Phrases with "makes"

George Gissing It is familiarity with life that makes time speed quickly. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Wilkie Collins But the company, inside the house, makes amends for it all,” Mrs. Rook proceeded, enjoying the expression of dismay which was beginning to show itself on Emily’s face. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

H. G. Wells Your sort has got to grab, your sort has got to spend—until the thing works out and the social revolution makes an end of you. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Thomas Hobbes And it is the want of discretion that makes the difference. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Ralph Waldo Emerson It makes a great difference to your figure and to your thought, whether your foot is advancing or receding. The Conservative by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Henry James It makes me so to see you look so happy. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mrs. Aldred makes two cows’ heads into soup every week, and people come many miles to fetch it; and if these times last, we must try and do more. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Henry David Thoreau The summer, in some climates, makes possible to man a sort of Elysian life. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

You don’t know how it makes me suffer. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

H. G. Wells He takes something that isn’t worth anything — or something that isn’t particularly worth anything — and he makes it worth something. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

George Meredith But your good old sea makes me breathe again. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Radclyffe Hall Yes, we do meet each other in the sand-pit every Saturday, and he makes love to me and I like it; do you hear? I enjoy it; I like being kissed and all the rest. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Henry James You’ve no idea how it simplifies things and how jolly it makes me feel. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Every step of civil advancement makes every man’s dollar worth more. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

D. H. Lawrence The very thought of being quietly in the same house with you, quiet and in peace, makes me realize that if I’ve been through hell, I have known heaven on earth and can hope to know it again. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James But it makes today too much to explain. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Robert Browning One is incisive, corrosive: Two retorts, nettled, curt, crepitant; Three makes rejoinder, expansive, explosive; Four overbears them all, strident and strepitant, Five . Dramatic Lyrics by Robert Browning [1845]

Henry Lawson This makes her laugh, to the surprise of the dog. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Charles Dickens On this occasion, after the performance of an Umsebeuza, or war song, — which is exactly like all the other songs, — the chief makes a speech to his brothers and friends, arranged in single file. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

He makes his gold there but the men who carry it away never come to the house, for they don’t know where it is and if they did they could not get in. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Anthony Trollope With some people a first love will come so strongly that it makes a renewal of the passion impossible. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce It’s rather interesting because professor Pokorny of Vienna makes an interesting point out of that. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Virginia Woolf Shrewd and practical of necessity, she is yet haunted by a desire for romance and for the quality which to her perception makes a man a gentleman. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

But she only said again: “It makes my head swim. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

H. G. Wells Bombing makes him feel like a God throwing thunderbolts. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

I’ve been both fat and thin in my life, and I know the difference fatness makes to your outlook. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

George Gissing Humbled and informed, Thyrza took her lessons with faultless patience, and with the hopeful zeal which makes light of every difficulty. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anatole France As the train rolled through the homely scenes of the outskirts, that black fringe which makes an unlovely border to the city, Choulette took from his pocket an old book which he began to fumble. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same time it must be admitted that merit which is associated with dialect has such limitations that it can never take the same place as work which makes an equal appeal to all the world. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Jeremy Bentham From a person’s not having it, who ought: whether it be a benefit or burthen to the possessor is a circumstance that to this purpose makes no difference. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope That makes it altogether another thing. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He actually runs after me; he devours me; he makes a fool of himself, and is trying hard to make one of me. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Andrew Lang He makes admissions about his own tendency to think that he has an immaterial soul, and that these points are, or may be, or some day will be, scientifically solved. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling There is an insolence about it all that makes one gasp. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

Robert Louis Stevenson Lady Macbeth complains of the smell of blood on her hand: Macbeth makes no complaint — he has ceased to notice it now; but the same smell is in his nostrils. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Nothing that I have heard makes me for a moment think it possible. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

William Hazlitt The ease and conscious unconcern with which this is effected only makes the skill more wonderful. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It makes one positively angry to see it in that state, and anywhere but in the most conspicuous and honourable place. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Weak, inert, fading, there lay poor Nash. With the discovery, all struggle had ceased; and it is well known that to resign one’s self to weakness quietly, makes weakness ten times more apparent. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

He makes the night cover the day;—verily, in that are signs unto a people who reflect. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

George Gissing There is so much to pain and sadden; so much that makes me angry. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

