Phrases with "mind"

George Meredith Why, you’re almost like a young man, when you set your mind on a thing. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Wilkie Collins The first impression which the place produced on my mind suggested, on the contrary, that the boy’s answers to my questions had led me astray. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

What could He do for her? Her peace of mind was lost, her honour irreparably ruined. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins Bear in mind how Lady Verinder treated her brother from the time when he returned to England, to the time when he told you he should remember his niece’s birthday. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

She snatched it away and he had the strength of mind to shut the door after her. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

D. H. Lawrence And she wrote to him: I am very much distressed to hear of all the trouble your wife is making for you, but don’t mind it, it is only a sort of hysteria. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

E. T. A. Hoffmann No useless ornamentation — a firm, clear, strong note — a definite expression, which carries away the mind and soul — that’s real true singing, and that’s how I sing. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

H. G. Wells Her mind recoiled from them as one recoils from the edge of a cliff. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Guy de Maupassant They had not been dull, however; the only thing was to make up one’s mind to it from the first, and in the end one would find plenty of distraction, games and other means of whiling away the time. The Inn (L'Auberge) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Anthony Trollope He had regained his presence of mind completely, and however deficient Feemy might be in that respect, he now proved himself a perfect master of hypocrisy. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Bram Stoker Me give him to you!” Still anxious to keep off the subject of affection, on which she believed him to have become crazed, she made another effort to keep his mind elsewhere. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Algernon Blackwood His mind was confused, perhaps, for vague ideas of some undesirable hypnotic influence, of some foolish experiment that had become too real, passed through it. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

And you have this feeling because somebody has chosen to drop the Geneva language of the ordinary novel and drag the real-politik of the inner mind into the open. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Maria Edgeworth No two people could be more unlike in their habits of mind than this guardian and ward. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Ann Radcliffe Trifling circumstances encrease the irritation of a mind in such a state as was her’s. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Horace Walpole During this interview Jerome’s mind was agitated by a thousand contrary passions. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

George Gissing I dare say she’ll be a bit timid, you won’t mind that?’ Adela returned to the graver subject. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

I got the money; never you mind how. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Charles Dickens His preparations were extraordinarily vigorous, and his mind was resolved. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Sir Bernard’s mind refused to allow it more but it also refused to allow it less. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Wilkie Collins As it was, his bewildered mind unconsciously took its refuge in belief. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

H. G. Wells I published a little book called The Open Conspiracy as early as 1928, into which I put what I had in my mind at that time. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But my country has no mind to suffer it! We have played second fiddle to a weaker Power long enough. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Not till the law had completed its proceedings, and satisfied the public mind as to the murder of Sir Philip Derval, were the remains of the deceased consigned to the family mausoleum. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Margaret Oliphant But she went home somewhat pale, and could not dismiss it from her mind as she wished to do. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I must bring myself into the necessary state of mind to receive him. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell And yet there’s a deal of good in him! and he’s so quick and clever, if only he’d give his mind to things. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

It suffers from spleen somewhat frequently — but that is gentlemanly too, and I don’t mind going to meet him in that mood. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The foolish dreams I told you about on Christmas Eve had faded from my mind before I dared to speak of them. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Force of habit — that physical memory which mounts guard when the mind is far away — brought him back to his home. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Only I beg of you to keep your mind unbiased by what I have said, and let sleep give you your decision. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Lucy Maud Montgomery I don’t mind the other things so much — the freckles and the green eyes and my skinniness. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Thomas Hardy I say again, I wish you had never sent me to those fashionable schools you set your mind on. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins The letter closed by recommending that any correspondence which ensued should be kept a secret from me — on the ground that it might excite false hopes in my mind if I were informed of it. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope His lordship’s mind was one utterly incapable of sifting evidence,—unable even to understand evidence when it came to him. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Henry Handel Richardson And it’s here, mind you, that I have doubts of our friend. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis Nev’ mind the smoke!” Martin barked at the driver. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

H.P. Lovecraft So seething with baffling hints and images was my mind that all objective matters seemed withdrawn into incalculable distances. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

It was upon this condition of the public mind that Milton persistently poured pamphlet after pamphlet, successive vials of apocalyptic wrath. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Thomas Paine Can we then be surprised at the abject state of the human mind in monarchical countries, when the government itself is formed on such an abject levelling system? It has no fixed character. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

However well you may wish him, however much you may admire his mind and character, if his breath stinks he is horrible and in your heart of hearts you will hate him. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Anthony Trollope He was conscious of this, and conscious also that for a time he was so confounded by the apparition of his enemy as to be unable to bring his mind to work properly on the subject. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing She looked, indeed, so pleasant, and so fresh, and so young that it was as difficult to remember the troubles of her life as it was to bear in mind that she had a daughter seventeen years of age. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

George Eliot It had never entered her mind that he had been young like other men; he had always been the old Squire at whom everybody was frightened. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Rudyard Kipling So Peythroppe came to his right mind again, and did much good work, and was honored by all who knew him. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Then all the events of the previous twenty-four hours flashed through my mind and I felt out of temper with everyone. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Edgar Allan Poe I merely wish you to bear in mind that, with myself, it was sufficiently forcible to give a definite form — a certain tendency — to my inquiries in the chamber. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Thus it is that misery always breaks down the mind into petty details. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The unjust and oppressive, all those, in fact, who wrong others, are guilty, not only of the evil they do, but also of the perversion of mind they cause in those whom they offend. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Anthony Trollope But still his mind was changed,—was altogether changed by the coming of his sister. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Bram Stoker It became to him a separate entity, with a mind and a soul of its own. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Anthony Trollope All this has taken place under our roof, and I mean to speak my mind plainly. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Jack London All the content of my mind seemed to be an absolute faith in the over-lordship of the mind. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Theodore Dreiser Her mind had awakened rapidly to details of furniture, clothing, arrangement, decorations, manner, forms, customs, but — she was not to the manner born. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald There was something in the arrangement of words which grasped her mind so definitely that the statement became superior to any obligation to define itself. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Henry James Nick could imagine the discomfort of having anything in the nature of a mind to arrange for in such conditions. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Anna Katherine Green But when he turns and you get a glimpse of his face, you experience at once the scope of mind and charm of spirit which make his countenance a marked one in the metropolis. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Jack London I suppose, Doctor, you live in the mind?” “My mind to me a kingdom is,” was the answer. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

I couldn’t help seeing it was stuffed with newspaper clippings — some of them fell out as I was handling the thing, and I don’t mind admitting that I looked at them. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

T. E. Lawrence I flattered myself that I was too young, not that they had more heart or mind in the work, I did my best. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Sir Walter Scott Ye’ll no deny that, Mrs. Rebecca? though I dare to say ye forgot to put your mistress in mind of what ye promised to say when I gied ye mony a half-crown. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Jack London The source of the smoke must be very close to Wolf Larsen — my mind was made up to this, and I went straight to his bunk. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

But I have made up my mind to be successful. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Meredith You haven’t a mind for tonics, that’s all. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

When I find God I shall have the strength of mind to destroy you and to teach my people not to destroy themselves. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

H. G. Wells Her mind leapt at once to the personification of these people as all that had puzzled and baffled her in her son since his flight from London. They were the enemy, they had got hold of him. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Maria Edgeworth I have not been quite well lately, and my mind probably is more apt to be alarmed than it would be if my health were stronger. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

I only deplore a bent of mind which I can but think unladylike. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Inspector Plimmer cast his mind back to the time when he had been a young married man himself. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Wilkie Collins Being reminded, by all this, of what Mr. Franklin had said about our being a scattered and disunited household, my mind was led naturally to Mr. Franklin himself. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

And she wrote a jesting but affectionate little note in Spanish, telling him not to be such a baby as to mind a headache, but to come to her as soon as ever he was able, and let her cure it for him. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Mark Twain He didn’t ever have to tell anybody to mind their manners — everybody was always good-mannered where he was. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Believing this, the wife’s heart was tortured as she thought of the perils that surrounded her husband’s life — perils that were doubly terrible for one whose mind had lost its even balance. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells Yet — I cannot trace how he conveys the subtle conviction to my mind — the woman he loves is beautiful. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

I have the best part of a mind to crack the heads of all four of you, and would do so, too, but for the sweet Malmsey ye have given me. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Ford Madox Ford I don’t mind saying that I have never had anyone to be really fond of, and I do not believe that anyone has ever been fond of me, as I believe you really to be. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Maria Edgeworth If anxiety of mind had been the cause of her fainting at the fête champêtre, she would since have felt and shown agitation on a thousand occasions, where she has been perfectly tranquil. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Wilkie Collins Even if I had conquered my own indecision, and had made up my mind to sanction the union of the two young people, the difficulties that now beset me would not have been dispersed. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

His mind had nourishment, and the heat within him vanquished the fumes without. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

H.P. Lovecraft They were definite and unmistakable, and awaked in my mind a blind horror beyond all rational proportion. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Henry Kingsley There may be some chance of his life; but there is evidence enough on this one charge, leave alone others, mind you, to convict twenty men. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Henry James He had not the least reason to suppose that she thought of him — excessive concentration of mind was the last vice of which he accused her. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

H. G. Wells I had half a mind to follow, till I remembered how he detested any fuss about himself. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Edith Wharton Bessy’s mind was not made for introspection, and chance had burdened it with unintelligible problems. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Glasgow in those days of sailing-ships seemed to the peasant mind almost over the edge of the known world, yet he, being a dutiful son, started away. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Arthur Morrison For to her tortured mind it seemed every moment more certain that the cry was up, and not the police alone, but everybody else was on the watch to give the gallows its due. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

I had a mind to see him, so stayed longer than I intended, and in about an hour’s time he came. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

E. Phillips Oppenheim To concentrate her mind upon it was impossible. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Gissing Formerly she had appreciated her husband’s superiority; she had smiled at Milvain’s commoner stamp of mind and character. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Theodore Dreiser If I had some one who knew the business thoroughly I wouldn’t mind sharing with him in this one and letting him manage it. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald But as for the famous Russian bracelet, you can set your mind at rest on that score. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing Crewe talked of his projects, his prospects; and Nancy, whom the afternoon had in truth fatigued a little, though her mind was still excited, listened without remark. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

I am very clear in my mind that the poor devil put himself out of their way in the most effectual manner. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. G. Wells As mankind is, so it will I remain, until it pulls its mind together. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Just so, according to our transcendentalist teachers, the absolute mind thinks the whole sentence, while we, according to our rank as thinkers, think a clause, a word, a syllable, or a letter. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Wilkie Collins And all this had come from a kiss! I can call the time to mind when I used to wonder why people made such a fuss about kissing. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Gradually, very gradually, a suspicion had arisen in my mind that there was another Essie whose existence Ted and I had so far never guessed. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

The watchers, then, did not mind my fossicking round their sacred place. Prester John by John Buchan

Julian Hawthorne I’ll tell you afterwards; I must turn it over in my mind a bit. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

But how it was going on no mind of man can conceive. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle Tom Dimsdale’s mind was an intensely practical one, and although he had found the study of science an irksome matter, he was able to throw himself into business with uncommon energy and devotion. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Blaise Pascal And they pretend that the mind always supplies the full definition to the concise terms, which they only employ to avoid the confusion occasioned by the multitude of words. Of the Geometrical Spirit by Blaise Pascal

Wilkie Collins She was pledged to secrecy, under penalty of ruining the man who was trying to save me; and to her presence of mind was trusted the whole responsibility of preserving my life. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Leon Trotsky My political frame of mind while at school was vaguely oppositionist, but no more than that. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Samuel Johnson I thank the Almighty, I am now all collected in myself; and, though my person is in confinement, my mind can expatiate on ample and useful subjects with all the freedom imaginable. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

H.G. Wells For which cause we should all love Collectors, and bear in mind what we owe them when their little collections are displayed. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Her face is sair faun in, but I mind when it was the bonniest face in a’ Rood water. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Andrew Lang Before he went he said to his wife, ‘Now mind you do not say when you see me that I am the Crab. For if you do this evil will come of it. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Mark Twain His mind will be too quick for him; by the time he has become nearly enough awake to be half conscious, he will find that it is already at work upon another subject. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Alfred had half a mind to go in and inquire if anything was the matter: it would be a good excuse. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Walter Scott I am not in the least fearful that I shall change my mind on seeing your sister, and I am ready to stand by the proposal which I have made to you. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Finally, he told himself that things could not go on any longer as they were, and that he must get some peace of mind at any price. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Wilkie Collins Was it possible that I had ever seen them before? I tried to consider; but my memory was confused, my mind wearied out, after all that had happened since the morning. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Meredith And mind you don’t set me off talking over-much downstairs. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

To grapple effectually with even purely material problems requires more serenity of mind and more lofty courage than people generally imagine. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

You are never to call me your friend, mind that. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Olaf Stapledon All manner of laborious reasonings and intricate bright myths flashed across my mind and vanished. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins If I had not seen them so near me, I might have exercised some self-control — as it was, I lost my presence of mind entirely, and kissed her. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Margaret Oliphant Walter’s mind came suddenly to this conviction as he walked and mused. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Elizabeth Gaskell She little knew what was in my mind at the time. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Edith Wharton Her mind seemed to move as capriciously as Maria Clementina’s. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Anne Bronte Sir Thomas is young, rich, and gay; but an ugly beast, nevertheless: however, mamma says I should not mind that after a few months’ acquaintance. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Algernon Blackwood That picture stays in my mind with the utmost vividness to this day. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

It was only a few hundred yards to the Police Headquarters in Victoria Square, and in my numbed state of mind the journey seemed very short. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

H. G. Wells The sky was grey and overcast, the trees up the gorge were black and unfamiliar, and into her ursine mind came a dim sense of strange and dreary happenings. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Isabel had just presence of mind left to name her: “Lady Mount Severn.” “I am sorry that Lord Mount Severn should be absent, to whom I have the honor of being known,” he said. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Edith Wharton And then her mind travelled to Miss Hatchard’s house, where all was freshness, purity and fragrance, and compared to which the red house had always seemed so poor and plain. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

You don’t mind him, do you? Why, I could face him myself now that I know you care for me. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Olaf Stapledon And at last he complains, ‘The Other? What Other is there but the blind idiot, Fate, or the quite unworshipful outer darkness, the thoughtless void?’ His fog-bound mind stands paralysed. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis But Brent telegraphed, “Invited corking yachting party Nova Scotia mind if not return,” and Sam, perfectly expressionless, wrote his answer, “By all means go hope have splendid time. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Talk, they all — and two or three other young men arose in Chloe’s mind — they all failed to be memorable in talk. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Henry James I don’t mind anything you can say now — I don’t feel it. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

But it was all to no purpose, for his mind was much too active, and would keep on reverting to the perplexities he was in. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

As he didn’t offer to move after I had done speaking I became quite unaffectedly sorry and advised him very gently to dismiss me from his mind definitely. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope We cannot but marvel that he should have been able at such a time to devote his mind to such subjects, and carefully to study all the details of legal cases. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Algernon Blackwood The mind had fled beyond recall. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

George Gissing She can suffer, I think, even more than most women, but she has, too, far more strength than most women, a mind of a higher order, purer consolations. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Ann Radcliffe But in truth wisdom is an exertion of mind to subdue folly; and as the happiness of the French is less the consequence of mind than of constitution, it deserves not the honours of wisdom. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Theodore Dreiser She daily paid a visit to the home of Mrs. Olsen, always taking with her toys, candy, or whatever came into her mind as being likely to interest and please the child. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing I’ll go out for an hour; you don’t mind being left alone?’ ‘You mustn’t think of such trifles as that. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

I had heard so much of his steadiness, that it is a great relief to my mind to see him so unlike his cousin. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Willa Cather All the old furniture and the worn spots in the carpet — it rests my mind to go over them. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anatole France But how? She foresaw difficulties; her lucid mind and her temperament presented them all to her. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Charles Dickens Never mind your having no enjoyment of women’s society, nor understanding of it, nor tact for it. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Berkeley The extension therefore which exists without the mind is neither great nor small, the motion neither swift nor slow, that is, they are nothing at all. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

T. E. Lawrence Upon this text my mind went weaving across its dusty space, amid the sunbeam thoughts and their dancing motes of idea. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

From this moment on her state of mind grew desperate. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

You’ve got to give your mind to the horse; you can’t help it, unless you want to break your neck; but a boat’s different, and there you got to use your will-power. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

And Mr. Byrd noted down in his own mind check number two. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

When she had gone creaking away, in a shoes-and-corset concerto, he went back to Mr Tanner and tried to improve his mind by acquiring some of Mr Tanner’s interest in the human race. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Edgar Allan Poe As I put a portion of it within my lips, there rushed to my mind a half formed thought of joy—of hope. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

Edward Bellamy Only when maternity fills a woman’s mind with new interests does she withdraw from the world for a time. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

I shook hands: the sight of her brought poor Harry Lease to my mind — and many other things. Sophie Chalk by Ellen Wood [1869]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There is evil in this stranger, more than your pure mind can conceive. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Baldwin Spencer She made six of these marks at one time and, apparently, did not in the least mind what would be to an ordinary white woman an extremely painful ordeal. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope But he could not divest his mind of its trouble, as quickly as his chamber had been divested of the presence of its troubler. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arnold Bennett He was not insensible to the piquancy of the pageant of life, but his mind was preoccupied with grave and heavy matters. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Virginia Woolf His mind relaxed its tension, and seemed to be giving out now what it had taken in unconsciously at the time. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Wilkie Collins Why did Mr. Gracedieu allow me to believe and leave everybody to believe, that I was his own child?” “My dear, I relieved your mind of those doubts on the morning of your marriage. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

The hour set for the Talk to begin was three o’clock, so that people could have their naps comfortably over, after the one o’clock dinner, and be just in the right frame of mind for listening. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Joseph Furphy Secondary to this, is a misunderstanding with his father, which caused Alf to clear off, leaving the old man to mind everything himself. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Arthur Conan Doyle Your bucolic mind would never rise to the subtle import which may lie in such matters — the rest of mind which it is to have them right, and the plaguey uneasiness when aught is wrong. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Maskull’s mind grew disturbed. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

One should not bear in mind all one’s life, any little indignity one receives from a Court, and therefore I am in hopes, neither her Grace of Queensberry will hinder you, nor you decline it. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

I heard the voice say ‘Yes?’ again inquiringly, but my mind ran off at a tangent. Prester John by John Buchan

Then, looking up, he discovered that Sister Soulsby knew he was not delighted, and that she seemed not to mind in the least. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Edith Wharton He sat down on the chair beside the counter, and her mind travelled miles before he spoke. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

George Gissing All this may be said of contemporary England. But is it enough to set one’s mind at ease regarding the outlook of our civilization? Two things must be remembered. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

One of the things that stick in my mind when I look back is the casual contacts one made at the time, the sudden glimpses of non-combatants to whom the whole thing was simply a meaningless uproar. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

G. K. Chesterton Well, she’s a very nice-looking girl, and no doubt a very nice girl; but somehow that’s just the one word that wouldn’t jump to my mind about her—innocence. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Already the compass of Olivia Marchmont’s mind had become reduced to a monotone, and the one dominant thought was doing its ruinous work. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

M. R. James And yet when I said as much to Eliza, not nasty, mind you, but just firm like, what was my return? ‘Oh,’ she says: ‘Well,’ she says, ‘there wasn’t no bones broke, I suppose. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

T. E. Lawrence My mind seesawed back to apply this to ourselves, and at once knew that it was not bounded by mankind, that it applied also to materials. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

To my mind the ease and frankness of these confessions of the author’s recollections give a picture of his life and character while writing Marmion, which adds greatly to its attraction as a poem. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Henry James American ladies certainly don’t mind contradicting you flat. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

George Elio These were the thoughts passing through Janet’s mind as she hovered about her husband’s bed, and these were the hopes she poured out to Mr. Tryan when he called to see her. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Anthony Trollope But I would not mind any of them;—only for papa. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Thomas Paine It is the faculty of the human mind to become what it contemplates, and to act in unison with its object. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

I have found the certificate of Matthew Haygarth’s marriage, and to my mind the Haygarth succession is as good as ours. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Henry James Some one had once asked me privately, with blanched cheeks, what it was then that after all such a mind as that left standing. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He actually found his heated mind making a statement of the case as wild as this and its very mercilessness of phrase checked him. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It is easy to say that miners don’t mind all this. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins All doubt in my mind was at an end now. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Thomas Hardy And I think the best way to do it would be thus, if you don’t mind joining hands with me. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

His mind was made up — had been made up for a long time past. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Between his debauches of vicious idleness and his accesses of baleful activity he is employed in poisoning the mind of the working-men against his real interests and real friends. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Willa Cather When everything is done and over for one at twenty-three, it is pleasant to let the mind wander forth and follow a young adventurer who has life before him. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

And, mind you, I took you to witness to begin with that you sat down of your own accord. Journey of Little Profit by John Buchan [1898]

Louisa May Alcott I forbid him to do it, but he doesn’t mind me as he ought. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Yes, my mind was made up, I would go; and having come to this decision, I went home. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

John Galsworthy And yet it occupied his mind to the exclusion of all else. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

The Altrurian’s mind had not followed mine so far. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

George MacDonald But the boys proceeded to rougher measures, and one of them hit Diamond on the nose, and made it bleed; and as he could not let go the broom to mind his nose, he was soon a dreadful figure. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Willa Cather Anna’s fussy; she is with me, but I don’t mind her. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Jane Austen Her mind was so much weakened that she still fancied present exertion impossible, and therefore it only dispirited her more. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

George Meredith Look at these! They are both graceful and winning and witty, bright to mind and eye, made for one another, as country people say. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

He had half a mind to kindle a fire, he felt so chilly; but he had blocked up the vent, partly to keep out the cold, partly to shun the temptation of burning fuel. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I made up my mind to tell you simply that Guillot was in London, and to ask you if you could help me to get rid of him. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

But when I opened to him my mind as to Mr. Burns he sat down by my side, and, laying his hand on my knee amicably, begged me to think what it was I was exposing myself to. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle He has some small matter upon his mind which makes him restless. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]