Phrases with "majority"

Robert Green Ingersoll Not one of the orthodox ministers dare preach what he thinks if he knows that a majority of his congregation think otherwise. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Guy de Maupassan The majority of the ladies were in street costumes, a proof that they came thither as they would go to any exhibition. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang His “harmless taste” really involved most of the deadly sins, or at all events a fair working majority of them. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

John Stuart Mill What must be the effect on his character, of this lesson? And men of the cultivated classes are often not aware how deeply it sinks into the immense majority of male minds. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Anthony Trollope He wanders about among the clouds of the multiplication table, and thinks that a majority will drop into his mouth because he does not shut it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

When ruin already threatened the majority of the citizens, Providence came to their assistance in a most unexpected manner. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

James Payn But with the majority of grown-up brothers and sisters, this is not so. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

H. G. Wells They constituted a vigorous insurgent minority rousing, so far as it could, and trailing after it the apathetic majority of submissive mankind. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Truth, they say, follows not the counting of noses, nor is it only another name for a majority vote. The Meaning of Truth by William James

T. H. Huxley So, none of the Paleozoic Sharks have shown themselves to be possessed of ossified vertebrae, while the majority of modern Sharks possess such vertebrae. Essays by T. H. Huxley

With the great majority of animals, however, the taste for the beautiful is confined, as far as we can judge, to the attractions of the opposite sex. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

The majority were Norwegians, whose courage and straightness of character are matters beyond doubt. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

The majority believed that Laguitte would be run through the body in three seconds, for it was madness for a man to fight with a paralyzed leg which did not even allow him to stand upright. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

I may have had a longer head than some of my compeers; at any rate, I was cooler-headed than the majority of them, and I kept out of rotten schemes. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Several weighed nearly a quarter of a pound, while the majority were not much bigger than marbles, and the oval was the most frequent form. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Arthur Conan Doyle You may have observed that some of them were marked with ticks, and the others — the great majority — were not. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

The great wish — the sole aim of every one of them is to be married, but the majority will never marry: they will die as they now live. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

G. K. Chesterton Some were purple with indignation; an intellectual few were purple with laughter; the great majority found their minds a blank. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

John Stuart Mill The majority have not yet learnt to feel the power of the government their power, or its opinions their opinions. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

George Meredith I had visions of my majority bottles of Burgundy, lying under John Thresher’s care at Dipwell, and would have abandoned them all for one on the spot. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Wilkie Collins The majority of his visitors simply viewed him in the light of a public amusement, and wondered why such a gentlemanlike man should have chosen to gain his living by exhibiting himself as a quack. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Henry Handel Richardson But for the majority of us, the fact that we labour to earn our bread by a certain handiwork wears all liking for it threadbare. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Dickens To suppose the family groups of whom the majority of emigrants were composed, polygamically possessed, would be to suppose an absurdity, manifest to any one who saw the fathers and mothers. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

The majority of them had no other means of subsistence than the profits thus obtained. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Almost everyone nowadays, even the majority of Catholics and Conservatives, is “progressive”, or at least wishes to be thought so. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The other room was the sleeping apartment of such miners as stayed on the premises, for the majority of the men went home to their families when their work was done. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

And the like holds good with most of the migratory birds of the United States.5 The majority of the male salmon in our rivers, on coming up from the sea, are ready to breed before the females. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

George Gissing The majority of you, at all events as you get into the world, have no kind of faith in anything but sordid motives. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Elizabeth Gaskell And to add to the horror, like all similar pestilences, its course was most rapid at first, and was fatal in the great majority of caseshopeless from the beginning. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Bronislaw Malinowski They appear in the great majority of cases to club together, have their own encampment, roam and hunt on their own account, and in general to live a life apart. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Here we found the majority of the passengers promenading, or seated in their chairs. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Anthony Trollope He would be backed by a majority of votes, and it might have been very doubtful whether such would have been the case had he attempted to throw out the Bill on its merits. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The American ideal, the ‘he-man’, the ‘tough guy’, the gorilla who puts everything right by socking everybody on the jaw, now figures in probably a majority of boys’ papers. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Dr. Priestley has remarked, in the preface to his biographical chart, that the majority of great men have lived beyond forty-five. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

John Galsworthy Even Sir Lionel and Lady Alison drove down for lunch on New Year’s Eve. With such an overwhelming Conservative majority it was felt that 1932 would be important. Over the River by John Galsworthy

John Stuart Mill Suppose now that in a people, of whom the majority were Mussulmans, that majority should insist upon not permitting pork to be eaten within the limits of the country. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Anthony Trollope The majority was with him; but he was well aware that of this majority some few would be drawn away by the apparent justice of Tifto’s proposition. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Can it come safely from any other quarter than that of a majority of the House of Commons?” “I think not. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells That is the cardinal fact in life for the great majority of Americans who respond to the stirrings of ambition. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

A majority of seventy was too small for finality. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Willa Cather My dear sir, granting that the great majority of people can’t enjoy anything very keenly, you’ll admit that I give pleasure to many more people than you do. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Charles Dickens The majority were country-people, male and female. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Arthur Conan Doyle Some were quite small, but the majority about as big as an average balloon, and with much the same curvature at the top. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Anthony Trollope To give to a bare numerical majority of the people that power which the numerical majority has in the United States, would not be to achieve representation. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

The majority of the keepers had become so attached to their charges that they returned to work of their own accord. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

The majority report recommended the adoption of what is known as the conjoint scheme. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

George Gissing It did not reassure him to reflect that a majority of husbands are probably in the same case. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her knowledge as to whether I smoke it or not before my majority happens to be a matter of five thousand dollars to me. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Eliot The final judgment properly lay with the Eight, who presided over the administration of criminal justice; and the sentence depended on a majority of six votes. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Henry David Thoreau Granted that the majority are able at last either to own or hire the modern house with all its improvements. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The majority were men who, like himself, thrown there by some accident, had remained as officers of country ships. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

In many cases, there will be multiple occurrences of a division — for example, the great majority of novels contain multiple chapters — and these are distinguished with the “id” attribute. The Design and Construction of eBooks by Steve Thomas [2015]

Elizabeth Gaskell Moreover, she was a native of the district immediately surrounding Roe Head, as were the majority of her pupils. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

She only proves the rule for the majority of heroines. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Edgar Rice Burroughs We saved some of them, but the majority died just as had Hooja and the crew of his canoe that time our second shot capsized them. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Olaf Stapledon The guards fired at their legs, but the majority rushed on, overwhelmed the guards, broke into the building, and set fire to it. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells We have tried to give effect to the ideal of a virtual equality, an equality of spirit between men and women, and in doing so we have overridden the accepted opinion of the great majority of mankind. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

H. G. Wells The majority of the Dickens novels were novels with a purpose, but they never deal with any inner confusion, any conflicts of opinion within the individual characters, any subjective essential change. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Leon Trotsky Since he had no majority in the Central Committee, and the decision depended on my vote, I abstained from voting to insure for him the majority of one vote. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Thomas Paine A majority of the clergy, chiefly of the parish priests, withdrew from the clerical chamber, and joined the nation; and forty-five from the other chamber joined in like manner. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

George Eliot The majority of his thoughts were but ravelled threads of the past. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Gissing I want to deal with the essentially unheroic, with the day-to-day life of that vast majority of people who are at the mercy of paltry circumstance. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Miles Franklin The majority of them had red hair and wide hanging-open mouths. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Henry Handel Richardson For, the longer she was at school, the more insistently the truth was driven home to her, that the majority is always in the right. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Edgar Rice Burroughs At last the majority appeared to prevail, for simu-taneously the two archers raised their weapons. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Majority for Plurality. Concerning votes cast in an election, a majority is more than half the total; a plurality is the excess of one candidate’s votes over another’s. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Olaf Stapledon But for the majority ethical scepticism points to a merely self-indulgent life. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Benjamin Disraeli You know my majority is, to be achieved and to be celebrated next month. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Anthony Trollope The Conservative majority had dwindled — but still there was a majority. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

It had come to be accepted that the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals, should decide all questions of farm policy, though their decisions had to be ratified by a majority vote. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Guy de Maupassan The two between them captured the district, and won the election easily, and in spite of his youth, Eliénne Rulhiére was chosen by a majority of five thousand. The Read One and the Other by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing The majority preferred it, on all grounds, to that offered them in a block of model lodgings not very far away; here was independence, that is to say, the liberty to be as vile as they pleased. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

But Power — this Andrew Power, who stood behind the president — had the majority with him. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

George Eliot On the whole, and in the vast majority of instances, the action by which we can do the best for future ages is of the sort which has a certain beneficence and grace for contemporaries. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If the vote were taken to-day, I think the Senate would reject the proposal to join the Pact by a majority of three to one. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Virginia Woolf But also it is obvious, from today’s newspaper, that however many dissentients there are, the great majority of your sex are today in favour of war. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Ralph Waldo Emerson To say then, the majority are wicked, means no malice, no bad heart in the observer, but, simply, that the majority are unripe, and have not yet come to themselves, do not yet know their opinion. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

The great error is, to suppose the majority of cases laid before the Delphic Oracle strictly questions for prophetic functions. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

The third doctrine, that Psora, the other name of which you remember, is the cause of the great majority of chronic diseases, is a startling one, to say the least. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

Charles Kingsley The majority of the reading-parties, meanwhile, thought a great deal more about Valencia than about their books. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

George Gissing To be sure, the vast majority of English people are constantly guilty of hypocritical practices, but that, as a rule, is mere testimony to the rootedness of their orthodox faith. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Sigmund Freud It was quite natural that in drawing this conclusion she should, like the majority of laymen, have confused gonorrhoea and syphilis, as well as what is contagious and what is hereditary. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft Only a few outsiders have ever heard it repeated, and of these the majority laugh and remark that the doctor surely is getting old. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

But it is certainly not the case that all or even a majority of the best writers of the time were puritans. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Elizabeth Gaskell He had been sent to a day-school in the neighbouring town — a grammar-school in the high state of neglect in which the majority of such schools were thirty years ago. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Anthony Trollope The House of Commons had offended Mr Gresham by voting in a majority against him, and Mr Gresham had punished the House of Commons by subjecting it to the expense and nuisance of a new election. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope To me it almost seems that I must be wrong to place Dickens after Thackeray and George Eliot, knowing as I do that so great a majority put him above those authors. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He reflected with a certain amount of satisfaction, however, that his increasing business responsibilities would afford him a good excuse for a gradual withdrawal from the majority of these functions. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

George Gissing But how disgraceful that such a thing should appear in print!’ ‘I am sorry to say, Mrs. Waltham, that the majority of things which appear in print nowadays are more or less disgraceful. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing It was a combat of three to one, but the majority did little beyond throwing up hands at anything particularly outrageous. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Certainly more than half of the members were in clerical attire, and the majority of the others seemed to be good class professional men. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

But in the great majority of cases, tendrils which have never come in contact with any object, after a time contract spirally. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

But the great majority of the country gentlepeople lived decent, if, according to hamlet standards, not particularly useful lives. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Gissing Already he displayed a consideration towards the female sex which the vast majority of youngsters brought up in his circumstances have no suspicion of. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

He then requested all who wished well to Christianity to rise, and a very large majority were in an instant on their legs. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Robert Green Ingersoll This belief has been among the great majority of tribes and nations. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Katherine Mansfield After all, what can you expect? The majority of us are walking about with pig corpuscles and oxen fragments in our brain. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Olaf Stapledon In the great majority of minds observed by Neptunians after the war, there was detected a very interesting conflict between the forces of decay and the forces of rebirth. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing Representatives were here of every social rank, but the majority belonged to honourable families: high intelligence marked many countenances, but not one showed the shadow of anxious or weary thought. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

The majority of the comic apparitions, curiously enough, are masculine. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

H. G. Wells For the great majority of mankind at least it can be held that life resolves itself quite simply and obviously into three cardinal phases. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope As to a majoritynothing as yet was known about that. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But still, I wish the majority had only been two or three. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim The majority of his women friends belonged to a different class of society and were accustomed to plain speech. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Isabella Bird The majority have broken knees, owing to the great slipperiness of the pavements. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Robert Louis Stevenson While Robinson depends, for the most part and with the overwhelming majority of its readers, on the charm of circumstance. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Olaf Stapledon The plague was not finally stamped out until a majority of the world population had been reduced to apathy. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope Mr Kennedy made but one remark, and then he observed that as far as he could see a majority of nineteen would be as serviceable as a majority of twenty. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Consult among yourselves, and carry it by majority what wine it’s to be. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

The majority have two hundred pounds a year: but my estimate stands good, for all that. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

This was followed by the dispersal of the Soviet at Kaluga. The Bolsheviki, having secured a majority in the Soviet, set free some political prisoners. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

We may, in fact, feel tolerably sure that the large majority of embroidered covers still remain on the boards of the books they were originally made for. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Jules Verne Twenty times there had been a scrutiny, and twenty times the majority had not declared for either one or the other. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Anthony Trollope In the House of Commons, there was, so to say, no majority on either side. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson A certain sedentary majority would prefer to remain where they were. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells Here too manifestly a majority of the people were, like White and Benham, merely lookers-on. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Isabella Bird They have a few white angora goats of great beauty, but the majority are black and are valued chiefly for their milk and for their long coarse hair. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Arnold Bennett The Mayor of Bursley openly proclaimed himself a Federationist, though there was a majority on the Council against him. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

H. G. Wells In the great majority of human beings, the gregarious instinct is sufficiently powerful to render any but the most temporary isolations not simply disagreeable, but painful. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Sigmund Freud In the great majority of cases, of course, the causal relation is not represented at all, but is effaced amidst the succession of elements that is unavoidable even in the dream-process. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

H. G. Wells It is one of the Grenadines — one of the Windward Islands. Yonder, dim and blue, are others of the Grenadines. There are quantities of Grenadines, but the majority are out of sight. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Marie Corelli Ah!” and Moretti smiled darkly, “What a compliment that is from the majority of women to one! This woman Sylvie is unique. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Anthony Trollope But, after receipt of his veto, any bill so stopped by the Governor can be passed by a majority of two-thirds in each house. North America by Anthony Trollope

Miles Franklin The majority were absent — some love-making, others playing cards. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Benjamin Disraeli And this vice, this worst vice, from whose embrace, moralists daily inform us, man can never escape, is just the one from which the majority of men most completely, and most often, free themselves. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

George Gissing Of course it is made to seem responsible, and in a sense it is responsible, but, in the vast majority of cases, purely as an animal instinct, confirming the suggestion of circumstances. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

Leslie Stephen A majority in the House of Lords could not indeed determine the victory. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Sigmund Freud The majority of dreams require no over-interpretation, and are especially insusceptible of an anagogic interpretation. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

The majority of the people, supporting a government of Socialist coalition, can alone accomplish the Revolution. . Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Anthony Trollope But still I do say, Mr. Solicitor, that the majority of them were probably boys. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

H. G. Wells The majority of the crowd had already vanished into doorways and side streets. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was a favourite theory with Peter Ruff that the morning papers received very insufficient consideration from the majority of the British public. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Leon Trotsky It has passed an annihilating verdict upon the peace policy of the German [Social Democratic] majority — a policy which is not so much a pious hypocrisy as it is cynicism. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jonathan Swif The Whig lords are doing their utmost for a majority against Friday, and design, if they can, to address the Queen against the peace. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Thomas Hardy It did not greatly surprise her, the afternoon having been given up to recreation by a majority of the populace since the passage of the Royal equipages. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

In the testament he fixes his majority at twenty-five; but at twenty his guardians were to allow him his full income, to maintain the state becoming his rank. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

The consequence was that the very men that were opposed to Jimmy’s backers, now that he was quit of them, took up Jimmy, and since they were a majority of the Council he was triumphantly elected. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

A few of the houses had thatched roofs, whitewashed outer walls and diamond-paned windows, but the majority were just stone or brick boxes with blue-slated roofs. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The majority of them did not know what they were talking about; most of them talked either uneducated, frightened or blustering nonsense, but everybody talked more or less. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The majority of the company, therefore, endeavoured to look peculiarly happy, feeling all the while especially miserable. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

H. G. Wells For whatever else we may say to the discredit of the Bolshevik leaders, it is undeniable that the great majority lead not simply laborious but puritanical lives. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

John Stuart Mill In early times, the great majority of the male sex were slaves, as well as the whole of the female. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

The majority of the ‘Inklings’ deal with the romantic adventures of a young literary man who wins the affection of high-born ladies, and is made much of in aristrocratic circles. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

G. K. Chesterton The majority of men are poets, only they happen to be bad poets. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The majority of them are nearly as good as mine, but not quite. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

The majority of the ceilings, painted in fresco, also offered some allusion to his life. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Some of them knew how to dance; but the majority were ignorant of the steps, and their limbs were evidently a source of embarrassment to them. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

He is one of the current heroes, and the majority of people take him for a model. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Some, blind with rage, attempted to face that mighty onset, but the majority knew better. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope At half-past two it was agreed by both sides that Mr Moffat was ahead; the Moffatites claiming a majority of twelve, and the Scatcherdites allowing a majority of one. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

It seemed almost incredible that the great vessel we had admired, and feared, only the day before, should now be lying, with the majority of her crew, deep down at the bottom of the ocean. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

There was not even any pressure upon one to become a political member of the party, though I think the majority of the militiamen did so. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

By that machinery it is, and not by poison, that the majority qualify themselves for claiming the funeral allowances. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

Arthur Conan Doyle Consider that the women are a majority in the nation. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Leon Trotsky I believe co-optation demands not merely a majority of votes, but a unanimous decision. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Olaf Stapledon It had blinded the great majority to all that was most desirable in life. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Being thus, generally, so much superior to the great majority at the Settlement in type and attainments, Sam became an unofficial leader — a tutor and a pastor. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Miles Franklin The majority of them were Waterburys for common use, so I set each alarm for a different hour. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Elizabeth Gaskell Once get a majority of Liberal members into the House, and the thing is done. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

This group includes the large majority of existing species. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Jack London A majority of the men who had witnessed the making of the bet decided in his favor, whereat the odds went up to three to one against Buck. There were no takers. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The majority for rejecting the invitation was more than two to one. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Wilkie Collins This last qualification proved, it is sad to say, to be the one small merit which the majority of the ladies willing to accept engagements at the palace did not possess. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Charles Dickens He had been sent to a day-school in the neighbouring town — a grammar-school, in the high state of neglect in which the majority of such schools were thirty years ago. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

The majority of them would have died a dozen times over rather than submit to ‘belly-cutting’. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Bram Stoker The majority of the readers of the English-speaking race who enjoy Theophile Gautier’s fascinating romance Mademoiselle de Maupin are not aware that the heroine was a real person. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Wilkie Collins The term of my majority arrived. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Beyond this we had only rifles, and the majority of the rifles were scrap-iron. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

I am not a selfish sentimentalist, as are the majority of seducers. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Robert Green Ingersoll Then here is another gentleman, Mr. Ryder, the Rev. Mr. Ryder, and he says that Calvinism is rejected by a majority of Christendom. He is mistaken. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope The Duke had frittered away his support in that House, and as a Minister had lost that confidence which a majority of the House had once been willing to place in him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson And the scale fairly kicks the beam, if you go on to add that age, in a majority of cases, never comes at all. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

It was hinted also that Morrison had a wife in each and every one of them, but the majority of us repulsed these innuendoes with indignation. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Leon Trotsky But he refused to lay down in advance any rules on the subject of a Social Democratic majority in the government. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope At two o’clock the division came, and the Ministry were beaten by a majority of twenty-three. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anatole France In 1813 he formed part of the moderate majority which approved the report in which Laine censured power and misfortune, by giving to the Empire tardy advice. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Sinclair Lewis Might ‘s well admit it, Carrie; I’m afraid there’ll be a majority of the board against her. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope It is devoutly to be wished that one juryman might be starved to death while thus serving the constitution; the absurdity then would cure itself, and a verdict of a majority would be taken. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser I think Cowperwood has a majority for himself stowed away somewhere in every instance. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Still, I believe it prejudiced the majority in my favour. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

At the Meetings Snowball often won over the majority by his brilliant speeches, but Napoleon was better at canvassing support for himself in between times. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Thomas Carlyle Speak as I might, Goethe, to the great majority of you, would remain problematic, vague; no impression but a false one could be realized. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

John Morley According to Lord Temple, this was the greatest majority ever known on the last day of a session. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Anthony Trollope The contest was very sharp, but our hero was returned by a majority of seventeen votes. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

The majority of these bindings are worked in tapestry-stitch, or tent-stitch, in designs illustrating Scriptural subjects in differently coloured threads. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

The majority are old single-decker buses (the rather smaller buses of ten years ago) which have been taken off their wheels and propped up with struts of wood. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Olaf Stapledon Moreover, of those that have any meaning at all, the great majority must be less true than false. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

The majority attained by Bung on the gross poll was four hundred and twenty-eight, and the cause of the parishioners triumphed. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

H. G. Wells The majority of those who become samurai do so between twenty-seven and thirty-five. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

George Meredith Women must be mad, to provoke such a warning; and the majority of them submissively show their good sense. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Benjamin Disraeli In each estate of the realm a majority was arrayed against them. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

Dr. Bigge warned me by a report of my work exhibited on the notice-board of the Sixth Form that while some of my scholars displayed great improvement, the vast majority showed none at all. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

At Violet’s majority the estate was to pass into her possession, charged with an income of fifteen hundred a year, to be paid to the widow for her lifetime. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Pacifism. The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to the taking of life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

Algernon Blackwood I also understood why the majority need priests and creeds and formulae to help them. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Wilkie Collins He was a younger man than the majority of his brethren, and was personally remarkable by his pale, handsome, melancholy face, and his reserved yet gentle manners. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Theodore Dreiser The majority of the celebrities with whom he had tipped glasses in his day as manager hailed from this self-centred and populous spot. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Since he took office there hasn’t once been a majority against him in either House on any question that the Government has made on its own. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

The motion was lost by a majority of two; and then the captain, who never allows himself to be defeated, moved for a committee of inquiry into the whole subject. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

It is almost impossible to mention books in bulk without grossly overpraising the great majority of them. Collected Essays by George Orwell