But even where it makes no difference musically the facetiousness of his stage Cockney dialect is irritating. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

Tobias Smolle The Nice wine, when mixed with water, makes an agreeable beverage. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is work which makes fibre, which gives balance to life. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

George Gissing When at length there came a pause, she said abruptly: “I suppose it seems dreadful to you, to see me lying here like this?” “It makes me wish I had it in my power to relieve you. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope The attentive reader will have already gathered nearly all that should be known of him before he makes himself known by his own deeds. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Washington Irving It makes us conscious of being cast loose from the secure anchorage of settled life, and sent adrift upon a doubtful world. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Archie was born in two different sections — one-half of him makes all for wickedness, and the other half makes all the other way — and, whichever half of him is to the fore, he’s thorough. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Jonathan Swif She is so excessively fond, it makes me mad. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

H. G. Wells It makes a commander-inchief feel like a fool. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Anthony Trollope It is commerce that makes great cities, and commerce has refused to back the general’s choice. North America by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell It’s thinking of how he grieved her at last that makes me so bitter with him. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Rudyard Kipling It’s the only thing that makes life worth living — when they’re fond of you, isn’t it? I daren’t think what the place would be without them. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Anthony Trollope There’s an old saying that misfortune makes strange bedfellows, but political friendship makes stranger alliances than misfortune. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Incidentally it makes one of the most awful noises I have ever heard, and sends forth clouds of coal dust which make it impossible to see more than two to three feet and almost impossible to breathe. Collected Essays by George Orwell

This they do every year the day before their feast, and it makes the occasion for the procession and chicha-drinking. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

In Le Cid, Chimene’s passion for Rodrigue struggles in a death-grapple with the destiny that makes Rodrigue the slayer of her father. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence It is only his jacket of dust that makes him visible. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Sir Walter Scott Well — Master Tressilian makes somewhat familiar with my house; if I look it over, he is indebted to it for certain recollections. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

George Meredith She makes me young—young!” Agostino waved his hand in the form of a salute to her on the last short ascent. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Henry James His voice is weak and cracked, but he makes it express everything. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

R. D. Blackmore What makes you go on in the way that you are doing? Do you take me for a drumledore, you foolish child? On Tuesday afternoon I saw you sewing with a double thread. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Baldwin Spencer After a few days the attached part of the cord is cut off by the mother, who by swathing it in fur-string makes it into a necklace called Akurlaitcha, which is placed round the child's neck. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Algernon Blackwood It’s the most astounding, the most haunted place you ever saw, gloomy, silent, full of gorgeous lights and shadows that seem aliveterribly impressive; it makes you creep and shudder. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

The answer of Joanna moves a smile of tenderness, but the disappointment of her judges makes one laugh horribly. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

Charles Dickens He makes tremendous rows — roars, and pegs at the floor with some frightful instrument. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Bram Stoker There is where he fail! That terrible baptism of blood which he give you makes you free to go to him in spirit, as you have as yet done in your times of freedom, when the sun rise and set. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry James She makes no sign of its overflow to me. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Guy de Maupassant It was one of those warm days which makes our eyes bright and stir up in us a tumultuous feeling of happiness from the mere sense of existence. A Philosopher (Un Sage) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Henry James It’s discouraging; it makes one not care much what happens. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

James Payn As for the wall at the back of the altar—the decorations there are such that it makes one cry to think they are ever to be taken down again. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

D. H. Lawrence Oh, it makes him big, the strike does. Strike-Pay by D. H. Lawrence [1913]

George Meredith He makes happy fellows and brave soldiers of them without drill. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Jules Verne What makes you ask?” said the captain, curious to hear what the Jew would say. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

It makes tolerable fuel, not good enough to be commercially valuable, but good enough to be eagerly sought after by the unemployed. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

H. G. Wells That’s the real trouble, Marjorie, and it makes all the difference. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Rudyard Kipling That makes him nervous and jealous. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

What makes you think anything has happened? Is this a place for occurrences?” “Oh, mamma! you cannot deceive me. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

When we had sobered down again, he said: “I suppose that when a working-man makes all the use he can of his lower education he becomes a business man, and then he doesn’t need the higher. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Charles Dickens Miss Martin is the young lady at the bar as makes out our bills; and though higher than I could wish considering her station, is perfectly well-behaved. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You need have no fear—I shall shoot him through the heart if he makes a move. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Edmund Burke It makes no other difference than to make us fear and hate them the more. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

William Dampier Sir Francis Drake in his Voyage round the World makes mention of such that he found at Ternate, or some other of the Spice Islands, or near them. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

D. H. Lawrence It makes a difference —” As he sat listening, his eyes grew wide and his lips were parted, like a child who feels the tale but does not understand the words. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy I dare say she said a hundred times in her sorrow, ‘What a return he makes for all the sacrifices I have made for him!’ I never went to her! When I set out to visit her it was too late. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Gertrude Stein The care with which there is incredible justice and likeness, all this makes a magnificent asparagus, and also a fountain. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

It makes me miserable and sick, like biting something rotten would do. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

H. G. Wells It makes no pretence about it. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I have not had much of it in my day, but I think it makes one better as well as happier; and to speak simple truth of you, Miss Arden, is inevitably to praise you. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Ralph Waldo Emerson What is good is effective, generative; makes for itself room, food and allies. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

He works with some big chemical firm, but Mistress makes him an allowance and he has a small flat in Earl’s Court and runs a little car. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Anthony Trollope It is not the distance, but the manner of life which makes the separation. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

John Morley When the gravity of the enterprise showed itself before them, they remained alert with all courage, but they ceased to fancy that courage necessarily makes men happy. Voltaire by John Morley

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is a terrible crisis closing upon us, Susan.” “The thought of it makes our little affairs seem almost unimportant, doesn’t it?” she sighed. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Robert Green Ingersoll The bible teaches the doctrine of witchcraft and makes us believe that there are sorcerers and witches, and that the dead could be raised by the power of sorcery. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Meredith Nothing makes a girl look so silly and unpalatable. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

A certain great European Power makes a hobby of her spy system, and her methods are not too particular. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

D. H. Lawrence You know it was always spirits, and generally brandy — and that makes such work with them. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Behind a mountain of toothpicks he makes your change, files your check, and ejects at you, like a toad, a word about the weather. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Charles Dickens Whether the jolting makes it worse, I don’t undertake to decide; but in a cart it does come home to you, and stick to you. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Whisky makes a man of me, makes the blood go hot. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

For the heat, overcoming any opposite inclination, makes growth take its own line of direction, which is from the centre of the body upwards. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Poor thing — poor Lady Isabel! She had sacrificed husband, children, reputation, home, all that makes life of value to woman. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Charles Dickens The King’s falsehood in this business makes such a pitiful figure, that I think Wat Tyler appears in history as beyond comparison the truer and more respectable man of the two. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Anthony Trollope Quintilian makes eighteen references to it; but the Pro Milone is brought to the reader’s notice thirty-seven times. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope It makes me ashamed of my own name. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

T. H. Huxley That, you will observe, makes a complete circuit; and it was precisely here that the originality of Harvey lay. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Anthony Trollope He was very young for such work, though hardly young enough to justify the excuse that he makes in his own preface, that it is a book written by a boy. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Andrew Lang The interest of the portraits and costumes makes these title-pages precious, they are historical documents rather than mere curiosities. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy A great painter makes a school, but the schools never amount to anything. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Meredith Now you will see him kneeling to his Gods, and anon drubbing them; or he makes them fight for him, and is complacent at the issue. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The best discovery the discoverer makes for himself. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

It makes the darkness palpable and “visible. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

Gertrude Stein A curving example makes righteous finger-nails. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Thomas Hardy I have been that man, and it makes all the difference in the world, if one has any manliness or chivalry in him. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Mark Twain It makes me shudder to think what it must be made of. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Gaston Leroux Then of necessity one makes a second. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Gissing If Augustus were to keep accounts and to reckon how much he makes in a year, nett, out of these various pursuits, the total would represent a very respectable sum. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing Blessed state! How enviable above all waking joys the impotence which makes us lords of darkness, the silence which suffers not to reach our ears so much as an echo of the farce of life. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

John Galsworthy It makes me sad, John.” As the young man’s arm slid under hers his face came into view. Passers By by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Do you know, Bell, that Adolphus seems to think we can’t very well keep pigs in London. It makes me so unhappy. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It’s not her country,” she added, “that makes a woman happy or unhappy. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

