Phrases with "leave"

D. H. Lawrence She won’t leave him till he’s strong, and he’ll marry her before then. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anatole France At about the seventh week, M. d’Asterac gave me leave to go and see my parents at their cookshop. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Maria Edgeworth Dear sir, do not judge harshly of me; I have had a severe conflict with myself before I could resolve to leave you. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Robert Louis Stevenson But why, Prince, do you ever leave us?’ ‘For the pleasure of the return,’ said Otto. ‘I am like a dog; I must bury my bone, and then come back to great upon it. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim I could not be so inhospitable as to let you leave my comfortable quarters. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Gissing He dreads lest we should be parted, but I hope I shall never have to leave him. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope He had told her to leave it in her desk when she went from home. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli I was off as quick as they, but was obliged to leave my horse within two miles of the house, and then trust to my legs. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

She prevailed upon him to leave the country; but to leave the country, to fly together, to reach another part of France, where they might live at ease because unknown, money was necessary. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

F. Scott Fitzgerald A sense of extraordinary power welled up in him, until to leave the ground permanently with one of his wild leaps would not have surprised him. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

H. G. Wells If he left all his property to Elizabeth it would include the voluptuously appointed room he occupied, and for many reasons he did not care to leave that to her. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Charles Dickens If I don’t feel well enough to resume my visit where I leave it off, why YOU will come and see me before you go. To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens [1852]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It has not been considerate enough to leave any of its hair behind it. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

His hand is wounded and the fingers leave bloodstains as they snatch at the gray chiffon round his wife’s throat. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Three years of such companionship at that plastic and impressionable age were bound to leave in the boy a profound mistrust of life. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

It won’t do to leave old dad in the lurch. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

But will you excuse me for a moment, Miss Gibson,” he continued, interrupting himself suddenly, and preparing to leave the room. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Anne Bronte But it would not do to die and leave my mother. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

G. K. Chesterton He did not seem to wish to live and leave a fallacy alive; he certainly could not leave a fallacy alone. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They’ve got on her nerves and we thought it best that she should leave quietly. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Guy de Maupassan They delayed their return home four days longer, not being able to make up their minds to leave this pleasant land of the sun. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Rudyard Kipling It means, translated, “Give me leave to hunt here because I am hungry. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle But you must leave my house without further words. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Tell me where the box is hid, and I shall get leave of absence and go back to India in the monthly relief-boat to inquire into the affair. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry James I don’t know what you’re afraid of; but I’ll leave my card for him, all the same. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins She opened the door — started — and suddenly stepped aside, so as to leave the entrance free. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

But the master would not leave him alone. In the World by Maksim Gorky

William Makepeace Thackeray I shall not leave her excellent papa’s house, or vex by my departure that worthy admirable man. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Gissing Thyrza was glad to leave her room. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Now what are you going to be when you leave my brother?” My master answered for me. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The Queen sends these gentlemen a conge d’elire, or leave to elect; but also sends them the name of the person whom they are to elect. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Rudyard Kipling But I suppose you ought to leave me out. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

If he takes my advice he’ll let you go, provided you leave your pistols behind you. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

D. H. Lawrence Nein. Jetzt ruhig! Now leave off! Now be quiet. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

We accordingly crossed the continent to San Francisco, only to leave it in a hurry three days later for the usual reason. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My motor-bicycle scouts will trace you from the moment you leave to wherever you go and telephone to me their report. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope I suppose he dropped well on to eighty thousand pounds! I propose to leave it to him. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It might be, she said, impossible that the meeting should be effected, but she thought that she could so manage as to leave the house unwatched at the appointed hour. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Life was almost insupportable, and I determined to leave the place upon the morrow. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Meredith Clara was obliged to leave him there. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Meanwhile you will leave me these papers, and I think that it is very likely that I shall be able to pay you a visit shortly and to throw some light upon your case. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

More than a month passed away without any occurrence worth recording; but I was not destined to leave Cahergillagh without further adventure. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne I leave you to judge how eyes were used on board the Abraham Lincoln. For my own part I was not behind the others, and, left to no one my share of daily observations. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

