Phrases with "language"

Anthony Trollope Farther on he gives his own views as to the honors of the State in language that is very grand. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. Rider Haggard As yet Soa had never spoken fully to her mistress of her early life or of the mysterious People of the Mist from whom she sprang, though she had taught her the language they spoke. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Andrew Lang He spoke in Gaelic, which, it seems, was a language not known by the sergeant. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

George Gissing With his daughter he spoke at length, in language which awed her by its solemnity; Nancy could only understand him as meaning that his end drew near. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

My knowledge of the French language made me specially acceptable. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

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

Algernon Blackwood He only omitted the strange language used. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

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

Edgar Rice Burroughs On the other hand, Gr-gr-gr’s people were, for the most part, quite hairy, but they were tailless and had a language similar to that of the human race of Pellucidar; nor were they arboreal. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

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

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

R. D. Blackmore They tried to coax him back; but he stamped his feet, and swore at them, being sadly taught bad language by the native servants, I dare say. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

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

I had never before heard the English language chopped up in that way. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope The Romans, in translating from the Greek, thinking nothing of literary excellence, felt that they were bringing Greek thought into a form of language in which it could be thus made useful. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

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]

John Locke And if either of these should make use of the measures that those of the other language designed by their names, he would be quite out in his account. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Some of these, such as For ever with the Lord, Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, and Prayer is the Soul’s sincere Desire, are sung wherever the English language is spoken. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Jack London Also, she called me more kinds of a fool than the English language has accommodation for. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Edgar Wallace In the Neo language there are practically no verbs and few adjectives. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Walter Scott As it was, he might have adopted the language of the Duke in As You Like It: Thou wouldst have better pleased me with this deed, If thou hadst told me of another father. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

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]

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell Look at the virtues these men exhibit, and say, is theirs a nation to be despaired of?” was the language on every side. An Italian Institution by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

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]

When he realised that there was nothing there to grasp, Mr. Fletcher’s language was quite unprintable. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

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

Towards the bishops and their policy, though his language is very respectful, for the government was implicated, he is very severe. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

He threw down his cards with a curse — it being a bad habit of his to use strong language when, if he only knew it, milder words would serve him at least equally well. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

But there is no language on earth which has more words with a double meaning than that spoken by the Clever Woman, who is never so guarded as when she appears to be frank. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Magnificabo apostolatum meum is a language almost as becoming to the missionaries and ministers of knowledge, as to the ambassadors of religion. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Jeremy Bentham Esto had been the language of primæval simplicity: esto had been the language of the twelve tables. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

This has ever been the language of men, and the fear of departing from a supposed sexual character, has made even women of superiour sense adopt the same sentiments. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

The language of the Mpongwe has been fairly studied. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

William Hazlitt Hence he even introduces Gower himself, and makes him deliver a prologue entirely in his antiquated language and versification. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

D. H. Lawrence She clipped her language very clear and precise. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray The housemaid gave utterance to the same sentiments in language more violent. A Little Dinner at Timmins’s by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning And when, in the session Of nations, the separate language is heard, Each shall aspire, in sublime indiscretion, To help with a thought or exalt with a word Less her own than her rival’s honour. Poems Before Congress by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1860]

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]

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

Anthony Trollope I understand their language well enough. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Walter Scott They may be great in worth and weight, but hang Upon the native glibness of my language Like Saul’s plate-armour on the shepherd boy, Encumbering and not arming him. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

H. G. Wells Ordinary language ought not to be misused in this way. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Walter Besant The language of gallantry and compliment was not greatly to their liking, and Tom even burst out a-laughing at hearing his sister so praised and complimented. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Wilkie Collins He knew that there was hardly a language in the civilised world into which that consummate specimen of the rare and difficult art of story-telling had not been translated. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Thomas Hobbes And these are the images which are originally and most properly called ideas and idols, and derived from the language of the Grecians, with whom the word eido signifieth to see. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Heads of every age crowd to the windows—young and old understand the language of our victorious symbols—and rolling volleys of sympathizing cheers run along behind and before our course. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Robert Green Ingersoll My present opinion is that I would speak in English; and the reason I would speak in English is, because that language is generally understood in this city. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Whither, muse, are you going? — Cease, impertinent, to relate the language of the gods, and to debase great things by your trifling measures. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

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

Edith Wharton They treated their language with the same rather ceremonious courtesy as their friends. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

There were times when he seemed almost ‘fey,’ his eye wild, his voice harsh and shrill, and his language like an Israelitish prophet. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Sir Richard Burton None knoweth their language nor what they are, and they shun the company of men. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Sinclair Lewis As many clinkers came to Newlife as to Florence, but there, at least, they could speak the language and buy their own cigarettes. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Nathaniel Hawthorne His language always attracts the hearer. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

On his dear curls, I told her I doated: and as to his low, Grecian brow, and exquisite classic headpiece, I confessed I had no language to do such perfections justice. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

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]

And Bellairs had been eager to go higher! There is no language to express the stupor with which I contemplated this result. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

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]

George MacDonald The poem seemed in a language I had never before heard, which yet I understood perfectly, although I could not write the words, or give their meaning save in poor approximation. Lilith by George MacDonald

The language of these was seldom gracious, and often, on their approach, the man of the house was sent for and the dog was unchained. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Sinclair Lewis Plays polo and sailed in a yacht race to Bermuda. Itchitt says he’s a big brute, with manners smoother than a butterscotch sundae and more language than a bishop. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence We have that language in England. It is called thieves Latin—Latino dei furbi. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Elizabeth Gaskell Having opened and read it, it proved to be a declaration of attachment and proposal of matrimony, expressed in the ardent language of the sapient young Irishman! I hope you are laughing heartily. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Robert Louis Stevenson Even Square- toes has a certain vivacity when his stake is imperilled; but the dreariness of a game with you I positively lack language to depict. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Matthew Arnold The sooner the Welsh language disappears as an instrument of the practical, political, social life of Wales, the better; the better for England, the better for Wales itself. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

Wilkie Collins I will add no comment of mine to the touching language in which she has addressed you. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Goldwin Smith I mourn the pride And avarice that make man a wolf to man, Hear the faint echo of those brazen throats By which he speaks the language of his heart, And sigh, but never tremble at the sound. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray But ha! whom have we here?” The august individual who had spoken, had used the Hebrew language to address Mendoza, and the Lord Codlingsby might easily have pleaded ignorance of that tongue. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Then, after they all inspected the knots, one of his captors said something in a language he did not understand and the other two at once left the room, closing the door behind them. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Wilkie Collins Unless I completely misinterpreted the mute language of her lips, she had not the faintest belief in the fulfillment of Mr. Engelman’s prediction. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Their complexion and their beards show them to be akin to the Caucasian race, and their language proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that they belong to the Semitic branch of that race. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

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

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

Wilkie Collins I might even have been in some danger of allowing him to make a friend of me, if I had not been restrained by the fears for Cristel which his language and his manner amply justified, to my mind. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Rudyard Kipling St Xavier’s boys sometimes brought them in by stealth to snigger over among their mates; for the language of the grateful patient recounting his symptoms is most simple and revealing. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

William Makepeace Thackeray Fly from me, and I will follow you, though it were to the gates of Hades.’ I promise you this was very different language to that she had been in the habit of hearing from her Jemmy-Jessamy adorers. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Victor Hugo The mouth, apart and without breath, seemed to form in the indistinct language of shadows her answer to the questions put to the dead by the invisible. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Helen Zimmern Her children’s tales, written with motion and spirit, were told in the simple language of the young. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

E. F. Benson All Riseholme knew what her opinion about gramophones was; to the lover of Beethoven they were like indecent and profane language loudly used in a public place. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Andrew Lang Mr. Müller, however, holds that an accidental corruption of language reduced Aryan fancy to the savage level. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Sir Richard Burton So they went in to her and saluted her, and she returned their salaams with the goodliest language and after the pleasantest fashion. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope She had not threatened, or spoken of her duty, or boasted of her friendship, but had simply given her advice in the strongest language which it was within her power to use. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Wilkie Collins He was suspicious of my making friends with you before; but now he doesn’t seem to think there’s a word in the English language that’s good enough for you. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Anthony Trollope Of course he must tell St. George. The language of the letter which had been sent to him was so wicked, that St. George must at least agree with him now in his anger against this man. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Elizabeth Gaskell To my astonishment, I was taken to task on the subject by Mrs. — with a sternness of manner and a harshness of language scarcely credible; like a fool, I cried most bitterly. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Accept the flowers which I send — their sweet breath has a language more eloquent than words. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

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]

Samuel Johnson Their language is attacked on every side. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

We have not sent any apostle save with the language of his people, that he might explain to them. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Wilkie Collins She had never felt — in the time of his fiercest anger and his foulest language — the unutterable horror of him that she felt now. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Marjorie Bowen He now dressed like a Frenchman and with some elegance, he had learnt to speak her language correctly. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

John Morley The very language of Rousseau was to Voltaire as an unknown tongue, for it was the language of reason clothing the births of passionate sensation. Voltaire by John Morley

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]

This country, Mr Tibbets, is suffering from nobility of language and ignobility of practice. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

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]

And, what is still more remarkable, men who speak the language of modern philosophy, nevertheless think the thoughts of the schoolmen. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

H. G. Wells The language of Utopia, Sir, is French. I want to remind you of that. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

The language of these people, which is spoken by all the Indians of California, is the most brutish, without any exception, that I ever heard, or that could well be conceived of. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

H. G. Wells It not only holds much more, but it uses the larger keyboard of our contemporary language more efficiently. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

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

Anthony Trollope I don’t like to use hard language to you, but in such a case you would be the first to say of another man — that he was looking after the girl’s money. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But, nevertheless, she felt that the language which this man had used to her would be offensive to her husband if he knew that it had been used when they two were alone together. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Mark Twain He appears to have his own opinion of a sea voyage, and if it were put into language and the language solidified, it would probably essentially dam the widest river in the world. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Wilkie Collins No language you can use is too strong to condemn it. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Wilkie Collins Am I using the language of exaggeration when I write of my hostess in these terms? Look at the circumstances as they struck two strangers like my wife and myself. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Alexander Pope Unlearn’d, he knew no schoolman’s subtle art, No language but the language of the heart. Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot by Alexander Pope [1735]

Algernon Blackwood What she felt and thought as she heard the strange language he used, she hardly knew herself. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Ralph Waldo Emerson I cannot find language of sufficient energy to convey my sense of the sacredness of private integrity. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Anthony Trollope And then the fine arts were resorted to, seeing that language fell short in telling all that was found necessary to be told. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Our first violence had made it necessary to keep us safeguarded for a while, but as soon as we learned the language — and would agree to do no harm — they would show us all about the land. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

As Horne Tooke, one of the founders of the noble science of philology, observes, language is an art, like brewing or baking; but writing would have been a better simile. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Jane Austen She is exactly the woman to do away every prejudice of such a man as the Admiral, for she he would describe, if indeed he has now delicacy of language enough to embody his own ideas. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

She could not bring the Italian language along with her. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

George Gissing Of course you will do your very best for Tom; you would like him to have what the sweet language of our day calls a square meal. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Virginia Woolf We are beginning to invent another language — a language perfectly and beautifully adapted to express useful statements, a language of signs. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Jules Verne With such cipher language it is as with the locks of some of our iron safes — in either case the protection is the same. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

H. G. Wells His language was clumsy, he spoke with a strong Marxist accent, but he had the heart of the Power question clear. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Its language is much more English than that spoken and written in Scotland at the time. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Anthony Trollope She was forced from thence by this man, whose death protects him from the language in which his name would otherwise be mentioned. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Charles Kingsley John Bunyan alone succeeded tolerably, but only because his characters and language were such as he had encountered daily at every fireside and in. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

George Gissing Trouble he discerned, and shame; but the half-veiled eyes, the quivering nostril, the hard, cold lips, spoke a language beyond Samuel’s interpretation. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Pope, in his presence, would decline to speak or to read a language of which the pronunciation was confessedly beyond him. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

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]

This language was one he very well knew, but now it had a deeper sound than his colleague’s voice could give it. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

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]

James Joyce And Edy Boardman laughed too at the quaint language of little brother. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

John Locke Seventhly, language is often abused by figurative speech. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

He was, however, forced to hold his tongue from not comprehending half the language they employed. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Benjamin Disraeli What I owe to those who dwell under it no language can describe, and no efforts on my part, and they shall be unceasing, can repay. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

H. G. Wells The language she met in books was not the language of her speech and thoughts. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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]

Ralph Waldo Emerson This immediate dependence of language upon nature, this conversion of an outward phenomenon into a type of somewhat in human life, never loses its power to affect us. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Edmund Burke The French language has that perfection and that defect. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

But she whose language is, “By and by,” “But for a small matter more,” “If my husband should be out of the way. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

H. G. Wells In matters not immediately material, language has to work by metaphors, and though every metaphor carries its own peculiar risks of confusion, we cannot do without them. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Thomas Wolfe Fame even gave a tongue to silence, a language to unuttered speech. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

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

George Meredith Sir, I pray that you will listen to me seriously, though my language is not of a kind to make you think me absolutely earnest in what I say, unless you know me. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Willa Cather For him the language has no emotional roots. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

H. G. Wells The doctor in Monastir was an Armenian with an ambition that outran his capacity to speak English. He had evidently studied the language chiefly from books. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Walter Scott Thieves will not attack well-armed travellers, nor will devils or evil spirits come against one who bears in his bosom the word of truth, in the very language in which it was first dictated. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

E. T. A. Hoffmann There was something so supernatural almost in both his language and his gestures that I was deeply struck with awe. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

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

H. G. Wells Since language is to bring people together and not to keep them apart, it would be well if throughout the English-speaking world there could be one accent, one idiom, and one intonation. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Algernon Blackwood His language was admirably evasive. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Victor Hugo In Europe, French was the language of commerce, and also of felony. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Charles Dickens It trifles with a sacred ordinance, and the language and style, instead of improving the taste, has a direct tendency to lower it. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Wyndham Lewis had said years earlier that the major history of the English language was finished, but he was basing this on different and rather trivial reasons. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

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]

Anthony Trollope And as she thought of it all she remembered the kind of language in which she had spoken of her father. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins In either case (to quote the language of an excellent English play) the honest people are the soft easy cushions on which these knaves repose and fatten. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

And, if the justice of God does not resemble what we mean by justice, it is an abuse of language to employ the name of justice for the attribute described by it. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

George Meredith Now, down-charge!’ While Rose addressed the language of reason to Pat, Ferdinand slipped in a soft word or two. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Sir Walter Scott Even then her language was wild and incoherent. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Anthony Trollope Then he gave his own version of the affair, leaving his brother in doubt as to the exact language that had been used. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Any made-up language must be characterless and lifelesslook at Esperanto, etc. New Words by George Orwell

I do not say that the language is impossible or even very hard to learn: but it is required. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Algernon Blackwood The memory of it hardened in the sands of my imagination, as it were, so that the result has remained, although the language by which he made it seem so reasonable has gone. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

As has been already mentioned, the Pacific provinces of Nicaragua were inhabited by a people closely related to the Mexicans, and their language was nearly the same. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

In fact, the Latin language sinks under the very idea of murder. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

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]

Anthony Trollope The public press was already using strong language on the subject, and the Secretary of State was not indifferent to the public press. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton I wonder what language he talked to Captain Blande in. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

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]

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

H. G. Wells Their Greek was as dead and finished a language as that. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing To hear Godwin Peak using the language of a fervent curate would have excited in him something more than disgust. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Willa Cather He knew no English, and the sound of the strange language all about him confused him. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

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

Wilkie Collins Pardon the warmth of my expressions; I am eager to make my language the language of utmost delicacy. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Meredith Challenged by her initiative to a kind of language that threw Redworth out, he declaimed: ‘We pace with some who make young morning stale. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

William Makepeace Thackeray His language is absurdly stilted, frequently careless; the reader or spectator hears a number of loud speeches, but scarce a dozen lines that seem to belong of nature to the speakers. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

This poem is a regular five-act drama in the Dutch language, a language which Milton was able to read. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

H. G. Wells Useful and expressive novelties could be incorporated from any other language and made world-wide by the cinema, the radio and the ever-multiplying schools. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells The mathematical reformer may begin now at a point the English language reformer will not reach for some years. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

D.H. Lawrence It was the language which did it. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Robert Green Ingersoll Read the history of Holland, read the history of South America, read the history of Mexico — a chapter of cruelty beyond the power of language to express. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

She could not misunderstand their language nor resist it, and her heart prompted her to reward him at last for all his patient, faithful love to her. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Anthony Trollope I shall be accused of using very strong language against the newspaper press of America. I can only say that I do not know how to make that language too strong. North America by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan Julien called out, “Good evening,” and they replied in musical tones in the harmonious language of their own land. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Rudyard Kipling Down comes Glass’s rifle with language to correspond, and he fiddles with the bolt. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

H. G. Wells There is no party for the English language anywhere in the world. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

I appeal from the disparaging language by which the Professor in the Jefferson School of Philadelphia world dispose of my claims to be listened to. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

He couldn’t, apparently, speak any other European language than English, but he flew the Dutch flag on his prau. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

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]

Their language is extravagant, but there is no reason to think that it was not genuine. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Virginia Woolf Shades of meaning reveal themselves; the pompous language becomes delicate and exact. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Ford Madox Ford What is language for? What the hell is language for? We go round and round. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Anthony Trollope She had referred to his age, greatly exaggerating his misfortune in that respect; and she had compared him to that poor beggar Maule in language most offensive. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Would you have the kindness sir to make your language as simple as you can?” “This Englishman unhappy, at the point of death. Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy by Charles Dickens [1864]

T. E. Lawrence In a month, without common language or interpreter, they got on terms with their classes and taught them their weapons with reasonable precision. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Don’t you think it sounds much more distinguished than the old-fashioned tongue?” “Maybe; but when you speak your own language it sounds like a bird singing. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

She learned the language very easily, yet understood but little of the new faith the good sisters taught her, assimilating quickly only the superstitious elements of the religion. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Wilkie Collins Here, too, his unusual command of the English language necessarily helps him. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Richard Burton They were poorly dressed, and all armed with knives and cheap sabres, hanging to leathern bandoleers: in language and demeanour they showed few remains of their old ferocity. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

I was almost relieved when a hard try to bite on the part of the puppy imparted to Flurry’s language a transient warmth; but the reaction was only temporary. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

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]

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]