Phrases with "habitual"

This habitual cruelty is first caught at school, where it is one of the rare sports of the boys to torment the miserable brutes that fall in their way. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

George Gissing His robe was ragged and filthy; his bare feet were thick with the dust of the road; his visage, much begrimed, wore an expression of habitual suffering, and sighs as of pain frequently broke from him. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Vsevolod Krestovsky The result was almost a certainty from the outset, Prince Chechevinski became a habitual card sharper. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Their habitual distrust and dread of “the great Montezuma” were not to be overcome. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H.P. Lovecraft His habitual expression was one of kindly and well-bred calm, whereas now a variety of emotions seemed struggling within him. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

A temperament of general despondency, relieved by reckless outbursts of animal spirits, is the least favourable to habitual self-control. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

George Gissing Yet the smile was not frequent; her lips had an habitual melancholy, and very often she knitted her brows in an expression of troubled thought. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

William Hazlitt His habitual principles of action are unhinged and out of joint with the time. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

One’s just out, after seven years, and the other is referred to in police circles as an habitual offender. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

George Meredith On the Saturday of his appointment Redworth arrived at Copsley, with a shade deeper of the calculating look under his thick brows, habitual to him latterly. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

First, there are a number of mistakes where the words have had to be typed over again, and that shows it was done by someone who is obviously not accustomed to habitual use of the typewriter. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

On pursuing the path leading to the place of rendezvous, she said to herself that Martial would undoubtedly wound her by the tone of careless gallantry which was habitual to him. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

He was sure that a man who was not an habitual criminal and yet who had suddenly committed two murders could not possibly pass on through his life quite unaltered. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

This chance did, then, for him at once more than he would have dared to ask of Providence. M. de Treville was in his saloon with his habitual court of gentlemen. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Meredith But discourage the habitual serenader. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Gissing The tears brought her relief; she was able to throw her writing aside, and by degrees to resume that dull, vacant mood of habitual suffering which at all events could be endured. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Edith Wharton It was her habitual escape from the boredom between thrills, and in such intervals of existence as she was now traversing she plunged back into it after every bout of outdoor activity. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Gertrude Stein A TIME TO EAT. A pleasant simple habitual and tyrannical and authorised and educated and resumed and articulate separation. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Wilkie Collins There was a spirit in her — a miserable spirit, born of her own bitter experience — which rose in revolt against Horace’s habitual glorification of the ladies of his family. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Lessons of politeness, and that formulary of decorum, which treads on the heels of falsehood, would be rendered useless by habitual propriety of behaviour. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

It had an expression of half-defiant recklessness which seemed almost habitual to it; but it was not the face of a happy man. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope Time quickly renders words and names and even days habitual to us. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Washington Irving Neither was he an habitual gamester. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Edith Wharton Nevertheless, beneath his habitual bantering tone Susy discerned a change. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Olaf Stapledon Our daily life consists of an immensely complicated system of habitual actions, intermittently modified by conditioning or by intelligence. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Edith Wharton She was gathering up her brushes, rubbing her pallet with a rag, going through all the habitual last gestures with her usual somewhat pedantic precision. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

How habitual sin and misery suffice to brutalize “the human face divine”! I said but little, for the other prisoners were listening, eager, as it appeared to me, to witness my discomfiture. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Thomas Hardy But he might, on the other hand, have had too much sense to do so; for in her time with him he had been given to bouts only, and was not a habitual drunkard. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

E. F. Benson There was a reason deeper than any mean indulgence of appetite to account for his intemperance; he began his career as an habitual drunkard to drown remorse. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

To men whose habitual drink consists of lime-water and sugar, bottled lemonade represents champagne mousseux of the choicest brand. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

The buoyancy and freshness, the girlish vivacity of Miss Halliday’s manner, were rapidly giving place to habitual listlessness. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope We were a tax-paying nation when we commenced those wars which made our great loans necessary, and only went on in that practice which was habitual to us. North America by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton With Evelina such fits of discontent were habitual and openly proclaimed, and Ann Eliza still excused them as one of the prerogatives of youth. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

That habitual cheerfulness, termed good-humour, is, perhaps, as seldom united with great mental powers, as with strong feelings. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Thomas Hardy Half a dozen comfortable market-men, who were habitual callers at the Quiet Woman as they passed by in their carts, were partial to the topic. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

His pride and his resentment nerved his habitual courage; and when, having hastily dressed himself, he rejoined Paolo, it was with a flushed cheek and a haughty step. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

George Gissing The habitual expression it wears, too, is one of thoughtfulness, which produces an effect altogether independent of the subject of thought. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Leslie Stephen The thin, drawn features wear the expression of habitual pain, but are brightened up by the vivid and penetrating eye, which seems to be the characteristic poetical beauty. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Tobias Smolle In a word, she became an habitual dram-drinker; and this practice exposed her to such communication as debauched her reason, and perverted her sense of decorum and propriety. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope There certainly was a difference to-day, and it was of that kind which wine produces on some who are not habitual drinkers. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

D. H. Lawrence He seemed made up of a set of habitual actions and decisions. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Her habitual look was one of meaningless surprise; whatever she gazed upon seemed a source of astonishment to her, and when she laughed, which was not very often, her eyes grew wider than ever. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope The habitual debtor goes along jaunty and with elastic step, almost enjoying the excitement of his embarrassments. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Athos had even gone so far as to question M. de Treville — a thing which, considering the habitual reticence of the worthy Musketeer, had very much astonished his captain. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Ralph Waldo Emerson Let us begin by habitual imparting. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

They had no habitual purchaser of glycerine lozenges, and remembered no individual with that particular cap and bag. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Anthony Trollope The abuse of other people and abuse of a nature that she felt to be unjust imposed this necessity on her and at last made Mr. Slope’s defence an habitual course of argument with her. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells He was a mere aggressive and acquisitive individual with no sense of the State, no habitual loyalty, no devotion, no code of honour, no code even of courage. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Benjamin Disraeli If you are not an habitual gamester, and I hope you have not been even an occasional one, unbounded extravagance could scarcely in two years have permanently injured your resources. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Charles Dickens This state of mind being habitual to me, I troubled myself more about this conversation than I might have troubled myself about a greater matter. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Gissing The noise of talk grew so loud that it was only the keenness of habitual attention on Sally’s part which enabled her to observe that a customer was knocking on the counter. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

John Stuart Mill They have an habitual respect for the sound of them, but no feeling which spreads from the words to the things signified, and forces the mind to take them in, and make them conform to the formula. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Edgar Allan Poe I had fallen into an habitual see-saw, or wave of the hand about the platter: and, at length, the unconscious uniformity of the movement deprived it of effect. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing From anger which had in it an element of apprehension he passed to an arrogant self-confidence which character and circumstances were conspiring to make his habitual mood. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Jules Verne The tempest had driven it from the woods, and it had come to seek refuge in this cave, doubtless its habitual retreat, which Nadia then occupied. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Elizabeth Gaskell But he never thought of interfering in any of the small domestic regulations that Mrs. Thornton observed, in habitual remembrance of her old economies. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Walter Scott His discourse was not only easy, but almost cheerful, though ever and anon crossed by some expressions indicative of natural and habitual melancholy, or prophetic of future misfortune and woe. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Henry David Thoreau It is no more dusky in ordinary nights, than our mind’s habitual atmosphere, and the moonlight is as bright as our most illuminated moments are. Night and Moonlight by Henry David Thoreau

George Gissing He was a man of habitual gravity, occasionally severe in the rule of his household, very seldom unbending to mirth. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Robert Louis Stevenson Beginning with a note of pathos, but soon brightening into my habitual vivacity and humour, I rapidly narrated the circumstances of my birth, my flight, and subsequent misfortunes. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

As Marcus Aurelius long ago said, “Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

I recognized some habitual Readers going to their labor underneath the dome; of mere visitors we seemed among the first. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

George Gissing Impossible to associate any such trivial idea with Rosamund’s habitual seriousness of bearing, and with the stamp of her features, which added some subtle charm to regularity and refinement. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

John Locke Of habitual knowledge there are, also, vulgarly speaking. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

