Phrases with "impartial"

Rudyard Kipling Even so, Eblis is as impartial as a prize-court. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

To you alone do I dare speak; I have heard you commended by impartial spectators; you are my brother’s friends, therefore you must be mine. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Arnold Bennett Her attitude of respect for Edwin was now more securely based upon impartial intelligence than before; it owed less to her weakness for seeing the best in people. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Leslie Stephen The evidence of contemporary observers, however, must force impartial readers to admit that poor Goldsmith’s foibles were real, however amply compensated by rare and admirable qualities. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Samuel Johnson Young was surely not the most unfair of poets for prefixing to a lyric composition an “Essay on Lyric Poetry,” so just and impartial as to condemn himself. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

G. K. Chesterton To tell the truth, I am not what people call impartial on this controversy. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Frances Hodgson Burnett At her outbreak, all they could do was to gaze at her with impartial eyes, which suggested question, and Feather shrugged pettish shoulders. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Margaret Oliphant I belong to the Church myself by rights, and was confirmed, of course, at the proper time, like other people, but I am a person of impartial mind. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Henry James Bernard made a point of satisfying himself that they were as cordial; he weighed them in the scales of impartial suspicion. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Leslie Stephen In those just noticed he is forced to take an impartial tone. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Jane Austen I did not believe her to be indifferent because I wished it; I believed it on impartial conviction, as truly as I wished it in reason. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

I had failed certainly in my object, which was to penetrate to the sources of the Murchison River, but not through any fault of mine, as I think any impartial reader will admit. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Maria Edgeworth The wits say that he is an impartial judge. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Arnold Bennett The Chairman then remarked that his impartial role forbade him to support either side, and the voting showed fourteen against one. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Edith Wharton Parvis, at Mary’s first startled cry, had thrown her a sobering glance through his impartial glasses. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

H. G. Wells For Benham, with that hastiness that so flouted his exalted theories, passed rapidly from an attitude of impartial enquiry to active intervention. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Guy de Maupassant Why the Temps, a serious, sombre, doctrinaire, impartial sheet? I thought: “‘He must be a serious man with settled and regular habits; in short, a good bourgeois. Friend Patience (A Way to Wealth) (L'ami Patience) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

In his final address to the jury there is never any appeal to sentiment, just an impartial weighing up of all the facts that have been presented to them. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Jack London He speedily learned that Perrault and Francois were fair men, calm and impartial in administering justice, and too wise in the way of dogs to be fooled by dogs. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

E. F. Benson But neither Elizabeth nor Diva had any such feeling: they would both have been highly surprised if an impartial listener had imagined anything so absurd. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Benjamin Disraeli The friend whom I need is a man not ignorant of the world, with a cool head and an impartial mind. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Arnold Bennett And Hilda, utterly distinguished in gesture and tone, replied with calm, impartial urbanity: “Very. Good afternoon. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

You have been accused of a daring robbery, and after an impartial trial a jury of your countrymen and the laws of your country have decided against you. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was beginning to feel the need for a period of cool and impartial deliberation. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Rudyard Kipling After weeks there appears a document giving our version of the affair, which is as colourless, detached, and scrupulously impartial as the findings of a prize-court. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

George Gissing When decency compelled the man to withdraw, he was very warm of countenance and lobster-hued at the back of his neck; an impartial observer would have thought him secretly in a towering rage. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins Situated in such a neighborhood as this, Vauxhall Walk gains by comparison, and establishes claims to respectability which no impartial observation can fail to recognize. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

But her movements with them also were so languid, so “studied,” that it was impossible for spectators as impartial as the Hampstead ladies not to deplore her extreme vanity about them. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Anthony Trollope Their purpose was to crush agitation and restore harmony by an impartial balance between the North and South: a fine purpose — the finest of all purposes, had it been practicable. North America by Anthony Trollope

It is difficult to be an impartial judge of any one with a feeling for music and a pathetic tenor voice; but the face she had called to mind did not inspire her with confidence. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

At that moment, to an impartial observer, Mr Verloc would have appeared more than human in his magnanimity. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Arnold Bennett Three waiters in a group watched it with an impartial sporting interest. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

I noted them all — the third person as well as the other two — and for the fraction of a moment believed them all strangers, thus receiving an impartial impression of their appearance. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

H. G. Wells And on the whole — from the impartial perspective of my three and seventy years — I adjudicate that if my dialectic was bad, that of the Rev. Gabbitas was altogether worse. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson There were the true charity, impartial and impersonal, cumbering none with obligation, helping all. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry David Thoreau None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Arthur Conan Doyle I shouldn’t, as an impartial adviser, recommend you to stay here very long unless you are collecting bacilli as well as butterflies. The Fiend of the Cooperage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1897]

George Gissing I am not lacking in sense of humour, but I prefer to treat these aspects of life from an impartial standpoint. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Henry Adams The handsomest formula, in an impartial choice, was the grandly courteous Southern phrase of Lamar: “Of course Mr. Adams knows that anything in my power is at his service. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Henry David Thoreau Nature is an instructed and impartial teacher, spreading no crude opinions, and flattering none; she will be neither radical nor conservative. Night and Moonlight by Henry David Thoreau

Henry James These gentlemen bowed and smiled most agreeably, and Newman indulged in a series of impartial hand-shakes, accompanied by a “Happy to make your acquaintance, sir. The American by Henry James [1877]

William Makepeace Thackeray Such prejudice, such bitter persecution, such priming of the jury, such monstrous assumptions and unreasonfancy them coming from an impartial judge! The man is worse than the public accuser. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Pale death knocks at the cottages of the poor, and the palaces of kings, with an impartial foot. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

E. F. Benson Mr. Cochrane did not seem silly; in fact, she would have bet on the verdict of an intelligent and impartial jury with regard to the point. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell In judging of such exposition and declaration, one would wish entirely to put aside the sort of instinctive horror they awaken, and to consider them in an impartial spirit and collected mood. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Rudyard Kipling Oh, hush! Hush! Yes! Yes! You shall have your dam’ pig!’ The Major, among other things, said he wished for impartial witnesses and no evasions. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

David Hume But there is a peculiar difficulty in the present case, which would embarrass the most knowing and most impartial examiner. Of the Independency of Parliament by David Hume

Charles Stur I have endeavoured to point out with an impartial pen, the real capabilities of the province, and the nature of those productions which are most congenial to her soil. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

There is no rage, no strain, no over-emphasis; one feels as one reads that this is an impartial judge. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Maria Edgeworth An infant, who has no imaginable merit, and, to impartial eyes, no charms, she can love to this excess from no motive but pure egotism. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

I have always felt a blind and insensate joy in running races, which has no relation to any particular horse, and I now experienced an impartial rapture in the performances of these hunters. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Edith Wharton Practice helped, no doubt; and his listener’s detached, impartial attitude helped still more. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

But we can easily find out from John Kendal.” Kendal hardly admitted to himself that his acquaintance with Elfrida had gone beyond the point of impartial observation. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Benjamin Disraeli This Prince was an impartial chief magistrate; he prided himself upon his “invariable” principles of justice, and he allowed nothing to influence his decisions. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

John Morley It is necessary to admit from the point of view of impartial criticism, that Voltaire had one defect of character, of extreme importance in a leader of this memorable and direct attack. Voltaire by John Morley

But that it is one of the very greatest of English novels next to the few supreme, impartial and competent criticism will never hesitate to allow. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Arnold Bennett The impartial observer in him asked somewhat disdainfully why he should allow himself to be deranged in this physical manner, and he could only reply feebly and very meekly that he did not know. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

But his opinions never fluttered or drooped; he was as impartial to cities, countries and continents as the winds or gravitation. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Margrave excused himself; he said candidly that he was too intimate a friend of mine to be an impartial listener to aught that concerned me so nearly. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

But I fancy you will object against her; for I will be so fair to you, as to own that I think she is of my side; but, in short, you shall choose any impartial referee you please. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

George Gissing Mr Quarmby uttered a hollow chuckle, Mr Hinks laughed thinly and exclaimed, ‘Very good indeed! Very good!’ Yule affected to applaud with impartial smile. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

For an impartial eye, it is impossible to trace in his conduct a determined intention of any kind. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Edith Wharton Miss Verney did not seem to take the allusion to herself, for she continued to fix on Mrs. Peyton a gaze of impartial sympathy. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle That, I need not say, is not the policy of the Gazette, and we should have discontinued the articles had it not been that we had announced a series by an impartial investigator. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Maria Edgeworth But impartial spectators judged that the poor man was only terrified at being called upon to speak in so large an assembly. The Prussian Vase by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Love Peacock If the enchanter has represented the twelfth century too brightly for one, and too darkly for the other of you, I should say, as an impartial man, he has represented it fairly. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

George Gissing To an impartial observer it might have appeared that her intellect was growing more active and mature. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells And upon the lurid lights, the festering movement and intense shadows of this strange scene, there was breaking now the cold, impartial dawn. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Gissing An impartial observer might have wondered at the negligence which left him to arrange his life as best he could, notwithstanding youth and utter inexperience. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

What does Brother Gerrish think?” “No, no,” said Mrs. Munger. “We want an impartial opinion. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Walter Scott His pride is, to be thought a strict administrator of justice; and perhaps he may on this, as on other occasions, choose to display himself in the light of an impartial magistrate. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Edith Wharton And it seemed to him that the only way of averting that hideous peril was by establishing, in some sane impartial mind, the proof of his guilt. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

The result claimed, and certainly in many cases accorded by impartial judges, is strength of character, personal power, unshakability of soul. Memories and Studies by William James

Arnold Bennett He might have appeared somewhat grotesque to the strictly impartial observer of human nature. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Gissing As a listener to harangues of the most various tendency, Mr. Snowdon exhibited an impartial spirit; he smiled occasionally, but was never moved to any expression of stronger feeling. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Louisa May Alcott It will be a great help to have cool, impartial persons take a look at it, and tell me what they think of it. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Wilkie Collins I must be collected and impartial over my narrative — if it be only to make that narrative show fairly and truly, without suppression or exaggeration, all that I have owed to her. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

He modified his description of his own sensations and emotions; he was as impartial as he could be. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Samuel Johnson It has been reprinted in volumes, but is little read; nor can impartial criticism recommend it as worthy of revival. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Henry James A motherly mash an impartial look at it would show it only as likely to have been — but we’re not talking, of course, about impartial looks. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Wilkie Collins Pooh! pooh! you don’t look at him with my impartial eyes. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Such from an extreme point of view appeared the policy of laisser-faire; and he was neither moderate nor impartial in stating his case. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

H. G. Wells The London newspapers had ceased to be impartial vehicles of news; they omitted, they mutilated, they misstated. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

He spoke like an impartial witness at a trial, like a man who was a stranger alike to accuser, accused, and judge. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Arnold Bennett The impartial and unmoved spectator that sat somewhere in Edwin, as in everybody who possesses artistic sensibility, watching his secret life as from a conning tower, thought how strange this was. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Leslie Stephen The poem concludes, as usual, with an impartial character of the dean. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Jane Austen Could it be an impartial one? I acknowledge that her situation and her character ought to have been respected by me. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

I have illustrated the practice of the first century, from the two manuscripts I have examined, as giving an impartial idea of its every-day methods. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein says that I am impartial on every subject except that of Spain and spaniards. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Benjamin Disraeli The Judge, although his family had suffered considerably by the late madness for speculation, summed up in the most impartial manner. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Ann Radcliffe It was not a sanction of his own opinion that he required, but the impartial judgment of another mind. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

But “vigorous” is certainly not the adjective which seems to me to suggest itself to an impartial critic of these too copious disquisitions. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

A. E. W. Mason Harry was in an instant forgotten by all but Sutch. The lieutenant, although he prided himself upon his impartial and disinterested study of human nature, was the kindliest of men. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Edith Wharton It was too bitter to picture him as the detached impartial listener to such a story. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

I was just wondering how that picture, to me so interesting, would strike an impartial spectator, when a voice close behind me pronounced the words — “Humph! there’s some sense in that face. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

H. G. Wells The muzzy exaltation of the unaccustomed stimulants gave way very rapidly to a model of pellucid and impartial clairvoyance which is one of my habitual mental states. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

S. — You allude to my sword, the most impartial of weapons: it cuts both ways. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

He had been brought into close relations with his fellow-men under manifold conditions; and he was said to be a marvellous reader of character, an impartial and clear-headed judge. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

The latter is of value as a contemporary authority, and is an impartial and manly account of his own period. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Benjamin Disraeli But perhaps I am not an impartial judge, for I have known him so long and so intimately. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

George Eliot I have escaped that; I saw very early that authorship is a narrowing business, in conflict with the liberal art of the razor, which demands an impartial affection for all men’s chins. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Anna Katherine Green Folly and madness and the vengeance of high heaven upon unhallowed walls, spoke to her from that towering mass, bathed though it was just now in liquid light under the impartial moon. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Absolute liberty, just and true liberty, equal and impartial liberty, is the thing that we stand in need of. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Uncle David is very proud of him; and more impartial people think that he will, at last, take an honourable place in that assembly. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Henry Fielding I must not, however, quit this place, where we had been so ill-treated, without doing it impartial justice, and recording what may, with the strictest truth, be said in its favor. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

The old judge said suddenly, in an astonishingly deep, majestic voice: “Prisoner at the bar, you must understand that we are here to give you an impartial trial according to the laws of this land. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]