Phrases with "invincible"

Anthony Trollope But to Cato nature had given an invincible gravity of manners which he had strengthened with all the severity of his will. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope But the secret is of such a nature that the lady’s invincible objection to revealing it is bound up with the fact of her being a promised bride. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

The land, the people, the forests were her accomplices, guarding him with vigilant accord, with an air of seclusion, of mystery, of invincible possession. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell She seemed to have an invincible repugnance to the idea of exposing him to the remarks of other boys on his peculiar position. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

I implored you merely to state to them my invincible reluctance. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

It’s no use,” she repeated faintly, feeling an invincible obstinacy rising within her, yet without anger against that raging man. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

All the country from now on will be convinced that the Power of the Soviets is no ephemeral thing, but an invincible fact. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

The Aztec troops, which swarmed through the valley, seemed to be well appointed, and showed an invincible spirit, as if prepared to resist to the last. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

D. H. Lawrence Yet gradually she felt the invincible iron closing upon her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce Dan Occam thought of that, invincible doctor. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Charles Dudley Warner So invincible was his gravity that he was never known to laugh or even to smile through the whole course of along and prosperous life. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Arnold Bennett The invincible commonsense of a sound nature prevented her, in her best moments, from feebly dissolving in self-pity. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

H. G. Wells Indeed I carried it off with Holt to the end that I was the invincible Spartan. My letters to those loyal correspondents of mine, were cheerfully fatalist and more blasphemous than ever. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

But there was an invincible need of gaiety in her heart. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

I said, ‘My father, it is in vain to endeavour to diminish my repugnance to the monastic life; the proof that that repugnance is invincible lies before you. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

My life had hitherto been remarkably secluded and domestic, and this had given me invincible repugnance to new countenances. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Those invincible men were subject to a mysterious and fatal influence which that name had over them; the mere sound of it filled them with terror. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Your fit representative of an honest people is a dull-witted drover, acting for a duller- witted farmer; and against these are arrayed victorious supremacy and invincible genius. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Gertrude Stein An army of invincible and ever ready mustaches and all the same mind and a way of winding and no more repertoire, not any more noise, this did increase every day. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

They put their young hearts into free truth, they are making it an invincible power. Mother by Maksim Gorky

She listened without a word, and her stillness now was like the protest of an invincible unbelief. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Wilkie Collins Among these, I may mention as applicable to the matter in hand, an invincible reluctance — so long as he enjoyed his usual good health — to face the responsibility of making his will. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

D. H. Lawrence He felt strong as winter, his hands were living metal, invincible and not to be turned aside. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle They were grave, it is true, and thoughtful, but of an invincible serenity. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

H. G. Wells He takes up a position, and he’s going to be the most brilliant, delightful, engaging and invincible of gay delicious creatures defending that position you can possibly imagine. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

D. H. Lawrence His brain seemed hard and invincible now like a jewel, there was no resisting him. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton His invincible spirit belied and disguised the signs of weakness that afterward asserted themselves in my remembrance of him. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Ford Madox Ford She had lived with Mark Tietjens for twenty years now, but she had always refused to speak a word of English, having an invincible scorn for both language and people of her adopted country. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

William Makepeace Thackeray How many years has he pulled? Day and night, in rough water or smooth, with what invincible vigor and surprising gayety he plies his arms. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

And now between her uncontrollable desire to fly and hide, and her invincible aversion to speak out to a man, even to her father, she vibrated in a suspense full of lively torture. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

H. G. Wells He held the bride under his arm with an air of invincible championship, and his free arm flourished a grey top hat of an equestrian type. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Oh, brave knights and faithful people! offspring of invincible fathers! ye will not degenerate from your ancient renown. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Gissing It is what certain sects call conversion in religion, a truth addressing itself with unwonted and invincible force to the individual soul. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

E. F. Benson At the same time I felt an invincible curiosity to know for certain if it was merely for the sake of a solitary midnight vigil that he had come. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

