Phrases with "inspire"

Walter Scott The valiant dwarf alone nursed hopes, with which he in vain endeavoured to inspire his companions in affliction. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Anatole France I do not dare ask Criton to grind down a few leaves for me; the hard and cold features of that servant and judge inspire me with awe. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

H. G. Wells She tried to inspire a son who seemed most unaccountably up to nothing. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

M. R. James I can also discern that even in a more emotional person than Mr. Lucas, Uncle Henry was not likely to inspire strong attachment. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

The golden always inspire and inflame love in the persons he wounds with them: but, on the contrary, the leaden create the utmost aversion and hatred. Hudibras by Samuel Butler [1663-1668]

Robert Louis Stevenson The sight that met her eyes was one well calculated to inspire astonishment. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nathaniel Hawthorne Such trust did Hilda inspire in him, that Kenyon had never asked what was the subject of the communication between herself and this old priest. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

In a word, Malicorne, philosopher that he was, though he knew it not, had learned how to inspire the king with an appetite in the midst of plenty, and with desire in the assurance of possession. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

He was too cunning not to know this, and Cayrol having declined to join him, he looked round in search of a suitable person to inspire the shareholders with confidence. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Caroline Lamb His last letter, too, was kinder than any other; and the words with which he concluded it, were such as to inspire her with confidence. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Gissing The chaste goddess who beams above us inspire you with worthy terms!’ ‘There you speak to the point,’ pursued Basil ardently. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

It was like a fairy realm; and here was one whose very look was enough to inspire the most despairing soul with hope and peace and happiness. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

George Meredith Had I nothing else to inspire confidence, I could trust in your eyes. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

In order then to inspire a love of home and domestic pleasures, children ought to be educated at home, for riotous holidays only make them fond of home for their own sakes. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Caroline Lamb The scene around was calculated to inspire every serious reflection. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A tall, elderly man entered—a man, grey-headed, with a thin, wan face, deep-set eyes, and certainly with little in his calm demeanour to inspire the terror which his coming had created. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Wrong. Mr Orwell was ‘set down’ in Wigan for quite a while and it did not inspire him with any wish to vilify humanity. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

He was waiting for the divine breath to inspire him. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Gissing It was a smile to which a man would concede anything, which would vanquish every prepossession, which would inspire pity and tenderness and devotion in the heart of sternest resentment. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anatole France The divine Paracelsus gives one example, which will suffice to inspire in you a salutary fear. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Ralph Waldo Emerson And, as the men are affectionate and true-hearted, the women inspire and refine them. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Arnold Bennett Edwin needed to be inspired; she must inspire him. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Wilkie Collins Benjamin, in the capacity of protector, did not appear to inspire our military friend with confidence. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

First, however, he bought an expensive shaving brush and a box of cough lozenges to inspire confidence. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

George Gissing In one man only could she hope to inspire it; successful in that, she would taste victory, and even in this fallen estate could make for herself a dominion. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Ever memorable to me, sacred indeed, that first talk with the man who was destined to reshape my life and inspire it with some of his own high purpose. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Meredith Perhaps invigorate him, here and there perhaps inspire him, if he would let her breathe. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

There was a poetry in the scene that seemed to inspire her pencil, and yet she could never quite satisfy herself. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

It is necessary to inspire confidence in that poor little Madame Bonacieux.” “That’s true. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Arnold Bennett Nor did she inspire melancholy like the woman just beyond her prime. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Gissing His own had not waxed more spiritual of late years, nor had his demeanour become more likely to inspire confidence; but he was handsome, in a way, and very fluent, very suave. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Touch not that ring; ’twas his, the sire Of that forsaken child; And nought his relics can inspire Save memories, sin-defiled. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

H. G. Wells The artist cannot create nor can he determine the observation of other men, but he can, at any rate, help and inspire it. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Then thus the traitor god began his tale: “The winds, my friend, inspire a pleasing gale; The ships, without thy care, securely sail. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Thomas Hardy At the same time, as Mr. Smith’s manner was too frank to provoke criticism, and his age too little to inspire fear, she was ready — not to say pleased — to accede. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Its expression seemed only to inspire a higher feeling of devotedness in the victim. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

I was overwhelmed with horror at the merciless destruction of brave comrades, whose wounds, so gallantly received, should have been enough to inspire pity even in a heart of stone. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

George Eliot She had given him, at least, a fine bass voice and a musical ear; but I cannot positively say whether these alone had sufficed to inspire him with the rich chant in which he delivered the responses. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Meredith He has perceived the virtues of Peace, without the brother eye for the need of virtuousness to make good use of them and inspire the poet. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Henry Adams Even the greatest Senators seemed to inspire little personal affection in each other, and betrayed none at all. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Nothing is too trifling or inconsiderable to inspire a hope which is not worth cherishing, or a fear which is sufficient to embitter existence. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

The captured Bracton banners were to hang in the coffee-room of the ‘Silver Lion,’ to inspire the roughs. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It was another monumental building, with grey courtyards, interminable corridors and a smell of rank medicaments, which did not exactly inspire liveliness. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Wilkie Collins To inspire Regina, if possible, with his own unshaken belief in the good faith of Amelius, appeared, on reflection, to be all that he could honestly do, under present circumstances. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Such men will inspire passion. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

No experience, no memories, no dead traditions of passion or language would inspire it. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

All these rooms, which communicated with one another, did not inspire Porthos favorably. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Objects now before his eyes, and which the full Moon sailing through clouds permitted him to examine, were ill-calculated to inspire that calm, of which He stood so much in need. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Thomas Paine The remembrance of those things ought to inspire us with confidence and greatness of mind, and carry us through every remaining difficulty with content and cheerfulness. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

John Poindexter is cold in appearance, hard in manner, and inflexible in opinion, but he does not inspire the abhorrence I anticipated nor awaken in me the one thought due to the memory of my sister. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim The contemplation of her coarse features and small black eyes seemed to inspire her with a strange pleasure. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Renzo, observing the strictest sobriety, managed to help his guests with so much discretion as to inspire them with sufficient boldness, without making them giddy and bewildered. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

George Gissing The way in which Mr. Gresham regarded the picture began to inspire him with hopes he had scarcely dared entertain. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Chiefly useful to inspire poets. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anatole France They tend to inspire disgust at reality. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Jules Verne Le couple royal, déchu de sa souveraineté, inspire une réelle sympathie à nos artistes. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

George Meredith All Wilfrid’s diplomacy was now brought into play to baffle Mr. Pericles, inspire Emilia with the spirit of secresy, and carry on his engagement to two women to their common satisfaction. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope He had not been able to inspire his son with love. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Yet she could inspire it in others; at all events, in one, whose rhythmic utterance of the passion ever and again came back to her mind. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Henry Fielding To his labors are owing the respect of crowds, and the awe which great men inspire into their beholders, though these are too often unjustly attributed to other motives. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Leo Tolstoy On the other hand: ministers, governors of provinces, covetous, ambitious, full of vanity, and anxious to inspire fear. The Young Tsar by Leo Tolstoy

Charles Dickens For the better gracing of this place at the high festival, the majestic old soul had adorned herself with a cap, calculated to inspire the thoughtless with sentiments of awe. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

They might, however, become sharers in man’s immortality if they could inspire one of that race with the passion of love towards them. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Olaf Stapledon At the school he had set out to inspire his pupils with the love of ‘culture’. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Her own condition did not inspire her with any fears, and the anxiety that she experienced for her unborn child was untinctured by bitterness or despair. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope They awe the criminal, repress the witnesses, inspire the juror, silence the spectator, absorb the dust, and tell no tales. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

I’ve tried his neighbours, and his tradespeople also, in the character of a postman, which is respectable, and calculated to inspire confidence. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Le Mesurier saw the disgust such a narration would inspire in his wife, the fresh justification she would find in it for all her past conduct. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

It is very hard to find oneself the enemy of a lady, and, above all, of a lady whose beauty and whose intellect are alike calculated to inspire admiration. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Andrew Lang These aid the wizard, and occasionally inspire him. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

My prowess is so well known, and the terror I inspire so great, that no one dares to meet me face to face, and I never see anything but the backs of my retreating foes. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Thomas More This is their notion of virtue and of pleasure; they think that no man’s reason can carry him to a truer idea of them, unless some discovery from heaven should inspire him with sublimer notions. Utopia by Thomas More

George Gissing The practitioner, when he presented himself, failed to inspire her with confidence. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Her mission, as she understood it, was to inspire the failing heart with courage; and when she selected mine I felt less flattered by her preference than astonished by her penetration. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

John Stuart Mill If indeed all the high talent of the country could be drawn into the service of the government, a proposal tending to bring about that result might well inspire uneasiness. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Then, lackeys who ask questions inspire less mistrust than masters, and meet with more sympathy among those to whom they address themselves. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Louis Stevenson For the attraction of a man’s character is apt to be outlived, like the attraction of his body; and the power to love grows feeble in its turn, as well as the power to inspire love in others. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

That depends upon the sentiments with which you may inspire me. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Benjamin Disraeli She was a woman to inspire crusaders. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

John Lewis Burckhard The inhabitants of Djebal are not so independent as the Kerekein, because they have not been able to inspire the neighbouring Be­douins with a dread of their name. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

John Hill Burton What, all this while, is the character and condition of the law? Sometimes a bugbear, at other times a snare: her threats inspire no efficient terror; her promises, no confidence. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

There was no attempt to inspire the visitor with awe. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

Rafael Sabatini Yet it seemed to inspire no fear in Fenzileh, that congenital shrew whose tongue not even the threat of rods or hooks could silence. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Virginia Woolf They inspire us with the intoxicating belief that they are free to wander as far from their creator as they choose. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

It was not a pleasant face by any means — not a countenance to inspire love or confidence. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell There was a little pause; still, though her speech might inspire pity for the prisoner, it only strengthened the supposition of his guilt. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Elizabeth alone had the power to draw me from these fits; her gentle voice would soothe me when transported by passion and inspire me with human feelings when sunk in torpor. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Caroline Lamb That compassion, which is sometimes felt and cherished for a young offender, could not be felt for her; nor did she wish to inspire it. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Gissing She was of those elect whose part it is to inspire faith and hope, of those highest but for whom the world would fall into apathy or lose itself among subordinate motives. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Walter Scott Yet reason tells us, parents are o’erseen, When with too strict a rein they do hold in Their child’s affection, and control that love, Which the high powers divine inspire them with. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

He armed himself with a dagger and a sword, though he did not know how to use either; but he thought that the mere sight of them might inspire awe. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Horace Walpole Manfred, however ill his heart was at ease, endeavoured to inspire the company with mirth. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

The calamities that are constantly being reported — battles, massacres, famines, revolutions — tend to inspire in the average person a feeling of unreality. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

Anatole France He was a coward himself, and was glad to inspire the fears he often felt. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

John Galsworthy With his carnation, bass drawl, broad bland face, and slight drop of the underjaw, he did not inspire her. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Andrew Lang The real object of these preliminary feats, however performed, is, probably, to inspire faith, which Dr. Charcot might have done by swallowing a cradle. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Joseph Furphy I could n’t say that he actually loved his wife; in fact, she was n’t a woman to inspire love, though she was certainly good-looking. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

David Hume It is essential to the Roman catholic religion to inspire a violent hatred of every other worship, and to represent all pagans, mahometans, and heretics as the objects of divine wrath and vengeance. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

You will never hear one word of evil from my lips, or inspire one base thought in my mind. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Gissing Mrs. Jacks was well fitted to inspire homage. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

E. F. Benson An agonised questioning, an imploring petition for silence seemed to inspire it; it was as if each had made unwittingly some hopeless faux pas. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Edith Wharton But when a girl’s faith in the Deluge has been shaken, it’s very hard to inspire her with confidence. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Well, General Lambert does not inspire with me so much confidence as you do. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

On landing at Athens we found difficulties encrease upon us: nor could the storied earth or balmy atmosphere inspire us with enthusiasm or pleasure, while the fate of Raymond was in jeopardy. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

George Meredith My lord knew the Bern of frequent visits: the woman was needed beside him to inspire a feeling for scenic mountains. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Anthony Trollope There was real love — and though that love was not at present happy it was of a nature to inspire perfect respect. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe He suffered with great patience, making no complaint, and endeavouring to inspire us with hope in every manner he could devise. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Elizabeth Gaskell Harriet Martineau’s person, practice, and character, inspire me with the truest affection and respect. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Walter Scott My residence in the family of the Countess of Derby is more than enough to inspire him with suspicions of my faith, from which, thank Heaven, I can vindicate myself with truth and a good conscience. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

The devotion of a man of honor, should ambition of any kind inspire you, might possibly serve as a means of display for your talent and beauty. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Horace Walpole Theodore, supporting her head with his arm, and hanging over her in an agony of despairing love, still endeavoured to inspire her with hopes of life. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Henry James She’ll inspire innumerable devotions. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Oscar Wilde Women, as some witty Frenchman once put it, inspire us with the desire to do masterpieces, and always prevent us from carrying them out. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Caroline Lamb There are virtues which admit of no description—which inspire on the first mention of them but little interest. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless, there were many things about Doctor Colligan not calculated to inspire either respect or confidence. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Impossible, perhaps, to inspire these worn and discouraged women with a particle of her own enterprise. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I followed her, and strove to inspire more hope than I could myself entertain; but she shook her head mournfully. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Her hair was loose and flowed wildly upon her shoulders; Her eyes sparkled with terrific expression; and her whole Demeanour was calculated to inspire the beholder with awe and admiration. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

George Gissing For it was too certain that the sight of him would inspire her only with horror. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The curiosity I inspire doesn’t tempt me to encounter my friends, I can assure you,” she replied, her face hardening at the recollection. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Henry James It would never be given to him certainly to inspire a greater kindness. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Nor was the scene to which they had been invited likely to inspire the moral confidence that medicines physical fatigue. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

Oliver Goldsmith Poor forlorn creature, where are now the revellers, the flatterers, that he could once inspire and command! Gone, perhaps, to attend the bagnio pander, grown rich by his extravagance. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

And then, as is nearly always the way with those women who inspire sudden passions, Mrs. Rebell’s charm was not, in its essence, one of sex. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Verily, the devils inspire their friends that they may wrangle with you; but if ye obey them, verily, ye are idolaters. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

He had not the virtue to become a Brutus. His object was to inspire a proxy-Brutus; and in the centre of that inflammable population this was no improbable hope. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

He seemed more the man, but not a whit more prepossessing, and, if anything, less calculated to inspire confidence. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Little as Mary know of the world by experience, she had at least heard the wiseacres talk; and that which she had heard was calculated to depress rather than to inspire industrious youth. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Gertrude Stein The surréalistes taking the manner for the matter as is the way of the vulgarisers, accept the line as having become vibrant and as therefore able in itself to inspire them to higher flights. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

His brothers were lovable too; they seemed to inspire confidence and to make one want to do the things they liked; but the eldest one was my favorite. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

The whole discourse was well calculated to rally her fainting spirits, if fainting they were, and to inspire us with a great disgust for ourselves. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Mark Twain You can not think in this place any more than you can in any other in Palestine that would be likely to inspire reflection. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

If I— I who speak to you — only knew a journalist to inspire him with my ideas. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Meredith Could Robert inspire her with the power? Rhoda looked upon that poor homely young man half-curiously when she returned, and quite dismissed the notion. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

H. Rider Haggard For a moment she hesitated about going on, and glanced again at Arthur. The look seemed to inspire her, for she said nothing, and presently he brought the boat deftly alongside the gangway ladder. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

This deliberate and lonely emotion was fitter to inspire grave poetry than a pamphlet appealing to an immediate crisis. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Olaf Stapledon Indeed, one effect of my intermittent manipulation of his experience was to inspire him with a dread of showing himself to be different from others. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

He wished probably to inspire me with confidence, and give me time to gather together my scattered thoughts. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

His vouchers — when he condescends to give any — too rarely bear him out in his statements to inspire us with much confidence in his correctness. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

She was beginning to inspire him with an indefinite uneasiness. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Gissing The club which he had worked so hard to establish and to inspire with some portion of his own lofty unselfishness had utterly collapsed a few months since, collapsed beyond hope of reconstruction. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

And yet, monsieur, for want of coquetry I shall never inspire love in you. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

H. G. Wells He had drilled them, had them lectured to, sought speakers who could be trained to inspire them. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The rumour, the letters, the printed paper, all had been contrivances of Gordon to inspire the garrison with the courage to hold out. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Yet it was not a face to inspire fear, for, as it lifted and Peter could see the mouth and eyes, there seemed something elfin and mirthful in it. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Ford Madox Ford C’est le martyre de notre vie!” Yes, it was lamentable that a man could inspire two such passions in two women. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

E. F. Benson Mrs Lucas always wore a little bunch of them when in flower, to inspire her thoughts, and found them wonderfully efficacious. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

A villanous March, better calculated to inspire thoughts of suicide than even the fogs and creeping mists of November. But even this miserable March came to an end at last. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

We are ashamed because, although we understand, we are not able to express them; and often from shame we are angry at our thoughts, and at those who inspire them. Mother by Maksim Gorky

He saw all these things with a lazy apathy, which had no power to recognize their beauty, or to inspire one latent thrill of gratitude to Him who had made them. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Moore was so utterly matter-of-fact and unmystical of manner that he probably impressed us more deeply than if he had attempted to inspire awe. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Sir Walter Scott The profession which he followed, the wilderness in which he dwelt, the wild warrior forms that surrounded him, were all calculated to inspire terror. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Wilkie Collins His silence and hesitation seemed to inspire Joanna Grice with sudden confidence and courage. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Jeremy Bentham With so much facility for securing myself, he can only inspire me with a very feeble alarm. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H.P. Lovecraft A town able to inspire such dislike in it its neighbors, I thought, must be at least rather unusual, and worthy of a tourist’s attention. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

She did not inspire him with confidence. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

George Gissing To the maternal eye, a singular, problematic being, anything but likely to inspire confidence. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins Did I ever tell you that I baptized her myself? and by a good Scripture name too — Eunice. Ah, sir, that little helpless baby is a grown-up girl now; of an age to inspire love, and to feel love. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

John Stuart Mill Those whom privileges not acquired by their merit, and which they feel to be disproportioned to it, inspire with additional humility, are always the few, and the best few. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Edgar Allan Poe I firmly believed that no incident ever occurring in the course of human events is more adapted to inspire the supremeness of mental and bodily distress than a case like our own, of living inhumation. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith It may well inspire veneration. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

BUT anxious cares already seiz’d the queen: She fed within her veins a flame unseen; The hero’s valor, acts, and birth inspire Her soul with love, and fan the secret fire. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

H. G. Wells The train seemed to inspire a dim emotion of friendliness in him, and sometimes he would wave an enormous hand at it, and sometimes give it a rustic incoherent hail. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Guy de Maupassan He arose quietly to look among his unfinished sketches, hoping to find something that would inspire him with a new idea. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

When she had seen him last, his nose was too near a snub to inspire much respect, and his mustache was still in the state of colorless scarcity. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Ralph Waldo Emerson He who should inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Do you expect the spirit of your father to start from the earth to blast you?’ At these words, which he uttered in a tone intended to inspire me with confidence, I shuddered with horror. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Gissing The only man, in fact, who held the true Imperial conception, and had genius to inspire multitudes with his own zeal. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

He had to inspire with his own confidence a lot of people who had hidden and absurd reasons to hang back; he had to conciliate imbecile jealousies, and argue away all sorts of senseless mistrusts. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

They don’t pretend to any commerce with the devil; but only that there are certain compositions adapted to inspire love. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

If God grants you children, make it your object to bring them up for Him, to inspire them with love to Him, and to all men; and then you will train them rightly in everything else. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Conte Mosca joined them, and what he then saw, a thing which seemed to him incredible, finally and completely cured him of the jealousy which Fabrizio had never ceased to inspire in him. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

George Meredith Not the less was Philip the one to inspire the deeper and the wilder passion. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Victor Hugo It was an object to inspire indescribable dread. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Ralph Waldo Emerson In a moment of bitterness he said to one of his oldest friends, “Men deserve the contempt with which they inspire me. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Raymond was to inspire them with his beneficial will, and the mechanism of society, once systematised according to faultless rules, would never again swerve into disorder. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

George Gissing Delighting in her independence of mind, he still desired to see her in complete subjugation to him, to inspire her with unreflecting passion. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I never really knew you before!” It had cost him dear to inspire this passion in Madame Juliette; but Noel never thought of that. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne Unmistakably the sight of Torres did not inspire the guariba with friendly thoughts. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

And yet all those liars in society speak of it as a source of happiness! One is sorry for elderly women because they can no longer feel or inspire love. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

The consciousness of sympathy began on the instant to inspire him with courage. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Washington Irving When I beheld this beauteous maid, thus young and innocent and unspotted by the world, I thought, here is the being formed by heaven to inspire my prince with love. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Horace Walpole I will retire to my oratory, and pray to the blessed Virgin to inspire you with her holy counsels, and to restore the heart of my gracious Lord to its wonted peace and gentleness. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

It is not quite easy to give expression to another feeling which is often excited in reading Gibbon. It is somewhat of this kind, that it is more fitted to inspire admiration than love or sympathy. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

George Meredith Friends do it, and enemies; the unknown contractors of this engagement, or armistice, inspire an interest. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Henry James If I laugh it is simply from the impulse to try and inspire him with confidence. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Bronislaw Malinowski This reasoning would inspire some mistrust by its summary and laconic character alone. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

H.P. Lovecraft He had habitually slept at night beyond the ordinary time, and upon waking would often talk of unknown things in a manner so bizarre as to inspire fear even in the hearts of an unimaginative populace. Beyond the Wall of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Ann Radcliffe Louis’s passion and her esteem were too sincere not to inspire her with a strong degree of pity for his unhappy attachment. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Washington Irving The beauty of the day was of itself sufficient to inspire philanthropy. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Arthur Conan Doyle Should I ever marry, Watson, I should hope to inspire my wife with some feeling which would prevent her from being walked off by a housekeeper when my corpse was lying within a few yards of her. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Wilkie Collins If Mr. Noel Vanstone succeeds to his father’s property, he is the only human being possessed of pecuniary blessings who fails to inspire me with a feeling of unmitigated envy. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

H. G. Wells He said he was writing a play, a wonderful passionate play about St. Francis, and only she could inspire and advise him. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Gissing My editorship seemed to inspire it. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing He had blurred the significance of such a situation, persuading himself that neither was Eve capable of a great passion, nor the man he had seen able to inspire one. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Henry James However, he shouldn’t inspire his cousin with a passion, nor would she be able, even should she try, to help him to one. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Her unexpected presence seemed to inspire him. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

George Gissing Already she had begun to inspire him with a hopeful activity, and to foster the elements of true manliness which he was conscious of possessing, though they had never yet had free play. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James I have tried to befriend you, to help you, to inspire you with confidence, and I have failed. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Horace Walpole Her blood curdled; she concluded it was Manfred. Every suggestion that horror could inspire rushed into her mind. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]