George Gissing The feeling which had first come upon her intensely when she stood before Mallard’s picture at the Academy was now growing her habitual mood. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Arnold Bennett Sophia watched her habitual heavy mounting gesture as she climbed the two steps that gave variety to the corridor. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

As much altered in appearance as I am, because bearded, and an habitual opium addict, he ——” “That’s neither here nor there,” broke in Dr. Libbeus angrily. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

But the power of fascination had torn him out of his very nature so completely that to preserve his habitual calmness from going to pieces had become a terrible effort. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

H.P. Lovecraft With the traditionally receptive ears of the small boy, I learned much; though an habitual secretiveness caused me to tell no one of my information or my resolve. The Tomb (Jun 1917) by H.P. Lovecraft [1917]

Jeremy Bentham It is the case, however, with his habitual occupations, with his pecuniary circumstances, and with his connexions in the way of sympathy. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Elizabeth Gaskell But Nicholas was neither an habitual drunkard nor a thorough infidel. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Algernon Blackwood Then a momentary anger blazed into his eyes, and he too, though with deliberation born of habitual self-control, got upon his feet and faced the excited guide. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Leslie Stephen Johnson’s habitual mode of life is described by Dr. Maxwell, one of Boswell’s friends, who made his acquaintance in 1754. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Thomas Hardy Anne’s anxiety now was lest he should not continue sleeping till the search was over, but start up with his habitual imprudence, and scorning such means of safety, rush out into their arms. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

As has been seen in an earlier chapter, the canons of reputability or decency under the pecuniary culture insist on habitual futility of effort as the mark of a pecuniarily blameless life. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

The sturdiness and immobility of his aspect were impressive, in spite of his plain features and the still unmistakable signs of long cherished discontent and habitual dissipation. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Tobias Smolle The solitary guest had something very forbidding in his aspect, which was contracted by an habitual frown. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Arnold Bennett He could scarcely comprehend how he had ever deemed her habitual expression to be forbidding. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

In her boudoir, he dropped his mask of habitual dissimulation, and his vices displayed themselves, at ease, as his limbs in a bath. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Henry James This was his habitual mode of utterance, but it was especially marked in the words I have just quoted. The American by Henry James [1877]

I heard my sister’s sobs, and thought, happy are women who can weep, and in a passionate caress disburthen the oppression of their feelings; shame and habitual restraint hold back a man. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The habitual and impervious gloom of his soul soon returned. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

William Hazlitt The habitual study of poetry and works of imagination is one chief part of a well-grounded education. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Notwithstanding these friendly demonstrations, Cortes did not relax his habitual vigilance, nor neglect any of the precautions of a good soldier. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H. G. Wells The muzzy exaltation of the unaccustomed stimulants gave way very rapidly to a model of pellucid and impartial clairvoyance which is one of my habitual mental states. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Richard Burton The Arab, however, knows by experience, that though habitual exposure of the scalp to a burning sun may harden the skull, it seldom fails to damage its precious contents. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Straithwaite’s dry voice, with its habitual drawl, broke into his reflection. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Olive Schreiner Only a mind exceedingly alert and analytical can fail ultimately to be misled by habitual visual misrepresentation. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

The company he belonged to left town in the adversity habitual with them. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

It is by meeting these two requirements, of ulterior wastefulness and proximate purposefulness, that any given employment holds its place as a traditional and habitual mode of decorous recreation. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Experience means the knowledge gained by habitual trial, and an expert is one who has been in the habit of trying. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Henry James His present appearance, however, was not a confession of disappointment; it was simply a part of Osmond’s habitual system, which was to be inexpressive exactly in proportion as he was really intent. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

The ordinary, habitual mode of speaking of celestial phenomena is Ptolemaic (see Paradise Lost, vii. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

If you stay for more than a week or thereabouts, the police will mark you down as an habitual beggar, and they will arrest you sooner or later. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf She would have liked to break through the reserve habitual to her in order to justify her engagement to some one whose opinion she valued. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

And in this case, when the objects of a man’s habitual admiration are true and noble, they will ever be found to suggest some antidote to the fatigues of their pursuit. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

The fact is significant as showing the habitual attitude of the dispassionate common man toward the propensities which express themselves in sports and in exploit generally. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Jeremy Bentham Those which regard his actions, are his habitual occupations. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

She loved her mother with fondness and devotion, yet it never occurred to her to aid in those petty household cares in which her mother centred so much of habitual interest. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Jane Austen But that he was for ever inconsolable, that he fled from society, or contracted an habitual gloom of temper, or died of a broken heart, must not be depended on — for he did neither. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

In the embarrassment and confusion of your senses, clearness of perception will come with habitual and tranquil confidence in Him who alike rules the universe and reads the heart. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Jules Verne He walked to and fro, sat down and got up again, took a chance book, put it down, consulted his instruments without taking his habitual notes, and seemed restless and uneasy. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

No one seemed to have, as an habitual customer, a working man with a motor-cycle, who occasionally travelled about with a suit-case on his carrier. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

H. G. Wells When it was evident he had fully paused Sir Bussy whispered his habitual monosyllable. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Behind his gold spectacles his eyes were bloodshot, and he carried with him the faint nauseating odour of the man who is an habitual drinker. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

His feet stepped, in habitual action, off the rope on to the flat ground. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Her mother has sense clear enough where habitual experience can guide it, but that sense is confused, and forsakes her when forced from the regular pathway in which it has been accustomed to tread. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Jules Verne I watched the Captain. His countenance had resumed its habitual imperturbability. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

I had, indeed, frequent opportunities of observing this habitual indifference to the presence of their slaves. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

The hamlet men were no habitual poachers. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

It is an habitual scale and method of responding to given stimuli. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Love becomes a poor thing, at best a poor beautiful thing, if it develops no continuing and habitual intimacy. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Nathaniel Hawthorne For some unaccountable reason, as Arthur Dimmesdale felt the child’s eyes upon himself, his hand — with that gesture so habitual as to have become involuntary — stole over his heart. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Edith Wharton His habitual touch was that of the eclectic, who lightly turns over and compares; and she was moved by this sudden glimpse into the laboratory where his faiths were formed. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Anatole France He expected to die of it, but he did not abandon his habitual kindness. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

Sinclair Lewis With the drooping of day his keenness had evaporated; an habitual indifference strengthened, permeating him. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

She was well out in the roadstead, but I steamed in and took up my habitual berth close in front of the town. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

She was evidently obeying some powerful emotion, since it made her forget her habitual timidity. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Half an hour with the manager of Faith Brothers had had the effect of studding the sergeant’s habitual simplicity of word and phrase with amazing jewels of technicality. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

A person small and emaciated, yet deriving dignity from a carriage which, while it indicated deference to the Court, indicated also habitual self-possession and self-respect. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Edith Wharton The Bunner sisters were habitual church-goers, but for once they left their prayer-books on the what-not, and ten o’clock found them, gloved and bonneted, awaiting Miss Mellins’s knock. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Kate Chopin Then the candor of the woman’s whole existence, which every one might read, and which formed so striking a contrast to her own habitual reserve-this might have furnished a link. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

E. F. Benson At that his heart sank even lower yet, for he had read that cool habitual burglars always had supper before they got to work, and therefore he was about to deal with a gang of professionals. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

During his excitement by these travels, a singular change took place in our poet’s habitual feelings. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

F. Scott Fitzgerald Edith had danced herself into that tired, dreamy state habitual only with débutantes, a state equivalent to the glow of a noble soul after several long highballs. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The doubt she must have of what was to come took its old habitual form. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Maria Edgeworth But every gentleman knew that there was a wide and material difference betwixt a gentleman who was fond of his bottle, and that unfortunate being, an habitual drunkard. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Continuation, resurrection, eternity are hereditary and habitual ideas; they have become almost inseparable and congenital parts of the mental system. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

I raised my head a few moments after, and saw him, with an habitual motion, (it could not have been more), make the sign of the cross, as a clock in some distant passage struck. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Elio She pushed it back at once, and saw — no letters, but a small spirit-decanter, half full of pale brandy, Dempster’s habitual drink. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Sinclair Lewis But the whistle sounded again, so lost and lonely that Dr. Planish fell back into his habitual doubt of himself, and his face tightened with anxiety and compromise. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Jules Verne Phileas Fogg gazed at the tempestuous sea, which seemed to be struggling especially to delay him, with his habitual tranquillity. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Of course he had the habitual wars with Milan, and he was obliged to do battle with his own brother Carlo to some extent. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

