Phrases with "inclination"

With the war over and his mind most unsettled, he had no inclination for the long years of waiting to qualify as a doctor. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Sigmund Freud Many of these patients suffered from dementia praecox, so that for a time there was an inclination to suspect that all dreamers with such an understanding of symbols were suffering from that disorder. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Never should the strong man flee, Though God wills the inclination with the soul at war to be. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Henry James I doubt,” he went on gravely, “whether I have an inclination toward wrong-doing; if I have, I am sure I shall not prosper in it. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

The thought of finding her perhaps sitting on the bed in the dark not only cut Mr Verloc’s appetite, but also took from him the inclination to follow her upstairs just yet. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

I cannot here forbear reflecting on the natural inclination of mankind, to make mysteries and novelties. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

She had no inclination to vice, but she would have liked the wades of sin; for in this lower world the wages of sin; meant a villa at Passy, and a couple of carriages. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle For a moment my inclination was to return and to embrace him. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Willa Cather She had, as Mr. Kronborg always said with an inclination of his head, good control over her children. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

She did not like doing the latter at all; it was too dull; her own inclination would have led her abroad all day long and every day. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

There was a certain kind of indolence in him, a love of the dolce far niente, and an inclination to general inactivity which he may have inherited from his seafaring ancestors. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Anthony Trollope He was inclined to be corpulent, and would no doubt have followed his inclination had he not accustomed himself to continual bodily activity. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Sir Walter Scott But, although the affair was soon decided, I have always understood that many of the infantry showed an inclination to do their duty. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Jane Austen In talking over their route the evening before, Mrs. Gardiner expressed an inclination to see the place again. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

At one and the same time, they shew that love of expensiveness, so universal among the Greeks, and an inclination to the Dutch frugality. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Benjamin Disraeli But if you really have no inclination to sleep, let us sit down and have a little conversation; or perhaps we had better take a stroll. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Wilkie Collins The captain answered by a solemn affirmative inclination of the head. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

I buried everything except the notes, and took my way slowly and thoughtfully back to the City. I had no inclination to keep the money, and for a long time was puzzled how to get rid of it. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Thomas Paine I happened, when a school-boy, to pick up a pleasing natural history of Virginia, and my inclination from that day of seeing the western side of the Atlantic never left me. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

This He promised: The Nuns, to give him the greater inclination to keep his word, told him that He might always depend upon the Convent for his meals, and each of them made him some little present. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

That he did so somewhat against his own inclination (much as in Melbourne his father-in-law had done before him) was due to an acutely fair mind allied with a thoroughly kind and sympathetic nature. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Jane Austen She had no longer any inclination to talk to him. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

I believe she would sacrifice her own inclination to that duty. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Tobias Smolle Encouraged by these declarations, I ventured to express an inclination to be introduced to their fathers, who were able to do my business at once. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Edgar Allan Poe For example, there are few men of extraordinary profundity who are found wanting in an inclination for the bottle. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Had I ever reminded him of that rencontre, or explained it? I had not, nor ever felt the inclination to do so: it was a pleasant thought, laid by in my own mind, and best kept there. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Without doubt, in this, as in everything else, she was simply yielding to a fashionable craze, an inclination to love the people who were loved by her own circle. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

And musing thus on the general inclination of our instincts towards injustice I met unexpectedly, at the turn of the road, as it were, a shape of duplicity. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope She felt no inclination to scold her daughter, or even to point out in very strong language how foolish Fanny had been in allowing a man to engage her affections merely by asking for them. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson But I confess my inclination is, just to slip off and see the place, and make a few confidential inquiries. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

I have neither the power nor the inclination to touch it. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Fielding He had wit and humour, with an inclination to satire, which he indulged rather too much. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

He carried the fair-haired little one up-stairs in his own arms; but I regret to say that the infant showed an inclination to whimper in his newly-found father’s embrace. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A strange mixture of feelings brought a sudden lump to her throat, an inclination to cry out, an impossibility of speech. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Julian Hawthorne I gave a rough sketch of the route I proposed to follow, asked his opinion upon it, and finally said that, should his inclination lead him also in that direction, I should be very glad of his company. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

George Gissing Had she betrayed the least inclination to love him, such considerations would have gone to the winds; he would have called the gods to witness that the one perfect woman on the earth was his. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Robert Burns In raptures sweet, this hour we meet, Wi’ mutual love, an a’ that: But for how lang the flie may stang, Let inclination law that. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Ford Madox Ford I felt no sorrow, no desire for action, no inclination to go upstairs and fall upon the body of my wife. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Sigmund Freud The rest is obscure to me; I have, frankly, no inclination to follow the matter further. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Jane Austen Of her two sisters, Mrs. Price very much more resembled Lady Bertram than Mrs. Norris. She was a manager by necessity, without any of Mrs. Norris’s inclination for it, or any of her activity. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Jane Austen Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope He shot a little, but moderately, having no inclination to foster what is called a head of game. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Francis Bacon But the expansion is thus modified: while it expands all ways, it has at the same time an inclination upward. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

I had half an inclination to follow him: I really intended to leave X—— the next morning, and should certainly not have another opportunity of bidding him good-bye. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

No doubt she had acquired an inclination for them from her first husband. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Although he dug up the bodies of several men he felt no inclination to mutilate them, whereas he delighted in rending female corpses. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Jules Verne They noted the direction, outlet and inclination of the paths. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Thomas Hardy My inclination is not to be married at the horrid little church here, with all the yokels staring round at us, and a droning parson reading. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Gaston Leroux They had no inclination to laugh. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Karl Philipp Moritz The Englishman here spoke to me several times in a very friendly manner, while I testified not the least inclination to enter into conversation with him. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

David Hume Men's inclination to the marvellous has full opportunity to display itself. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

In each of these two opposite parties, even without antecedent concert, conformity of inclination creates an instantaneous agreement in operation. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Henry Adams One of these errors was the inclination of the ecliptic; the other was the differentiation of the sexes, and the saddest thought about the last was that it should have been so modern. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

The inclination may, and no doubt does, exist to a great extent, among the small gentility — the would-be aristocrats — of the middle classes. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Jane Austen The dinner was a grand one, the servants were numerous, and every thing bespoke the Mistress’s inclination for show, and the Master’s ability to support it. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Fellows like you are so in love with their cause that they’ve no time or inclination to detest what thwarts them. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Daniel Defoe But I was secured in this point, for as I had no inclination to change, so I had no manner of acquaintance in the whole house, and so no temptation to look any farther. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Rafael Sabatini He looked out upon a black abyss, and, having no knowledge of the locality, and no inclination to adventure himself into unknown regions, he immediately abandoned all idea of attempting to climb down. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Charles Dickens I am often obliged to bear it in mind, when my inclination perhaps would be for the moment to forget it. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

It was only her own inclination that would have held her back. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Charles Dickens Without evincing any inclination to come in again, he there delivered his valedictory remarks. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

She made a grave little inclination of her head toward him, and he bowed in response. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

When my eyes became accustomed to the dimness I saw that the roof of the cave (which is fairly smooth and regular with an inclination of about thirty degrees) was studded with nests. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Charles Dickens He had no inclination to make out a case. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Tobias Smolle Though I have lost the power, I retain the inclination — Your very humble servant, good Mr Blackberry’ — So saying, he shoved to another corner of the room. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Algernon Blackwood There was no inclination in me to smile, even at the absurd choice of a word. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

She rang off reluctantly a few minutes later, and, with no inclination to visit the chapel, went into the drawing-room, where she found her stepmother sitting alone. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Charles Dickens In seasons of pestilence, some of us will have a secret attraction to the disease — a terrible passing inclination to die of it. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Nellie Bly I felt little inclination to do anything but to sit quietly and rest, bodily and mentally. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

George Meredith A marriage of inclination on both sides, prudent in a worldly sense, we might wish for him, perhaps, if he could feel quite sure of himself. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

He was still standing by the gate irresolute, inclination drawing him to the Abbey House, duty calling him home to Briarwood, five miles off, where his widowed mother was expecting his return. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope He gave way to such good advice, but he did not feel at all happy at the idea; and, when going up to the house, always felt an inclination to shirk in at the back-way. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Instantly the flow of his blood was again turbid; he felt an inclination to fling out some ill-mannered remark. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

All inclination must now be laid aside, and duty must become my sole guide and director. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Jack London The Ghost clung on close to the wind and betrayed no inclination to fall off broadside to the trough. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Henry James She was too old to let him fall in love with her, which might have done him good; and her inclination was to keep him young, so that the nonsense he talked might never transgress a certain line. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Anthony Trollope Mary would have stayed too, had not her horse displayed an inclination to go on, and that she had felt herself unwilling to make an effort in the matter. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Meredith Clara wondered whether inclination or Sir Willoughby had disciplined their individuality out of them and made them his shadows, his echoes. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Gissing On the other hand, the proposal made appeal to her natural inclination for domestic life; it offered the possibility of occupation, of usefulness. A Charming Family by George Gissing

Henry Handel Richardson But, as far as Maurice could gather, she had felt no inclination to do this. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

His disturbed life when he was working up a case, the strange visitors he received, his frequent and prolonged absences from home, were all imputed to a very unreasonable inclination to gallantry. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing He had intended passing the day at Alverholme, and, on the morrow, travelling to Hollingford. Now he felt no inclination to hazard a call upon Lady Ogram; he would return to London forthwith. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The limit of my inclination and my patience has been reached. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

This time the clerks evinced no inclination to laugh, such a real ear clipper did Porthos appear. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Elizabeth Von Arnim Padded. He accepted her apology with an inclination of his head. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

The bells were ringing cheerily from the grey stone tower near at hand; but Valentine had no inclination for church on this particular morning. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

She had never possessed much talent for domestic life, and, the yoke once removed, she had not felt the least inclination to take it upon herself again. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

John Galsworthy She would have had to say them so often, and their purpose was better served by look, pressure, and slight inclination of head to one side. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Ivan Turgenev But, strange to say, I had no inclination to forsake my pure dark airy height. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing Though his head ached so dreadfully that the light in his hand seemed to swell his brain to bursting, Arthur had no inclination to sleep again. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Meredith The colonel had no inclination to wait for his return. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

We did not say a word to each other, an inclination to sleep irresistibly overcame us; and whether that sleep was to be my last or not, I felt a profound indifference. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Robert Louis Stevenson I thought I saw by my wife’s face what way her inclination pointed. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

She attempted to pass him with an inclination of the head, but he put out his hand and stopped her. The Box with the Iron Clamps by Florence Marrya

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But the bone (I had killed a dog for it) was a juicy one, and I felt no inclination to stir. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Henry Fielding As Booth assured his wife that he was very well, but found no inclination to sleep, she likewise bid adieu to her slumbers, and attempted to entertain him with her conversation. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Thomas Hardy His unexpected proposition had brought about the smartest encounter of inclination with prudence, of impulse with reserve, that she had ever known. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Sir Walter Scott But I have neither time nor inclination to preach to you — you will find enough of fighting here if you like it, and well if it come not to seek you when you are least prepared. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

This frequently happens also in a family of girls: they all remain unmarried because, if one of them shows an inclination in that direction, the others unite in a conspiracy against her. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

George Eliot The opportunity was there, and it raised an inclination which hemmed in the calculating activity of his thought. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Anthony Trollope Lady Ushant was still soft, retiring, and almost timid; whereas Mrs. Morton showed her inclination to domineer even in the way in which she helped herself to salt. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

After breakfast he showed no inclination to smoke. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Henry James Then inclination answered that some day her self-support would fail, and he had a vision of this exquisite creature calling vainly for help. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It simply means that you do the thing that pleases you, and break your word where your inclination prompts; and you are sorry because it has turned out unluckily. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

It was nearly midnight, but he had no inclination for sleep. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Eliot You have no reason but idle fancy and selfish inclination for shirking his teaching and giving your soul up to trifles. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Arthur Conan Doyle Amid our studies we have no leisure or inclination for personal matters. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

For both the stone200 and the magnetick iron arrange themselves by inclination and declination, according to the common position of their nature and the earth. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Alphonse Daudet The singularity was their being always the same, and that the honest Tarasconers had never had an inclination to change them during the long, long time they had been harping on them. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

It is not pleasant to incur the suspicion of an inclination to injure or depreciate particular branches of knowledge. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Henry James He returned this challenge a moment, consciously, resisting an inclination to frown as one frowns in the presence of larger luminaries. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

W. H. Hudson Armadillos were also seen, but now they scuttled across our path with impunity, for we had no inclination to chase them. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

He felt no inclination to renew the idle-word pastime, said it was time to go back, and, swinging his cane vexedly, struck off the heads of the flowers and the weeds as he went. Irremediable by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

George Meredith Her inclination was to misdoubt the daughter of the Old Buccaneer: she might be simple, at her age, and she certainly was ignorant; but she clung to her prize. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Whatever my inclination might be, my regard for her would make me indulgent to you. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

My inclination was to let things slide, and trust to the British police taking a reasonable view of my case. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Tobias Smolle Though there was some risk in carrying on the altercation at this juncture, Timothy, having bound up his jaws, could not withstand the inclination he had to confute his master. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

John Galsworthy This was the very first time since he left England that he had felt an inclination to put his arms round anyone, so badly burnt had he been in that old affair. A Silent Wooing by John Galsworthy

Francis Bacon In sum, the whole inclination and bent of those times was rather towards copy than weight. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

When once at liberty Peter would show no inclination to return, and would often be about the house for days. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

She began by showing an inclination to cry, which inclination she presently gave way to. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

In following the inclination of her heart she was obeying the behest of her benefactor. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

He asked him a lot of questions and then, with an inclination of his head to Hardacre, drew the latter out of the room. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

M. R. James I have no inclination to imagine the last scene in detail. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Charles Dickens Good night!’ The men looked at each other, but had evidently no inclination to argue the point just then, and shuffled out of the room. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

We cannot get away from it, that all his life long, from his earliest days, it has been the natural inclination of Man to take what is appealing to him. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Nevertheless, he went up to his room with the conviction that if he had time or inclination to be interested in them, he should find his fellow boarders in Palace Crescent a queer lot. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

He had lost his holiday discursiveness, and had no inclination to linger in bypaths earthly or spiritual. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Andrew Lang In good sooth, she has not her equal! Now we will get you into her house and you must win her heart, and if she has an inclination for another, you must drive it out and win her for yourself. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Everybody was so good to him at the Court, that really he had no inclination to hurry away. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Margaret Oliphant Walter was not agitated for his part, but he had little inclination to speak. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Edith Wharton Ralph, for his own part, had no inclination to resist. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Though those in the neighbourhood of the European settlements have constant communication with the whites, they have no inclination to become civilised. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether the success of those public banks in Venice, Amsterdam and Hamburg would not naturally produce in other States an inclination to the same methods? 66. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

And what in the world do you know that is more bitterly fierce than brothers’ quarrels?” All absence of cynicism checked an inclination to smile at this view of human brotherhood. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Thomas Paine But there is one that will have him in a little time, and as we have no inclination to disappoint you of a customer, we bid nothing for him. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

M. R. James He was instantly seized upon by H. M. Queen Hermione, who, repressing an inclination to laugh, shook and slapped him very severely. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Arthur Conan Doyle I only tell you this, however, to show you that I was never a mere rough soldier like Rapp or Ney. As I lay in that brigands’ camp, I had little time or inclination to think about such matters. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Wilkie Collins He could only reply by an inclination of the head. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

E. T. A. Hoffmann This class the Chevalier joined, thus once more establishing the truth of the saying that the real deeper inclination for play must lie in the individual nature — must be born in it. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

He finds Parnassus uncommonly steep, and there is no chance of his having much time or inclination to look about him till he gets to the top. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

We had no inclination for “tricks,” but that did not hinder Ludmilla and me from speaking of that subject, on which one is supposed to be silent. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Tobias Smolle The amazon flew to his assistance, and Tapley showing no inclination to get up, she smote him on the temple till he roared. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope But our young friend felt no inclination to punish his host in such fashion as this. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Olaf Stapledon But it not unreasonably arouses suspicion and an inclination to seek some theory in which society appears as more real than its individuals and as imposing a special obligation upon them. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

George Gissing This morning Annabel had no inclination to read, yet her face was not expressive of the calm reflection which was her habit. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Florence Dixie He looked first at us and then at the guanaco for a moment, not without interest, perhaps, but certainly without showing the slightest inclination to hostile demonstration. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Thomas Hardy Lord Luxellian was dotingly fond of the children; rather indifferent towards his wife, since she had begun to show an inclination not to please him by giving him a boy. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

George Gissing Mrs Yule suspected, not without reason, that this lady had an inclination to strong liquors. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell She wanted to overcome her inclination to sob hysterically before she spoke. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

William Makepeace Thackeray Fitz, let me present you to Mrs. Berry.” The lady made an exceedingly gentle inclination of her black-velvet bonnet, and said, “Pray, my love, remember that it is just dinner-time. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Edith Wharton My friend had brought his solicitor back from Quimper for the night, and seated beside a fat and affable stranger I felt no inclination to talk of Kerfol. . Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle As to Lord John, he was too intent upon his wheel and the difficult task of threading his way along such roads to have time or inclination for conversation. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

M. d’Artagnan dispatched a courier to the king to give him an account of the last success, which redoubled the good humor of his majesty and his inclination to amuse the ladies. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Anthony Trollope In this case there had been no inclination to intrigue on either side. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jack London The wolf-dogs, clustered on the far side of the fire, snarled and bickered among themselves, but evinced no inclination to stray off into the darkness. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Henry James Besides”— Strether encouraged his fancy’s flight —“you showed your inclination in the way you kept her waiting, kept her on purpose to see if she cared enough for you. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

With his parents the obligation to be anything in particular seemed to Kendal to have been removed, however, and he followed his inclination in the matter instead, which made him an artist. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

It was, in fact, one of the most marked instances in which Burns, contrary to his too frequent habit, put pride in his pocket, and sacrificed inclination to duty. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

George Elio That was a reversal of the past which was as little accordant with her inclination as her circumstances. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

He displayed no inclination to marry. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

John Galsworthy Had she a melon, by any chance? He’d no inclination to go and sit opposite his wife at South Square. Ten to one Fleur would not be down. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Jane Austen But I have not the least inclination to go near her. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

And she is paid — but enormously!” Mr. Parke repressed his inclination to smile. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

I certainly had no inclination to argue. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Only, where’s the use, as I’ve no inclination to wed? I’ve been for the last fortnight, now, at Madame Fauconnier’s. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

I don’t think there is a more despicable object in the world than this latter, and I never meet with one without the inclination to tell her a bit of my mind on the subject. My Lodger by Mary Fortune

John Hill Burton It will perhaps be time for seriously considering the question, when the majority of the sex show an inclination to have a voice in Parliamentary Politics. ‡ See Works, vol. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Arthur Conan Doyle So unnerved was he at the sight that he leaned up against the wall with his hand to his throat to stifle his inclination to call out. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

W. H. Hudson After the morning Mass I would return to my house, and, sitting alone in my room, pass the sultry hours, immersed in melancholy thoughts, having no inclination to work. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Lucy Maud Montgomery That was Marilla’s exclusive duty; if it had been his he would have been worried over frequent conflicts between inclination and said duty. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Francis Bacon We will first speak how the natural inclination and habit to be angry, may be attempted and calmed. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

E. F. Benson If I followed my inclination I would never leave our dear Riseholme for a single day. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Upon the whole there was very little inclination to talk about the possibility of a war. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Samuel Johnson Soon after he went to Oxford he discovered, it is said, an inclination for pupils. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

How could Miss Vane reply to this childish question, except in the affirmative? She had every inclination to love the babyish young lady, who was so ready to cling to her and confide in her. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

But I have no store of this sort, nor do your circumstances or inclination require any such curiosities as these. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was up to the girl — if she showed an inclination toward looseness, she must take care of herself, even with him. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Henry Handel Richardson Polly knew well enough where her real inclination lay. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Margaret Oliphant Thus there was great doubt and wonder, and in some quarters an inclination to treat the rumour as a canard, and to postpone belief. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

People toss about, they know nothing, they are unable to take delight in anything, they have no inclination for it. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Ford Madox Ford For Valentine Wannop the war had turned Tietjens into far more of a man and far less of an inclination — the war and Mrs Duchemin between them. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Robert had no inclination for the wine-bibbing and the punch-making. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Sir Walter Scott The prisoners were compelled by their guards to alight, and were conducted to an apartment where a hasty repast was offered them, of which none but Athelstane felt any inclination to partake. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Gustave Flauber She saluted him with an inclination of her head. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

Guy de Maupassan We did not speak, certainly, for we were incapable of doing so, but then we had no inclination for conversation. A Night in Whitechapel by Guy de Maupassan

And the last faint lingering inclination to be sorry for Miss Rouse died in her. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

John Stuart Mill The greater part of life is carried on, not by following inclination under the control of rule, but by having no inclination but that of following a rule. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Henry Fielding I have refused myself a thousand little amusements with a feigned contempt, while I have really had an inclination to them. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

I could see no inclination for jostling, no impertinent staring at you, nor attempts to create a row in order to pick your pocket. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

She, too, was silent, and felt no inclination to talk or to listen. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Again, the form, the size, and the inclination of the noble massif are wrongly laid down by the hydrographers. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

To pursue his meditations under these circumstances, might perhaps be an inclination of Kant’s to which he yielded, but not one which he would justify or erect into a maxim. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

Margaret Oliphant Walter, to tell the truth, did not feel much inclination to enter into the discussion. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

They have no taste for them and no inclination in that direction, — it is against their very nature. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Guy de Maupassan Herr Löwenfuss was so much overcome by his feelings, that he showed great inclination to embrace his future son-inlaw, The Count, however, laid down certain conditions. A Mesalliance by Guy de Maupassan

Stephen Lucius Gwynn It is certain that the younger man showed more sense and less inclination to take offence, and the final proposal that a friendly meeting should be arranged was Byron’s. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Isabella Bird Their habits are predatory by inclination and tradition, but they have certain notions of honour and of regard to pledges when voluntarily given. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson It seems to have been believed in the family that the whole matter had been originally made up between these two, with no very spontaneous inclination on the part of the bride. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

If ever you feel an inclination to know it, do so, sire; the history is worth the trouble—it is I who tell you so. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]