Phrases with "life"

George Eliot Two months have only deepened the certainty that I can never care for life without you. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

D. H. Lawrence And from him, Brangwen, she wanted help, so that her life might be properly fitted out. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser Now, more than ever before, she knew something of life because she knew something of love and passion. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Miles Franklin Horrors! Broken down drudges talking of uterine troubles and the weariness of child-bearing! I could not accept that as the fullness of life from any God worthy of worship or gratitude. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Anthony Trollope Why not Hester as well as another girl? It is the happiest life for women. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

One man’s life is this way, another’s that. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

H. Rider Haggard Nay, though thou art lovely as the night in all her stars, O Lady of the Night, yet it is me his wife whom he loves, and not thee, and therefore do I give thy life to him. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope He had taken his great step in life and had failed. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Benjamin Disraeli I should deem my life well spent in serving the daughter of the great Hunniades.” “Kind stranger,” replied the captive, “I was ill prepared for such a meeting. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Theodore Dreiser Despite her altered state Jennie did not lose her judgment of life or her sense of perspective or proportion. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

In the superior ranks of life how seldom do we meet with a man of superior abilities, or even common acquirements? The reason appears to me clear, the state they are born in was an unnatural one. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

H. G. Wells Then over the eastern woods, and touching the whole world to life and colour, poured, with the exaltation of a trumpet blast, the light of the rising sun. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

D. H. Lawrence He knew that all his life he had been wrenching at the frame of life to break it apart. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Gustave Flauber Every one was arranging his life beforehand; they would have concubines, slaves, lands; others intended to bury their treasure, or risk it on a vessel. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

He ascends a church-steeple, and looking down from the belfry the whole life of the town is spread out before him. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

This latter rule seems to hold true more generally than the second one, namely, that variations which occur in either sex early in life tend to be transferred to both sexes. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Olaf Stapledon The Dolt, I gather, had interpreted this to mean that a common spirit or soul emerged, with a life of its own over and above the life of the individual. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

One thin dark man with marked eyebrows, hollowed cheeks, and straight dark hair looked very like any other similar young man when the individuality of life was quenched. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

D. H. Lawrence It seemed so much bigger, as if the walls of life had fallen. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson That’s what I mean by sport, taking your life in your hand instead of sitting in an arm chair and firing into flocks of hand-reared pheasants. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Theodore Dreiser He wanted to be like them and to act like them, and so his experience of the more pointless forms of life rapidly broadened. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

What I did was to turn in the opposite direction to the other gate, where we might so easily have been cut off, and to pedal for my life — up-hill! “My God!” I shouted when I found it out. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

So would you, if you’d died and come to life again. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

The life of the city grew gay, and the very Revolution ran swifter. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

H. G. Wells It is extraordinarily interesting to note all the things in life that are left out by the Elizabethan literature, and so to measure that smaller brighter circle of interest in that age. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Good aguardiente is a verree difficult fruit to handle, Señor Goodwin.” Smuggling, in Coralio, was much nearer than competition to being the life of trade. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Ford Madox Ford Yes, the mental deterioration that Florence worked in Leonora was extraordinary; it smashed up her whole life and all her chances. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Thomas Hughes There he lay, half doubtful as to where exactly in the universe he was, but conscious that he had made a step in life which he had been anxious to make. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

That which should have put life into them was absent, but it seemed as if it had been there, and had miraculously disappeared, leaving only its heavy vestments behind. In the World by Maksim Gorky

The Trappists led a life of rigorous poverty, intensified in this barren remote land to the point of starvation. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Henry James It offered a double vision, the strongest dose of life that art could give, the strongest dose of art that life could give. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

William Morris Doesn’t that seem something like war to you? Can’t you see the waste of it — waste of labour, skill, cunning, waste of life in short? Well, you may say, but it cheapens the goods. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Henry Fielding You must consider, therefore, madam, what chance you have of redeeming him; unless you chuse, as perhaps some wives would, that he should lie all his life in prison. Amelia by Henry Fielding

H. G. Wells Suddenly when that horse shied I realized what a beastly business life was—as those brutes up there live it. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Gissing I know now what you mean; I couldn’t for the life of me think what you were talking about. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Looking back on it from our own time, it seems more like a geological period than the life history of a single nation. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

George Gissing A horror of life seized him; he understood, with fearful sympathy, the impulse of those who, rather than be any longer hustled in this howling mob dash themselves to destruction. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

He lives a very quiet life and there’s only him and his niece up there, shut away from everyone else. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

T. E. Lawrence The shining contempt of life which led others into the barest asceticism drove him to despair. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Sinclair Lewis With such a small-town life a Kennicott or a Champ Perry is content, but there are also hundreds of thousands, par- ticularly women and young men, who are not at all content. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins When the sense of life returned to her, the morning sun was warm on her face — the blue heaven looked down on her — and the sea was a sea of gold. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Louis Pasteur As another example of life without air, accompanied by fermentation properly so called, we may lastly cite the fermentation of lactate of lime in a mineral medium. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Robert Louis Stevenson These were extremely poor experiences, on the whole; and at that time of life my dreamer would have very willingly parted with his power of dreams. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Richard Burton After which I returned to my old merry way of life and forgot all I had suffered in the great profit and gain I had made. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Guy de Maupassan Neither men nor animals were to be seen; only the chimneys of the cottages gave evidence of life in the smoke that ascended from them into the icy air. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Leon Trotsky Taking it all in all, I can hardly complain about my life in prison. My Life by Leon Trotsky

From this period, and so long as the genial spirits of youth lasted, Pope’s life must have been one dream of pleasure. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

Olaf Stapledon If a man is to live after death, the other life must be not merely a life but his life. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arthur Schopenhauer And life is a dream: when the moment of greatest horror compels us to break it off, the same thing happens. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Willa Cather They melt into the land and the life of the land until they are not stories at all, but life itself. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Anthony Trollope The happiness of the last years of the old man’s life was much disturbed by the events of the French revolution. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Father Rocco, some weeks after the cessation of his intercourse with Fabio, returned one morning to his old way of life as a sculptor, and opened the long-closed doors of his brother’s studio. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Rudyard Kipling He would call all der life beasts from der forest, und dey would come. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Mrs. Hay Denver’s life had been a very broken one, and her record upon land represented a greater amount of endurance and self-sacrifice than his upon the sea. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Henry Fielding Besides, it is sometimes impossible to believe these professions, as every action of the man’s life is a contradiction to it. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

This chart of Milton’s life is at once simple and true. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Henry James Only Strether’s imagination, as always, worked, and he asked himself if this side of life were not somehow connected, for those who figured on it with the fact of marriage. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

It had unconsciously governed his choice of a career, and if it ever failed him in life it was perhaps in the one exceptional circumstance of his marriage — which was also natural. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Algernon Blackwood It was part of Nature, natural in the biggest sense, a small, true incident in the processes of the entire cosmos whose life we shared. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Olaf Stapledon Those who demand a life after death would not be content with a completely passive, inactive existence. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Thomas Hardy But there are more ways of letting out life than through a bullet-hole. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Solitude is to me no evil, and the delight of my life would be to wait upon you. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Andrew Lang This coming and going continued all her life long, and in spite of it they always lived happily together. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was as if the Prince in the dear old fairy tale had just kissed the Sleeping Beauty, and all that enchanted world had sprung into life at the meeting of their lips. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

My father’s life has not been a happy one. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

W. H. Hudson Unexpectedly, when the young wife-killer imagined that only two days of life remained to him, his fellow-prisoners dragged him forth from his cell, and from that moment he vanished utterly from sight. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

A girl’s life seems all brightness. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell Indeed, there is little display of any of the amenities of life among this wild, rough population. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

William Makepeace Thackeray This is the way with all people of this town, of which, as I’ve heard say, there is ten thousand happy English, who lead this plesnt life from year’s end to year’s end. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Henry Handel Richardson But life there had had a bright side. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Our drama presents no truer nor more painstaking representation of ancient Roman life than may be found in Jonson’s “Sejanus” and “Catiline his Conspiracy,” which followed in 1611. Ben Jonson by Felix E. Schelling

H. G. Wells For in the latter days of that passionate life that lay now so far behind him, the conception of a free and equal manhood had become a very real thing to him. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

The magistrate obtained, therefore, an abundance of those frivolous details which seem nothing at first; but the slightest of which may, at the trial, become a question of life or death. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

D. H. Lawrence Nothing in the whole of life stirred him so profoundly, and so utterly, as the thought of this woman. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Anthony Trollope That it would be well for him to become a married man, looking merely to the state of life as opposed to his present state, he had fully resolved. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The exhausted mine was like the body of a huge fantastically-shaped mastodon, from which all the organs of life have been taken, and only the skeleton remains. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

It was not that he did not intend to take a fair amount of work: but to exist without a good share of out-of-door life also, would have been hard lines for Tod. The Sunday services were beautiful. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

London life and society stimulated him for the time, but he paid dearly for it. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Anna Katherine Green Not because she does not believe in his integrity, for she does; but because she will not unite herself to one whose prospects in life are more to her than her own happiness. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Helen Zimmern More and more Miss Edgeworth’s life revolved round home and friends. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

John Bunyan Ignor. But my heart and life agree together, and therefore my hope is well grounded. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

The sands of my life are nearly run and I have only a few minutes to live, although I do not know it. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

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]

Jules Verne Perhaps he has a life to be renewed. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

The proper course is for a boy to begin the practical business of life many years earlier than he now commonly does. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

H. G. Wells The new life that the Open Conspiracy struggles to achieve through us for our race is first a life of liberations. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Bram Stoker My life is hers, and I would give the last drop of blood in my body for her. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins At those words, the new idea which gave the new hope of life came to me in an instant. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Jack London The life of only one member was demanded, which was a remoter interest than their lives, and in the end they were content to pay the toll. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell But Ruth’s loving disposition, continually sending forth fibres in search of nutriment, found no other object for regard among those of her daily life to compensate for the want of natural ties. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We have two life cycles: the man’s and the woman’s. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

When variations occur late in life in one sex, and are transmitted to the same sex at the same age, the other sex and the young are left unmodified. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Robert Green Ingersoll And the Lord God said, Behold the man has become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

For some natures the cup of life holds no bitterer drop than this. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Radclyffe Hall Then their married life in the comfortable bungalow; after all, that had had compensations, for Joan had come as a healer, as a reason, an explanation. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Daniel Defoe From the sad shores they saw the wretches walk, By signals of distress they talk; There with one tide of life they’re vext, For all were sure to die the next. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Arthur Morrison For a year or more I pursued the life of a lonely vagabond in New South Wales, painting as well as I could its scattered forests of magnificent trees, with their curious upturned foliage. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Caroline Lamb The ills of life thou ne’er shalt know. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Gissing If you give up housekeeping (and housekeepers), why not reform your life altogether? Go and have a look at Australia.’ ‘Sibyl hates the sea. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Edith Wharton His imagination had matured, but in life he had remained a blundering boy. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

He pondered hours over that smell and tried to recall all those whom he had known in his past life who smoked Havana cigars. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

William Godwin The life of Savonarola however came to a speedy and tragical close. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

If she would trust him, he would devote his whole life to making her happy, and to proving how well founded was the faith she had reposed in him. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Henry James We see a great deal of that – the way things come out,” said Mrs Bowerbank, whose view of life seemed to abound in cheerless contingencies. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

He looked as light as a leaf, and as if he were being blown through life by any chance wind, the wind of his own vagaries. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Me claims my she-wolf (Loba) so divine: And justly she that claim prefers, For, by my troth, my life is hers More than another’s, more than mine. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

James Hogg Matters, were at last made up between M’Gill’s parents and the schoolmaster, but by that time I had got the start of him, and never in my life did I exert myself so much as to keep the mastery. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

They existed knit together, as it were, in a living tower built up round the sacred vessel, and through all the stones of that tower its common life flowed. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Arnold Bennett He was enchanted with the life of school; he liked the other boys, and it appeared that the other boys liked him. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Benjamin Disraeli So I am content to dwell in Galilee and trace the footsteps of my Divine Master, musing over His life and pregnant sayings amid the mounts He sanctified and the waters He loved so well. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Wilkie Collins IN the great emergencies of life we feel, or we act, as our dispositions incline us. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

But if there had been a clause in the lease, as there should have been, forbidding her to put those houses in order when she left them, life would have been simply a rapture. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

The details of his early life already given show how soon the inborn honor of his nature began to shine. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle I confess that I should have liked another year of life to finish my classification of the chalk fossils. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Willa Cather But wherever his life had touched Thea Kronborg’s, there was still a little warmth left, a little sparkle. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Arnold Bennett Abounding life inspired her movements. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry Fielding I never paid any regard to a dream in my life — but, indeed, I never dreamt anything so very plain as this. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Charlotte Perkins Gilman They had no theory of the essential opposition of good and evil; life to them was growth; their pleasure was in growing, and their duty also. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Guy de Maupassant At last I raised myself with infinite caution as though my life depended on the slightest sound that I might make; and looked over the edge of the boat. On the River (Sur l’Eau) by Guy de Maupassant [1888]

John Stuart Mill The comparison of the Epicurean life to that of beasts is felt as degrading, precisely because a beast's pleasures do not satisfy a human being's conceptions of happiness. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

E. F. Benson What with naked Mr. Hopkins, and Janet’s frock and this unveiling of her hoard, life seemed at the moment really to consist of nothing else than beastly situations. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Goldwin Smith She, therefore, would have no difficulty in thinking that such a life was consistent with cheerfulness, but ordinary readers will ask how it could fail to bring on another fit of hypochondria. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

G. K. Chesterton But there is not depth in the sense of a great familiarity with the other side of the scenery or the implied life behind the scenes. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Anthony Trollope There it is as plain as life over the place of business”—she would not even yet call it a shop—“Rubb and Mackenzie; and yet they won’t let me know anything as to how matters are going on. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle It would have been well for you if you had been born dumb, so that you could not have sworn our comrade’s life away. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

On the other hand, the conditions of life to which savages are exposed, and some of their habits, are favourable to natural selection; and this comes into play at the same time with sexual selection. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

D. H. Lawrence You get as much amusement out of life as possible, and there’s the end of it. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood The life of the backwoods fascinated him — whence, doubtless, his surpassing efficiency in dealing with their mysteries. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

I, too, am young as yet: though she said she never considered me young, I am barely thirty; there are moments when life — for no other reason than my own youth — beams with sweet hues upon me. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing His mode of life seemed to agree with him; there was ruddy health on his cheeks, and his whole appearance bespoke the man who found life one with enjoyment. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins When I arrived, I found her suffering from one of the worst attacks of Typhus I ever remember to have seen; and I think it my duty to state candidly, that I believe her life to be in imminent danger. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Robert Louis Stevenson Your bed shall be the moorcock’s, and your life shall be like the hunted deer’s, and ye shall sleep with your hand upon your weapons. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Such were the views as to their future life with which the Marchioness intended to accompany her stepdaughter to their Saxon residence. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Margaret Oliphant To him, with the life beating so strong in his veins, the sight of that life in death was strange, almost awful. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Robert Louis Stevenson In all her life before, she had not tasted of gross food nor drunk after another; but a brave woman far more readily accepts a change of circumstances than the bravest man. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing As long as her child’s life seemed in danger, she strove with a mother’s predominant instinct to defend it; but her powers failed as Emily passed out of peril. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Discovering that the culprit was a queen’s man, and that the affair would cause bad blood at court should the king order the man’s life to be taken, I tried to do so, but things had gone too far. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was always of Kinraid’s return; Kinraid was full of life in Philip’s dream, though in his waking hours he could and did convince himself by all the laws of probability that his rival was dead. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

James Joyce How simple and beautiful was life after all! And life lay all before him. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

George Gissing That, too, was Veranilda’s desire; for on her ear the name of Rome fell with a magic sound; all her life she had heard it spoken reverentially, with awe, yet the city itself she had never seen. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Edith Wharton If I was to sell out to-morrow, and spend the rest of my life reading art magazines in a pink villa, I wouldn’t do what you’re asking me. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle The one object of Malone’s life w as to get the great man’s sympathetic consideration of those psychic subjects which had gained such a hold upon himself. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

William Hazlitt He hath a stern look, but a gentle heart; Let him come back, that his compassion may Give life to yours. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Henry James Thick and strong is the good Flemish sense of life and all its functions — which fact is responsible for no empty and really unmodelled ‘mug. Refugees in Chelsea by Henry James

It was he who saved John’s life at the railway station, at the risk of his own. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Wilkie Collins Nothing will induce me to see him, until his way of life (as you call it) is altered altogether. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Walter Scott If Charles is come to these shores, I will be the first to give him welcome, and to devote my life and fortune to his service. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

What for, I ask? My master — I lost my life in the textile mill of Nefidov — my master presented one prima donna with a golden wash basin. Mother by Maksim Gorky

The lowest form of life he knew of was the egg. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Edith Wharton His view of life was softened, and even the faces of the people at the other tables, commonplace as they were, gradually began to interest him. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Wilkie Collins But for the wise course which the Minister had decided on taking, the poor child’s life might have been darkened by the horror of the mother’s crime, and the infamy of the mother’s death. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins His companion’s station in life was less easily discernible to ordinary observation. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Benjamin Disraeli We cannot bear this any longer; all the lights and shadows of life are lost. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Rudyard Kipling Consequently I presume he introduced it as daily life — his own and the life of his friends. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I had been saved by the fixed principle of a life time to avoid action of any kind. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

I am at present steeped to the lips in London society, going to everything, from Devonshire House to a publisher’s dinner in Paternoster Row, and it is not a bad olla podrida of life and manners. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It was the eager happiness of the children and young people which first made me see the folly of that common notion of ours — that if life was smooth and happy, people would not enjoy it. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Still it was an omen — the emblem of life — an answer of hope. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Anthony Trollope These two were the Rev. Mr Lovel, the uncle of the plaintiff, and Daniel Thwaite, the tailor, whose whole life had been passed in furthering the cause of the defendants. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Chronicles of her early life have been written, at any rate copiously. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells A sense of the profound seriousness of life and of the folly of this expedition came upon him. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

James Joyce He cared little that he was in mortal sin, that his life had grown to be a tissue of subterfuge and falsehood. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Andrew Lang Her name was Frivola, and her one occupation in life was the pursuit of amusement. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D.H. Lawrence Siegmund had always inwardly held faith that the heart of life beat kindly towards him. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Poor Gerande would have lost her life with that of her father, had it not been for the thought of Aubert, who still attached her to the world. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

Gertrude Stein Picasso, on the contrary, never in all his life has shown in any salon. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Situated as Goolwa is, near the mouth of the great Murray River and handy to the entrance of the Coorong, there is always plenty of life and interest there in the summer time. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

William Makepeace Thackeray This drivelling noodle and his descendants through life are your natural superiors and mine — your and my children’s superiors. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Their life is a hard one, just like ours. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope He would have, in making this choice, to select the pursuit to which he would devote that amount of power and that amount of life which God should allot to him. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Abraham Merri The two rings of little yellow living flames of life joined. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Robert Louis Stevenson And it is just this that makes life so hard to value, and the delight of each so incommunicable. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

The colt that is left at grass too long makes but a sorry draught-horse, though his way of life does not bring him within the reach of artificial temptations. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Olaf Stapledon The form of his whole life and every moment in it is, so to speak, an expression of society's willing and thinking in and through him. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Yet I did hear that there was a coronet plain to be seen on one — a thing impossible unless she was a poor cast-away; and the doctor says he’d lay his life that she was nothing of that. Lodore by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence She realised how all her life she had been drawing nearer and nearer to this brink, where there was no beyond, from which one had to leap like Sappho into the unknown. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The laws they observed have varied in different countries and periods, but their general nature was to make an orderly law-abiding life possible and natural. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells It’s natural, I suppose, for people to be eager for results, personal and immediate results—the last lesson of life is patience. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We think more of life here than they does in furrin parts, and hangin’ ain’t a pleasant death. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She felt suddenly helpless, as though she must pass out of life through sheer inertness, sheer inability to breathe an atmosphere containing new and poisonous qualities. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He knew very well that he would never permit any one in life to become that. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Bram Stoker She is in gay spirits and full of life and cheerfulness. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

James Joyce In that dim life which he had lived through in his musings he had assumed the voices and gestures which he had noted with various priests. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

George Gissing In other words, the average man who is past middle life has obtained what he strove for—success in his calling. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Henry David Thoreau After a partial cessation of his sensuous life, the soul of man, or its organs rather, are reinvigorated each day, and his Genius tries again what noble life it can make. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

George Gissing It’s a miserable sort of a life for a girl like Bertha Cross. She’s clever, in her way; did you ever see any of her work? Children’s book-illustrating? It’s more than passable, I assure you. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

He believed himself, you see, at the bar for the life of a nation. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Robert Louis Stevenson In vain — for to the deeps of life You, lady, you my heart have stirred; And since you say you love my life, Be sure I love you for the word. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope No one can understand the intensity of this feeling who has not seen or felt the absence of interest in life which falls to the lot of many who have to eat their bread on distant soils. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle His face was swollen and coarse, and his watery protruding eyes spoke of a life which never wandered very far from the wine-pot. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Human beings are such, it is said, that they live most fully in this life if they believe in a life to come. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Benjamin Disraeli He was grave, graceful, and dignified, and, addressing Lothair by his title, he said, “that he hoped he would meet in life that happiness which he felt confident he deserved. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

George Gissing Emma had chosen the name of the poor child in memory of her own sister, her ever dear Jane, whose life had been a life of sorrow. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Benjamin Disraeli He had experienced nothing but kindness and hospitality, while the beautiful Beruna seemed quite content to pass her life in studying his amusement. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

They were incomparably superior to those of the untutored kine that had not made the art a life study — mere amateurs that kicked “by ear,” as they say in music. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Larose proceeded to hark back to the burglary at Bentham Hall in the previous March, when, among other valuables, the old manuscript dealing with the life of Father Francesco had been stolen. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Henry James A wave of contrition, of shame, had swept over her — a quick desire to atone for her secret swerving by a renewed recognition of the nobleness of such a life as Miss Birdseye’s. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

G. K. Chesterton Now Stevenson’s life was really what we call picturesque; partly because he saw everything in pictures; and partly because a chapter of accidents did really attach him to very picturesque places. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Arthur Conan Doyle The lady had come, I felt, to that time of life when even the proudest beauty finds the half light more welcome. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Wilkie Collins I wonder whether we shall ever meet again? It does seem hard to charge the misfortunes of my life on me, as if they were my faults. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]