The New Zealand Maoris say the white man is a fool: “He makes a large fire, and then has to sit away from it; the Maori makes a small fire, and sits over it. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Lewis Carroll Bridget (rightly) says that the westerly traveler met a train every 6 minutes for 2 hours, but (wrongly) makes the number “20”; it should be “21”. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Rudyard Kipling He knows the stars; he makes horoscopes; he reads nativities. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Andrew Lang He praises those who tear off margins for pipe-lights, and he makes cigarettes with the tissue-paper that covers engravings. The Library by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Then he reminds the people of all that the gods have done for them, and addresses them in language which makes one feel that they did believe in their gods. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Henry Handel Richardson He’s not so dumb as he makes out to be. Sister Ann by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang On the gazzette of April 6, 13, and 20, he makes no comment, but his letter of June 16 varies more or less from the newsletter of June 11. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton His own taste was in the line of less solid and more highly-seasoned diet; but hunger makes any fare palatable, and there had been times when Mr. Stepney had been reduced to a crust. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Rafael Sabatini It shows the worth of all these measures of which Sir Henry Fielding makes a boast. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Lewis Carroll Mrs. Gamp says, “If Zuzu makes 4 while Lolo makes 3, Zuzu makes 6 while Lolo makes 5 [bad reasoningl, while Mimi makes 2. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

The same yearning of this warm, panting heart, that has made me in written words record my vagabond youth, my serene manhood, and the passions of my soul, makes me now recoil from further delay. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Isabella Bird It makes gelims (thin carpets), and grows besides wheat, barley, cotton, and oil seeds, an immense quantity of fruit, which has a ready market in the city. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

E. F. Benson Now Mrs. Gaskell, in the first edition of her Life of Charlotte Brontë, makes narrative of the above letter, and defines the reason for Branwell’s dismissal. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Rudyard Kipling By the same token a good priest makes a bad palanquin-coolie. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope Of course you know that he makes his wife an allowance, and refuses to see her. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Mark Twain What makes you ask?” “Well, I was afeard. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

It isn’t sorrow that makes people go mad, but worry. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Arnold Benne Now the great and profound mistake which my typical man makes in regard to his day is a mistake of general attitude, a mistake which vitiates and weakens two-thirds of his energies and interests. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

It makes me feel quite at home. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Radclyffe Hall But Anna persisted: ‘Yes, Philip, at times it makes me afraid — I can’t tell you why, but it seems all wrong — it makes me feel — strange with the child. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Gertrude Stein A PAPER. A courteous occasion makes a paper show no such occasion and this makes readiness and eyesight and likeness and a stool. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Far more than any other man, whom it has been my fortune to meet, he makes himself felt by one who tries a case against him. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope I have told him that he should be patient, and that if the thing be to him as important as he makes it, he should be content to wait. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Whoever endeavors, O Iulus, to rival Pindar, makes an effort on wings fastened with wax by art Daedalean, about to communicate his name to the glassy sea. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

G. K. Chesterton Well, it makes no difference to the moral question; black men should be shot on the same ethical principles as white men. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

David Hume Necessity may be defined two ways, conformably to the two definitions of cause, of which it makes an essential part. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

It’s her very freedom that makes him torment himself and her, too — as far as I can understand. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Fanny Fern Dinah don’t care how hard she works, if she don’t work to the tune of a lash; and Missis Hall goes singing about the house so that it makes time fly. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Baldwin Spencer He makes a fire inside the trunk and cooks his fish there. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. G. Wells Wants to fight every motor that makes a whizz. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Rudyard Kipling The whisper of his name makes their wicked tails cold. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Elizabeth Gaskell But being anxious and sorrowful about the same thing makes people friends quicker than anything, I think. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Henry James The staircase is of white marble, and there is a medallion by Luca della Robbia set into the wall at the place where it makes a bend. The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James [1879]

Henry James Without accidents he had loved her, without accidents every one had loved her: she had made the passions about her as regular as the moon makes the tides. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

God makes this manifest to you lest ye err; for God all things doth know. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

George Meredith And there are men who trot about whining with it! But a Carinthia makes pain honourable. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

He is never seen to feed with the other cotingas, nor is it known in what part of Guiana he makes his nest. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Oscar Wilde Soul after soul makes us share in some repentance or some joy. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It makes the motor of the last ninety years. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Thomas Hardy I cannot say more about this — it makes me too miserable. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Virginia Woolf At that shores slip away, chimneys flatten themselves, the ship makes for the open sea. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Mark Twain But he makes all his calculations with the nicest precision, and goes darting in and out among a Broadway confusion of busy craft with the easy confidence of the educated hackman. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

