Phrases with "knowledge"

H. G. Wells Few of them learnt it better than a failed B.A. Babu learns English. A few industrious ones acquired that minute knowledge of its stereotyped phrases and idioms which is scholarship. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Charles Stur For although he had but little time to make his selection, a more intimate knowledge of the coast has proved that no more eligible point could have been found. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Her knowledge of London society was only seven weeks old; and yet already the day of disenchantment had begun! She was having her eyes opened to the stern realities of life. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing He stood appalled at this revelation in a sphere of knowledge which he held to be particularly his own. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

But put a script in her hands, and from a secret and native store of knowledge she drew the wherewithal to build her characterisation of the author’s creation. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Thomas Hardy She never alluded to even a knowledge of Knight’s friend. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

George Gissing Then there came to her the knowledge that her bodily strength was threatened by disease. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Anthony Trollope They wanted to know something of that blockade on the Potomac; but such knowledge was not good for them. North America by Anthony Trollope

Availing themselves of their superior knowledge of the passes, they reached that commander’s quarters long before Montenegro, who had commenced a countermarch in the same direction. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

E. F. Benson The rest of the party had gathered again in the garden-room, and by some feminine intuition Diva perceived in the eyes of the other women the knowledge which had just dawned on her. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

I admit a knowledge of a Beguine, but I deny all knowledge of Madame de Chevreuse. Here, madame, then, is your letter of introduction. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Sir Walter Scott His knowledge of Edith’s character set her beyond the suspicion of covering any capricious change of determination by a pretended vision. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

He didn’t want to tell her the whole awful story, since it involved the knowledge of the danger from which he, Davidson, had escaped. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Wilkie Collins In preparing to read it, I knew that I was preparing for the knowledge of my own doom; but I neither trembled nor wept. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

He is a public carrier of knowledge in its germs. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The intermingled foliage of the trees of knowledge and of life — if indeed they were separatereceived it; amid those branches the eagle which was the living act of science sank and rested. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

John Galsworthy Her knowledge of London was small, and she hailed the first cab. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Sigmund Freud Nevertheless, no one who had read the preliminary report, and had knowledge of the content of the dream, could guess what the dream signified. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

William Hope Hodgson Yet I must not forget, of course, that he had no knowledge of those two first incidents. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Henry James With all her love of knowledge she had a natural shrinking from raising curtains and looking into unlighted corners. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

William Hazlitt The debates beween the Trojan chiefs on the restoring of Helen are full of knowledge of human motives and character. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

In intellect and judgment, as well as in knowledge of the world. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H.P. Lovecraft In 1922 I felt able to undertake regular work again, and put my newly gained knowledge to practical use by accepting an instructorship in psychology at the university. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

George Meredith He concluded by stating, that he was bound to appear before the magistrate in the morning; and he begged assistance to keep it from the knowledge of the Miss Duvidneys, who had been so kind to him. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

And though his writings began at once to attract an audience, he had slight knowledge of it. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Arnold Bennett She had no feeling of guilt, but she knew that she was looking guilty, and this knowledge induced in her the actual sensations of a criminal. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

George Meredith I told them, it depended upon a knowledge of first principles, and the power to apply them. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

G. K. Chesterton It showed an interest in the Bible unknown in the district, and a knowledge of that volume to which nobody else on Ludgate Hill could make any conspicuous claim. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

A. E. W. Mason The knowledge that he did care for me was the one link, if you understand. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

The knowledge came to them in this way. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

As a general rule a new point of view or a new formulation of knowledge have been countenanced and taken up within the schools only after these new things have made their way outside of the schools. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Meredith Could he love the daughter without some little, which a more intimate knowledge of her dear mother would enlarge? The girl’s heart flew to her mother, clung to her, vindicated her dumbly. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

He knew that taste and knowledge were to be bought just as easily as chairs and tables, and he went to the right shop. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope But I did not do so, and hitherto the police have, I believe, no knowledge of what occurred. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The queen mother, who, like all princesses in those days, had some knowledge of medicine, asked to see the blood. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Algernon Blackwood It was the knowledge of their presence, however, that alone enabled him to keep his powers in hand at all. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Bram Stoker First, that all from whom knowledge might have been obtained are dead and their lips are closed; second, that records are incomplete. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Wilkie Collins My knowledge of her character dates from the beginning of her life. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Washington Irving He would not keep his knowledge to himself. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

She had always known that evil existed in the world, but she had somehow managed to combine that knowledge with the comfortable conviction that the few people she cared for were “different. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

But in this, the girl, inexperienced in worldly matters and in human nature, reckoned without knowledge of Sir John’s obstinacy, which was a singularly striking trait of the man’s character. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

George Meredith He said of his country: That Lout comes to a knowledge of his wants too late. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Wilkie Collins His knowledge of Anne was of the slightest possible kind. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

That we had met he would be quite certain, but I comforted myself greatly with the thought that that knowledge could be of no use to him at all. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Thomas Paine When men think of what Government is, they must necessarily suppose it to possess a knowledge of all the objects and matters upon which its authority is to be exercised. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

T. H. Huxley Without it, no man can have a really sound knowledge of animal organization. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Robert Green Ingersoll With knowledge obedience becomes intelligent acquiescence — it is no longer degrading. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Frederick Marryat As he thought of what must take place, he thanked God for having allowed him to gain the knowledge of what was to happen, and hastened on his way. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

H. G. Wells Only it would have to be absolutely certain knowledge proved and proved again up to the hilt. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Samuel Johnson There are so many more important things, of which human knowledge can give no account, that it may be forgiven us, if we speculate no longer on two stones in Col. This Island is very populous. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Olaf Stapledon This knowledge did not seem to weigh heavily on men. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Percy Bysshe Shelley There is no want of knowledge respecting what is wisest and best in morals, government, and political economy, or at least, what is wiser and better than what men now practise and endure. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

But as for the science and knowledge which the soul of a philosopher desires to have concerning everything, the senses have it not. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Anthony Trollope I have always left my portmanteau open, and have kept my money usually in a traveling-desk in my room; but I never to my knowledge lost anything. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen She was most thankful for her own knowledge of him. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Charles Dickens That knowledge is power I am not prepared to gainsay; but, with Mr. Barlow, knowledge is power to bore. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Edmund Burke They had a more extensive knowledge of our English divines than I expected; and they entered into the genius of those writers with a critical accuracy. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Laurence Sterne Even so it fares with the Poor Traveller, sailing and posting through the politer kingdoms of the globe, in pursuit of knowledge and improvements. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

H. G. Wells The eminent persons therefore who ascribe our falling birth-rate to irreligion and so forth, either speak without knowledge or with some sort of knowledge beyond my ken. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

H. G. Wells But nobody ever did ask us to take Canary Sack. My knowledge of Canary Sack is still waste knowledge. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing For I have spoken with him, and’—she smiled—‘he seems sincere when he denied all knowledge of the maiden. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

His knowledge is said to be the most profound, his eloquence the most persuasive. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

John Stuart Mill It is only a man here and there who has any tolerable knowledge of the character even of the women of his own family. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Henry James The way this knowledge gathered in me was the strangest thing in the world — the strangest, that is, except the very much stranger in which it quickly merged itself. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

And good heavens! — what psychic knowledge that child possesses! She did a thing to-day — merely to amuse me —” He checked himself and looked at Recklow out of sombre eyes. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Henry David Thoreau We have heard of a Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. It is said that knowledge is power; and the like. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

George Gissing He shrank from leaving her in ignorance of his whereabouts, and from passing a year or two without knowledge of her condition. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Maria Edgeworth Our heroine was accomplished, and knew how to make all her accomplishments and her knowledge of use. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

Emily Dickinson His quaint opinions to inspect, His knowledge to unfold On what concerns our mutual mind, The literature of old; What interested scholars most, What competitions ran When Plato was a certainty. Poems by Emily Dickinson

Jane Austen Knowing as I do what your feelings as a sister are, I could hardly have borne that any one in the house should share with you in the first knowledge of the news I now bring. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Henry Handel Richardson What first smote him was an unspeakable amazement at Louise. The knowledge that, for weeks on end, she had been contemplating marriage, was beyond his belief. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

