Phrases with "language"

Bram Stoker In that time he learned the Portuguese language and many facts of history. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anthony Trollope It would not be becoming were I to travesty a sermon, or even to repeat the language of it in the pages of a novel. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Leslie Stephen His language about women, sometimes expressing coarse contempt and sometimes rising to ferocity, is the reaction of his morbid sensibility under such real and imagined scorn. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

George Gissing I am strenuously opposed to that view of us set forth in such charming language by Mr. Ruskin — for it tells on the side of those men who think and speak of us in a way the reverse of charming. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells The mental phases of that great body of Europeans who used the German language summarize the world situation. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope And in what delightful language she had done so! “Faint heart never won fair lady. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

He would listen in vain for the crudely picturesque phrases which once were the language of the streets. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

If at times thou canst not comprehend the language of my thoughts, at times also I hear sweet enigmas in that of thy emotions. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Frances Hodgson Burnett They say they come to learn the language and commercial methods. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry James All the children speak American, which as a child’s language is dreadfully rough. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

John Locke Since wit and fancy find easier entertainment in the world than dry truth and real knowledge, figurative speeches and allusion in language will hardly be admitted as an imperfection or abuse of it. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope You’ll find the language easy enough before long. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Tears had now become her language when alone — it was a language she dared not utter before her family. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Also from his language I fancied he would survive the fall. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Wilkie Collins But we must die before we can become immortal as they are; and their language to us in this life is often as an unknown tongue. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Virginia Woolf All four were civilization’s triumphs, and if you persist that a command of the English language is part of our inheritance, one can only reply that beauty is almost always dumb. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Walter Scott Since we parted last night, I have shaped thee a path which will suit thee better than to assume the decency of language and of outward manner, of which thou hast so little. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Walter Scott To them she used the language of chivalry, by whose rules the meanest of that nation regulated, or affected to regulate, his actions. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Matthew Arnold They will have nothing to do with the Welsh language and literature on any terms; they would gladly make a clean sweep of it from the face of the earth. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

Such was the language of her eyes; and it was a language which should have assured Ella that she had a better friend in her mother than she had ever dreamed of. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James There are four or five people here that have come to learn the language — not to take lessons, but to have an opportunity for conversation. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

Andrew Lang But there are no historical characters or costumes in the story, and all the persons, as far as language and dress go, might have been alive in 1791. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Besides addressing me in French (a language seldom used in my experience at the legation), the writer disguised the identity of the persons mentioned by the use of classical names. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Sir Walter Scott In short, French was the language of honour, of chivalry, and even of justice, while the far more manly and expressive Anglo-Saxon was abandoned to the use of rustics and hinds, who knew no other. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Edgar Allan Poe It must be observed that the French language is strangely peculiar in this point — that it is without accentuation and consequently without verse. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Anthony Trollope It must be owned that never was abuse more abusive, or self-praise uttered in language more laudatory. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anna Katherine Green She spoke in French, a language I understand, and she was exclaiming over her misfortune at not being allowed to accompany her young charge to whatever place she was going. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Julian Hawthorne Perhaps you think my language extravagant; but after what I have experienced there can be no such thing as extravagance for me. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

H. G. Wells I found this fine structural language congenial just as I had found Euclid’s Elements congenial. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope We do not know what part of it was spoken and what was omitted; but we do know that the Pro Milone exists for us, and that it lives among the glories of language as a published oration. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu All was perfectly French in language and costume: not a note of the familiar English accent mingled in the foreign hum of life. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Samuel Johnson The name is supposed to be a depravation of some other; for the Earse language does not afford it any etymology. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Walter Scott It is not likely, I think, that the Emperor would employ as a spy a man who did not understand the language of the country. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Caroline Lamb I know you; and your mock generosity, and lofty language shall not save you. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

John Lewis Burckhard Noszrany (Christians), or Yahoudy (Jews), are often applied to the Turks by the people of Mekka; and their manners and language afford a perpetual source of ridicule or reproach. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

H. G. Wells It developed a coherent picture of the world and learnt the use of the English language and the beginnings of literary form. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Conan Doyle Why, the very language seems to me to be altering in a marvellous manner. The Tragedians by Arthur Conan Doyle

An accepted (I believe) and plausible theory of the origin of language is this. New Words by George Orwell

This also she inferred from the furtive language of their eyes. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Yet it is “Beyond the power of language to enfold The form of beauty smiling at his heart” whose palate is tickled with such dulcet, such fantastic flavours. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

For many of our sensations when translated into ordinary language seem absolutely unreal. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

He began to teach Lesbia Spanish, a language for which she had taken a sudden fancy; and it is curious what tender accents, what hidden meanings even a grammar can take from such a teacher. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

James Joyce The blackest protestant in the land would not speak the language I have heard this evening. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

E. Phillips Oppenheim Nothing about his father’s demeanour or language had suggested insanity. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

The half-art, half-instinct of language still bears the stamp of its gradual evolution. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Olaf Stapledon By some freak of the evolution of language it was known in all countries as the ‘poob’. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton He often felt as if his own soul were a stranger inside of him, a stranger speaking a language he had never learned, or had forgotten. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Anthony Trollope To speak another language well is very good also, and to speak another language badly is much better than not to speak it at all. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Anthony Trollope He had received letters from Pompey congratulating him in very cold language as to the glories of his Consulship. He had expected much more than that from the friend for whom he had done so much. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Nellie Bly With Miss Grady within touching distance I whispered hurriedly to him, in language more expressive than elegant: “Don’t give me away. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Walter Scott In the emphatic language of Scripture, which in that idiom does not greatly differ from her own, she arose, she washed and changed her apparel, and ate bread, and was refreshed. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was plain that he kept in view the presence of his daughter, and chose subjects and a character of language that should not offend a lady. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Paine Customary language has classed the condition of man under the two descriptions of civilised and uncivilised life. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

George Borrow All the family used the Castilian language in their common discourse, and on inquiry I learned that the Gallegan was not much spoken in that neighbourhood. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Wilkie Collins In that state, I stood staring at Sergeant Cuff — and my powers of language quite failed me. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

William Makepeace Thackeray Am I to be kept waiting for hever?” “Pardon, fair Maiden,” said he, with high-bred courtesy: “’twas not French I read, ’twas the Godlike language of the blind old bard. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Latin was the language of command and law. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Rudyard Kipling The papers tell their clientele in language fitted to their comprehension that the snarling together of telegraph-wires, the heaving up of houses, and the making of money is progress. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

G. K. Chesterton It must on no account be called an “understanding,” in a language understanded of the people. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Watkin Tench We were at first inclined to stigmatised this language as harsh and barbarous in its sounds. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Edgar Rice Burroughs They talked among themselves as they marched along on either side of us, but in a language which I perceived differed from that employed by our fellow prisoners. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Whether truth — be it religious or moral truth — speak eloquently and in well-chosen language or not, its voice should be heard with reverence. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

James Anthony Froude Few educated people use the language of it now. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe I suffered myself to use intemperate language to my At length, I even offered her personal violence. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle With keen eyes the English party had watched the armorial blazonry of their antagonists, for those fluttering pennons and brilliant surcoats carried a language which all men could read. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

George Meredith His language and his illustrations touched an old-school chord in the Rev. Mr. Hampton–Evey, who hummed over the project, profoundly disrelishing the introductory portion. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Many lived for years in the country, learning the language and identifying themselves with their flocks. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

A comparison, made by Wordsworth himself, of his own method of observing Nature with Scott’s expresses in less mystical language something of what I am endeavouring to say. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Jules Verne It was Arabic, mixed with Baghirmi. He could make out enough, however, by the universal language of gestures, to be aware that he was receiving a very polite invitation to depart. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Poland deprived of its independence, of its historical continuity, with its religion and language persecuted and repressed, became a mere geographical expression. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Anthony Trollope A sense of injury, a burning conviction of wrong sustained, will justify language which otherwise would be unbearable. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

He arranges his texts so as to exhibit in Scriptural language the semi-Arian scheme, i. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

The primroses had been the first among the flowers to receive the Divine message, and were repeating it already in their own language to those that had ears to hear it. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Thomas Paine They have not to hold out a language which they do not themselves believe, for the fraudulent purpose of making others believe it. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Virginia Woolf She never learnt the smoothness of the professional writer, or acquired his ability to stuff and sway his language as he chooses. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Isabella Bird Their language is regarded by scholars as an off-shoot of the Iranian branch of the Indo–Germanic group of languages. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Jules Verne He could just see a woman, who spoke quickly in a language which Michael Strogoff knew to be a mixture of Mongol and Siberian. “Another spy! Let him alone, and come to supper. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Thomas Carlyle Necessities of language do perhaps prescribe such forms of utterance; we must speak, I am aware, in that way, if we are to speak at all. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

His language was too magnificent for his powers of thought, but he has passages where the rich diction has a pleasing effect. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Thomas Paine He spoke the language of the country, entered into the discussions on the principles of government, and was always a welcome friend at any election. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Virginia Woolf With the whole wealth of the English language at the back of them, they timidly pass about from hand to hand and book to book only the meanest copper coins. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Sir Walter Scott The cabal, however, began to take air, from the premature mutinous language of those concerned. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Oscar Wilde They moved, as he spoke, like music, and seemed to have a language of their own. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Wilkie Collins The language was scrupulously delicate and considerate. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

John Galsworthy I should say we all felt like that in the Fleet.” “Isn’t that just because of language being the same?” “No. It’s some sort of grain and view of things in common. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Robert Green Ingersoll He maintained that language was a natural growth. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Arthur Conan Doyle Close behind the pack rode a fourrier and a yeoman-pricker, whooping on the laggards and encouraging the leaders, in the shrill half-French jargon which was the language of venery and woodcraft. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

H.P. Lovecraft The accent was by no means a rustic one, and the language was even more polished than correspondence had led me to expect. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Anthony Trollope His letters had been rash, and his language violent. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Meredith This is not a language I talk to the world. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

E. Nesbi And, what is more, it was a language that they had never heard. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Mr. Monckton felt very much like a spectator, who looks on at a drama which is being acted in a language that is unknown to him. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Robert Green Ingersoll And so I conclude from the account in the twenty-first chapter of the Acts that “Hebrew was the language of Jerusalem at that time, or that Paul would not have addressed the mob in that tongue. What shall we do to be Saved? by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing If anyone else had talked to her in this way, no vehemence of language would have sufficed to express her scorn; but in May Tomalin such ideals seemed to her a very amiable trait. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

It might have been said that between this man and his inferiors spoken language did not exist, or had become useless. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Willa Cather Such an idiom makes the finest language any writer can have; and he can never get it with a notebook. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Their language I could only learn orally, for they had not any books among them, though many of them had been taught to read and write by the missionaries at home. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

G. K. Chesterton His language also would be limited: the Latin verb polo, polas, polat; I play polo, thou playest polo, he plays polo, or (more devastatingly) he does not play polo. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope He composed a memoir of his Consulate in Greek, which he sent to Atticus with an allusion to his own use of the foreign language intended to show that he is quite at ease in that matter. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

The composition was pretty nearly such as I anticipated, excepting that the English language was done to death by her pen still more than by her tongue. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Sinclair Lewis It seemed to him that he prayed not in words but in vast confusing dreams — the words of a language larger than human tongues. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Joseph Furphy Guarantee you fellers ain’t heard no language out o’ my mouth since I set down here. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Lady Isabel glanced up and caught his eyes gazing upon her with the deepest tenderness — a language hers had never yet encountered. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

George Gissing His language was a mere buzzing in her ears; her thoughts were far away. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing His old indifference and occasional brutality of language had made her life a misery, but she had never looked for his return home with anything but anxious longing. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Elinor had imagined or hoped, that the language of her aunt would have revived her habitual associations — she was disappointed. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

W. H. Hudson Some readers might think my language exaggerated. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

George Meredith They both meant well, and did but speak the diverse language of their blood. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

You told that man ——” “Mr. Ram, Mr. Ram,” interrupted Mr. Muffins sternly, “I will not have such language here. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

These truths are admitted in all ages; yet it is scarcely stretching language to say that they are known to but few men. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Wilkie Collins I have asked him to tell me what his extraordinary conduct means — and he has refused, in language that frightens me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Wise men, if they try to speak their language to the common herd instead of its own, cannot possibly make themselves understood. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Arthur Conan Doyle They speak and sing, but more in sound than in distinct words — a language of their own, a fairy tongue. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

James Joyce Mort aux vaches, says Frank then in the French language that had been indentured to a brandyshipper that has a winelodge in Bordeaux and he spoke French like a gentleman too. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

You’re a first-rate seaman, no mistake of that; but you’re the most disagreeable man I ever sailed with; and your language and your conduct to the crew I cannot stomach. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Watkin Tench Our language would admit a very concise and familiar translation. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Benjamin Disraeli He acquired a language as some men learn an air. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

But I am talking a language which you can’t understand, Dora. Let the past be past. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Thomas Paine Filled with these high ideas, nothing could be more insolent towards America than the language of the British court on the proposed mediation. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