H.P. Lovecraft Let us leave the city of Teloth and fare together among the hills of spring. The Quest of Iranon by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Her father heard of it, and went to remonstrate with her, imploring her to come to him at Swampington, and to leave Marchmont Towers to the new lord of the mansion. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Let us leave him to his illusions. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Miles Franklin I wrote also — pleaded with my mother against her decree, begged her to leave me at Caddagat, and assured her I could never succeed at M’Swat’s. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Wilkie Collins When I am with you, all my bitter remembrances leave me. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mind, I won’t touch it if you smoke another cigarette before you leave here. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anthony Trollope It would be better for her to leave the play in his hands, and to adapt herself to his moods. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Wilkie Collins Do you think I am ungrateful enough to involve you in a personal quarrel with John Zant? No! If I find myself forced to leave the house, I will go away alone. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Louisa May Alcott It’s a dirty, noisy place, and I was glad to leave it. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Ford Madox Ford I can’t leave camp twice in one week . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Jules Verne Mrs Barnett and Madge did not leave each other for an instant. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

You see, my work often takes me out on the run for days at a time, and I have to leave her alone. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

One on each side of the piano, you know; and, as I told them, they ought not to leave the other girls in the way they were doing. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

They were to leave Humphrey in Captain Wix’s charge. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James Nothing can be more honourable than for him to leave the poor child alone. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Thomas Paine Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Wilkie Collins Are you content, David, to leave such a man for the rest of his life to the chains and the whip?’ What could I say? She was too considerate to press me; she only asked me to think of it. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I was going to leave them, when I heard that you were here. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Thomas Hardy During the next day he sent Hannah with the key to Welland House, not caring to leave the tower open. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Margaret was not one to leave her nice warm bed for such a silly reason as that. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Wilkie Collins I leave this to your experience in such matters. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Frances Hodgson Burnett This afternoon he did not give any medicine or leave any new orders and he was spared any disagreeable scenes. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Henry James He had had half a mind to leave Rome without troubling Mrs. Osmond for a final interview. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Sir Walter Scott The lady, who had been attending in the ante-room, now entered hastily, and begged Edward to leave the room, but not the house. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

You know I can’t leave you like this. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Wilkie Collins Drop it there; and you’ll leave it right. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Oscar Wilde Suddenly I determined to leave her as flower-like as I had found her. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Then, indeed, she threw me a hurried glance, half searching, half doubtful in its character, as if she hesitated whether she ought to leave us alone together. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

I was delighted to see old “Giblets” quietly strapping his luggage in the hall, and heard from him in a whisper that he was to leave that evening by rail — he did not know whither. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth Gaskell Cynthia heard of some opportunity, I believe, and was only too glad to leave school a fortnight earlier than we planned. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Anthony Trollope The bride must leave the church in a properly appointed carriage, and the postboys must have wedding favours. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Mrs. Gaskell Poor Martha! I think she’ll be sorry to leave me. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Leon Trotsky On December 14 I telegraphed Lenin from Kursk: “It is impossible to leave Voroshilov at his post after he has nullified all attempts at compromise. My Life by Leon Trotsky

If she has gone out, I ask that she be detained before she has had time to leave the precincts of the court,” and, upon a sign from the judge, an usher hurried away. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

D. H. Lawrence Seems an awful lot for Also of —” “But you can’t leave it out,” said Miss Pinnegar. “You can’t economize over that. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald But she certainly meant he’d made some kind of indecent advances to her — she didn’t leave us in any doubt of that. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rudyard Kipling He has his leave all right, but he’s so dipped he can’t take it, and I don’t think his name on paper would raise four annas. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

T. E. Lawrence I never saw an Arab leave him dissatisfied or hurt — a tribute to his tact and to his memory; for he seemed never to halt for loss of a fact, nor to stumble over a relationship. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

But I differ from my colleagues, and like to leave nothing behind me. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Mark Twain I did not need the sash, but it was handier to take it than it was to leave it, and so I took it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. Rider Haggard Just see to the plate, will you? Remember, you have a personal interest in that; I can’t leave it away. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

If Noel doesn’t leave me, I shall be obliged to leave him. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne Lieutenant Hobson thanked the Indian chief, and took leave after giving him a few presents. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Were it not so serious that there is no time for hesitation, it would ill become me to leave this house in my father’s absence. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Thomas Hardy Yet he was loth to leave the spot, for the northern expanse became lost to view on retreating towards the village only a few hundred yards. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton She was herself in a mood of wild mirth, occasioned by the drolleries of an automatic female figure which a travelling showman introduced by Cantapresto had obtained leave to display at court. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Gissing I shall have to leave these lodgings at once. The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing

George Gissing But perhaps I shan’t leave town at all. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Maria Edgeworth Well, well! it shall be managed for you — leave that to me: I’m used to managing for cowards. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Baldwin Spencer When it is dusk they leave the wurley, and go round to the side away from that on which the Purula and Kumara men are lying, so that, to a certain extent, they are hidden from their view. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George Gissing For a couple of days Kingcote had been too unwell to leave the house. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson In these days, she was for ever considering what she ought to do, what to leave undone. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope I should be regarded as absolutely a traitor to my country if I were to leave Britannula while this is going on. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang To leave that vague is quite legitimate. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell But I can’t have her back here just yet; and so the best I can do for her is to leave her where she is. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Meredith He was not to leave her; so she had her permitted wish, she had her companion plus her exclamatory aunt, who was a protection, and she had learnt her need of the smallest protection. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

He was eager to leave the Bastile, where the secret which overwhelmed him seemed to double the weight of the walls. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Rudyard Kipling I saw a squaw take us flying and leave us in the same manner when we were spinning round a curve. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

William Cowper There they are free, And howl and roar as likes them, uncontrolled, Nor ask his leave to slumber or to play. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Wilkie Collins Begin your third paragraph, Mr. Noel, under the lines which leave me my legacy of five thousand pounds. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

H. G. Wells Never. And that’s why I had to come, you see, why I was able to come to you, just to see you and say good-bye to you, and take leave of you, dear Love that I threw away and loved too late. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Nash, why do you not request this—this gentleman to leave us?” “Why, he dare not keep you here,” cried the Squire, passing over the last compliment. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Abraham Merri But none of us desires to leave this pleasant place — nor do we desire it invaded. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Guy de Maupassan But leave it all in my hands, and I will speak to M. Julien.” She did not know what to say. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

She had not expected it and I fear that the action was observed, for when I took my leave of Miss Cumberland shortly after, I was struck by her expression. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James He was careful not to tell her that he intended to leave them. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Margaret Oliphant He broke off his conversation with his unknown sympathiser abruptly, and rushed out, meaning to leave the place. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Tomorrow I too shall leave Sant, to reflect on all this. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Benjamin Disraeli But, irrespective of all other considerations, I can never leave my father. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope I will go now, Madame Goesler, as I do not wish to leave the house with Lord Fawn.” “But you will come and see me soon. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Bronislaw Malinowski It was seen that on reaching a certain age the children leave their parents’ camp and are removed from their control; still the personal, individual bond of kinship is not broken. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

We carry our lives in our hands from the moment we leave civilization until we enter it again. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle You leave at twelve and should be there soon after two. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Sinclair Lewis Sitting on the edge of his bed, holding the portable telephone, asking wearily, “Mr. Sagen not in yet? Didn’ he leave any message for me? All right, I’ll hold the wire. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith I shall smoke it before I leave the mountain, and think—oh!” Having illustrated the philosophy of his system, Luigi continued: “I am going to tell you everything. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Jonathan Swif I bid my man tell him I was busy, and he could not speak to me; and not to let him leave his oranges. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

The rest you had better leave to Him.” So she laid down her knobkerry and went in and gardened with him. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

I suppose I shall have to leave you at Oban.’ ‘Too bad,’ he said sympathetically. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Charles Dickens On receiving the indemnity in return, he rose, but made no movement to leave the room. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

After that I worked again till a quarter past nine, when the waiter put his head into the doorway and told me to leave the rest of the crockery. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins Sent off a long letter to Robert, begging and entreating him not to be so down-hearted, and not to leave America without making another effort. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Anthony Trollope She was most unwilling; and for a day or two, much to Mrs. Wilkinson’s surprise, she refused to leave West Putford. But it was necessary that she should leave it. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Daniel Defoe I took my leave of her in the very crowd, and said to her, as if in haste, ‘Dear Lady Betty, take care of your little sister. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

When the Poissons left for home, Lantier left also, saying he would sleep with a friend and leave his bed for the ladies in case they wanted to take turns napping. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

But how is my aunt? When did you leave her?” “I have not left her. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

He hesitated a moment as if reluctant to leave her. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

By the manner in which I spoke of the brain, you will see that I am obliged to leave phrenology sub Jove — out in the cold — as not one of the household of science. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

It was always hard to leave him in the graveyard. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins Then he stepped back a few paces; looked about him bewildered, as if he had forgotten where he was; and turned quickly towards the door, as if resolved to leave the room immediately. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I want to leave — we could strike some arrangement about taking Nicole’s money out gradually. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wilkie Collins I require you to give me your word of honour to leave her at the church door; and for the space of one year never to attempt to see her, except in the presence of a third party. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Anthony Trollope Should he resolve to leave the document enclosed within the cover of the book, no one could accuse him of dishonesty. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Let me see you leave this house at once, Miss Page; and if in the few hours which must elapse before breakfast you can find time to pack your trunks, you will still farther oblige me. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Go, Gionetta! leave me alone — leave me!” “And indeed it is time I should leave you; for the polenta will be spoiled, and you have eat nothing all day. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

When I had a chance I begged him to try and leave while there was time; I offered to go back with him. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Henry James At that hour there is nothing to see there – you English are so slow to leave the bed. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

William Makepeace Thackeray I should like to be able to feed a reader so spicily as to leave him hungering and thirsting for more at the end of every monthly meal. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Anthony Trollope There is a distressing habitual humility in many unmarried ladies of an uncertain age, which at the first blush tells the tale against them which they are so painfully anxious to leave untold. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe At first the roll was slow and gradual, and we contrived to clamber over to windward very well, having taken the precaution to leave ropes hanging from the spikes we had driven in for the provision. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’ll leave it to you, Tom.” Amory walked into his bedroom. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Maria Edgeworth False, treacherous, callous, perjured tyrant! leave me! leave me!” He obeyed; she called him back, with a voice half suffocated with rage, but he returned not. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

He’ll want to leave them at Cully tomorrow, and perhaps he will. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

And then, to do that, she would have been obliged to leave Thawley at nine o’clock. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins Hester turned toward the door to leave him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Rudyard Kipling I caught —‘Not without my leavedependent on me for market-tips,’ and other gratifying tributes to my integrity. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

A jacquerie, even if carried out with the most respectful of intentions, cannot fail to leave some traces of embarrassment behind it. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Wilkie Collins I must try to recover my composure; and I leave you to do the same. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

When we leave this tent we part. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

H. G. Wells But he did not see her again until he was awaiting Lincoln’s return to leave this assembly. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Edith Wharton Then he decided to leave the money in the manager’s safe; it was no use risking it in crowded trains. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Sir Richard Burton Yet it was exceedingly hard for him to leave his bed, wherein he wished to warm himself a trifle after his cold night in the watercloset which he had lately left. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Anna Katherine Green Reuther, I leave you with the judge. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Jules Verne It has been built at the cost of so much trouble and fatigue, everything about it has been so admirably arranged by you, Lieutenant! I feel as if my heart would break when we leave it finally. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Ask leave to go, she dare not; for she knew the answer would be a point-blank refusal. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

John Morley He is never what we would call humdrum; never unwilling to begin to talk, nor in haste to leave off. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Rudyard Kipling The Youghals went up to Simla in April. In July, Strickland secured three months’ leave on “urgent private affairs. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Anthony Trollope I’m sure Mr Monk wouldn’t leave you. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling If you hand ’im a drum of oil an’ leave ’im alone, he can coax a stolen bicycle to do typewritin’. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Wilkie Collins When he and Philip had shaken hands, would he leave us together? No; he waited. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins She made a movement to leave the summer-house — checked herself abruptly — and laid one hand on the back of a rustic seat at her side. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

It wasn’t a thing to leave about. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Walter Scott Let him have all liberty, so that he leave not the camp. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

John Stuart Mill The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a thing when it is no longer doubtful, is the cause of half their errors. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Rudyard Kipling He suggested that his son had better cut his leave short and go down to his duties. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Wilkie Collins Valentine, understanding what she wanted, gave her leave directly to return to his wife’s room. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

E. Phillips Oppenheim What I feel is that I would like to take Audrey away and leave the thing to work itself out—and I would like you to leave too. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle It seemed, however, to leave no doubt as to the fate of the ship. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

You do not disapprove of my marriage with your step-father, so you can leave the rest to me. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Yours in haste, M. Finsbury. P.S. — Be sure and leave the barrel in the lobby. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Arthur Morrison Let but the sand-bag be pitched with proper skill at the bottom of a cage, and that cage would leave the nail, and come tumbling and fluttering down into the ready hands of the early riser. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

In England the masters alone usually leave the nest to collect building materials and food for themselves, their slaves and larvae. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

G. K. Chesterton But, at the time, Captain Gahagan was still in khaki, having a very short leave from the front, which he was supposed to spend at the neighbouring inn, but did spend mostly in my house. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

You think me rather parsimonious, don’t you? That’s because I don’t care to leave you the means of corrupting your jailers. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing The reason is altogether mysterious; I leave you to explain it. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Guy de Maupassan As they had vexed me, I talked louder than they, and papa with a dramatic air bade me leave the room. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing She had to leave her last place because it was too hard; just fancy, a shop where she had to cook for sixteen people, and see to five bedrooms; no wonder she broke down, poor thing. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Wilkie Collins I beg of you not to leave the farm. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

As to the bulkhead, he had advised his commander that the safest thing was to leave it alone, it was so villainous to look at. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Jonathan Swif I heard to-day that the commoners of our Society did not leave the Parliament till eleven at night, then went to those I left, and stayed till three in the morning. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

We’ll not let its follies grieve us, We’ll just take them as they come; And then every day will leave us A merry laugh for home. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

However, I leave you to talk the matter over with him. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

No wonder it regular broke my heart to leave it. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Elio At college I had an attachment to a lovely girl of seventeen; she was very much below my own station in life, and I never contemplated marrying her; but I induced her to leave her father’s house. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Anthony Trollope But what should she at once do? She could not very well leave Aylmer Park without settling whither she would go; nor could she in any way manage to leave the house on that afternoon. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Hardie learned where Dodd’s party lodged, and waited about the door to catch him alone: Dodd must be in college by twelve, and would leave Henley before ten. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell But he could not leave the dead for any one living. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

D. H. Lawrence So there well leave it, before the Major has time to say he is twopence short. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Kate Chopin They did not leave when they had intended. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Henry Handel Richardson Trade had petered out; and there would have been as little to leave behind as to carry with him. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hughes They don’t attend the feasts themselves, and call them disreputable, whereupon the steadiest of the poor leave them also, and they become what they are called. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Wilkie Collins She can only leave this neighborhood either by hiring a vehicle or by traveling on the railway. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Mrs. Gaskell Miss Jenkyns almost scolded him if he did not leave a clean plate, however heaped it might have been, and gave an injunction with every mouthful. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Had ye and your brothers no meet defense, and even if he led a kingly troop, I trow well so to fight that the daring man have good cause to leave this haughty mien. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Virginia Woolf But to the poets we leave it, and so on with our story. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

John Galsworthy I wanted her to leave him at the beginning of everything. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

It did not take a long time to exhaust the interest of Bassano, but we were sorry to leave the place because of the excellence of the inn at which we tarried. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Anthony Trollope There was nothing else to leave but this debt, and that is left to the son. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope