Phrases with "like"

You and the whole race of men, and the race of the beasts and the race of the fish and the winged race are dropping like a candle that is nearly burned out, but I laugh out because I am in my youth. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I’d like to see her, Norman. I’d like to see the woman who may some day be your wife. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He was very like the chap I had seen the night before, the same figure and voice, but he was clean-shaven and his hair was lighter. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Thomas Hardy A fine, tall girl like her isn’t the sort for a plain sailor’s wife: you be the best suited for that. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Charles Dickens Give me my adjective trousers! says Bark, and I’ll spile the bileing of ’em! Inspector Field holds that it’s all one whether Bark likes the visit or don’t like it. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Mary’s beauty blossoms like the rose. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

All splendour and desolation, and the yew hedge like a funeral procession behind. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

D. H. Lawrence This woman gave him anguish and a cutting-short like death; to the other woman he was false. The Witch a la Mode by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Wilkie Collins My daughter looks like a Minerva, and there she is exactly as she looks. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman There was water to drink, and a hot beverage of a most pleasing quality, some preparation like cocoa. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

We feared to be interrupted by the attendants, and fought like madmen, without skill or method. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

I then found on the large trees several kinds of fruit, like pears or quinces, but most of them exceeding hard and rough, and quite disagreeable; so I quitted my hopes of them. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Virginia Woolf For the house before the Reformation, like so many houses in that neighbourhood, had a chapel; and the chapel had become a larder, changing, like the cat’s name, as religion changed. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

The chain was strong, the mast firm, and the ship, as Byron says, “walked the water like a thing of course. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

She did not like that suggestion; but the words sank into her mind, and she veered away from the notion of a public prosecution. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Charles Dickens He loitered very nigh my carts, watching them like as if he was taking care of them, and soon after daybreak turned and went away. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

And the next moment she remembered he had probably gone aboard like herself in a boat. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Arthur Conan Doyle One day he was working on the banks of the river and he seed an empty hamper come floating down—one that had come with wine, as like as not, for the officers’ mess. That Veteran by Arthur Conan Doyle

It is so humiliating to read this torrent of falsetto sentiment now, and to think that a man gifted like Burns should have poured it forth. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Andrew Lang Therefore tell us which you like best, and we will buy her for you. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

His anger amused Goldsmith, who smiled, bunching his fat cheeks like twin rolls of smooth pink toilet paper. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Virginia Woolf And what’s the channel, come to think of it, if they mean to invade us? The aeroplanes, I didn’t like to say it, made one think. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Wilkie Collins The bailiff’s daughter, like me, was an only child; and, like me, she had no playfellows. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

That is what she said, speaking to my face, as I am speaking now to you, Rajah. She is like a white woman and knows no shame. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Donna Inez clapped her hands and her eyes flashed, for, like every woman, she had a profound love for jewels. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Then going to the head of the stairs, he asked a little tremulously — “What is it like — like a mist — like. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson It seemed like a great conspiracy of things animate and inanimate; they all went downward, fleetly and gaily downward, and only he, it seemed, remained behind, like a stock upon the wayside. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell Think of that, Will. Here’s Susan, good and pure as the angels in heaven, yet, like them, full of hope and mercy, and one who, like them, will rejoice over her as repents. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Wilkie Collins I can’t hear you say too often that you have learned to like me. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

D. H. Lawrence This time it’s like a great sickness — like a terrible pneumonia tearing the breast of the world. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Meanwhile, to the eye of Davis in the cross-trees, the lagoon continued to expand its empty waters, and the long succession of the shore-side trees to be paid out like fishing line off a reel. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Elizabeth Gaskell The wind came sweeping down from the hill-top in great beats, like the pulses of heaven; and, during the pauses, while I listened for the coming roar, I felt the earth shiver beneath me. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Rudyard Kipling All those things like babies’ graves, down in that shed, are the moulds for the D. and O. sleepers. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith She caught the likeness to Philip on a lift of her eye, and very soon we sat conversing like old friends. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Andrew Lang At last he said to himself: ‘Men are sociable creatures, like bees or ants. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson Four were at that time tenantless and closed, like pillars of salt, commemorating the corruption of the age and the decline of private virtue. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells Look here, my man — confound it! would you like a hot grog . The Wild Asses of the Devil by H. G. Wells [1915]

Olaf Stapledon They are said to be like islands which, though distinct above the water-level, are united in the sea-bottom. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H. G. Wells And about her blew something like a wind — a wind that was dismay. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

