Phrases with "honest"

William Makepeace Thackeray He seemed a merry, careless, honest cretur, whom one would trust with life and soul. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Sir Walter Scott I will let Lesley, who is an honest fellow for a landsman, know that he attends for the benefit of either party. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

That had not been Jennifer’s fault—she had been honest with him—but from that misery of tantalisation he had died. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

An honest report upon personal contact always has a value denied to the reviews of after-comers, yet the best criticism and biography is not always that of contemporaries. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Wilkie Collins The lad is a good lad, and has an honest respect for me. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson And truly there is nothing that can shake the conscience like a beggar’s thanks; and that polity in which such protestations can be purchased for a shilling, seems no scene for an honest man. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle Her story got about, and several of the people here did something to enable her to earn an honest living. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

George Gissing He must resume his purpose of seeking some distant country, where new conditions of life would allow him to try his fortune at least as an honest adventurer. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Tobias Smolle If any man is hurt in the engagement, I promise on the word of an honest seaman, to make him a recompense according to his loss. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope The mother did not for a moment pretend that her son was an honest man, getting his bread after an honest fashion. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Washington Irving The honest man could contain himself no longer. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

And yet, monsieur, honest man as you may be, I assure you that you are not more so than poor M. Fouquet was. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Was that sternness or simplicity, I wonder? Or a mere unmeaning superstition, a mechanical thing? If there lives anybody completely honest in this world, surely it must be my uncle. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope But, unlike the honest simple jam and honey of the household cupboard, it is never unmixed with physic. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Sir Walter Scott There is an honest remnant in Holland whose eyes are looking out for deliverance. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If there is any reason, although I cannot conceive an honest one, for concealing your identity, why, I will respect your confidence absolutely. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson Perhaps this little jesting, friendly message was intended to disarm my rancour? I will be honest — and I think it did. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Green Ingersoll Slowly, but surely we are coming back to honest methods in business. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Eliot Well, well, solco torto, sacco dritto — many a full sack comes from a crooked furrow; and he who will be captain of none but honest men will have small hire to pay. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Charles Dickens The devoutest person could have rendered no greater homage to the efficacy of an honest prayer than he did in this distrust of his wife. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Andrew Lang All this occurred on Thursday, October 17, and Sir Edmund had not been seen by honest men and thoroughly credible witnesses, at least, since one o’clock on Saturday, October 12. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Marie Corelli Now I wonder why we, who are mean and cunning and treacherous and hypocritical should have immortal souls, while horses and dogs who are faithful and kind and honest should be supposed to have none. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Washington Irving Goldsmith spoke here occasionally, and is recorded in the Robin Hood archives as “a candid disputant, with a clear head and an honest heart, though coming but seldom to the society. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Sinclair Lewis Prickly crumbs of toast crept in between the sheets, honey got itself upon his pajamas, and it was impossible to enjoy an honest cup of coffee unless he squared up to it at an honest table. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

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

Reformer, merchant, statesman, learned man, Dutiful husband, honest wife by turn, Cradle upon cradle, and all in flight and all Deformed because there is no deformity But saves us from a dream. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

But you are an honest man, an honest gentleman. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

If he had moved at all, it must have been to leave the table, throw himself overboard, and drown — an honest man. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Arthur Conan Doyle Her honest father may not have observed these symptoms, but they were assuredly not thrown away upon the man who had won her affections. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Robert had given her a promise to help the girl to an honest living. Hardly Worth Telling by Ellen Wood [1870]

William Makepeace Thackeray I remember the trembling little frame, the little hand, the great honest eyes. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

If I do not resent your impertinence to my wife, it is because I begin to believe that you are so despicable a scoundrel as to be unworthy of an honest man’s anger. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

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]

Walter Scott This somewhat chafed, as honest Will says, ‘the rash humour which my mother gave me. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

The only distinctions that are marked are between the homes of honest industry above the banks and the homes below them of the leisure, which it is hoped is not dishonest. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Daniel Defoe An honest yeoman likewise of Scaldwele, in Northamptonshire, being upon a ladder to save his hovel, was blown off, and fell upon a plough, died outright, and never spoke word more. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Anthony Hope The king’s unlooked-for ignorance of his errand, Herbert’s honest hasty zeal, the temper of Boris the hound, had forced on him an act unmeditated and utterly against his interest. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Anthony Trollope Come, Harry, let me tell you all at once like an honest man. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle I said in trying to make him an honest man, and in repairing the results of his villainy. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

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]

Gertrude Stein This one is certainly an honest one and it is certainly a pleasant thing to have this one listening. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

They arrived at Amiens at midnight, and alighted at the AUBERGE of the Golden Lily. The host had the appearance of as honest a man as any on earth. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Charles Dickens She was very much mistaken if some of the people who came there oftenest were quite as honest as they might be, but she wouldn’t have it known that she had said so, for the world. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

It is the knowing that we have a light-fingered, disreputable, sneaking rat amongst us, whose proper place would be a reformatory, not a school for honest men’s sons. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

We are certainly much better pleased to have a clergyman with fine talents and a graceful exterior, but we value him more for goodness of heart and honest principles. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

William Makepeace Thackeray But what are such to you or me? Let bygones be bygones; Mrs. Crump was quite as honest as her neighbours, and Miss had five hundred pounds to be paid down on the day of her wedding. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

What was it in Woodilee which made honest men silent and craven in the face of proved iniquity? “Man, Amos,” he cried, “I never thought to get a coward’s counsel from you. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Anthony Trollope Her charity is profuse; her philanthropy is eager and true; her national ambition is noble and honest — honest in the cause of civilization. North America by Anthony Trollope

I like your spirit fine, and beyond doubt you’ve taken the honest road. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Walter Besant Thus, if one have thick lips, thrust forward, like Mr. Patten, one may be expected to be like him, a self-seeker, chatterer, mischief-maker, and betrayer of honest folk. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Anthony Trollope My boy has got his own name, and he is an honest true Caldigate; and no one again will tell me that another woman owns my husband, my own husband, the father of my boy. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis And I think it’s fine that Mr. Teddem was saying that nobody could be a poet or like that unless they drank an awful lot and — uh — oh, not be honest and be on a job. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Walter Scott Butler resumed his pace, not without a momentary revival of that jealousy which the honest Laird’s attention to the family of Deans had at different times excited in his bosom. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

If she moves her fleet wings, I resign what she has bestowed, and wrap myself up in my virtue, and court honest poverty without a portion. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

George Gissing What a monstrous thing! Why did she go on pretending, playing a farce? I could have sworn that no girl lived who was more thoroughly honest in word and deed and thought. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

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

Charles Dickens That, it was certain the prisoner had, for longer than that, been in the habit of passing and repassing between France and England, on secret business of which he could give no honest account. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

William Hope Hodgson And Mine Own did be weeping with joy and honest pride of her man, beside me. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

I felt mesmerized by the whole place, by the air of obvious innocence — not innocence merely, but frank honest bewilderment and concern in the three faces. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Well,’ quoth he, ”tis an honest lad, and a shall have her, gien she will but leave her sulks and consent. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

He knew by intuition what those phrases, “good, honest little soul” and “kind, sweet little body” signified, when another woman used them to a husband about his wife. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Charles Dickens Perhaps he built his feeble trust on this; perhaps on his being young, and having a frank and honest manner. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Charles Kingsley An honest man, doubtless, he is; but it does not follow, alas! in this piecemeal world, that he should write an honest book. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Theodore Dreiser He was thought to be honest and kindly; and he was, as far as he knew. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Kingsley Let us in future be honest and straightforward, and have no more miserable esclandres, in God’s name. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

George Gissing Marry her by all means, and make a good, honest woman out of her. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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]

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

Anthony Trollope A clear head is worth more than an honest heart. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

He told the following extraordinary story without hesitation or prevarication, and apparently in so open and honest a manner, that no one who heard him doubted the truth of it. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Rudyard Kipling I told them — and it is true — that the Bon Dieu demands nothing better from honest people than honest laughter, and that he who awakens it is a benefactor. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Anthony Trollope A man cannot be honest if he have not some pride. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

It was not only that I could not become spiteful, I did not know how to become anything; neither spiteful nor kind, neither a rascal nor an honest man, neither a hero nor an insect. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Alfred Ainger He was a brother of the angle, moreover, and just such a free, hearty, honest companion as Mr. Izaak Walton would have chosen to go a-fishing with. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

She was clumsy and noisy, the Nagaina, but very honest and resolute. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

I am ready to give such an account of myself as will satisfy you that I am an honest man — neither a criminal nor a spy. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope The honest do not beg their bread; do they, Arthur? But in spite of her croaking, she will be very happy to see you on Monday, if it shall suit you to come. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

He is faithful and industrious, honest and true. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

An honest world and the truth ought to be dearer to us than bread. Mother by Maksim Gorky

But it was years now since he had been honest with her. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Charles Kingsley Then Mr. Oxenham called out, ‘All honest men who know me, and can trust me, stand by your lawful captain against these ruffians. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

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]

Leon Trotsky There was only Haase, an honest provincial democrat, with no theoretical outlook or revolutionary temper. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Rudyard Kipling Why, if he lives about this house, does he not take an honest employment? But no, he must wander up and down like a loose camel, turning the heads of fools and opening the jaws of the unwise to folly. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

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]

Charles Dickens That’s the plain honest truth, dear Barbara, upon my word it is!’ Little Barbara was not of a wayward or capricious nature, and, being full of remorse, melted into tears. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Tobias Smolle Finally, I live in the midst of honest men, and trusty dependents, who, I flatter myself, have a disinterested attachment to my person. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope They were clever eyes too—nay, honest eyes also, which is better. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Gaston Leroux Rising, Rouletabille exclaimed again: “The deuce!” Presently he added: “Yet I believe Monsieur Robert Darzac to be an honest man. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Then he remarked: “So it seems that while all honest work is honored among you, there are some kinds of honest work that are not honored so much as others. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Thomas Wolfe He liked the strong, clean smell of honest cloth, and in those forty several shapes and colours he saw as many pleasing reflections and variations of his own character. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Washington Irving Under all this air of merriment, honest Peregil had his cares and troubles. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Walter Scott The poor fellow probably saved its life by falling into the hands of an honest man. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Last night I said, ‘So be it! They have killed Simon, and they will not let me live as an honest man. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope But the passion, nevertheless, was there, and the woman was honest in what she was saying. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I dragged him — the good honest creature who was incapable of concealments and treacheries! — into his master’s room. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

George Gissing But have more courage; refuse to act falsehoods; tell society it is base and brutal, and that you prefer to live an honest life. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Some people would call the first, after years of honest work, and being always able to look every one in the face, being more of a man than the other. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Walter Scott Humanity, and some indistinct idea of having unintentionally hurt the feelings of the poor dwarf, induced the honest Cavalier to ask this unprotected being to go with them. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

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

Anthony Trollope His boy was as dear to him, as though the mother had been his honest wife. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

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]

It was true that, six or seven years ago, he had been to Cisteron to gather herbs necessary for his powder, and that he had lodged at the house of one Pelouse, whom he thought an honest man. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

William Makepeace Thackeray Our French Thersites was not always an honest opponent, it must be confessed; and many an attack was made upon the gigantic enemy, which was cowardly, false, and malignant. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

But he is far too honest to assign his action to philanthropy alone. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Catherine Helen Spence So many of the predisposing causes of crimes are removed in the rewards of honest industry being so certain. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

William Makepeace Thackeray He has a good, brave, honest understanding. Dr. Birch and his young friends by William Makepeace Thackeray [1849]

A coarser stuff, if you will, but a far more honest fabric; no such mixture of gold and tinsel, strength and rottenness. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

So listen, Lucy.” And she settled herself, resting against my arm — resting gently, not with honest Mistress Fanshawe’s fatiguing and selfish weight. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

G. K. Chesterton You are the only person I know of here who is honest and has also some common sense. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

It is the unwritten law of all our public life, and the same holds true of America, that an honest open scandal ends a career. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

She had sucked fresh poison from those honest lips, and filled her veins with molten fire. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

If you were honest you’d confess that you lifted it straight out of a rubber or railway promotion scheme. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

G. K. Chesterton But though as Liberals they believed in progress, as honest men they often testified to deterioration. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Borrow Myself. — That was a great and portentous man, honest withal. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

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

Why is it that women can turn an honest man’s conscience about like a weather-cock with their wheedling?” M. Daburon’s only reply was a heavy blow of his fist on the table. 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]

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

It was no honest friendship, which the Captain might be proud to own, glad to show the world that in these days of decadence he could still point to a friend. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Hardy Still, they were sensible and honest young fellows enough, and did their best to make shift with their lot as they had arranged it, and not to repine at what could not now be altered or mended. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing The eye was honest and cheerful, proclaiming immediately the total absence of all cant, hypocrisy, or bigotry. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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

The honest captain’s blood boiled as he heard that shameful story of treachery and extortion practised upon an ignorant school-girl. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

He was a staunch Walpolian, and had a sincere and honest regard for that great man which was entirely independent of self-interest. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Sir Walter Scott And I would laugh at it,” said the honest Jester, “if I could for weeping. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Theodore Dreiser This social journalism was thin picking at best, and he had very few ways of turning an honest penny. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

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

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

His clear, honest eyes were bright with the memory of that desperate resolve, so utterly alien to his nature, and his long, sensitive fingers opened and closed spasmodically. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle True it is that I am in the house of an honest man, but I know not who may come or who may go during the hours of the night. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Thomas Hardy It is extraordinary how many women have no honest love of music as an end and not as a means, even leaving out those who have nothing in them. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

The admiral himself was said to have extensive dealings with Ramon; he had at least the reputation of desiring to turn an honest penny, like myself. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

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

Benjamin Disraeli The laugh now burst out again, but the honest baker joined in it this time with an easy spirit. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Say what you have to say, like the straightforward, honest woman you appear. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Karl Philipp Moritz This honest man was not yet thirty. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Maria Edgeworth The chestnut woman did not whip Babet, nor even scold her; but said she was sure, that since the child was so honest as to return what she had taken, she would never steal again. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope If ever she should be so given, he should teach her what it was to scorn the offer of an honest man. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There seem to have been quite as many frauds and robberies, in proportion to the number of honest deeds; there were murders, in hot-blood and in malice; and bloody quarrels over liquor. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Such fine, honest young fellows. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

May God grant you an honest man as a husband, and not a disgraced and convicted traitor. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Anthony Trollope It was well for her and Alaric that she could face it all with the true courage of an honest woman. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson He was fond of a lass and fond of a glass, and fond of a ran-dan; but I could never hear tell that he was muckle use for honest employment. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis Will you choose your pawn?” After the game (which Lucius won), Cass spoke abruptly, for this was an honest and understanding man. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Larkspur took occasion to look at Matthew Brook at this moment; and he saw the coachman’s honest face grow pallid, as if under the influence of some sudden terror. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope I only want to find the truth, and I should never take shame to myself in looking for that by honest means. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope I have no doubt he thinks himself quite as honest as the rest of the world. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray Give me thy hand, honest friend. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Gissing With a gleam of joyful hope irradiating the melancholy of her countenance, honest Polly Hemp took her leave with many expressions of gratitude. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Ivan Turgenev I looked round, and with unutterable consolation saw the serene and honest face of my guide. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

George Borrow If you would take a hundred, I think my lord would purchase it, for he has sent me about the fair to look him up a horse, by which he could hope to make a honest penny. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Besides, she and dear, honest Uncle Sam were but poor people, living decently, but with never a penny to spare. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Henry James What is it?” “It is the proud consciousness of honest toil — of having manufactured a few wash-tubs,” said Newman, at once jocose and serious. The American by Henry James [1877]

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

Washington Irving May God preserve my honest little man, for he has my heart. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

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

Thomas Hardy Why did you suppose such a thing?’ He did not explain, and the next morning started to resume his duties at Ivell. Cope was an honest young fellow, and shrewd withal. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope And yet he would speak of an honest man with admiration, meaning something altogether different from the honesty of which men ordinarily spoke. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry James By heaven, it’s my duty, as an honest man. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There were, no doubt, close by, many worthy citizens, fathers of families, who would have taken her for a few minutes under their protection with honest alacrity. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

If I ever go it will be to climb the honest rock towers around Chamonix, for I won’t have anything to do with snow mountains. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Can you find me an honest lawyer here, or at Varenna?” “For your ladyship I would attempt miracles. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Walter Scott I was going to be an honest man — but the devil has this very day flung first a lawyer, and then a woman, in my gate. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Upon my honest word, they will let him out soon! They haven’t a thing against him; all the boys will keep quiet as cooked fish. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope Mr Norton was a heavy, honest old man, who attended to simple conveyancing, and sat amidst the tin boxes of his broad-acred clients. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The dog walks up, and pokes his great honest muzzle among them companionably. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Wilkie Collins She is sacred to me! And I have just proved it — I have just come from a good woman, who will teach her an honest way of earning her bread. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

William Cowper They live, and live without extorted alms From grudging hands, but other boast have none To soothe their honest pride that scorns to beg, Nor comfort else, but in their mutual love. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Jules Verne All congratulated the honest old sailor whom they loved. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells Although I tried hard and tried to school myself, the humiliating fact has to be faced by an honest autobiographer, I wasn’t equal to the job. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

A simple-minded, honest girl, we thought her. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins It’s on my conscience, as an honest man, to taste and try. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

But Mrs. Bunting was an honest and truthful woman. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She had lately seen a change for the better in Josephine Perry — rather as an honest citizen might guilelessly approve a speculator retired on his profits. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Why, Gerard, she is honest when all is done; and he is no man, nor half a man, that cannot mould any honest lass like a bit of warm wax, and she aye aside him at bed and board. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Gissing Well, that only means that I had exhausted all the honest attempts, and found them all no good. A Capitalist by George Gissing

James Joyce When you told me that night in Harcourt Street those things about your private life, honest to God, Stevie, I was not able to eat my dinner. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

James Payn Sir Richard has an honest regard for me, I think, and Walter also, when he is himself. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

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

The public will give every honest and reasonably competent worker in the healing art a hearty welcome. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The honest man reaps the good results of his honest thoughts and acts; he also brings upon himself the sufferings, which his vices produce. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Arnold Bennett The landlord greeted his customers as honest friends. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

A rogue does not laugh in the same way that an honest man does; a hypocrite does not shed the tears of a man of good faith. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Green Ingersoll They were as honest in peace as they had been brave in war. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing I make an honest living, and that’s about all. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

George Meredith Tobacco? why not rolls of honest tobacco! nothing so much soothes the labourer. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

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]

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]

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

He was honest, that is honest as our present elastic acceptation of the word goes — and when he had accumulated a fortune he set to work to buy a few things. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins Do this; and tomorrow you will thank an old soldier for giving you a word of honest advice. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Only some relic of manliness, the heritage of cleanly and honest days, was with him to the uttermost. At the Article of Death by John Buchan

Charles Dickens The mountainous Alps on the one hand, or a humming-bird on the other, is nothing, in point of workmanship, to an honest man — or woman — or woman. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

I have disgraced the name of an honest family, and have betrayed the dearest and kindest friend who ever protected a poor girl. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Oliver Goldsmith Our honest neighbour’s goose and dumplings were fine, and the lamb’s-wool, even in the opinion of my wife, who was a connoiscur, was excellent. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Diogenes’s toil with the lantern alone distinguished the cynic Greek, in admiration of an honest man. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]