Phrases with "habitual"

It’s a sort of habitual background to my thought of you. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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

Benjamin Disraeli It was evident that he was intimate with the occupiers of Hurstley Hall. He addressed Mrs. Thornberry with the ease of habitual acquaintance, while John Hampden seemed almost to rush into his arms. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

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]

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

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]

Wilkie Collins Mabel could not venture to consult her uncle—and if Mrs Corydon had an amiable weakness, it took the form of habitual reliance on other people’s advice. The Poetry Did It by Wilkie Collins [1885]

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]

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]

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]

Victor Hugo His hands inclined to cross each other, and had the mechanical junction of habitual prayer. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

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

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

A sentiment that often exists unsupported by virtue, unsupported by that sublime morality which makes the habitual breach of one duty a breach of the whole moral law. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Luis’ hands were lying one over the other on his knee in a careless attitude that was habitual to him. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

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

Edith Wharton Their timidity appeared to infect Odo’s mother, who, from her habitual volubility of temper, sank to a mood of like submissiveness. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Eliot The sight of the book recalled the habitual longing and faint hope that he could read and understand, and he moved towards the chair immediately. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

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

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

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]

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]

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]

Edith Wharton Justine had sunk into the window-seat, her thin hands clasping her knee, in the attitude habitual to her meditative moments. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

Institutions must change with changing circumstances, since they are of the nature of an habitual method of responding to the stimuli which these changing circumstances afford. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

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

George Gissing Mrs. Otway already knew the fact; whence her habitual coldness to Piers, and the silent acerbity with which she behaved to him at this juncture. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

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]

Jeremy Bentham A man’s habitual occupations, though intimately connected in point of causality with the bent of his inclinations, are not to be looked upon as precisely the same circumstance. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle As we approached the scene of the crime I could see that my friend under all his habitual coolness was in truth deeply agitated. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

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

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

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]

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

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

Yet even there he gave not way to momentary petulance or gushing passion; all seemed with him systematic sarcasm or habitual sternness. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

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]

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

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]

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

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

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]

They were not habitual criminals in any way in that respect, and they just took to murder in this instance upon the particular urge of some fixed motive that to me, at all events, is not yet clear. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

George Gissing His habitual cast of countenance was meditative, with a tendency to sadness. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

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]

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

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

He sat looking at the fire, with that steady gaze which was habitual to him — the gaze of the man who plans and calculates. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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]

Caroline Lamb In the marriage state there is little love and much habitual confidence. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

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

Occasionally her brother’s lively sallies would bring a faint smile to her sweet lips, but they fell back immediately into the mournful droop that had become habitual with them. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

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]

Habits of thought with respect to the expression of life in any given direction unavoidably affect the habitual view of what is good and right in life in other directions also. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

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]

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

So too the habitual thievishness of the highlanders is pressed upon us quite as vividly as their gallantry and superstitions. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Her manifested joy whirled on her with her own habitual movement. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

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]

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

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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope It need hardly be told in so many words to an habitual novel-reader that Charley did get his bride at last. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

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]

H. G. Wells Only the clumsiness of communications limit us now, and every facilitation of locomotion widens not only our potential, but our habitual range. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

They increased, they redoubled, — the terrors of my habitual associations awoke me. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

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

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]

Ivan Turgenev His face was even transformed when he talked to her; it took on an open kindly expression, and his habitual nonchalance was modified by a kind of jocular attentiveness. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

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]

Virginia Woolf I, standing with my razor in my hand, became suddenly aware of the merely habitual nature of my action (this is the drop forming) and congratulated my hands, ironically, for keeping at it. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Edgar Allan Poe In no instance before that of which I speak, have I known the habitual mystific escape the natural consequence of his manoevres — an attachment of the ludicrous to his own character and person. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Inspiration soon became so habitual to him that he could scarce deliver himself in any other manner. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Grant was studying the morning papers, with his habitual half-careless thoroughness. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

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

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

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

George Eliot This evening he had his habitual air of dreamy benignant contentment, until he came quite close to Dinah and saw the traces of tears on her delicate eyelids and eyelashes. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

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

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

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

H. G. Wells Twice more her habitual “anxiety” was not to be relieved, and God was to incur her jaded and formal gratitude for two more “dear ones. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

But here the habitual Comstock folly about money stepped in. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Robert Burns Though the tone and sentiment coincide closely with “Man was made to Mourn,” I agree with Lockhart, that Burns wrote it in obedience to his own habitual feelings. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

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]

Thomas Paine Like a prodigal lingering in an habitual consumption, you feel the relics of life, and mistake them for recovery. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

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

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]

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]

John Donne I was baptized in thy cordial water against original sin, and I have drunk of thy cordial blood, for my recovery from actual and habitual sin, in the other sacrament. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

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]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell But then Phillis drew back from her innocent show of care and interest, and relapsed into the cold shyness habitual to her when she was first thrown into the company of strangers. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

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]

Wilkie Collins Miss Louisa’s habitual weakness was an inveterate tendency to catch cold. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

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]

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

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

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

Walter Scott The look of no man is so inauspicious as a fat man, upon whose features ill-nature has marked an habitual stamp. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

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]

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]

D’Artagnan went to the window with his habitual composure. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Charles Kingsley Against such extravagances, and against the loose sentimental tone of mind which begets them, hardly anything would be a better safeguard than the habitual study of nature. How to Study Natural History by Charles Kingsley

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

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]

Wilkie Collins His large, thoughtful, well-opened gray eyes, and his habitual refinement and modesty of manner, gave a certain attraction to his personal appearance, of which it stood in some need. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

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]

Anthony Trollope How many cataracts does the habitual tourist visit at which the waters fail him! But at Niagara the waters never fail. North America by Anthony Trollope

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

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

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This female, notwithstanding her years, and the habitual fretfulness (that is more wearing than time), was apparently healthy and robust, with a dry, leathery complexion. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

The habitual state of the affections always loses by their gratification. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

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

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]

Anatole France But the good Madame Marmet retained her habitual placidity. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Jeremy Bentham Her habitual occupations of the amusing kind are apt to be in many respects different from those of the male. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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

George Gissing Scawthorne, in spite of habitual self-command, betrayed an extreme surprise. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

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]

Edith Wharton In Darrow’s place she would have felt, as he doubtless did, that her carefully developed argument was only the disguise of an habitual indecision. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

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

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]

William Hazlitt His habitual jealousy made him fear the worst that might happen, and his irritability of temper added to his inveteracy of purpose, and sharpened his patriotism. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Elizabeth Gaskell She folded it up softly and slowly, and replaced it in her pocket with the quiet movement habitual to her. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

George Eliot Suddenly he said, in a lower tone than was habitual to him — ‘You are very beautiful. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Edith Wharton For a moment his habitual self-command seemed about to fail him; and Odo could not but see that a sincere personal regret was mingled with the political agent’s consciousness of failure. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

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

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]

At college, forced to attend or evade public worship, they acquire an habitual contempt for the very service, the performance of which is to enable them to live in idleness. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

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]

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

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]

Sir Walter Scott He returned, after a considerable absence, very pale, but yet with his habitual sneer on his cheek and nostril. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Robert Louis Stevenson But perhaps the cause of his ill-success lay in one trait which was habitual and unconscious with him, yet diagnostic of the man. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli I was an habitual visitor in town that I might cherish my love, and, dare I say it, I came down here to declare it. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

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]

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]

Edgar Allan Poe I had imagined that the habitual endurance of the atmospheric pressure at the surface of the earth was the cause, or nearly so, of the pain attending animal existence at a distance above the surface. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Jack London Conventional or habitual values meant nothing to him. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Benjamin Disraeli Except returning to sleep at the abbey, Lord Cadurcis was now as much an habitual inmate of Cherbury Hall as in the days of his childhood. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

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]

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]

Her idea pursued me continually, and I became the prey of habitual melancholy. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

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]

Wilkie Collins The self-possession of her progress downstairs, and the air of habitual authority with which she looked about her, spoke well for her position in Mr. Vanstone’s family. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is only with a measure of habitual foolhardiness that you can be sure, in the common run of men, of courage on a reasonable occasion. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Benjamin Disraeli He spoke of all the leading statesmen who had been the habitual companions of Mr. Ferrars, and threw out several anecdotes respecting them from personal experience. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

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

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]

Edith Wharton Her husband had stretched himself out in the deep armchair which was his habitual seat. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

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]

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]

Henry James She had turned away, but on perceiving that her daughter had gone outside she came toward Bernard again, with her habitual little air of eagerness mitigated by discretion. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

A few of them were dirty old habitual vagabonds, the majority decent-looking lads from the north, probably miners or cotton operatives out of work. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

George Gissing His habitual frown expressed a gloomy severity, and Mrs. Tresilian seemed unable to move her eyes from him. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

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]

Anne Bronte The habitual fear of their father’s peevish temper, and the dread of the punishments he was wont to inflict when irritated, kept them generally within bounds in his immediate presence. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

H. G. Wells Her habitual liveliness of phrasing lost its point. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

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

He altered all his habits and, an habitual drunkard, he abstained from liquor for two whole days. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

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]

Leon Trotsky Outwardly Kaminsky seemed even in temper, but inwardly he was always in a state of habitual irritation. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edith Wharton Her first impulse, as the mist cleared from her brain, was the habitual one of reaching out for ultimate relations. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson Plethora has filled us with indifference; and we are covered from head to foot with the callosities of habitual opulence. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

It was true then — the earth, the world, pleasant, or unpleasant, accustomed joys, habitual troubles, was the world no longer. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

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]

I had imagined, on the contrary, that on coming in he would at once break into his habitual thin, shrill laugh and fall to making his insipid jokes and witticisms. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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]

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]

His hand, in habitual action, had gone to his pocket for silver, but his brain did not follow it. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

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]

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