Phrases with "life"

I never in my life had so much hard exercise. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Wilkie Collins Look at my position! I had made up my mind never to see you again; I had made up my mind (if I married Eunice) to rid myself of my own miserable life when I could endure it no longer. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

The prime of the blossom is over, but there remains the dry compact seed with the germs of life in it, ready against the coming winter. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

Jack London I have been in the thick of life so long that I am oppressed by the peace and quiet, and I cannot forbear from dwelling upon that mad maelstrom of death and destruction so soon to burst forth. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

You’ve been in the most hideous danger, and I was never more relieved in my life than when I saw your solemn old face this morning. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Wilkie Collins He was undoubtedly a handsome man, whose appearance proclaimed him to be in the prime of lifemidway perhaps between thirty and forty years of age. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

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

Edgar Allan Poe It gives method to the universal inquisitiveness on every topic relating to life or action. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Kate Chopin It was as if the spirit of life and the awakening spring had given back the soul to her youth and bade her rejoice. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Anthony Hope Your life is not worth a moment if ever they find you alone. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

What makes you call real life confusion is that it presents, as if they were dissolved in one another, a lot of differents which conception breaks life’s flow by keeping apart. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

So he let them go their ways, the two sons to fight the battle of life how they might—the two daughters to marry. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Joseph Furphy In a former chapter I had occasion to notice a great fact, namely, that the course of each person’s life is directed by his ever-recurring option, or election. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

London life suited him very well, no doubt. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Olaf Stapledon The thought that, after all, this ambulance life was mere child’s play compared with what was afoot elsewhere, hurt him so badly that inwardly he whined. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne Besides, even without these conditions, life was possible. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

G. K. Chesterton All my life I have loved edges; and the boundary-line that brings one thing sharply against another. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Nor does she suspect how near she was to missing her husband, who was hanging between life and death when I found him, forsaken and alone. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Jules Verne Thus he lived in the same manner as when he had no other shelter than the forests of Tabor Island, and as all persuasion to induce him to improve his life was in vain, the colonists waited patiently. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

At the same time I didn’t share the delusion, which was pretty common among ex- officers, that I could spend the rest of my life drinking pink gin. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Such a life she would have deemed exquisitely happy; but the hard everyday world had no room for such dreams. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

D. H. Lawrence The threads of my life were untwined; they drifted about like floating threads of gossamer; and you didn’t put out your hand to take them and twist them up into the chord with yours. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells I despaired of life and was embittered. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

G. K. Chesterton The talent he retained through life for studying his subject, and even somebody else’s subject, had long been concentrated on this idea of championing a new peasantry against a new plutocracy. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Hardy Modern life stretched out its steam feeler to this point three or four times a day, touched the native existences, and quickly withdrew its feeler again, as if what it touched had been uncongenial. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Henry James He seemed to say that there was a whole side of life on which the perfectly usual WAS for leading Woollett business-men to be out of the question. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Andrew Lang Yet Tennyson had his own interpretation, “a dream of man coming into practical life and ruined by one sin. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Already life was settling down into a groove. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Andrew Lang Neither my life nor yours would be worth anything if I went on such a fool’s errand. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Bad years there might be, for both tradespeople and farmers, but that was a risk that was incidental in a life that was satisfying and good. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

If the world had been full of such men, life would have probably appeared to Jukes an unentertaining and unprofitable business. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was shocked at the idea of our killing a sheep, or even a fish for his benefitsaid he would rather die than have a hand in taking the life of an animal. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Miles Franklin This monotonous sordid life was unhinging me, and there was no legitimate way of escape from it. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Nathaniel Hawthorne It may be that his pathway through life was haunted thus by a spectre that had stolen out from among his thoughts. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Wilkie Collins My experience of to-day will, as Stella tells me, be my general experience of the family life at St. Germain. We begin the morning with the customary cup of coffee. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Algernon Blackwood About us all some intelligent power as of a living wind brought in its mighty arms that ethereal fire which is not merely living, but is life itself. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Let me feed them and yourself first, and then I will tell you all I know of my poor father’s life and death. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

H. G. Wells That had been her apology for her happiness, and it was the underlying motive in her discontent and in her sense of something wanting, that their life was not sustaining her apology. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Then thus the prince: “What envious pow’r, O friend, Brought your lov’d life to this disastrous end? For Phoebus, ever true in all he said, Has in your fate alone my faith betray’d. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

There are men to whom the business of elections — a life of secrecy, excitement, speculation, and combat — has all but irresistible charms; and Tom Wealdon, the Town Clerk, was such a spirit. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence He risked his life daily, and with gaiety. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf First, this from a soldier’s life: I have had the happiest possible life, and have always been working for war, and have now got into the biggest in the prime of life for a soldier . Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

In England a political revolution had been crowned with triumph, and all that was best in English life was founded upon the political institutions which had been then established. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Arthur Conan Doyle For me, my life is broken and blasted. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope His life as I knew it was one long tragedy. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing The life of a pure, gentle, tender-hearted woman worn away in hopeless longing and in hard struggle for daily bread. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Benjamin Disraeli I never had a sister; I never had any luck in life at all. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Wilkie Collins Young gentlemen in your station of life do sometimes fail in respect towards the wives and daughters of their — in short, of those who are not in their rank exactly. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Edith Wharton Not that she could not picture another life — if only one had met the right man at the right hour. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

D. H. Lawrence The wild life, even the life of the trees and flowers seemed one bristling, hair-raising tussle. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Alfred Ainger Much of Mary Lamb’s life was passed in visits to the asylum, and the mention of her successive attacks is of melancholy recurrence in Charles’ letters. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald To these two life had come quickly and gone, leaving not bitterness, but pity; not disillusion, but only pain. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Besides, if I am once dead, what law can bring me to life again!’ Nydia wrung her hands. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Sir Richard Burton And if the Fates abet me, I will assuredly destroy his life and send his mother back to spinning at her wheel, e’en as she was wont erewhiles to do. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Elizabeth Gaskell There was a man in it as might save a life at the trial tomorrow. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

D. H. Lawrence She was really getting now the food for her life during the next week. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton He was crimson and shiny in the face, as if from cold or drink, and looked larger than life in the cramped space. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Jack London And so, as you shall see, my journeys from San Quentin life into other lives were achieved almost automatically as time went by. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

George Meredith She reproached herself for feeling her own full physical life so warmly, while others whom she had loved were weeping. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

But you mustn’t blame me if you find that the life is not exactly what you anticipate, and that you would prefer to find yourself on dry land once more. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

G. K. Chesterton Those who regard him as a mere self-advertising egotist may be surprised to hear that there is perhaps no man of whose private life less could be positively said by an outsider. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Thomas Hardy Marry her — she is nearer to your own position in life than I am!” “Yes, yes; that’s very well,” said Wildeve peremptorily. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

William Makepeace Thackeray We all know you; and I lay my life that when you come through the court, Mrs. Titmarsh has got a handsome thing laid by. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

Oscar Wilde So what does it matter if she plays Juliet like a wooden doll? She is very lovely, and if she knows as little about life as she does about acting, she will be a delightful experience. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Bronislaw Malinowski It has been repeatedly said that each social unit should be discussed in connection with the general structure of society and the general conditions of life in a given area. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell I was not sure if what I longed to do was wise: and yet I could not bear to see the sweet serenity of my dear cousin’s life so disturbed by a suffering which I thought I could assuage. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

It would be hard upon her I admit; yet when a man’s life is in danger, surely nothing should stop her. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

The academic Euphuism has been laid aside; images and trains of thought are taken from life and experience instead of from books. An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash by Edmund Gosse

E. Phillips Oppenheim I tried to take his life but I will risk his retaliation. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

If you’ve made my life clear to me, that doesn’t seem a thing to apologize for. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

E. Phillips Oppenheim I had my chance, and I threw it away: there has never been an hour in my life since then that I have not regretted it. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

O happy Sextius! The short sum total of life forbids us to form remote expectations. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Edith Wharton But my friend is a stranger to you — you are young and at your age life is a mistress who kisses away sad memories. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Ralph Waldo Emerson We become physically nimble and lightsome; we tread on air; life is no longer irksome, and we think it will never be so. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Virginia Woolf For a moment she resented the passage of time and the accidents of life which had swept her away — from all that, she said to herself. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Leslie Stephen He quotes Cowley’s verse, Forbid it, heaven, my life should be Weighed with thy least conveniency. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Mark Twain She had become prioress of Argenteuil and led a life of complete seclusion. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

To save a life should not be regarded as a criminal offence. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Theodore Dreiser They threatened to cover and obscure his life with chilly greyness. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am convinced that if things had gone more easily with him during— his earlier life he might have been a great man. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

H. G. Wells And as we come up to the time of the Last Wars, this newer conception of the everyday life as a reaction to an accelerated development is continually more manifest. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Guy de Maupassan This child was her very life transferred to another body; she had disappeared that it might exist, and the father would smother it in with kisses. The Child by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Something which he had expected had not come to him; and, as a result, he had been forced to borrow, and to insure his life for the amount borrowed. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Certainly the old life was welcoming him back most generously. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope Tregear knew that it had been the theory of my Lord’s life that to eat and drink, and die was better than to abstain and live. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Biffen, if need be, could support life on three or four shillings a week, happy in the thought that no mortal had a claim upon him. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins But now I have lost my sight again — now I am once more what I have been all my life — still the same horrible insensibility possesses me. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Charles Dickens My winnings would have been from them, my winnings would have been bestowed to the last farthing on a young sinless child whose life they would have sweetened and made happy. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

F. Scott Fitzgerald All my life I have lived among his brothers but this one has been my friend. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

The body dies, and the Lord of life compares it to the death of the seed in the earth; and then comes the palingenesis — the rising in glory. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth Gaskell Mistress Clarke came with me; and here we try to live such a life of piety and prayer as may in time set me free from the curse. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Theodore Dreiser Obviously her home life with Cowperwood was coming to a complete and disastrous end. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

He knows his life is ruined, and I believe his only feeling would be one of relief if he knew he were going to be hanged. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

James Joyce Moments of their secret life together burst like stars upon his memory. Dubliners by James Joyce

Robert Louis Stevenson My name is Cassilis — Frank Cassilis. I lead the life of a vagabond for my own good pleasure. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]

Matthew Arnold Well then that life of these people no longer exists at all. Marcus Aurelius by Matthew Arnold [1863]

Edith Wharton No one so full of a cheerful animal life would believe in the craving for death as a sufficient motive; and Granice racked his brain for one more convincing. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

But Mr. Blood’s revelation, whatever the conditions be, helps him to stand ready for a life among them. Memories and Studies by William James

Charles Dickens Here, sir,’ he added, taking one from his own hat, ‘it’s necessity, not choice, that makes me wear it; it’s love of life and home, sir. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

They all tried — husband, daughter, and friends — to delude her with false hopes, thinking thus to fan the flame of life and keep the brief candle burning a little longer. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her life was a shattered mirror; every part dazzling and brilliant, but wanting the coherency and perfection of a whole. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Guy de Maupassan He lived the life of a misanthrope, quite apart from the great social stream of London, and he was not believed to be either gallant, or ardent in love. Delila by Guy de Maupassan

Elizabeth Gaskell It is the first time in my life that I have really dreaded the vacation. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

And yet his position in life was terribly changed since he had last stood there. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Meredith Surely a devil’s land when that meant death for each! Fresh from the breast of Earth, not thus, With all the body’s life to plump the leech, Is Nature’s way, she knew. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

That was the natural effect of life in the hopfields; it narrowed the range of your consciousness to the passing minute. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

In fact, I prefer to believe that my life has been full of miracles, and that the good has always come to me at the right time, so that I could profit most by it. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu God is so good; and while there’s life there is hope. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

You refuse my just demand; I have but one resource, and I devote myself, either in my life or death, to his destruction. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Caroline Lamb Where are her friends?” “She fell by her own fault entirely,” said Lord Trelawney. “Her life has been one course of absurdity. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Gissing His object is, of course, to compel me into the life of a Philistine. I believe the fellow thinks it’s kindness; I know my mother does. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Wilkie Collins I may acknowledge to you that our married life is just now not quite a happy one. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope It can hardly be worth your while, in defending yourself against the “Broughton Gazette,” to tell the whole story in public of Mr Peacocke’s life and fortunes. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett If I’m a bit late it’s because I was kept at home with my son Enoch; he’s got a whitlow that’s worrying the life out of him, our Enoch has. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

It seemed as if she were borne along in life in wide circles. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Charles Dickens As her footprints crossing and recrossing one another have made a labyrinth in the mire, so may her track in life have involved itself in an intricate and unravellable tangle. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

William Morris All the small country arts of life which once added to the little pleasures of country people were lost. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Anthony Trollope The extra £2 or £4 or £6 will not enable the tenant to live the life of ease which he will have promised himself. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Theodore Dreiser She was beginning to realise clearly what her life had been. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

There are five species of shark-like rays, which have all the outward form and appearance and vagrant mode of life of their prototype, and four species of sharks that might pass as rays. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

George Meredith They always have thought what I did was right, and why should they change their minds now? I shall tell them that at their time of life a change of any kind is very unwise and bad for them. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Algernon Blackwood Nothing in all my life has been so real, so positive. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

For a few seconds this morning I would have staked my life that you were going head-on for that tram, and your woman, too, this evening, was within inches of an early grave. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

The children watched it and saw it slowly come to life again. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

D. H. Lawrence And idealism, the ruling of life by the instrumentality of the idea, is precisely the mechanical, even automatic cause-and-effect process. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy But there seemed to be not a whiff of life in either of the bodies. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

But the conceptual method is a transformation which the flux of life undergoes at our hands in the interests of practice essentially and only subordinately in the interests of theory. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

John Galsworthy These last eleven years at Robin Hill had formed in Jolyon’s life as a painter, the important period of success. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle In age and in reputation he was on the same level as his English companion, but his life and his work had both been far more arduous. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

It was a fearfully monotonous, narrow, and uneventful life which Olivia Arundel led at Swampington Rectory. At three-and-twenty years of age she could have written her history upon a few pages. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. G. Wells It is a hideous life and yet it comes so close to me that it is a life I too might drift into living. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

This — you see — is the last evening of that part of my life in which I did not know that woman. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

E. F. Benson After a few weeks the whole family went to stay at Swarcliffe, near Harrogate, a country house belonging to Mrs. Sidgwick’s father, and, she writes to Ellen, life was more miserable than ever. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Olaf Stapledon Repressed nutrition had by now coloured the whole life of the race. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London I laughed bitterly to myself, and seemed to find in Wolf Larsen’s forbidding philosophy a more adequate explanation of life than I found in my own. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Radclyffe Hall But whatever you do, don’t frighten the life out of the poor child with any ridiculous talk about consumption. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Wilkie Collins You have got all your life before you —” “I wish I was at the end of it,” says she, breaking in. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

No sooner have they formed themselves into a community than their way of life turns out to be as unjust, laborious and fear-ridden as any other. Collected Essays by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence It was the sheer momentaneous life of the continent. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells All my life I have been in banks — I have got on in banks. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Sinclair Lewis She was at once saying to herself, “I’ve never in my life seen such a circus-clown get-up,” and wishing that her substantial Neil could wear clothes like that and still look romantic. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

D.H. Lawrence In the excitement of this last night his life passed out of his control, and he sat at the carriage-window, motionless, watching things move. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells How much of our daily life has been love? How much of it mere consequences of the love we’ve left behind us? . Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

The first night, I remember, with my books and maps about me, I wanted light; they brought me a taper, and immediately from out of the silent Desert there rushed in a flood of life unseen before. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Jules Verne In the same tone he insisted on the honored and honorable life he had led since his escape, on his duties as head of his family, as husband and father, which he had so worthily fulfilled. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

It never struck me how lonely the man’s life must be. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Accustomed all her life to having her own way, she hated to have to obey orders. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

To think that I am tramping this infernal country, like a dead beat Sundowner, without a cent in my pocket, while you are enjoying all the luxuries and happiness that life and wealth can give. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Rudyard Kipling There — it is — it was — an old duty of my life in the world — I kept my — I walked up and down in the dark. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Arthur Morrison That’s fair enough, you know, Stevy. An’ if he don’t come — it ain’t likely he will, is it? — then it’s yours; and I’ll keep it to help start you in life when you grow up. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

E. Phillips Oppenheim A life of cold negations for such a woman as this was a thing hideous and unnatural. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Virginia Woolf She was a bride going forth to her husband, a virgin unknown of men; in her vigor and purity she might be likened to all beautiful things, for as a ship she had a life of her own. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Wilkie Collins The little sum is nearly made up; and I have the means of completing it, if my last reserves of life fail me sooner than I expect. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The tale of my life seemed told. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

D. H. Lawrence The idea of going through life thus coiled up within himself in morbid self-consciousness, always lonely, surly, and a misery, was enough to make him cry out. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Anthony Trollope And she must despise him! It could not be that a woman so full of life should be willing to put up with a man who absolutely seemed to have no life within him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anna Katherine Green I have had but one aim in life since we parted, and that was to see your higher self triumph over the material one. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Sinclair Lewis Why can’t I be? But can I sit back all my life and be satisfied with ‘Hey, folks’? They want shouts on Main Street, and I want violins in a paneled room. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I am not wafted with swelling sail before the north wind blowing fair: yet I do not bear my course of life against the adverse south. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

One young girl gives up her pictured future of life and love, and surrenders her mind for the purpose of saving her baby brother from his destined fate of suicide in manhood. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Codd and the Sicilian police official gave loud cries, but as for me I could not have uttered a sound had my life depended on it. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

George Gissing Mr. Leach, a solicitor, had no function in life but to toil without pause for the support of his family in genteel leisure; he was a mild man, dreading discord, and subservient to his wife. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Jack London There was a strong smell of pine, and subtle wood fragrances filled the air, reminding him of his old life of freedom before the days of his bondage. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Edith Wharton For the first time, then, she had a clear vision of what her life would be without him. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

John Galsworthy Besides, ‘Life is real, life is earnest, and the end is not the gaol’!” “I’m disappointed in you, Uncle.” “I’m used to that, my dear. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Ford Madox Ford Those are — those should be — the conditions of life amongst decent people. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Anthony Trollope He was a man who fought hard against melancholy, taking it as a primary rule of life that, for such a one as he had become, the pleasures of the immediate moment should suffice. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell Charlotte, at school, had no plan of life beyond what circumstances made for her. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

D. H. Lawrence All his veins, that were murdered and lacerated, healed softly as life came pulsing in, stealing invisibly in to him as if it were the all-powerful effluence of the sun. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon One’s own life has been pretty futile, of course; but the life of the species is so exciting, and most of all in our own age. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Rafael Sabatini It was a moment of dread the like of which he was never likely to endure again in a life that was to know many perils and many hairbreadth escapes. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Henry Kingsley When he looked at her, he would havi? given his life that she might smile again, though she was no more to him what she had been. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Baldwin Spencer In the morning it is deserted and everyone goes back to his ordinary life and camp. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Not in incident: my life has been destitute of adventure and action. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Elizabeth Gaskell He could not understand how his own life would go on without her: or indeed why she and Ralph Corbet could not continue just as they were at present. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

If I could have my life again I should know how to use it. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

E. F. Benson I long to travel, to work, to lead a life of action. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

John Stuart Mill The greater part of life is carried on, not by following inclination under the control of rule, but by having no inclination but that of following a rule. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Henry David Thoreau Unto a life which I call natural I would gladly follow even a will-o’-the-wisp through bogs and sloughs unimaginable, but no moon nor fire-fly has shown me the causeway to it. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Sinclair Lewis He was bored by Banjo Crossing. The life of a small-town preacher, prevented from engaging even in the bucolic pleasures, is rather duller than that of a watchman at a railroad-crossing. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim And yet it was something to live! Only an hour ago, life itself would have seemed a priceless and wonderful gift. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

In no other work is Eastern life so vividly pourtrayed. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Gissing In short, London, being London, it seemed perfectly feasible to pass his life in a grocer’s shop without the fact becoming known to any one from whom he wished to conceal it. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Emily Dickinson Not in this world to see his face Sounds long, until I read the place Where this is said to be But just the primer to a life Unopened, rare, upon the shelf, Clasped yet to him and me. Poems by Emily Dickinson

I wanted to see a bigger brighter life than any we had upon our hills. Signa by Ouida

I make my vow that never have I heard the like in all my life before. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

H. Rider Haggard I can quite understand how it is that primitive people become sun worshippers, especially if their conditions of life render them liable to exposure. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

His prematurely bald forehead, and wrinkled brow, betokened a life of severe struggles and privations, or a life of excesses and pleasures. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Edgar Allan Poe The loveliness of Eleonora was that of the Seraphim; but she was a maiden artless and innocent as the brief life she had led among the flowers. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

My infant hours return no more, And all their happiness is o’er; The stormy sea of life appears, A scene of tumult and of tears. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Elizabeth Gaskell My life has been so very sad! No one would have cared if I had died. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Rudyard Kipling Where, oh where, in all this wilderness of life shall a man go? The Great Eastern hums with life through all its hundred rooms. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He knew what “nervous” meant — that she was emotionally depressed, that the prospect of marrying into a life of poverty and struggle was putting too much strain upon her love. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

The roof was not on, nor his life built up. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Rudyard Kipling I fancy, too, he knows how to enjoy the blessings of life that his province so abundantly bestows upon him. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

He might spend his whole life in idleness if he chose, or in mental pursuits, for he is a very scholarly man, but he loves the kind of work he is doing now, and our vineyard is his especial pride. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

George Meredith The mighty breakfast had given Braintop intolerable desire to stretch his limbs by the sounding shore, and enjoy life in semi-oblivion. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The schemes of my life have all turned to nothing. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Rafael Sabatini He feared his life might not be as easy as it was at present. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini