Phrases with "kills"

D. H. Lawrence When you’re only killing time like the rest of folks, before time kills you. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith He kills her so because she’s fond of him—loves him, however he strikes. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The first effect of poverty is that it kills thought. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

William Cowper For oft, as if in her the stream of mild Maternal nature had reversed its course, She brings her infants forth with many smiles, But, once delivered, kills them with a frown. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Well, if ’tis poison, ’tis a pleasant poison, and keeps the brain alive while it kills the body. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

James Joyce And then the angel of death kills the butcher and he kills the ox and the dog kills the cat. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Baldwin Spencer On the other hand, he has Biauiak (a small bird) as an accessory totem, and this he kills and eats freely. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

It kills and at the same time clutches. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

James Joyce It kills the body and it kills the soul. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

George MacDonald And the devil is always crying out for more drink, and that makes the man thirsty, and so he drinks more and more, till he kills himself with it. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Walter Scott I think the hero, like Graeme in the ballad, kills himself, out of some high point of honour towards his friend. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Wickedness spoils and poisons all pleasant things: it kills love. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Caroline Lamb This kills me——” She visited the grave of Alice: she met Mac Allain returning from it, they uttered not one word as they passed each other. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Anthony Trollope But when A kills B because he thinks B to have done evil. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope It is the ingratitude of that man which almost kills me. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

It is interesting that that is how he has ended: he hires himself out to read the psalms over the dead, and at the same time he kills rats and makes blacking. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

George Gissing Who kills a man, kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book kills Reason itself; kills the image of God, as it were, in the eye. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She’s got strength enough to hang onto other folks till she kills ’em. Luella Miller by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

The big gangsters wipe out the little ones as mercilessly as a pike gobbling up the little fish in a pond; the police kill off the criminals as cruelly as the angler kills the pike. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

Andrew Lang Knowledge kills joy, therefore think well what you are doing, or some day you will repent. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson It is not so much the strength of the pavilion I misdoubt; it is the doubled anger that kills me. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Stuart Mill Our merely social intolerance, kills no one, roots out no opinions, but induces men to disguise them, or to abstain from any active effort for their diffusion. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

John Galsworthy So long!” Going down the stairs she thought: ‘So it’s air that kills feelings!’ Soames, in the car, was gazing at Rigg’s back. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

The subchloride of mercury, calomel, is the great British specific; the protochloride of mercury, corrosive sublimate, kills like arsenic, but no chemist could have told us it would be so. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Its Timothei are its golden geese — it should be content to pluck them; but it is not often so; seldom is it satisfied with doing less than what kills them. Signa by Ouida

But who is to know the thing you really are? You seem so vile and soulless, all one moment, and the next — Ah, let me go! It kills me to be here. Signa by Ouida

Watkin Tench He kills the roebuck or the moose-deer, which maintains him and his family for many days, during which cessation the muscles regain their spring and fit him for fresh toils. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Sinclair Lewis By God, she’ll leave one of them dirty, even if it kills her. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson What kills me is the frame of mind of one of the characters; I cannot get it through. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Abraham Merri For by the gods, if he kills you, it will be the boiling pot and the knives of the flayers for all of us he captures. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

No, nothing will separate me from him, nothing short of death! And, if he must mount the scaffold, I shall die, I know it, from the blow which kills him. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Ralph Waldo Emerson How respectable is earnestness on every platform! but intellect kills it. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle Enter the tramp! He seizes a stick, which he observes there, kills Oldacre, and departs after burning the body. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

It so happens that his mistress Esther, a Jewess of great beauty, who is as fond of him as Coralie was, kills herself on learning that she must give him up. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

John Donne There is an eye in nature that kills as soon as it sees, the eye of a serpent; no eye in nature that nourishes us by looking upon us; but thine eye, O Lord, does so. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

Jean-Jacques Rousseau The foreigner, whether king, individual, or people, who robs, kills or detains the subjects, without declaring war on the prince, is not an enemy, but a brigand. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There’s peace and happiness there and not the fevered rush for pleasure that kills you in the end. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Rudyard Kipling If a man doesn’t work, why, we drills ’im an’ teaches ’im ’ow to behave; If a beggar can’t march, why, we kills ’im an’ rattles ’im into ’is grave. Barrack-Room Ballads by Rudyard Kipling [1896]

