Phrases with "honest"

And so he is at rest on all sides, and consequently he carries out his revenge calmly and successfully, being persuaded that he is doing a just and honest thing. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Henry Kingsley William put his arm round him, and, raising his finger, and looking inta his face with his calm honest eyes, said with a smile — “This was it, then. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Jules Verne He was an animal of the Siberian race, gray hair, of medium size, with an honest big head, just made to pat, and he, moreover, appeared to be much attached to his master. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Kate Chopin He’s a true, honest man; and I was a coward to say those things about him. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Robert Burns But honest Nature is not quite a Turk, She laugh’d at first, then felt for her poor work. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Guy de Maupassan I was only joking, and there’s no harm in a joke between honest people. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Sinclair Lewis You don’t see Bradd as an enemy, but as a worm, a crawler into decent men’s honest bread. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope He himself had ever been a hardworking, sober, honest man. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Virginia Woolf Their old friendship and its firm base upon indestructible qualities of character crumbled, and her whole past seemed foolish, herself weak and credulous, and Ralph merely the shell of an honest man. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

She visited an honest widow, so poor that she could not afford a farthing dip, but sat in the dark. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

He admitted that he had once thought differently, but he was an honest man and not afraid to face facts. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Mr. Blake I believe you consider me an honest officer and a reliable man. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Those errors I leave to honest mediocrity or virtuous exertion! You may perhaps find, too, that my life has not passed through a career of outrage without scattering some few benefits on the road. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

M. was full of learning guided by sagacity, genial, broad-minded, and sane in his judgments of men and things, and thoroughly honest and sincere. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Heyst meditated in simple terms on the mystery of his actions; and he answered himself with the honest reflection: “There must be a lot of the original Adam in me, after all. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Sir Walter Scott Please to look into it, sir, and see all is right — I am an honest fellow, and it comes safe out of my hands. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Monsieur is, I am sure, an honest man. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope Now I do believe this of you, that you are an honest lad; and though you are so fond of your own way, I don’t think you’d wish to grieve me if you could help it. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Walter Besant We were not neglecting his affairs all the while; and Mr. Hilyard, as I have said, had found an honest sea captain. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Anthony Trollope The man she loved was a gentleman, and an honest man, by no means a fool, and subject to no vices. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett And then, he caught her; and, burning with honest shame, she looked downwards. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Anthony Trollope He knew that Mr. Jones himself was a fair-dealing, honest gentleman, and he could not, therefore, quarrel with him. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing Your letter is an honest one, and it has much moved me. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

William Makepeace Thackeray There are writers enough in the United States, honest and otherwise, who preach that kind of doctrine. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Sir Walter Scott Zouns! sir, we would slit any nose that was turned up at us honest fellows. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Augustine Birrell But the member for Hull must soon have recognised that there was no place for an honest quick-witted man in any Stuart administration. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

I think I may flatter myself that he will be an honest man. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

George Gissing Let me tell you, then, this business of yours is one that moves every honest and sensible man to anger and disgust. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

Rudyard Kipling We have made eight thousand feet since we pithed the tramp and our turbines are giving us an honest two hundred and ten knots. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Where had I seen the face? A very red-brown honest face, with a mouth as wide as Molly’s rolling-pin. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]

Robert Green Ingersoll Be honest and fair with them; be just; be tender, and they will make you rich in love and joy. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Oh, you poor pet, how wretched you look!’ ‘I have just been talking to the new nurse, Bessie. She seems a good, honest creature. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing It might well prove that the work appointed him was simply to live as an honest man. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing But I’ve got to the point that I don’t care what I do, if only it’ll bring me a steady income in an honest way. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

It is not very pleasant to be regarded as a thief, when one is an honest man, but I will bear it for your sake. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith Fearful of not being understood, owing to the rarity of the occasions when the squat plain squad of honest Saxon regulars at his command were called upon to explain an idea, he recast the sentence. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

Anthony Trollope But though a girl may be honest in such a case, it is so hard for her to be brave. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Henry Kingsley Such was William Lee, as he stopped Sam in the yard, and, with a bold, honest look of admiration, said — “It makes me feel young to look at you, Mr. Buckley. You are a great stranger here lately. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

I am glad he has gained it; he is an honest fellow, no match for them in cunning. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

I’m no thief, but an honest citizen, well off in the world, with a house of my own. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Was he honest with her, as she had been with him? She saw his hesitation, and attributed it to the true motive, for her voice was cool again. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arthur Machen He set out between two and three in a gloomy frame of mind; he knew too well what spending the afternoon with honest manly boys meant. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Even a convict has a right — a prospective right — to his wife, and no honest man should be compelled to retain a criminal’s property. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Like many another man, he had always remained scrupulously honest because the temptation to dishonesty had never assailed him. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

