Phrases with "habit"

Ah, you do not love Ma Hla May any longer!’ She put her arms round him again and kissed him, a European habit which he had taught her. Burmese Days by George Orwell

George Gissing For it was Adela’s habit to snatch up the flaxen little maiden, seat her upon her shoulder, and trot merrily round a circular path in the garden. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing Neither had ever been in the other’s house, but they had long met, once a week or so, at the Liberal Club, where it was their habit to play together a game of draughts. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

George Meredith Mr. Rippenger had the habit of signalizing offenders, in his public prayers, as boys whose hearts he wished to be turned from callousness. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

G. K. Chesterton In her home she had a habit of being invisible, sometimes through insatiable domesticity, sometimes through an equally insatiable solitude. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Theodore Dreiser When Cowperwood was in the city and in the house she was accustomed from habit to remain indoors or near. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

M. P. Shiel He had not wholly lost the old habit of study, but could no longer constrain himself to sit to read. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Toward five o’clock Annie was interrupted by a knock at her door, which ought to have prepared her for something unusual, for it was Mrs. Bolton’s habit to come and go without knocking. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

The Queen, in her velvet riding — habit and a top-hat with a veil draped about the brim, headed the cavalcade; and Lord M. rode beside her. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Henry James He had formed little by little the habit of numbering his Dead: it had come to him early in life that there was something one had to do for them. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

Willa Cather The machinery was always pounding away in this man, and Wilson preferred companions of a more reflective habit of mind. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Lewis Carroll Did you know it, dear?’ It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that, whatever you say to them, they always purr. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Thomas Hardy To keep in the rear of opportunity in matters of indulgence is as valuable a habit as to keep abreast of opportunity in matters of enterprise. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Willa Cather It had become a habit with him to lose himself. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Our portraits of the Misses Stisted are also from paintings by Jacquand. Burton’s habit of concealing his ailments which we noticed as a feature of his boyhood was as conspicuous in later life. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Andrew Lang Almost every day the grocer would come to have a chat with Mr. Mackay, and the visitor, alone of the natives, had the habit of knocking at the door before entering. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson It is no habit of mine, mark this, to interfere with my pupils. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

It was his habit to lose neither his presence of mind nor his temper. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

George Gissing The habit of her mind was to regard existence as an entertaining spectacle. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Radclyffe Hall This habit of his had been growing on him lately, and Anna, waking to find herself alone, and feeling uneasy would steal down to listen. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

It will have been remarked that Ibsen’s habit was to store up an impression, but not to use it immediately on creative work. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

The testator is a man of ample means, without any responsibilities to fetter his movements, and has been in the constant habit of traveling, often into remote and distant regions. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

I should think not! She had made for herself a dress of some brown stuff like a nun’s habit and had a crooked stick and carried all her belongings tied up in a handkerchief. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Paulina had a habit of losing anything that came into her hands, and the key of the liquor-chest had long been missing. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Meredith She had the habit of treating things spoken as facts. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Just as he was about to give up, habit came to his rescue. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

W. W. Jacobs A little way along the road he stepped aside to allow a girl to pass, glancing — by mere force of habitbeneath her umbrella as he did so. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I believe now he really does mean them, only he has got into the habit of saying them as if he didn’t. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Reed stood just inside the door, hat in hand; he did not forget his manners even in the presence of his enemy; they were a habit with him. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

D’Artagnan observed this habit with a pleasure which we shall analyze presently. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have already mentioned that there was a recess in the library, and in this it was my habit to work. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

H. G. Wells An unwary youth of the plastic type may be taken unawares and pass from free indulgence to excess before he perceives that a habit is taking hold of him. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Headstrong and wilful as he undoubtedly was, Max was the possessor of a habit which would not be supposed to agree in any way with his other characteristics. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Mrs. Edmonstone said it was self command in no common degree; and Philip allowed that to cure so inveterate a habit required considerable strength of will. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Bram Stoker I fall into my country’s habit of putting your patronymic first, my friend Jonathan Harker will not be by my side to correct and aid me. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

It was the habit of the canary to hail the smiling morn with cheerful carol. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Ann Radcliffe At length, from a habit of intricacy and suspicion, his vitiated mind could receive nothing for truth, which was simple and easily comprehended. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Edith Wharton All that he saw was Fulvia, dressed in her nun’s habit and seated near the window, through which the afternoon light fell softly on her white coif and the austere folds of her dress. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Arnold Bennett Like many fathers of families in the Five Towns, he had the habit of going forth on Saturday mornings to the butcher’s or the poulterer’s and buying Sunday’s dinner. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing But be warned, O Basil, against that habit of mind which interprets in an earthly sense things of divine meaning. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

In such cases the most probable solution seems to be, that the habit was at first acquired by practice at a more advanced age, and afterwards transmitted to the offspring at an earlier age. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Then he had built up a habit of looking on her as dead. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

E. Phillips Oppenheim Itash has a habit of which he is ignorant. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

We thought Martin must have caught the habit from his master. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

The group fell again to an ill-favoured silence, and Hemstead began to touch the banjo, as was his habit of an evening. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Gissing But he had gone through much in the last fortnight the brute forces had grown strong by habit of self-assertion. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Gissing It was her habit to escape from the suffering weakness of her own life to joy in the lot which awaited her sister. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He was a big man, with short black hair combed on his forehead, and he had a habit of turning his face upwards, as if looking after his nose — a square ornament, that stood up straight. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

H. G. Wells His turn came late in the course when I had already developed to a very high degree the habit of inattention to these physics lectures. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The habit of drinking white brandy, stimulates the immorality of this Maroquine society. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Henry Adams The habit of expression leads to the search for something to express. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

E. F. Benson Liking to be alone is the worst habit I know; much worse than drink. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Sigmund Freud Indeed, we go rather too far in this respect; the tricks of conjurers befool us by taking advantage of this intellectual habit of ours. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Andrew Lang What is most unlike the stern, fierce, sententious Helena, is Datchery’s habit of “chaffing. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald When he was put on a committee, men had a habit of electing him chairman and retiring into a dim background, where they were inconveniently hard to find. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Andrew Lang This has become such a habit with me that I don’t think I could break myself of it; and, of course, if I got rid of the guitar I could never bring her back to life again. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing He could not restore his mind to that state of calm indifferentism which it was his habit to pursue. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Robert Louis Stevenson No length of habit can blunt our first surprise. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells You have the habit of pride, and I haven’t. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

I had been in this careless habit for several years, without ever once having cause for self-reproach. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Proudie had her sex to back her, and her habit of command, and was nothing daunted by the high tone of Dr. Grantly’s face and figure. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis And for that week Aras fed the guard’s habit on Lorinda’s expense money, and was indeed so devoted to his duties that he was himself twice carried to bed. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Rafael Sabatini Thoughtfully, with a jewelled hand, he stroked his long white beard; with the other he leaned upon her soft plump arm, more from habit than for support, for he was full vigorous still. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

And, mind, these were men without the drilled-in habit of obedience. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Arnold Bennett What’s up?” Albert, with the habit of one instructed never to tread actually on a doorstep lest it should be newly whitened, stepped straight on to the inner mat. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry James Jackson had forgotten how it was a habit with her, and indeed a high accomplishment, never to reproach people with these omissions. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

The chief factor in the gambling habit is the belief in luck; and this belief is apparently traceable, at least in its elements, to a stage in human evolution antedating the predatory culture. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Gissing At that time it was Mark’s habit to call him, and he accordingly came and knocked at the door. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Gertrude Stein And so she had then and indeed it lasted pretty well to the war, which broke down so many habits, she had then the habit of beginning her work at eleven o’clock at night and working until the dawn. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Anthony Trollope Would you never be moved to pity? I would maintain my habit of sincerity, but something must no doubt be allowed to humanity. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Gissing By force of habit he continued to read, but only books from the circulating library, thrown upon his table pell-mell—novels, popular science, travels, biographies; each as it came to hand. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

The leaves have the remarkable habit of spontaneously revolving, generally in vertical ellipses, in the same manner, but in a less degree, as will be described under C. microphylla. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

George Gissing At first, when the doctor asked if this was the case, she had denied it, but in the end he had elicited a confession, and a promise that the dangerous habit should be relinquished. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Guy de Maupassan It is a habit which has become a second nature with us, as the saying is. The Hole by Guy de Maupassan

It had been Milly’s habit to devote one day a week to visiting among the poor, before she went to Albury Lodge; and she now resumed this practice, I accompanying her upon her visits. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

It was Therese’s habit to begin talking directly she entered the room with the tray of morning coffee. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

H. G. Wells It did not become a habit with him. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

This habit was tied, at the waist, with two large tassels of smaller pearls, and round the arms embroidered with large diamonds. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Willa Cather From habit and from weariness I went in through the door. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Wilkie Collins You might almost have fancied, at first, if you had not known me so well, that it was a habit with me because I had once been a servant myself. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

His mouth was small and generally puckered together, a habit which gave him an air of thought and gravity. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Henry James He paid the heavy price of the man of imagination; he was capable of far excursions of the spirit, disloyalties to habit and even to faith, he was open to rare communications. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

The habit of seeing and instructing his lovely pupil awoke new ideas in Whitelock’s fruitful brain. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Perhaps he let slip the secret in his cups; for at first he spent his Saturday evenings at the King of Bells, dropping this habit when he found that every soul there disliked him. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

It has never been my habit to placard my movements like a court circular. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Then Aileen came out of her room with her habit and hat on. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Machen I grew up, therefore, all alone so far as other children were concerned, and though I went to school, school did not seem to make much difference to my habit of mind. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Edmund Burke We are so wonderfully formed, that, whilst we are creatures vehemently desirous of novelty, we are as strongly attached to habit and custom. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

We know the effect of habit in all mechanical operations, and the Spaniards bear constant testimony to the adroitness and accuracy of the Peruvians in this. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

William Makepeace Thackeray The habit of sneering at Mrs. Brown and the Miss Browns, because they are not quite du monde, or quite so genteel as Lady Smith. 11. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

The lady’s habit of refusing to see Europeans added the charm of mystery to a character which, even without that aid, was sufficiently distinguished to command attention. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

H. G. Wells I met a Justin grey-haired and it seemed to me physically shrunken, more than ever slow-speaking, with his habit of attentive silences more marked and that dark scar spread beyond his brows. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

L’astronome refit se démonstration en 1920, dans un habit très élégant. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1943]

H. G. Wells Unless they have got a habit of controlling themselves and forcing themselves and holding themselves together. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Tobias Smolle My habit proclaims me a Persian; this passport from the States of Holland will confirm that supposition. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

E. T. A. Hoffmann I had always to be close at his heels; and whenever he had made a bargain he had a habit of begging a trifle for the figliuolo (little boy). The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

I gathered from Haraldsen that it was his habit to send his motor-boat once a week to Hjalmarshavn for letters and such things as he imported. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Now, ever since I had watched by the Don’s bedside, I had made it my habit to carefully lock the door as soon as Nikola had left the room. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

It’s a sort of habit with him to get engaged, and his mother never opposes him, but she has a sort of habit of gently getting him out of it—every time. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Anthony Trollope It had become so much a habit that the walk repeated itself without an effort. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was inclined to drowse off to sleep in the middle of these tasks, a habit which both irritated and frightened his young teacher. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. F. Benson And this damnable habit of mine will have killed you. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Rudyard Kipling At the same time, I saw Saumarez’s face as he heard Maud Copleigh’s voice, and fifty yards away from the clump of orange-trees I saw a brown holland habit getting upon a horse. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

For some time after that I would not take a bank-note from any man unless he put his signature to it, and it has grown into a habit with me. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

George Meredith I’ve always had the good habit of going to church, Dacier. Now ‘s the time for remembering them. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

As he took his place opposite to them in the carriage, he unconsciously assumed a cold blank stare, pulling nervously at his moustache, as was his habit in moments of discomposure. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

G. K. Chesterton He had one of the habits of the poor, in a degree so exaggerated as immeasurably to eclipse the most miserable of the unemployed; I mean the habit of continual change of lodgings. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is not for us to instruct Him. Curses have, as the wise man said, a habit of coming home to roost. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Willa Cather He had got into the habit of seeing himself always in desperate straits. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Algernon Blackwood For delay there was, though of a few hours only; and this delay was caused by my uncomfortable new habitpausing for the guidance and the “thrill. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Grant saw the white shoulder, so close to him, quiver for a moment,—a queer little habit of hers in times of emotion. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Gissing Above all, he believed that this fatal habit of drinking had had its source in that prolonged nightmare of homeless agony. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

No one who admires the papaw could, without breach of courtesy, attribute to it the vulgar habit of crowding upon and elbowing away other vegetation possessing equal rights to a common plot. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

This had become such a habit with them that the deceit no longer gave them pleasure. In the World by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing One queer and most unchildlike habit she had, which, as if thinking it wrong, she only indulged when quite alone; she loved to sit before a looking-glass and gaze into her own face. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

So it results that most of the Turks whom one sees have a lawyer-like habit of speaking connectedly, and at length. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had a habit of not appearing to see her when she was in the room. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Olaf Stapledon Meditation may lead to flight from social responsibility, and self-indulgence in a world of dreams; or to such a habit of self-analysis that the will is paralysed. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

George MacDonald Is it a habit of yours to turn away my visitors? There’ll be some one else to turn away, I’m afraid, if I find any more of this kind of thing. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

An old man, famous for his wisdom and his habit of drooling on his shirt-front, suggested that they first catch their hare. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

My habit was now in rags from my struggles, my knees and hands stript of skin. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

They met again a little before noon, at which hour it was Mr. Carley’s habit to consume a solid luncheon. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle As to your suggestion that I may modify my opinion, I would have you know that it is not my habit to do so after a deliberate expression of my mature views. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Jane Austen The force of habit was to be added. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

George Meredith His habit is to avoid converse; but he will let a light remark season meditation. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Gissing In spite of restricted space, the Cartwrights found it impossible to relinquish the habit of universal hospitality. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Polyandry would be a natural stepping-stone to communal marriages or almost promiscuous intercourse; though the best authorities believe that this latter habit preceded polyandry. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Henry James This habit flushed through the merit she now made, in terms explicit, of not having come to Folkestone to kick up a vulgar row. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

The habit of his profession was strong in him — stronger than his sense of personal dignity. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Of that most unmilitary weapon it was the general’s habit to explain that it was a souvenir of the peaceful days when he was a civilian. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

I don’t know what on earth to do with her,” repeated Blair, who had a habit of getting hopelessly bewildered on occasions. The Beginning of the End by Ellen Wood [1869]

Ann Radcliffe As habit and effort strengthened the fortitude of Madame La Motte, the features of misfortune appeared to soften. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We had expected hysteria, and found a standard of health and vigor, a calmness of temper, to which the habit of profanity, for instance, was impossible to explain — we tried it. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

D. H. Lawrence For Connie had got into the habit of sitting still by the fire, pretending to read; or to sew feebly, and hardly going out at all. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing She said it in the tone of superiority which habit had made natural to her in speaking of intellectual things. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Helen Zimmern On one occasion she writes to Mrs. Ruxton:— It is very happy for your little niece that you have so much the habit of expressing to her your kind feelings. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Francis Bacon We will first speak how the natural inclination and habit to be angry, may be attempted and calmed. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

As he listened, however, he did not forget the habit of soldierly precaution, looking both behind and before. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Gissing His failure to obtain an interview with Miss Nunn annoyed him; but for her presence in the house he would not have got into this habit of going there. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope The habit of writing clearly soon comes to the writer who is a severe critic to himself. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He himself was born about fifty years old, all complete, with his iron-grey whiskers and his bilious eyes, which he had the habit of frequently closing during a conversation. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

In dealing with Egyptian dates, one is apt to think lightly of periods that count only by centuries; but it is a habit of mind which leads to error, and it should be combated. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. G. Wells But something in her own make-up, perhaps it was the Christian Science habit of mind, rebelled against this subjection. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing She did not say much herself, and when she did speak it was with a noticeable effort to overcome her habit of diffidence. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

The habit has been very general with well-taught practitioners, to have recourse to the introduction of these alien elements into the system on the occasion of any slight disturbance. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Edith Wharton In her monastic habit she looked coarse and overblown: the severe lines and sober tints of the dress did not become her. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

It was the most comforting habit of his life, in a mainly successful display of his skill without the assistance of any subordinate. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Charles Dudley Warner What is worthy of note is that a boy of nineteen should turn aside from his caustic satire to protest against the cruel and unmanly habit of jesting at ancient maidens. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Henry James It was fortunate that he kept his intoxication mainly to himself: the Englishman’s habit of not being effusive still prevailed with him after his years of exposure to the foreign infection. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Gissing It was her habit to walk at a good pace, always with the same airy movement, as though her feet only in appearance pressed the ground. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The habit had grown upon him of late, and it was seldom now that he was entirely sober. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Edgar Allan Poe He was gloomy, even beyond his usual habit — in fact he was morose — but in him I was prepared for eccentricity. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Is it possible, is it possible that you do not feel sick at being here yourself? Evidently habit does wonders! God knows what habit can do with anyone. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

George Gissing Her creed was a habit of the intellect; she held it as she did the knowledge of the motions of the earth. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

D. H. Lawrence Their marriage, their integrated life based on a habit of intimacy, that he talked about: there were days when it all became utterly blank and nothing. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing But it never got the force of a habit you had to break?’ ‘No. Partly, I dare say, because I had the warning of poor Sykes before my eyes. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

He had a habit of dividing his time into little parts each of which was filled up, and he told the Quaker what he did in this hour and that, and so on through the day until far into the night. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

It is easier — even quicker, once you have the habit — to say In my opinion it is a not unjustifiable assumption that than to say I think. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

Ford Madox Ford I think the modern civilized habit — the modern English habit of taking every one for granted — is a good deal to blame for this. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Lucy Maud Montgomery Marilla’s impassioned grief, breaking all the bounds of natural reserve and lifelong habit in its stormy rush, she could comprehend better than Anne’s tearless agony. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

I had adopted Carmilla’s habit of locking her bedroom door, having taken into my head all her whimsical alarms about midnight invaders and prowling assassins. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Besides,” added he, smiling, “it is a habit contracted long since, in the service of the queen your aunt, and of the king your father. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Margaret Oliphant Natural pity and sympathetic feeling had yielded to the carelessness of habit and common occupation. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H. Rider Haggard This habit of theirs is largely fostered by the political condition of the country. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

H. Rider Haggard Not that Angela saw much of him, however, for they still kept to their old habit of not living together. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling But Rip were a bit on a rover, an’ hed a habit o’ breakin’ out o’ barricks like, and trottin’ round t’ plaice as if he were t’ Cantonment Magistrate coom round inspectin’. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

John Galsworthy It’s become a habit to lay yourself alongside. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens The consequences of this contemplative habit on the part of the Executive — a habit to be looked for in a hermit, but not in a Police System — are familiar to us all. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell It broke in upon his lately acquired habit of sitting still in one easy chair for half a day together. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Edgar Allan Poe The habit was an immoral one, and so I told him. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James This habit he had taken up more particularly since the circle of his social life had contracted. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

D.H. Lawrence Then she and Louisa went occasionally to whatever hall or theatre had Siegmund in the orchestra, so that shortly the three formed the habit of coming home together. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

George Gissing John Jacks had fallen of late into a habit of worry about things great and small, as though age were suddenly telling upon him. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

It was his habit to be rather distrustful of his brother and of all his brother’s acquaintance. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

H. G. Wells There had been a conspicuous absence from about the cradle-side of Socialism, of men with the scientific habit of mind. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Elizabeth Gaskell It is my habit to consider the individual apart from his (or her) reputation, practice independent of theory, natural disposition isolated from acquired opinions. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Arthur Morrison Indeed, from all accounts, she is a very excellent woman, except for a desire to govern everybody, and a habit of spite if she i§ thwarted. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

But for the moment it was out of my power, and then I never fancied this case to be more than a piece of a continuous case, of a habit fixed. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Now from past habit I still thought in the stone age, and in my thoughts of the stone age there were no thoughts of firearms. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

This became a habit with him, and even at dinner-time before he took up his knife and fork he slobbered over his fingers, causing great amusement to the children. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

John Galsworthy When it came, he gave the waiter a shilling against club rules and the habit of a lifetime; for he had an obscure feeling that the fellow had done something unique to him. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

William Makepeace Thackeray The habit of spending insane sums of money in bric-a-brac, tall copies, binding, Elzevirs, &c. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

In many cases habit or use and disuse have probably come into play. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The indicating of errors in thought and speech made by those around has all through life been an incurable habit — a habit for which I have often reproached myself, but to no purpose. Memories and Studies by William James

George Gissing I have the habit of looking to the consolatory facts of life, you to the depressing. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Edith Wharton Singly they betrayed their inferiority; but grouped together they represented “New York,” and the habit of masculine solidarity made him accept their doctrine on all the issues called moral. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

George Gissing But conscience and habitdetestable habit — and fear of public opinion generally hold him. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Rafael Sabatini The habit of swift realization of his every wish had grown with him, and that habit guided now his course. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Henry Handel Richardson For, following the habit of a lifetime, on entering his room he had automatically exchanged his tail-coat for the familiar grey working-jacket that hung behind the door. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It does not suit us to ask for an explanation, because it is not our habit to interfere with other nations. North America by Anthony Trollope

T. E. Lawrence Arab habit was to fill themselves to vomiting point at each well, and either to go dry to the next; or, if they carried water, to use it lavishly at the first halt, drinking and bread-making. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton And he was happy there, after all; intellectual solitude was too old a habit to weigh on him . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

George Eliot But I wish he had added that the habit of dragging the ludicrous into topics where the chief interest is of a different or even opposite kind is a sign not of endowment, but of deficiency. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Theodore Dreiser I can’t tell, for the life of me, how much of this disturbing feeling of mine is habit — the condition that I’m accustomed to — and how much is sympathy. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

But all things are measured by habit and weighed by comparison. Signa by Ouida

Henry James You see I am helped by a habit I have of dividing people into classes, into types. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

G. K. Chesterton It is a wild letter, full of taunts; you can see it for yourselves; but it makes a particular point of poor Hook’s habit of fishing from the island. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Robert Green Ingersoll Give us a new miracle, and substantiate it by witnesses who still have the cheerful habit of living in this world. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. G. Wells He asked the Conference to realize how specialized and rare as yet was its new forward-looking habit of mind. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Meredith His habit was to go off in an explosion of heavy sighs when he had delivered himself so far, like a man at war with himself. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]