H. G. Wells My habitual polemical disposition to disparage Marx does not blind me to the fact of his pioneer awareness of this forest of difficulties in the theory of revolution. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Helen Zimmern In her stories events mostly occur as in sober and habitual fact. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Edith Wharton She dressed with even more than her habitual care, reddened her lips attentively, brushed the faintest bloom of pink over her drawn cheeks, and went down — to meet Mrs. Match coming up with a tray. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell His face returned into its lines of habitual anxiety. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope But the normal traveller in search of knowledge, with whom all of us who are habitual tourists are well acquainted, is altogether of a different nature. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

This was Grimm’s habitual language with regard to him; and this was the view of his character which Madame d’Epinay finally expressed in her book. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Bram Stoker For some years she flourished and exercised all the tyrannies of her own sex and in addition those habitual to men which came from expert use of the sword. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

The inspector took up the telegram again and his face puckered to the frown that seemed almost to be habitual now. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

G. K. Chesterton The process began almost in babyhood, and became habitual like a literal madness. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Forest King, Wild Geranium, and Bay Regent leading for two lengths, when Montacute, with his habitual “fast burst,” sent Pas de Charge past them like lightning. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

I am dying and you call out to me to wait!” “My lord,” said Colbert, with his habitual coolness, “it is impossible that things should not come out as I have said. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells These daily routines are wrapping about me, embedding me in a mass of trite and habitual responses. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Elizabeth Gaskell The Count de Grange was an habitual visitor at the house of his cousin the duchess, who was a gay Parisian, absorbed in her life of giddy dissipation. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Walter Scott At first Butler conceived this manoeuvre was only an effect of the man’s habitual and official caution and jealousy. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

George Gissing Her lips shaped themselves to that expression which he knew so well, the half-smile telling of habitual sadness. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope Of course young noblemen were extravagant, and wicked, and lascivious, habitual breakers of the commandments, and self-idolators; it was their nature. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

An habitual neglect of work does not constitute a leisure class; neither does the mechanical fact of use and consumption constitute ownership. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

He has here dictated his extempore thoughts, without premeditation or revision, so that we have here a record of Milton’s habitual mind. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

His strong lips loosened their habitual hold upon each other, and there was an impressionist daub of yellow fang between. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Painful as it was to speak of such a thing, she took courage one morning, and told him plainly that she believed he was suffering from, the effect of habitual — almost unconscious — intemperance. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope The habitual and almost necessary acrimony of the defence creates acrimony in the attack. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Leslie Stephen Swift alludes in his letters to an anecdote, which we may hope does not represent his habitual practice. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Jules Verne A dozen ladders were descended by the engineer and his guide, with the measured step habitual to the miner. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle The darkness made it more easy for him to break through the reserve which was habitual with him. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

The readjustment of institutions and habitual views to an altered environment is made in response to pressure from without; it is of the nature of a response to stimulus. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Michel listened to him scrambling amongst the stones, and his habitual amiably vacant face acquired a sort of dignity from the utter and absolute blankness that came over it. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Barnard, on the other hand, accepted the position with what Conway had learned to regard as an habitual good humor. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Charles Dickens When he returned home, he found his slippers placed by his sitting-room fire; and even more careful attention paid to his fancies than was habitual in those model lodgings. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

D. H. Lawrence Rico, with his good manners and his habitual kindness, and that peculiar imprisoned sneer of his. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith His habitual air of happy pride, of indignant contentment rather, could easily be overdone. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

But she still quite unmistakably remains his chattel in theory; for the habitual rendering of vicarious leisure and consumption is the abiding mark of the unfree servant. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Edith Wharton Beneath her placid exterior she cherished a morbid passion for disease and death, and the sight of Ann Eliza’s suffering had roused her from her habitual indifference. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

The habitual disposition towards unrighteousness which it involved was at best defended, at worst unnoticed. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