He did not remember to have met during his long career an invincible resistance or an absolute impediment. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Berkeley In the eighth place, the universal concurrent assent of mankind may be thought by some an invincible argument in behalf of Matter, or the existence of external things. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Zona Gale The stained light from some high window caught her veil in meshes of rose and violetfairy colours, witnessing the elusive, fairy, invincible truth of what she said. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Ann Radcliffe An invincible curiosity, however, subdued his terror, and he determined to pursue, if possible, the way the figure had taken. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Wilkie Collins The surgeon’s invincible arm stole round the young lady’s waist, and answered mutely with a squeeze. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

H. G. Wells He wanted Bolaris to swagger with invincible resolution so that he could be a swaggering shadow. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Marie Corelli The thought is from the immortal and invincible soul — the poem has to be conveyed through the grosser body, clothed in language which must always be narrow and inadequate. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

George Meredith The delight of the supposition that these Austrians were retreating before the invincible arms of King Carlo Alberto kept her cheerful; but she heard no guns in the rear. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Ivan Turgenev He walked along it with a sort of invincible purpose, a desperate and at the same time joyous determination. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Within he would be an invincible host in himself “The Fort, Patusan.” No date, as you observe. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

There is but one invincible power, offered by God to man, and which God has commanded man to use. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Algernon Blackwood But, for me it was too thickly veiled for detailed recovery, though an invincible instinct whispered that it was here “the woman” first intruded upon our joint relationship. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

H. G. Wells She heard me moving about, perhaps she too had not slept, and she came down, kindly and invincible as ever, and as amazed as ever at my strangeness. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Miles Franklin It seemed to me that men were not so invincible and invulnerable as I had imagined them — it appeared they had feeling and affections after all. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

He was greatinvincible — and the world did not want him, it had forgotten him, it would not even know him. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

I was undisturbed by thoughts which during the preceding year had pressed upon me, notwithstanding my endeavours to throw them off, with an invincible burden. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

She linked with that the fact that Bailey had a mind as orderly as a museum, and an invincible power over detail. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells He thought that since there had to be national governments he would make one that was strong at home and invincible abroad. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

William Makepeace Thackeray But what does a doctor avail in a contest with the grim invincible enemy? Such as came could only confirm our despair by their account of the poor child’s case. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

But I outgrew those fancies, and only preserved an invincible self-respect, which I have always cherished. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

George Meredith There had not been a boxer in the neighbourhood like Robert Eccles, nor such a champion in all games, nor, when he set himself to it, such an invincible drinker. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anatole France Women exercised an invincible attraction for him, and at the same time inspired him with an insuperable fear. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

G. K. Chesterton The stupid fool is as consistent and as homogeneous as wood; he is as invincible as the ancestral darkness. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Thomas Hardy Till this moment she had stood in his mind as the imperious, invincible Marcia of old. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

He shrank from the act in scorn and disgust, which were invincible because more temperamental than moral. The Tale by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Andrew Lang I. of the “Birds”? The old horse has been seized with an invincible fit of stubbornness. The Library by Andrew Lang

William Godwin He was also seized with an invincible desire to convert the Mahometans to the Christian faith. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Edith Wharton Traces still lingered on them of a fresh beauty like her daughter’s; and he asked himself if May’s face was doomed to thicken into the same middle-aged image of invincible innocence. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

H. G. Wells He made a motion pocketwards, that gave us an invincible persuasion that he had a sample upon him, and that at the last instant he decided not to produce it prematurely. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

The obstinacy of his nature was such as to offer an invincible barrier against either suggestion. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

M. P. Shiel An army of creatures boring, boring their invincible way to reach me. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

An invincible fatality ever brought her toward him whom she was seeking to avoid. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Marie-Anne was as pale as her father, but her attitude and the light that burned in her eyes told of invincible energy and determination. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells Then she fights with unscrupulous candour and invincible good temper. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

He was seized with an invincible desire to give himself up to the strength of his faith; to throw his heart to the people. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Guy de Maupassan Hungry men eat like gluttons, but people of refinement are disgusted at it, and they often feel an invincible dislike for a dish, on account of a mere trifle. Words of Love by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells Some things the mind contests in the face of invincible conviction. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

John Morley Authority and use oppose a steadfast and invincible resistance to reason, so long as the institutions which they protect are of fair practicable service to a society. Voltaire by John Morley

Edith Wharton Some invincible repugnance to speak of such things to the strange foreign woman had checked the words on his lips. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

There was something fixed in it, and Archie’s nebulous easy-going temperament had an invincible repugnance to anything unpliable. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

She seemed to have an invincible faith in the virtuous dispositions of young men. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Slowly the pendant portion increased as the subtle beast seemed to concentrate all its energies on one triumphant, invincible effort. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Then the curtain fell again, but his rapid vision left in Alvan Hervey’s mind a trail of invincible sadness, a sense of loss and bitter solitude, as though he had been robbed and exiled. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Her expectations, more or less vaguely expressed, give the measure of her ignorance of that néant which for so many years had remained hidden behind this phantom of invincible armies. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

This old man in invincible despair, who wept, bent doubled without uttering a word, presented the most touching spectacle that D’Artagnan, in a life so filled with emotion, had ever met with. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Proud and vainglorious, swelled with lofty anticipations of his destiny, and an invincible confidence in his own resources, no danger could appall and no toil could tire him. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Fortunately the “managers” are not so invincible as Burnham believes. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

A mechanical impulse, which I cannot explain, prompted me to untie the string, and, impelled by an invincible curiosity, I read the first letter which came to my hand. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope Now there was no gleam of anger on his face, but a look of invincible good-humor, which was not, however, quite good-humor, when you came to examine it closely. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Hardy It was unexpected youth, surging up anew after its temporary check, and bringing with it hope, and the invincible instinct towards self-delight. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Abraham Merri Lightnings these were — and more than lightnings; lightnings keyed up to an invincible annihilating weapon that could rend and split and crumble to atoms the living granite. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Unpickable locks and invincible lock-pickers, burglar-proof safes and safe-specializing burglars, come equally from the States. So I tried a very simple test. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Jack London He swept me off my feet by the splendid invincible rush of him. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He has an invincible hatred of the fighting, hunting, swashbuckling side of life, symbolised in all his early books by a violent propaganda against horses. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Hers was a case of invincible ignorance. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. G. Wells Cossar conducted all these transactions with an invincible air of commonplace, in spite of the fact that Urshot was in a panic about the rats, and all the drivers had to be specially paid. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

John Galsworthy Nearing Blake Street, he developed an invincible repugnance to work, and was carried on to Trafalgar Square. Bicket had stirred him up. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Matthew Flinders This would have been an invincible obstacle to other cats, but not so to Trim. He bolted through the glass like a clap of thunder, to the great alarm of the good hostess below. A biographical tribute to the memory of Trim by Matthew Flinders [1804]

Gustave Flauber Hamilcar was growing desperate; all was about to perish beneath the genius of Matho and the invincible courage of the Mercenaries. But a great noise of tabourines burst forth on the horizon. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

E. F. Benson She was not adapting herself to new circumstances, she was adapting new circumstances to herself with all her old ingenuity and success, and with all her invincible energy. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

We are all children of one mother — the great, invincible idea of the brotherhood of the workers of all countries over all the earth. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Rudyard Kipling Ivory their outposts were — the guardrooms of them gilded, And garrisoned with Amazons invincible in war. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Defoe’s own life is certainly as instructive as Crusoe’s in the lesson of invincible patience and undaunted resolution. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

A. E. W. Mason A round forehead, a thick snub nose, and a pair of vacant and protruding eyes gave to him an aspect of invincible stupidity. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

H. G. Wells The time when Blenkins seemed part of a prison-house of routine and invincible stupidity seemed ten ages ago. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

In the days when he was most fully in the public eye the invincible obscurity of his origins clung to him like a shadowy garment. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

I did not experience fear; I felt that my heart beat regularly, but an invincible something opposed itself to me. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

H. G. Wells The loyalty of the hostess battled against an invincible truthfulness. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells Change and development were dammed back by invincible dams for ever. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

For some obscure reason, depending, no doubt, on his psychology, he imagined himself invincible on horseback. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

William Makepeace Thackeray The invincible had been beaten a vast number of times. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Marjorie Bowen This being the culmination of the dream, he woke; he slept no more till morning, and even in the daylight hours the dream haunted him with a great and invincible dread. The Fair Hair of Ambrosine by Marjorie Bowen

With a being whom I abhorred from my very soul, while I felt that his presence was at once an irrepealable curse, and an invincible necessity. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Henry Handel Richardson And, by fair means or unfair, it was necessary to obtain information on matters of sex; for girls most of whom were well across the threshold of womanhood the subject had an invincible fascination. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Guy de Maupassant The ex-“Rosier” was in that profound, invincible sleep that is alarming, and the doctor, in surprise, went to seek assistance to help him in carrying the young man to Boncheval’s drugstore. Madame Husson’s “Rosier” (Le Rosier de Madame Husson) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was drawn back by an invincible force. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Anthony Trollope But now this dark frowning captain, with his big mustache and his military look, and his general aspect of invincible power, threatened the other man. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Jack London It was the old, indomitable, terrible Wolf Larsen, imprisoned somewhere within that flesh which had once been so invincible and splendid. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

The thought of Him produced such an invincible feeling of shame, that I never lied to grandmother. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

A storm-tossed spirit, “tempest-buffeted,” he was “citadel-crowned” in his unflinching purpose and the might of an invincible will. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Anatole France Il avait l’esprit lucide, avec de la finesse et de l’étendue, le caractère grand, une âme patiente, largement humaine, d’une invincible douceur. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Wolves and lions, and various monsters of the desert roared against him; while the grim Unreality hovered shaking his spectral dart, a solitary but invincible assailant. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

His eyes were attracted by an invincible power and followed her graceful figure whirling through the waltz. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

I passed the night in alternate lamentation and research, equally fruitless, the mystery was impenetrable to conjecture, the pain invincible to balm. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Theodore Dreiser It was as if she were invincible when Hurstwood helped her. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Abraham Merri From it streamed the same baffling suggestion of invincible force transmuted into matter; energy coalesced into the tangible; power made concentrate in the vestments of substance. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Maria Edgeworth I really almost hate this invincible man, and — strange inconsistency of the human heart! — almost love him. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Guy de Maupassant I was a superior being, armed with invincible intelligence, and I experienced a huge delight at the manifestation of my power. Dreams (Rêves) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

H. G. Wells Mona Lisa and all that, but now it irritated him with a sense of invincible and unapproachable opposition. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Arthur Morrison Were it not for my mother’s invincible objection to parting with me, even for the shortest space of time, I should long ago have come to Europe to work and to study in the regular schools. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Ralph Waldo Emerson Their looks bespeak an invincible stoutness: they have extreme difficulty to run away, and will die game. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Nathaniel Hawthorne I felt an invincible reluctance, nevertheless, at the idea of presenting myself before my old associates, without first ascertaining the state in which they were. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Maria Edgeworth Grace sighed, and acknowledged that, in prudence, it ought to have been an invincible obstacle — she admired the firmness of his decision, the honour with which he had acted towards her. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Not more than sixteen I should say, and yet what an invincible will shone from her dark eyes and dignified her slender form; a will gentle as it was strong, elevated as it was unbending. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

I launched out into a rather trite and windy exposition of my views, and she sat close to me on the sofa, looking up into my face, hanging on my words, a deliberate and invincible convert. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells Other-worldliness was its ready refuge from the invincible evil and confusion of the existing scheme of things. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Walter Scott I thought I spoke to a man of invincible courage, and of that good sense upon which courage is best founded. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Thomas Hardy Inbred in him was an invincible objection to be any but the first comer in a woman’s heart. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]