And now, with her knowledge of the words spoken in the darkness, she held in her hand a life and carried in her breast a great sorrow. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

William Hope Hodgson And lo! there to come sudden unto my spirit the knowledge that the æther of the world did be stirred. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

She began to coquet with this seductive fellow, and to hint to him that she had too much knowledge of the world to set a fictitious value upon virtue. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

My knowledge of the worldly principles of Lord Raymond, would have ever prevented me from applying to him, however deep my distress might have been. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Arnold Bennett He was content with the knowledge that prehistoric hut-circles were somewhere there. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Arthur Machen A few days later he saw at his club a gentleman of his acquaintance, named Austin, who was famous for his intimate knowledge of London life, both in its tenebrous and luminous phases. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Frances Hodgson Burnett There were no signs of knowledge on her part or Jock’s of the fact that they were surrounded by wonders of moorland and hillside colour and beauty. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It was certain that sooner or later she must hear it, but he trusted the knowledge would not be so painful when her first grief had abated. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Jules Verne Gideon Spilett had not passed through the many incidents by which his life had been checkered without acquiring some slight knowledge of medicine. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

He wanted to know the extent of Lavendale’s knowledge of his own past life, and to that end he accepted his lordship’s invitation. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

William Morris It is real learning, knowledge cultivated for its own sake — the Art of Knowledge, in short — which is followed there, not the Commercial learning of the past. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Wilkie Collins My good mistress, who possesses knowledge of the world, and a kind heart as well, advises that Mr. Romayne should be informed of the birth of a son and heir. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Warmth of passion, and natural penetration, of which latter unfortunately both for himself and Antonia He possessed an ample share, supplied a knowledge of the arts of seduction. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Anthony Trollope The knowledge had been coming to her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

The knowledge did not make her sad. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

William Hope Hodgson And surely we laught each in the face of the other; for we did be so joyous to be wakened each unto the knowledge of the other. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Anatole France Prince Albertinelli was selecting the wool with an almost feminine knowledge of shades. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

His knowledge was limited, his sympathies were narrow, and his intellectual powers lacked profundity. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Sometimes we are seeking for him in Timberdale, sometimes at Worcester—in America, in France, in places that I have no knowledge of. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Sigmund Freud In the most artless of these methods, only the properties of the one thing are represented, and this representation is accompanied by a knowledge that they refer to another object also. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Mark Twain The good old swivel saw here a rare opportunity: his niece, whom he so much loved, would absorb knowledge from this man, and it would not cost him a cent. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

E. Phillips Oppenheim He did not share his knowledge with me. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Sinclair Lewis He feels that graciousness, agreeable manners, loyalty to his own people, are more important than wealth; and he feels that to carry on his tradition, he must have knowledge — much knowledge. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

It was this knowledge which had sent Brian Walford to Kingthorpe to claim his wife. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope And then these informants, armed, let us hope, with true knowledge on their own parts, jeer most unmercifully at us poor tourists who venture to come abroad in our ignorance. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Edith Wharton His ambiguity was beginning to exasperate me, and I felt myself shut out from some knowledge to which I had as good a right as he. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

George Meredith Her personal position, however, was instilling knowledge rapidly, as a disease in the frame teaches us what we are and have to contend with. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

I will bury the memory of the past months, and my knowledge will never be used to put a spoke in your wheel. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Arthur Morrison At the Bag of Nails in Edge Lane, Snob Spicer was knocked out of knowledge with a quart pot, and Cocko Harnwell’s missis had a piece bitten off of one ear. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

I stood up in that fierce circle with the clear knowledge that my life hung by a hair. Prester John by John Buchan

Jack London Its limits were the walls of the lair; but as he had no knowledge of the wide world outside, he was never oppressed by the narrow confines of his existence. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Sir Walter Scott My hand is weaker than it was, but I thank my old grey hairs that I have some knowledge of war yet. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

It is certain that the common sense of mankind never dreams of using any such principle when it tries to discriminate between conscious states that are knowledge and conscious states that are not. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Catherine Helen Spence If it is indeed as you say, and you have no knowledge of recent matters, I think it is likely that your week will be as satisfactory to yourself as it will be most interesting to me. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Elizabeth Gaskell She knew he was often hovering about the house; though the knowledge seemed to come more by intuition, than by any positive sight or sound for the first day or two. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Rudyard Kipling They do not need knowledge of their own military strength to back their genial lawlessness. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. G. Wells But not only was general knowledge rudimentary, casual, erroneous and bad. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

I can speak with some knowledge of the circumstances; for that worthy man, the Governor of the Castle, deigns to place some confidence in me. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Rudyard Kipling Deesa had vagabonded along the roads till he met a marriage procession of his own caste and, drinking, dancing, and tippling, had drifted past all knowledge of the lapse of time. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Charles Kingsley But that mathematical knowledge is not — as all Cambridge men are surely aware — the result of any special gift. Science by Charles Kingsley

All my knowledge of her History comes from an old tradition in this family, which has been handed down from Father to Son, and is firmly credited throughout the Baron’s domains. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

D’Artagnan could not overcome his surprise at finding this man, with his heavy eyebrows and low forehead, display so much sound knowledge and cheerful spirits. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

The secret accumulation of knowledge — a gradual spread of enlightenmentultimately a proletarian rebellion — the overthrow of the Party. You foresaw yourself that that was what it would say. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Charles Dickens The children that we were, are not lost to the great knowledge of our Creator. Those innocent creatures will appear with us before Him, and plead for us. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

Then they found a servant of our servants, to whom we had given mercy from ourselves, and had taught him knowledge from before us. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Algernon Blackwood And here, being ignorant, he found no clue that could lead to any satisfactory result, for he possessed no knowledge that might guide him. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

I have known all along that I am nothing to you, that you despise me, detest me, perhaps; and that knowledge has made me what I am — a broken, blighted man, a wreck, at nine-and-twenty. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope In age the lady was younger than the gentleman, but in feelings, in knowledge of the affairs of love, in intrigue, he was immeasurably her junior. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle I will only say that my mind has received a shock, and that a new avenue of knowledge seems to have opened up before me. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

D. H. Lawrence He was given over altogether to the sensuous knowledge of this woman, and every moment he seemed to be touching absolute beauty, something beyond knowledge. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith She came to a knowledge of Aminta’s favourite colours through the dwelling of his look on orange and black, deepest rose, light yellow, light blue. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Gissing The newspapers I help to print spread knowledge among thousands every day; it makes me work with energy when I think of it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Still, it should be remembered that I have never been at court, and speak from a knowledge of the Hippodrome only. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Rudyard Kipling Had any one knowledge of such a stream? Sometimes men laughed, but more often heard the story out to the end and offered them a place in the shade, a drink of milk, and a meal. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Margaret Oliphant He did not know her indeed, but it does not take a long time or much personal knowledge to weave this mystic thread between one young creature and another. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Wilkie Collins We most of us soon arrive at a knowledge of the extent of our strength, but we may pass a lifetime and be still ignorant of the extent of our weakness. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell I never stirred abroad, and saw no one, and Amante’s want of knowledge of German kept her in a state of comparative isolation. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

James Anthony Froude Foxe’s ‘Martyrs,’ if he had a complete edition of it, would have given him a very adequate knowledge of history. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Thomas Hardy Evidently some dim knowledge of it has been brought back to your mind by the sight of this venerable caravan. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Henry James He might have been wondering what she had really done, to what extent, beyond his knowledge or his conception, in the affairs of these people, she COULD have committed herself. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

When the members of the Legislature should bring their political knowledge to bear upon Aurora, Mr. Archibald Floyd would be happy to listen to them. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

William Hope Hodgson And, truly, to mind upon that Place, doth alway to set a fresh wonder in me, that Mine Own did be so lovely and wholesome of spirit and wise and in knowledge and good force of her being. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

How canst thou be patient in what thou comprehendest no knowledge of?’ He said, ‘Thou wilt find me, if God will, patient; nor will I rebel against thy bidding. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

George Gissing As Mr. Gresham has, of course, no knowledge of my address, I wish to apprise him of it; but before I can do that, I must know where to write to. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Meredith Her affectation was to assume a knowledge of the world and all things in it. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

D. H. Lawrence This was why her face looked like a beetle’s: this was why the Egyptians worshipped the ball-rolling scarab: because of the principle of knowledge in dissolution and corruption. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Such a knowledge comes to a girl naturally, and she chooses either the one or the other, according to her nature. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

How should we have new knowledge of that fading past? What I am about to relate happened on a night. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Benjamin Disraeli But knowledge of human nature was not Sir Robert Peel’s strong point, and it argued some deficiency in that respect, to suppose that the fitness of his measures could disarm a vindictive opposition. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

But show me wherein my knowledge is deficient. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

The knowledge of this provoked many jests among the boy’s friends and caused him no slight embarrassment. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

The knowledge that the reproof was not altogether undeserved increased his resentment and determined him to bring this discussion with an inferior to an abrupt close. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Virginia Woolf What Mary had said she could not remember, but she felt that there was a mass of knowledge in her mind which she had not had time to examine — knowledge now lying on the far side of a gulf. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

What we gain in knowledge by scrutiny is sometimes paid for in a ghastly sort of disgust. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

John Morley The little group of the blue-stockings of the day regarded the great master of knowledge and eloquence with mixed feelings. Burke by John Morley [1879]

George Meredith Don’t forget, Lady Ormont, that the brother did his part; he had more knowledge of the danger than she. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

But so it is with their mathematics; and so it will be with any branch of knowledge that is taught but seldom, and is felt to be quite subordinate to the boys’ main study’. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Henry Handel Richardson And in the riot of emotion the knowledge stirred in her, there was one drop of sweetness: she alone shared his secret. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy The person was by some supposed to be himself under an assumed name; but few, if any, had certain knowledge of that fact. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Should life be spared to me, I may collect into systematic form such knowledge as I acquired of this language during my sojourn amongst the Vril-ya. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

H.P. Lovecraft As a mining engineer, I have some knowledge of geology, and can tell you that these blocks are so ancient they frighten me. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

He had no photograph this time to help him; no knowledge of X’s character or habits as he had had in the case of the girl. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Jack London Certainly he had found them without the almost universal beche-de-mer English of the west South Pacific. Nor had they knowledge of tobacco, nor of gunpowder. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Arthur Machen I have always been fond of diving into Queer Street for my amusement, and I found my knowledge of that locality and its inhabitants very useful. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

John Lewis Burckhard It is a general opinion with these people that inscriptions indicate hidden treasure; and that by reading or copying them a knowledge is obtained where the treasure lies. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

So did the knowledge of familiarity. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

There was the life of high thinking, of disinterested aims, of genuine enthusiasm, of genuine desire to delight and benefit mankind, by opening new paths to wonder and knowledge and power. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Miles Franklin His knowledge of ‘etiquette did not extend as far as dismounting. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Wilkie Collins The mind of Hester Dethridge steadily looked back at her own knowledge of her own miserable married life. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anatole France Could his soul have been less troubled he would have been the equal in virtue of M. l’Abbé Rollin, whom he far surpassed in extent of knowledge and penetration of intellect. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Andrew Lang Anthropology has only escaped the knowledge of this circumstance by laying down the rule, demonstrably unbased on facts, that ‘the divine sanction of ethical laws . The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Francis Bacon Of which ways the two former require a knowledge of consents, the third a knowledge of the measurement of motions. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Nathaniel Hawthorne To this innocent girl, holding the knowledge of Miriam’s crime within her tender and delicate soul, the effect was almost the same as if she herself had participated in the guilt. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Rudyard Kipling His training had given him some small knowledge of character, and he argued that fools are not given information which leads to calling out eight thousand men besides guns. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

A. E. W. Mason She had set herself, as the one thing worth doing, and incumbent on her to do, to guard this man from knowledge which would set the crown on his calamities, and she had failed. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Thomas Paine But what is this thing which Mr. Burke calls monarchy? Will he explain it? All men can understand what representation is; and that it must necessarily include a variety of knowledge and talents. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Henry Handel Richardson And when it came to the typhoid’s fatal issue, she had not the knowledge needed to combat him with any chance of success. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle It is now common knowledge the promoters might have ventured upon the Albert Hall and still found their space too scanty. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Rudyard Kipling In that hour she discovered that she knew Tom Bremmil thoroughly, and this knowledge she acted on. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Edith Wharton The young man’s knowledge of Mrs. Newell’s methods made him feel that her husband might be an interesting study. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Henry Kingsley His appetite for knowledge is insatiable, but he is not an intellectual boy; he makes no deductions of his own, but takes mine for granted. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Sinclair Lewis And, loving Cass, she was willing to believe as strongly as he that in Jinny Marshland there was a witch-lamp and a knowledge of good and evil. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

From certain circumstances which had come to my knowledge lately, I had reason to think that he would not be much troubled by Jasper Allen in the future. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Sir Walter Scott I may indulge my curiosity, and proceed on my journey, without her having any knowledge of my existence. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Maria Edgeworth One moment my knowledge of the arts of his sex puts me on my guard; the next my sensibility exposes me in the most terrible manner. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

She was a wife—and wife to one whom she looked up to as her superior in understanding and in knowledge of the world, whom, therefore, she leaned to for protection. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Andrew Lang In fact, he probably had a ‘practicable’ knowledge of Latin, such as a person of his ability might pick up at school, and increase by casual study: points to which we return. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy Helena’s face was of that sort which seems to ask for assistance without the owner’s knowledge — the very antipodes of Sally’s, which was self-reliance expressed. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

John Galsworthy How can we keep this knowledge from them?” “But the mischief’s done, Forsyte. How will the knowledge help them?” Soames frowned. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

William Hope Hodgson And because there did be no adventuring for so monstrous a space of years, there was no certain new knowledge of the Land of that age. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

His body renewed and absorbed the fatal knowledge of his desire. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

He took his burberry from the back of the saddle-room door, and went out into the rain, away from Latchetts. He had the knowledge now. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Self-consciousness, all thought of dignity, knowledge of good and evil, memory — he had lost all these. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins Neither revealed by a vision, nor announced by a voice, it reached mortal knowledge through the sense which is least easily self-deceived: the sense that feels. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

And when the knowledge had become public, with all her cunning she was unable to cope with the situation. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

H.P. Lovecraft Knowledge of the past, secured through a kind of mind-casting outside the recognized senses, was harder to glean than knowledge of the future. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Wilkie Collins I had no idea that I was in the bedroom; I had no knowledge of where I was. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Robert Louis Stevenson My trouble is to have become dipped in a political complication, which it is judged you would be blythe to avoid a knowledge of. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins One, to go instantly with help to Browndown: the other, to keep the knowledge of what had happened from Lucilla until I could get back again, and prepare her for the discovery. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

I have approached you first, because naturally every one who lives about here will have come to the post office sooner or later, and you must, in consequence, have some knowledge of everybody. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

H.P. Lovecraft To us, as to only a few men on this earth, there will be opened up gulfs of time and space and knowledge beyond anything within the conception of human science or philosophy. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

His knowledge of history was singularly wide, and he sometimes showed a great power of vivid presentation. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Nothing remained to him but the abstract idea of wealth, and the knowledge that he could leave it behind him as a monument of his own individual greatness when he should be dust. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Anthony Trollope And then he progresses to a kind of knowledge which comes somewhat nearer to art criticism, but which does not yet amount to the exercise of any judgment on his own part. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

George Eliot The light was come again, mother of knowledge and joy! In that exultation his limbs recovered their strength: he started up with his broken dagger and book, and went out under the broad moonlight. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

He had the same penetration, the same knowledge of men; moreover, that great power of self-compression which gives to hypocrites time to reflect, and gather themselves up to take a spring. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

E. Phillips Oppenheim When a thing is important enough for me to pass it on to my chiefs, I take the knowledge of it in my brain and I go to them. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Virginia Woolf Such was her excitement at the possibilities of knowledge now opening before her that she ceased to read, and a breeze turning the page, the covers of Gibbon gently ruffled and closed together. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

George Borrow I might have got a very decent livelihood by throwing stones, but I much question whether I should ever have attained to the position in society which I now occupy, but for my knowledge of animals. The Romany Rye by George Borrow