She seemed to be a habitual customer. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Arthur Machen But the next morning I was taking the same round, which, as a matter of fact, is habitual with me, and again I saw at the same spot a device in flints. The Shining Pyramid by Arthur Machen

Maria Edgeworth From not having lived in society, Harry was not aware of the signs and tokens of folly or wisdom by which the world judge; the opinion of the bystanders had not habitual power over him. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Edith Wharton Don’t be frightened — you haven’t acquired an habitual drunkard. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Gissing She was a well-grown girl of three and twenty, with the complexion and the mould of form which indicate, whatever else, habitual nourishment on good and plenteous food. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

The habitual practice of each new art must likewise in some slight degree strengthen the intellect. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Willa Cather She wondered whether Flavia’s habitual note of uneasiness were not, in a manner, prophetic, and a sort of unconscious premonition, after all. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

What were these hides — what were they not? — to us, to me, a boy, twenty-four years ago? These were our constant labor, our chief object, our almost habitual thought. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

John Galsworthy The habitual sniff on the face of Soames Forsyte had spread through their ranks; they were on their guard. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

However, when we came in sight of the spinney where a cold bit of grouse and a bottle of Burgundy awaited each, Barris seemed to recover his habitual good humor. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Margaret Oliphant Underwood remembered to have heard that no spirit could enter without invitation, and he shut his mouth firmly that no habitual “come in” might lay him open to the assault of the enemy. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H. G. Wells Such a man will not become an habitual drunkard; he will not become anything “habitual. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Thomas Love Peacock It might be one of the female servants; but it had too much grace, and too striking an air of habitual liberty, to render it probable. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Her companions talked and laughed, while she felt her frame convulsed by internal combats, and the unwonted command she exercised over her habitual vehemence. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Sitting at it by the window, the light fell over the right side and no habitual writer would ever tolerate his right hand continually casting a shadow as he wrote. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells Beatrice and Lady Grove, my uncle and the Hardingham, my soaring in the air and my habitual wide vision of swift effectual things, became as remote as if they were in some world I had left for ever. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Then he started on the soldiers and slanged the officers (‘gentry pups’ was his name for them), and the generals, whom he accused of idleness, of cowardice, and of habitual intoxication. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Algernon Blackwood The habitual had revealed its marvellous hidden beauty. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Anthony Trollope He had been free in declaring that the telling of the secret should make no difference in his assistant’s position at Bowick. But in all that, he had acted from his habitual impulse. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

On Zanoni’s face, despite its habitual calm, the emotions change and go. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

H. G. Wells My habitual disposition to respect an obligation, to accept my immediate world and respond to its urgencies and imperatives was very strong. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

In my excursions in the town I was never allowed to go alone; Aph–Lin or his daughter was my habitual companion. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

George Eliot Why did she come to me before going out? I had not seen her in the library, which was my habitual place for months. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

That night he came in silently, and after shutting the door with care, took his habitual seat, a broad wooden armchair. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Meredith He lost the art of observing himself: the wrinkling up and dropping of his brows became his habitual language. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

The only difference might be that he, Robert, had fallen from grace through a chance temptation, whereas Bannerstein was an habitual offender. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

William Hazlitt Chaucer excelled in the force of habitual sentiment; Shakespeare added to it every variety of passion, every suggestion of thought or accident. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

George Meredith Several times Mr. Rippenger pronounced my name in the way habitual to him in anger: ‘Rye!’ Temple’s answer was inaudible to me. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Meredith He walked loosely, utterly unlike the walk habitual to him even recently in Paris. ‘Has he been ill?’ Janet asked. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

D. H. Lawrence He was a great rider, so there was about him some of a horseman’s sureness and habitual definiteness of decision, also some of the horseman’s animal darkness. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edmund Burke We pass on to our neighborhoods, and our habitual provincial connections. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

They are dead—as dead as Queen Anne, every mother’s son of them! I am in my favorite rôle of Sole Survivor. It has become habitual to me; I rather like it. A Sole Survivor by Ambrose Bierce

The habitual expression of her face was a sweet pensiveness, but sometimes she was irritable and a little petulant. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

How unconsciously many habitual actions are performed, indeed not rarely in direct opposition to our conscious will! Yet they may be modified by the will or reason. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin