Phrases with "means"

Anthony Trollope They can do that, and more than that, if they have the same means per man as we had. North America by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Francine rivals them by means of a gorgeous contrast of color, and declares that she is rich with the bright emphasis of diamonds and the soft persuasion of pearls. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Mark Twain But by no means do I ever overlook or minify the fact that this is one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Jules Verne It was by means of the shadow cast on the sand by the stick, a way which, for want of an instrument, would give him a suitable approach to the result which he wished to obtain. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Wilkie Collins By employing these means of watching him, I believe I may look forward to the discovery of his secret — if he knows anything about the lost bank-notes — as to a dead certainty. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Watkin Tench The interchange of civilities is general between them, and seems by no means extorted. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Slakoff, as usual, dominated the gathering, but they were by no means at one with him. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Anthony Trollope And then, as to her daughter; that she did not still love this new heir in her heart of hearts — of that the mother was by no means sure. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling It means business, it means money-making, it means crowded and hurrying life, and it gets into the blood and makes it move. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith Every bill of her establishment was paid without stint by Mr. Howell Edwards, the earl’s manager of mines; but she had not even the means for a journey to the Gowerland rocks she longed to see. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Olaf Stapledon Suffering certainly can in some circumstances be a means of spiritual growth; but to infer that a universe in which suffering plays a large part is therefore planned for spiritual growth is illogical. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Now, by means of these scales and the particular flatness of that part of the leg, the bird is enabled to sleep in safety upon the branch of a tree. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

H. G. Wells A week after his return his father, who was a widower, announced himself ruined, and committed suicide by means of an unscheduled opiate. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless her mind was by no means set against him. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anthony Trollope And thus Mrs. Houghton, the woman who had written love-letters to her husband, was shown up into her drawing-room before she had the means of escaping. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

These groups were known collectively as Melanesia, a name hardly justified by facts,38 as the inhabitants were by no means uniform in colour. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Willa Cather If the call recurs to you in prayer, and it is your Saviour’s will, then we can be sure that the way and the means will be revealed. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

John Stuart Mill The utilitarian doctrine is, that happiness is desirable, and the only thing desirable, as an end; all other things being only desirable as means to that end. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Thomas Love Peacock We set forth without delay, and traced you first by means of a peasant who saw you turn into this valley, and afterwards by the light from the casement of this solitary dwelling. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Ann Radcliffe Having tried various means to move it without success, he gave up the experiment, and returned to his seat melancholy and disappointed. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

George Gissing I’m sure she means it; I never saw her in such a state. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope Oh, my sensitive reader! have you ever performed the process? It is by no means to be done with rose-water appliances and gentle motherly pressure. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Andrew Lang Unhappily he had not heard the magic words uttered by the wizard, and he could not manage to draw the three circles, so if he was to summon the colt at all he must invent some other means of doing it. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Money had been employed by the agent, as well as drink, as a means of temptation; but even every insidious hint of possible gains had failed to move the ill-paid underling to any revelation. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope Of course, however, he means to read it—some of these days. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

We all mounted by means of a stone platform which stood by the pyramid, and soon were on our way. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

It was one of the small houses there, whose back-yards abutted on to the yard of the one in which he lived, for like Ah Chung, he deemed it advisable to possess more means of exit than one. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Sir Walter Scott Their lives were so irregular, and their means of living so precarious, that they were alternately rioting in debauchery, or encountering and struggling with the meanest necessities. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

George Gissing He would not even paint portraits in the ordinary way, though therein he might easily have found a means of putting aside the teaching, which he hated. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I know as certainly as we walk here side by side, Dan, that Germany means to go to war again, partly a war of vengeance, partly a war of aggrandisement. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Benjamin Disraeli The English ambassador at the Ducal court was a relative of Lady Annabel, and therefore no means or exertions were spared to study and secure the convenience and accommodation of the invalid. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Henry James That, indeed, rather worried him; he was by no means sure anything so precious should be so little accounted for. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Anthony Trollope Sir Harry by no means so easily gave up his enterprise. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Wilkie Collins They entered Toulouse that night, discussing the atonement which they might offer to Monsieur Chaubard, and the means which they might best employ to make his future life easy to him. The Cauldron of Oil by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Anthony Trollope She was fat, very; by no means fair, and perhaps something over forty. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

It means a real change of heart, a break with absolutistic hopes, when one takes up this view of the conditions of belief. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Anthony Trollope It is by no means a matter of Federal constitution. North America by Anthony Trollope

I was a means to him, and not an end. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Vsevolod Krestovsky Her intellect, education, skill, resource, and innate tact made it possible for her everywhere to gain a footing in select aristocratic society, and to play by no means the least rôle there. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Anthony Trollope Now the earl was by no means given to cursing and swearing, in the sense which is ordinarily applied to these words. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing One thought alone detained him; he still imagined that Heliodora might have means such as she professed of aiding him in his search, and that, no matter how, he might subdue her will to his own. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Wilkie Collins She was not a handsome, not even a pretty woman; and the cold atmosphere of the dressing-room by no means improved her personal appearance. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Frances Hodgson Burnett If you have to fly about to find every meal you eat, your muscles do not become atrophied (atrophied means wasted away through want of use). The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

The expression in the text means the perversion, as Mohammed called it, of the name Allâh in the names of the other gods, such as Allât, the feminine form of the same word. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Baldwin Spencer It is dug by means of a simple, sharp pointed digging stick or Wairbi. First of all a fire is made in it and a number of rounded stones placed on the fire until they are really hot. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry Handel Richardson He was obliged to be energetic, for it was Mary he argued with, Mary he laboured to convince; and this could only be done by means of a tub-thumper’s over-emphasis. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy Such high contentment with such a slight initial performance as that of having started towards a means of independent living was a part of the Durbeyfield temperament. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle The victory, however, was by no means completed. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

The contrast was by no means favourable to me. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Anthony Trollope I have no means of thinking about it. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

But Mr. Duffham was by no means prepared for an inroad on his privacy made that evening by my lady. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Gertrude Stein A turn of the table does not mean that cups are there, it means that there is no loneliness and it means that the copy is not extreme when there is a frame. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

You are sure I shall not see the demon? I have heard that those gentlemen are by no means of a handsome person or a civil demeanor. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Anthony Hope He might have met Rischenheim — though they had ridden in opposite directions; Rupert might have intercepted him — though no means could have brought Rupert to the forest so early. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

This was by no means a new notion. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Now, are you in a great hurry?” “No,” replied the detective, by no means averse to the meeting, “and I’d like to ask you a few questions, too. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

George Meredith She part smiles; she keeps her mouth shut, but there’s the dimple, and it means a thought, like a bubble bursting up from the heart in her breast. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Wilkie Collins The prospect of getting at the truth, by means of what Geoffrey might say on the next occasion when he consulted Sir Patrick, was a prospect that she herself had closed from that moment. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Gissing In mine it is by no means a trifle. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Edward Bellamy In such a land, though a few by strength or cunning might win the means of luxury, the lot of the great mass must be poverty, and of the weak and ignorant bitter want and perennial famine. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Gertrude Stein This means that what is curious has more shortness than speech and more hope than dangling. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

In the first place, their actual means were at a very low ebb, with little hope of a speedy supply. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Edith Wharton Neave’s taste was too exquisite for his means — was like some strange, delicate, capricious animal, that he cherished and pampered and couldn’t satisfy. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Life itself may be resolved into three words: ERAT, EST, FUIT.” “Which means —” said d’Artagnan, who began to suspect the truth. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope He was by no means contented with what he had done, but still he thought that he must have made her understand his purpose. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

But this is certain, that those who hold the first opinion can by no means agree what theology should be taught; and that those who maintain the second are in a small minority. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

But the man had fallen asleep in his bonds, and forgotten them; he would wake up abject enough; if not, I had the means to reduce him to docility. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

This was by no means pleasant; for the porters showed their uneasiness by extracting their own cloths from my bundles, under the pretext that they wished to make some purchases of their own. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Sometimes Barbara wondered whether he possessed secret means of his own for knowing all that went on at the Priory, and of obtaining news of its inmates. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Jules Verne Ayrton and Pencroft were able to fasten the masts and spars by means of ropes, the ends of which were carried to the beach. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

They are apparently useful as a means of proselyting, and as a means of sustaining the devout attitude in converts once made. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Spencer means by definiteness in a thing any character that makes it arrest our attention, and forces us to distinguish it from other things. Memories and Studies by William James

Jeremy Bentham Now, because the dissocial motive prevailed when it stood alone, it by no means follows that it would prevail when it had a social one to combat it. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope When in prison he had had means of escaping. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

H.P. Lovecraft About this time Edward brought the girl to call on me, and I at once saw that his interest was by no means one-sided. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Jane Austen The immediate advantage to herself was by no means inconsiderable, for it supplied her with endless jokes against them both. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Arthur Schopenhauer It is a fine thing to say defunctus est; it means that the man has done his task. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

A twelvemonth’s rest for him! What would become of them? Failing his salary, they would have no means whatever of living. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

Wilkie Collins Capricious Fortune, after a long interval, was about to declare herself again in my favor, by means of the very woman who had twice already got the better of me. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

William Godwin He further gave to Faustus a book, in which were amply detailed the processes of sorcery and witchcraft, by means of which the doctor could obtain whatever he desired. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Thomas Paine The independence of America would end in the ruin of England; and that a peace patched up with France, would give that proud enemy the means of yet trampling on this country. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Bram Stoker And after all, her own ambitions, aided by the compelling of her own natural demands for physical luxury, were quite independent, only seeking through exiguous means a way of achievement. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

George Gissing But Alice Maud was by no means what she had been. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

We have no means of knowing how Lord Grey employed Spenser, or whether he composed his own despatches. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Gustave Flauber By means of signs they addressed the same protestations to the Carthaginians, who were stationed on the sea. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

E. F. Benson She had already drawn in the lines of this south porch on her sketching-block, transferring them there by means of a tracing from a photograph, so that formed a very promising beginning to her sketch. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Anthony Trollope Her hair, which was very plentiful, was light in colour, but by no means flaxen. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Theodore Dreiser It means millions in growth of property values on the North Side. It means millions to the business heart to have this loop system laid down just as I suggest. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne He directly rushed to his field, where little green heads were already appearing, and by means of a great cloth, he managed to protect his crop. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Clambering over the sharp and slippery rocks was by no means an easy business. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Jack London Then he pulled on his mittens, by means of his teeth, and got upon his feet. Lost Face by Jack London

George Borrow Though far from possessing the ability and intellect of his wife, Maria Diaz, he was by no means deficient in shrewdness and understanding. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

George Meredith How could you fancy you were going to have a woman for your friend and keep hidden from her any one of the secrets that blush! and with Paggy to aid! I am sure it means very little. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

This means that his boyhood from the first was passed among the high places of the world—at one of the greatest crises of English history—in the very centre and focus of its agitations. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

What I want to affirm is that Mr Verloc’s expression was by no means diabolic. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Wilkie Collins I felt by no means sure that we should raise a favorable impression of our new neighbor in the mind of Reverend Finch. That was, however, not my affair. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

If the honest truth is to be recorded, it must be acknowledged that Mr. Thornton was by no means too scrupulous in the performance of his toilet. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry James He wondered all the more, because he immediately perceived that she was greatly changed since their parting, and that the change was by no means for the worse. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

It was a warm and passionate kiss and by no means a short one. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Mark Twain Whenever I enjoy anything in art it means that it is mighty poor. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

George Gissing Perhaps she would forthwith leave her lodgings and go where he had no means of discovering her. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Tobias Smolle She has found means to run in debt at the chandler’s shop, the baker’s, and the tap-house, though there is nothing got in this place but with ready money. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Gertrude Stein That only means that they are bought Sunday instead of Friday that only means that they are bought Sunday instead of Friday. ACT V. SCENE IX. Did you mean to be astonished. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

My means would suffice both to take me there, to keep me a few days, and also to bring me back if I found no inducement to stay. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

H. G. Wells Chastity, if it means anything, means leading one’s sexual life in obedience to priestly law — and nobody in his senses believes in the priestly control of sexual life nowadays. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells They travelled rarely, and dwelt close to their work, because swift means of transit had not yet come. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Margaret Oliphant She answered with a mock gravity which, at that moment, he was by no means clear-sighted enough to see through. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Charles Dickens When he says Yes, it is just as likely as not — or rather more so — that he means No. This is the statesmanship of our honourable friend. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

It really did make her look uncommonly nice! It fitted her so well that it displayed her long, lithe, and yet by no means unbecomingly bony figure, to the best advantage. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Virginia Woolf He was by no means exhilarated at the news. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Andrew Lang Thus he says:— (1) Iron is often mentioned as part of a man’s personal property, while we are not told how he means to use it. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens The sun was four hours lower than when Sissy and Rachael had first sat down upon the grass, before a means of enabling two men to descend securely was rigged with poles and ropes. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

And then, “I suppose this dressing up means that you’re expecting someone. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Though the fire had been lit the room was by no means cheerful. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Moreover, we had no means of telling what another obscuring of the light might mean; a departure or another arrival. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Communism deprives no man of the power to appropriate the products of society; all that it does is to deprive him of the power to subjugate the labour of others by means of such appropriation. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Something will be done ere long, I fear, which it by no means pleases me to think of. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Benjamin Disraeli The were Cushim, and that means negroes. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Anthony Trollope Is it not hard that I should be stabbed in the dark, and have no means of redressing myself? I did not expect such an answer from you;—indeed I did not. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Wilkie Collins I find it by no means easy to do this. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Oliver Goldsmith This information, however, did by no means satisfy me. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Walter Scott But the legend is still more curious, from its being the first and most distinguished instance of a man alleged to have obtained supernatural knowledge by means of the fairies. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Anthony Trollope They two had never met since the day on which Sir Hugh had given her away in Clavering Church. To Hugh Clavering, who was by no means a man of sentiment, this signified little or nothing. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Industry is a means and not an end; and mankind work only to get something which they want. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

E. T. A. Hoffmann Richly provided with means through Madelon’s dowry, and endowed with uncommon skill at his trade, as well as with every virtue of a good citizen, he led there a happy life, free from care. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Edmund Burke Their power is therefore by no means complete; nor are they safe in extreme abuse. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Richard Hakluy We had of their darts and oars, and found in them that they would by no means displease us, but would give us whatsoever we asked of them, and would be satisfied with whatsoever we gave them. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

The means chosen should, of course, be poison. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope He was by no means idle as to literature, though we have but little of what he wrote, and do not regret what we have lost. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Here Donatello knocked, and the door immediately fell somewhat ajar; its latch having been pulled up by means of a string on the inside. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

He means all right, and—well, I reckon he is right. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Sir Richard Burton And the troops obeyed him not, nor did he overcome the men of might, save by means of the ring. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Edmund Burke Thus the enmities and heart burnings of these parties were increased even by the usual means by which discord is made to cease and quarrels are turned into friendship. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Wilkie Collins But two alternatives presented themselves: either to abandon the hope of making any discovery — or to attempt to penetrate Alban ‘s motives by means of pure guesswork, pursued in the dark. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

H. G. Wells It means trouble with servants. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

The strange experiment which he and Nancy had tried had left him in a high state of exaltation; he felt his delight in her as a means to his imagined end. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

George Gissing I have been absurdly weak, and weakness in the husband means unhappiness in the wife. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Walter Scott Good father, give an eye to the preparations for resistance, and see nought omitted that our means furnish for the defence of the castle. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

The escape of the murderer — still in default of considering Mr. Hildreth as such — must have been by means of one of the back doors, and must have been in the direction of the woods. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing I explained that this was by no means the case. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope Everybody in the house was there by that time, and Mrs. Greene, enjoying the triumph, by no means grudged them the entrance into her sitting-room. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Washington Irving Mutual tastes quickened the intimacy, especially as they found means of serving each other. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

G. K. Chesterton He means that all the characters and all the events shall be read through the smoky colours of that sinister and unnatural vapour. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

George Meredith What, goin’ to bed? What, you, Tony? I say—I say—dear me!” And during these exclamations intricate visions of tripping by means of gold wires danced before him. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She doesn’t know it means almost nothing to most people. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Have learned that Boeuf de Dijon en Casserole means Irish Stew, and how to answer the waiters, etc. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens With regard to the other means of excitement, the Lecture, it has at least the merit of being always new. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

A. E. W. Mason Durrance was standing in the gap, which was the only means of entering or going out. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

John Galsworthy I suspect the older Adam.” “If Dinny means to stick to this,” said Adrian, “one must stick to her. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

H. Rider Haggard In a huge chair set upon a dais sat Otter, looking furious and by no means at ease; while stretched upon the ground in front of him lay four priests, who muttered prayers unceasingly. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

This event, indeed, did not much concern him, as he believed he should always be able to supply his wants by means of passing bad money. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Benjamin Disraeli Even if her father could find means of securing him a seat another time, the present great opportunity was lost. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Henry James She means to leave me, and I mean to offer her every facility. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope To the superintendent of police it was by no means sure that Lord George himself might not be fond of diamonds. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Rice Burroughs Like a flash the thought came to me of the marvelous opportunity these sleeping reptiles offered as a means of eluding the watchfulness of our captors and the Sagoth guards. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Anthony Trollope Merely to ask her child to come, to repeat the invitation, and then to take a refusal, was by no means sufficient for her energy. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

She was a woman of fortune but I am not without means of my own and could have chosen a penniless girl and still been called prosperous. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing You will have taught them that marriage is an alliance of intellects — not a means of support, or something more ignoble still. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had some analytical genius, no doubt; but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

John Galsworthy I’ll wait till it means something more than physiology to you. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins In the third place, he was an admirer of Emily; and the opportunity of trying to shake his allegiance by means of a flirtation, in Emily’s absence, was too good an opportunity to be lost. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Walter Crane Another by means of the expression of light and shade: and the third by means of modelling in relief. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Baldwin Spencer If a man has a pain in his back he will fasten one of these into the small of his back by means of his waist girdle. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

She was in the middle fifties and, tall and thin, had by no means an unpleasant face. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

He had already interviewed the dead man’s two regular medical attendants, his trained nurse, and last, but by no means least, his tearful, hysterical, and singularly attractive young widow. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Walter Scott This is a sort of political relation between thief and officer, for the profitable exercise of their mutual professions, which has subsisted in all countries, and is by no means unknown to our own. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Kate Chopin The flat was close up with him; but he could think of it no longer as a means of rescue. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Jeremy Bentham By the supposition he means the motive; and very likely he may not mean the intention. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Jane Austen Fanny had by no means forgotten Mr. Crawford when she awoke the next morning; but she remembered the purport of her note, and was not less sanguine as to its effect than she had been the night before. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

It was not by any manner of means an edifying spectacle. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Leslie Stephen The laughers who join you in ridiculing your enemy, are by no means pledged to refrain from laughing in turn at the laugher. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

It will come specially hard on me — because I don’t mind telling you, between ourselves, that Miss Jardine’s society to me means much. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Purely comic episodes are by no means wanting: and these, like the parallel passages in the dramatising of these very legends, were sure to lead to isolation of them, and to a secular continuation. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

By-the-bye, I believe Mr. Hardie means to offer you some grounds he is buying outside the town: will that suit your book?” “I dare say it will, sir. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope As he walked home from Mr Low’s house in Bedford Square, he was by no means a triumphant man. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy He looked for a means of retreat. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Thomas Hardy Ah, lots of them when they begun life were no more than I be now!” “Henchard!” said Elizabeth-Jane, surprised, but by no means suspecting the whole force of the revelation. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Such as it was, this borrowed light was now all I had; for the dining-room fire had gone out hours ago, and though there were candles on the chimney-piece, I had no means of lighting them. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Rudyard Kipling This means half a day’s work for all hands and an expense of, one hundred and seventy-odd pounds to the G.P.O. for radium-salts and such trifles. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

And oh! the joy of the new means of progression. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

I had entered into her scheme, and the means she took to change her personality only amused me. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

He was a nice-looking boy but, thin and white-faced, appeared by no means in the best of health. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Miss Paget found her father suffering from a by no means severe attack of a respectable family gout, a little peevish from the effects of this affliction, but not at all depressed in mind. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Whether these formed only the foundation of the tumulus, or concealed a grave excavated below the level of the desert, we had neither time nor means to ascertain. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Elizabeth Gaskell And Osborne Hamley is too fine a gentleman to understand the means by which to improve the value of the land — even if he had the capital. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Anthony Trollope It was the hateful practice of Rome to extract the means of living from her colonies, so as to spare her own laborers. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

G. K. Chesterton And he’ll jolly well make these fellows understand what he means as well. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

At last the hero of my Romance comes to England, and finds that, by means of this secret, he still has it in his power to procure the downfall of the family. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Arthur Machen Indeed the living was much depreciated in value, and his own private means were reduced almost to vanishing point, and under such circumstances the great style loses many of its finer savors. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Anthony Trollope I lived for many years among them — not finally leaving the country until 1859, and I had the means of studying their character. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Mr Peacocke’s means were sufficient for the expenses of the journey, but fell short when these thousand dollars had to be provided. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells What I have in mind, means lives of steady work and a sort of obscure eminence for both of us. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I went to Devonshire with the conviction that Fitzroy Simpson was the true culprit, although, of course, I saw that the evidence against him was by no means complete. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

But — it’s just that one daren’t be loyal to an Oriental when it means going against the others. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Like all other pain, grief is haunted with the illusion that change means relief; motion is the instinct of escape. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins I had turned my long leisure to good account, had largely increased my sources of employment, and had placed our means of subsistence on surer grounds. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Thomas Hardy Obviously her position was by no means so bad as he had feared, and it crossed his mind that she must somehow have claimed and sold the jewels to attain it. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Willa Cather It means more to me than if she played at my concert and brought me a dozen pupils. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Walter Scott Adam Woodcock, such as we have described him, by no means relished the freedom used by young Graeme, in chastising his assistant. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

But that extent by no means represents the whole; our next march will prolong it along the valley for a total of at least four miles. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]