When the poetical young gentleman makes use of adjectives, they are all superlatives. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

How do you like this sort of thing?” Dawes, glaring, makes no answer. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Henry James What makes the muddle is that she isn’t clear about the creature she wants most. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Anthony Trollope Of course it had to be, but it makes an old man of me. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

I have tried to sketch the general course of the Spanish revolution during its first year, because this makes it easier to understand the situation at any given moment. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

He’s in with the Norfolks, too; his mother was a Howard. It makes this freak of his all the more surprising. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Sickness makes a difference to the poor as well as to the rich. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle There is digression, that most deadly fault in the short narrative; there is incoherence, there is want of proportion which makes the story stand still for pages and bound forward in a few sentences. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Anthony Trollope My present need makes me bold. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Let us go down southward to the big Giridih collieries and see the coal that feeds the furnace that smelts the iron that makes the sleeper that bears the loco. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Hope What he had seen, or seemed dimly to see, is a sight common enough on the surface of water — large circular eddies, widening from a centre; a stone thrown in makes them, or a fish on the rise. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Louisa May Alcott I can’t sing ‘LAND OF THE LEAL’ now, it makes me cry. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

H. Rider Haggard Speaking personally, I had rather be killed fighting than any other way, and now that there seems little chance of our finding my poor brother, it makes the idea easier to me. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

He was of his time; but since his time men have thought beyond him, and seen life with a vision which makes his seem rather purblind. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

William Morris Nothing but the tyranny of profit-grinding makes this necessary. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

When a man’s pursuit gradually makes his face shine and grow handsome, you may be sure it is a worthy one. Memories and Studies by William James

George Gissing Democracy is full of menace to all the finer hopes of civilization, and the revival, in not unnatural companionship with it, of monarchic power based on militarism, makes the prospect dubious enough. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

William Dampier The road of Payta is one of the best on the coast of Peru. It is sheltered from the south-west by a point of land which makes a large bay and smooth water for ships to ride in. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

It makes me think, it makes me think, ‘God! If I could only take a peep at such people and at life through a chink!’ How does one live? What life has one? The life of sheep. Mother by Maksim Gorky

This morning we had an interview which I propose to repeat in dramatic form for greater accuracy, and which makes me fear that I cannot prolong our liaison very long. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Nervous! Phoo! A woman who marries a sailor and makes up her mind to come to sea should have no blamed jumpiness about her, I say. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Gissing We must get a few more shillings if it makes all the difference, mustn’t we?’ ‘We’ll see. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Caroline Lamb If it makes you ill, it will be my death. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

James Payn It makes my heart bleed to see you thus distressed. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

John Stuart Mill It makes a broad separation between those who can be permitted to receive its doctrines on conviction, and those who must accept them on trust. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

He makes a confidant of it; he betrays a hundred secrets, that he keeps locked from every living creature, in the freedom of his studio. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Help me, Hexford. If Dr. Perry has given you no orders, take your stand upstairs where you can give me warning if Mr. Cumberland makes a move to leave his post, or the nurse her patient. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

The old New England ideal characterises them all, up to a certain point, socially; it puts a decent outside on most of ’em; it makes ’em keep Sunday, and drink on the sly. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Virginia Woolf Moreover, it is not the samovar but the teapot that rules in England; time is limited; space crowded; the influence of other points of view, of other books, even of other ages, makes itself felt. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson This clue, which the whole town beholds without comprehension, swift as a cat, he leaps upon it, makes it his, follows it with craft and passion, and from one trifling circumstance divines a world. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James I say it even though it makes me sound a little as if I thought myself the fairy prince. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

In every throb of pain your child may suffer; in every childish ailment that makes your heart grow sick with unutterable fear, you will recognise God’s. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Rudyard Kipling So much the better if it makes them moderately economical in their expenditure. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope In the first place, a man whose bill is paid for him always makes some concession to the man who pays it. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

In a letter to be found in the “London Medical Gazette” for January, 1840, Mr. Roberton of Manchester makes the statement which I here give in a somewhat condensed form. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Anthony Trollope It makes me feel that I do something in the world. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope