Phrases with "have"

Henry James To let him go off without her, not to see him expose himselfthat ought properly to have been a relief and a luxury to her. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

William Makepeace Thackeray Come, worship now at the shrine of Glory! You have been promised liberty, but you have had none. The History of the Next French Revolution by William Makepeace Thackeray

Kenneth Grahame He would much rather have been hunting the mole, who must have been a mile away by this time if he had his wits about him. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Jack London Each day, pursuing him and crying defiance at him, the lesson of the previous night was erased, and that night would have to be learned over again, to be as immediately forgotten. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Olaf Stapledon Rightly Marxists have pointed out that liberty should mean something more than this. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Green Ingersoll Then we have matter, force, law, order, cause and effect without a being superior to nature. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Now I think I have said sufficient — as much as I can without taking you into technical details, of the general nature of these creatures which form coral. Coral and Coral Reefs by Thomas Henry Huxley

Robert Louis Stevenson But these failings were not at the root of the matter; the true reasoning of their souls ran thus — I have not got on; I ought to have got on; if there was a revolution I should get on. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Makepeace Thackeray I have seen many regiments since, and many ferocious-looking men, but the Ahmednuggar Irregulars were more dreadful to the view than any set of ruffians on which I ever set eyes. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

They might just have told me to mind my own business if I had spoken; so perhaps it comes to the same. Helen Whitney’s Wedding by Ellen Wood [1877]

I have known—who has not?—interminable nights, and nights when I dreaded the morning, but I think the worst of them was easier to bear than the night I kept watch beside Essie. She was stricken. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

H.P. Lovecraft It would seem, in view of the peculiar legends about old cities with huge stonework and strange designs and hieroglyphs which you describe, that I have come upon something very important. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

But I have reason to think Vale’s name is the one that has been mentioned in connection with the losses last half. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

I bade her tell His Holiness that I had hoped to have the pleasure of calling on him shortly, and drove to a hotel in Sackville Street, where I engaged apartments and dined. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

To see some of their faces you’d have thought they were afraid I’d go about at night strangling people. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Florence Dixie He had followed the guanaco now to the right, now to the left, often having to run to keep it in view, and all he knew was that several hours must have elapsed since he started in its pursuit. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

What manner of child is he, Anton? Lusty, you say, and well-formed? I would my arms could have held him . The Wife of Flanders by John Buchan

The Farnham ladies would have been delighted with the result of their labours in the sweet reason and eminent propriety of this attitude. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Guy de Maupassant The Chantals lead a peculiar existence; they live in Paris as though they were in Grasse, Evetot, or Pont-a-Mousson. They have a house with a little garden near the observatory. Mademoiselle Perle by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Apuleius, Petronius, and Lucian have similar stories. The Story of the Volsungs by translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson

The bank and the silversmith have muddled matters between them; they may have put young Todhetley’s name into it through seeing his father’s on the bank-note. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

It was the conjurer’s turn to make a wry face; and he made it “Our mothers would have us put them before God” he said. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

Henry Handel Richardson But not for anything would he have shown it. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle Yes, I am glad to have had my attention called to Baron Adelbert Gruner.” “You say he was affable?” “A purring cat who thinks he sees prospective mice. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Nevertheless I have my suspicions about it. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Edgar Allan Poe In fact the English Prosodists have blindly followed the pedants. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Charles Kingsley One very ugly superstition, nevertheless, we must mention, of which these two men have been, in England at least, the great hierophants; namely, the right of “genius” to be “eccentric. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley

H.P. Lovecraft But he was great once — my fathair in Barcelona have hear of heem — and only joost now he feex a arm of the plumber that get hurt of sudden. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Guy de Maupassant And what would he have done, the loafer, tell me, what would he have done? Can you tell me?” Caniveau was laughing. Belhomme’s Beast (La Bête à Maît' Belhomme) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

I’ll have to take him down a peg or two. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Guy de Maupassant He answered without embarrassment, telling me that he had travelled a great deal in Africa, in the Indies, in America. He added, laughing: “‘I have had many adventures. The Hand (La Main d'écorché) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Henry David Thoreau Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Don’t you see? — if she had kept a chandler’s shop, and been open about it, what should we have cared? It was the sailing under false colours; trying to pass herself off for what she is not. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

Algernon Blackwood The stride soon began to increase in length, till it finally assumed proportions that seemed absolutely impossible for any ordinary animal to have made. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

We submit to the majority because we have to. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

Rudyard Kipling You shall have the sweets when you have answered them. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

The girl did not seem to have the least notion of refusing: she appeared to have lived under submission. Our Visit by Ellen Wood

I have never been able to reply to it. The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards

Bamtz could not have imposed on him. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Julian Hawthorne If we cherish her, the sins we have committed may be forgiven us. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Guy de Maupassant I have never drunk anything like it, soft, velvety, perfumed, delicious. That Pig of a Morin (Ce cochon de Morin) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

D.H. Lawrence His name might have been Excelsior, indeed. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Nellie Bly If the patient has a visitor, I have seen the nurses hurry her out and change her dress before the visitor comes in. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Robert Louis Stevenson She is devoted, quite devoted to me — ’ ‘She is the best woman in the world!’ broke out Dick. ‘Dick,’ cried the Admiral, stopping short; ‘I have been expecting this. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins You have often wondered, my friend, at the tranquil, equable sadness of my manner: after what I have just told you, can you wonder any longer? ‘But let me return for a moment to the past. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

For all I knew the thieves might have done murder. Our Visit by Ellen Wood

William Morris Wilt thou that he speak, Jack?” said Will Green. “Nay,” said the other; “yet shall he have warning first. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

Saunders seemed to have dealt in his usual methodical manner with most of the correspondence. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Marjorie Bowen God have mercy on us all! In the hope, vain though I feel it to be, that when I have written down this tale it may cease to haunt me, I here begin. The Bishop of Hell by Marjorie Bowen

William Makepeace Thackeray It is the quaintest and prettiest of all the quaint and pretty towns I have seen. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

That is why I have allowed myself to love. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Johnny Ludlow, I am getting to think a great deal; to have a sort of insight that I never had before; and I see how very wisely and kindly all things are ordered. At Whitney Hall by Ellen Wood [1872]

By throwing ‘pure art’ overboard they have freed themselves from the fear of being laughed at and vastly enlarged their scope. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Florence Dixie Our tents were pitched, and having made up our beds in them, so as to have everything ready by night-time, we began to set about preparing dinner. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Guy de Maupassant So I have had all my worry and trouble for nothing! Oh, that is nice! that is very nice!” Poor Caravan, who felt nearly distracted, kept on saying: “My dear, my dear, please, please be quiet. A Family Affair (En Famille) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Searching here, inquiring there, nothing came of it: Roger seemed to have vanished into air. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Rudyard Kipling The Man-o’-War’s ’er ’usband, but if we wasn’t ’ere, ’E wouldn’t have to fight at all for ’ome an’ friends so dear. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

The men tell me he couldn’t have missed them by more than an inch. The Black Mate by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Jack London For at that place there were no berries of a certain kind, of which I see you have plenty in this country. Lost Face by Jack London

E. T. A. Hoffmann We have driven away that ugly Coppelius, you see. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Guy de Maupassan I have just read among the General News in one of the papers, a drama of passion. Love by Guy de Maupassan

The old man did not have an overcoat, but said that he found the cold exhilarating. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Thinking it was another dog with another piece of meat, he made up his mind to have that also. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Henry David Thoreau No wonder it has been extensively introduced into London. Let us have a good many Maples and Hickories and Scarlet Oaks, then, I say. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Goldwin Smith Age must by this time have quenched his fire, and tamed his imagination, so that the didactic style would suit him best. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Henry James Nothing indeed could have been simpler save perhaps the way Bessie smiled back: “To every one but me. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

One of the hands was clasping something that hung round his neck by a narrow blue ribbon; it seemed to have been pulled by him out of the opening in his night-shirt. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

Ask Pink and Featherstone, else, when they next come; ask Mr. Carden. I can’t think what idea you have been getting hold of. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Virginia Woolf So have we for the matter of that, thought Jacob, crumpling the Daily Mail in his hand. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Julian Hawthorne Something seems wrong somehow; I have given you all myself. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne I have no faith that it is a valuable medicine — little or none — and yet there has been an unwonted briskness in me all the morning. The Dolliver Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1876]

You seem to believe the outrageous things she says, if you do have a row with her now and then. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

And I have made a curse upon old age and upon the old men, and listen now while I give it out to you. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

Rudyard Kipling Certain attachments which have set and crystallised through half-a-dozen seasons acquire almost the sanctity of the marriage bond, and are revered as such. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

And I fancied that had I done so Jacobus would not have moved a muscle. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

She was too young to have had much opportunity of hearing flattering truths from strangers; and, besides, the ordinary stranger would see nothing in her to call for flattering truths. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Henry James The moonbeams and silver threads presented at moments all the vision of what poor she might have made of happiness. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

D. H. Lawrence And you should have heard the applause all round that Council Chamber — that great, horseshoe table, you don’t know how impressive it is. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

E. F. Benson He was shown up, and I found myself in the presence of one of the most charming men I have ever had the good fortune to meet. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

They could not have given him enough of that if all their thoughts and all their actions had been directed to that end. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

George Gissing And suppose, after all, the total had exceeded my resources! That indeed would have been a blow. A Charming Family by George Gissing

But, as he frankly told his wife, had he known it was a sister of Bird’s, he might never have done so. Hardly Worth Telling by Ellen Wood [1870]

Olaf Stapledon For this end we declare that in future no powerful individual or class or nation shall have the means, economic or military, to control the lives of men for private gain. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

What right had I to suppose you loved me? Better never to have seen your face? — yes, perhaps that might have been better. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I have not had my revenge yet at écarté. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

E. F. Benson And then, in the oddest way, her head nodded forward and she seemed to have fallen asleep. The Gardener by E. F. Benson

William Godwin Mr. Clare was a clergyman, and appears to have been a humourist of a very singular cast. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Andrew Lang None so glad would he have been Of a myriad marks of gold Of a hundred thousand told. Aucassin and Nicolete by Andrew Lang

That was the only dangerous thing I ever did, and I have been punished severely for it. Margaret Rymer by Ellen Wood [1875]

Henry James No other country could possibly have produced her. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

Mark Twain If Shakespeare had really been celebrated, like me, Stratford could have told things about him; and if my experience goes for anything, they’d have done it. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

Also in my youth I have been in England.’ And he sighed as at a sorrowful recollection. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Kenneth Grahame But when you have girls about the place, they have got to be considered to a certain extent. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

You and I have established that interest: all else, all you ask more, is superfluous. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Sir Walter Scott It afterwards belonged to King Harold. The Conqueror bestowed it on William de Warren, with all its privileges and jurisdiction, which are said to have extended over twenty-eight towns. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

William Makepeace Thackeray And in regard of Jerry Hawthorn and that hero without a surname, Corinthian Tom, Mr. Cruikshank, we make little doubt, was glad in his heart that he was not allowed to have his own way. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Wilkie Collins You have gobbled up your dead companion; and if you ever had such a thing as a soul — ha, Septimus! — it parted company with you at the first morsel you tasted of the Boatswain’s mate. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Wilkie Collins In the mean time, can you, or can you not, manage to meet the difficulties in the way of the marriage?” “I have settled everything,” Launce answered, confidently. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Jack London They’re damn hungry, Henry, an’ they’ll have you an’ me guessin’ before this trip’s over. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

E. F. Benson Look at me; have I not done something to myself to begin with?” “You are two years younger than I,” said Darcy, “at least you used to be. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

The Sage does not have this error. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Over the third guest, the incidents of the dinner may be said to have passed for long unheeded. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Charles Dickens He wants to see you, Sir. I have a chaise here. To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens [1852]

Arthur Machen In August there must have been eighteen or nineteen visitors in the village. Change by Arthur Machen

Henry James I’m in the saloon, where we have our meals, and opposite me is a big round porthole, wide open to let in the smell of the land. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

In Glasgow I have heard of an arrangement by which young academicians are placed in the family of a professor. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Arthur Machen I have studied it rather deeply, and I confess it interests me extremely. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

H. G. Wells In five short years the world and the scope of human life have undergone a retrogressive change as great as that between the age of the Antonines and the Europe of the ninth century . The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Hippolytus, as old records have said, Was by his stepdam sought to share her bed; But, when no female arts his mind could move, She turn’d to furious hate her impious love. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Wish some good genius would tell mine!” The interview seemed to have been short and sharp. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

To be a capitalist, is to have not only a purely personal, but a social status in production. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Val and I have been explaining our affection to the Archdeacon, and he says it’s perfectly innocent. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

For ten years I have lived so much with the poor that people have almost forgotten my previous active life when I was busy with money-making and happy in my home. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

The Dutch, in the numerous excellent styles of bindings they have so freely imitated from other nations, have not failed to include the English embroidered books. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Daniel Defoe Some few of which wonderful effects we shall give a brief account of, as we have received them from persons of unquestionable credit in the several parts of the nation. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

And we have very good means of knowing that any such rise as this certainly has not taken place in the level of the sea since the time that the corals have been building their houses. Coral and Coral Reefs by Thomas Henry Huxley

Jacques Futrelle A woman would have called it a dimple. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

I have tried no State prisoners, nor am like to try any such. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He held his breath—he stole on a step at a time—he would not have roused her for the world till all was ready. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

Edith Wharton Perhaps you would have had to sit there opposite her, knowing what I did and feeling as I did, to understand why. The Long Run by Edith Wharton [1916]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman It can survive the flesh to which it has clung like a persistent shadow, seeming to have in itself something of the substance of that to which it pertained. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Arthur Conan Doyle You know well that our ships have suffered great scathe from the Spaniards, who for many years have slain without grace or ruth all of my people who have fallen into their cruel hands. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

William Makepeace Thackeray Mr. Sawyer, the Timminses have asked us to dinner. A Little Dinner at Timmins’s by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

Robert Louis Stevenson For years I have seen this coming, and now it has come. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

We have miles of land about here. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

William Morris So Bonne Lance fretted, thinking of some trap Day after day, till on a time he said: John of Newcastle, if we have good hap, We catch our thief in two days. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Henry Fielding I believe I have now recounted to you the most material passages of my life; for I assure you there are some incidents in the lives of kings not extremely worth relating. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

If they did not come in through the window—why, they must have got in elsewhere. Our Visit by Ellen Wood

Gertrude Stein All the standards have steamers and all the curtains have bed linen and all the yellow has discrimination and all the circle has circling. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

H.P. Lovecraft The laborers were not as happy as they might have been, for most of them seemed uneasy over some dream which they had had, yet which they tried in vain to remember. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Rudyard Kipling I have sworn an oath, to keep it on the Horns of Ovis Poli,  And the Red Gods call me out and I must go! He must go — go — go away from here!  On the other side the world he’s overdue. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Had you been at home, sitting there, good mother, you might have been startled out of your seven senses. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Algernon Blackwood The ambushed meaning I have hinted at remained — a hint. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Even you, my dear Miss Medlincott, when you have all London at your feet—as you probably will in a month or two—would scarcely look askance at those pearls she is wearing to-night, for instance. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry James I met the couple in those literary circles referred to in the papers: I have sufficiently intimated that it was only in such circles we were all constructed to revolve. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

It was pleasing, and just a trifle pathetic, the way he hurried her out of the scope of any little dart; he would not have her even within range of amused observation. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

T. H. Huxley I am afraid to think of the lengths to which my tongue may have run on the subject of the churlishness of the chief, who was, in truth, one of the kindest-hearted and most considerate of men. Autobiography by T. H. Huxley

Charles Dickens I am not fit for life; I am weak and spiritless; I have no hope and no object; my day is done. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

Rudyard Kipling Flying-fish about our bows,  Flying sea-fires in our wake: This is the road to our Father’s House,  Whither we go for our souls’ sake! We have forfeited our birthright,  We have forsaken. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson Boys followed me a great way off, like a timid sort of lion-hunters; and people turned round to have a second look, or came out of their houses, as I went by. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Willa Cather I would never have time to go there, and we need the money it pays us. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Henry James I have said that she was not obstinate, and the resistance that she made on the present occasion was not worthy even of her spasmodic energy. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Edgar Allan Poe What follows may, strictly speaking, be regarded as embellishment merely, but even in this embellishment the rudimental sense of equality would have been the never-ceasing impulse. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

I have not welcomed this other new thing, I have shrunk from it. The Long Chamber by Olivia Howard Dunbar

A. E. W. Mason But friends of mine who do own pearls have sometimes given theirs to me to wear when they were going sick, and they have always got back their lustre. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

H.P. Lovecraft Some of ’em have queer narrow heads with flat noses and bulgy, stary eyes that never seem to shut, and their skin ain’t quite right. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

They have beards, however, just above the knee; no toe-nails, and but one toe on each foot. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

Maria Edgeworth I wonder, Mad. de Rosier, you don’t like that answer!” “I have never said that I did not like that answer,” said Mad. de Rosier, as soon as she was permitted to speak. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch No soldier could have wished for a better end. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

I have seen more wonders tonight than I can quite comprehend. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan

Guy de Maupassant A farmer who lived near said to them: “You ought to have a dog. The Watch Dog (Pierrot) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Guy de Maupassan They have killed her on me, and I want to keep her — you shall not have her —!” All the men, affected and not knowing how to act, remained standing around her. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James Indeed it had broken up his, for all the fires of his shrine seemed to him suddenly to have been quenched. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

Arthur Morrison But I have got no orders — not to lose the ship, I mean — and so I am doing my duty. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

George Meredith What say you, critic, now you have become An author and maternal?—in this trap (To quote you) of poor hollow folk who rap On instruments as like as drum to drum. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

George Meredith They rest, they smile and rest; have earned perchance Of ancient service quiet for a term; Quiet of old men dropping to the worm; And so goes out the soul. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

George Gissing I teach mathematics at the High School, and I have an idea that I might make certain points in geometry easier to my younger girls if I could demonstrate them in a mechanical way. Miss Rodney's Leisure by George Gissing

Charles Kingsley Let him study its plants, its animals, its soils and rocks; and last, but not least, its scenery, as the total outcome of what the soils, and plants, and animals, have made it. The Study of Natural History by Charles Kingsley

D. H. Lawrence So he went down to the shore in great trouble, saying to himself: “Shall I give myself into this touch? Shall I give myself into this touch Men have tortured me to death with their touch. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

William Hope Hodgson Plummer and Jessop here, have volunteered. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Guy de Maupassant They decided that the following Sunday they would meet for the opening of the season for the edification of Patissot, who was delighted to have found such an experienced instructor. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

In the long struggle that has followed the Russian Revolution it is the manual workers who have been defeated, and it is impossible not to feel that it was their own fault. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

D.H. Lawrence I feel I have the honour of mechanical England in my hands. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

William Makepeace Thackeray Ah! I was the gentleman then, the real gentleman, and everybody was too happy to have me at table. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

Olaf Stapledon I’ll have her for fierce love, and sweet torture. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson They were like those of so many others, vague and unfounded; times were bad at home; they were said to have a turn for the better in the States; a man could get on anywhere, he thought. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang A humorist like Dickens ought to have seen the absurdity of the situation. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson I have seen a strong, violent man struggling for months to recover a debt, and getting nothing but an exchange of waste paper. The Old Pacific Capital by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James And “if you meant what you said,” the young man on his side observed to his grandmother on his first private opportunity, “it would have been simpler not to have sent the letter. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Edith Wharton When she took Charlotte she took Charlotte’s foundling too: a dark-haired child with pale brown eyes, and the odd incisive manner of children who have lived too much with their elders. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Maria Edgeworth Is she up?” “Yes, but not dressed,” said Matilda; “for we have been reading to her. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

James Clerk Maxwell Many of us have already overcome the initial difficulties of mathematical training. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

E. T. A. Hoffmann But have you patience? I shall be very circumstantial, for I cannot speak otherwise of things which stand so life-like before my eyes that I seem to have seen them myself. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Men have always fought their misery with dreams. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

I have already talked the subject over with her a dozen times and she is as much puzzled by it as I am myself. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James To be in Miss Cutter’s tiny drawing-room, in short, even with Miss Cutter alone — should you by any chance have found her so — was somehow to be in the world and in a crowd. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

Charles Dickens But I have known, at any rate, that term of self-reproach. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Arthur Schopenhauer This is why so few men of learning are possessed of common-sense, such as is often to be met with in people who have had no instruction at all. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

E. Phillips Oppenheim It had been the secret desire of his life to have the handling of such a case. The Cafe of Terror by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1925]

Did I indeed seem to her the quixotic, impetuous, and yet withal dreamy creature which my books show me to be? But I have often been told by those who know me well that I am much more than my books. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Arthur Schopenhauer They have no special stamp or mark to distinguish them; they are like manufactured goods, all of a piece. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Virginia Woolf Tears, Tears. Tears. “O that our human pain could here have ending!” Isa murmured. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

William Makepeace Thackeray I only wish to have it understood that I am a gentleman, and live at least in DECENT society. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

That sum of forty pounds seemed to be doing wonders: I told Grizzel I could not have made a thousand go as far. Going to the Mop by Ellen Wood [1871]

But all at once something appeared to have gone wrong with the enemy’s left; our men had somewhere pierced his line. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

Many are the analogies, some close ones, between England and Germany with regard to the circle of changes they have run through, political or social, for a century back. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Ivan Turgenev Kupfer talked of pride! But in the first place we know’ (Aratov ought to have said: we have read in books), . Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Robert Louis Stevenson Fain would I eat, but alas! I have needful matter in hand, Since I carry my tribute of fish to the jealous king of the land. Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have read notable pages that brought conviction pale beside that which stole about the room from what he said. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch And I have been living in it ever since! Think! I loved that woman. D’Arfet’s Vengeance by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

The great majority of embroidered books, both large and small, have had ties of silk on their front edgesgenerally two, but sometimes only one, which wraps round. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

George Meredith Rend her!  Pierce her to the hilt! She is Murder: have her out! What! this little fist, as big As the southern summer fig! She is Madness, none may doubt. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

E. F. Benson I have even heard the rustle in the bushes, I believe, of Pan’s coming. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

Guy de Maupassant We must certainly have slept a long time, for it was dark when I awoke. Old Mongilet (Le Père Mongilet) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Thomas Love Peacock The organ of self-love is prodigiously developed in the greater number of subjects that have fallen under my observation. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

George Gissing He’ll potter over his books—’ ‘You mean to tell me,’ I interrupted, ‘that those books have all been bought out of his wife’s thirty shillings a week?’ ‘No, no. Christopherson by George Gissing

Arthur Machen I am sure if Annie were alive she would have contrived to let her mother know of her safety. The Shining Pyramid by Arthur Machen

I am not worthy — I have no right to hear such words from your lips. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence To leave this shore! He believed that as they crossed the seas, as they left this England which he so hated, because in some way it seemed to have stung him with poison, she would go to sleep. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence