Phrases with "knows"

H. G. Wells You may have to condemn most, but why all? There may be — neither of us knows enough to denynegroes who are handsome, capable, courageous. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Sinclair Lewis He knows his place and does just what he’s told and says ‘Thank you,’ instead of trying to make you think he owned the hotel, like some of these flip young niggers would. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Nobody knows how you came to be there. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

William Makepeace Thackeray Flapper, your pistols! every ge-ge-genlmn knows what I mean. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Anthony Trollope He knows now that those men cannot come again to harass him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle As for the censure of the world, I value it not a fig’s end — besides, the world knows nothing of the matter. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Wilkie Collins If it’s written by a man, I beg to inform him that he knows nothing about it. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Daniel Defoe Tarpaulin lords, pages of high renown, Rise up by poor men’s valour, not their own; Great families of yesterday we show, And lords, whose parents were the Lord knows who. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

Probably knows who I am, and just wanted to gape at any one connected with a murder. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Henry Adams The woman seldom knows her own thought; she is as curious to understand herself as the man to understand her, and responds far more quickly than the man to a sudden idea. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

William Makepeace Thackeray He knows it is only base metal, washed over with a thin varnish of learning. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

G. K. Chesterton Then March said, abruptly, “Of course he knows the truth now. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

You see, I was a sort of prisoner, though Heaven knows why. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Anatole France Nobody knows his age; I myself am ignorant of it, but I have always known him as an old man. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Charles Dickens But Bessy knows nought on, and nother you nor me belie’es un; that’s one blessing. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Here, on this branch, a caterpillar has been crushed by the fugitive’s great foot, and Tarzan knows instinctively where that same foot would touch in the next stride. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Rafael Sabatini Heaven knows I do not wish to add to the catalogue of rogueries to which Casanova confesses. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

G. K. Chesterton God knows why I should do it now, when my farce has ended in tragedy and the ruin of all your people! But I say it now. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

The world generally knows what it’s about, and knows how to drive a bargain. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Maria Edgeworth What shrieks she gives every now and then! — and nobody knows what’s the matter but ourselves; and every body in the house is asking me why a surgeon is not sent for, if my lady is so much hurt. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Come forward, modest merit! Malone, I see, promptly answers the invocation: he knows his own description when he hears it. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope She knows now what your feelings are, and she’ll go on thinking of it, till at last you’ll be in her thoughts more than that other fellow. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He knows beforehand how each sound which he is about to utter will affect the force of his climax. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins She knows so much about it already, that you will have no difficulty in telling her all. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Benjamin Disraeli Everybody knows May Dacre. I knew you knew her all the time. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

D. H. Lawrence He was an animal that knows that it is subdued. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Margaret Oliphant He knows a great many lords, though perhaps you would not think it. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

As to the navy, the war with Wug having shown the Uggard sailors to be immortal, their government knows not how to get rid of them, and remains a great sea power in spite of itself. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope He knows more than I ever shall know. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Charles Kingsley She had hurried out to Scutari, to nurse her brother; had seen there many a sight — she best knows what she saw. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

John Galsworthy Heaven knows I didn’t want to achieve one. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

George Gissing Speak always as you believe, and who knows what opportunity you may find for making yourself heard!” John Jacks reflected deeply for a few moments. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson If any one knows Cuffy is clever it’s me. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

I suspect he’s putting some sort of pressure on Bellingham.” “Berkeley knows more about this than he’s telling us,” said Jervis. “Let us look up the report and see who this stranger is. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Edith Wharton Everybody knows I’ve sacrificed everything for that once before. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Wilkie Collins The new generation knows nothing about it. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Olaf Stapledon And now he knows only, as he knew then, but then more clearly, that in eternity all is indeed transfigured. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Guy de Maupassant M’sieu le Cure is there, and can tell you so; he knows my soul. The Farmer’s Wife (Le Fermier) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Quick, back to our seats and he’ll be inside before he knows that we are here. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

I am also convinced that she knows Lacheneur — the man upon whom the dying soldier breathed vengeance — the mysterious personage who evidently possesses the key to the enigma. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