What horrible pains one must feel before the end, when one dies of poison! Fabio Conti will stand on no ceremony, he will make them give me the arsenic with which he kills the rats in his citadel. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Robert Louis Stevenson I think the Master kills him in a duel, but don’t know yet, not having yet seen my second heroine. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling Where he finds him, there he kills him, remembering how the First of the Tigers was made ashamed. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Anthony Trollope It is that which kills me now. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anthony Hope Perhaps I must do what it kills me to think of doing. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Each male drives away, or if he can, kills his rivals. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Leon Trotsky But the conservative press does not merely praise — it kills with praise. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Guy de Maupassant I might very likely have killed her if I had surprised her in the act of deceiving me, but I should have done it, just as one half kills a disobedient dog, from sheer violence. Allouma by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Charles Dickens When it were in work, it killed wi’out need; when ’tis let alone, it kills wi’out need. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

And what did he do with his deadly darts, This goblin of grisly bone? He dabbled and spill’d man’s blood, and he kill’d Like a butcher that kills his own. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

George Meredith That kills me!—See him through me. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

And when he would entertain Priam, he again bestirs himself, kills a white ewe, joints and dresses it, and in that work spent a great part of the night. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Rudyard Kipling If The Beast kills our sheep, our people die. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

The Giaour escapes; returns, kills Hassan, and then goes to a monastery. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell I see whatten yo’re driving at, sir, and I’ll tell yo’ truth, though it kills me to speak it. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Baldwin Spencer Ngabadaua then comes up, sees that they are in the Jumungail, smashes the latter and kills the natives. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

She crosses the barrier which separated her from a healthy existence, and the poison reacts upon her system and kills her. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Henry James We have fattened the sheep for him before he kills it!” Catherine turned away, and stood staring at the blank door. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Rudyard Kipling Charlie had tasted the love of woman that kills remembrance, and the finest story in the world would never be written. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Oscar Wilde Some love too little, some too long, Some sell, and others buy; Some do the deed with many tears, And some without a sigh: For each man kills the thing he loves, Yet each man does not die. The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde [1898]

Westminster School, serves in Low Countries, returns to England 1592, and takes to stage, kills actor in brawl 1598, a Romanist c. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Henry Lawson The brother-in-law kills one of the latter occasionally, gives her what she needs of it, and takes the rest in return for other provisions. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

These he commonly has in store, for when he kills a snake he generally extracts the fangs and keeps them by him. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

If it’s bad, if it kills me — well. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Virginia Woolf It is no murderess, violent and unredeemed, whom Orestes kills within the house, and Electra bids him utterly destroy —“Strike again. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Virginia Woolf I love with such ferocity that it kills me when the object of my love shows by a phrase that he can escape. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Sinclair Lewis He came home hating Hesselink but by no means loving himself; he fell upon Leora and, to her placid agreement, announced that they were “going to get educated, if it kills us. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Guy de Maupassan The mission of every being is to kill; he kills to live, and he kills to kill. Why? by Guy de Maupassan

James Joyce Lover of an ideal or a perversion, like Jose he kills the real Carmen. His unremitting intellect is the hornmad Iago ceaselessly willing that the moor in him shall suffer. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

The shadow lures a child monstrosity out on to the railway track, after he has caused the elders to leave the gate open, and the train, made very human, kills the child. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

James Joyce Television kills telephony in brothers’ broil. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Do you hear me, Henry? — Am I King? Am I master?” “But, your Majesty”— “My Majesty kills and massacres at this moment all that is not Catholic; it is my pleasure. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Baldwin Spencer When an avenging party kills a man, those who spear the latter take the Inkulta, which they wear on such an occasion, break them up and throw the broken fragments on the dead body, leaving them there. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Wilkie Collins The blight that cankers and kills is on you and on me for the rest of our lives!” So far I had forced myself to listen to him. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Jack London And on the top of it all the mob comes along and kills you, too. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Willa Cather The enveloping air about her head and shoulders was subsidized — was more moving than she herself, for in it lived the awakenings, all the first sweetness that life kills in people. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

But how many of us really and knowingly seek our misfortunes? On the occasion of this annual feast, every Moor, or head of a family, kills a sheep. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’ll drink every drop of it, I don’t care if it kills me. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope Nothing kills me, Mr. Neville, but when I hear of all them English vices being brought over to this poor suffering innocent counthry. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

But that burning of the image kills her and looses the man from her spell. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

G. K. Chesterton This is the first mark of the purely romantic method: the swiftness and simplicity with which St. George kills the dragon. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

I rode post fifty leagues; but I have the gout, the gravel, and what else I know not; so that fatigue kills me. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

James Joyce Death, a leopard, kills fellah in Fez. Angry scenes at Stormount. Stilla Star with her lucky in goingaways. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

An adept at throwing the knife and the use of the pistol, in his own country he had many kills to his credit. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Andrew Lang The maxim that “There is a love so excessive that it kills jealousy” is only a corollary from “as long as we love, we forgive. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

But a wall of ice had mounted up between him and her, and across it there blew that cold-breath that chills or kills affection. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

On one of these he attacks Seyd Pasha, and is overborne by superior force; but Gulnare, a female slave of Seyd, kills her master, and runs off with Conrad, who finds Medora dead and vanishes. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

And Montalais herself, the girl of ingenious ideas, would not have attempted to recall her to life; for ridicule kills beauty even. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Charles Kingsley Arjoun shrinks from fighting because friends and relatives are engaged on both sides, and he dreads hell if he kills one of them. Hours with the Mystics by Charles Kingsley

Besides, you will strike at the throat, Porthos; it kills as quickly and prevents all outcry. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Even if it kills me, I shall be glad I came out tonight. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

The teeth bite him, the skull rolls up a hill to follow him, and finally kills him, then sets in to haunt the visitor who told the suggestive story. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Rudyard Kipling After that inspection the cubs are free to run where they please, and until they have killed their first buck no excuse is accepted if a grown wolf of the Pack kills one of them. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Edgehill kills with the complacency of a butcher felling an ox, and I——” he shrugged his shoulders, “just drift along in the evil company I am in. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Poe’s William Wilson is a tense and tragic story of a man pursued by his double, till in desperation he kills him, only to realize that he has slain his better self, his conscience. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Baldwin Spencer An old man goes out into the bush, kills one of the snakes, and brings it back into the men's camp. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Sinclair Lewis Now it kills me to see you turned into Livy’s stooge. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Ralph Waldo Emerson The frost which kills the harvest of a year, saves the harvests of a century, by destroying the weevil or the locust. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

George Meredith Biraghi disentangles himself, kills his antagonist, and jumps upon the latter’s horse. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

Anthony Trollope If it wasn’t for all that I owe to everybody here, and that I love you all so much, I should be proud of being proud, because of Mr. Greystock. Only it kills me to make Lady Fawn unhappy. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

My brother Charles kills the Huguenots in order to reign more freely. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

George Meredith You dear old brook, that from his Grace’s park Come bounding! on you run near my old town: My lord can’t lock the water; nor the lark, Unless he kills him, can my lord keep down. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

D.H. Lawrence You’re like a tree that’ll flower till it kills itself,’ the man continued. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling I believe Ortheris preaches mutiny on those occasions, and I know that the mere presence of Learoyd mourning for Mulvaney kills all the cheerfulness of his room. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

James Joyce That’s the point of eschatology our book of kills reaches for now in soandso many counterpoint words. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Anatole France He kills me! I feel cold!” But a moment later he threw the blanket off and complained of the heat. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Now, my beloved pupils, a law is a gun which if it misses a pigeon always kills a crow; if it does not strike the guilty, it hits some one else. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

For six months the towns and country-side of the Eastern Counties have been terrorised by a bandit who robs and kills upon the slightest provocation. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Rudyard Kipling We trust each our own elephant, till our own elephant kills us. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

James Joyce He kills his mother but he can’t wear grey trousers. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Culture kills his exaggeration, his conceit of his village or his city. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Guy de Maupassan He avenges himself on a living woman; he fights with the man who has dishonored her, kills him while she lives, because, well, why? I do not know exactly why. Our Letters by Guy de Maupassan

Some Governments impose a fine on him who kills a vulture. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

H. G. Wells Oh! ‘Gawdsaking’ is the curse of all progress, the hectic consumption that kills a thousand good beginnings. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

I hope he sells it before he kills it. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Guy de Maupassant A woman who kills herself is, so to speak, not an adulteress. A Passion (Une Passion) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Anthony Trollope He does not know how true I am to him, and that kills me. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Love can excuse anything except Meanness; but Meanness kills Love, cripples even Natural Affection; without Esteem True Love cannot exist. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope Upon the whole I don’t see what a fellow is to do unless he kills something. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]