Phrases with "inclination"

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]

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]

Arthur Schopenhauer This is the reason why women are more often inclined to be extravagant, and sometimes carry their inclination to a length that borders upon madness. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

Kate Chopin Grégoire’s hair was soft, not so dark as her own, and possessed an inclination to curl about her slender fingers. At Fault by Kate Chopin

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]

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

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]

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

Henry Handel Richardson But the very next day, when he was remonstrating with her over some small duty which she had no inclination to perform, she turned on him with an unreasonable irritation. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

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]

Theodore Dreiser She found it difficult to conquer an inclination to cry. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Margaret Oliphant Walter had no inclination to sleep. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Edith Wharton She confirmed his good opinion of her by giving her husband two sons; and Roberto showing no inclination to marry, these boys naturally came to be looked on as the heirs of the house. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

While the particular inclination lasts no other game is held to be worth a rap for rational black boys to play, but the relish the more speedily degenerates. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Edith Wharton Where duty and inclination jumped together, it was not in Lily’s nature to hold them asunder. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

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]

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]

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

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

Margaret Oliphant He felt tranquil, he felt good: he had no inclination to be angry; he was not swayed with movements of irritation and disgust. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George Gissing Harvey, meanwhile, fearing her inclination to brood over the dark event, tried to behave as though he had utterly dismissed it from his thoughts. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

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

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]

Any man in England who declares himself a lover of the mathematics and natural philosophy, and expresses an inclination to be a member of the Royal Society, is immediately elected into it. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Sir Walter Scott His rival, indeed, was repeatedly graced by the Queen’s notice; but it was in manner that seemed to flow less from spontaneous inclination than as extorted by a sense of his merit. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

George Gissing What you have heard is partly true; you probably won’t have to wait very long for the rest of the story, but I have no time and no inclination to tell it. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

William Henry Bragg After turning a corner at this distance the line again became straight, but the inclination to the axis was finally only one-third or one-quarter of what it had been. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

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]

George Gissing The elder man resisted his inclination to joke, and asked how things were going on. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

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]

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

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]

Jane Austen They had no inclination to listen to her. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

George Gissing Had she been disinterested her opinion would not have wavered for a moment; she would have declared that the wife’s inclination must be the only law in such a case. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Henry Fielding She told her that, from the first moment of her acquaintance, she had the strongest inclination to her friendship, and that her desires of that kind were much increased by hearing her story. Amelia by Henry Fielding

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]

George Meredith Yet, supposing her inclination to have become diverted, I was ready frankly to release her with one squeeze of hands and take all the pain of she pain, and I said: ‘Pray, do not speak of chains. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

Robert Burns This simple instrument is a very portable one; and well fitted to the social inclination of meeting in a neighbour’s house; hence the phrase of going a rocking, or with the roke. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

E. Phillips Oppenheim The inclination to look at that photograph was becoming irresistible. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle But the great point is that I stayed in my room without the slightest inclination to leave it. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

William Henry Bragg The inclination of the top part of the curve (for each set of α rays) is less in methane than in air. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

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]

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

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]

Benjamin Disraeli What was the precise character of his feelings to Theodora — what were his hopes, or views — he had hitherto had neither the time nor the inclination to make certain. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

George Meredith And young Weyburn would meet some difficulty in protecting his ‘Lady Ormont,’ if she had no inclination for it. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Anthony Trollope She had no inclination to be proud; but if Providence had been pleased to place her in one position, it did not behove her to degrade herself by assuming a position that was lower. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

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

H. G. Wells I’ve always had an inclination to do a bit of research on my own. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Jules Verne Manoel had a few appropriate words to say about these insects, and they were not of a nature to encourage an inclination to brave their stings. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Tobias Smolle These acquaintances I owe to the friendship of Dr Carlyle, who wants nothing but inclination to figure with the rest upon paper. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Who is that who bowed to you?” she continued, as a dark young man with an inclination to stoutness passed by them on foot; “I’ve seen him about a good deal lately. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

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]

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

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson All were full of hope for the future, and showed an inclination to innocent gaiety. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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]

Ivan Turgenev I had no inclination to get nearer to this human ant-hill. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

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]

Andrew king of Hungary was the only monarch who had leisure or inclination to leave his dominions. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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]

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]

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]

Bram Stoker She ought not to have much inclination for sleep-walking then. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Elizabeth Gaskell There was an inclination in him to reason, especially and principally with Mr Benson, on the great questions of ethics which the majority of the world have settled long ago. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

In fact, I had an inclination to smile at it. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Wilkie Collins My father had insisted that Alfred should be of the party, otherwise he would certainly have declined accompanying us; for he had no inclination whatever for public amusements of any kind. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Arthur Machen It was a night on which one might hold up a lighted match and watch it burn without any wavering or inclination of the flame. The Terror by Arthur Machen

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]

Nellie Bly I always have an inclination to laugh when I look at the Japanese men in their native dress. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Guy de Maupassant I wake up in the best spirits, with an inclination to sing in my throat. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

George Berkeley Qu. What possible handle or inclination could our having a national bank give other people to distress us? 71. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

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

Ann Radcliffe To release me from my present situation, however his inclination might befriend me, was not to be expected, since his life would have paid the forfeiture of what would be termed his duty. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Jane Austen But Emma, in her own mind, determined that he did know what he was talking about, and that he shewed a very amiable inclination to settle early in life, and to marry, from worthy motives. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

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]

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]

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

Tobias Smolle While we crossed Bagshot Heath, I was seized with a sort of inclination to retrieve my fortune, by laying passengers under contribution in some such place. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

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

The Lord deliver us from our bishops and clergy!’ After Mr. Gibbs had resumed his seat there ensued an interval, during which no one evinced an inclination to continue the discussion. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

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]

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

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]

I felt no inclination to tarry the event; and, resolving to seek medical aid on my own responsibility, I quitted the chamber. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

It was rarely, however, that I saw any of these seats occupied; the Americans have either no leisure, or no inclination for those moments of delassement that all other people, I believe, indulge in. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

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]

Isabella Bird I had no inclination to cry “Stop thief!” and had barely time to congratulate myself on the fortunate impulse which had led me to say what I did, when my friends appeared from the next car. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Benjamin Disraeli I feel no inclination to lose the golden hours in these gloomy rooms. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

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 Mrs. Dashwood entered into all their feelings with a warmth which left her no inclination for checking this excessive display of them. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

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]

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]

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

Caroline Lamb The proud and noble family who had been injured, had neither the power, nor the inclination to seek redress. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

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

Edgar Allan Poe When we reach the latter, we feel an almost irresistible inclination to class it with spirit, or with nihilty. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

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]

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]

Tobias Smolle Having no inclination to sleep, I secured my cash, dressed, and was just going abroad, when the servant of the house told me, there was a gentlewoman at the door who wanted to speak with me. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Olaf Stapledon For, though aware of the superficies of his individuality in a manner impossible to his fellows, the hero has neither inclination nor time nor courage to penetrate within it and explore it. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

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]

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]

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

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

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

Frederick Marryat When young, he felt an inclination to see more of the world, and had for several years served in the army. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

But their chances have been circumscribed, and I believe they lack the inclination to assume grave public duties. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

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

She smiled very sweetly, but there was something of malice in the quiet inclination of her small Parisienne head. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

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]

Henry Handel Richardson It might also be that the old girlish inclination had never quite died out, but only slumbered through all these years. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

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]

His distress was by no means alleviated by an inclination to disbelieve the reality of this experience. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

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]

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]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim The dream of a limitless banking account won from her an inclination towards graciousness which the most passionate love-making could never have evoked. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Ivan Turgenev And so now I feel an inclination to pour out my soul into your bosom . The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

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

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

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was a fine horseman, and though he showed little inclination to make friends, he was still always civil, and the women declared his manners were perfection. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Sir Walter Scott These qualities, perhaps, as much as any others, contribute to the high popularity of our seamen, and the general good inclination which our society expresses towards them. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Wilkie Collins Answering him by an inclination of the head (I hate a coward!) I walked silently to the door. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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

Steele Rudd Dad’s inclination was to leave the selection, but Mother pleaded for another trial of it — just one more. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

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 stared at the palings of the stout prison fence, counting the movers; but I had no inclination to count them, though it was my habit to do so. The Peasant Marey by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1876]

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]

Anthony Trollope They well knew that such a young man as Charley would go wherever his inclination led him. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

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

Olaf Stapledon And now at last he discovered that he had in fact neither the energy nor the inclination to pursue the old racketing way of life. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins He felt no inclination to sing as was his wont, while passing through the fresh, frosty air: and he wondered why it was so. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

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]

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]

Watkin Tench They use a direct and positive negative, but express the affirmative by a nod of the head or an inclination of the body. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

You have not played for a long time, d’Artagnan.” “And I have no inclination to play. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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]

Henry Handel Richardson But Maurice, vexed at the interruption, made it clear that he had neither time nor inclination for an affair of this kind: he did not care a rap for dancing. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

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

George Eliot After the painful news had been told, he sat in silence; he had not spirit or inclination to tell his mother and sister anything about the dinner; they hardly cared to ask it. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

In the country she had time to reflect on the necessity of conquering this inclination if she wished to enjoy any tolerable happiness; and therefore took proper measures to combat it. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

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]

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]

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]

Vernon had no appetite for the chicken sandwiches, or inclination for Madeira negus. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

As young Mutlar showed no inclination to go, and it was approaching eleven o’clock, as a hint I reminded Lupin that he had to be up early tomorrow. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Henry Fielding Adding that she hoped I had still the same inclination to settle on my wife the remainder of her fortune. Amelia by Henry Fielding

But it was not a part of Mr. Moffat’s plan to weaken the effect of Carmel’s testimony by offering any weak corroboration of facts which nobody showed the least inclination to dispute. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

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

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]

Wilkie Collins I had never in the whole of my previous experience found my duty and my inclination so painfully and so unaccountably at variance as I found them now. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Maria Edgeworth She had been invited to a bal paré at the Spanish ambassador’s for the ensuing night — but she had more inclination to go to a bal masqué, as Ormond had heard her declare. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

E. F. Benson Indeed, she had not even felt the inclination to criticise; the things that kept Catherine in London were such as could ill be cancelled. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

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]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn In the first place, it should be remarked that Moore, with an equipment for the business which might have made any fortune-hunter envious, never showed the least inclination to marry for money. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

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]

The only real difference between the two faces lay in the expression and in that slight inclination of Paul’s chin to recede. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

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]

Henry Fielding One may easily perceive, you know, from the manner of people’s behaving upon such occasions; and, indeed, when I related your case, I found there was much inclination to serve you. Amelia by Henry Fielding

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]

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

Jane Austen They could not get through; and as Miss Bertram’s inclination for so doing did by no means lessen, it ended in Mr. Rushworth’s declaring outright that he would go and fetch the key. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

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

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

Did he know that the officers of justice were already upon the track of this same Clavering? I judged not from his look, but felt an inclination to make an effort and see. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

John Lewis Burckhard Such of them as do not travel into Egypt, hardly ever go beyond the precincts of their village, for, generally, the Nubians have no inclination towards commercial speculations. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Dona Rita returned my distant how with a slight, charmingly ceremonious inclination of her body. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Such an inclination may and ought to be controlled, and can never be a legitimate ground of assent. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Miles Franklin If I missed a stroke anywhere it would he put down to my inclination to write. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

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]

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

Her Majesty gave a smile and an inclination of the head, Mr. Greville a profound bow, and the next conversation began with the next gentleman. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Henry James She had an inclination for Greenwood Cemetery, but she gave it up as too distant; she could not absent herself for so long, as she said, without exciting suspicion. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Wilkie Collins I have neither the time nor the inclination to write to you on this sad subject in any detail. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

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]

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

Anatole France Her inclination toward him was simple and frank, and at this moment she found pleasure in the idea of meeting him the next day in the little apartment where they had met for three years. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

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

Charles Kingsley The severest part of his self-education had been the repression of his dangerous inclination to call a sham a sham on the spot, and to answer fools according to their folly. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

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

He had shown an inclination to testiness, and was less easily pleased than formerly. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

But you have no prepossession in the matter? Except an inclination to back your friends’ view?” “Yes. I thought Prince John a decent fellow, and I liked the queer old Monarchist chaps. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan