Phrases with "mastery"

Virginia Woolf He had complete mastery of all his faculties. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Margaret Oliphant He believed that he had led Walter by the nose, as he said, and had a mastery over him which would be easily recovered if he but got him for a day or two to himself. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

More diverse opinions have been expressed as to Dickens’s mastery of that highest part of the novelist’s art, which we call characterisation. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Anthony Trollope Frank Greystock had told himself, a score of times, that it would be unbecoming in him to allow a passion to obtain such mastery of him as to interfere with his ambition. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

You must apprentice yourself afresh at every fresh undertaking, and our mastery is always a victory over certain unexpected difficulties, and not a dominion of difficulties overcome before. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

H. Rider Haggard And so another three months passed over us, by which time we had all attained to a very considerable mastery of the Zu–Vendi language, which is an easy one to learn. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

It was as if that mind were taking me into its confidence, giving me a special insight into its mastery of despair. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle He would break in red ruin at the base of it if he could but dash forever the life of this man, who claimed mastery over that which had never found its master yet. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

That rich colouring and bold design, that superb mastery of detail, and that glorious portrayal of the fullness of life can only be Rubens and Rubens alone. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Jack London His mastery was rigid as steel. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

D. H. Lawrence And I want you to yield to my mastery and my divination, and let me put my flag of a phoenix rising from a nest in flames in place of that old rose on a field azure. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Sir Walter Scott His confidant made a bold and successful effort to obtain the mastery of him even in this hour of emotion. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Rudyard Kipling Its reward is not only the knowledge of mastery and the gratitude of the layman, which may or may not bring content. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

George Gissing And in all that she wrote—in her thoughts too—it was her effort to place him in that station of mastery which he would not claim for himself. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Meantime the rover cast off the tiller lines and laid his hand with an air of mastery on the stout piece of wood projecting horizontally from the rudder-head about the level of his hip. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Anthony Trollope To strive for mastery was to him noble, even though he strove against those who had a right to rule, and strove on behalf of the wrong. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

He had a quite astounding memory for facts and a mastery of detailed analysis, and the time afforded scope for these gifts. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Marjorie Bowen To have the mastery of others he must keep the mastery of himself. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Anthony Trollope There was something pleasant in feeling his mastery over that poor old shattered baronet. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

It approaches nearer to handicraft, in the paucity and rudeness of its mechanical appliances, and there is more of the element of mastery and subservience. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

In large part they are an expression of the relation of status — a symbolic pantomime of mastery on the one hand and of subservience on the other. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

H.P. Lovecraft Given a man’s brain, she declared, she could not only equal but surpass her father in mastery of unknown forces. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

But our word has been passed to our servants who were sent that they should be helped; that, verily, our hosts should gain mastery for them. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

H. G. Wells We have the air, and the mastery of the air is the mastery of the earth. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

H. G. Wells They get their sense of mastery in doing something they can do particularly well and in having that mastery recognised. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

It was this desire to make his ideas prevail that led Huxley to work for a mastery of the technique of speaking and writing. The Life of Huxley by Ada L. F. Snell [1909]

Robert Louis Stevenson Again, his absolute mastery in his art enabled him to express each and all of his different humours, and to pass smoothly and congruously from one to another. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

He who would assist a lord of men in harmony with the Way will not assert his mastery in the kingdom by force of arms. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

When mastery cometh, the god of love anon Beteth his wynges, and fare wel, he is gon. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Arthur Schopenhauer A man tries to acquire direct mastery over things, either by understanding them, or by forcing them to do his will. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Olaf Stapledon The mastery of physical force often produced a mania for power, and the dissection of society into two alien classes, the powerful and the enslaved. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith Of his power upon one woman he was now perfectly sure:—Clara had agonized him with a doubt of his personal mastery of any. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Rage and impatience were gaining mastery over Raoul. He had just noticed the mystery preserved by Athos’s companion, and determined on proceeding to extremities. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Olaf Stapledon They had already gained some mastery over physical nature, and a far greater mastery was seemingly in store for them. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Mankind has been demoralised since by its own mastery of mechanical appliances. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Jack London They possessed greater mastery over matter than the gods he had known, most powerful among which was Grey Beaver. And yet Grey Beaver was as a child-god among these white~skinned ones. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Jack London This was too much for White Fang. Fresh upon his months of mastery over his own team-mates, it was beyond his self-control to stand idly by while another devoured the meat that belonged to him. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

D. H. Lawrence Love was a battle in which each party strove for the mastery of the other’s soul. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London There was their mastery over all these sharp-fanged dogs. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Repeated experience only augments the mastery of that nameless terror. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

George Meredith His evasions, both of Papal sbirri and the Austrian polizia, furnished instances of astonishing audacity that made his name a byword for mastery in the hour of peril. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Charles Dickens But anger and fear soon got the mastery of him, and he spurned her from him. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Edith Wharton As he went on talking, this surprised sense of mastery was like wine in his veins. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

H. G. Wells He who had conceived he held the mastery of the world in his shapely hand was now an almost apathetic spectator of his own frustration. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

His mastery of the mysterious suggestions which lie concealed in words is complete. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Arnold Bennett She had the mastery of him in many things when she chose to be aroused. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

With his complete mastery of the subject he would have done it admirably, if he had assumed the necessary point of view. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Henry James They were all fine lyrics, of tender or ironic intention, by contemporary poets, but depending for effect on taste and art, a mastery of the rare shade and the right touch, in the interpreter. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Jack London But it was his concern that they leave him alone in his isolation, get out of his way when he elected to walk among them, and at all times acknowledge his mastery over them. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Olaf Stapledon Moreover by systematic persecution it may seriously reduce the capacity of the race for these most human and most precious activities, these powers by which man rose to mastery of this planet. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Every chord in their bosoms vibrated with the same pulsations as his own, and the conviction of this gave him a mastery over them. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Charles Dickens Into his handsome face, the bitter waters of captivity had worn; but, he covered up their tracks with a determination so strong, that he held the mastery of them even in his sleep. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

H. G. Wells The only real mastery of life is knowledge and clear thought. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

All his aim is to construct a perfect machine, and he is always inventing, and improving, and thinking of new ways in which to obtain the mastery of the air. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

It was his obsession that the man must be found and kept frightened until his mastery of Stone had had time to wear off. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Whether Turgenev’s art, which has captured it with such mastery and such gentleness, is for “all time” it is hard to say. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Pure loot and mastery seem no longer morally avowable motives, and pretexts must be found for attributing them solely to the enemy. Memories and Studies by William James

George Eliot There was no mastery to be obtained over him except by kindness or guile. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

Anger, indignation, the sense of her own inferiority when matched with the Prince, had too firm a mastery of this proud soul. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

George Meredith Men were good sticks his mastery wrought from hoops; Some serviceable, none credible on oath. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

G. K. Chesterton They make the claim of mastery and they are not masters. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Olaf Stapledon Moreover, the enemy was now united; for one empire had secured complete mastery over the others, and had inspired all the mad worlds with an identical passion of religious imperialism. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Schopenhauer But a woman is always and everywhere reduced to obtaining this mastery indirectly, namely, through a man; and whatever direct mastery she may have is entirely confined to him. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

D. H. Lawrence So far, man had yielded the mastery to woman. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London Incidentally, the sled went faster, and thus, by cunning indirection, did man increase his mastery over the beasts. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

R. D. Blackmore It is enough, and a great thing too, to say that he emerged triumphant, reduced his wife into very good condition, and obtained the due mastery of her estates, and lordship of the household. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

A certain gleam of nobility shining dimly through its harsh setting would make him better-looking later in life, when expression gets the mastery over features. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Charles Dickens I declare that on the present occasion I didn’t run away; but my unhappy disease got the mastery of me. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Bram Stoker The Count saw his victory in my bow, and his mastery in the trouble of my face, for he began at once to use them, but in his own smooth, resistless way. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then Anthony knew what he wanted — to assert his will against this cool and impervious girl, to obtain with one magnificent effort a mastery that seemed infinitely desirable. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Walter Scott There are cases in which just scorn has always the mastery over just anger. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

H. G. Wells The mastery of power in our time is manifested almost as much by its swift scrapping and scavenging as by its limitless productivity. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. G. Wells His school training had given him little or no mastery of the mysterious pronunciation of English and no confidence in himself. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Miles Franklin Annoyance and amusement struggled for mastery in his expression as he replied: “You’re the queerest girl in the world. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

As he impressed upon his admirers, he felt great powers developing in him and was gradually obtaining a mastery in the occult world. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Nothing but the veil of a foreign language, which the best translations are powerless to tear away from noble verse, prevented this mastery from being perceived at once. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Thomas Hardy She seemed stilled, almost alarmed, at what had occurred, while the novelty, unpremeditation, mastery of circumstance disquieted him — palpitating, contemplative being that he was. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Brave thoughts winged on Grecian words gained their natural mastery over terror; the brigantine held on her course, and reached smooth water at last. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Margaret Oliphant He felt that the English lad should have been more impressed by his new inheritance, and more anxious to acquire a mastery of all the facts connected with it. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Wilkie Collins He allowed Noel Vanstone to keep possession of his hand, and to heap one series of shrill protestations and promises on another, until he had regained his usual mastery over himself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

However, while these gloomy forebodings cast a shade of anxiety over De Guiche’s countenance, De Wardes had resumed the entire mastery over himself. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

There had been between them an amount of half-pretended mastery and compulsion, but she was conscious of a new sound in Hugh’s voice. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Edith Wharton She could not, to herself, have put it even as clearly as that — she just dimly felt that, between her and her usual firm mastery of facts, something nebulous and impenetrable was closing in . Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Edith Wharton He felt his strength equal to his task, and was happy with that best happiness, the sense of mastery over one’s work. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Jack London When I found under me a particularly sharp, but not too sharp, rock-projection, I ground my body upon the point of it, rowelled my flesh in a very ecstasy of mastery and of purification. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was then twenty-four years of age, dark-haired, dark-eyed, swarthy, with a smattering of all knowledge and a mastery of none. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

Thomas Wolfe One’s own sense of manhood and of mastery is heightened by being on a train. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Henceforth, I presume your great country will dispute with us for the mastery of the air. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Henry James His acknowledgment hung there, too monstrously, at the expense of Charlotte, before whose mastery of the greater style she had just been standing dazzled. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Yes, and he first hypnotises his victims to obtain a mastery over them. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells Other people again get their sense of mastery in the give — and-take of home life, in little snobberies and neighbourly showing-off. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

We here find some of the obscurest problems of biology treated with a mastery which, when we consider the condition of science at that day, is truly astounding. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Sir Gabriel’s intimacy with the girl had not perturbed him, but there was that in the other’s air of mastery which struck fear to his heart. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

H. G. Wells But over the struggles that preceded his mastery it is humane to draw a veil. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

H. G. Wells There would be still time for us to get more of the magic stone that gives one mastery over men. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

George Eliot They are simply extensions of the human organism, so to speak, limbs immeasurably more powerful, ever more subtle finger-tips, ever more mastery over the invisibly great and the invisibly small. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Edith Wharton I was really like Saul the son of Kish, who went out to find an ass, and came back with a kingdom: the kingdom of mastery over my tools. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

And, with Beddoes, maturity was precocious, for he obtained complete mastery over the most difficult and dangerous of metres at a wonderfully early age. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

It is largely the practical interest of the exigencies of that relation of mastery in which the members of the class are placed. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

He was no common man, for in his presence I felt an attraction which was not merely the mastery of one used to command. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Charles Dickens I wondered how many other clerks there were up-stairs, and whether they all claimed to have the same detrimental mastery of their fellow-creatures. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

T. E. Lawrence He showed full mastery of tact, with a real power of disposing men’s feelings to his wish. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells In truth the mastery of flying was the work of thousands of men — this man a suggestion and that an experiment, until at last only one vigorous intellectual effort was needed to finish the work. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Anywhere over the far horizon where he could get away from the defiling bit and the insufferable mastery of man. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

When mastery comes, the god of love anon Beateth his wings—and, farewell! he is gone. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Olaf Stapledon The first theme is one of fluctuating but triumphant progress, since it was but the mental aspect of the intelligent mastery of physical nature which brought your species to dominance. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London But greater than that, to the wolf-cub, was their mastery over things not alive; their capacity to communicate motion to unmoving things; their capacity to change the very face of the world. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Jack London From Spitzbergen through the Arctic, and across Canada and the Barrens, he had held his own with all manner of dogs and achieved to mastery over them. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

The solitary consciousness of the gigantic mastery it has established there had grown intolerable; I must have told it. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

There is no need of pointing out how prone the men of today are to revert to the spiritual attitude of mastery and of personal subservience which characterizes that stage. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

I watched his heavy but not unhandsome face, and timed the moment of mastery by the sudden light in his crafty eyes. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

H. G. Wells This is a considerable digression into psychology, and I will do no more than glance at how large a part this craving for superiority and mastery has played in the sexual practices of mankind. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

George Gissing Never had she felt so perfect a mastery of her instrument. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Thomas Wolfe He would keep love a thing apart, and safeguard to himself the mastery of his life, his separate soul, his own integrity. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

He was now in the thirty-eighth year of his age, his controversial genius in full vigour, and his mastery of language complete. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

H. G. Wells In the end where would mastery lie? No brain in the world had been more acutely aware of this indecisiveness than Rud’s. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

A rebellious impulse stirred her soul to reject the mastery which this man had gained over her within a few weeks. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Margaret Oliphant The grey daylight had just got final mastery of the dark, when Vincent met the man whom he had employed the night before to help him in his inquiries. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Leslie Stephen He had thus obtained a mastery over his weapons which made him one of the most accomplished of conversational gladiators. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Walter Scott Then it was that it often seemed to her, as if a good and evil power strove for mastery over her destiny. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

This did not indicate complete mastery of himself at that moment. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

He seems to have worked with singular ease and mastery of his subject, and never to have felt his task as a strain or a fatigue. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]