He is the one big brain in the whole show, and he happens also to be an honest man. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

George Gissing To lose the power of honest reproof in consequence of a moral lapse is to any man a wide-reaching calamity; to a man of Mutimer’s calibre it meant disaster of which the end could not be foreseen. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Ann Radcliffe Clara immediately welcomed honest Peter to his native place, and he returned her salutation with many expressions of surprise at finding her so much grown. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Walter Scott Through the vain webs which puzzle sophists’ skill, Plain sense and honest meaning work their way; So sink the varying clouds upon the hill, When the clear dawning — brightens into day. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Henry Kingsley Blowed if I don’t think it the most honest action he ever did in his life. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

She did not urge the point, as she had surprised one or two very unfriendly glances at Mr. Smithson in Maulevrier’s honest eyes. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

It is impossible that he should be allowed to take that good, honest life, and get off scot free. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Anthony Trollope Why should I not think of him when he was good and kind, honest and hardworking? And then he had thought of me first. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Let us go down, and help them, for the love of home, and that spirit of liberty which admits of honest service to honest men, and honest work for honest bread, no matter what it be. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

I was born of poor because honest parents, and until I was twenty-three years old never knew the possibilities of happiness latent in another person’s coin. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells I do not mean the open offenders, for they are mostly honest and gallant people, but the men and women who sin in the shadows, the people who are not clean and scandalous, but immoral and respectable. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Syne she says, quietlike, ‘Ye needna get in a steer, Isobel Veitch. If Mr. Sempill’s an honest man, he’ll get his chance to redd up the “fama”. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Keep Serge: with you he will once more become honest and happy, because, if your love is not greater than mine, it is nobler and purer. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Maria Edgeworth The book-seller to whom he offered it was both an honest man, and a good judge of literary productions. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

But I’m not at all sure that I want beef, though it is nearly three months since I’ve seen an honest bit of ox beef. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

G. K. Chesterton He had, perhaps, over and above his honest Pantheism two convictions profound enough to be called prejudices. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

It was an honest affair according to its lights. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Henry James Bernard, on his side, was greatly pleased; it was delightful to him to look into Gordon’s honest face again and to return his manly grasp. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Before allowing the baron to descend, honest Bavois took every possible precaution to save himself from being dragged over the verge of the precipice by the weight he would be obliged to sustain. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Robert Louis Stevenson Thus the tapper would refuse to watch for the police during a burglary, and call himself a honest man. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

There’s a line in a poem my mother would repeat to us when we were boys—‘God and an honest heart will bear us through the roughest day. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

I’m Mrs. Nutter, and you’re my servants, do ye mind? and I’ll act a fair mistress by you, if you do me honest service. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins I’m an honest man, and my girl’s an honest girl!” I was looking at him, at that moment, with the contempt that I really felt; his rage produced no other sensation in me. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Florence Dixie Land is falling in value ; we must strike while the iron is hot, if we are to turn an honest penny by this transaction. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Arnold Bennett It was the portrait of an honest man. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

But the Captain, like an honest man, refused to receive it until the agreement was executed; and, if all the same, he would prefer money down to a cheque. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

Anthony Trollope He would do his best to prove the libel,—on condition that his client were the honest owner of the property in question. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anatole France It is a lesson for honest women stubborn in too much pride of their haughty virtue. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

William Makepeace Thackeray Alas! and alas! many a stout bailiff, and many an honest fellow of a spy, went, for that day, without his pay and his victuals. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Robert Green Ingersoll Whoever holds another man responsible for his honest thought, has a deformed and distorted brain. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Do to the One as, were you an honest man, you would do to the Many. This is the way to be a rogue individually, as a lawyer is a rogue professionally. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Henry Fielding I give you my word, I should not be ashamed of being the wife of an honest man in any station. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Sinclair Lewis And the English audience, apparently good honest people, laughed. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope He desired to be honest and true, as far as his ideas went of honesty and truth, and his conscience told him that Clara had been treated with cruelty by his mother. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli What say you, Essper?” “More honest than moonlight, gracious lady, for that deceives every one; and less honest than self-praise, for that deceives no one. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Quoth merry Robin, “I ha’ been a many things in my life before, but never have I been an honest cobbler. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

George Gissing She would keep making efforts to get into an honest livelihood as often as an occasion presented itself; and Ida should always live with “respectable” people, cost what it might. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Anthony Trollope You are so honest that you could not bring yourself to tell a fib — even to me about that. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The faces of honest people can be told at once. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope You must take the world as you find it, with a struggle to be something more honest than those around you. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Then he had seen, so many times, his sister Mary flatter and cheat her mother because of something that she had wanted, and that made him honest to the point of discourtesy. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope And you?’ ‘Do you think that I cannot be honest too — at any rate to you? It does fret me. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth With treacherous ability, she knew and followed all the arts of misrepresentation; all those injurious arts which his friend, Sir James Brooke, had, with such honest indignation, reprobated. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Kingsley Not all the mock-modesty and blushing in the world would have won him half so surely, as did her bold, quiet, honest look. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Charles Dickens At this reply Mr Witherden buried his nose in the flowers again, and whispered behind the nosegay to the old gentleman that he believed the lad was as honest a lad as need be. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

It had paled since then, there had been so many other things; but still they were dear, honest eyes — and Kendal never brought his reverie to a conclusion under any circumstances whatever. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

George Meredith But an honest woman who is a feeling woman, when she consents to play hypocrite, cannot do it by halves. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

A cane-seated chair, covered with an honest leather cushion, stood before the captain’s desk, and in a corner there was the locked safe. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

An honest man, who does not hold to the British idea that “getting on in the world” is Nature’s first law, would be sorely puzzled by such a career. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Ah, how I loved her! — the pretty Clara! Yes, I loved her so well that I was seized with horror at my past life! I resolved to repent, to marry her, and settle down into an honest man. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

I am an honest country gentleman, poor, sensual, and timid. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Andrew Lang Hasten to render this service to your master, although it is against your own ambition, and prepare, like an honest man, to return to your natural state. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling The manuscript would have made an octavo volume, but — good, honest man that he was — in every single detail of his life that I knew about he turned out, on paper, a formidable liar. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Sir Walter Scott This honest gentleman’s conversation was so formed upon his professional practice, that Davie Gellatley once said his discourse was like a ‘charge of horning. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

George Gissing I believe that she did act magnanimously, or at all events in honest kindness; out of regard both for him and for you. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Guy de Maupassant He had acted like a good friend and an honest man. The Avenger (Le Vengeur) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Andrew Lang No doubt they were all honest men who had been “out,” and they may well have been on Cluny’s business of conveying gold from the Loch Arkaig hoard to Major Kennedy for the prince. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf Not but what this ‘I’ was a most respectable ‘I’; honest and logical; as hard as a nut, and polished for centuries by good teaching and good feeding. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet she did not like this secrecy, this disinclination upon the part of one so frank and honest as Ida to tell her what was passing. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope It seemed to her to be impossible that she should confide everything to Peter Steinmarc. And yet it was no more than honest that Peter should be told before he was allowed to continue his courtship. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Charles Dickens And yet, Mr. Bintrey,” with a fresh burst of honest affection, “she is no more. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle I must go to the City.” “What will you do?” “What an honest man should do. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Looking on honest Marjory as mistress of all she surveyed, it never struck him, that in the points in which her dietary differed from his she was practising a compulsory economy. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith Serve a paytron, be a leper, you’ll find, with all honest folk. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry James He was glad to get out into the honest dusky unsophisticating night, to move fast, to take his way home on foot. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Guy de Maupassan There! Did I do right, monsieur?’ “I answered, holding out my hand: “‘You did well, Cavalier; you are an honest man. The Gamekeeper by Guy de Maupassan

So plain the advantages of machination It constitutes a moral obligation, And honest wolves who think upon’t with loathing Feel bound to don the sheep’s deceptive clothing. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

George Gissing Harvey was not honest with her. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Charles Kingsley We have come to them by no theories, no dreams of the fancy, but by plain honest reasoning, from plain honest facts. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It is the only honest way of making or mending a fortune now-a-days. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle I do not go so far as to say that the English are more honest than any other nation, but I have found them more expensive to buy. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

But I know your father was an honest man, and as it happens, I know something about you, and I believe you also are an honest man. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

G. K. Chesterton The honest man is he who is always trying to utter the unutterable, to describe the indescribable; but the quack lives not by plunging into mystery, but by refusing to come out of it. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

H. G. Wells It is a foolish community that can house whole classes, useful and helpful, honest and loyal classes, in such squalidly unsuitable dwellings. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Theodore Dreiser In connection with this idea he was looking for some reliable young man, honest and capable, who would work under his direction and do what he said. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang He fell asleep fully determined to give up trying to be great, but to lead the life of an honest workman. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Burns This truth fand honest Tam O’ Shanter, As he frae Ayr ae night did canter, (Auld Ayr, wham ne’er a town surpasses, For honest men and bonny lasses. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

William Makepeace Thackeray An honest groom jokes and hobs-and-nobs and makes his way with the kitchen-maids, for there is good social nature in the man; his master dare not unbend. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

George Gissing I’d a good deal rather have broken my neck among honest lumps of old red sandstone. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray And topers, tender-hearted — regard his honest phiz, And envy times departed — that knew a reign like his. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Wilkie Collins A profligate spendthrift who is always borrowing money will get more from his friends than the rigidly honest man who only borrows of them once, under pressure of the direst want. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins Under all varieties of misfortune, an honest man has his consolation still left. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Sinclair Lewis He was almost beginning to be honest with her, in his desire to have sympathy from this rosy child. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells I believe he was an honest and delightful man. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Thomas Carlyle O my friend, no honest fellow in this Planet was ever so served by his cooks before; or has eaten such quantities and qualities of dirt as you have been made to do, for these two centuries past. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

G. K. Chesterton But I was born in a Pimlico lodging house and I had to make my spoon, and there’d be plenty to say I only spoiled a horn or an honest man. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

I felt as foolish as an honest husband who finds money in his house which he didn’t earn himself. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

H.P. Lovecraft It was no way for a young gentleman to look at an honest person, and he could not possibly stay another night. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

The great and universal motive to honest industry, that of bettering one’s lot, was lost upon him. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Meredith We drank the pure daylight of honest speech. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Guy de Maupassant Then, as she was leaving, she said to me: ‘I wish you success, because you seem to me to be honest and a hard worker; some day you will undoubtedly think of getting married. A Parricide (Un parricide) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Laurence Sterne If there is not a fund of honest gullibility in man, so much the worse; — my heart relented, and I gave up my second resolution as quietly as the first. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

Henry Kingsley Isn’t ours a pleasant household, Mr. Tiernay?” Father Tiernay shook his honest sides with a wondering laugh, and said, “Faix it is. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

It did not belong to honest men. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Rudyard Kipling I want to be honest with some one before I go. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Noel continued with the ingenuous candour of an honest heart which suspicion has never touched with its bat’s wing: “The idea of treating at once with my father pleased me exceedingly. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Henry Handel Richardson And he never came to quite an honest understanding with himself on this point, for desire and dream were interwoven in his mind; he could not separate the one from the other. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Gaston Leroux As to Michael, he is an honest man, and my daughter, my Natacha, is an honest girl. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Thomas Hardy The gunboats be all readynear two thousand of ’em-and the whole army is at Boulogne. And, miller, I know ye to be an honest man. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

They are too honest in this village to have a single mule amongst them for your worship’s service. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

In truth, that Italian puppet does not deserve the services of an honest man. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

She had not expected so honest a confession. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Herman is honest enough and will see that everything goes smoothly here. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Robert Browning What honest man should dare (he said) he durst. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

Why should any decent world wear an alias? There was nothing, you know, to be ashamed of in being an honest cluster of stars. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

I dare say my cousin understood my character better, perhaps, after all my honest self-study, then I do even now. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But those stout skins knit by honest labour stood the trial. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

George Eliot We’ll do as we’d be done by; for if my children have got no other luck, they’ve got an honest father and mother. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Walter Scott ALBION. The quarrels between man and wife are proverbial; but let not these honest folks think that connections of a less permanent nature are free from similar jars. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Victor Hugo Vagabonds are punished, honest folks who have houses are guarded and protected. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Guy de Maupassant If you wish to marry some honest man, so much the better; still better will it be if I can find one. Yveline Samoris by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Anthony Trollope We are starving, or next to it, and yet you wonder that she should be willing to marry an honest man who has plenty of money. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle She was always under the delusion that Edward was earning an honest living in London, and I never had the heart to tell her the truth. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Philip Sidney Our83 tragedies and comedies, not without cause, are cried out against, observing rules neither of honest civility nor skilful poetry. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

H. G. Wells My cousin and I had been thrown closely together by the accidents of life, we had been honest allies and we liked and admired innumerable things in each other. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. Rider Haggard Still, he understood now that Francisco was a man of honest mind and gentle instincts, and naturally in this dilemma he turned to seek for counsel to his only white companion. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Charles Dickens Did you ever counterfeit extreme ingenuousness and honest indignation? My dear fellow, you have no conception, if you never did, how faint the effort makes one. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But if the truth must be told, honest Tom Sedley was leaving Cardyllian in a pet. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Anthony Trollope The honest woman, I fear, fares worse even than the honest man of whom you spoke. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling NOW Alice Chisane was “the bride of another,” and so was Mrs. Landys–Haggert, and a good and honest wife too. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

I will be honest with you, Mr. Peck. If I find I’m doing her harm and not good, I’ll give her up. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins And he takes that roundabout way of keeping you apart, instead of saying No to you plainly, like an honest man. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Sir Walter Scott If the young man is industrious, and come of honest parentage, his poverty may be no such insurmountable obstacle. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

But I told how some disputants had called my distinction a shuffling evasion and taken their stand on what they called ‘plain honest English going-round. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Walter Scott After the death of his wife, she gradually obtained the principal superintendence of the whole household; and being an honest and capable manager, was a person of very great importance in the family. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Socially and politically and intellectually I knew myself for an honest man, and that quite without any deliberation on my part this showed and made things easy for me. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

William Makepeace Thackeray There was no smoke, as in honest London, only dust — dust over the gaunt houses and the dismal yellow strips of gardens. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

He wrote of Pope and Swift and the rest as witty or humorous or generous or clever or learned or honest of mind: they wrote of the love they bore him. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Daniel Defoe Thus was many an honest Man's Case made most desperate by the consummate Villany of a few hardned Wretches, who fear neither God or Devil, as this Phillips us'd often blasphemously to express himself. A General History of the Pyrates by Daniel Defoe [1724]

Anthony Trollope It was very hard upon Mr. Grey, because he certainly was an honest man and had taken up the matter simply with a view of learning the truth. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

It is for you to choose between honest and dishonest love. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Joseph Furphy The honest fellow’s double-breasted ignorance stood solidly in the way, rendering prevarication or quibble, or any form of subterfuge unnecessary on his part. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

What, Davus? Yes, Davus, a faithful servant to his master and an honest one, at least sufficiently so: that is, for you to think his life in no danger. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

And here is an honest lad that loves thee well this many a day. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

She took secret comfort in them; she hoped they would not change, and she was too honest to disguise to herself the reason. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Edith Wharton Harry Dressel’s honest countenance gave no evidence of peculiar astuteness, and he was in fact rather the product of special conditions than of an irresistible bent. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

What was the country coming to? ‘It was the fault of the gold that unsettled young fellows’ minds,’ some said, ‘and took them away from honest industry. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

F. Scott Fitzgerald You can’t buy an honest day’s work from a man in the trades-unions. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry Kingsley And now I have heard things about him sufficient to bar him from any honest man’s house. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Virginia Woolf He persuaded himself that he could make an honest statement without speaking her name; he persuaded himself that his feeling had very little to do with her. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

D. H. Lawrence You are more honest than anybody ever —” She did not finish, being deeply moved. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

She has fathomed the depth of the abyss into which blind passion may hurl even an honest man. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope But I never heard of an honest man, who really wanted to marry a young woman, being bothered by getting her friends’ consent. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Wilkie Collins In my belief, she is acting as becomes an honest woman in removing herself from any further communication with you. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Alphonse Daudet You are all witness, dear readers, that the honest fellow had not breathed a word on that head; but, you know, the mirage had its usual effect. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Anthony Trollope A woman more wretched, more disconsolate, on whose shoulders the troubles of this world lay heavier, never stood at an honest man’s door to beg admittance. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Henry Kingsley Meanwhile, you marry the young lady, and die in your bed, an honest gentleman, at eighty-four, instead of being walked out some cold morning to a gallows at twenty-two. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

William Hope Hodgson And thiswise you to be in human sympathy with me, because that you do feel that I be honest with you, and somewise even now to your elbow, as you read. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

I must seem to be honest and in earnest, just a bit of a fanatic, but principally a hard-headed businessman who knew when the time had come to make a deal. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

For the cure was an honest man, and would have made him disgorge. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Henry James I should like some quiet work — something to turn an honest penny. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Lucy Maud Montgomery When she finished there were bursts of honest applause. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

The world it courts the rich; but seek thou the poor: not beggars; these for the most are neither honest nor truly poor. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

It is that we are each of us twenty years older; it is that the honest emotions of youth have given place to suggestions of interest, whispers of ambition, counsels of selfishness. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

The results of trials by competent and honest physicians, not pledged to the system. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

Wilkie Collins It was the honest expression of what I really meant and felt. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]