He knows how to choose his tailor. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins Either he knows more about it than any one else, or he has got better wine of his own even than the excellent wine he is now drinking. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

D. H. Lawrence He knows all about morals — and immortals. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim She knows there’s something wrong, because she’s had a telegram from Mr. Vaculos. She told me to tell you, if I found you here, that she was expecting you back to-morrow morning. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle So it’s safe up to then, and who knows what may happen in the meantime. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

No one here knows anything definite about my history; and as it is just possible Mr. Sheldon may have encountered my father somehow or other, it would be as well for him to keep clear of this house. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Abraham Merri I smashed it on the anvil of Tubalka as I had the ring of Yodin. Evalie said: “Sri knows a way that will lead us out into your world, Leif. It lies at the head of Nanbu. He will take us. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang You have despised my counsel, and have gone your own evil way until you are only outwardly a man; really you are a monster — the horror of everyone who knows you. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Everybody knows that England is the world of betting men, who are of a higher class than mere gamblers; to bet is in the English temperament. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry Fielding Besides, you need not mention it, sir, to my lady, for she knows it all already, and a great deal more. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope Your few words will last nearly till dinner, I suppose?’ ‘Why, there is a few things, to be sure, ‘ll be the better for being talked over a bit, as his lordship knows well enough. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Of all the men in the world Septimius surely, O Claudius, knows how much regard you have for me. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Ford Madox Ford I suppose the poor dear knows better now. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

The Duchess did not tell me why I did not see you at Highclere, but I do believe it was a good one; because she knows bringing of you there would have pleased us both. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Elizabeth Gaskell Roger knows a deal of natural history, and finds out queer things sometimes. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Meredith Barto Rizzo worships her; so it is a deduction—she knows his abode—I act upon that, and I arrive at my end. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope Everybody knows except you, Plantagenet.’ ‘If you know, you can tell me. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He knows I don’t want to marry, and he wants me to know that he therefore won’t trouble me. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Theodore Dreiser Sure his wife knows all about it. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

She knows you well from reputation, though she did not know you personally until lately. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

John Locke Further, if he says he knows not how he thinks, I answer, Neither knows he how he is extended, how the solid parts of body are united, or cohere together to make extension. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Who knows in what adventures the past has engaged her!” And he stared for a profound moment on disturbing, sinister horizons, and Crimthann meditated there with him. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Olaf Stapledon For instance, of course he’s a snob and a thruster, but he knows he is, and tries quite hard not to be. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

M. P. Shiel It is, in fact, almost certain that they were lovelier than they were mental; and everybody, except Dryden, knows that they were mentaler than the mentalest. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Walter Scott Winter knows my ways, and will take care of me. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Thomas Hardy Everybody knows that at one time he made it the business of his life to ruin my father; and the way he alludes to me in that letter shows that his enmity still continues. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

I knows where you got it in de bank. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

God knows how long he had been left there to steer, as if forgotten by all his shipmates. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Sinclair Lewis Whatever the old pot may be, I’m sure he knows how to make it pay. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang What he beheld there need not be told, for all the world knows that the palace of the Fairy of the Dawn is no ordinary place. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

God knows I will try to be worthy of such a trust, Mary dearest; God knows I will be faithful to my promise, made nine years ago. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope Everybody knows that, that knows anything. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

R. D. Blackmore God knows that I would give up the money, and give up my thief-catching business too, if the honor of the service let me. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

I think she means surtout, but she is a good French scholar, so she probably knows what she is talking about. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Willa Cather And I’ve brought along a dozen sherry, for a lady that knows a thing or two about wines. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

And Heaven knows he was right. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Anthony Trollope Cruel indeed! What is your idea of cruelty?” “Everybody knows that we are attached to each other. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell He knows I’m afraid of your father’s hearing of it all, more than of any one else. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

James Payn Everybody knows that; and what is better, my own heart knows it. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

God knows I shall hurry back the moment my duty sets me free. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

G. K. Chesterton But if Feversham caught him doing anything unconventional, Feversham was not the man to let him off without a lawsuit and a scandal and God knows what. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Wilkie Collins Has Mr. Dunboyne the elder expressed any objection to the young lady? Certainly not! He knows nothing of the other engagement to Eunice; and he merely objects, on principle, to looking forward. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Mr. Drysdale knows all about me. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Elizabeth Gaskell Poor Roger! It was hard work writing to him yesterday; and who knows what may have become of him! Well, well! one has to get through the world somehow. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Rudyard Kipling He knows little and cares less about sewage, but he has sense enough to man the pumping-works and the street-sweeping-machines with the gentlemen who elected him. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Well, you’re expected and waited for, and the road party knows the very moment you’ll turn up. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Anthony Trollope There’s always some good in a fellow who knows how to earn his own bread. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

He knows the compass, and, with all the leeways he is obliged to tack toward, he always makes some headway. Memories and Studies by William James

The whole town knows when I’ve tripe for dinner, and where I have a patch or a darn. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Every one in France knows that; my books are as open as day. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Maria Edgeworth Mrs. Stanhope knows nothing of Mr. Vincent’s proposals; and it is well for him she does not, for her worldly good word would mar the whole. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

James Anthony Froude Lord Incredulity knows not by what right Shaddai invades their country. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

He is a capital nurse for sick horses; and I have heard my dear father say that he knows more than the common run of veterinary surgeons. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Sinclair Lewis She knows all about lite’ature except maybe how to read. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Anthony Trollope He knows well enough that I wish him well — but you may tell him that from me, if you please. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Jonathan Swif Lord Treasurer has refused Sterne’s business, and I doubt he is a rake; Jemmy Leigh stays for him, and nobody knows where to find him. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

William Makepeace Thackeray The Great Public admires Greece and Byron: the public knows best. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Margaret Oliphant She had no time to say more, when the aggrieved individual herself broke in— “Mr. Tozer knows I have been one of the flock since ever Mr. Vincent came,” said the strange woman. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

We were going: let us go today; this very day; oh, take me, and hide me where no one that knows me can ever see me again. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Everybody knows that the poor creature fell off the train—or was thrown off. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

James Payn But he knows what I think of him now. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Thomas Paine The instant the former has it in his power to punish, he feels a disposition to forgive; but the canine venom of the latter knows no relief but revenge. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

God knows it is a new thing for me to have my love sued for. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope Such a one will take his part in conversation though he knows nothing, and, when inquired into, he will own that he knows nothing. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri Also, he will find our tracks — and it may be that he knows this hidden way. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Elizabeth Gaskell Thou knows Haytersbank folk ha’ flitted, and t’ oud place is empty?’ ‘Yes!’ said Sylvia, with the indifference of one wearied out with feeling. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

If the reader knows what lesson is conveyed by this narrative, he knows — just what the writer knows. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

He knows nothing of the beesiness. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells We got disabled and unmanageable, and our colleagues — consorts I mean — were too busy most of them to trouble about us, and the wind blew us — Heaven knows where the wind IS blowing us. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Washington Irving But this parrot, thought he, has lived about the court, he affects the wit and the fine gentleman, he knows nothing of the thing called love. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

It just shows how these fellows here intended to let us down — they never told us — we should have been stranded here for God knows how much longer . Lost Horizon by James Hilton

One evening a discussion arose about the moon, and Saleh was trying to teach Tommy something, God knows what, about it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Oscar Wilde Who knows but we may meet Prince Florizel of Bohemia, and hear the fair Cuban tell us that she is not what she seems? ERNEST. You are horribly wilful. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Who knows what may happen? I’ll have a note of hand. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

Robert Louis Stevenson And there’s a son of a ramrod there that I should know the looks of, and more betoken I believe that he knows mine. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

James Payn You have won the love of a man who knows your worth almost as well as I do. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Anthony Trollope The husband when he does come knows at any rate that he has no ground of complaint, and is not kept specially in the dark when he takes his wife. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Prag.:— Who knows it? What represents it? Anti–Prag.:— The truth does; the truth knows it; or rather not exactly that, but any one knows it who possesses the truth. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Do ye think as I knows ‘ow many people and dogs goes through this heer geatt in a day? Not I—them don’t pay toll, so them’s no odds to me. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As the case stands at present, Drayton is in for it, and he knows it, poor devil! He knows it more than ever now. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle Why, poor Doctor Gaster knows that I am engaged as well as you do. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

He knows the men and he knows the sea. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Rudyard Kipling He can scarcely be expected to distinguish between the ambitions of a new oligarchy and the real wants of the people of whom he knows nothing. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Frederick Marryat Smoker knows his duty well, and will hide himself as close as we do. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Walter Besant This generosity, I beg you to believe, is unasked by me, though I confess that he knows very well the solicitude with which I watch the welfare of my nephew. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Charles Dickens He knows there is no fancy in it, because in every case the showman mentioned the fact at the time, and congratulated him upon it. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

He fears what he knows as “Bidgero,” a phantom not quite as truculent as the debil-debil, but evil enough to strike terror into the soul of an unarmed black boy, old or young. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope My God knows whether or no I love my daughter; but I would sooner that she and I should both beg, than that she should live in comfort on money which is truly the property of the poor. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Hyacinth can do exactly as he likes; he knows that as well as we do. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

William Makepeace Thackeray At five in the afternoon, you are sure to see him about the House of Commons, and he knows the “Reform Club” (he calls it the Refawrum) as well as if he were a member. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

George Gissing Who knows how long there’ll be such a thing as real property? We are getting to think of ourselves as lodgers; it’s as well to be indifferent about a notice to quit. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope It is his own, and he knows it. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

H. G. Wells But, of course, I don’t know Miss Grey well enough to talk to her and besides, one never knows how a woman of that sort is going to take a thing. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It’s not a bad ’un, tha’ knows that. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Was it not pretty, and so grateful? But he knows who were always his true friends — dear boy! Nita will show you the pearls if you go all of you upstairs. Signa by Ouida

George Gissing Who knows what may happen before nightfall? I may be killed. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

How can he stop and say to himself, ‘This toast is to be eaten—I must make it eatable’? All he knows is that it must look right and must be ready in three minutes. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins I can trust myself already to write to Frank. “My darling, I think no woman ever knows how utterly she has given herself up to the man she loves — until that man has ill-treated her. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I fancy she knows more about this than appears. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Sinclair Lewis HE knows my name, all rightee. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The landlady informs me that she knows nothing as to his present whereabouts. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Kate Chopin She knows how we live, and why we live; her father has told her. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope Until he knows that he cannot act properly. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He knows how to rule, and the nation, allowing him the privilege of doing so, can go along its course safely; can eat, drink, and be merry. North America by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf There’s a man in my office who knows all about the Flemish school. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope But it is Miss Trefoil.” “Eleanor had told me something of it” “Eleanor knows nothing about this, and I do not ask you to tell her. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford Heaven knows what happened in Leonora after that. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

James Anthony Froude Christian has seen him before, knows him well, and can describe him. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

He knows of us from our enemies. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

He knows he’s not half nice enough for the girl he loves. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Gaston Leroux He knows how to read as no one else can — Father John of Cronstadt excepted, to be strictly accurate — on the sheets of bull-hide where the dark angels have traced mysterious signs of destiny. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Gissing He reminded himself that “twaddle” was as little likely to have weight with Miss Bride as with Mrs. Toplady. “She knows political people?” he asked. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

It is more than likely that Michaelis knows nothing of it to this moment. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle My friend here knows nothing of the details. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Charles Kingsley Who knows not the woes of ancient coast-guard lieutenants? But as it befell, Elsley Vavasour was justly punished for going home, by losing the most “poetical” incident of the whole night. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

H. G. Wells Who knows how far we may not get to an understanding?” “The things are outside us,” I said. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

But an historian is then just, when he asserts such things as he knows to be true, and of those that are uncertain reports rather the better than the worse. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Charles Kingsley There are few greater pleasures to a man who is what he should be to his wife, than to see other men admiring what he admires, and trying to rival him where he knows that he can have no rival. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

John Reed, of Illinois, is a man who knows his rights, and knowing dares maintain. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Wilkie Collins Whether Helena knows positively that she has lost her wicked hold on Philip I cannot say. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Charles Dickens Muster Gashford knows my calling. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

William Makepeace Thackeray You think I don’t know you; every man knows you and your line of country. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Anthony Trollope He knows how to say a soft word in the proper place; he knows how to adapt his flattery to the ears of his hearers; he knows the wiles of the serpent, and he uses them. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He knows that I do not begrudge my house in his service, and in that of my royal master. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray Kicklebury knows them all, and has a good-natured nod for each. The Kickleburys on the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1851]

Anthony Trollope It ain’t going smooth, and he ain’t been out there no more,—not as I knows on. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The simple Cornish miner who uses his pickaxe in the region of his friend’s skull when he wishes to enforce an argument, does so because he knows no other species of emphasis. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Gissing I’ve asked Thyrza. She knows that was her mother’s name, and she knows that her mother was a teacher. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Even the pleasure one takes in a flower — and this is true even of a botanist who knows all there is to be known about the floweris dependent partly on the sense of mystery. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Richard Burton Any one who knows the Badawin can see that the Muzaynah are pure blood. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

John Donne The hart that is pursued and wounded, they say, knows an herb, which being eaten throws off the arrow: a strange kind of vomit. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

Nobody knows what a bird can do in the way of song until he has heard a passero solitario. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Sinclair Lewis And God knows I want to be fair. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope No company had been seen in the palace since heaven knows when. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis But first I got something to show you: the most fool extravagance you ever heard of, and God knows how I want it! Do I get it, Gideon?” “What are you asking ME for?” he said fondly. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is that in her face which she knows full well to be far more eloquent than speech. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Rudyard Kipling When the noise was gettin’ noticeable outside, a P.O. says to me:—“They won’t listen to us, Daddy. They say we ain’t impartial!” I said:—“God knows what you ain’t. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Henry Fielding Alas! I could keep a secret then! now I have no secrets; the world knows all; and it is not worth my while to conceal anything. Amelia by Henry Fielding

If the Fynes had been an average sociable couple one knows only because leisure must be got through somehow, I would have made short work of that special invitation. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

He’ll hang as soon as he is found, and Morgan knows all the burrows. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Thomas Carlyle One knows very well that, in reducing ideals to practice, great latitude of tolerance is needful; very great. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Jennings knows that your friends use it as a sign. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Arthur Morrison But he knows that he won’t be able to do that himself, because the landlady, of course, knows him, and won’t have an ex-convict in the house. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

D. H. Lawrence And he knows what she MIGHT have to say to me. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James She knows it herself perfectly; she has had the best advice in Europe. ‘It’s a thing that’s awful, simply awful’ — that was the only account she would give me. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Anthony Trollope Nobody knows how he gets it now. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Furphy You’ve got Nosey Alf, an’ Warrigal Alf, an’ (sheol) knows how many other Alfs. I got reason to hate that name. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Wilkie Collins He knows how I hate her flowers, and he put her nosegay in the vase out of my way. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Does he know this?” “Yes, he knows it. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

He knows nothing and nobody, and takes no notice. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Lord knows how tha’ come here. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

She knows something, and perhaps can explain the mystery of that crowned skull. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

H.G. Wells He was a curious person, a hunchbacked fiddler, who came from nobody knows where, and imposed upon the late Vicar to a frightful extent. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

I felt the reply was too simple; but of course Mr. Perkupp knows best. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Richard Burton None of these Orientals knows the use of the point which characterises the highest school of swordsmanship. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Frances Hodgson Burnett One knows it then for a moment or so. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Rudyard Kipling To-night God knows what thing shall tide, The Earth is racked and faint — Expectant, sleepless, open-eyed; And we, who from the Earth were made, Thrill with our Mother’s pain. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Henry Handel Richardson Who knows how they would turn out?” He said it, but in his heart he knew that his children would be safe enough. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell Until this last summons, Lois had stood as one who hears her sentence and can say nothing against it, for she knows all would be in vain. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Henry James He knows there is not a feather’s weight of compulsion; he knows that, for my part, I long since ceased to expect anything from him. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]