Phrases with "idea"

E. F. Benson This letter first suggested to her an idea which proved to have a profound effect on her life. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

G. K. Chesterton The charlatan who has no idea will always confine himself to explaining that it is much too subtle to be explained. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Anthony Trollope But there were others who did not believe in the existence of any such bonds, and who ridiculed the idea of advances of money having been made. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Comfort yourself, if you will, with the idea that this affair will trouble nobody in the present. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The men had built a boat from the wreckage of the galleon, but having no idea where the island was located they had not dared to put to sea. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have no idea what your motives are in cutting him off in this fashion, but I am sure that he is no longer a free agent. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

To some extent one is inclined at first to dismiss at once any idea of Wacks’ complicity in the perpetration of those dreadful murders that shook this city just over eleven years ago. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope The sin surely could not be of a nature to weigh so deeply on her conscience! She endeavoured to comfort herself with that idea again and again. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope She had an idea that the son of a gentleman, if he intended to maintain his rank as a gentleman, should earn his income as a clergyman, or as a barrister, or as a soldier, or as a sailor. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anthony Trollope It was after this, when he had seen Mr. Boltby, that the idea occurred to him of buying up Cousin George, so that Cousin George should himself abandon his engagement. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Jack London So, out of the unpractical idea of profit-sharing, arose the practical idea of grab-sharing. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

E. F. Benson Can it be true?” “I was there,” said Elizabeth. “She hadn’t the slightest idea who Worship was. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

An idea of yesterday and an idea of many years ago conflicted in his mind — a man with his hand a little lifted, almost as if it contained and controlled power, a hand of energy in rest. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Henry James He had embraced from the first the idea that she was his enemy, and he alluded to it with almost tiresome frequency, though always in a humorous fearless strain. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell You see she did not like the idea of your going as steerage-passengers as you meant to do; and she desired me to take you cabin places for her. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Wilkie Collins Pain or no pain, the uppermost idea in her mind was still that idea of being his servant, which had already found expression in words before they left the lodgings. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Then, as she undressed in her room, trying all the while to solve the problem, an idea crept into her mind that the appearance might have been supernatural. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Even Charles, who is less dense than most men, has never been allowed to form an idea of the plans which from time to time I have made for him. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

William Hazlitt What an idea of trembling haste and airy grace, borne upon the thoughts of love, does the Friar’s exclamation give of her, as she approaches his cell to be married: Here comes the lady. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Henry James First it struck me that she must have really a large sum in her mind; then I reasoned quickly that her idea of a large sum would probably not correspond to my own. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

But he soon found that the idea was not too feasible. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

The idea of a private talk with Herrick, at this stage of their relations, held out particular inducements to a person of his character. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Kenneth Grahame You’ve no idea what good times we have here, while you are far away. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Even when I left him that night after drinking with him the glass of sherry mentioned at the inquest, I had no idea the hour of action was so near. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

The idea however doesn’t immediately leap the gulf, it only works from next to next so as to bridge it, fully or approximately. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Edith Wharton It was the last question she had expected; but she rejoined with a laugh: “Is that your idea of an occupation?” “For you, yes. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Gissing There are plenty of places where men can meet to talk about what ought to be done for the working class; my idea is to bring the working class to talk of what it can do for itself. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Sigmund Freud Provided one hits on the right idea on the right occasion, one may solve dreams of this kind, either completely or in part, independently of any statements made by the dreamer. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Lucy Maud Montgomery The iron has entered into my soul, Diana.” Diana hadn’t the least idea what Anne meant but she understood it was something terrible. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Anthony Trollope Of course, everybody knew that he was engaged to Lily Dale; nor had he, as he said to himself, perhaps too frequently, the slightest idea of breaking from that engagement. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy There is not one among them who would attach any meaning to ‘Vittoria,’ or gather from the syllables ‘Waterloo’ the remotest idea of his own glory or death. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Thomas Hardy But a growing impatience of faith, which he had noticed in himself more than once of late, made him pass over in ridicule the idea that God sent people on fools’ errands. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Edgar Allan Poe Her name was Scheherazade, and her idea was, that she would either redeem the land from the depopulating tax upon its beauty, or perish, after the approved fashion of all heroines, in the attempt. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells He was so completely destitute of ideas that he had no idea he had no ideas. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

IN the medico-legal mind the idea of horror, I suppose, hardly has a place. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Bram Stoker So it was with John Law and the egregious Mississippi Scheme. His idea was complete and perfect. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

It may have been that, but my idea is rather that probably it was neither quite pure accident nor pure design. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Anthony Trollope He felt at the moment that the idea had some reference to Mountjoy Scarborough and his disappearance. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells I must have conceived some idea of going home unaided, because I was thirty yards from the tree before I dropped. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

For he was imitativenote ‘Pepys Diary.’ Probably that gave him the idea of writing a diary of his own. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

But there was nothing improper in my observing to Fyne that, last night, Mrs. Fyne seemed to have some idea where that enterprising young lady had gone to. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The idea of poison put forward at the wrong moment, had suggested to him an idea worthy of his father or of Philip II; but he dared not express it in words. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Arthur Conan Doyle Suddenly an idea occurred to him. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was sure that something lurked behind, and had an idea of his own that it was connected with Dunster’s disappearance. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

To have to desert it and resort to spying on naval defences was an idea he dreaded and distrusted. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Anthony Trollope Captain Cuttwater had no idea that he was an old man. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

David Hume The idea of tender tranquillity in a pastoral Arcadia is agreeable from a like principle, as has been observed above. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Having done this, my only chance is to abandon all idea of classification, and go quietly through them in consecutive order according to their dates, jotting down whatever strikes me as significant. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

The idea of the necessity of her consent, which hitherto had been, as it were, unnoticed, and hidden in a corner of her mind, now unfolded and displayed itself in all its importance. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

E. F. Benson People of the age of Anne seemed to have a much better idea of domestic convenience, and Lucia’s Italian exclamations grew gratifyingly frequent. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

H. G. Wells I had no idea of what I was in for. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

William Hope Hodgson We had no very clear idea of the thing that had happened, and our half facts and guesses would only have tended to make the matter appear more grotesque and unlikely. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Elizabeth Gaskell He hated the idea so much — it made him so miserable — that he would not face it, and define it, and meet it with full inquiry and investigation. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

In a clever sort of way he had shown his hand a bit more after dinner and she had a pretty good idea that his next move would be to attempt to extort money. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

George Gissing The idea of your going to live in lodgings in an obscure part of London is more than I can bear, and now it really appals me. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He had had no idea it would be like that. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell There is another scrap of paper, in this all but illegible handwriting, written about this time, and which gives some idea of the sources of their opinions. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

The idea of selling Muskau, and thus ridding himself of the burden of his debts, once more occupied his mind. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

He had the idea she did not disapprove of his presence at the farm, where, it was plain to him, she had a far from easy life. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Edith Wharton Floss Delaney — Vance’s “childhood friend”! The idea was revolting. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

We had no idea what to do; we began to resent bitterly the hard necessity to get rid of him. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells They disliked the idea of any disturbance of this vast rationalisation of the general world economy. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Edgar Allan Poe Among these, the one which attracted the most notice, was the idea that Marie Roget still lived — that the corpse found in the Seine was that of some other unfortunate. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Of course, when I presented you with the sum of five thousand pounds, I had no idea of this possible inheritance. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

All her strong vitality recoiled from the idea of death. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Henry James This idea completely filled his horizon and satisfied his imagination. The American by Henry James [1877]

Theodore Dreiser She had some idea she could send him pupils, and, anyhow, it was nice to call at the Sohlberg studio. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope But then the idea of any such management distressed her nay, more, disgusted her. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

I had had no idea that Mrs. Jaynes was accompanied by her mother. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

This idea made me shudder and recalled me to action. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Edith Wharton Uncle Lovell is away shooting, and the idea of the disgrace has made poor Papa so nervous that he has a temperature and can’t leave his room. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Anthony Trollope Women of the class to which I allude are always talking of their rights, but seem to have a most indifferent idea of their duties. North America by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim The coroner evidently had some idea at the back of his mind that David was taking an interest in his past associates, and I think that some of his questions were inexcusable. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

John Morley The idea was derived by process of natural logic from the contemplation of astonishing natural effects, of harvest and dearth, of fair days and tempests, of benefactions and scourges. Voltaire by John Morley

Leon Trotsky With no idea of the yesterdays of the party, the people read Trotsky’s hostile remarks about Lenin and were stunned. My Life by Leon Trotsky

She did not like the idea at all. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins In the mean while, don’t run away with the idea that she has made a disagreeable impression upon me. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Bronislaw Malinowski The idea of the individuality of marriage was also quite clear to the aboriginal mind and expressed itself in many of the facts connected with the marriage contract. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Robert Green Ingersoll Our fathers in the good old times — and the best thing I can say about them is, that they have passed away — had an idea that they could force men to think their way. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing Those people have an idea of life quite different from mine. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

H. G. Wells He had had no idea what a lot of cool clean cities with cathedrals and fine public buildings the Baltic has to show. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

John Lewis Burckhard No one had the slight[t]est idea that I was an European, nor did I, of course, boast of my origin, which I was resolved to disclose only under the apprehension of imminent danger. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

There is no idea which is THE true idea, of anything. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Andrew Lang And again the bear smiled beneath the table, and muttered: ‘I have taken him in a second time, and he has no idea that I am the beautiful girl with whom he is so much in love. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith How we come off our high horses! I hadn’t an idea of money before I was married. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

But on the morning in question, when about to set out, she had the sudden idea of passing by Laura’s home in order to collect the rent of a cottage they owned in the hamlet. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

H. Rider Haggard The idea amused me so much that I laughed or rather cackled aloud, which woke the others, and they began to rub their dirty faces and drag their gummed-up lips and eyelids apart. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope Tidings as to troubles in the hunting-field were quick in reaching Mr. Neefit’s shop;—but there had been no idea that the accident would prove to be fatal. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle The idea of murder was not in her mind, or she would have provided herself with some sort of weapon, instead of having to pick this knife off the writing-table. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Anthony Trollope His mind was thoroughly disturbed by the coming of his brother, and perplexed with the idea that something must be done though he knew not what. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Meredith The idea of his being in a position that suggested his doing so, thrilled him with fits of rage; and it appalled him. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Henry James We’ve seen few interiors (no one speaks French); but if the newspapers give an idea of the domestic mœurs, the mœurs must be curious. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Wilkie Collins Her grandly-formed features still suggested the idea of imperial beauty — perhaps Jewish in its origin. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope The idea of an entail was not in accordance with the peculiarities of the Dale mind. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

The idea of superior refinement is associated with it. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Henry Handel Richardson He was even more certain now than he had been on the night before, of his lack of success; and the idea of starting anew on the dull round filled him with distaste. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

F. Scott Fitzgerald She had no idea what he was talking about. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jane Austen Perry was surprized to hear you had fixed upon South End.” “I know there is such an idea with many people, but indeed it is quite a mistake, sir. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

F. Scott Fitzgerald An idea flung itself at him, and with an air of dignified mystery he turned his back. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the midst of her grief my lady brightened a little; with the idea of managing something, even so small a matter as this. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jane Austen Your resolution, or rather your expectation of never marrying, results from an idea that the person whom you might prefer, would be too greatly your superior in situation to think of you. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope He would be an inconsiderate general, who would expect that his officers in action should have had as clear an idea of what was going on, as he himself had been able to obtain. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding Again, some few (or I am mistaken) include the idea of honesty in their honour. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Wilkie Collins In the second place, all attempts on my part to induce him to abandon the idea of searching out his uncle’s remains would be utterly useless after what I had incautiously said to him. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Bram Stoker When the bare idea of unification of financial interests was mooted, the wise holders of stock commenced to unload. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Elizabeth Gaskell I should like to have some idea of the place you will be living in, when ninety-six Harley Street will be looking dingy and dirty, and dull, and shut up. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Borrow He had no idea that the marks had any particular signification, or were anything else but common and fortuitous ones. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

And then an idea suddenly came to Mrs. Bunting, one she had never thought of before. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

The idea of narrow means, of dependence upon the capricious generosity of a wealthy friend is not without its humiliating influence. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Tobias Smolle A bouillon is an universal remedy among the good people of France; insomuch, that they have no idea of any person’s dying, after having swallowed un bon bouillon. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells I gave him an idea of manoeuvres and positions and battle joined. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Robert Green Ingersoll Is there a burial service mentioned in it in which a word of hope is spoken at the grave of the dead? The idea of eternal life was not born of any book. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

Miss Emily sung her part, without the slightest reference to the captain; and the captain sang so loud, that he had not the slightest idea what was being done by his partner. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

My idea was that I should act upon my material system, and by living for a while in sensation apart from thought, send myself forcibly, as it were, into a new groove. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James You’re too clever not to be; you can’t pretend to swallow —— ’ He paused a moment and went on, and she saw it was his idea — an idea very simple and bold. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Of course I could stalk only on the north beats of Machray, but the idea no sooner occurred to me than I dismissed it. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Henry Adams He supposed its meaning to be the one commonplace about it — the oldest idea known to human thought. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Bram Stoker When once an idea of the kind has been started even the simplest facts of life and work seem to gather round it and enlarge it indefinitely. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anthony Trollope The idea in his mind that she was unwilling to renounce the man, anxious to escape his order for such renunciation, added fuel to his jealousy. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Darrow had no idea how long he had sat there when he heard Anna’s hand on the door. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

The idea of employing a sovereign as a tool for the government of his own kingdom, if a new one in the age of Cortes, is certainly not so in ours. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Very early in life you acquired the idea that there was something subtly repulsive about a working-class body; you would not get nearer to it than you could help. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

George Meredith He condensed his indignant rejoinder to: ‘Madness can’t go farther!’ ‘There’s an idea in it,’ said Mr. Austin. ‘It’s an idea foaming at the mouth, then. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Recently, he told Gordon, he had had an idea for a profitable side-line. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald The idea reached out and gripped at her imagination — after an instant’s hesitation she had decided. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells Then he expanded his idea and the spirit of speech took hold of him. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Andrew Lang By Mr. Tylor’s hypothesis, they first conceived the extremely abstract idea of Life, ‘that which makes the difference between a living body and a dead one. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Some of the others laughed at him, but he had the idea firm in his head. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

I wonder what idea she had formed of my father, of my mother, my sister —“Señora Dona Veronica Rooksby,” she called her — of the landscape, of the life, of the sky. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arthur Machen I had an idea that literature was not remunerative. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

George Gissing The idea that she might not think of him at all did not enter his head; his feelings were not sufficiently developed for that. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

As I was realising this, an idea occurred to me which amounted to an actual inspiration. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Anthony Trollope I give the orator’s words below in his own language, because in no other way can any idea of the sound be conveyed. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells I think she must have had an idea then of looking for Fanny’s things. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Jane Austen Is there anything I can do for you in town? I have half an idea of going into Norfolk again soon. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

In 1834 he formed a partnership with Jules Sandeau and Emmanuel Arago, with the idea of risking less in case of failure. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

G. K. Chesterton I’d no idea it would be such fun as it is. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Marjorie Bowen My blood had always run cool and thin, and I detested deeds of violence; my even mind could not grasp the idea of the murder of women save as a monstrous enormity. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

He’s absolutely lawless, that man, and if he thought it necessary — he would pistol anybody he suspected — on sight — if he had any idea they were going to try and get away. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

He seemed to wonder what was required of him, and it was evident that so far he had no idea into whose hands he had fallen. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

It lies in the reverential feeling, sometimes suddenly developed, towards woman, and the idea of woman. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Anthony Trollope The idea was too much for him; and Mrs Tappitt, feeling how the ground lay, gave that up — at any rate for the present. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins My idea is that Mrs. Eyrecourt has not given up her design of making Romayne acquainted with the birth of his son. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

G. K. Chesterton Then his fancy fell back on the ugly idea that the man was dumb. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

You see, you have no idea what an extraordinary existence mine is. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Sir Walter Scott Distance, in truth, produces in idea the same effect as in real perspective. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

G. K. Chesterton The idea is, as 1 have said, alien to most modern thought, and like many other ideas which are alien to most modern thought, it is a very subtle and a very sound idea. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

George Gissing Why, if there was not some idea of severing her from her old associations?’ ‘I explained it to her in one of our talks. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Mary Webb He was broken, not so much by the insult to himself as by the fixed idea that he had exposed Hazel to all this. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Wilkie Collins And not the ghost of an idea came to me! The German stretched out his hairy hands, and took hold of the knot of the bandage to undo it. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Gissing Somebody suggested that the old table-turning and spirit-rapping, which had homely associations, might be reconsidered in a scientific light, and the idea was seized upon. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Thomas Hardy It is so new and so indescribable an idea to me — that’— he leant against the concave wall, quite tremulous with strange incipient sentiments. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

George Berkeley So that one idea or object of thought cannot produce or make any alteration in another. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Anthony Trollope I cannot say that the idea of such analogy is pleasing to me. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope A most unselfish little creature she was, but one who had a well-formed idea of her own identity. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell But you have no idea of the heat here! I tried to wear my great beauty Indian shawl at a pic-nic. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Edith Wharton He had no idea of selling the Radiator. It wasn’t the money he cared for — it was the career that tempted him. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Edith Wharton He looked at his grizzled head, his sallow features with brown fever-blotches under the skin, and put away the idea with a grimace. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Henry James I expressed this idea to Mrs. Prest, who gave me a very logical reply. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Ford Madox Ford She never understood that, and all that pigskin was her idea of a reward to him for putting her up to a little speculation by which she made eleven hundred pounds. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

D.H. Lawrence The idea of being lost delighted her. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope The idea that the Jew might jilt her disturbed Nina more than all her aunt’s anger, or than any threats as to the penalties she might have to encounter in the next world. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

But I haven’t an idea what they are. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

James Joyce So he was before he got the job in the morgue under Louis Byrne. Good idea a postmortem for doctors. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Henry James I have an idea that my convictions exist in a vague, unformulated state in the minds of a great many of my fellow-citizens. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Rudyard Kipling That gives an idea of complicated pressure and its attendant horrors. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

George Meredith He knew that she would soon have to speak the dark words to their girl; and the idea of any doing of it, caught at his throat. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

He seemed to find the idea funny. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Then, always, something or other happened to push the idea of Candleford to the back of her mind. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Anatole France I feel that a single page of that admirable book would strengthen my heart, crushed by the very idea of the officer. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

You, Sir, who live in happy Ireland, blessed by God with an exemption from those vicissitudes of the atmosphere, can have no idea of their violence in continental countries. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

This man is an employee of the Municipality. When you go through the Jewish quarters you gather some idea of what the medieval ghettoes were probably like. Collected Essays by George Orwell

However, they soon dropped the idea and the house was shut up and left to go to wrack and ruin. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope I have an idea that no money should be sweet to a man except that which he earns. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He was very much in love with Mary, but had no idea that she was in any way above the position which she might naturally hold as daughter of the Dillsborough attorney. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It represents only my weak necessity of feeling that he’s beyond me — which isn’t an idea either. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Anthony Trollope But she had striven before him to make nothing of it, in order that he might be quite sure that she had married him—not with any idea of rank or wealth, but for himself alone. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He found the idea excessively amusing. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope As for me, M. Le Gros is quite good enough for my idea of this world. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

In the days which followed, when no message from him came through, she took to wondering if she would ever meet him again, each time, however, dismissing the idea as impossible. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Anatole France But they will at all events give you an idea of what will be in the future. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Medina kept me close to him, and I had to relinquish any idea of going down to Fosse for an occasional night. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Meredith I fancy she entertains an ‘arriere’ idea of proposing her flawless niece Gracey, Marchioness of Fencaster, to present you. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Gissing That isn’t my idea of enjoying myself. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing You have no idea where she is?” Miriam moved a few steps away and seated herself. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

William Hope Hodgson Presently, he put out an idea that had come to him. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Robert Louis Stevenson And then, when we come to the place where Lantenac meets the royalists, under the idea that he is going to meet the republicans, it seems as if there were a hitch in the stage mechanism. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft Probably it was his work which put the idea into my head, and anyhow, I found him a mine of data and suggestions when I came to develop it. Pickman’s Model by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Anthony Trollope And this loveliness was of a nature that was altogether pleasing, if once the beholder of it could get over the idea of falseness which certainly Lizzie’s eye was apt to convey to the beholder. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith One loathes the idea of tortured women. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Mark Twain If the Rosetta-stone idea had been introduced it would have defeated them, but entrails had no embarrassments for them. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Henry James I will present myself — I will appear before them!” said the Baroness, this time phrasing her idea with a certain frankness. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Everybody likes old Sam Barlow.’ ‘I fancy the Grasmere idea of reverend and amiable age must be strictly local. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell Now wasn’t it so, Margaret?’ ‘I believe I thought it would do both good to see a little more of the other — I did not know it was my idea any more than papa’s. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Hope For we had from the first rejected any idea of bringing the king’s body to Strelsau and setting it in the place of Mr. Rassendyll’s. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Percy Bysshe Shelley The idea was hallowed by the remembrance of his Julia; but chasing it, as an unreal vision, from his mind, again his high sentiments of gratitude prevailed. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

H. G. Wells I think he got the idea from one use of curves in the graphic presentation of associated variations that he saw me plotting. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Do not, I beg you, entertain any idea of a resumption, it is all over. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

She disliked the idea of telling Lady Francis she had changed her mind, and the discussion of the subject. The Pitfall by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Robert Green Ingersoll In the good old times, our fathers had the idea that they could make people believe to suit them. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll