Phrases with "know"

John Galsworthy Forsyte.’ “I don’t know what Soames is about,” he said, “to make a fuss over a few hundred pounds. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

But, “You know me,” says he: “I am a man of learning. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Wilkie Collins You know as well as I do that the only motive power which can do that is — money. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

You don’t know what you may get into. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Charles Dickens Mother and Lizzie. I don’t know when they came back; but they did come back — not, as it seemed to me, into my mind this time; but right down bodily before me, in the hold of the brig. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Arnold Bennett You know George made it up with them; and I won’t say he wasn’t right. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

But it will form opinions of its own, it cannot help it, and we cannot blame it, even though we know how slight and deceptive are their foundations. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

George Meredith You know cousins of ours, and the way they’ll be pressing, and comparing ages and bawling rumours. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Charles Dickens And I know of nothing better that he did, in all his reign of eight and thirty years. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Ann Radcliffe She pursued her way towards the abbey; and, though many reasons made her anxious to know whether she was followed, delicacy forbade her to look back. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Nathaniel Hawthorne I know by my own experience how frightful a look may be. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Oscar Wilde And yet, more fortunate in this than other actors, Willie Hughes was to know something of immortality. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. by Oscar Wilde [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell I don’t know if Miss Furnivall had seen me, for, as I told you, she was very deaf, and she sat quite still, idly staring into the fire, with her hopeless face. The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Sinclair Lewis The grim little round man at the desk was saying within himself, ‘I don’t know how long I can keep up this hard-boiled attitude. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Olaf Stapledon Our former colonies know well that you will attack them sooner or later. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Daniel Defoe To these he is found frequently to communicate his mind, and oftentimes we find them such proficients, that they know much more than the Devil can teach them. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

H. G. Wells It will never do to let her know how little I know about things. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Jack London But who can know the whim of a crazed mind? Maybe she wholly believes he is not dead. Lost Face by Jack London

Arthur Morrison When I say we know him well, I mean as a firm. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Willa Cather I don’t know just how old, but there’s pin>on trees three hundred years old by their rings, growing up in the stone trail that leads to the ruins where I got it. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Edith Wharton Has he seen a doctor?” “He wouldn’t listen to me when I suggested it the other day; but he’s so deuced mysterious that I don’t know what he may have done since. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Wilkie Collins I knew that I was safely down again when I found myself pondering how to let Mr. Davager know that he had been done by the innocent country attorney, after all. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

He was very kind and nice and said I was to let him know if Scotland Yard came bothering me. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

George Gissing I know that it is folly to fret about the spot of one’s abode on this little earth. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

John Locke Traditional revelation may make us know propositions knowable also by reason, but not with the same certainty that reason doth. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

And I rather think I know where the wind can be raised. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That last word I did not know the meaning of before. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

T. H. Huxley He does not know anything about what we call oxygen; but it is astonishing how very easy it would be to turn his language into the equivalent of modern chemical theory. Essays by T. H. Huxley

H. G. Wells I know better now, but there it is. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Arnold Bennett If you’d lived in London a little longer, you’d know that I was just the person the Prince would come to. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Walter Besant You know very well what she does mean. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Andrew Lang That science may toss aside as worthless some valuable observations of savages is now universally admitted by people who know the facts. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton You know everybody used to say they told nothing but tall stories about mandrakes and mermaids; but, in many cases, it has been found since that their tall tales were true. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Arthur Morrison If it were, I shouldn’t know as much as I do, little as that is; the ordinary cases are always difficult. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Carlyle We ought not to forget it! That once well forgotten, I know not what else were worth remembering. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Victor Hugo Where am I to begin? I know not. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It happened to interest him to know that I kissed you, and I happened to be in a good humor, so I satisfied his curiosity by a simple and precise ‘yes. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

H. G. Wells They did not know themselves for what they were. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Nellie Bly I have been curious to know why this train is called the Club train. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

I don’t know what it is that makes me think this, but it is so. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

You know it! Harrod! Harrod! How did you know? I— I did not know myself until an hour before I met you; I had not see her in weeks — I had not dared to — for all trust in self was dead. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Arthur Machen You know now what frightened the boy in the wood. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

I don’t know whether she was actually born at sea, but I do know that up to twelve years of age she sailed about with her parents in various ships. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

George Gissing We’ve only gossip to go upon, and we know what that often amounts to. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

Rudyard Kipling Let me assure you for your comfort that Literature can’t be taught, unless a man really wants to know something about it. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Jacques Futrelle Der greadest diamond fields ve know now are in Africa, bud in eighdeen hundred und sixty-six ve didn’t know id! Dere iss no reason ve should nod produce diamonds. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Charles Dickens The drums upon the heights have gone to bed, or I know they would rattle taunts against me for having my unsteady footing on this slippery deck. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Leon Trotsky Dr. Shatunovsky examined my throat, took my temperature, and as usual asserted that it was too early to know anything. My Life by Leon Trotsky

D. H. Lawrence Killing! You don’t know what he was —” “I think I knew him. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

I know them to be so bold that ’twill not be left undone. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Arthur Conan Doyle I know something, Sir Henry, and perhaps I should have said it before, but it was long after the inquest that I found it out. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Jules Verne Johnson did not know what to say. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

H. G. Wells You know she is mixed up with the comic-opera fellow Fearon-Owen who stars it in the British Fascisti world. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

But the Young Turks know that without the German boost they’ll be strung up like Haman, and the Germans can’t afford to neglect an ally. Greenmantle by John Buchan

E. F. Benson I don’t know what it’s like yet. Mr. Tilly’s Seance by E. F. Benson

He was apparently my double, but I didn’t believe in exact doubles, so I guessed that he had just arrived, and hadn’t given the staff time to know him well before he went off on the bend. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope We do, in fact, know it to be true — even though it be admitted that there is still room left for a book to be written on the life of the fearful dean. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Algernon Blackwood Only the body becomes unconscious,” interposed John Silence. “Yes, we know that — theoretically. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Or — did Searle know that too? Perhaps the Crome confectioner didn’t happen to have dragées. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Willa Cather I know a great many of the people who went to hear you tonight, and I know that most of them neither know nor care anything about music. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Oh, Miss Jane, you don’t know what I have to contend with. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

My friend’s name is Bellingham. I suppose you don’t chance to know it? Doctors know a great many people, as a rule. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

F. Scott Fitzgerald You’ve been married eighteen years, and you’re old enough to know better. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

George Meredith I know you’ll bring home a foreign Princess to break the heart of your faithful. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Sinclair Lewis Think of the people we know that’ve separated or gotten divorced, right in our own bunch at home — Dr. and Mrs. Daniels — think of it, married seventeen years, with those nice kids of theirs. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

What Rachel wanted was to know who the visitors were and why they had come. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Mr. Perkupp added, he would let me know tomorrow what the salary would be. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

He is a clever man, is your grandfather! He meant to be master, but I did not know it. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

I want to know what you are going to do. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

Anthony Trollope She was engaged to marry this man, but she did not know when she was to be married. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Light of evidence was before him, that she had a friendly curiosity to know what things had led to their new meeting under these conditions. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Wilkie Collins The same evening he quitted Langley Hall. The next morning the remainder of the guests departed, their curiosity to know all the particulars of what had happened remaining ungratified. The Twin Sisters by Wilkie Collins [1851]

Thomas Carlyle Better to know them all than misknow them. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Jack London Not only did they not know how to work dogs, but they did not know how to work themselves. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

He did not very well know what he wanted to do about it. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Ivan Turgenev I know that I could well be his aunt, but I don’t want to conceal from you that I have begun to think about him more often. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

She did not know through what spectral streets she moved; she knew roads and turnings and recognized her way, but she did not name them. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Virginia Woolf She talked: “You know that big black box the Australian left in my room ever so long ago? . Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

George Gissing If I had seen you tomorrow, as I proposed, I know not what folly I might have been guilty of. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

William Makepeace Thackeray What DID you ever hear of? You don’t know whether Crim Tartary is on the Red Sea or on the Black Sea, I dare say. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

G. K. Chesterton You know that since our science has spoken, the bottom has fallen out of the Universe. Now, heaven is the hopeless thing, more hopeless than any hell. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Ralph Waldo Emerson I know the quadruped opinion will not prevail. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

The police refuse to know me when we do meet. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Wilkie Collins To what sort of household had I rashly voyaged across the ocean in search of rest and quiet? “May I know all about it too?” I said. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Andrew Lang They will just have to stay all day in the hut, and you know that they will starve. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing I know she did it on purpose!’ Mumford closed the door of the room, shutting out Cobb and the cook and the housemaid. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

I had read the unemployment figures but I had no notion of what they implied; above all, I did not know the essential fact that ‘respectable’ poverty is always the worst. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Anthony Trollope I should like to know whether he had been in company with Father Prout at the time. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

H.G. Wells But I don’t know the responses. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

How could I know that some of your wretched men were going to be blown up? Scruples! Pah!” He groped unsteadily amongst the bottles, trying one after another, grumbling to himself the while. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Henry James You know he’s at Oxford, and his term soon ends. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Thomas Carlyle What to do with you I know not; long have I been meditating, and it is hard to tell. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

They know exactly what to say. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Jules Verne I don’t know a better fashion of traveling than in a mountebank’s caravan — a movable house, which goes or stops wherever you please. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

He was dressed with extraordinary slovenliness and indifference to clothes, had no collar, I think, and evidently did not know what he had on. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

The prospect from this place, and the gardens round it, is the most agreeable I have seen; and shews, that monks of all religions know how to chuse their retirements. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Their names — how should Anthony Durrant know their names, or by what title to summon again the lion and the serpent? Yet even in Anthony Durrant the nature of Adam lived. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

M. P. Shiel To see the smith the Queen went a long way, and said to him: “Me know who poison you: you think me not avenge you?” “Who poison me, Bayeté?” Rambya asked. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Robert Louis Stevenson I am sorry indeed that I have no Greek, but I should be sorrier still if I were dead; nor do I know the name of that branch of knowledge which is worth acquiring at the price of a brain fever. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Galsworthy His father did not, could not know what a fellow had to do, how behave to — to be superior to fortune. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

The embarrassment did not escape Arbaces; but without seeming to heed it, he replied with a smile: ‘You know the old poet says, that “Women should keep within doors, and there converse. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Yet I knew all the time, as I know now, that he kept something back. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle I know enough of your religion to know that. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

I fancy I know my own faults as well as most men, and I flatter myself I am not a coxcomb, but still—” I giggled again. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Andrew Lang At first he did not know the poor princess, and could not make out who it was that called him by name. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sir Walter Scott Curious to know who serenaded us at that unusual hour, I stole softly to the window of my apartment. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

You know the secret which is the key to my life?” He wearied his brain in endeavoring to find a clew to the signification of these two sentences. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

M. P. Shiel It is not true that he is a rogue: I know better. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

I know what I want! It is independence of thought, bent on the solution of great problems — that is, a wide field to apply my discoveries. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Yes, I know that we know about him. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Walter Scott Sir Knight, I will speak frankly what I know to be true. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Robert Louis Stevenson Our house boys protested they were not afraid; all I know is they were all watching him round the back door and did not follow me till I had the axe. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James I know perfectly of course that I brought it upon myself; but that doesn’t make it any better. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Sigmund Freud A few days later I informed the patient that I did not know what to do with him, and advised him to go to someone else. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

In that time, however, I have learnt to know you as well as any man could know a woman. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We could not see much of the country, but enough to know that we were now at the beginning of the cultivated area, and no doubt there would be an alarm sent out far and wide. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

George Gissing I know that I am inviting a rebuke for officiousness. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

George Meredith It’s dreadful! No male creature can possibly know what tortures I have to undergo. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

D.H. Lawrence He wanted to know the joy of man who has got the earth in his grip, bound it up with railways, burrowed it with iron fingers, subdued it. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

John Donne It is a faint comfort to know the worst when the worst is remediless, and a weaker than that to know much ill, and not to know that that is the worst. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

William Makepeace Thackeray Something like a journal of the proceedings at the Evergreens may be interesting to those foreign readers of PUNCH who want to know the customs of an English gentleman’s family and household. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

E. F. Benson What’s all this about singing and playing? I know nothing of it. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Anatole France But I know no longer how to speak; I can not find the words. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Jacques Futrelle I know this much is true, for she related it all to me herself. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

G. K. Chesterton I don’t know what the devil he does mean; but he doesn’t mean anything so sensible as that. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Gissing You know me too well to doubt my honesty. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

E. T. A. Hoffmann He is hated like poison by all who know him; everybody wishes that vengeance may overtake him for all the evil that he has done, and that it may put an end to his career of iniquity. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

D. H. Lawrence I shall never be easy till I know he has a bullet through him. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

I don’t know why I should think so, but the notion has been in my head for the last few days. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

The mistress did not wish her daughter to know the heartrending truth. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

The divil a know I know what’s happened him. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

G. K. Chesterton Unfortunately he did not know that his puzzles were puddles. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Those who at this season of the year have penetrated these forests, know all about it. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Victor Hugo You know whom I mean, Homo. We were four, and now we are but three. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Edward Jenner The same thing we know happens with the smallpox virus. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

G. K. Chesterton I will die happy in your madhouse, only because I know what I know. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells But I know that presently we were in a white heat of desire. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Jacques Futrelle I didn’t believe dere vas a stone of so bigness in der Unided States whose owner I didn’t know id vas. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Should we go and see Betty? I know you don’t much care for Betty, or her mother. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Now I know thee aright; so, if more hotly desiring, Yet must count thee a soul cheaper, a frailty to scorn. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

George Meredith Dartrey spoke musing: ‘I don’t know how he may class me; I have an account to square with him. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

D. H. Lawrence And then she started carrying on with a fellow from Kinbrook, I don’t know if you know him, an oldish fellow with a red nose, rather dandified, Willcock, as works in Harrison’s woodyard. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Consult some politician of the period of which you speak, and if you pay well for it you will certainly get to know all you want. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Edith Wharton I swear I only want to hear about you, to know what you’ve been doing. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

She did not permit herself to judge those about her, and far preferred not to know of their transgressions. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Arthur Machen I think I know now how one would feel. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Henry James I’ve told them they ought to be ashamed, that it’s an outrage to all we know you and love you for. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Ann Radcliffe You seem to know Leloncourt.” — “I do indeed,” said Adeline. — “You probably know then that M. La Luc lives there, and will guess the motive of my journey. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Anthony Trollope He knew now that she had continued to love him; but he did not know how natural it had been that she should have believed that he had forgotten her. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

She took her dyin’ oath that she didn’t know where Hunk was. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Besides, I had to know the name of the animal who had threatened a woman, and such a woman as this. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

William Morris It is to be said, that though there she dwelt alone with the witch-wife, she had somehow got to know that they two were not alone in the world, and she knew of male and female, and young and old. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

William Hope Hodgson We were all moody and shaken, and I know I, for one, was thinking some rather troublesome thoughts. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

William Harrison Ainsworth On a sudden he raised his voice and wildly exclaimed —‘Spouse of the spirit of darkness, a few moments are yet thine; that thou may’st know to whom thou hast consigned thyself. The Spectre Bride by William Harrison Ainsworth [1822]

D. H. Lawrence She did not know what she felt or thought: only the state came over her, as when he looked at her. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

The only curiosity she had had about the affair was to know how Rouse took that unexpected announcement; she had even gone the length of asking Miss Lux on the way down to lunch. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

You know Sir Henry, don’t you?” “Yes, John, I know him. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Virginia Woolf But there was another sister and, after learning all about the Woods, it is positively painful not to know at least her Christian name. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

She would pretend to think her husband had died in a heart attack and although Dr. Miles would, of course, know better, she was trusting he would hold his tongue. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

It is a painful subject; and I don’t know that I should have related it, but for its having led to another (and more lively) adventure, which I proceed to tell of. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

Anthony Trollope And no one does know how great is the misery endured by those who hunt regularly, and who do not like it. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy You’ll go home to London and to all the stirring people there, and will never want to see us any more!’ ‘You know I have no such reason. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Even I know that, I who have never seen love except once—in a dream. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Edith Wharton But I’m ashamed to say I don’t know where my secretary keeps these things. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

Edith Wharton These years were perhaps the happiest I was to know as regards literary hopes and achievements. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Edgar Rice Burroughs But you are deep, Mr. Robert Canler. I know you better than you think I know you. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Francis Bacon I know well enough that these definite instances do not occur readily or often, but that they must be sought for as auxiliaries in the course of interpretation itself when they are most wanted. Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History by Francis Bacon

Tobias Smolle You know the fashionable people, who go a hunting, are equipped with their jack boots, bag wigs, swords and pistols: but I saw the other day a scene still more grotesque. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Henry James I don’t know why — it was a sense instinctive and unreasoned, but I felt from the first that if I was on the scent of something ultimate I had better waste neither my wonder nor my wisdom. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

I’m Maybelle Loomis.” “Glad to know you, ma’am. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

You make up romances about gipsies and sailors and the blackguards they call pioneers, but you know nothing about them. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

But what right have we to say this until we know that the feeling of q means to stand for or represent just that SAME other q? Suppose, instead of one q, a number of real q’s in the field. The Meaning of Truth by William James

We went to the cathedral the first morning after our arrival in Seville, because we did not know how soon we might go away, and then we went every morning or every afternoon of our fortnight there. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Jules Verne The postmaster, much embarrassed, did not know whom to obey, and looked at Michael, who evidently had the right to resist the unjust demands of the traveler. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Anna Katherine Green She did not know what to make of him or of herself. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

The way it gives everyone the right to stamp on you! The way everyone WANTS to stamp on you! It makes people HATE you, to know that you’ve no money. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

H. G. Wells You know how it lies, on a spur halfway between the big hills, and as we began to appreciate how wickedly quiet the village lay under the sunlight, we came to a stop to consider. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

David Hume Secondly, This sentiment of an endeavour to overcome resistance has no known connexion with any event: What follows it, we know by experience; but could not know it a priori. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Elizabeth Von Arnim She did, Mrs. Fisher had supposed, know how to behave. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

H. G. Wells We know the value of what he did, it is true, but what did he think he was doing? The secret of such personifying, urgently seeking brains seems hidden from us now for ever. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

W. H. Hudson We know that light of this character has its source in the heat vibrations of molecules at the temperature of incandescence, and the electric light is no exception to the rule. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Victor Hugo Does he know that there is a dangerous pass, and that he can help his master to surmount it? Probably not. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry Handel Richardson Laura sat with her hands locked one inside the other; there was no escape for her, for she did not know where to go. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins We discovered absolutely nothing, and returned to our headquarters at Fondi so completely baffled that we did not know whither to turn our steps next. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

After a table had been found for the tray, introductions took place; at least Ingram began to say, “O Rosamond”— he stopped suddenly; “By God,” he said, “I don’t know your name. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

The enquirer had wanted to know if I were married or betrothed or if I went about with any particular man friend. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Henry James I know so much better than any one else whether I should marry or not. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

William Dampier Yet that we must not come ashore on that island, but he would send aboard some of his men to know what we wanted, and they should also bring it off to us. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Henry James You know my situation perfectly. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

H. G. Wells In the new work, of which I am told you know most of anyone and are indeed the centre and regulator, it has occurred to me that I might be of some use, that I might indeed be as good as a Utopian. . Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Jules Verne It is not his fault if we did not know how to follow him!” Then drawing several copecks from his pocket, “Here my friend,” said he, handing them to the iemschik; “take them. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

H. G. Wells The eighteenth-century young lady was taught dancing, deportment, several instruments of music, how to pretend to sketch, how to pretend to know Italian, and so on. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

George Gissing You know we’ve set our limit at twenty, this one makes the thirteenth. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry James The action of that journal was indeed a shock, but I didn’t know then the worst, didn’t know that in addition to being a shock it was also a symptom. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

We didn’t wait to find it!” “Surely, then, it interests us to know the lot of other animal creatures. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Again, for what reason we know not, he was received into favour. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Andrew Lang I didn’t know who it was, and warned him three times to speak or begone. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Machen I shall be able to give you all sorts of nice things that I know you ought to have after all that hard work in the City. Our income would be doubled. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

I did not know whether to feel relief at this or an added distress. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Of course, when you are boarding a truck you don’t know beforehand what is in it; it may be actual ‘dirt’ from the roads or it may merely be shale from the roofing. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]