John Lewis Burckhard The Djaalein particularly value themselves upon speaking their language well. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope The language between them has been the language of equals, and their arrangement as to labor and wages has been a contract between equals. North America by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth He had not yet the tone of his new society, and he was as much at a loss as a traveller in a foreign country, before he understands the language of a people who are vociferating round about him. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

Tobias Smolle The valet being withdrawn, I asked in the same language if his name was d’Estrapes, to which he answered with a faltering tongue, “The same, at your service. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

As regards the rest of your speech, you will permit me to say that its wildness of language is only equaled by the utter irrationality of your deductions and your absolute ignorance of all legalities. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Why not now? And if we must start life poor, it was yet life, while a separation from her —— Meanwhile Felix had spoken, and in language I was least prepared to hear. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Sir C. Lyell in a striking passage has speculated, in language almost identical with mine, on the effects of great alterations of climate throughout the world on geographical distribution. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Though he pitied his brother and wished to show that he did, nothing but the stern language suitable to the stern fact he wished to impart, would leave his lips. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The language used, however, in some passages in the work “On the Articulations,” seems to put the matter beyond doubt. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Wilkie Collins All that Captain Wragge had to do was to refer to these various considerations with a happy choice of language in a voice that trembled with manly emotion, and this he did to perfection. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope But there are enough of them here to make a small Joe Miller; and yet, in the midst of language that is almost divine in its expressions, they are given as having been worthy of all attention. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope Nothing could be more sensible, or written in a better spirit than this letter, though the language was not that of an educated man. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather Their volubility drowned every other noise in the place, and the overheated store sounded of their spirited language as it reeked of pipe smoke, damp woolens, and kerosene. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Algernon Blackwood I thought of a language that first utters the nouns and adjectives, then adds the verb at the end, explaining the whole series of unmeaning sounds. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Robert Louis Stevenson Spanish was the language of the streets. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope She had sent for her old lover, thinking at the moment that no one could explain to him in language so clear as her own what was her fixed resolve. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

That language had never been totally extinct in Italy; but at the time on which we are touching, there were not probably six persons in the whole country acquainted with it. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Willa Cather It is made in the hard school of experience, in communities where language has been undisturbed long enough to take on colour and character from the nature and experiences of the people. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

The first things which he set himself to learn, on board ship, were the Maori language and the art of navigation. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Thomas Wolfe He was German to the very core of his learned soul, but his English, which he spoke less well than any other language he had studied, was not the usual German rendering of Shakespeare’s tongue. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

He would like to ask the Peel boy to go with him, but he was shy, and the Peel boy spoke so odd a language and then, of course, had his work to do . Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

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

Anthony Trollope He himself gives in very plain language an account of his own studies when he was seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells It will be a language with all the inflexions of verbs and nouns regular and all its constructions inevitable, each word clearly distinguishable from every other word in sound as well as spelling. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

George Gissing Men in most respectable coats, sitting at most orderly tables, hold the language of pure barbarism. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins The hasty entrance into the room, the nervous assumption of playfulness in language and manner, the evasive and wandering eyes, were all referable to the same cause. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

I didn’t follow him very clearly, for he was in a pitiable state of nerves, and now and then lost command of the English language altogether. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Sigmund Freud It would take us too far afield to show how we arrive at the idea of making use of the English language to help us in the interpretation of this dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Gertrude Stein I hope he will not talk the language spoken here but I can not say this to him. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Walter Scott And, finally, assuming the language of a generous and high-spirited man, he made it his particular request that this affair should be passed over without severe notice. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

John Morley Nobody is more free from the ostentatious correctness of the literary precisian, and nobody preserves so much purity and so much dignity of language with so little formality of demeanor. Voltaire by John Morley

Stephen Lucius Gwynn It heard for the first time in the Irish Melodies a song that came from the heart of Ireland, uttered in a language which nine out of every ten Irishmen could understand. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Here Perry has built the first printing-press, and a dozen young Sarians are teaching their fellows to read and write the language of Pellucidar. We have just laws and only a few of them. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Speaking the Spanish language as well as he spoke English, and seeming always to have plenty of silver in his pockets, it was not long before he was a welcome companion whithersoever he went. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

There are too many English in Naples itself, though I thought it would make a first happy hunting-ground when I knew the language better and had altered myself a bit more. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

George Gissing His language was moderate; he bore himself reservedly, at moments with diffidence. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Samuel Johnson Of what they had before the late conquest of their country, there remain only their language and their poverty. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

William Makepeace Thackeray The Colonel (though he despises it heartily) thinks he speaks the language remarkably well. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

The interview lasted some hours, though, as there was no one on either side to interpret the language of the other, they could communicate only by signs. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Edmund Burke Their language is in the patois of fraud, in the cant and gibberish of hypocrisy. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Margaret Oliphant I cannot tell what you can have to do with such a woman—you who might——” Mrs. Vincent’s fright and anxiety exhausted both her language and her breath. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Anthony Trollope His language is clear, good, intelligible English, but it is defaced by mannerism. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Guy de Maupassan The language of the crowd was not at all choice, but nobody seemed shocked or surprised. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Algernon Blackwood I realised that there is a language for the mind, but no language for the spirit. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Virginia Woolf For this vehemence of temper and virulence of language were not confined to Bentley alone; they appear unhappily characteristic of the profession as a whole. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

In the highest characters it is chastened, refined, purified: it appropriates, indeed, language due only to the divine, it almost simulates idolatry; yet it belongs to the best part of man’s nature. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

It was the first time she had heard such language about herself, her own life. Mother by Maksim Gorky

D. H. Lawrence And she’d be talking away, all the language bubbling off her lips. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London Oaths and vile language of any sort had always been repellent to me. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Algernon Blackwood Come!” And, having vaguely looked for some kind of elaborate preparation or parade, this sudden summons took me by surprise a little, though the language somehow did not startle me. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Wilkie Collins What is it?” I repeated (in language more gentle and more considerate) what I had already said to her father. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman The language itself they had deliberately clarified, simplified, made easy and beautiful, for the sake of the children. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

The Scottish language has at this day a word expressive of the national belief in such a doctrine. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

George Meredith He had no language for thoughts of such a kind, only tumultuous feeling. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

It is not so when the awful majesty of Milton descends from the empyrean throne of contemplation to use the language of the gutter or the fish-market. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Wilkie Collins Even in trifles, a woman’s nature is degraded by the falsities of language and manner which the artificial condition of modern society exacts from her. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Leon Trotsky Even now I do not know a single foreign language well, although I stayed for some time in various European countries. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells Up to that point, the time-honoured terms which have crystallized out in language about space, speed, force and so forth sufficed to carry what I was learning. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope Such was the language which he held to himself in thinking of his younger son. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

So that, should they pass for very knowing men upon all other accounts, yet their very calumnies and reviling language would bespeak them at the greatest distance from philosophy imaginable. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Leslie Stephen He acts the lover, though it is obviously mere acting, and his language is stained by indelicacies, which could scarcely offend Lady Mary, if we may judge her by her own poetical attempts. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

James Joyce The language of course was another thing. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope His language is very pleasing, always civil, always courteous; but not the less does he turn the arguments of his brother into ridicule. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

E. F. Benson The Padre’s language grew almost Anglicized. “But it put an idea into my head, that my Evie might be willing to help you in any way she could. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Anthony Trollope But in her early youth, when she was quite a child, she was given in marriage to a man — to a man of whom it is impossible to speak in terms too black, or in language too strong. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard This was the refrain of the sacred song which she sang in the ancient language of the People of the Mist, the tongue that Soa had taught her as a child: “I do but sleep. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

George Meredith His face was livid; language died from his lips. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Thou hast already forgotten what I taught you yesterday in the best language that I knew. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Virginia Woolf I begin to long for some little language such as lovers use, broken words, inarticulate words, like the shuffling of feet on the pavement. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

James Joyce He felt with a smart of dejection that the man to whom he was speaking was a countryman of Ben Jonson. He thought: — The language in which we are speaking is his before it is mine. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope The abominations of Lord Steyne are depicted in the strongest language of which Vanity Fair admits. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Gertrude Stein What language can instruct any fellow. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

As he often said in his favourite language of metaphor, he “had threshed out the whole subject of agnosticism, and could consequently meet other minds still struggling in its turbid waves. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

James Joyce Damned Irish language, language of our forefathers. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

This is the case with what is written in the ordinary language of books. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson All the fine old professional flavour in language has evaporated. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jane Austen I detest jargon of every kind, and sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Robert Louis Stevenson Each knows more than can be uttered; each lives by faith, and believes by a natural compulsion; and between man and wife the language of the body is largely developed and grown strangely eloquent. Truth of Intercourse by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have to admit, in view of the results, that we have assumed too ready an intelligence, and consequently in many places used a language too slipshod. The Meaning of Truth by William James

But, though we were ten days in Naples, I only saw one quarrel, and I could have heard much finer violence of language among the gondoliers at any ferry in Venice than I heard in this altercation. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]