Phrases with "impulses"

John Galsworthy These impulses were constantly renewed in the days which followed, while desperation grew within her. To Let by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells My impulses were all to get rid of the repressions of sexual love, minimize its importance and subordinate this stress between men and women as agreeably as possible to the business of mankind. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Nikolai Gogol Fame can give no pleasure to him who has stolen it, not won it; so all his feelings and impulses turned towards wealth. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

John Stuart Mill Appearances have for some time indicated that all three impulses are well-nigh spent; and we can expect no fresh start, until we again assert our mental freedom. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

H. G. Wells His under-soul will no longer be a mutinous cavern of ill-treated suppressions and of impulses repressed without understanding. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

G. K. Chesterton Her impulses were swift; so she liked action. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

But what was most difficult to detect was the nature of the deep impulses which these men obeyed. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Edith Wharton Once or twice he fancied the Duchess was for unmasking; but her impulses came and went like fireflies in the dusk, and it suited his humour to remain a looker-on. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

I hope, in that case, all my impulses will be strong in compelling me to love. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

It is something to say: ‘I have saved a Balzac.’ Humanity has good impulses of the sort; and there are people who, without being English, are capable of like eccentricities. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

George Eliot And a man may reach a point in his life in which his impulses are not distinguished from those of a hunted brute by any capability of scruples. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

His impulses to literary production were probably various, and not all of them, or perhaps the strongest of them, of the artistic order. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

The Red Indian and his squaw were also human beings, subject to the same necessities, moved, in the first instance, by the same impulses as herself. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Edith Wharton Fierce impulses raged in him; he wanted to pinion her by the arms, to hold her fast. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Spragg turned away obediently; then, gathering all her scattered impulses into a passionate act of courage, she moved back to the bedside. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

H. G. Wells It became the nucleus of a tangle of fear-born impulses to extravagant violence. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

By one of those terrible and strange impulses which animate crowds, the mass, turning from the sick man, leapt towards the doorway. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Edgar Allan Poe He owns it in all noble thoughts — in all unworldly motives — in all holy impulses — in all chivalrous, generous, and self-sacrificing deeds. The Poetic Principle by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

George Meredith His impulses to kindness could be politic. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

John Stuart Mill There is no natural connection between strong impulses and a weak conscience. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Thomas Hardy This immediately put her on the defensive, and with one of those sudden impulses of reprisal to which she was liable she gave him a little push from her. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells He went about thinking of her more and more, with all those exploratory impulses aroused in him which constitute falling in love. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Sigmund Freud When asleep we go back to the old ways of looking at things and of feeling about them, to impulses and activities which long ago dominated us. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Edith Wharton He felt how often his own undisciplined impulses needed the support of some principle that would not have to be thought out each time. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Sigmund Freud It may be that we were all destined to direct our first sexual impulses toward our mothers, and our first impulses of hatred and violence toward our fathers; our dreams convince us that we were. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Gissing Hope cannot be separated from love, as neither can it from any one of the best impulses of our nature. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Wilkie Collins People sometimes act on impulses which they are not themselves able to explain. The First Officer’s Confession by Wilkie Collins [1887]

H. G. Wells They’ve impulses to triumph, revenge, hate and cruel self-assertion that they know a better world would never allow. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing The future is our and if we truly follow out those impulses which make our hearts burst with their impetuosity, we may be sure that we are truly working out the will of fate. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Edith Wharton Confused impulses struggled in him as he strode along to the village. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

George Gissing The gentler side of his character had sometimes expressed itself, but those impulses which were vastly more significant lay hidden beneath the dissimulation he consistently practised. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Marie Corelli Babette, grown strangely serious, turned to her brother and held out her hand, moved by one of those erratic impulses which often take sudden possession of self-willed children. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Wilkie Collins Inheriting unusually vigorous impulses of curiosity from her august father, her Highness opened the door and joined the party without ceremony. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

D. H. Lawrence Far better be a slave outright, in contact with all the whims and impulses of a human being, than serve some mechanical routine of modern work. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood There were forms of life — impulses from the Creative Power which is the Universe — other than the soul of man. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Jules Verne All at once, by one of those unaccountable impulses of madness, his rage turned against himself. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Olaf Stapledon The result was a constant appeal to the more primitive and more insistent impulses of men, and a gross degradation of sensibility and integrity. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

But his desire to relieve Janet was suddenly lost in an upstarting brood of impulses that took him to the railway station with the smile still upon his lips. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Jack London It was the Wild in him, the fear of hurt and of the trap, that had given rise to the panicky impulses to avoid contacts. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Anna Katherine Green After this, how can I do otherwise than bid you follow your impulses and marry Lucie in spite of the disparity of years to which I have hitherto taken exception. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Thomas Hardy What dreadfully bad impulses there are in me!” Her lips trembled, and she turned away to hide a tear. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Olaf Stapledon There is no need to give a complete inventory of the tangled impulses that were pulling him hither and thither in his perplexity, but one point must be made clear because of its significance. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

John Stuart Mill A person whose desires and impulses are his own — are the expression of his own nature, as it has been developed and modified by his own culture — is said to have a character. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Contrary impulses swayed his body, rooted to the floor-mats. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

I was keeping down sudden impulses to smash a glass, throw a plate on the floor, do something violent to relieve my feelings. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Henry James She had qualities that seldom went togetherimpulses and shynesses, audacities and lapses, something coarse, popular, and strong all intermingled with disdains and languors and nerves. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Modern ghosts, however, have not been taught to restrain their impulses and they venture on liberties that Radcliffian romance would have disapproved of. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Wilkie Collins Roused by Julian’s significantly distant reference to what had passed between them, her better impulses were struggling already to recover their influence over her. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

John Stuart Mill Strong impulses are but another name for energy. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Margaret Oliphan A man might have credited another man of Rochester’s kind with impulses practically more heinous and designs of the worst kind: but he would not have made him err in that way. The Sisters Brontë by Margaret Oliphan

There seemed in this the implication of a guest, and she shook off the dozing impulses which enveloped her faculties, and waited to hear more. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

D. H. Lawrence It’s the hardest thing in the world to act spontaneously on one’s impulses — and it’s the only really gentlemanly thing to do — provided you’re fit to do it. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Ascetic impulses returned, and by yielding to them she established a new cause of bodily weakness. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

It mocks us by exhibiting a new race of men, animated by passions and impulses which are directly the opposite of ours, and yet no nearer happiness than we are. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

They have a far wider range of motives, are moved by more complex impulses and mixed motivation in many cases difficult to analyze. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H. G. Wells These heirs of ours will have their impulses to exercise skill, to discover and impose new patterns upon life, much more powerfully developed and much more intelligently adjusted. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

The thought so dazzled him that his impulses were dragging him forward to take the new oath of allegiance before he had had time to reflect upon what it was he was abandoning. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

George Meredith He understood and trusted the man after that, warmed in thinking how politic his impulses could be. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

First, that Pope drew his impulses from French literature; secondly, that he was a poet of inferior rank; thirdly, that his merit lies in superior “correctness. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

Sigmund Freud I have here attempted to interpret only the deepest stratum of impulses in the mind of the creative poet. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

H. G. Wells For awhile, under such desperate and revealing stresses, man ceased to obey the impulses of a social animal. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

It is my habit to obey my impulses instantaneously. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

Wilkie Collins It stirred the generous impulses, which were the strongest impulses in his nature. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

George Gissing Generous impulses alternated with moods of discontent. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins People with small means sometimes have generous impulses in connection with money — rich people, never. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arthur will credit you with the best of impulses without your incurring any such risk. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing Resolve as he might, he found it impossible to repress the impulses of jealousy which, as soon as peace had been declared between them, brought about a new misunderstanding. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

He admits that subjective interests, desires, impulses may even have the active ‘primacy’ in our intellectual life. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Wilkie Collins Her power to control herself was completely exhausted; her own impulses led her as they pleased. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am full of impulses and passion, as you know, but I have restraint. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Sigmund Freud The conditions for its realization are that repressions shall have occurred, and that the suppressed wishimpulses can become sufficiently strong. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Sigmund Freud From among the interpretations of the stimulus which are thus admissible, that one is selected which can secure the best connection with the wish — impulses that are lying in wait in the mind. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Gissing But it is my nature; I act under impulses which I feel compelled to obey. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Other men have followed just such unworthy impulses — and been ashamed and sorry afterwards. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

This is especially true if his dominant impulses are the unreflecting emulative propensities of the predaceous temperament. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Nikolai Gogol The Empress remarked that not under a monarchical government were high and noble impulses persecuted; not there were the creations of intellect, poetry, and art contemned and oppressed. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

But your friendship would mean much to me—would protect me from evil impulses of which, thank God, you can know nothing. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

All the dreadful impulses and desires that had come to me with its use had all utterly passed away, leaving only the good qualities that I had derived from it behind. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Olaf Stapledon Now throughout the career of this race there had been a certain tension between the two basic impulses of its nature. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Let me listen to Mercy as long as she is near me: her voice once drowned by the shout of ruffian defiance, and I shall be full of impulses to resist and quell. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

These impulses had been uncommon lucky, but I couldn’t go on like that for ever. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Edgar Allan Poe They resolved to leave means neither of ingress or egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Olaf Stapledon Even in indirect social relations liberal impulses sometimes triumphed. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton But how could he keep the engagement? And did he even want to now? The vision of Halo at the Toulon station had quickened other impulses — at least until the faded gardenia stifled them. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

The bold craft of her practical mind and her little merciless words of worldly wisdom beat into impotency all the finer impulses and higher intelligence of his own. Signa by Ouida

H. G. Wells Creative impulses were being hampered to the pitch of ineffectiveness by pedantries and misunderstandings. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Maria Edgeworth From one of those irresistible impulses which some people make an excuse for doing whatever they please, she seized it, resolved at all hazards to open the mysterious door. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Olaf Stapledon All the barbarous impulses that had been so thoroughly tamed during the last three centuries suddenly took charge. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Theodore Dreiser One of those forlorn impulses which often grow out of a fixed sense of defeat, the last sprouting of a baffled and uprooted growth of ideas, seized upon her. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing I never knew what goes by the name of religious feeling; impulses of devotion, in the common sense of the phrase, have always been strange to me. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Thomas Hardy To go and see Elfride was the suggestion of impulses it was impossible to withstand. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Edith Wharton It was humiliating to her pride to recognize kindred impulses in a character which she would have liked to feel completely alien to her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

I was a madman, and I could not resist the impulses of my madness. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Eliot Poor maiden! There was a strange contradiction of impulses in her mind in those first moments. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Sigmund Freud Macario (cited by Tissie) gives an account of a maniac who, a week after his complete recovery, once more experienced in dreams the flux of ideas and the unbridled impulses of his disease. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Eliot There were no impulses in Tom that led him to expect what did not present itself to him as a right to be demanded. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Sigmund Freud That our dreams continue the impulses and interests of waking life has been generally confirmed by the discovery of the hidden dream-thoughts. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Such impulses will have served him at a very early period as a rude rule of right and wrong. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Arnold Bennett She had instinctively felt that she could not show the slightest leniency towards the romantic impulses of her elder daughter without seeming unjust to the younger, and she had acted accordingly. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Eliot But he was too shortsighted to notice those who tittered at him — too absent from the world of small facts and petty impulses in which titterers live. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Edith Wharton His impulses were still near the surface, and he sprang up, re-lit the lantern, and sat down at the table. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Arthur Machen She smiled as he looked up, and he rose hastily and walked in, wondering whether he were not a little ‘queer,’ so strange were the dim emotions and the dimmer impulses that rose within him. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

James Hogg He checked the very first impulses towards such a procedure, questioned my motives, and uniformly made them out to be wrong. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

H. G. Wells There is pride in the latter group of impulses and not in the former; the former are always a little apologetic. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

I do not know which of the two impulses has appeared more mysterious and more wonderful to me. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes his own impulses would run counter to my guidance. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Not one of those petty impulses and natural breaks escaped him. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Cases there were in our own times (and not confined to one nation), when irregular impulses of this sort were known to have haunted and besieged natures not otherwise ignoble and base. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Edgar Allan Poe Like a true Frenchwoman as she was she had obeyed the frank dictates of her reason — the generous impulses of her nature — despising the conventional pruderies of the world. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Olaf Stapledon Of course he may have impulses of affection for those who are psychologically nearest to him, just as he may on the plane of herd-mentality. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

When I had gone with her to the cheder nebilin, when I had used my sepet-ram to save life, she had perceived in me feelings and impulses to which all her own nature responded. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

There have been few instances where a man who has retained the power to judge his impulses has reached such a degree of brutishness. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

George Gissing Personal liking enabled him to subdue the impulses of disrespect which, under other circumstances, would have made it difficult for him to act with perfection his present part. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

It can be seen how these various impulses must war against one another, and how they must fluctuate from person to person and from time to time. Collected Essays by George Orwell

George Gissing Defeat would have strengthened in overwhelming revolt all the impulses which from time to time urged him to abandon his servile course. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Edith Wharton What a cursed tangle of impulses he was! Would he ever achieve the true artist’s faculty of self-isolation? “Not until I learn to care less about everything,” he thought despondently. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Gissing At moments he looked with sanguine eagerness to the three or four months he was about to spend in retirement, but such impulses were the mere outcome of his nervous disease. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Leslie Stephen Popularity is more often significant of the tact which makes a man avoid giving offence, than of the warm impulses of a generous nature. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

George Meredith Juliana, with her fretfulness, her hand bounties, her petty egoisms, and sudden far-leaping generosities, and all the contradictory impulses of her malady, had now departed utterly. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Edith Wharton She reflected with self-derision that all her suicidal impulses seemed to end in the same way; by landing her in the arms of some man she didn’t care for. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Rudyard Kipling There was never any scandal — she had not generous impulses enough for that. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There is much that is seductive in our life, but I think it is not upon the higher impulses of our nature that such seductions act. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

George Eliot But Mr. Edward Freely was a man whose impulses were kept in due subordination: he held that the desire for sweets and pastry must only be satisfied in a direct ratio with the power of paying for them. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

H. G. Wells With the coming of plenty I ate abundantly and foolishly, drank freely and followed my impulses more and more carelessly. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Inadventurous, unstirred by impulses of practical ambition, I was capable of sitting twenty years teaching infants the hornbook, turning silk dresses and making children’s frocks. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Cigarette stood irresolute, ashamed, filled with rage, torn by contrition, impatient, wounded, swayed by jealous rage and by the purer impulses she strove to stifle. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

H. G. Wells Now Mr. Grant Allen must know perfectly well that amorous desires and the desire to bear children are anything but overpowering impulses in many of the very noblest women. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Edith Wharton She was so much afraid of laying clumsy hands on his capricious impulses that she felt herself sinking into the character of the blindly admiring wife. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Gissing A hundred times she had resolved that Bevis could be nothing more to her, and again had thought of him with impulses of yearning, trying to persuade herself that he had acted well and wisely. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Ivan Turgenev The wicked criminal feelings of which I have spoken, those uncomprehended impulses of rage rose up in me . Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

She wanted to go, she would go, she had not changed her mind, and considered that her impulses were as well worth following as his cool judgment. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

I became a battleground of impulses and inhibitions. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells They were like excited ganglia in a larger brain sending their impulses to and fro. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Nathaniel Hawthorne They would teach us to legislate upon our judgment, upon our sober sense of right, and not upon our impulses or our sympathies. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Guy de Maupassant The somber veil that had descended so rapidly, arresting his anger, also quieted the furious impulses of his soul; new ideas, as dark and dreary as the obscurity, beset him. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Henry Handel Richardson Instead of that, he had been blessed with ideas and impulses that stood directly in his way. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing A new tenderness stirred within him, and resolutely he stamped under foot the impulses of self-esteem, of self-indulgence, which made his life hard to bear. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

There were still little romantic impulses in the matron’s heart, and this studied coldness of her sister’s tone wounded her. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Thomas Hardy Moreover, idleness waters those unconsidered impulses which a short season of turmoil would stamp out. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Among all my acquaintances in London there was one, and one alone, who ever had any power over those tenderer impulses of my nature which it is customary to call the better part of one. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Edith Wharton He had recovered his lucidity of vision, and his impulses faded before it like mist. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Nikolai Gogol Our artist sometimes wanted to enjoy himself, to play the fop, in short, to give vent to his youthful impulses in some way or other; but he could control himself withal. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

It was one of those mad impulses which utterly cloud right reason, a thing independent of any plan, a crazy leap in the dark. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Day after day he had further impulses from on high that he was called upon to cure the ague also. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Upon Lampe’s calling to demand a written character, he was, however, a good deal embarrassed; his stern reverence for truth being, in this instance, armed against the first impulses of his kindness. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

She measured others by her own narrow gauge, and was powerless to comprehend or believe in the frank impulses of a generous nature. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Jack London Irresistible impulses seized him. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

D. H. Lawrence Her starts of revulsion and hatred were more inevitable than her impulses of love. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood Her womanly instincts, so-called, her maternal love, her feminine impulses deserted her. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

In deciding to decline his proposed visit, however, Marston had not consulted the impulses of spite or anger. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton A struggle was still perceptibly going on in him between his traditional standard of behaviour at such a meeting, and primitive impulses renewed by the memory of their last hours together. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

Abraham Merri Both ways were — ALIVE, both obedient to impulses over which we had no more control and no more way of predetermining than mice in some complex, man-made trap. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

It was precisely against suicidal impulses of this kind that he had hoped to guard himself by opening the diary. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Edith Wharton The sympathies and impulses of the various states were as contradictory as they were ineffectual. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Edith Wharton She knew that Mr. Gryce was of the small chary type most inaccessible to impulses and emotions. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Edith Wharton Her immediate thought was that he must be ill, that she ought to take his temperature — she always responded by first-aid impulses to any contact with human distress. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

But his better impulses seemed to prevail, for he suddenly cried: “Get in with me, and leave mysteries alone. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton He no longer understood the violent impulses and dreamy pauses of his own young heart, or the inscrutable abandonments and reluctances of hers. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Arnold Bennett He hated to observe on the face of the young woman and of the old their instinctive impulses towards chicane, and their pleasure in it. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Sigmund Freud Hostile and painful impulses (in the dream itself we have the phrase overcome by strange emotions) overlap one another at the point where I destroy my antagonistic friend with a couple of words. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arnold Bennett By one of her swift and unreflecting impulses she abandoned George Cannon and her private affairs, and scurried by the area steps into the street. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

George Gissing As it was, the growth of their intimacy had been marked with singular, unanticipated impulses on his side, impulses quite inconsistent with heartless scheming. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Thomas Hardy She knelt down, and did her utmost to eradicate those impulses towards St. Cleeve which were inconsistent with her position as the wife of an absent man, though not unnatural in her as his victim. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

H.P. Lovecraft I acquired the habit of taking long, lone walks in the desert late at nightusually to the north or northeast, whither the sum of my strange new impulses seemed subtly to pull me. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Edith Wharton Hitherto her intermittent impulses of resistance had sufficed to maintain her self-respect. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Olaf Stapledon After much laborious experiment a method was devised by which the impulses and desires of the individual could be either stimulated or suppressed by radio. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton After her talk with Justine she felt more than usually disturbed, as she always did when her unprofitable impulses of self-exposure had subsided. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

George Meredith He and Gower were struck by a common thought of the extraordinary burdens his indulgence in impulses drew upon him. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

They lived on that road, drifting along its length here and there, according to the inexplicable impulses of their monstrous darkness. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Henry James She had no arts, no impulses nor gracesscarce even any manners; she was queerly, almost frowsily dressed; yet she pleased me well. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]