Phrases with "highest"

George Gissing Papa has the highest opinion of Mr. Dalmaine’s abilities; he thinks he has a great future in politics. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

One of the crests, by the way, must be K2, which is generally counted the second highest mountain in the world. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

D. H. Lawrence It was the highest that man had produced, the most wonderful and superhuman. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope The two things together, no doubt, assist in producing the highest order of self-denying man. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

With his past admiration of Miss Fanshawe, I suppose his intellect had little to do, but his whole intellect, and his highest tastes, came in question now. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Walter Scott Cresinus appeared, and, having proved the return of his farm to be the produce of his own hard and unremitting labour, as well as superior skill, was dismissed with the highest honours. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

The apostle and the poet began to speak simultaneously, but the female key was the highest and prevailed. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Benjamin Disraeli The highest had been at her feet, and sued in vain. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope To be free to choose for himself in all things, was the highest privilege of man. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Ivan Turgenev I positively thought very little of the possibility confronting me of losing my life — that, as the Germans assure us, highest good on earth. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

George MacDonald But one part of it was, that the highest wisdom must ever appear folly to those who do not possess it. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Henry James Maisie felt that if their maintenance should hang by a thread they must still demean themselves with the highest delicacy. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

E. F. Benson He had just time to change into his new mustard-coloured suit with its orange tie and its topaz tie-pin, and arrived at the luncheon-party in the very highest spirits. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

John Morley People of the lowest and the highest rank alike put on mourning. Burke by John Morley [1879]

He was a philosopher after a way of his own, and his reflections on life and manners often have the highest value. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

In it his power of story-telling, his humour, sometimes broad, sometimes sly, his vivid picture-drawing, his tenderness, and lightness of touch, reach their highest development. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Nancy throbbed to the voice that broke into the next couplet —“God’s highest glory was their anthem still. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Thomas Wolfe McHarg, it is true, was a great man, a man famous throughout the world, a man who had now attained the highest pinnacle of success to which a writer could aspire. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The maiden, with the highest opinion of the doctor’s learning and talents, had sufficient penetration to know, that, in the ways of the world, she was herself the better skilled of the two. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Benjamin Disraeli Throughout the moonlit night they travelled, ascending the last and highest chain of mountains and reaching the summit by dawn. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

G. K. Chesterton It pays to existence the highest of all possible compliments — the great compliment which monarchy paid to mankind — the compliment of selecting from it almost at random. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

John Galsworthy In one of Anglo-American birth, inexhaustible wealth, unimpeachable widowhood, and catholic taste, the word hostess had found its highest expression. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

We may describe them, in one word, as worldly — worldly in the broadest and the highest acceptation of the term. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

There is something that one can hardly describe in this union of the lowest with the highest interests of life. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Wilkie Collins She had felt the necessity of consulting the highest medical authority; and had shrunk, at the same time, from alarming her daughters by summoning a London physician to the house. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Meredith The beloved woman was throned on the very highest of the man. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Barefaced and brutal immorality and intemperance pervaded the land, from the highest to the lowest classes of society. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

John Locke Our highest degree of knowledge is intuitive, without reasoning. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

The latter’s work commanded Watts’s highest admiration, and his friendship was valued to the end. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Olaf Stapledon It is necessary to distinguish sharply between the mad worlds of comparatively low mental development and those of almost the highest order. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

E. F. Benson But this warmth, this amiability, which pervaded her nature was both the strongest and the highest motive she knew. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Mr. Tietkens and I ascended the highest hill in this part of the range. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

For the grandeur, the poetry of Holy Writ he had the highest appreciation; but there were many pages of the sacred volume in which he looked in vain for the light of inspiration. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Far from it, for the typical Australian is one of the very highest if not the highest development of our species. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Robert Louis Stevenson Our faith is not the highest truth that we perceive, but the highest that we have been able to assimilate into the very texture and method of our thinking. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. F. Benson Lucia used her highest art in making a copy (on Mallard paper) of this document, as if writing hastily in a familiar medium. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

D. H. Lawrence She went away feeling it was her highest aim to fulfil these injunctions. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The highest in the land participated gravely in this national function and popped with distinction. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Joseph Furphy The highest accepted ratio is 600,000 to 1. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Virginia Woolf It is a moment fraught with the highest danger for the human spirit. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Sinclair Lewis Tub himself had so good a time that he showed the highest sign of pleasure known to an American: he wanted to “go on some place else. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

James Joyce I have the highest grati-fication by anuncing how I have it from whowho but Hagios Colleenkiller’s prophecies. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Elizabeth Gaskell I will take care the highest paths are open to him!” He looked to see the lovely face brighten into sudden joy; on the contrary, the head was still hung down with a heavy droop. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Anthony Trollope He indulged and gloried in indulging the highest ambition of an English subject. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Henry James The highest considerations were good humour, candour, clearness and, obviously, the REAL truth. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Each took his lady to her place — the mayor with pompous gait, Serge with as much grace as if he had been at an ambassador’s ball and was leading a young lady of highest rank. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Wilkie Collins The letter is written, not by Mr. Noel Vanstone, but by Mrs. Lecount. She takes the highest moral ground, in a tone of spiteful politeness. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Gilfillan The whole passage is only one of those painful incidents which disgrace the history of letters, and prove how much spleen, ingratitude, and baseness often coexist with the highest parts. Life of Alexander Pope by George Gilfillan

Paradoxically enough, Victoria received the highest eulogiums for assenting to a political evolution, which, had she completely realised its import, would have filled her with supreme displeasure. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Arthur Conan Doyle Inside that cottage you will find two Yogis — men who are only one remove from the highest plane of adeptship. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

D. H. Lawrence Don’t the botanists put it highest in the line of development? I believe they do. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

John Lewis Burckhard It fronts the town, so that the spectators seated upon the highest row of benches, enjoyed the prospect of all its principal buildings and quarters. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Conan Doyle I was determined, however, not to look about me before I had reached the very highest point, so I scrambled on until I had got so far that the topmost branch was bending beneath my weight. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Edward Bellamy The highest possible physical, as well as mental, development of every one is the double object of a curriculum which lasts from the age of six to that of twenty-one. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Kenneth Grahame Bridges were made for narrow folk, for people with aims and vocations which compelled abandonment of many of life’s highest pleasures. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Sarah Orne Jewett On three sides we could see the water, shining behind the tree-trunks, and feel the cool salt breeze that began to come up with the tide just as the day reached its highest point of heat. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

William Hazlitt Such is the transition in this play from the highest bliss to the lowest despair, from the nuptial couch to an untimely grave. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

T. E. Lawrence Um Keis was Gadara, very precious with its memories of Menippus and of Meleager, the immoral Greek-Syrian whose self-expression marked the highest point of Syrian letters. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There are few of the impostures we commit more amusing, than that which we habitually practise upon ourselves in assigning the highest moral motives for doing what pleases us best. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

The site is apparently the highest axis of the dividing ridge separating the maritime lowlands from the inner plateau. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

George Gissing Intensely convinced that he lived in an age of savage facts which required the most resolute facing, it was in the attempt to face and master them that he found his highest delight. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

At the time of the inundation, when all but the highest rocks are under water, and navigation is as easy here as elsewhere, the Shelladee’s occupation is gone. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

William Godwin The prince being dead, Savonarola stepped immediately into the highest authority. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Anthony Trollope And in this great assemblage of mankind which you call London, I can choose my own society, among the highest of the land. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

The highest points are not more than from 700 to 800 feet. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Lorenzo expressed his satisfaction at the prospect of being so closely connected with a Man for whom He had ever entertained the highest esteem. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

John Lewis Burckhard It contains the highest mountains of the peninsula, whose shaggy and pointed peaks and steep and shattered sides, render it clearly distinguishable from all the rest of the country in view. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

James Joyce He is a man of the very highest morale, Magennis. Speaking about me. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

I promise that, if you give me the word, I will put my back into making the highest and holiest row in the history of the British Press. . Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Anthony Trollope My mother is a most excellent woman, one for whose opinions on all matters I have the highest possible value a value so high, that that that’ ‘That you never ought to act in opposition to it. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells They start handicapped, and fail to reach their highest possible development. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His friends ranged from the highest to the lowest, but it was impossible to “cultivate” him. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Leon Trotsky In the Russian system of grading, “5” was the highest and “1” the lowest mark. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Karl Philipp Moritz The highest order of thieves are the pickpockets or cutpurses, whom you find everywhere; and sometimes even in the best companies. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Algernon Blackwood Her physical beauty, perhaps, was the last weapon she had wished to use for my enslavement; she knew quite surely that the appeal to what was highest in me had not succeeded . The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Walter Scott The clergy give him credit for the highest zeal for the doctrines of religion, and a corresponding respect for the Church and its dignitaries. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Andrew Lang For your stories has been reserved a boundless popularity, and that highest success — the success of a perfectly sympathetic translation. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

We’ll have the highest old time you ever saw. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

The monte is the pasture land immediately above the highest enclosed meadows and below the alpe. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

We shall see that the land is the lowest of them all, for as the world is spherical, the sky, which contains all things, can reasonably be said to have the highest position. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Of these four, the two highest need no buildings; and the other two, which are mere collateral functions of convenience, need only a small one. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Anthony Trollope Miss Thoroughbung is a lady for whom I have the highest possible esteem. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Every hour the country was growing more and more mountainous, and by midday we could plainly discern snow upon the highest peaks. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

D. H. Lawrence He could not see, it was not born in him to see, that the highest good of the community as it stands is no longer the highest good of even the average individual. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Green Ingersoll These are the highest titles humanity can bear — and every title you add, belittles them. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The nation, agricultural in its habits, reserved its highest honours, like most other rude-unhappily also, civilised-nations, for military prowess. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Lewis Carroll I have not, this time, given more credit to arithmetical solutions; but in future problems I shall (other things being equal) give the highest marks to those who use the simplest machinery. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

G. K. Chesterton Romance is perhaps the highest point of human expression, except indeed religion, to which it is closely allied. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Jules Verne The highest summit of all towers to a height of 22,606 feet above the surface of the lunar disc. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Andrew Lang The lover is not only ‘the King,’ ‘the Prince,’ Darnley, ‘the highest Stuart o’ a’,’ but he is also that old offender, ‘Sweet Willie,’ or he is Warrenston (Warriston?). The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

The highest gentry of the neighbourhood, when bent on special merriment, did not think the occasion complete unless the wit and eloquence of Burns were called in to enliven their carousals. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

As the heated rocks cooled from their highest parts downwards, cracks or fissures have been formed in them by contraction, and these have been filled from the still-fluid mass below. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Virginia Woolf His reputation of later years was, with one obvious exception, undoubtedly the highest in England; yet he was not popular. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Algernon Blackwood She burned to give her very best, her all, and for my highest welfare. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Moreover, the age of Demosthenes was, in my judgment, the age of highest development for arts dependent upon social refinement. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Jane Austen It would be difficult to say which had seen highest perfection in the other, or which had been the happiest: she, in receiving his declarations and proposals, or he in having them accepted. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Fifteen minutes of hard paddling landed us at Selele, a stony point between two sandy baylets: amongst the mass of angular boulders a tree again showed the highest flood-mark to be 13 feet. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Robert Green Ingersoll And allow me to say “man” and “woman” are the highest titles that can be bestowed upon humanity. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

I must confess that I know none more monotonous, nor more persuaded of its own pre-eminence than the highest society of this country. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

William Godwin There was nothing that Pythagoras was more fixed to discountenance, than the communication of the truths upon which he placed the highest value, to the uninitiated. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

John Lewis Burckhard Every body purchases provisions for his journey home; and the pursuit of gain now engrosses all minds, from the highest to the lowest. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope The highest I ever came to yet was when you told me that you loved me. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Charles Kingsley Doubtless, that is not the highest deliverance — not a permanent deliverance at all. Tennyson by Charles Kingsley

Wilkie Collins In this emergency, I felt imperatively called upon to have the highest voice of the two. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope Had Lizzie become his wife, her fortune would have helped him to the very highest steps beneath the throne. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Petrarch replied: “When I ask for my friends, is it not the same as for myself? Have I not the highest satisfaction in receiving favours for them? I have long put a rein on my own desires. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Edith Wharton She snaps her fingers at the Pursues. She told me — me, that every woman had a right to happiness and that self-expression was the highest duty. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

Samuel Johnson Works of this kind may deserve praise, as proofs of great industry and great nicety of observation; but the highest praise, the praise of genius, they cannot claim. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Arthur Conan Doyle The highest type of man may revert to the animal if he leaves the straight road of destiny. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Edward Bellamy The sordid taint which this necessity imparted to the noblest and the highest sorts of service was bitterly resented by generous souls, but there was no evading it. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Samuel Johnson Among a warlike people, the quality of highest esteem is personal courage, and with the ostentatious display of courage are closely connected promptitude of offence and quickness of resentment. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Virginia Woolf The highest Alps are my dwelling place; and when I walk, the lightnings flash in my hair; where my eyes fall, they kill. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Robert Louis Stevenson This is high art; and not only the highest art possible in words, but the highest art of all, since it combines the greatest mass and diversity of the elements of truth and pleasure. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

The highest and the lowest classes were alike filled with a vision of boundless wealth. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

M. P. Shiel The length, I should say, is 19 miles; the breadth 10, or thereabouts; and the highest mountains should reach a height of some 2,000 ft. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Mathematics will soar into its highest regions; while the high peaks of philosophy may be scaled by those whose aptitude for abstract thought has been awakened by elementary logic. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Thomas Carlyle I give Dante my highest praise when I say of his Divine Comedy that it is, in all senses, genuinely a Song. In the very sound of it there is a canto fermo; it proceeds as by a chant. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Henry James Count on my highest appreciation, my devotion. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

A very low power sufficed to bring him to a slight confession, which in fact amounted to nothing; the very highest would not persuade him to show a star. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

Leon Trotsky The highest peak of aristocratic ruin was reached in the Ghertopanov family. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Thomas Love Peacock I will say, too, that the highest wisdom and the highest genius have been invariably accompanied with cheerfulness. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Jules Verne Eastwards rise the Appalachians, the very highest point of which, in New Hampshire, does not exceed the very moderate altitude of 5,600 feet. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

G. K. Chesterton The green, fantastic human figure, vivid against its autumn red and gold, was already among its highest and craziest branches, which by bare luck did not break with the weight of his big body. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Anthony Trollope The highest of these is called the Rocher de Corneille. Round this and up its steep sides the town stands. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton The sight of His national city moved Him to tears, and the highest compliment He paid was, “Behold an Israelite indeed. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope We have very high cliffs near here — some people say the highest in the world, and there is one called the Hag’s Head from which men get down and shoot sea-gulls. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Wilkie Collins All my life, all my dearest hopes, all my highest expectations, have centered in her. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Children, like men, range through a gamut that is infinite, of temperaments and characters, ascending from the very dust below our feet to highest heaven. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Aunt Emmy answered my highest expectations at every point. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

The ecclesiastical tyranny exercised upon the people from the highest to the lowest goes far to account for the extinction of Christianity in the country where so much was done to spread it. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Walter Scott Here sate the uncritical audience, the Chamberlain in the centre, as the person highest in office, all alive to enjoyment and admiration, and all therefore dead to criticism. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

The highest places in the hierarchy of civilisation will assuredly not be within the reach of our dusky cousins, though it is by no means necessary that they should be restricted to the lowest. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

It all reverts in the end to the action of innumerable imitative individuals upon each other and to the question of whose tone has the highest spreading power. Memories and Studies by William James

Nathaniel Hawthorne Their highest merit is suggestiveness. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Joseph Furphy It is not the highest class of music, I am well aware; and this paragraph is dictated by no shallow impulse of self-glorification. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

H. G. Wells We agreed that was the highest service we could join. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

It attains its highest development in the hand of authority and is considered a serviceable equipment for a career in politics. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

In sooth ’tis told that highest God o’er human kind hath wielded ever! — Thro’ wan night striding, came the walker-in-shadow. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Edgar Allan Poe This wall was adorned, at regular interspaces, by square towers of white marble; the lowest sixty, and the highest one hundred and twenty cubits in height. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

To obey, you in this will be my highest happiness. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Henry James His highest ingenuity was in keeping the sky of life clear of them. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Thomas Paine But the expression, if true, is the greatest confession of disgrace that could be made, and furnishes America with the highest notions of sovereign independent importance. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Benjamin Disraeli He owed society nothing; his reception at the House of Lords and the riot in Palace-yard had alike cleared his accounts with all orders of men, from the highest to the lowest. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

The highest art is compatible with the most profound speculation. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

But in the days I write of I had no conception of this, and I am sure that my blindness to so plain a fact kept me even from seeking and knowing the highest beauty in the things I worshipped. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Watkin Tench Her highest latitude was 57 degrees 10 minutes south, where the weather proved intolerably cold. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

M. P. Shiel You know, too, how the highest kind of poetry, the Greek myths for instance, seems simply silly to unpoetical people. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Sir Walter Scott Believe me, I am not the less good Protestant, that for policy I must accept the honour offered me by Spain, in admitting me to this his highest order of knighthood. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

George Gissing He could not love his wife; he could scarce honour her—for she too must consciously have sinned against the highest law. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

H. G. Wells All began as demagogues, all of them began like men aware of and feeling for and being used by some drive — Rud was driven highest and furthest. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

D. H. Lawrence This wonderful stillness in each thing in itself, while it was being borne along in a very ecstasy of living, seemed the highest point of bliss. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Bram Stoker I am not at liberty to give you the whole of my reasons, but you may, I assure you, take it from me that they are good ones, sound and unselfish, and spring from the highest sense of duty. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

As for the ladies in this stir, The highest rank gave way to her. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

You have to take a high place, the very highest place, Lesbia; and you must be dressed in accordance with that position. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Man is to him the highest object; nature is subordinate to man, not only in its more vulgar uses, but as an excitant of fine emotion. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Sinclair Lewis In the peerage of Grand Republic he rated as a viscount, with the highest distinction in the playing of backgammon. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Adams He had under his eyes the whole educational staff of the Government at a time when the Government had just reached the heights of highest activity and influence. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Charles Dickens I had the highest opinion of the wisdom of this same Margin, but I am bound to acknowledge that on looking back, I deem it to have been an expensive device. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Henry James She expressed the highest admiration of her new friend; she said it took her a little while to see into her, but now that she did, well, she was perfectly splendid. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Virginia Woolf For — need we stress the point? — she was of the tribe which nightly burnishes their wares, and sets them in order on the common counter to wait the highest bidder. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Some think that a weak and sluggish stone can bring itself back into better condition, and that a very powerful one also might present it with the highest powers. On the Magnet by William Gilber

But, after all, he is of the world, worldly, and the highest hope he holds out is that you may be in the world and despise its ambitions while you compass its ends. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

You will be present at all their highest councils, and will have the privilege of perpetual intercourse with those reverend men. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

D. H. Lawrence It got on her nerves sometimes, and she would think as she had thought in the past, that the highest bliss a human being can experience is perhaps the bliss of being quite alone, quite, quite alone. The Blue Moccasins by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

It has two peaks, of which the highest is accessible, footholds having been cut into the face of it, and the most difficult part being surmounted by a rude ladder made by cutting notches in a pole. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Robert Green Ingersoll Most of those who have climbed highest on the shining ladder of fame commenced at the lowest round. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jack London This was the beast to be stamped upon, and the highest duty of the aristocrat was to stamp upon it. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Anthony Trollope The highest political responsibility of the nation rests on him. North America by Anthony Trollope

He was a man of the very highest character. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

William Makepeace Thackeray But, as a light-weight, his skill is of the very highest order. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Mark Twain The view presented from its highest peak was almost beautiful. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Charles Dudley Warner And it should be added that the relations between author and publisher, both in prosperity and in times of business disaster, reflect the highest credit upon both. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Thomas Hardy Zoophytes, mollusca, shell-fish, were the highest developments of those ancient dates. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. F. Benson The manner in which she combines the highest mental culture with the nicest discharge of feminine duties filled me with admiration, while her affectionate kindness earned my gratitude. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Anthony Trollope Now the Thornes of Ullathorne were of the very highest order of Tory excellence. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Ralph Waldo Emerson A Fifth-Avenue landlord, a West-End householder, is not the highest style of man: and, though good hearts and sound minds are of no condition, yet he who is to be wise for many, must not be protected. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Benjamin Disraeli The Government had the highest confidence in Flummery Flam, because Flummery Flam served to divert the public thoughts. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

D. H. Lawrence And all that man has ever created on the face of the earth, or ever will create — if you will allow me the use of the word create, with regard to man’s highest productive activities. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Samuel Johnson He held a middle station, by which the highest and the lowest orders were connected. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Wilkie Collins At the outset, he assumes the highest ground for the prisoner. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Willa Cather This male figure, and the face of Phaedra, painted with such magical preservation of tone under the heavy shadow of the veil, were plainly Treffinger’s highest achievements of craftsmanship. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It was written with the highest end — to put science and the soul, long estranged from each other, at one again. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Wilkie Collins Miserable Finch’s boy! We reached the highest point of the road. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

The highest religious expression which has ever been given to man’s sense of woman’s mission, as his life’s comfort and crown, was still a universally dominant belief. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Finally, to the lad of genius, the one in a million, I would make accessible the highest and most complete training the country could afford. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Elizabeth Gaskell Mrs. Gibson, too, was in the seventh heaven of ecstasy and spoke but little; but what she did say, expressed the highest sentiments in the finest language. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It must stand as a part, and not as yet the last or highest expression of the final cause of Nature. Language is a third use which Nature subserves to man. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

My followers, these noble Kosekin, would rejoice in thus gaining exile and death on Magones. As for myself, it would be my highest happiness to be here alone with you. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson His highest picture is a commission in the Prince of Vizianagram’s irregular horse. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Noel Vanstone applied the Crucial Test on the spot, with the highest appreciation of the fair material which was the subject of experiment. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

He was now, it seems, more disliked by ladies than by men,—a change since those Edinburgh days, when the highest dames of the land had spoken so rapturously of the charm of his conversation. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

But it was the nearest they had yet found, and the highest as well, so that the partners were made the less critical by the contemplation of their splendid dividends. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

A person who once wrote a very small pamphlet made some show of objecting to calculations of thus kind, on the ground that the highest dilutions could easily be made with a few ounces of alcohol. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

Anatole France What he lacks, what he will lack always to reach the highest point of his art, is simplicity of mind. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Ralph Waldo Emerson I shall assume that the aim of each young man in this association is the very highest that belongs to a rational mind. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Thomas Wolfe There where the hackles of the Rocky Mountains blaze in the blank and naked radiance of the moon, go make your resting stool upon the highest peak. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Virginia Woolf And when, in the end, Emma behaves in such a way as to vindicate our highest hopes of her, we are moved as if we had been made witnesses of a matter of the highest importance. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Henry James We observe the highest proprieties of speech. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

The highest upstream is Olomi, Otonda-naga, or town of “Cabinda,” a son of the late king. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]