Phrases with "impulse"

George Meredith An impulse to address himself to Vernon and discourse with him jocularly on the childish whim of a young lady, moved perhaps by some whiff of jealousy, to shun the yoke, was checked. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

An impulse actually crossed me to ring at Madame Sauvage’s, and ask Mariette to accompany me up the entry, and stand at my open door whilst I went in to light the candle. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

The impulse of creation forwards it; the strength of powers, seen and unseen, has its fulfilment in charge. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Gissing I have obeyed an impulse in opening my mind to you; I feel that you think with me. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Henry James Her impulse to press him on the subject of Lady Wantridge dropped; it was as if she had felt that, whatever had taken place, something would somehow come of it. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

George Gissing The impulse grew to a torment, more intolerable each time she resisted it. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing In the course of a fortnight his state became more settled, but it was not the cheerful impulse that predominated. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Florence Dixie Yielding to the sudden impulse of the moment, knowing nothing of the direction in which he was proceeding, he dug his spurs into the animal’s side and urged it forward by every means in his power. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Guy de Maupassant I resisted, convulsed and feeling almost ill, as a man whose leg is cut off resists the impulse to cry out. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

By a great effort, he overcame the impulse and turned away with only a word or so, advising her to lie down and rest while he interviewed the captain. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

George Meredith Algernon had to check the impulse of his hand to stretch out to the fellow, so welcome was he: Sedgett stated that everything stood ready for the morrow. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Wilkie Collins I felt nothing but the natural human impulse to save him from a frightful death. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Charles Dickens Trotty involuntarily repaired to the Hall with the rest, for he felt himself conducted thither by some stronger impulse than his own free will. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Taste, as it gives pleasure or pain, and thereby constitutes happiness or misery, becomes a motive to action, and is the first spring or impulse to desire and volition. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Abraham Merri One arm of Norhala held Ruth — and in her attitude I sensed a shielding intent, guardianship — the first really human impulse this shape of mystery and beauty had revealed. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

George Meredith Quelling her first impulse to scream, she dropped him gently on the pillow, and rapped to rouse up her maid. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Henry James The letter was dated from Ricks, to which place she had been transported by an impulse apparently as sudden as the inspiration she had obeyed before. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Thomas Hardy Moved by an impulse neither could resist, they ran together and into each other’s arms. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Brave, adventurous, vain, restless, inquisitive, he was ever involved in wild projects and pleasant dangers — the creature of impulse and the slave of imagination. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

H. G. Wells So nervous was I that I controlled an impulse to headlong flight with the utmost difficulty. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

He attempted to rise, but found that his fever-thralled limbs refused to obey the impulse of his will. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Gissing Of a sudden there came into his mind the inexplicable impulse which brought him to this hotel, rather than to that recommended by the Liverpool acquaintance. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Theodore Dreiser Once she wrote in a secret diary which she maintainedanother art impulse or an affectation, as you will: “My skin is so wonderful. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Virginia Woolf Instantly Rodney clasped her hand in his, with such an impulse of emotion that Henry was annoyed, and rather ostentatiously opened a book. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Gissing As it is you whom I have to thank for awakening in me the artist’s impulse and enthusiasm, so do I likewise owe to you the consciousness of a yet more powerful instinct. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing His impulse was to avoid the emotional, to talk with this problematic woman as with an intellectual friend of his own sex. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

She had taken him by surprise, but he resisted the impulse to turn round at once under the impression that she might read his trouble in his face. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Gissing To her own astonishment, Mary was overcome with an impulse of wrathful hostility, and spoke words which she regretted as soon as they had passed her lips. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

There are spectral bandits and bravos that answer the call of any force hostile to man, or act of their own accord from an impulse of malicious mischief. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Edith Wharton Unused to the expression of personal emotion, she fluctuated between the impulse to pour out all she felt and the fear lest her extravagance should amuse or even bore him. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Henry James Never doubting that he was a subject she had mastered, Mrs. Beever had no impulse to clear up her view by distributing her impressions. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Kenneth had an impulse to say that he resigned, and another to knock Gregory down and trample on him. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

H. G. Wells I think that when we act most we remember least, that just in the measure that the impulse of our impressions translates itself into schemes and movements, it ceases to record itself in memories. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Sir Walter Scott He was supported and excited by kindred spirits, who felt the same impulse of mood and time; and even those of more cold and calculating habits were hurried along by the torrent. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Andrew Lang Pardon, my dear Sir, the freedom I have taken in addressing you—it is my nature; and I could not resist the impulse of writing to you any longer. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

M. P. Shiel We can effect nothing by impulse and spasmodic high-handedness when our power is just nil. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

George Meredith The impulse of each had wedded; in expression and repression; her sensibility told her of the stronger. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

D. H. Lawrence I saw George swimming on his back laughing at me, and in an instant I had flung myself like an impulse after him. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

The “nudity of things” brought her an instant’s impulse toward hysteria — it was so characteristic a touch of candid exaggeration. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

He had been on his way home after a dinner and had passed the deceased’s house; on an impulse he had determined to call, chiefly because he had been for some time . Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

G. K. Chesterton I had one moment’s impulse to look for him all over the world; and then decided not to look for him at all. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Virginia Woolf But wait — I sat all night waiting — an impulse again runs through us; we rise, we toss back a mane of white spray; we pound on the shore; we are not to be confined. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

And it is perhaps this inability to define their own natures, except by a roundabout method, which is the creative impulse of all great novelists and dramatists. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

This was characteristic of the careless and easy nature of the latter, governed by impulse rather than principle. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Frances Hodgson Burnett The spiteful schoolgirl impulse got the better of her. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing They are so blinded by a vague humanitarian impulse as to make the New Testament an oracle of popular Radicalism.’ Sidwell looked up. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arnold Bennett The balloon jumped, as if it were drawn by some terrific impulse from the skies. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Mark Twain Y.M. What detail is that? O.M. The impulse which moves a person to do things — the only impulse that ever moves a person to do a thing. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Kate Chopin She was blindly following whatever impulse moved her, as if she had placed herself in alien hands for direction, and freed her soul of responsibility. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Andrew Lang And under the stress of this nervous impulse compelled to contradict his inner self (especially when under the terror of leonisation . Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells An impulse to order his arrest had to be restrained. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

George Eliot She opened them without any start, and remained quite motionless looking at him, as if the sense that he was there smiling at her shut out any impulse which could disturb that happy passiveness. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Mark Twain The next day and the day after, he hung about the court-room, drawn by an almost irresistible impulse to go in, but forcing himself to stay out. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Elizabeth Gaskell But as he was at the very door, some sudden impulse made her speak: “I have not vexed you, have I, Walter?” He turned round, glowing with a thrill of delight. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Edgar Allan Poe The fact is that originality (unless in minds of very unusual force) is by no means a matter, as some suppose, of impulse or intuition. The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe [1846]

Thomas Hardy Thus it happened that paternal pressure, brotherly indifference, and his own released impulse operated in one delightful direction, and the trumpet-major once more approached Anne as in the old time. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

George Meredith The affectionately remorseful impulse was too quick for a conventional note of admonition to arrest her from paying that portion of her debt. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Madge’s impulse was to dash forward, put her arms about the unfortunate creature’s wrist and, if she needs must go forward, bear her bodily to the top of the stairs. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

E. F. Benson Major Benjy restrained an almost overwhelming impulse to hurl his market-basket at Lucy, and he and Elizabeth started in pursuit. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

She diverted the impulse to a general satire of village life, and ended by saying that she was getting to be a perfect villager herself. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Robert Louis Stevenson Now, whether or not their impulse will last them through the road does not matter to me one hair. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Nadia’s impulse was to run after him, but the old Siberian murmured in her ear, “Stay, my daughter!” “It is he!” replied Nadia, choking with emotion. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

G. K. Chesterton That is the true and original impulse of the Puritans. There is a great deal to be said for it, and a great deal was said for it in Great Britain steadily for two hundred years. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Radclyffe Hall And then there was something so awkward about her, so aloof that it checked every impulse of kindness. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Marjorie Bowen The Countess, acting on no impulse save that of her sudden freedom, turned in the direction where she knew the river must lie. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Thomas Hardy See him yourself, in order that the proposals made may not appear to be anything more than an impulse of your own. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Hope As time went on, the first impulse of gratitude and admiration that he had felt towards Mr. Rassendyll died away. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

George Eliot And Jermyn’s impulse was the more urgent. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Meredith He had an impulse to dash from the room, to get a breath of different air. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Wilkie Collins It might have been something better than an impulse — if I had not had another temptation set straight in my way. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Blame me, if you like, though I had no idea that your foolish animosity would bring forth the red impulse of murder. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Giving up all to me in the subtle and mysterious impulse of her love — for everything in the future she would look to me. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

James Joyce If ever he was impelled to cast sin from him and to repent the impulse that moved him was the wish to be her knight. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

The first good impulse of her life made her heart beat more quickly. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

She had an impulse to run out into the dark cool garden. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

George Gissing It was her impulse to walk from the garden, but she feared to pass him. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

When you read the second sentence in this passage, your natural impulse is to look for the misprint. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Virginia Woolf She noticed how sometimes the impulse to move came from Katharine, and sometimes from Ralph; how, sometimes, they walked slow, as if in profound intercourse, and sometimes fast, as if in passionate. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

If he followed the proper road, it was a purely mechanical impulse that guided him. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

James Joyce It needed an immense effort of his will to master the impulse which urged him to give outlet to such irritation. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Her impulse was to begin packing at once; but she put that off until the next day, and wrote two or three letters instead. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The impulse of his heart was not sufficient to induce him to turn back, and he darted out of the room with a gesture full of despair. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

A homely and familiar fact may serve to show that the predaceous impulse does not prevail in the same degree in all classes. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

When they were gone, M. Daburon could not resist a impulse of curiosity. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing Acting on an impulse which perturbed her, Monica began to slip off the loosely-tied string, and to unfold the paper. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Edith Wharton The day this admission was communicated to Ralph his first impulse was to carry the news to his cousin. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

George Gissing There was none of the spontaneous pleasure in life which gave Lydia’s face such wholesome brightness; no impulse of activity, no resolve; all tended to preoccupation, to emotional reverie. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. T. A. Hoffmann At last, unable to resist the impulse any longer, I determined to conceal myself in father’s room and there wait for the Sand-man. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

H. G. Wells It’s — that scoundrel ——” He has an impulse to rise. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Sir Walter Scott But thou hast our pardon, judging thou speakest less of thine own suggestion than from the impulse of him whom by Heaven’s leave, we will quell and drive forth from our assembly. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

This was sufficient: the stream had been turning previously, and the impulse thus administered directed its final course. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Wilkie Collins You remember the happier days when you used to call me the creature of impulse? An impulse produced that letter. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

He had an impulse to shout horrible curses, to quarrel with Almayer, to do something violent. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

On an impulse I suddenly turned aside and weighed myself on one of the penny-in-the-slot machines. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

George Meredith She became breathless, without emotion, but checked by the barrier confronting an impulse to ask, what changes? She stooped to pluck a cowslip. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Ford Madox Ford He had had the passionate impulse to pull up the horse. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Why? Not for any clearly understood purpose, but simply from the impulse to invent and improve, which has now become instinctive. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Virginia Woolf The impulse towards autobiography may be spent. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Margaret Oliphant In his first impulse of fury he seized his hat and rushed to the door to pursue them anyhow, by any means. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

I wanted to throw myself upon him and shriek “Murderer,” but I choked the impulse down. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Mary Webb When a man or woman, confronted by helpless terror, is without the impulse to save, the world becomes hell. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Wilkie Collins Another impulse brings me here to disown it. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Leslie Stephen A notable quarrel seems to have given the final impulse to his career. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

G. K. Chesterton Thus, it is a remarkable fact that the weather is generally rather warm in Egypt; and this cannot but throw a light on the sudden and mysterious impulse of the Israelites to escape from captivity. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

On the other hand, the chase is also a sport — an exercise of the predatory impulse simply. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Gissing Some impulse she did not quite understand led Adela to look at the girl in her yet capless condition. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins I recall the impulse that awakened in me to preserve those words in writing, exactly as they were spoken, while the time was my own, and while my memory vividly retained them. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

D. H. Lawrence Mrs. Thomas quickly repressed an impulse of impatient scorn, replacing it with a numb, abstract sense of duty, lofty and cold. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Wilkie Collins We obeyed the impulse to love one another, as a bird obeys the impulse to fly. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Leon Trotsky The impulse originated within us. My Life by Leon Trotsky

He had an impulse to rouse the others to share the spectacle, but decided after consideration that its effect might not be tranquilizing. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Marjorie Bowen My impulse was to fly from the spot, but a happy sigh from my companion reproved my cowardice. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

Judith, driven by an impulse that was entirely beyond her governance, ran up the stairs, stayed for a moment, then, her face hardening into resolve, walked down the passage. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The audience followed those moistened eyes; they recognised with a thrill the daughter’s impulse and her meaning. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

A. E. W. Mason The lieutenant, indeed, was so relieved that he found room for an impulse of pity. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Henry James The impulse seemed to me exquisite, and that was the way I took it. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

My darling mother, don’t you see how it is with me?” he added, in an impulse of emotion —“that I am not to live. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Margaret Oliphant He had gone to Underwood’s in the hot impulse of opposition, with the hope of getting rid temporarily, at least, of the struggle within him; but he had not got rid of it. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George Gissing And, do you know, I never felt so strong an impulse to shake hands, to show sympathy, and even respect, in some way. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins In following the impulse which led me to my sister, I had gone to my ruin. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope Such was the justice of Mr. Prendergast. That of Owen Fitzgerald had come of impulse and nature, and was the justice of a very young man rather than of a very wise one. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Like most other men he was a mixture of impulse and reflexion, but was peculiar in this, that thinking things over almost always made him think less conveniently. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

I was losing the early impulse to recoil from M. Paul. Habituated to the paletôt and bonnet-grec, the neighbourhood of these garments seemed no longer uncomfortable or very formidable. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

And those who are fit to fast 53 may redeem it by feeding a poor man; but he who follows an impulse to a good work it is better for him; and if ye fast it is better for you, if ye did but know. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Olaf Stapledon He was sometimes seized with an ungovernable, an insane, impulse to violate public decency in whatever manner would seem at the time most outrageous. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Mark Twain Now, then, have you been considering the proposition that no act is ever born of any but a self-contenting impulse — (primarily). What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

George Gissing An impulse similar to that which had forced her to speak his name in conversation with Stella now constrained her to break silence, to say something which would require a reply. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins Percy’s first angry impulse was to follow him instantly. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

For in truth we who are creatures of impulse are not creatures of despair. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Ann Radcliffe In the first impulse of feeling he drew his sword; but recollecting the number of his adversaries, restrained his fury. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

George Gissing Yet the words had come of their own accord, on an impulse of unimpaired sincerity. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arnold Bennett Nevertheless, the one impulse of her being in that moment was to fight blindly and irrationally against it. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Few men have any next; they live from hand to mouth, without plan, and are ever at the end of their line, and after each action wait for an impulse from abroad. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Jane Austen I resisted; it was the impulse of the moment to resist, and still walked on. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

D. H. Lawrence Her impulse was strong against him, because he was not of her own sort. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Marjorie Bowen Hoby, moved by some unaccountable impulse of dread, saw that his own door was secure, and then returned to where Loveday crouched lower and lower over the fire. Half-Past Two by Marjorie Bowen

Received December 15th, but not read till the 20th, by an impulse foreboding some misfortune. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

The apologists of any revolution generally try to minimize its horrors; Dickens’s impulse is to exaggerate them — and from a historical point of view he has certainly exaggerated. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Wilkie Collins I acted on impulse when I married the unfortunate creature who is now my wife. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

George Meredith She had an impulse to pocket the spoon for a memento, to show it to grandchildren for a warning. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Theodore Dreiser He felt an impulse to speak to her of his affection, to tell her how delicious she was to him. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James He repeated that he couldn’t change, and this time she felt the impulse to say that with a little effort he might change. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Edith Wharton His impulse was to exclaim: “There is no duty about it!” but a moment’s thought showed the folly of thus throwing up the game. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

George Gissing I follow an impulse which irresistibly actuates me, an impulse which I feel to be the will of my Creator. I do so because I cannot do otherwise. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing Occasionally he had an impulse to plan a story, but an hour’s turning it over in his mind sufficed to disgust him. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Virginia Woolf Obeying an impulse which sprang from some desire to interrupt this methodical marching, Mary stepped on to the grass walk and put her hand on his arm. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Wilkie Collins But no — the hospitable impulse was the uppermost impulse in the old servant’s mind, when a member of the family appeared (no matter how!) as a visitor at the house. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The great achievement of the Romantic School was the creation of new bottles — of a new conception of form, in which the vast rhetorical impulse within them might find a suitable expression. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

This I do not allow to be coquetry, it is the artless impulse of nature, I only exclaim against the sexual desire of conquest when the heart is out of the question. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

The impulse seemed to have spent itself, and a desire for rest from political agitation began to steal over the nation. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Arthur Morrison As for myself, I could neither think, nor speak, nor laugh, nor cry, though dizzily conscious of an impulse to do all four at once. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

We put in movement every impulse of policy and money to redeem him from their hands. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Looking up in the middle of one of these whimsical conceits, the sportive impulse died suddenly within him. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Wilkie Collins In my first involuntary impulse of disgust, I clenched my fist. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Henry James The confidence of young Americans was notorious, and I speedily arrived at a conviction that no impulse could have been more generous than the impulse that had operated here. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Lady Morgan With an impulse almost frantic he rushed to the corridor. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

H. G. Wells The impulse to shift things and pull them about seems to be stronger than the impulse to make. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Marjorie Bowen As the wild clouds began to roll over the stars he regretted his impulse to walk and flashed the torch about to discover any place or person where he could ask his way. The Breakdown by Marjorie Bowen

Abraham Merri Maybe that long push was just to get us away from THERE. And it strikes me that the impulse has begun to weaken. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

The pious sailing-ship skipper appeared excited and made uneasy movements, as if restraining with difficulty an impulse to stand up and exhort us earnestly to prayer and repentance. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

John Stuart Mill The impulse given at these three periods has made Europe what it now is. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Henry James I verily believe it hung in the balance a minute or two that in my impulse to draw him out, so that I might give him my sympathy, I was prepared to risk overturning the edifice of my precautions. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

George Gissing I do things on impulse a good deal. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James When Isabel was unhappy she always looked about her — partly from impulse and partly by theory — for some form of positive exertion. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

The impulse to action seemed to restore his power over his senses. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Deborah, left alone with this strange hostile creature, had an impulse to turn and flee. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Gissing Another unforeseen expense! And Sidney was angry with himself for his impulse of anger against the boy. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Every man seemed to act from impulse only; and the Pope, in throwing himself into the heart of France, acted as much from impulse as the thousands who responded to his call. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Andrew Lang Of course it may be an impulse to wrong thought. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope He had allowed himself to be so governed by impulse that he had pledged himself to Lady Ongar, and had sworn to her that he would be entirely hers. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells But bringing a human mind up against the living idea of progress is like bringing a badly trained dog into a house; its first impulse is to defile the furniture. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He was silent for a while; it being, indeed, seldom Donatello’s impulse to express himself copiously in words. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Horace Walpole Theodore, like Isabella, was too recently acquainted with parental authority to submit to its decisions against the impulse of his heart. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

H. G. Wells He made an awkward gesture as though he arrested an impulse to touch her. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Lady Morgan I saw she wished I should think her very angry, and another pardon was to be solicited, for the transient indulgence of that passionate impulse her own seducing looks had called into existence. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Wilkie Collins In the idle impulse of the moment, I hailed it, and got in. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Walter Scott But in her exterior relations to things of this world, Lucy willingly received the ruling impulse from those around her. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The impulse that made him do this was no stranger than the impulse which made Jim accept. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It was an impulse that drove me forward; but an impulse founded on reason, with just a tinge, perhaps, of superstition; for the quest had begun in a fog and might fitly end in one. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

An influence stronger than my own will has drawn me towards you; and in doing what I can to befriend you, I am only giving way to an impulse which I am powerless to resist. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins My impulse was to ask if they saw anything strange in my face or my manner. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Governed by an impulse which I did not then understand, I went to a small town in New Jersey and entered the first house on which I saw the sign “Room to Let.” The result was most fortunate. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins And I was rich! In the excitement that possessed me, I followed the impulse of the moment headlong, like a child. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

No impulse of affection had prompted the step he contemplated taking. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

By degrees he came to spend less time in sleep, but he still felt no impulse to get off the bed. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

At about midnight some mysterious impulse caused me to rise and peer through a window into the furnace-room, where I knew my father now slept. The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells So they became Ku Klux Klansmen, Nationalists, Nazis. All felt the natural youthful impulse towards large, effective, vehement action. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

My mind was getting a little more active now; for the first part of the journey I had simply staggered from impulse to impulse. Greenmantle by John Buchan

I fancy that these changes in the current notions of truth are what originally gave the impulse to Messrs. Dewey’s and Schiller’s views. The Meaning of Truth by William James

H. G. Wells Once or twice as I stood waiting there for things to accomplish themselves, I could not resist an impulse to laugh at my miserable quandary. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

I was lying, then, awake, when some impulse — was it a magnetic one? — caused me to rise and look out of the window. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Dudley Warner Whether the literary impulse which was born in him would have ever insisted upon any but an occasional and fitful expression, except for the necessities of his subsequent condition, is doubtful. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Henry James He withheld the tribute of attention from passing faces only to let his impulse accumulate. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

For the first time since his disaster the Conte felt an impulse of gaiety. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Henry James She herself appeared to feel a certain hesitation; she glanced back at the church door, as if under the impulse to retrace her steps. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Thomas Hardy But he checked his impulse to kiss her, remembering her start of yesterday, which unpleasantly lingered in his mind. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

On an impulse he picked up the telephone and asked for the London number. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

George Gissing This gave the pedestrian the impulse needed to send him forth on his way. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Eliot And today they were making one danger, one terror, one irresistible impulse for her heart. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Eliot Her double impression corresponded to the double impulse of the speaker. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]