Phrases with "justified"

Ivan Turgenev I warn you I mean to be frank, though I feel you are fully justified in taking me for a rather impertinent person. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Believe me that I am justified in what I am doing. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But her gentle, careless cruelty was a torture that justified no complaint, and admitted no redress. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

The seizure of a criminal may be justified by certain arguments as to the health of society and the preservation of property, but no person wishes under any circumstances to hale a wise man to prison. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Indeed, in her eyes a good cause justified many sorts and conditions of means. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

John Lewis Burckhard He promised to conduct us as far as Taba, a valley in sight of Akaba, but declared that he should not be justified in holding out to me promises of safety beyond that point. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

I was conscious that this proceeding was cruel, and could only be justified by the urgency of circumstances: As to Theodore, He had no scruples upon the subject. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

I suppose you don’t expect me to say anything in self-defence?” “No, Ralph, and you needn’t; I’ve defended you sufficiently — justified you. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

George Meredith It justified the ladies in repeating a well-known Brookfield phrase: “We may be wrong in many things, but never in our judgement of the merits of any given person. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Gissing If they thought highly of themselves, why, the fact justified them; if they spoke, at times, as Pharisees, it was a fault of temper which carried with it no grave condemnation. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Anthony Trollope I only say this to explain that he was quite justified in his offer. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Colonel Stubbs, who is only twenty-eight years of age, has a staff appointment at Aldershot. He has private means of his own, on which alone he would be justified in marrying. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope And as even Lizzie certainly bestowed upon him many of her smiles, much of her poetry, and some of her confidence, it cannot be said that he was not justified in his views. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope As far as your enquiries have gone yet, are you justified in calling Popenjoy a bastard?” “I have never called him so;—never. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope Two clerks from the London post-office have told you that they believed the impression to be a false one; but I think they were hardly justified in their opinion. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Victoria was much perturbed, and her worst fears seemed to be justified when in 1870 he appeared as a witness in a society divorce case. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells She may be justified by other things, by an effectual co-operation with her husband in joint labours for example, but she has altered her footing none the less. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Wilkie Collins As it was, I thought the means would, in this case, he for once justified by the end. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope Then came circumstances which showed me that a release would be good for both of us, and which justified me in accepting it. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope In such a matter as this I should not be justified in allowing your opinions to have weight with me. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Miss Trent’s features cruelly justified the usurpation. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Wilkie Collins If Stella had remained unmarried, Winterfield might have justified himself. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope I had been informed that Mr. Greene had made a fortune, and was justified in presuming him to be a rich man. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant I will ring for prayers, Alison. My Lord Erradeen is young; he knows little; but this kind of profane talk is not to be justified from you and me. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

They justified this imputation to some extent on the following day. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Anthony Trollope He did not mean to say that the evidence had not justified the trial. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim I could if—” “If what?” “If you were my sister, or some relative who would be justified in receiving an allowance from me,” he replied, after a moment’s somewhat singular pause. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

On the whole, therefore, it must be said that the colder reception accorded to this instalment of the novel, as compared with the previous one, can hardly be justified on sound critical grounds. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Henry James It is awfully charming, your thus giving yourself up, and yet, justified as I am by it, I can’t help regretting a little the excitement I found it this morning to pull a different way from you. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Anthony Trollope I presume then that I may be justified in surmising that the lady has some considerable fortune?” “No, indeed, she has not. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Charles Kingsley She, meanwhile, had plenty of reasons which justified her new intimacy to herself. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Jules Verne Then from time to time came the howl of a wolf, a fox, a wild cat, or a coyote, the “Canis latrans,” whose name is justified by his sonorous bark. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Anthony Trollope I don’t think I am justified in staying there against his will because he is my brother. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Henry James Gaston Probert invited himself to breakfast at noon and remained till the time at which the artist usually went out — an extravagance partly justified by the previous separation of several weeks. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Anthony Trollope He was one who absolutely did gain his living, and an ample living too, by his pen, and was regarded on all sides as a literary lion, justified by success in roaring at any tone he might please. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

I do not know how far I should be justified in letting her know what is undoubtedly the truth, namely, that I have not very long to live. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Anthony Trollope Looking at the matter in this light he did not think that Mr Dosett would be justified in robbing Lucy of the advantages which were offered to her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

A few handfuls of blady grass supply a sheaf of missiles, and with such cheap ammunition the sportsman is justified in providing himself profusely when intent upon the destruction of shy birds. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope He knew that he had uttered words so hard, that it might be doubted whether, under any circumstances, they could be justified from a gentleman to a lady. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Thomas Hobbes Nevertheless, it will not be impertinent to make manifest in what manner each of them contributes thereunto, and in what sense it is said that we are to be justified by the one and by the other. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

George Meredith Still, he was not justified in living beyond his means to that end, speculating rashly, and concealing his actual circumstances. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Unless he could stand justified in her sight and in that of all men, he had no right to seek to wring out tenderness from her regret and from her pity. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Wilkie Collins Paris justified my confidence: the temptation was too much for her. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Willa Cather Her liberality with Poppas was one of the weapons that Horace and the Garnets used against Cressida, and it was a point in the argument by which they justified to themselves their rapacity. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Besides, the end justified the means, as you Frenchmen say, does it not?” “Yes, my Lord, I accept them,” said d’Artagnan; “and if it please God, we will make a good use of your presents. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

I know I should be justified in arresting him straight away now. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

If so, I should not, in your interests, be justified in refusing this. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

The foreseen fact coming so swiftly had justified their haste. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Now, knowing human nature to be full of contradictions, I could not satisfy myself that I should be justified in accepting either half of his testimony as absolutely true. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

E. F. Benson She believed he understood, and her belief felt justified when he proposed that the car should be opened. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Algernon Blackwood The visit might be something of an experiment perhaps, but an experiment, a test, they were justified in taking. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Henry James She had a confident hope, however, that her rich impulses, her talent for embroidery, would still find their application, and this confidence was justified before many months had elapsed. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Caroline Lamb Calantha, perhaps, was fully justified in this opinion. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Balzac justified himself by quoting the examples of Chateaubriand, Ingres, and Meyerbeer in their various arts. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

G. K. Chesterton It can only be justified in practice; and I have a healthy fear that my practice will not justify it. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

The occasion, they thought, justified a drink. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Mr. Lawlor had asked me point blank if James Hattersley had proposed to me, and I said, ‘No.’ I was perfectly justified in so answering, because he had no right to ask me such a question. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

I had possibly committed unwittingly a breach of good breeding, according to French ideas, which almost justified the brusque severity of the Marquis’s undignified rebuke. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Robert Green Ingersoll The despotism of faith is justified upon the ground that Christian countries are the grandest and most prosperous of the world. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope Could any man be justified in asserting that a woman loved him till she had told him so? It was evident no doubt,—so she told herself. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton Delia had never before noticed how much her husband and his cousin Joe were alike; it made her feel how justified she was in always thinking of the Ralston’s collectively. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

George Meredith Woodseer briefly assented to his keeper’s reiterated encomium on the morning, justified on oath. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The result of the little stranger’s presence fully justified Mrs. Bridget in her opinion. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Richard Burton Already I began to fear that my eighty pounds would not suffice for all the expenses of sight-seeing, and the apprehension was justified by the sequel. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Edith Wharton It seems to me the sense of splendour has justified itself by what it has produced. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Wilkie Collins In one respect, the result justified the trouble taken to obtain it. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

George Gissing Indeed, I cannot say that I am disappointed in Cecily; rightly seen, she has justified the system on which I educated her. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

But in the confusion of parties and the uncertainty of government that followed William’s death, Defoe slid into practices which cannot be justified by any standard of morality. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

I should have justified myself that, to the peril I had escaped, there was no need to add all the publicity and annoyance which would have benefited no one. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope Was he justified in expecting that she would give him so much? Of her great regard for him as a friend he had no doubt. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Therefore I conceive that I am justified in saying that in that encounter Mrs Grantly was the conqueror. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Louis Pasteur Results justified our attempt; the septic vibrio grew easily in a complete vacuum, and no less easily in the presence of pure carbonic acid. The germ theory and its applications to medicine and surgery by Louis Pasteur [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle A thousand know Gibbon’s work for one who cares anything for Gibbon. And on the whole this is justified by the facts. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Algernon Blackwood Each felt fully justified in doing so, though they would have kept an ordinary “hysterical” patient safely from the place. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Anthony Trollope Under these circumstances, I think I am justified in saying that there is no mode of getting about in New York to see anything. North America by Anthony Trollope

You must see that the estate has come to me by circumstances such that no honest man can be justified in retaining it. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope You cannot think the bishop would be justified in allowing you to regard as a sinecure a situation that requires an active man merely because you have been employed for many years in the cathedral. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

And truly, her companion justified the encomiums of the faithful chum. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Anthony Trollope As to “Jack” and the lady he did not, at any rate as yet, feel himself justified in being angry at that arrangement. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Wilkie Collins I only believed that the course she was taking might be fatal to her at some future day; and, acting on that belief, I thought myself justified in using any means in my power to stop her in time. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Fully persuaded that I could have justified myself had I chosen, she suspected the motive which had kept me silent, and deemed herself the sole cause of my misfortune. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

So that upon the whole he had been justified in reporting fine weather at home. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Wilkie Collins Since Emily had seen her last, her personal appearance doubly justified the nickname by which her late mistress had distinguished her. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Charles Dickens The meagre and mouldy old man is her husband, and the pair have a dejected consciousness that they are not justified in appearing on the surface of the earth. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

I said: “Lupin, are you justified in this outrageous extravagance?” Lupin replied: “Well, one must get to the City somehow. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

F. Scott Fitzgerald Drake justified his position easily; he had evidently rehearsed the part a great deal. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

George Meredith Altogether, Cuper’s boys were justified in promoting a subscription, the mother being helpless. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Elizabeth Gaskell I hope I am justified in doing it, but he takes hold of me, as it were; and I have almost been afraid lest he carries me away, in spite of my judgment. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Anthony Trollope Any one would understand that he would be justified in concealing a fact concerning himself from such a one as he. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith The ladies did not wish to go, and they were not justified in stopping. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope When called upon to show it by any proper authority we shall be ready; but, knowing what we do know, we should not be justified in allowing the matter to sleep. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen I do not mean, however, to assert that we can be justified in devoting too much of our time to music, for there are certainly other things to be attended to. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Anthony Trollope But I will declare that if any man could be justified in swearing, it would be a master of hounds. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

He began, “Dear Miss Westwater,” and then changed it to “Dear Miss Alison.” There had been something friendly and confidential about her eyes which justified the change. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell So the authorities were quite justified in the decided steps they had taken, both in their own estimation then, and now, in ours, looking back on the affair in cold blood. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Theodore Dreiser For the first time in her life she felt settled, and somewhat justified in the eyes of society as she conceived of it. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling The matter will be referred to the Council, of course, but this is a case where one is justified in assuming that we take action at once. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

George Eliot She was not justified in resenting a self-delusion. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Anthony Trollope Rebellion is justified by being better served than constituted authority, but cannot be justified otherwise. North America by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I justified the confidence placed in me; I was a faithful servant. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Wilkie Collins The doctor had justified his anticipations. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Anthony Trollope No other woman can be justified in accepting such a present. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The people I speak of are poor and proud, and they would perish rather than press a relationship upon a rich man, unless fully justified by the closeness of family ties. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Sinclair Lewis With all the justified discontent there is against the smart politicians and the Plush Horses of Plutocracy — oh, if it hadn’t been one Windrip, it’d been another. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing It’s one of those cases in which homicide would be justified by public interest. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Sigmund Freud Moreover, here once again there is a person in a high position as a middle term between the aristocrat and the musician who is justified in raising high hopes. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope He was, perhaps, justified in regarding Bragton as almost belonging to him, knowing as he did that it must belong to him after his father’s lifetime, and to his son after him. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every: one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Anthony Trollope What shall we do for her?” As he spoke he held the letter in a manner which justified the girl in taking it from his hand. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope He would take her back, but as one whom he had been justified in expelling, and to whom he should be held as extending great mercy. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing The one thing which would still have justified him, hope of wealth, had all but vanished. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Edith Wharton I think there are occasions when a man is justified in doing what I’ve done. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Algernon Blackwood His first impression that these two belonged to what may be called the “crank” order was justified by the conversation. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Anthony Trollope He would perhaps have been justified had he been a little proud of the manner in which he had carried himself through this interview; but he entertained no such feeling. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Jules Verne Herbert had none, Neb but little, but their companions were bristling in a way which justified the making of the said scissors. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Gissing The first lady who called upon her no doubt suppressed a hesitation for the sake of getting a glimpse of the domestic interior; one or two others justified themselves by the precedent. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Theodore Dreiser There was some little shame in him at the thought of doing so, but he justified himself with the thought that he really would get something. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing I think I am justified in saying that that time had arrived, that death interposed at an unfortunate moment as regards such plans. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Bram Stoker My fear was justified when I saw the same cart which had passed before coming down the road, having on it some great wooden boxes. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Trollope Of course he would be justified in horsewhipping him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry Kingsley At any rate, Jim was quite justified in showing him the letter, “for you know,” he said, “as there is nothing at all about you in it, there can be no breach of confidence. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Yet, however Dalyrimple justified himself intellectually, he had many bad moments in the weeks immediately following his decision. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton He draped these details in the handsome phrase “She’s a woman to be proud of”, and felt that this fact somehow justified and ennobled his instinctive boyish satisfaction in loving her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Louis Pasteur We should not be justified in devoting further time to opinions which are not supported by any serious experiment. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Anthony Trollope But my opinion is, that neither I nor you would be justified in sacrificing ourselves for such amusements. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton After such a warning as that, parents felt justified in every precaution against contagion. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Yet I think there are cases in which a man who loved would be justified in making a woman happy at the risk of his own — soul, I suppose. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Wilkie Collins Have I done right, Walter? Have I justified your trust in me?” I answered her warmly and gratefully, as I really felt. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins It was generally felt, however, that all three of the letters, no matter how widely they might differ in tone, justified the same conclusion. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

They have been justified so often; they know, in their wide fair fields of opportunity, just what qualities will produce what results. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Anthony Trollope This, of course, had been no fault of Margaret’s, but it had made him feel justified in leaving his daughter as a burden upon his younger son. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Anthony Trollope Any severity, according to Mr. Greenwood, would be justified in keeping the two young persons apart. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was content to be justified by the impassioned sincerity of her desires. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Joseph Furphy I wish I could hold you guiltless, Mary. Ask your own conscience whether you were justified in obtaining entry to an establishment like this. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

For the first time also she felt that she had been justified in coming, and in leaving the man who,—alas! that it should be so, he being kinsman as well as husband,—had treated her so ill. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Anthony Trollope And sad as they were, they seemed to be justified by circumstances as they operated upon him. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

The event had justified his fears. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Meredith He looked the fittest; he justified the dictum of Science. The survival of the Patternes was assured. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope I cannot allow that a man can be justified in neglecting his duties for the sake of a cloudy wife. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Rivalry of the same nature has been admirably depicted by Thackeray in his Esmond; but there the mother’s love seems to be justified by the girl’s indifference. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing He whispered the beloved name, and it gave him peace; such peace as follows upon the hallowing of a profound passion, justified of reason, and proof under the hand of time. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Thomas Hardy Moreover, from her tone and manner he felt himself justified in concluding that she would be willing to run the risk of a union with him, in the improbability of her husband’s existence. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Richard Burton He felt himself justified in declaring, ex cathedra, the boy Mohammed’s position perfectly untenable. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Algernon Blackwood It seemed a state in which we all joined hands, a state of glory that justified the bravest hopes, annihilating doubt and disbelief. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Gissing I hardly feel that I should be justified in repeating what passed between us. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

G. K. Chesterton And in this case he was certainly justified by what he found, though nobody would ever have guessed it. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

T. E. Lawrence But I justified myself by my confidence in the final success of the Arab Revolt if properly advised. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Wilkie Collins Emily, as usual, justified the confidence placed in her. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Wilkie Collins Would he be justified in setting this doubt at rest? If he passed over ordinary scruples it would not be without excuse. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope But no one will think that secession is justified by the existence of a law of questionable expediency. North America by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser Thus he justified himself in sitting down in here after his tonsorial treatment. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

What his sister-in-law and daughter feel themselves justified in calling “the beginning of the end” had come at last. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Anthony Trollope That men are justified in seeking these good things by their energy, industry, and talents, he was quite confident. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Leaving his intellectual throne as the spokesman of a practical liberty, Emerson’s wisdom was justified by the fact that he was always at first on the unpopular, and ultimately on the winning, side. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Wilkie Collins I think I am justified in saying, that very few fathers would have acted towards a son as I have acted for the last year or more. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

I am an emissary of the law, an attempt has been made by one of you upon my life, and I am justified in taking any means to find out who is the would-be assassin. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

I heard this, not from Mrs. Nowell, but from the landlady, who seemed to consider her conduct thoroughly justified by the highest code of morals. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He is supposed to have completely justified this new experiment of drafting men of a different social order into the police. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

T. E. Lawrence On occasions like this Death justified himself and was cheap. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Monsieur, singing, laughing, and admiring himself, passed away the time until the dinner-hour, in a frame of mind that justified the proverb of “Happy as a prince. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Nothing, she now felt, but a name as well as fortunes utterly abandoned, could have justified him for the stubbornness of heart in which he had fled and deserted her. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Henry Handel Richardson But when he had pushed cup and saucer from him, wiped his moustache, and driven back his chair, fleetly to skim the less important columns, she felt justified in claiming his attention. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins Mr. Fairlie had simply justified my expectations — and there was an end of it. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Sinclair Lewis He justified himself by croaking, “Well, Ted’s mother spoils him. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope I am putting great trust in you as it is, very great trust; more so perhaps than I am justified in doing. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Henry James It evidently mattered to him to know if she really justified Mona. “I mean of course if you had liked me — liked me as she liked me,” he explained. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

They laboured for two years in collecting materials, before Gibbon felt himself justified in entering on the “more agreeable task of composition. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

George Eliot Brevity is justified at once to those who readily understand, and to those who will never understand. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

What, after all, did I know of this new Beatrice, except that her highly decorative presence justified our otherwise empty splendor, and that for her own part she was working herself into an illness. The Long Chamber by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Anthony Trollope Mr Forrest had made so little of the whole transaction that he felt himself justified in making little of it also. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling What howlin’ Lazarites they are! No house is justified in makin’ itself a stench in the nostrils of decent —” “High-minded, pure-souled boys. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

He saw the danger he ran, and decided to fire the first shot; he would be justified in doing so, for this was the sole method open to him of resisting four well-armed men. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

I therefore felt justified in plying the fan he had offered me, in such a way as to shut off his somewhat basilisk gaze. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

But I should like to ask you this: Do you feel justified in this continued surveillance of a man who has so frequently, and with such evident sincerity, declared his innocence?” “I do that. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope The matter in dispute between them was of so great importance, that he could hardly be justified in abandoning it in consequence of arguments so trifling in themselves as these which his son adduced. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The rapid improvement in her sight, after her removal to the sea-side, justified him (as I was afterwards informed) in letting her have her way. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope I think I am justified in saying that he is a thorough reprobate. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Jules Verne This discovery, at any rate, justified the doubts of the police-inspector. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope Was that a time to consider whether a clergyman may be justified in putting out his strength? No; my lord. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Part of what he thus gathered he communicated to Applebee; sometimes, when the notoriety of the case justified it, he drew up longer narratives and published them separately as pamphlets. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Jack London He said it was cheap at the price to tell us what he thought of us; and we felt he was so justified that we never talked back. Lost Face by Jack London

Wilkie Collins The medical report, in the morning, justified some hope. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Gissing No one, of course, would be justified in prejudging the case against the unhappy man who, amid seemingly brilliant circumstances, had been driven to so desperate an act. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells She was far more unusual than the faint foreignness of her Scotch origin and the slow deliberation of her speech justified her in being. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Anthony Trollope But he had certainly heard from her language so strong, in reference to her husband’s children, that he had been justified in considering that it was intended to be secret. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Jane Austen Julia might be justified in so doing by the hints of Mrs. Grant, inclined to credit what she wished, and Maria by the hints of Mr. Crawford himself. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope It is a cause of great unhappiness to me; but I do not know that I should be justified in any absolute opposition. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Am I justified in continuing to live this quiet life when there are so many millions whom I might save and comfort if I could but reach them?” Robert heaved a long sigh of relief. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

At least this was what he told his friends; and it is certain that her conduct as his wife confirmed it, and fully justified his good opinion. Fielding by Austin Dobson

George Gissing Every man is justified in claiming food and shelter and repose. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The fact remains that he has made his choice, and that his choice is justified up to the hilt by the success of his art. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

He had understood it all, weighed it all, and it made no difference: all was justified by the ultimate purpose. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

The young lady justified the exception as follows: “If I was going to be married to myself, or to some gentleman I did not care for, I would not spend a shilling. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope She had been a beauty on a large scale, and was still aware that she had much in her personal appearance which justified pride. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The Captain justified his language. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Edith Wharton Moreover, by some obscure process of logic, she felt that her momentary burst of generosity had justified all previous extravagances, and excused any in which she might subsequently indulge. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Olaf Stapledon This procedure seems to be justified because Marx's historical theory is in the main independent of the metaphysical theory on which he based it. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Lewis Carroll I hold that to use language likely to annoy any of my correspondents would not be in the least justified by the plea that I was “quite certain of being correct”. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

I would have held them justified in tearing me limb from limb. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

These groups were known collectively as Melanesia, a name hardly justified by facts,38 as the inhabitants were by no means uniform in colour. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore