Phrases with "lead"

Lay by thy mantle of melancholy, and strive to lead a joyous yeoman life for three stout days. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

But he was a fine pleader, and could lead juries astray by superb flights of melodramatic eloquence, more suitable to a theatre than to a court of law. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

H. Rider Haggard Then it was that I, desiring the playthings, tormented my husband till he consented to lead me hither, though his own heart spoke against it. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

A man cannot lead his life for forty years and retain all the virtues. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Kate Chopin He did not lead the way, however, he directed the way; and he himself loitered behind with the lovers, who had betrayed a disposition to linger and hold themselves apart. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Henry Kingsley Nothing but a vast sea of fog, one snow peak rising from it like an iceberg from a frozen sea, piercing the clear frosy air like a crystal of lead and silver. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Jack London My sleep is fraught with her; my waking fancies, no matter whence they start, lead me always to her. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Still, I am trying to lead you to make certain inferences from the facts that are in your possession. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell I could not lead a virtuous life if I would. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Aramis sprang across the room, like a zephyr, to lead her to the door. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Sigmund Freud It is clear from this observation that the influence of puberty may produce in a boy of delicate health a condition of extreme weakness, and that this may lead to a very marked cerebral anaemia. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

There she had known, and had shrunk from the knowledge, that all those about her were aware of what sort of life she had been compelled to lead on her husband’s plantation. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

H. G. Wells Moreover it seemed to lead towards engineering, in which I imagined — I imagine to this day — my particular use is to be found. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Virginia Woolf He must be “let down,” for all his friends could do to dissuade him, to view a lead mine. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Elizabeth Gaskell She broke the silence — “O Jem, I charge you with the care of her! I suppose it would be murder to kill her, but it would be better for her to die than to live to lead such a life as I do. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Anthony Trollope One man may lead a horse to water, but a thousand cannot make him drink. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

G. K. Chesterton A wide experience of actual intellectual affairs will lead most people to the conclusion that logic is mainly valuable as a weapon wherewith to exterminate logicians. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Purely comic episodes are by no means wanting: and these, like the parallel passages in the dramatising of these very legends, were sure to lead to isolation of them, and to a secular continuation. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

The lead on the roof would probably fetch something; and they’d have to take the roof off anyhow to avoid paying tax on the house. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Anthony Trollope He began to imagine all the circumstances which might lead to her death; he thought of all the ways in which persons situated as she was, might, and often did, die. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

When he awoke he was in Boston. The first thing he did was to show his list of addresses and inquire into what quarter they would lead him. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

He was not the man to lead a forlorn hope, but rather the sagacious commander who directed his troops through a practicable breach. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

G. K. Chesterton Then he sat staring rather foolishly at the rude lantern of lead and coloured glass that hangs over my door. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

John Lewis Burckhard He admired my lead pencils, of which I had two, but refused to accept one of them, on my offering it to him. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

The lead coffin inside, with its dusty black velvet, was plainly much older. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rafael Sabatini The mere offer to sell the secret would lead to nothing. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

George Meredith She had a full ounce of lead in her breast when she sat with the boys at their midday meal, showing them her familiar pleasant face. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

James Joyce The fellows said it was made of whalebone and leather with lead inside: and he wondered what was the pain like. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Jules Verne The poor wretch’s symptoms were precisely such as to lead us to suspect that he had taken some corrosive poison. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Marie Corelli She glanced at Manuel himself to see how he accepted this sudden change in his fortunes, but he was entirely absorbed in watching Henri and Babette lead their little crippled friend away. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

John Locke In which cases the force of these axioms, reaching only to the sound, and not the signification of the words, serves only to lead us into confusion, mistake, and error. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

D. H. Lawrence It used to lead from the Abbey to the Hall; but now it ends blindly on the hill-brow. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

That to lead you to turn over a new leaf. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Virginia Woolf Now —” she pointed at the door with a superb forefinger so that Rachel had to lead the way. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Francis Bacon I had a hollow globe of lead made, capable of holding about two pints, and sufficiently thick to bear considerable force. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Hearing her touch and lift them, I opened my eyes with precaution, for I own I felt curious to see how far her taste for research would lead her. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins That teaching doesn’t lead to tortures, massacres, and wars; to envy, hatred, and malice — and for that reason it stands revealed to us as the teaching that we can trust. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Thomas Hardy Weights of lead seemed to be affixed to their feet, which would no longer obey their wills. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

When his debts overwhelmed him and he was carried off to the Marshalsea prison, Charles was only ten years old, but already he took the lead in the house. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Anatole France Just as the devil alone could lead an easy life in the midst of these furnaces, where one has to breathe flames. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

He who craved a mark 63 received such store that all the poor might lead a merry life. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Thomas Hardy But as the paper had nothing on it no clue was afforded; yet feeling herself the proprietor of the column and of all around it her self-assertiveness was sufficient to lead her on. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He wondered a little grimly whither those few days’ golf would lead him. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

It is not much in itself, you may say, but it was to lead to lasting events. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

She had made up her mind that when the time came for Bothwell to lead his young wife home, the home should be in some wise worthy of the wife. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Gissing So he rambled on, and went past the house, and took the field-path which would lead him circuitously home again. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I would settle down to lead a happy life, and think no more of the matter. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

An interesting fact in the chemistry of international controversy is that at the point of contact of two patriotisms lead is precipitated in great quantities. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch As it dropped, a sea almost swept it clear; but the lead hitched in a tangle of cordage by the port cathead; within twenty seconds the rope was caught and made fast below. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Ann Radcliffe La Motte, notwithstanding the assurances lately given him, could not but think that Peter’s blunders and his son’s inquiries might lead to a discovery of his residence. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

The grey wolf knows me; by one ear I lead along the woodland deer; The hares run by me growing bold. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Henry Kingsley He assisted the coachman and guard, and the solitary outside passenger, to lead the poor horses along the road. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

William Morris But now was Ralph exceeding weary, and he said: “Father, mightest thou lead me out of this throng, and show me some lair where I may sleep in peace, I would thank thee blithely. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Marjorie Bowen Frederic Monet was preaching; the interior of the building, the service, the congregation, all reminded her of her English days when she had had to lead her charges to a Protestant church. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

William Henry Bragg The third column gives the results obtained when the γ rays had to pass through little more than the lead wall of the chamber, which was 0. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

In this dreadful abode She was to lead a perpetual solitude, deprived of all society, and believed to be dead by those whom affection might have prompted to attempt her rescue. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Karl Philipp Moritz The roads that lead to it are all along their sides planted with shrubs; these, being modern and lively, make a pleasing contrast to the fine old mossy walls. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Mme Gabin dismissed Dede, saying it was useless that a child should be present, and then she tried to lead my wife to the window, to spare her the sight of what was about to take place. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Trivial causes, such as those which we have chronicled earlier, might seem to lead up to a division, but that division was really inherent in the growth of the two men. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

And thou, Will Scarlet, take the lead of the others, for thou hast a cunning turn to thy wits. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

The pilgrims had opened with their Winchesters, and were simply squirting lead into that bush. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

He’d toy with him, he’d lead him on — an evil smile curved round James Dice’s lips, and he nodded significantly to himself. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Francis Bacon For bribes come but now and then; but if importunity, or idle respects, lead a man, he shall never be without. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

The dinghy was very nearly swamped with the weight of lead in it, and getting the ballast back into the yacht was the toughest job of all. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

For a pendent loadstone clings more firmly to a magnetick body joined to it above with a hanging piece of iron added to it, than when lead or any other non-magnetick body is hung on. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Elizabeth Gaskell He thought that he went there to lead a simple and primitive life, away from the flattery of his courtiers. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

He did not desire to live in palaces or lead armies. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is for me, who am a Marshal of France; to lead these three hundred, since it is an honorable venture. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

It isn’t such a bad thing to lead a life of hard toil and plain duty within the four corners of an honest Act of Parliament. And I am glad to say that its seventies have never been applied to me. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Wilkie Collins He tried to lead her back to the melancholy story — so common and so terrible; so pitiable in its utter absence of sentiment or romance — the story of her past life. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Rudyard Kipling But if I don’t set eyes on ye ‘fore next hoppin’, this’ll be good-bye, Liz.’ ‘Dunno as I’ll be able to manage by then — not ‘thout I have a liddle dog to lead me. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

G. K. Chesterton And it may surely be maintained that any real advance in the beauty of modern dress must spring honestly and naturally out of the life we lead and prefer to lead. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Thomas Hardy In bed, I thought whether there were any very remote possibilities that might lead to the supposition that my wife was not consumed by the flames of the burning house. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope She would not see him till he came down ready, and all hurried, to lead his aunt to the dining-room. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Agatha had let him kiss her hand when he strapped it on her wrist, and, more in love than ever with her, he was sure her acceptance of his present would help to lead later to a closer intimacy. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

T. E. Lawrence After his robber-fashion, he was as hard-headed as he was hot-headed, and in his maddest exploits there would be a cold factor of possibility to lead him through. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now I had rather die, for he will never lead an army again. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

He had not money enough for politics or interest enough for the higher departments of the public service, nor had he those ready arts of expression that lead naturally into journalism. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

H. G. Wells Russia seemed to lead, it sought to lead in its acts and deeds, and it lied. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Wilkie Collins She goes to his side and takes his arm, as if he was a strange gentleman waiting to lead her down to dinner, nods to him confidentially, then glances at me. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Rudyard Kipling It doesn’t lead to good work. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I keep placid because I lead a placid life and collect adipose tissue. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Wilkie Collins She knew to a nicety when to lead her master and when to let him go alone. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

H. G. Wells The originative intellectual worker is not a normal human being and does not lead nor desire to lead a normal human life. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Gustave Flauber Broad tracks made by the streams of lead might be distinguished on the walls. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Ann Radcliffe He had himself spoken of his former adventure at Paluzzi; and it now appeared, that his family had taken advantage of the curiosity he had expressed, to lead him into the vaults. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Henry James All you want is to lead a natural life. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our new acquaintances examined the seventy-five pounds of lead with great interest, and finally carried it off with us as we went upon our way. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

There was last year’s expedition—you remember how I implored him to let me lead the assaulting party at Mannheim. He refused me. A Service of Danger by Amelia B. Edwards

G. K. Chesterton It is new to me for a nightmare to lead to a lobster. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Rudyard Kipling Or he’ll turn your lead pieces to metal as rare As shall fill him this globe, and leave something to spare . Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

In the process of time he had grown to lead a more and more secluded life. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Henry Adams To him, the current of his time was to be his current, lead where it might. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Henry James His attitude was simply the flower of his general good-nature, and a part of his instinctive and genuinely democratic assumption of every one’s right to lead an easy life. The American by Henry James [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle Alleyne hastened on, lest he make more mischief, and his heart was heavy as lead within him. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

William Godwin The Egyptians took the lead in early antiquity, with respect to civilisation and the stupendous productions of human labour and art, of all other known nations of the world. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

H.P. Lovecraf These folk say that on a table in a bare room on the ground floor are many peculiar bottles, in each a small piece of lead suspended pendulum-wise from a string. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

Of course he wanted dear Blanche to lead the highest life, and to dedicate herself as he had done, and to go into a sisterhood. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Do you?” “No, I do not,” answered Rex, and thought, if all women were like this one, how much easier it would be for men to lead a good life! His heart stopped its heavy beating. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

William Henry Bragg The rays which are left after penetrating this amount of lead have a mass absorption coefficient in lead of about 0. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Every train of thought seemed to lead into the hopeless realm of ungovernable folly, to recall the knowledge and the terror of forces that must be ignored. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Benjamin Disraeli Winding walks round the sides of the mountain lead through all the varieties of sylvan scenery, and command in all points magnificent views of the surrounding country. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Meredith The former had once led, and hoped to lead again. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

I stiffened under its quiet force, and, taking his arm, let him lead me out of a side door, where the crowd was smaller and its attention even more absorbed. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Herries himself seemed to lead them on, saying: ‘Here is a good place. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

That motive is too refined for such gross apprehensions, and would lead men into inquiries concerning the frame of nature, a subject too large and comprehensive for their narrow capacities. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

William Makepeace Thackeray The signal being given to descend to the salle-a-manger, the German composer was invited by his noble host (a bachelor) to lead the way. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Virginia Woolf No one perhaps has ever felt passionately towards a lead pencil. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Others bear aloft the trident, the emblem of Siva. Carefully hewn zigzags, entered through a much-decorated and colossal chod-ten, lead to the castle. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is going to lead him into terrible trouble; a fact which you probably know as well as I do. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Wilkie Collins Some minutes elapsed before Laura would venture into the plantation, and before I could make up my mind to lead her back to the house. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

What do I know? Perhaps it was permitted in order to lead your soul to saintliness through a life of seclusion and prayer. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

But he had nothing of worth to suggest, no alternative save the return to abuses of the grossest kind which experience had proved to lead to revolution. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Arthur Conan Doyle But I am here to lead these men in profit and honor, not to quarrel with every fool who has not the wit to understand how soldiers should be led. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

E. F. Benson But Lucia took the lead throughout, and suggested straightaway that the smoking-parlour would be the most convenient place to hold the classes in. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Elizabeth Gaskell He broke off, indeed, in his conversation with Mrs. Forbes to go and meet Ellinor, and to lead her into the most distant window before he delivered her letters. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

W. H. Hudson To this far-off fertile region Damian was taken to lead the kind of life he professed to love. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

She certainly thought herself strong; she wished to lead the life of an industrious woman, because labor is the half of happiness. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Andrew Lang When you have captured a whole lot of people in this way, lead your train straight on with you; you will come to a big town where a Princess lives who has never been known to laugh. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle She would wait, and if she got the opportunity next day she would lead Harold Denver himself on to this topic. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The blood of kings was in their veins, to lead him on to great things; and she, Margharita, his sister, his beloved sister, should be the mistress of his destinies. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

H. G. Wells We want New Against old — and this leader who has been pretending to lead us is so old, so stale; he’s sort of antiquarian. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Sinclair Lewis When he had come to New York from college Bates had believed that he was going to lead an existence of polite society and the opera. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith I beg you to lead me where I may ask it. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle This is not a propaganda newspaper, and we make no pretence to lead the public on religious beliefs. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson He spoke but little, and that in the same way as before, shooting a question at me after a long silence; and when I sought to lead him to talk about my future, slipped out of it again. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

On their left nearest the river was a great company of horse, and the Lord Brandoch Daha to lead them on a great golden dun with fiery eyes. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Sinclair Lewis During his shepherdhood an average of almost a hundred sin-weary persons per year have declared their resolve to lead a new life and have found a harbor of refuge and peace. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton What would it lead to? Nothing, as far as she could see. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Andrew Lang Thus Mr. Leaf writes: “Elated by the dream, as we are led to suppose, Agamemnon summons the army — to lead them into battle? Nothing of the sort; he calls them to assembly. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Washington Irving The descent was so steep and broken that I was fain to alight and lead my horse. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Charles Dickens No, no, God bless her! and, I have remembered since, she walked behind me, sir, that I might not see how lame she was — but yet she had my hand in hers, and seemed to lead me still. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Anthony Trollope Once or twice I did endeavour to lead him on to the subject; but he showed a disinclination to discuss it so invincible, that I was silenced. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton I do not demand faith in the fable, but I have not been discouraged in the moral, by seeing motoring lead to massacre, aviation destroy cities and machines increase unemployment. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

William Hope Hodgson In this, I humoured her, to the extent of not attempting to lead the conversation in that direction. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

George Elio After prayers, he contrived to lead her back to the drawing-room, and to put a letter in her hand. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Jules Verne Let us remain on this side and follow the bank, and I shall be much astonished if it does not lead us very quickly to the coast. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Sinclair Lewis Or — no! Now you shall lead me. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

James Joyce D’ye ken bare socks? Seedy cuss in the Richmond? Rawthere! Thought he had a deposit of lead in his penis. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

She was a pretty bad assortment,” said Lapham, lowering his voice and glancing round at the door to make sure that it was shut, “and she used to lead Jim ONE kind of life. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony Hope Hardly noting where he went, he allowed Bernenstein to lead him quickly and directly towards the room where Rudolf Rassendyll was, not doubting that he was being conducted to the king’s presence. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Jules Verne After replacing the bit, Michael looked to his girths and stirrups, and began to lead his horse quietly away. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

He could only follow the lead of the highest. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

She heard him call to young Jacob Ritson. She heard them lead the horse out and its sharp stamp on the stones, very clear on that summer evening. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle The rails had formerly run very close to the shaft for the convenience of loading the coal, and we had only to add two or three lengths of rail in order to lead to the very brink of the shaft. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Wilkie Collins Lawyer as I was, I began to feel that I might trust Mr. Murthwaite to lead me blindfold through the last windings of the labyrinth, along which he had guided me thus far. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

However, the solicitor was against it; it might lead to a verdict, he said, but it would certainly lead to further publicity. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Edith Wharton The kind of life he wanted to lead was just what his father and grandfather had led before him: breed a few trotting-horses, and have a little shooting behind a couple of good dogs. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Penitent and shattered, I vow to lead a new life; to forswear spirits, to drink nothing but water. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Eliot The fact that Maggie had been up, had waked him, and had taken the lead in activity, gave Bob a vague impression of her as one who would help to protect, not need to be protected. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

George Meredith That’s what principles lead you to. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Oscar Wilde You don’t know what an existence they lead down there. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

James Joyce Nannie gave the lead and we three knelt down at the foot of the bed. Dubliners by James Joyce

Gustave Flauber Javelins, arrows, phalaricas, and masses of lead were already being showered down upon them from the towers. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

I will not allow your father to lead me into any quagmire of speculation, believe me, dear one. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing No doubt, Mrs. Abbott went away thinking we lead rather a cat and dog life. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Baldwin Spencer Followed by the medicine man the Kurdaitcha takes the lead until the enemy is sighted. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Matthew Flinders In harbour, the measuring of log and lead lines upon deck, and the stowage of the holds below, were the favourite subjects of his attention. A biographical tribute to the memory of Trim by Matthew Flinders [1804]

Jules Verne There was nothing to lead me to expect that I should soon quit Washington; though in my line of duty one is never certain of the morrow. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Thomas Hardy Rest content, Miss Graye, and depend upon it that I will not lead you into difficulty. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Benjamin Disraeli It is very well for mamma and myself to lead this life. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have to interview the fellow, and I need some lead up to him. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Guy de Maupassant He began to eat in lonely silence, not knowing how to lead this rebellious nature to the realization of his dreams. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Anthony Trollope But he could make a horse do anything when he wanted to sell him, and could on an occasion give a lead as well as any man. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

William Morris Sooth it is that for many days past I have sought thee that thou mightest lead me. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

If your majesty will do as I said ——” “Enough, St. Luc. I trust Heaven will send you a dream to-night which will lead you to repentance. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

George Meredith If you came to lead her out of it in triumph, the laugh ‘d be with you, and the lady well covered. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

H. G. Wells He wants to lead a supernormal life. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Rudyard Kipling There is no room for four first-class empires in the States. One split will lead to another if the first is successful. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

It was now well away from the wall, and turned at an angle, faced a door that he supposed must lead out into a scullery or washhouse. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

H. G. Wells The dog Toupee was straining at a leash, and doing its best in a yapping, confused manner, to welcome the wrong people by getting its lead round their legs. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Charles Dickens Dolly hesitated to lead the way into the parlour, for there it was nearly dark; at the same time she hesitated to stand talking in the workshop, which was yet light and open to the street. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Robert Browning Since passing the door might lead to a feast And a feast might lead to so much beside, He, of many evils, chose the least. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

The men of my crew, who are devoted to me for life and death, mount guard around this apartment, and watch all the passages that lead to the courtyard. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Henry James I began to regret my officious presentation of his name and prepared without delay to lead him out of the house. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

I take sulphuretted hydrogen and lactate of lead in mine every time!” And we have said: “Nature is working in that darling. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Andrew Lang Next day he set forth at dawn with the dun cows in front of him, and followed patiently wherever they might lead him. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ford Madox Ford She was remarking to Macmaster: ‘Oh, Mr Macmaster, my new book will be out on Thursday week,’ and she had begun to lead him towards a window at the other end of the room. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

He was at length aroused from his silence by Ned, who, bending forward and placing his hand upon Clifford’s knee, said abruptly — “In short, Captain, you must lead us once more to glory. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Anthony Trollope The wilderness! In truth, the spot was one which did lead to many thoughts. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Having only undertaken in the present narrative to lead the way along a succession of events, the writer declines to follow modern examples by thrusting himself and his opinions on the public view. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Olaf Stapledon Merely seeing the good must not necessarily lead to choosing it. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Louisa, dragging her sister along, felt strong as with the strength of lunacy, but Lottchen hung like a weight of lead upon her. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Wilkie Collins She suffered the agent to lead her upstairs. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

H. G. Wells A king should lead his people; you want me to stick on their backs like some Old Man of the Sea. To-day must be a sacrament of kings. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Anthony Trollope I’ll lead him such a dance that he shall wish he had never heard the name of Germain. I’ll make his deanery too hot to hold him. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

It’s curious to think that hopeless love and a noisy disordered dinner should lead a man to these speculations, but they did. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

She put her arm through his to lead him to lunch, and squeezed it. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Guy de Maupassan I feel incapable of working or of becoming anyone now, and yet I know I was not intended to lead the dull, pleasureless life to which your short-sighted affection has condemned me. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

It wasn’t a very fluent conversation, but it was quite enough to — to lead to an understanding. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Nathaniel Hawthorne If so, this second meeting must lead to the examination of the cabinet, and the discovery of some family documents in it. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

What then was I that I should presume to disregard his lead in the difficult maze in which we were both lost. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

William Henry Bragg Florance states that the linear coefficient of absorption by lead of the primary rays was 0. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Old Duffham shall not lead me blindfold into one of his spun-out histories again. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

I should have much money, she said, when I grew to be a man, and could lead an idle life. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

His zeal in the propagation of his views, political and philanthropic, was so absorbing as to lead to a uniform want of success in his business undertakings. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

John Lewis Burckhard Our Souakin traders obliged their slaves to lead each of the camels by a halter, and upon every false step made by the animal they applied the whip to the leader. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

When he sees it ahead of him he will act in such a manner as to lead people to suppose him to be drunk; he will also begin to lash his animals, who will certainly run away. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Accumulated money is the master or slave of each owner, and ought rather to follow than to lead the twisted rope. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Arthur Conan Doyle You have nicked it there! If a thing must be done, then take a lead in it, whatever it may be. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle