Phrases with "highest"

Bram Stoker Finally, he reached the highest honour in hellish service. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

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

Farther on we crested the highest ground the horses had yet passed over. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

He would yet stand the highest man in his county. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

John Galsworthy I very much fear that it is not the highest side of him that she appeals to. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Ralph Waldo Emerson He has not worshipped the highest unity; he is incapable of a self-surrender to the moral sentiment. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Benjamin Disraeli The members of the papal party who showed the greatest spirit and the highest courage at this trying conjuncture were the Roman ladies and their foreign friends. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

They cannot submit to resign the highest sensual gratification, nor even to relish the epicurism of virtue — self-denial. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Yet Newman had the highest hopes. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

James Joyce In all the highest places: her finance, her press. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

H. G. Wells And yet they mark the highest level of scientific fighting ever attained by mankind. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Charles Kingsley Goodness itself was a formthough the highest form — of beauty. The Stage as it was Once by Charles Kingsley

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

George Gissing We can only suppose that Kirkwood has acted from the highest motives, but I really think — well, well, we won’t talk of it any more. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Sir Richard Burton And all upon them and their steeds must be of naught save of highest worth and the costliest, such as may not be found in treasuries of the kings. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

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

Jane Austen She had the highest esteem for Mr. Rushworth’s character and disposition, and could not have a doubt of her happiness with him. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson Setting aside the tombs of Roubiliac, which belong to the heroic order of graveyard art, we Scotch stand, to my fancy, highest among nations in the matter of grimly illustrating death. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

M. P. Shiel She was all inwardness, thought, and feeling; the “law” of Mr. G—— was hardly to her the highest sort of law; springing up, she warmly thanked and shook hands with the lawyer. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

To deserve admittance into the order of St. Francis was Ambrosio’s highest ambition. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Justinian entertained the highest regard for him and showed him very great favour, condescending to make him the chief instrument of his extortion and sole arbiter in legal decisions. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Isabella Bird This slopes to the south, and the highest part of the slope is crowned by the State House and the handsomest private residences in the city. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

He said he had an English foreman and several English workmen, and that for the English as a nation he had the highest admiration and regard; but that the Arabs “had no heads. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

This harbor is open to the N. N. E., and in fact nearly from N. to E.; but the only dangerous winds being the southwest, on which side are the highest mountains, it is considered safe. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

James Anthony Froude It is thus with his whole career, and those who rise highest are least satisfied with themselves. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

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]

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

The mountains seem to appeal to one’s highest feelings. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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]

M. P. Shiel A tall man—on tip-toe—may be near the summit of God.’ ‘You spoke of the two highest branches of art: which is the next highest?’ ‘The invention of new dances, times, measures, rhythms. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

William Dampier Yet from the highest to the lowest they are allowed liberty to converse with or treat strangers in the sight of their husbands. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Even when the highest point of finish is attained we cannot say that the hand is any more cunning than it was from the first. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

From this day, during the whole week, all business is suspended, and but one train of thought occupies all classes, from the highest to the lowest. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Oscar Wilde I shouldn’t dare show my face in the Row.’ ‘Nonsense! It reflects the highest credit on your philanthropic spirit, Hughie. And don’t run away. The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The funicular was above the highest houses of the shore; on both sides a tangle of foliage and flowers culminated at intervals in masses of color. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Is it not the highest duty that man should be honored in us? I ought not to allow any man, because he has broad lands, to feel that he is rich in my presence. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Edgar Allan Poe But, for myself, the Earth’s records had taught me to look for widest ruin as the price of highest civilization. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Leo Tolstoy The “merchant” paid the highest price for everything he purchased, and the people ran after him to sell their goods. Ivan the Fool by Leo Tolstoy

To behold the wand’ring moon, Riding near her highest noon, Like one that had been led astray. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

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]

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]

This little girl spoke to them in a language they knew, and thereby achieved the highest purpose of all art; she made others happy and strong. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Henry James Of course, any such giving in would be very awkward for a young woman who shrieked out on platforms that old maids were the highest type. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

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]

He professed to find the highest enjoyment in the quiet and retirement of country life. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

It ought to have the highest spreading power. Memories and Studies by William James

The countenance thus afforded to Fernandez from the highest quarter opened to him the best fountains of intelligence, — at least, on the government side of the quarrel. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope He had wealth, position, power, and the certainty of attaining the highest rank among, perhaps, the most brilliant nobility of the world. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

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]

By the learned Dr. Dolabelly Gak it is believed to have been a term of satisfaction, implying the highest possible degree of mental tranquillity. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

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

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]

And it died, at last, upon the highest peaks. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

H. G. Wells It would, Mr. Parham reckoned, have maintained a weekly of the very highest class for three years or more. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

It is virtue, to fly vice; and the highest wisdom, to have lived free from folly. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

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]

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

There is in it, as in all the highest humour, a sense of apparent contrast, even of contradiction, in life, of matter for laughter in sorrow and tears in joy. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

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]

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope She was not therefore in her very highest spirits when Miss Todd came and sat close to her on the sofa. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

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

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

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

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

D. H. Lawrence The highest form of vertebral telepathy seems to exist in the great sperm whales. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Walter Scott The particulars of that noted action are related by Froissard, with the highest encomium upon the valour of the combatants on each side. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Arnold Benne It yields the highest form of pleasure, and teaches the highest form of wisdom. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

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

Anthony Trollope We will take the Church as being the highest at any rate in its objects. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

John Lewis Burckhard Soueida is situated upon high ground, on a declivity of the Djebel Haouran; the Kelb Haouran, or highest summit of the mountain, bearing S.E. from it. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson His daring imagination gives him the more solid grasp of facts; as the birds of highest flight have the strongest alar bones. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

It took us a long time to reach the highest point that we had to get over; at last, however, we began to descend, and before long we dived once more into the scrub. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Henry Handel Richardson My highest expectations did not exceed thirty shillings and even that would have been handsome. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Raymond encircled her waist with his arm, and continued, “I do not deny that I have balanced between you and the highest hope that mortal men can entertain; but I do so no longer. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The police, that is, at what is known as “the highest level. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

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]

This earnest adolescent, with the weak ankles and the solemn face, lived entirely with the highest ends in view. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

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]

Henry Fielding As soon as Booth was gone to his appointment with this man, Amelia immediately betook herself to her business with the highest resolution. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Edith Wharton No one had ever been quite sure that he made Mrs. Raycie happy, but he was known to have the highest opinion of her. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

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]

E. F. Benson The humour had attained the highest point of felicity when Peppino concealed a mechanical nightingale in a bush, which sang “Jug-jug” in the most realistic manner when you pulled a string. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

George Eliot Let us fling away the chalk, and boldly say, — the victim is spotted, but it is not therefore in vain that his mighty heart is laid on the altar of men’s highest hopes. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

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

G. K. Chesterton Even where his view was not the highest truth, it was always a refreshing and beneficent heresy. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

H. G. Wells At the end of 1891 I raided the College of Preceptors again, took its highest diploma of Fellow and carried off a Doreck scholarship of £20. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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

The path climbed up and up and threatened to carry me over the highest point of the downs till it faltered before a sudden outcrop of chalk and swerved round the hill on the level. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

But it is not as a prophet, it is as an artist, that Blake deserves the highest honours and the most enduring fame. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Samuel Johnson There are said to be in Barra a race of horses yet smaller, of which the highest is not above thirty-six inches. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

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. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her intellect and attainments are of the very highest standard. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Of course he wanted dear Blanche to lead the highest life, and to dedicate herself as he had done, and to go into a sisterhood. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Leslie Stephen His charitable conviction that a divine element is to be found in all creeds, from that of the “poor Indian” upwards, animates the highest passages in his works. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe The whole are so thoroughly silicified as to scratch glass and are capable of receiving the highest polish. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

John Lewis Burckhard The highest points on that side appear to be above Wady Kyd, above the valley of Naszeb, and principally the peaks called Om Khey­syn (ﻦﻴﺴﻴﺧ ﻡﺍ) and Masaoud (ﺩﻮﻌﺴﻣ). Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

William Black Of praise a mere glutton, he swallowed what came; And the puff of a dunce, he mistook it for fame; Till his relish grown callous, almost to disease, Who peppered the highest was surest to please. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Mark Twain The General Slaughter was rendered with a faithfulness to details which reflects the highest credit upon the late participants in it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Charles Kingsley The purification of his individual soul became practically his highest conceivable end; to carry out that he must separate from society. Hours with the Mystics by Charles Kingsley

Guy de Maupassan When he said: “Nom d’un chien, what a spree!” he expressed the highest degree of admiration of which his mind was capable. The Wrong House by Guy de Maupassan

Sinclair Lewis Those are fine fellows at the Rotary Club; fine, high-class, educated gentlemen, and certainly raking in the money; mighty cute in business but upholding the highest ideals. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

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

The highest place was reserved, as in most warlike nations, for the heroes who fell in battle, or in sacrifice. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

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

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

For this purpose the railroad is held in highest favor by the optimist, for it permits him to make the transit with great expedition. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

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]

William Hazlitt The fable consists of a single event—of the transition from the highest pomp and profusion of artificial refinement to the most abject state of savage life, and privation of all social intercourse. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

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]

Towler, the attendant, comes to us with the highest character. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle The work itself, the pleasure of finding a field for my peculiar powers, is my highest reward. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

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

Gustave Flauber In an instant the highest terrace of the palace was illuminated, the central door opened, and a woman, Hamilcar’s daughter herself, clothed in black garments, appeared on the threshold. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Sir Walter Scott Novelty in society and adventure were the zest of life to Richard Coeur-de-Lion, and it had its highest relish when enhanced by dangers encountered and surmounted. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Andrew Lang And that was the way he learned that the wizard had spoken truly when he said, ‘Blindness is man’s highest good. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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]

Henry Fielding After which they sat down with their little children to a scrag of mutton and broth, with the highest satisfaction, and very heartily drank his lordship’s health in a pot of porter. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Sir Walter Scott It is for the benefit of all concerned that the lands should bring the highest price the state of the market will admit, and this is surely no time to expect it. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Heyst and Lena entered the shade of the forest path which crossed the island, and which, near its highest point had been blocked by felled trees. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

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

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

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]

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

Jules Verne Miss Herbey, however, is unrelaxing in her attentions, and the unremitted diligence with which she fulfils her offices of duty, commands my highest admiration. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Wilkie Collins I have the highest opinion of our Scottish marriage law. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

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]

Thomas Wolfe The highest intelligences of the time — the very subtlest of the chosen few — were bored by many things. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

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

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]

Thomas Hardy The highest architectural cunning could have done nothing to make Hintock House dry and salubrious; and ruthless ignorance could have done little to make it unpicturesque. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

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

Anthony Trollope There are some kindly-hearted, soft-minded parents, in whose estimation not to have fallen into disgrace shows the highest merit on the part of their children. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hughes The highest point in the range is the White Horse Hill, which you come in front of just before you stop at the Shrivenham station. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Anthony Trollope He had about him a natural good manner, which seemed to qualify him for the highest circles, and yet he was never out of place in the lowest. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

You acted under the very highest obligation — you could not have done otherwise. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Him she admired in the very highest degree; myself, on the contrary, she detested, which made me unhappy. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Jane Austen I have the highest opinion in the world of Edward’s heart. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

M. P. Shiel The Greek proletariat, on the contrary, seems to have appreciated to the full the very highest art. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Marjorie Bowen They floated from the gates and the highest buildings, half a score of them, all with the same device. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Henry James The highest uses known to Newman’s experience were certain transcendent sagacities in the handling of railway stock. The American by Henry James [1877]

H. Rider Haggard In some branches of art they have attained the very highest proficiency. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Two days’ paddling lead to the northern or highest Sangalla, which obstructs the stream for 22 miles: Tuckey (p. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

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]

George Meredith Sir Willoughby replied: “I take her for the highest prize this world affords. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Robert Green Ingersoll He studied the formation of the earth’s crust, explored the deepest mines, ascended the highest mountains, and wandered through the craters of extinct volcanoes. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

He had little more diplomacy than the Squire, and would have liked to perch himself upon the highest pillar in the parish there and then, and proclaim Fred Westerbrook’s innocence. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Thomas Wolfe And one lovely woman to whom the millionaire introduced the poor young author took him home with her that very night and granted him the highest favour in her keeping. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

The beef is excellent, and the highest price when we were there, four cents (about two-pence) the pound. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Ralph Waldo Emerson With eyes open, he makes the choice of virtue, which outrages the virtuous; of religion, which churches stop their discords to burn and exterminate; for the highest virtue is always against the law. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

At the same time, it is widely known that the birthrate is highest among the low-standard nations, and, in our population, highest among the worst-paid groups. In Front of Your Nose by George Orwell [1946]

But Carlyle’s highest praise is reserved for Ruskin, whom he regarded as no mere art critic, but as a moral power worthy to receive and carry onward his own “cross of fire. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

The highest form of religion — the grand idea of God hating sin and loving righteousness — was unknown during primeval times. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

H.P. Lovecraft Queer skyline effects — regular sections of cubes clinging to highest peaks. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Watkin Tench The rare and beautiful flowering shrubs, which abound in every part, deserve the highest admiration and panegyric. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

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]

At such a crisis any government might be expected to see that all its officers, from the highest to the lowest, were well affected. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Alfred Ainger Only it did not enter into his scheme to dwell upon that supreme art of construction, and that highest gift of characterization, which are needed to make the perfect dramatist. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

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

Some of its passages rank among the poet’s highest flights. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Robert Green Ingersoll The lowest can rise, and the highest may fall. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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

In every nation sufficiently advanced to have made effigies of their gods or of their deified rulers, the sculptors no doubt have endeavoured to express their highest ideal of beauty and grandeur. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

It shows at their very highest his marvellous powers of combining constructive with destructive criticism. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

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]

G. K. Chesterton But six times before he reached the highest of the outer galleries terror had returned on him like a flying storm of darkness and thunder. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

William Godwin On this theme was constructed a romance, which once possessed the highest popularity, and furnished a subject to the dramatical genius of Marlow, Leasing, Goethe, and others. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

These were nearest him, and clearest to the vision as well, at the instant when they reached their highest forward point. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

James Clerk Maxwell The human mind is seldom satisfied, and is certainly never exercising its highest functions, when it is doing the work of a calculating machine. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

I remember that he was very clear that the danger to Karolides would not begin till he had got to London, and would come from the very highest quarters, where there would be no thought of suspicion. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Henry James The highest heroism was obviously three parts tact. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Bram Stoker Every cloud that is blowing up here — and they all make for the highest point — is bound to develop into a flash of lightning. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Our camp was at the south face, under a mound which lay up against the highest mound of the whole. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Henry James When a woman had made such a mistake, there was only one way to repair it — just immensely (oh, with the highest grandeur!) to accept it. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

For an hour I enjoyed the highest of earthly pleasures. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

We consider the pinch of poverty the highest incentive that a man can have. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

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]

D. H. Lawrence He wanted this love, this mate-trust called into consciousness and highest honour. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang The highest oath a man can take is to swear by his eldest sister, and if he abuses this name he forfeits to her his finest goods and sheep. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

I should use my talent, as I have often told her, for the highest ends, not for the lowest. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

As a work of art, it is by no means at Burns’s highest level. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

He could not have done better in them if he had been paid the highest fees known to the Bar. He settled as many of these cases out of court as he could. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Arnold Bennett He asked for little; he would have been content with very little; but it was refused him until despair had reached the highest agony. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

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

William Morris They may indeed turn out better or worse; they may disappoint her highest hopes; such anxieties as these are a part of the mingled pleasure and pain which goes to make up the life of mankind. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Thomas Wolfe At these repeated signs of decadence in a society which had once been the object of his envy and his highest ambition, Webber’s face had begun to take on a look of scorn. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

The Frenchman means this as the very highest compliment. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

D. H. Lawrence The highest function of MIND is its function of messenger. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope The highest work of a lawyer can be reached only through political struggle. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Here it was, with its highest zest. Lodore by Mary Shelley

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

M. P. Shiel It is the very highest dignity on earth. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

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