Phrases with "lies"

He lies in wait for any unwary utterance, and the least mention of his name, any thoughtless expletive, such as “The devil take me if —” brings instant response from him to clinch the bargain. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

John Lewis Burckhard On the west side of the town, in the bottom of the Wady, lies the monastery of Mar Elias, inhabited by a prior and twenty monks. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Sir Walter Scott This defiance hath already been sent to thee by thy sewer; thou underliest it, and art bound to answer me — There lies my glove. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Robert Louis Stevenson In the joy of the actors lies the sense of any action. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

See this thick splash, how it lies over and weighs down the wet grass blades. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He lies now, soldered up and screwed down, in his strait bed, triply secured in lead, mahogany, and oak, and as safe as “the old woman of Berkeley” hoped to be from the grip of marauders. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Flowers bloom, myriads of insects hover round them, and all is life, but the man who sought the elixir with such pains lies dead. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Virginia Woolf Heaven be praised for solitude that has removed the pressure of the eye, the solicitation of the body, and all need of lies and phrases. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As we reach the spot where Rudd lies moaning upon the ground he opens his eyes, and makes a futile effort to raise himself. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

The cemetery towards which they are going lies round to the left, at the foot of the mountain—a wilderness of little white cupolas, with here and there a tree. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

G. K. Chesterton You know how the glamour of Glastonbury lies over all that land and the lost tomb of King Arthur and time when he shall return and the prophecies of Merlin and all the rest. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Algernon Blackwood Edward, your complex against humanity lies hard and rigid in you still. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Why should people be angry with a poor girl who had never done a single reprehensible thing in her whole life? “I suppose our Rita does tell people awful lies about her poor sister. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Edgar Allan Poe So, perhaps, do his companions; and the difference in the extent of the information obtained, lies not so much in the validity of the inference as in the quality of the observation. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence It lies within the net of this European civilisation, but it isn’t landed yet. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle A third, the oldest and dearest of all, lies wounded at Bridgewater, at the mercy of a brutal soldiery. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Marie Corelli They know they are telling lies themselves all day and every day. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Benjamin Disraeli Want of love, or want of money, lies at the bottom of all our griefs. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Below these hanging gardens, on the edge of the desert, lies the cut corn in piles of sheaves. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Willa Cather His wife now lies beside him, and the white shaft that marks their graves gleams across the wheat-fields. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

As he lies on his death-bed, not only he, but those around him as well, hear the pleading voices of women, the pitiful cries of babes around his bed, though nothing is visible. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

And the conviction of it lies here”—striking herself fiercely on the breast. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

If biting your feet does not answer, he lies down. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

To the east, still bounded by out-liers of the same disconnected chain, lies a rolling waste of dark and stony wilderness, trenched with innumerable valleys through which flow streams of sand. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Benjamin Disraeli On the whole, his interest lies on our side. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

George Gissing Yet only so, perhaps, because even a good and conscientious man may fail to understand the obligation under which he lies towards his offspring. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

A heavy summons lies like lead upon me, And yet I would not sleep Merciful powers! Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature Gives way to in repose. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Bram Stoker Her lies point to other things besides the death of the African. She evidently wanted it to be accepted that his falling into the well was his own act. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Thomas Carlyle He lies buried in his death-city Ravenna: Hic claudor Dantes patriis extorris ab oris. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

E. Phillips Oppenheim Sir Reginald is still watching me keenly, and his thin white hand which lies upon the coverlet is shaking with anxiety. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

I consider as paper wads lies at the root uv popillar edyercation; ther a necessary adjunck uv the skool systim. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

William Makepeace Thackeray Death in each quarter does the eye alarm, Here lies a leg, and there a shattered arm. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

It lies at the heart of every question agitating the fears and hopes of a humanity divided against itself. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Elizabeth Gaskell No lies can break the oath we swore to each other. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle The difference between us lies in the fact that they know this awful secret and I do not. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

He lies dying at the foot of a tree, and makes a speech which ends thus:— See, the pathway breaks, divided! I will wander, dumb, To the left hand. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Jonathan Swif Dilly lies conveniently for me when I come to town from Chelsea of a Sunday, and go to the Secretary’s; so I called at his lodgings this morning, and sent for my gown, and dressed myself there. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

William Dampier Point Santa Helena bears south from the island Plata. It lies in latitude 2 degrees 15 minutes south. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

As a man falls flat, face forward on the brook, that he may drink and drink again, so Damascus, thirsting for ever, lies down with her lips to the stream and clings to its rushing waters. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

The dream was but a dream — it is no more! In sight myself of the grave, I feel, at last, that through the portals of the grave lies the true initiation into the holy and the wise. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Elizabeth Gaskell And Osborne — Osborne Hamley! One Osborne Hamley lies dead on his bed — and t’other — t’other I have never seen, and never heard on till today. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

In sight of Troy lies Tenedos, an isle (While Fortune did on Priam’s empire smile) Renown’d for wealth; but, since, a faithless bay, Where ships expos’d to wind and weather lay. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Walter Besant She lies in Norwood Cemetery now, but we kept our golden wedding ere she died; and children and grandchildren live to bless her name. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Rudyard Kipling It was some time since we had tasted the hot air that lies between the cornice and the ceiling of crowded rooms. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Sir Walter Scott Let me know in what obscure corner, and for what petty sum, it lies pledged — something may yet be done. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

H.G. Wells But the Vicar lies awake, too perplexed for dreaming. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Virginia Woolf Beneath bicycles and dusters, Sawston and Italy, Philip, Harriet, and Miss Abbott, there always lies for him — it is this which makes him so tolerant a satirist — a burning core. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Robert Louis Stevenson James More lies shackled in prison; but this time past they will be bringing him down here daily to the Advocate’s . Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle To the south lies a barren and unprofitable region, where water is scarce, and the dry withered veldt grass can hardly support the flocks of gaunt ill-fed sheep which roam over it. The Stone of Boxman’s Drift by Arthur Conan Doyle

Maria Edgeworth She wishes to go with me to Petersburg; she has forborne to make this offer directly to me; but I know it from her last letter to her mother, which now lies before me. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Margaret is still wearying for her lad; and Peter, he lies as quiet as his neighbours; not but what she hath put a stone slab over him, to keep him where he is: as you shall see. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Isabella Bird Between Shalamzar and Ardal lies the lofty Gardan-i-Zirreh, by which the Kuh-i-Sukhta is crossed at a height of 8300 feet. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Life lies all before you, and it rests with yourself to create a happy future. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell The evils do exist, and the burden of their continuance lies on my shoulders. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

And prithee, sweet mistress, go not from your word, but give me the buss ye promised me, and with a good heart, for oh, my own heart lies heavy: heavy as thine, sweet mistress. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

John Locke Wherein lies the general certainty of propositions. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I do not desire any harm to come to you; but what I do want is this: I want—if this deed lies at your door—full and ample confession. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Walter Scott The testament of the wren is still sung by the children, beginning, The wren she lies in care’s nest, Wi’ meikle dole and pyne. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

I always says to fellows, ‘keep your thanks to yourselves, and do me a good turn when it lies in your ways. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Maria Edgeworth As the men filled up his grave, one of them said, “There lies the making of an excellent gentleman — but the cunning of his head spoiled the goodness of his heart. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Jules Verne The eastern hemisphere lies before them in the full blaze of light, and there is no possibility of error in distinguishing continent from continent. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Isabella Bird It lies on both sides of the Chicago river, about a mile above its entrance into Lake Michigan. By the construction of piers, a large artificial harbour has been made at the mouth of this river. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

It lies so near to the Arno, held dear by every poet and made sacred by every art, that the little Greve is as a daisy set beside a crown diamond; and no one thinks of it. Signa by Ouida

Walter Scott But here is a gentleman dying, with letters about him from the Laird of Summertrees to the Laird of the Lochs, as they call him, along Solway, and every minute he lies here is a nail in his coffin. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Arthur Conan Doyle The box was the same which now lies open upon your table. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

H.P. Lovecraft It helps me, too, in making up my mind regarding a certain terrible step which lies ahead of me. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

John Lewis Burckhard N. from Shakka one hour lies Djeneine (ﺔﻧﻳﻧﺠ), the last inhabited village on this side towards the desert. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope Who can be really angry with the child who lies after that unwilling fashion? I had to be severe upon him till all was made clear; but I pitied him from the bottom of my heart. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

He was growing very interested in Lloyd. ‘That lies very close to the Kenrick boy’s route across the desert, as described by himself, and I think that that is what he saw. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Anthony Trollope But you may take this for granted that, as far as it lies in my power, I intend to become so. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

And his love transcended the lies that love itself on its lower plane had prompted. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Jeremy Bentham If the cause of the thing’s failing in its capacity of being of use to you, lies in the exterior situation of it with relation to you, the offence may be styled wrongful detainment or detention. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Ralph Waldo Emerson So intimate is this Unity, that, it is easily seen, it lies under the undermost garment of nature, and betrays its source in Universal Spirit. For, it pervades Thought also. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

And perhaps—by-and-by—in a distance so far off that she cannot now discern it, for the world; but the saints alone know what lies in the future. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Brought lies and truth mixed together, so that no man knew when to rejoice and when to be sorry. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Tobias Smolle The highroad, as far as Avignon, lies along the side of the river, which runs almost in a straight line, and affords great convenience for inland commerce. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Robert Louis Stevenson There is little timber except pines, and the greater part of the country lies in moorland pasture. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jack London Let us see where the power lies today. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

D. H. Lawrence What wrong have I done? What was that I have been living with? There lies the reality, this man. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins There lies my dress for the masquerade; no power on earth shall prevent me from wearing it tomorrow night!” He pointed, as he spoke, to the black domino and half-mask lying on the table. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

H. G. Wells He didn’t hear the lies she told; he only knew she was magnificently coming back to him. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

John Lewis Burckhard In the burying ground of the convent is a fine marble sarcophagus, under which an English consul of Tripoli lies buried. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

They are scholarships, not fellowships; aids to do work — not rewards for such work as it lies within the reach of an ordinary, or even an extraordinary, young man to do. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet the fault lies in the fact that it was to the wrong folk that we passed our money, thereby breeding a useless and debauched class at the expense of honest callings. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Algernon Blackwood In you, Edward, lies something very close to what he is, akin he needs it terribly, just as you “ She became confused. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

It won’t be no fuller o’ lies than tothers,’ and, if that admonition failed, he would bring his broom and sweep close around the borrower’s feet, not sparing toes or heels. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

William Dampier The biggest of the two (which is the inhabited one) is about four or five leagues long and lies east and west. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Only, unlike religion, the cohesive strength of Socialism lies not in its dogmas but in its ideal. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

John Lewis Burckhard In the village itself, on the left side of the river, lies a granite column of a light gray colour, one foot and a half in diameter. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Thomas Wolfe What lies there stir-less in the earth to-night, down where the worm keeps vigil? The blind man smiles his ghostly smile. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

M. P. Shiel But this way lies a spinning frenzy. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

What did I ever do to vex you? If you think I like any lass better than you — some fellah at Elverston’s bin talkin’, maybe — it’s nout but lies an’ nonsense. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Robert Louis Stevenson The country is wild and tumbled rather than commanding; an upland rather than a mountain district; and the most striking as well as the most agreeable scenery lies low beside the rivers. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf It lies partly in the disconcerting fact that we had thought his poetry so good and we find it indeed so poor. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Anne Bronte He lies on the sofa, nearly all day long; and I play and sing to him for hours together. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He lies under suspicion of having poisoned the stable-boy; he was undoubtedly out in the storm; he was armed with a heavy stick, and his cravat was found in the dead man’s hand. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

But, with submission, the truth lies the other way. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Arthur Conan Doyle Therein lies my metier, and it is just possible that it may be of some service in the investigation which lies before us. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

There was no sincerity in such haggling; I would not submit to being told lies by kings or anybody else. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Robert Green Ingersoll Tell them, like an honest man, that you have told hundreds of lies yourself, and tell the dear little darling that it is not the best way; that it soils the soul. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Wild flowers grow in abundance on this spot, and it lies high and airy, with a distant river stealing steadily away to the ocean like a man’s life. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Anthony Trollope But people in this matter had told no lies at all. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe Since I shall see him no more, I would impart to you a secret which lies heavy at my heart, and which makes my last moments dreadful, as they are without hope. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

His long, happy, and innocent life ended in the house of his son-inlaw, Dr. Hawkins, Prebendary of Winchester, where in the Cathedral he lies buried. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

The front of the small Temple lies parallel to the course of the Nile, here flowing in a north-easterly direction. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

William Dampier It lies about two miles to the westward, without the small Bat Island. Here we found the tide of flood setting to the southward, and the ebb to the northward. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Hell is your lot; You are doomed to eternal perdition; Nought lies beyond your grave but a gulph of devouring flames. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

I’ve just been speaking with him, not an hour ago, in Thomas Street. It lies at Ringsend — and an inquest in the morning. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells Do you think I tell you lies, mother?” “Everybody tells lies somehow,” said Lady Marayne. “Easy lies or stiff ones. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Three miles above us lies Lostwithiel, a neat borough, by the bridge of which the tidal water ceases. Margery of Lawhibbet by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

The hills over which it lies are rocky, steep and rugged; and the spaces betwixt them swampy and mostly knee-deep in water. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Rudyard Kipling Deep away in the heart of the City, behind Jitha Megji’s bustee, lies Amir Nath’s Gully, which ends in a dead-wall pierced by one grated window. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

They had been talking over their future life together, and she had said, very solemnly, “Bunting, I promise I will do my duty—as much as lies in my power, that is—by the child. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Not in the knowledge of things without, but in the perfection of the soul within, lies the empire of man aspiring to be more than man. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Joseph Furphy Now, I’m not going to deny that it lies within our province, as rational beings, to classify wrongs, provided we do so from a purely objective stand-point. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Elizabeth Gaskell Some on us, indeed, were a bit sorry for the poor young man, as lies stiff and cold for your sake, Mary; but we shall ne’er cast it up against you. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

There’s two or three lanes or by-roads about there, and it lies in one of them that turns sharp off by the Blue Boar, which is about the only inn where you can bait a horse thereabouts. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Thomas Hardy But her ambition checked her instincts now, and she said: ‘Do you think success really lies that way?’ ‘I am sure it lies in no other. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins The prominent interest of her life, for the student of human nature, lies in the story of her conversion, as told by herself. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

John Lewis Burckhard At one hour and a half north of Shobak, on the side of the Ghoeyr, lies the village of Shkerye (ﻪﻳﺮﻘﺷ). Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

John Lewis Burckhard The principal chain lies on the eastern side of the town: the valley slopes gently towards the south, where stands the quarter called El Mesfale (the low place). Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Alphonse Daudet True, true; but Tarascon lies behind all this, and Tarascon is down in the black books of the world of fur and feather. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Andrew Lang We have already been assured that the whole area over which Jasper is to operate is “utterly deserted,” even when it lies in full moonlight, about 8. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf There is the body, in the first place — the body with all those little physical peculiarities that the outsider sees and uses to interpret what lies within. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

For if he lies quiet he will quickly fill again, and new spirits will supply the vessels that are emptied. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Andrew Lang Andromache in her dirge (the regret of the French mediaeval epics) says that Hector lies unburied by the ships and naked, but she will burn raiment of his, “delicate and fair, the work of women . Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Samuel Johnson Sky lies open on the west and north to a vast extent of ocean, and is cooled in the summer by perpetual ventilation, but by the same blasts is kept warm in winter. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Henry James The charm of the room lies in the absence of certain pedantic tones — the browns, blacks and grays — which distinguish most libraries. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Walter Besant Said the girl, taking out the money: ‘Prison walls and prison bed; Who lies there is stark and dead. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

The streets are cleared, the open fields are gained and the broad, wide country lies before him. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Robert Louis Stevenson Nor have you the right to look for more; in the wages of the life, not in the wages of the trade, lies your reward; the work is here the wages. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope And top boots, when multiplied in such a locality, when seen in a phalanx tell such pleasant lies on their owner’s behalf. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing But it lies close by the ruins of a great temple, and at evening the shadow of the Acropolis falls upon it. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

A spacious breach is made; the town lies bare; Some hoisting-levers, some the wheels prepare And fasten to the horse’s feet; the rest With cables haul along th’ unwieldly beast. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Arthur Conan Doyle The village of Fulworth lies in a hollow curving in a semicircle round the bay. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Thomas Hardy I suppose the reason of his attentiveness to me lies in his simply wishing to win the good opinion of one who is so closely united to Caroline, and so likely to influence her good opinion of him. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

William Morris Now I say thee soothly that the sundering lies heavy on me, for never shall I love woman as I have loved thee. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

It is your duty to repair the evil consequences of your sin as much as lies in your power. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Walter Scott Hayraddin, the danger which threatens me lies on the right bank of the river — I will avoid it by travelling to Liege on the left bank. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Charles Dickens Upon the pavement of this first stone chamber, lies an ox scarcely dead. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Olaf Stapledon The significance of the war itself, lies partly in its fatal results, partly in that it reveals so clearly the limits of a half-developed mind. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Sir Richard Burton Gold dust is dust the while it lies untraveled in the mine, And aloes wood mere fuel is upon its native ground. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

William Morris Fair now is the springtide, now earth lies beholding With the eyes of a lover the face of the sun; Long lasteth the daylight, and hope is enfolding The green-growing acres with increase begun. Chants for Socialists by William Morris [1885]

It lies between two bends of the river, which here flows wide, showing no outlet and seeming to be girdled by mountains and palm-groves. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Isabella Bird On reaching the top of a very long ascent there was a unique surprise, for below, walled in by precipitous mountain sides, lies a lake of wonderful beauty, owing to its indescribable colour. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

And far ahead of life, far above the crowd, lies his path; there, alone with Nature’s Riddles, armed with Reason’s weapons, he is advancing. The March of Man by Maksim Gorky

James Joyce O, Erin, mourn with grief and woe For he lies dead whom the fell gang Of modern hypocrites laid low. Dubliners by James Joyce

Adam Lindsay Gordon A large vessel lies jamm’d on the reef, And many on board still, and some wash’d on shore. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Wilkie Collins The short way and the vile way lies before me. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

The village of Bethlehem lies prettily couched on the slope of a hill. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Thomas Hardy Prepare yourself for a solemn ceremony, which I wish to have performed while it lies in my power. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

The work begun by Zeno, and continued by Hume, Kant, Herbart, Hegel, and Bradley, does not stop till sensible reality lies entirely disintegrated at the feet of ‘reason. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Olaf Stapledon Perhaps the key to the problem lies on none of the levels but in some much more general principle which correlates all of them but cannot yet be formulated. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Bechelaren, or Pechlarn, lies at the junction of the Erlach with the Danube. 94 “hast seen here”. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Rafael Sabatini His retort, excellency, is this false accusation, and he has bribed and suborned his servant to confirm the lies with which he has insulted you. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

The hardship of such pursuits lies not in the toil but the fate which hardens expediency into necessity. The Black Fishers by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle He had a chart pinned upon the table, and he placed the end of his compasses upon a point which lies to the south-west of the Canaries. ‘Last year I did some sounding in this part,’ said he. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Of that I am sure; and therein lies his distinction. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

He steals a little, cheats a little, lies a great deal; but on the other hand he is patient, hospitable, affectionate, trustful. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Edgar Rice Burroughs We must not give ourselves time to think, for in that direction lies madness. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

He cut his way out with the captured despatches in one hand and his sword in the other—and there he lies in the Prince’s tent—dying. A Service of Danger by Amelia B. Edwards

Anthony Trollope I am not saying what the lies were, but they were damnable lies. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

James Joyce Ah, poor dogsbody! Here lies poor dogsbody’s body. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Born later, when Clio, celestial recorded, Set down great events in succession and order, He surely had seen nothing droll or fortuitous In anything here but the lies that she threw at us. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

But the discovery of the mystery lies in the bell. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Guy de Maupassan She thought in angry astonishment of how fate favors the wicked, and of the unpardonable lies of those who hold forth inducements to be upright and good. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells There lies a great work for various groups of the Open Conspiracy. Successful schools would become laboratories of educational methods and patterns for new state schools. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Temple of Wady Sabooah. Powerless against the wind, the dahabeeyah lies idle day after day in the sun. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. Rider Haggard Again he lifts and his muscles strain and crack, and she lies beside him on the narrow ledge! All is not yet done. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

He had lain upon them as a garden roller lies upon daisies, and there was no chance of their flattened personalities ever expanding again. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Robert Louis Stevenson It lies out of the forest, a cluster of houses, with an old bridge, an old castle in ruin, and a quaint old church. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang But hide yourself in a cave that lies near the foot of the tower, and plant a forked stick in front of it; then, when she has uttered her third cry, go forth boldly, and look up at the tower. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He who discovers the elixir discovers what lies in space; for the spirit that vivifies the frame strengthens the senses. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Virginia Woolf It lies rather in a state of being. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She lies in my arms a dead weight, with closed eyes and deathlike face. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Here lies the sign that we shall break our prison; Amidst the storm he won a prisoner’s rest; But in the cloudy dawn the sun arisen Brings us our day of work to win the best. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

There is a felt antithesis between economic and non-economic phenomena, but it is not conceived in the modern fashion; it lies not between man and brute creation, but between animate and inert things. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

So he lies on the fatal horns of a dilemma, you see; an’ not all the men in Derry’ll take him off them alive. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He said the police ought to prosecute her for the lies she’d told. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

George Meredith The treacherous cur lies rotting in a ditch! Do you conceive that when I employ you I am in your power? Your intelligence will open gradually. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

William Makepeace Thackeray Each lies in his narrow sarcophagus, which is commonly flanked by huge candles, and covered with a rich embroidered pall. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Anthony Trollope There might be much that would be disagreeable and difficult, but hardly anything could be worse than the necessity of telling such lies as those which she had fabricated on the previous afternoon. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott The King, as he passed, said to Dunois, “Yonder lies his Eminence low enough — he is no great huntsman, though for a fisher (when a secret is to be caught) he may match Saint Peter himself. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

G. K. Chesterton Do you know who I am?” “I know you, Auberon Quin,” answered the tall figure, “and I shall be glad to unburden your spirit of anything that lies upon it. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

James Joyce There lies her word, you reder! The height herup exalts it and the lowness her down aba-seth it. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

D. H. Lawrence She lies chuckling and passing audible remarks in the next room, as pleased as punch really, but so mad because Ma Stainwright wouldn’t have them taken in to her. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell I dunno know if he’s dead or alive; and uncle lies on the floor just beyond. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Walter Scott There lies the silver mine I spoke of, ready to enrich the dexterous hands who shall labour it. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Why dost thou egg me on hereto so busily?” Regin said, “Therein lies a tale which I must needs tell thee. The Story of the Volsungs by translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson

E. Phillips Oppenheim The man who lies in the hospital now, and who was found in your car, is scarcely likely to recover and I may tell you, without disclosing his name, that he is a very well-known personage. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Andrew Lang What pessimist two hundred years ago made his grumbling so permanent? One can only guess, but part of the imaginative joys of the book-hunter lies ‘ in the fruitless conjecture. The Library by Andrew Lang

That was when I was away in the brig Oregon. She lies in Portland, Maine. “Adar, only daughter of Captain John Davis and Mariar his wife, aged five. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Therein lies the best hope of advanced thought, and the best way to help its prospects is to provide in the fullest, frankest way for the conditions of the present day. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

H. G. Wells Your only safety lies in attack. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The defect rather lies in the absence of that element of uncertainty which is needed in order to sustain the interest. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

George Gissing Their strength, politically speaking, lies in a recognition of expediency, complemented by respect for the established fact. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Andrew Lang It is not in the hearthstone, but in that tall tree that lies the secret of my strength. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

How far we have left Milan behind! On the lake lies the moon, but the hills are held by mysterious shadows, which for the time are as substantial to us as the hills themselves. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Baldwin Spencer Why did you tell us lies about the fire? But there was no reply from the women; they were completely dead. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

John Lewis Burckhard The rock is granite, and continues so all the way to Assouan. The road from Syale lies over a sandy plain, with insulated hills of granite, which separate it from the river. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard