He believed my word, and I think that was the greatest compliment ever paid me in all my days. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

John Locke If a great, nay, far the greatest part of the several ranks of bodies in the universe escape our notice by their remoteness, there are others that are no less concealed from us by their minuteness. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

William Godwin The greatest anguish I have any conception of, consists in that crushing of a new-born hope which I had already two or three times experienced. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

William Hazlitt In one sense, Shakespeare was no moralist at all: in another, he was the greatest of all moralists. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Wilkie Collins And what benefit would be gained by all this? The first and greatest of all benefits, in such cases—room. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Wilkie Collins The greatest difficulties give way in the end, when they are attacked by the united alliance of patience resolution —and economy. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Charles Dickens My greatest reassurance was that he was coming to Barnard’s Inn, not to Hammersmith, and consequently would not fall in Bentley Drummle’s way. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Is not the greatest thief in the world, Monsieur (the king’s secretary) Le Camus, who came to Paris with twenty francs in his pocket and who now possesses ten millions?” The dog shook his head. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

I really believe — and at this distance of time I may use strong language in a historical sense — that Captain Lake was the greatest liar I ever encountered with. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope The greatest respectability which his unassisted efforts could possibly achieve was to dine at a cheap eating-house, and spend his evenings, at a cigar divan. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Those early and middle years of one’s third decade are, I suppose, for a man the years of greatest mental growth. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

D. H. Lawrence The greatest power is the one that is subtle and adjusts itself, not one which blindly attacks. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Are you acquainted with Wordsworth, Mrs. Herries? The greatest man alive in England to-day. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

H.P. Lovecraft But of greatest immediate interest was the Orne material. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

H. P. Lovecraf Yeats, undoubtedly the greatest figure of the Irish revival if not the greatest of all living poets, has accomplished notable things both in original work and in the codification of old legends. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

At all times, when quiescent, he had a retiring manner, and an appearance, whose want of pretension did not at first allure, and yet which afterwards formed his greatest attraction. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Arnold Bennett I have the greatest respect for you. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

And as the Pratts are James’ and Minna’s greatest friends, I did not wish to offend them. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Anthony Trollope It had been the intention of Mr. O’Donnell, the senior counsel employed to defend Carroll, to insist, with the greatest severity, on the lies told by the poor boy. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell The greatest variety I ever have is afforded by a letter from you, or by meeting with a pleasant new book. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Andrew Lang Then the marriage took place, in the presence of Girouette, whom they had the greatest trouble to find, and who was much astonished to discover how much business had been got through in her absence. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Now she was saved from that; but,—but at what a cost! “I might have been the greatest woman of the day, and now I must be content to make his tea and toast. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry James The French, the Germans, have the greatest beauty of all, the beauty of their ugliness — the beauty of the strange, the grotesque. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Nature must have far the greatest share in every success, and so in his. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Sinclair Lewis But Fatty’s greatest beneficence to Digamma was his belief in spiritualism. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Henry James To have a decent home-life isn’t perhaps the greatest of adventures; but I think she wishes nowadays she hadn’t gone in quite so desperately for thrills. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Charles Dudley Warner Though from a remote and somewhat barbarous island, they believed themselves the most perfect men upon earth, and magnified their chieftain, the Lord Scales, beyond the greatest of their grandees. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

The greatest reason was perhaps, however, because I had at last fallen in love. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The greatest curiosity of the study remains to be mentioned: it was a ponderous folio volume bound in black leather, with massive silver clasps. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Delighted as the women were with the letters from their daughters, it was the occasional parcels of clothing they sent that caused the greatest excitement. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Andrew Lang The greatest French writers have been collectors of curious editions; they have devoted whole treatises to the love of books. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

T. E. Lawrence Of them the first and greatest was longitudinal; the rugged spine of mountains which, from north to south, divided a coast strip from a wide inland plain. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

It is necessary to present the case to you just as it stood at this period of my greatest struggle. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Lady Hester took the announcement of the misfortune with the greatest calmness, dressed herself, and ordered her maid to pack a small box with a few necessaries. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

He was charming, handsome, and who knew but that in a week or two he might be master of the country? Moreover, his Highlanders were here too and were behaving with the greatest propriety. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

You know, he was the greatest thief and murderer of those seas. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Every thing was denied him but thought, which, by comparing the present with the past, was his greatest torment. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Why, thyself didst enter in past years the very heart of the Moruna and yet earnest off, else art thou the greatest liar. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Walter Scott Corporal Humgudgeon and I, the greatest saint and greatest sinner in your army, had done the deed, and divided the guilt and the honour betwixt us. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Another Hohenzollern régime—even the dimmest prospect of it—was enough to set the greatest democratic country in the world shivering. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

John Stuart Mill The greatest harm done is to those who are not heretics, and whose whole mental development is cramped, and their reason cowed, by the fear of heresy. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Andrew Lang He had a housekeeper called Nina, a clever capable woman, and as she did her work carefully and conscientiously, her master had the greatest respect for her. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang