Phrases with "human"

Clement was equally perplexed to know how this little human flower came to lie sparkling and blooming in his gloomy cave. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

He succeeded in exciting in the audience that feeling of merriment wherewith the vulgar are always so delighted to intersperse the dull seriousness of hanging a human being. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

It might have made things worse; and she did not want to quarrel with her father, the only human being that really cared for her, absolutely, evidently, completely — to the end. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Gissing The man to whom she was conveying Mrs. Hewett’s message was one of the very few persons who had ever treated her with human kindness. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Thomas Hardy He went across, the sparrows in his way scarcely flying up from the road-litter, so little did they believe in human aggression at so early a time. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

She had her fill of human contact. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Robert Burns Great Nature spoke with air benign, “Go on, ye human race! This lower world I you resign; Be fruitful and increase. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Abraham Merri It has been long and long since human eyes rested on you — and never in this land. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

The minister resumed all the serenity that human strength left at the disposal of a heart half broken with sorrow. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope While wandering among the forest trees, he became susceptible of the tenderness of human nature: he would listen to the birds singing, and pick here and there a wild flower on his path. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Have you any pathos? He says it’s a sense of human limitations. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Leslie Stephen If he dwells upon human misery, it is because he feels that it is as futile to join with the optimist in ignoring, as with the pessimist in howling over the evil. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

It annoys the old ladies in Brighton, but it is a proof of their essential good sense; they realize that losing your job does not mean that you cease to be a human being. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Virginia Woolf The conviction that he was thus strange to her filled her with despondency, and illustrated quite beyond doubt the infinite loneliness of human beings. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Elizabeth Gaskell There was a sure hiding-place from all human reproach and heavy mortal woe beneath the rushing waters borne landwards by the morning tide. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

This is one of the conventions of the werewolf story, the wounding of an animal that escapes and the blood-trail that leads to a human being wounded just as the beast was. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

John Galsworthy He entered Covent Garden. Amazing place! A human nature which, decade after decade, could put up with Covent Garden was not in danger of extinction from its many ills. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

She was no woman; but all the evil, all the wrong, all the injustice, and all the mockery of human life made manifest in the flesh in her. Signa by Ouida

Had this been done in the dark? Must it not have been by a hand human as mine; must there not have been a human agency all the while in that room? Good cause to suspect it. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

In him Christian charity was joined to a philosophical indulgence for the failings of human nature. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

H. G. Wells The abolition of distance must inevitably substitute functional associations and loyalties for local attributions, if human society does not break up altogether. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Ralph Waldo Emerson It is the maxim of their economists, “that the greater part in value of the wealth now existing in England, has been produced by human hands within the last twelve months. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

George Gissing Illustrating a well-known tendency of human nature, his reckless egoism based its confidence on the presumed existence of heroic self-devotion in his victim. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Anatole France For should he have been stricken by a human hand it would be easy for me to cure him by magic operation; but having provoked the Elves he could never escape their infallible vengeance. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Sir Walter Scott He looked behind, and there was an expanse, lighted by the moonbeams, without one human being in sight. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Olaf Stapledon Any culture which ignores these values, or pays merely lip-service to them, is inadequate to the facts of human experience, and must sooner or later lead to disaster. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne My companions readily assented, young Letourneur jocosely observing that if the little island was destined to vanish, it was quite right that it should first be visited by human beings. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Coxeter was one of the rare human beings to whom Nan ever spoke of herself and of her own concerns. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Elizabeth Von Arnim He wouldn’t have been human otherwise. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Guy de Maupassan At times the clink of gold coins, tossed upon the green cloth or hastily seized, added its sound to the murmur of the players, just as if the money was putting in its word among the human voices. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Such a day Wordsworth has described in language of such delicate truth and beauty as only a long and intimate love can inspire: “It has been said that in human life there are moments worth ages. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Not a human being is to be seen on the banks when the sun is high. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Arnold Bennett The sound had recalled her with the swiftness of a miracle to the unconquerable dignity of human pride. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins Not a word more, my dear, to me, or to my nephew, or to any other human creature, of what has happened in the dining-room to-day. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

H.G. Wells The Angel was now human enough to appreciate the fact that he was crushed. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Leslie Stephen Everything, he now said, was valuable which “enlarged the sphere of human powers. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

As for Keogh, he was figuring in his mind and on quires of Government letter-heads a scheme that dwarfed the art of misrepresenting the human countenance upon tin. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Algernon Blackwood He’s the most lovable thing in human shape I ever saw. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Before the mystery of the unknown human life coursing through the streets below, Basil felt the purport of his words grow thin and pale. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Suddenly Denys uttered a strange cry of distress to come from so bold and hard a man; and held up to the torch a mass of human hair. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Gissing This afternoon it wore a cheerless face; most of the blinds were still down, and the dwelling might have been unoccupied, for any sign of human activity that the eye could catch. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

But strange are the caprices of ebb and flow in the deep fountains of human sensibilities. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Jules Verne For a few minutes there was an awkward silence, which the Doctor broke by saying — “My friends, the highest human law is justice. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Nathaniel Hawthorne Nothing in the whole circle of human vanities takes stronger hold of the imagination than this affair of having a portrait painted. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

G. K. Chesterton Some of the things said in the humorous assembly round Mr. Weller’s Watch are really human and laughable and altogether in the old manner. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

H. G. Wells The human soul is an intricate thing which will not endure elucidation when that passes beyond a certain degree of harshness and roughness. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

H. G. Wells In the matter of money more than in any other human concern, human cunning has set itself most vilely and treacherously to prey upon human necessity. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Charles Dickens You know I am a sordid piece of human nature, ready to sell myself at any time for any reasonable sum, and altogether incapable of any Arcadian proceeding whatever. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Good-by! and God bless you!” The hansom that bowled along eastward—at most unnecessary speed—bore two of the happiest human beings within the wide boundaries of the town. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Virginia Woolf Once you stumble, Septimus wrote on the back of a postcard, human nature is on you. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Anthony Trollope He was one of those few human beings who seem never to make a mistake. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She was intensely combative, if ground for a combat arose; and would fight on any subject with any human being — except her daughter. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Andrew Lang As soon as the duck perceived him, it cried in a human voice, ‘Oh, dear Prince Milan, for the love of Heaven give me back my garment, and I will be so grateful to you. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle How can I preach when I am as human and weak as anyone?” “Why, that’s the only preachin’ I could listen to,” said Lord Roxton. “The chap in the pulpit is over my head. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Nevertheless, when that outlandish bird, attacked by the cat, shrieked for help in human accents, she ran out into the yard stopping her ears, and did not prevent the crime. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim On Thursday I shall fetch you from your Picture Show, which I suppose will continue open for a few days, at the more human hour of six o’clock. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Henry Adams For human purposes a point must always be soon reached where larger synthesis is suicide. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

They pander to everything that’s shoddy and slushy and third-rate in human nature. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

George Meredith One cannot study without knowing that our human nature is most frail. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The ghostly power extends to inanimate objects as well as to human beings and animals. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Guy de Maupassant I went up to it; it was a hand, a human hand. The Hand (La Main d'écorché) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Henry James At this moment he heard Olive Chancellor, at his elbow, with the tremor of excitement in her tone, suddenly exclaim: “Please begin, please begin! A voice, a human voice, is what we want. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Jules Verne But our own sun, which will rise to-morrow, is only distant thirty-eight millions of leagues, and no human eye can gaze fixedly upon that, for it is brighter than the blaze of any furnace. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

H. G. Wells It was so like a human spider! It was clambering down the wall, and now I saw for the first time a number of metal foot and hand rests forming a kind of ladder down the shaft. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

M. P. Shiel We had with us thirty-two dogs, three sledges, three kayaks, human provisions for 112 days, and dog provisions for 40. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

H. G. Wells One ranges between naked savages and the most sophisticated of human beings. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Gissing Yet compare it with what might be, if men respected manhood, if human reason were at the service of human happiness. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

George Meredith He probed from hell to hell Of human passions, but of love deflowered His wisdom was not, for he knew thee well. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

D. H. Lawrence As for the certain grief he felt at the same time, in his soul, that was only the remains of an old ethic, that bade a human being adhere to humanity. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Walter Scott Life, death, time, and eternity were swimming before his eyes — a stunning and overwhelming prospect, from which human nature recoiled in its weakness, though human pride would fain have borne up. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

George Eliot Mr Lyon was warned lest his human partialities should blind him to the interests of truth; it was God’s cause that was endangered in this matter. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They even fancied that they heard a human cry. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

G. K. Chesterton That violent and revolving vision became something beyond the human voice or human ear. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Several human skulls lay upon the floor. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Wilkie Collins Without being actually a dwarf — for he was perfectly well proportioned from head to foot — Pesca was, I think, the smallest human being I ever saw out of a show-room. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins Not a human creature, not even a stray animal, was to be seen anywhere. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle They were only to be found upon every third step, showing with what fiendish swiftness this human tiger had rushed upstairs in search of his victim. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

There was the feel in the air of contiguity to human uses. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

I had been trying to deal all along with human progress as something immediate in life, something to be immediately attacked by political parties and groups pointing primarily to that end. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Robert Green Ingersoll And whatever flower of hope springs up in my heart I will cherish; but I can not believe that there is any being in this universe who has created a human soul for eternal pain. What shall we do to be Saved? by Robert Green Ingersoll

G. K. Chesterton Her conviction had been finally clinched by the denunciation of Hendry’s oppressors in human and moving terms; the cause was the cause of her father’s old friend and of her father. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Virginia Woolf She confessed herself at fault in her estimate of human nature. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

He looks only for fixed and inert human quantities, with which he may juggle at will. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Rudyard Kipling In human life he would have kept a manicurist — this Minotaur. And so, Apis disappears from our country. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Henry James Goethe recommended seeing human nature in the most various forms, and Mr. Babcock thought Goethe perfectly splendid. The American by Henry James [1877]

The elder was the Countess of Errol, then mourning an affliction which had laid her life desolate, and admitted of no human consolation. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

G. K. Chesterton Her indignant greeting was stopped on her lips, for Judson cried, in a hoarse voice she had never heard from any human being: “Your father . Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Olaf Stapledon Since then, throughout the generations the human creatures had tasted friendship, love, comradeship in work; but without clear perception of its excellence. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Not a trace of human habitation appears, nor is there any tradition of a settlement having existed here; consequently we concluded that this was another atelier of wandering workmen. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arnold Bennett And now Sophia knew that she, Sophia, knew all that was to be known about human nature. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

D. H. Lawrence But at the very point where she most wanted success, in the anguished effort to make some one beloved human being happy and perfect, there the failure was almost catastrophic. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The three creatures engaged in this mysterious rite were human in shape, and yet human beings with the strangest air about them of some familiar animal. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Better a thousand times that the human race should perish under his thunderbolts than it should say, “Evil, be thou my good. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

George Gissing Heaven forbid that I should remember all! Many a time I have said to myself that I would close the dreadful record of human life, lay it for ever aside, and try to forget it. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Henry James I had further been told that a boarding-house is a capital place for the study of human nature. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

And then, what is it, this Spirit of the Sea? It is too great and too elusive to be embraced and taken to a human breast. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Jeremy Bentham Happily there is no primæval and constant source of antipathy in human nature, as there is of sympathy. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Edgar Allan Poe His hands, especially, were so enormously thick and broad as hardly to retain a human shape. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

There was a distinct difference, however; it was no longer a human step, as we are accustomed to hear it, but an equalized and heavy shuffling sound that for a moment rather puzzled me. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Henry James Their human questions became many before they had done — many more, as one after the other came up, than our friend’s free fancy had at all foreseen. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

George Gissing That is to say, we must draw evidence of our faith from its latent capacities, its unsuspected affinities, its previsions, its adaptability, comprehensiveness, sympathy, adequacy to human needs. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Therefore the logical end of mechanical progress is to reduce the human being to something resembling a brain in a bottle. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Wilkie Collins With your wonderful insight into human nature, I am sure you will sympathize with and forgive me. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

George Gissing Youth, human nature, a passionate temperament; these explain so much to the unprejudiced mind. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Jeremy Bentham It is a guide which ought to govern all human reasoning. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H. G. Wells As though a higher mind is imprisoned somewhere behind the human brain. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

In a long experience of gentlemen lodgers, Mrs Verloc’s mother had acquired a dismal but resigned notion of the fantastic side of human nature. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Andrew Lang Suddenly, among the willows, she perceived the king’s son, and called out to him with a human voice: ‘Oh Prince, give me back my dress, and I shall be for ever grateful to you. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins I don’t doubt that it is a great privilege to be a human being. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

G. K. Chesterton But it is certainly a nuisance that the one Nietzsche doctrine which attracted him was not the one Nietzsche doctrine that is human and rectifying. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Guy de Maupassant She could not imagine to herself that he had grown! She always thought of that small, human larva, which she had held in her arms and pressed to her side for a day. Abandoned (L'Abandonné) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

H.P. Lovecraft They were infamous, nightmare sculptures even when telling of age-old, bygone things; for Shoggoths and their work ought not to be seen by human beings or portrayed by any beings. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Jack London All human potentialities are in it. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Willa Cather Many a man turned his face away when that brown sack was lowered into the cold, leaping indigo ridges that seemed so destitute of anything friendly to human kind. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Guy de Maupassan She descried the mattress; she guessed that a human form was lying upon it, and understood all. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Algernon Blackwood For the first time that night John Silence hesitated; the thought of that dark narrow hall-way, choked with fog, and destitute of human comfort, was unpleasant. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Walter Scott He flourished much on generosity and forgiveness of mutual injuries, and hinted at the mutability of human affairs, always favourite topics with the weaker party in politics. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Thomas Hardy As those who were not there did not reply in the negative the muster was assumed to be complete, and after a few hitches and hindrances the van with its human freight was got under way. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

He approached; his countenance bespoke bitter anguish, combined with disdain and malignity, while its unearthly ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

It was enough for me just then to know that my mild and self-denying and generous entertainers were addicted to the abhorrent custom of human sacrifices. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Miles Franklin I rejoice I was not born a parasite, one of the blood-suckers who loll on velvet and satin, crushed from the proceeds of human sweat and blood and souls. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

It is bad form, not good form, in a discipline of such universal human interest. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He has only to call upon his Mahar allies to receive a countless horde of Sagoths to do his bidding against his human enemies. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

John Locke Probability is either of sensible matter of fact, capable of human testimony, or of what is beyond the evidence of our senses. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edith Wharton Her old convictions repossessed her and she soared above human fears. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

D. H. Lawrence In philosophy she was brought to the conclusion that the human desire is the criterion of all truth and all good. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The human soul uses reason, sees many things, inquires about many more; but even the best instructed receives by his external senses (as through a lattice) light and the beginnings of knowledge. On the Magnet by William Gilber

H. G. Wells The aspect of God is different in the measure of every man’s individuality, and the intimate thing of religion must, therefore, exist in human solitude, between man and God alone. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

G. K. Chesterton He made no account of the unexplored and explosive possibilities of human nature, of the unnameable terrors, and the yet more unnameable hopes. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

George Gissing I have often stood staring at houses like these until I couldn’t believe that the people owning them were mere human beings like myself. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

He flung the human and animal meat payment to the girl’s family in more and more contempt as the days passed and her initiation was delayed. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Victor Hugo The disconcerting enigmas which in nature we call caprice, and in human life chance, are splinters of a law revealed to us in glimpses. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Edith Wharton The court with the old twisted orange~trees was dim; but in the streets beyond there were lights and shrill human noises, the smell of frying food and the scent of jasmine. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

H. G. Wells All the rest was touched and made painful by human confusion. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Guy de Maupassan It was dead, silent, without the echo of a human voice. A Stroll by Guy de Maupassan

Fate had fallen on deity, and only by bursting the doors of human life could deity be relieved. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

The hounds had been sent into their house, where they were all grouped picturesquely on a bench littered with straw, looking as grave as a human parliament, and much wiser. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

It was one of the best Nazi publicity stunts of the war, the first with a human angle. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Robert Louis Stevenson He turns about in the midst to utter a noble sentiment or a trenchant remark on human life, and the style changes and rises to the occasion. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle To me, without parents, friends, or relations, Lucy had been everything, and now that she was gone the very sight of a human face was hateful to me. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

Ralph Waldo Emerson Plato says, Pericles owed this elevation to the lessons of Anaxagoras. Burke descended from a higher sphere when he would influence human affairs. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

From that time forward she rarely set foot outside the castle, and, by degrees, retained no other ideas of human life than such as she received within its precincts. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

We went on for about two miles without passing a human habitation, and then came to one of the most desolate-looking cottages I ever remember seeing. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Aphra Behn But there is nothing to be wondered at in the contradictions and humours of human nature. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

Arnold Bennett The gloomy fronts of nearly all the houses were pierced with oblongs of light on which sometimes appeared transient shadows of human beings. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The children are alone at Chilton with their English gouvernante, and the prim Frenchwoman, who takes infinite pains to perfect Henriette’s unlikeness to a human child. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

He seems to me to be truly penitent for his offences — a misguided, but not a hypocritical man, if my knowledge of human nature goes for anything. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Thomas Hardy There was something rude and immoral in thrusting these recent facts of his life upon the mind of one who, to him, was so uncarnate as to seem at times impossible as a human wife to any average man. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle They were picturesque creatures, men of great force of character and will, who reached the limits of human bravery and endurance. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Henry James Authority they hadn’t, of a truth, these all so human outstanding ones; they made shift but with light appreciation, sudden suggestion, a peculiar variety of happy remark in the air. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Stretched upon the bed, closely enveloped in a linen wrapper, and covered with blankets, lay a human form, stiff and motionless. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

John Morley He is no more a destructive agency because he drew hypocrites and coxcombs, than Bousset was destructive or critical because he inveighed against sin and the excess of human vain glory. Voltaire by John Morley

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a human face — or at least it was far more human than any monkey’s that I have ever seen. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Algernon Blackwood It was flowers and stars as well as human forms we worked to build . The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

There is no secret for discovering the human heart like affliction, especially the affliction which springs from passion. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Let the idealists, the dreamers about earthly angel and human flowers, just look here while I open my portfolio and show them a sketch or two, pencilled after nature. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Henry James Meanwhile I shall think better of human nature. The American by Henry James [1877]

If there were no witches, human testimony and human reason are alike destitute of value. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

John Polidori He has been described as of an unfeeling disposition, averse to associating with human nature, or contributing in any way to sooth its sorrows, or add to its pleasures. The Vampyre by John Polidori

H. G. Wells But the Martians now understood our command of artillery and the danger of human proximity, and not a man ventured within a mile of either cylinder, save at the price of his life. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

H. G. Wells It has already got into operation individually here and there and produced a sort of disorder of innovation in human affairs. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu This was another instance of the fragility of human arrangements, and the vanity of human hopes. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

H. G. Wells Every human being demands the stimulus of some sort of beauty, seeks it and won’t be happy till it gets it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope The capitaine, who knew more of human nature than poor Marie, felt tolerably sure of his bride. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Worldliness has no human magic for him; he is not bewitched by rank nor drawn on by conviviality at all. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

And yet literary creation being only one of the legitimate forms of human activity has no value but on the condition of not excluding the fullest recognition of all the more distinct forms of action. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

G. K. Chesterton And that has taught me another lesson as well, and I understand something in human life and history I never understood before. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

He heard, mingling with that echo of a human voice, another sound — a high piping sound, coming over distances, or falling as a bird’s call from the sky, but this was no bird’s call. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

G. K. Chesterton He may have taken, and probably has taken, a hint from a human being. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Andrew Lang We can only theorise and make more or less plausible conjectures as to the first rudiments of human faith in God and in spiritual beings. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

No sound of human voice broke the fresh silence of the morning while they walked the broad path, Miss Moorsom a little in advance of her aunt. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I had never seen, had scarcely imagined, human beings undertaking such a work as the deliberate replanting of an entire forest area with different kinds of trees. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Marjorie Bowen For two days that face looked at me — no pencil lines on a bit of yellow paper, but now a warm-coloured human face; she lived before my inner eye, a complete creature. Ann Mellor’s Lover by Marjorie Bowen

David Hume In short, this experimental inference and reasoning concerning the actions of others enters so much into human life that no man, while awake, is ever a moment without employing it. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

George Meredith What is worthless, if it be well looked at? Nay, the most worthless creatures are most serviceable for examination, when the microscope is applied to them, as a simple study of human mechanism. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

There is no end to the extravagances of human conduct. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

I could even discover, though far off, forms that appeared to me human moving amidst the landscape. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

There was no word spoken, but I had the queer inexplicable consciousness of human presences which is independent of sight and hearing. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

It records in memorable form — for verse is a mnemonic device, among other things — some emotion which very nearly every human being can share. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

H. G. Wells The golden earth and sky seemed like a little bubble that floated in the globe of human futility. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Arthur Schopenhauer How we laugh as they bustle about so eagerly, and struggle with one another in so tiny a space! And whether here, or in the little span of human life, this terrible activity produces a comic effect. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

But the horror of the thing was that the corpse of the murdered man had disappeared, and there only remained a nauseating lake of blood on the stone floor, in the centre of which lay a human hand. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

G. K. Chesterton Nevertheless, mankind being half divine is always in love with the impossible, and numberless attempts have been made from the beginning of human literature to describe a real state of felicity. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Of course names increase as human history proceeds, so “definiteness” in things must necessarily more and more evolve. Memories and Studies by William James

Olaf Stapledon Through innumerable hands he felt the soft curves of human limbs, the textures of cloth and wood, and cold metal. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Virginia Woolf There is that marvellous, perpetually renewed, and as yet largely untapped aid to the understanding of human motives which is provided in our age by biography and autobiography. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

She looked more like some strange spirit of the night than a human being. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Sinclair Lewis It wasn’t such a very new argument, nor so very logical, but it had been a useful carrot for many human mules. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Joseph Furphy Fused with this, and deeply coloured by it, the tendency of his songs was toward love, and love alone — chaste, supersensuous, but purely human and exclusive love. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

The acolyte had barely crossed the dividing line between black floor and white ledge, his back was still turned and he stood with arms rigidly outstretched like a human cross. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H.P. Lovecraft But only in the decadence did they mix the human and the animal in the same mummy — only in the decadence, when they did not understand the rights and prerogatives of the ka and the soul. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Algernon Blackwood It was a suggestive thing he said: “For human consciousness is different at different periods, remember, and ages remotely separated cannot understand each other. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Robert Green Ingersoll Through the web and woof of human legislation began to run and shine and glitter the golden thread of justice. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Nathaniel Hawthorne The little boy now crept still closer to his father, as footsteps were heard ascending the hill-side, and a human form thrust aside the bushes that clustered beneath the trees. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

George Gissing Touched with pity at the thought of a human being preparing to spend a terrible night in such a place, he pointed her out to Mark, and they stopped. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shall do all that a human being can do to avert such a catastrophe and I ask you to help, Mildred. Remember that it is not only for my sake but for your own. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

William Hope Hodgson I began to understand, with a more than human clearness, that the attack I had repelled, was, in some extraordinary manner, connected with an attack upon that strange edifice. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Thomas Love Peacock A ball-room is an epitome of all that is most worthless and unamiable in the great sphere of human life. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Algernon Blackwood The channel, again, of a human system was essential as before. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

The atmosphere, the feelings of that night were in her mind as she crossed the threshold of the room which had never known the uses of human life since Kilrush occupied it. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]