H. G. Wells So long as the majority of human beings are begotten involuntarily in lust and ignorance so long does man remain like any other animal under the moulding pressure of competition for subsistence. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I like some of them and hate others. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

They melt like mists, the solid lands; like clouds they shape themselves and go!’ That was written of earth as we know it. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Dunster always replied, in a meek matter-of-fact tone, “Oh, sir, they wouldn’t like to talk over their affairs with a subordinate. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Living out here in a lonely place like this I have to be prepared for anything. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Rudyard Kipling You can imagine how, as these men danced and leaped, they would all sing like children: “This is the way we kill a bison. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Edith Wharton Over some natures love steals gradually, as the morning light widens across a valley; but it had flashed on Roberto like the leap of dawn to a snow-peak. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

His coarse, large, germinating spirit gave forth, like the earth, a teeming richness, a solid, palpable creation. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

H.P. Lovecraft It goes through Innsmouth — you may have heard about that — and so the people don’t like it. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Thomas Hardy There will of course be no difficulty in my obtaining an ample supply for any length of time, as I can take what I like from the buttery without observation. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Here there was no mere posturing and contortioning among the girls as with the gipsies; they sprang like flames and stamped the floor with joyous detonations of their slippers. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

If you knew the cruel letter that Mrs. Bannister wrote to papa—the cruel, humiliating things she said only a few days ago, you couldn’t wonder that I don’t like her. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

My cheeks were like two coals, my whole face was flaming and, I think, steaming. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

The sandstone, in like manner, was almost always intermingled with quartz. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

The paper, therefore, returned to Limericks, and the amateur detectives, like so many Othellos, found their occupation gone. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Andrew Lang Jack’s mother was very glad to get the money, but she did not like him to run any risk for her. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux You know, the man who rang at the siren’s door just now — go and look if he’s ringing at the bottom of the lake-well, he was rather like . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

He had so far imbibed the family spirit that he did not like to allow that Canova had ever been other than rich and grand, and he begged us not to believe the idle stories of his first essays in art. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

E. F. Benson The aperture certainly did look like a drain, but just as certainly there was nothing coming down it. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Active consciousness returned like the shock of a thunderbolt. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Then the earth for you is only a standing place — and whether to be like this is your loss or your gain I won’t pretend to say. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

The city, as so many have told and as I hope the reader will imagine, is a network of winding and crooked lanes, which the books say are Moorish, but which are medieval like those of every old city. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Jules Verne The wind violently repelled her, like a thief who was breaking into a dwelling. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

The wrecked train had all been slightly draped in snow; the engine alone, barely cold, lying black and grim, like some mighty giant, formidable in death. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Elizabeth Von Arnim It seemed to Mr. Wilkins that it must be difficult to scold a Dester who looked like that and so exquisitely said nothing. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell I’ll not deny as I’ve a bit laid up again’ a rainy day; it’s not so much as thatten, though; and a part on it is for Bessy, as has been like a daughter to us. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A year ago I could have met you like a man. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Leslie Stephen It came in with the periwigs, to which it is so often compared, and, like the artificial headgear, was an attempt to give a dignified or full-dress appearance to the average prosaic human being. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle Others don’t, and they just wander on unchanging, like this man. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson But he made straight for the door, crossing the roadway to save time; and as he came, he drew a key from his pocket like one approaching home. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

In a second his eyes seemed to dazzle with excess of light and something beat on his body like a blast from an open furnace. The Magic Walking Stick by John Buchan [1927]

But what fellows like me don’t understand is the great comfortable, satisfied middle-class world, the folk that live in villas and suburbs. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Olaf Stapledon Almost certainly they were much like our own. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

William Hope Hodgson And, moreover, I had been like to be caught in one of those upburstings of mud, even did I have a raft to go upon. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Just like a skull with burning, glowing eyes. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Examination, like fire, is a good servant, but a bad master; and there seems to me to be some danger of its becoming our master. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

William Makepeace Thackeray The men, a tall, handsome, noble race, are treated like dogs. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

No longer ago than we can remember we saw an aged party in spectacles and a clawhammer coat gyrating through the air like an irregular bolt shot out of a catapult. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Beyond a cluster of trees, with a path, lit by gas lamps, going through it, the lights of which shone like dull yellow stars. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Then it was short and hurried, like the pants of one dying. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence And he saw her, on the rocks like a white-and-yellow narcissus, because of the flutter of her white linen tunic, below the yellow mantle of wool. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Leslie Stephen At last, when a pause came, he was going on: “We are told that the black bear is innocent, but I should not like to trust myself with him. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offences of smell, and dirt, and life, upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, and filth, and misery, etc. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Andrew Lang It might take some time, but the lion’s little brother was patient, like most cats. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells In an instant he saw the body that he had left inert and collapsed — lying, indeed, like the body of a man just dead — had arisen, had arisen by virtue of some strength and will beyond his own. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

E. F. Benson So she left the coincidence alone, and went rapidly on: “Dear Marcia insisted on my coming,” she said, “and so, really, like a true friend I gave up the play and went. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

H. G. Wells In many respects he is like her. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

They are much like the guinea-pig, but of a sandy colour, and very soft and fine, like a young hare. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

H. G. Wells Was it Poe or De Quincey — it must have been De Quincey — who dreamt of a woman with breasts that suddenly opened and became eyes? Horrid! To find you are being looked at like that. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

He knows where he has hidden it and, sooner or later, will dig it up like one of his buried bones. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

And he said he’d like you to see it. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

George Gissing He, too, is a thorough idealist; you’re sure to like him. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

He answered Ethel’s cheering tones in accents of like cheer, and met the melting tenderness of her gaze with eyes that spoke of love only. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Mark Twain And I think God has; but this is only an opinion, and not authoritative, like Henry of Huntington’s interpretations. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

I used to like Mr. Hawkehurst, and now I dislike him. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

It’s no life for a young poodle like you! You can’t stick up a better man than yourself, not more than once or twice. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

George Meredith Then Earth her sweet unscented breathes, An orb of lustre quits the height; And like blue iris-flags, in wreaths The sky takes darkness, long ere quite. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But be danged, my dear, if I wudn’ as lief you said, ‘Go to blazes!’” “Fact is, my son,” said Farmer Tresidder, candidly, “you’m good but untimely, like kissin’ the wrong maid. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Guy de Maupassan At last, she said: “Clear out, you blackguard! Clear out! What right has anyone to get drunk like this?” He sat up in the bed, feeling very ill at ease. A Queer Night in Paris (Une Soirée) by Guy de Maupassan

Sidney Colvin Some of them, like Wordsworth, held by him always, while his imperious and importunate egotism wore out others after a while. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Henry James I want you to like me — awfully. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

George Gissing She’s a sweet girl, and I should so like you to meet her. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells In a little while he perceived he had it all again; dim perhaps, like metal long laid aside, but in no way defective or injured, capable of re-polishing. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

But, my God, I’d give a good deal to fly over with a load of bombs!” “Why would you like to do that, Mallinson?” “Because the place wants smashing up, whatever it is. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

If I dwell upon my appreciation of this occasion it is because, like most pleasures, it was exceedingly short-lived. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Henry Handel Richardson Mamma and Bowey both had grey hairs on their heads, and’d been alive so many years they didn’t like to tell, but pretended they’d forgotten. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang Do not waste your money, like your foolish adviser, on books like that, or on “Les Sept Visions de Don Francisco de Quevedo,” published at Cologne, in 1682. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens I saw Zamiel (before I took wing) presented to Compact Enchantress and Sister Artist, by an officer in uniform, with a waist like a wasp’s, and pantaloons like two balloons. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Robert Louis Stevenson The arts, like arithmetic and geometry, turn away their eyes from the gross, coloured and mobile nature at our feet, and regard instead a certain figmentary abstraction. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Away goes the captain, and bursts like a whirlwind into his cabin, and finds nobody there. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

H. G. Wells Sometimes it seemed as though I sat through immeasurable eternities like some god upon a lotus leaf, and again as though there was a momentary pause as I leapt from moon to earth. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Fanny Fern Servant girls eat like boa-constrictors. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

H. G. Wells If you can put me under that — -” I did, and there he wallowed about like a captive balloon, while I stood on his hearthrug and talked to him. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

He throbbed with it, like a car at rest with the engine running. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

George Gissing I told him str’ight—see?” “Did you? I like to hear a man talk like that. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

I shouldn’t like to have to swim across. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

They were her ideal, and she must try to be like them. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle I don’t like to see people who never wink their eyes. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

D. H. Lawrence Only his eyes tightened and became fixed and intent in their watching like a cat’s when suddenly she sees something and stares. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton The material facilities of the life about him, the way in which the machinery of the great empty house ran on like some complex apparatus working in the void, increased the exasperation of his nerves. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

H. G. Wells Great ugly bird — all legs and neck! “I shouldn’t like to say how long that went on altogether. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Edith Wharton But no! Life was not like that. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Wilkie Collins Before she came between them, my master and Mr. Varleigh were more like brothers than anything else. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins I looked at Lucilla. She was standing, with her blind face raised to the sky, lost in herself, like a person wrapped in ecstasy. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Olaf Stapledon With the eye of imagination he would perceive the scores, the millions, of other universes, drifting outwards in all directions like the fire-spray of a rocket. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

E. F. Benson It almost became a habit, and she nearly curtsied to Adele who (so like Adele) followed immediately after. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

I’m extremely sorry you don’t like it, and I’ll do something different. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

And here I should also like to put on record Alie’s wonderful devotion to her people, during that time of awful anxiety. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

But now and then we have a night-out like other people. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

He knew this, yet, like Pauline when she kept her promise to Stanhope, he knew that he had already chosen, had come into obedience, and was no longer free. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

It was rather like having a mournful puppy around. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

One instant later we were trapped prisoners of the dark, and instincts centuries old flung off thought-habit like a tissue cloak. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Tobias Smolle They do not walk like the generality of mankind, but trot and bounce like deer, as if they moved upon springs. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Willa Cather She was a good deal made up, of course, like most of the women down there; plenty of powder, and a little red, too, I guess. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

William Shakespeare I think good thoughts, whilst others write good words, And like unlettered clerk still cry ‘Amen’ To every hymn that able spirit affords, In polish’d form of well-refined pen. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Shall I?’ ‘Ah! but I know what I mean,’ replied Renzo; ‘it isn’t at all that Latin there that frightens me — that is honest sacred Latin, like that in the mass. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

G. K. Chesterton For it is the assertion of a universal negative; for a man to say that there is no God in the universe is like saying that there are no insects in any of the stars. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Davidson in passing heard him mutter confusedly something that sounded like ‘poor little beggar. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Virginia Woolf To make our meaning plain — Orlando could come home from one of these routs at three or four in the morning with cheeks like a Christmas tree and eyes like stars. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He still held his gun like a rock. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Anthony Trollope Of course you wouldn’t like to see him, but then you have the comfort of knowing that I don’t like it either. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Hardy Under that moon was the island of Ancient Slingers, and on the island a house, framed from mullions to chimney-top like the isle itself, of stone. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If you’d gone first, you’d have shut me out, wouldn’t you, like we did Dave?” “Don’t remind me of that,” Tottie Green growled. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

The two hours’ interval, in like manner prescribed by the old usages from twelve to two P. M., was pared down to forty minutes, or less. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Francis Bacon It is like that, which the physicians call predigestion, or hasty digestion; which is sure to fill the body full of crudities, and secret seeds of diseases. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Information like that, Grant thought bitterly, would come on a Saturday evening when bookmakers were as if they had not been, as far as their offices were concerned. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Andrew Lang The case so stands that, if Achilles later relents and fights, the gifts of atonement will no longer be due to him, and he “will not be held in like honour” (IX. 604). Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Ralph Waldo Emerson Fate, in the shape of Kinde or nature, grows over us like grass. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

E. Phillips Oppenheim This time she fell apart like a cardboard box. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Elizabeth Gaskell Ellinor’s next words were a wonderful relief; and her soft gentle way of speaking was like the touch of a cooling balsam. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I will tell you how to communicate with me like Godfrey used to with Sabine. I will be absolutely faithful to my word. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Bronislaw Malinowski Certain of the economic functions, like hunting, making of weapons and, undoubtedly, the important function of protecting the family, are allotted to the men. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

I like to see young people in colors. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

And, like the proverbial owl, Gwynne-Harden said little, but thought the more. This Man and This Woman by Guy Boothby

William Makepeace Thackeray The reader will, perhaps, like to see an extract from the Report of the school, which contains more details regarding it. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

We then saw the great lake, like a sea, lying spread out before us, but still at a considerable distance. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

The name of the thing was enough for him, a word made in Germany, thick and mucky, like their tumblers. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Did you ever know anything like it? I see your trees have escaped. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Yet I don’t like dumpies either, and Brown says she is little and stout — the better fitted for a wiry, starved-looking chap like you. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Henry James If I can’t get it in the shape I like it I don’t want it at all; first-rate first-hand information, straight from the tap, is what I’m after. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

E. F. Benson I told her I didn’t like snakes, and she said there shouldn’t be any. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Jules Verne The undulations of the human surge reached the steps, while all the heads floundered on the surface like a sea agitated by a squall. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

For one man, the world is like a thought or a grammatical sentence in which a thought is expressed. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

But gambling, like some other things — drinking for instance — steals upon you by degrees, too imperceptibly to alarm you. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

Charles Kingsley For aught I am aware of, he may know a great deal about them all, and, like a wise man, hold his tongue, and give the world merely the results in the form of general thought. Science by Charles Kingsley

He had seen the shadowy Sabine peaks uplift themselves one by one, and the Campagna emerge, like a troubled sea, from the mystery of the twilight. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

Ford Madox Ford Laughing like those Leonardi-do-da. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

ESSENTIAL truth, the truth of the intellectualists, the truth with no one thinking it, is like the coat that fits tho no one has ever tried it on, like the music that no ear has listened to. The Meaning of Truth by William James

H. Rider Haggard I have never seen anything like it before, nor shall, I suppose, again. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Guy de Maupassant She limped with her right leg, and in her brown, knitted jacket, that was faded by the sun, and washed out by the rain, she looked like a poor, wretched, dirty servant. Abandoned (L'Abandonné) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

I found it like that in a case once. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Andrew Lang There lay the witch’s daughter then, like a bridge over the river, and could not stir, though her heart was consumed with grief. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells It was only afterwards I began to feel just what it meant, her talking to me like that. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Clara, who felt towards him in some degree like a young mother, gratefully acknowledged our kindness towards him. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope He would have said of such, as we would say of female faces by Raffaelle, that women would like to be like them, but are not like them. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

She did not like concerts nor operas. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Pragmatically, their reality means that we submit to them, take account of them, whether we like to or not, but this we must perpetually do with experiences other than our own. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Thomas Carlyle Such laughter, like sunshine on the deep sea, is very beautiful to me. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

But the old man protested that the villino would last his time, and that he would never like any house as well. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Leave it spread out like this until it has dried a little. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

The piece of glass seemed to have cut me like a knife. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

John Hill Burton It is said that the punishment “should be equivalent to the offence;” or “should be of the same character as the offence;” or “should be like the offence. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

The one, tall, brown-haired, with blue eyes changing like the sea; the other, fragile, fair, with dark dreamy eyes. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Wilkie Collins Do you think you could step into his shoes? It’s a peculiar gift, like an ear for music, or a turn for mathematics. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Katherine Mansfield So would I, for the matter of that, but I don’t like to trust myself on rickety step-ladders. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Francis Bacon And thereof it cometh that these grave solemn wits, which must be like themselves and cannot make departures, have more dignity than felicity. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Andrew Lang Now the hair of the princess was very thick and long, and shone like the sun. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope He would have given the world to have been walking about the room like Startup, making himself useful and conspicuous; but he couldn’t do it—he knew that he couldn’t do it. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Ford Madox Ford It never seemed to like anybody. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

What the story will be like when I have finished it, and whether those who do me the honour of reading it will find it worthy of their consideration, is more than I can say. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

You see I was afraid she might be homeward bound, and I had no mind to turn back from the portals of the East. I was steering for Java — another blessed name — like Bankok, you know. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

A. E. W. Mason They dismounted, and all that day they lay hidden behind a belt of shrubs upon some high ground and watched the road and the people like specks moving along it. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

The Indians informed me that one species of jacamar lays its eggs in the wood-ants’ nests, which are so frequent in the trees of Guiana, and appear like huge black balls. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Henry James And yet, as I say, they have a certain stamp, a certain grace; I like to talk with them, to study them. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

Otherwise he might have reminded her with more force and particularity of their former relations; and playing like that he might have won, but he would rather have lost. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

I like Kishorn, but I can’t remember Kishorn being as aggressive as that. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

G. K. Chesterton The man has emotions which exactly correspond; sometimes looking down at his wife and sometimes up at her; for marriage is like a splendid game of see-saw. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Gissing People got to like him—that’s one explanation, no doubt. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Charles Dickens Another woman, clad, like her whom he had grasped, in mourning garments, stood rooted to the spot on which they were, gazing upon his face with wild and glaring eyes that quite appalled him. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Edith Wharton She lifted her usual smile to his entrance and they took shelter in the nearest topic, like wayfarers overtaken by a storm. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Looking at his figure, one would have said that he had a giant’s strength; at his features, that he would use it like a giant. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]