Phrases with "modern"

Arnold Bennett The modern hôtel proprietor is not like an innkeeper of the Middle Ages, and even princes do not expect to see him unless something should happen to go wrong. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

H. G. Wells The whole trend of modern money-making is to foresee something that will presently be needed and put it out of reach, and then to haggle yourself wealthy. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Leslie Stephen Yet his face is absolutely grave, and he details his plan as calmly as a modern projector suggesting the importation of Australian meat. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Virginia Woolf In the fifth volume of modern essays, it seems, we have got some way from pleasure and the art of writing. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

These fêtes were earlier in those days, and in France, than our modern balls are in London. I consulted my watch. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

John Galsworthy Why wasn’t it the day after! Renewed interviews with very young Nicholas and Sir James Foskisson had confirmed the idea of defence by attack on modern morality. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Olive Schreiner The position of the unemployed modern female is one wholly different. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

They give to tired people a reflection of the world which they taste vicariously in novels and in movies: a Monte Carlo world which, in their view, is Life. They appease a modern appetite. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

The modern organization of industry works in the same direction also by another line. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

The material is the normal Secondary formation, sulphates and carbonates of lime supporting modern corallines and conglomerates of shell. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

He had no wish to step back, in the spirit of a modern scholar, across the ages of ignorance or mist, and to pick up the classic stones clear-cut and cold as the Greeks left them. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Among the most favourite relics of modern times, in Europe, are Shakspeare’s mulberry-tree, Napoleon’s willow, and the table at Waterloo on which the emperor wrote his despatches. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Sinclair Lewis The heavy back door was guarded by an unexpectedly expensive modern lock. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

Mark Twain The little church is packed in among great modern stores and houses, and the windows of them were full of people. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Frances Hodgson Burnett And I confess I am modern enough to be pleased with your wishing to earn your own living. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

G. K. Chesterton I wouldn’t see a modern prize-fight for the world; but I shouldn’t mind a bit being a lady at one of the old tournaments. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Andrew Lang Yet in him we must recognise a skill more akin to the spirit of modern art than is found in any other savage race. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton It is not necessarily what the newspapers would call moral; but that is only because it is more moral than most modern morality. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

I do not think there is anything about a beggar that sets him in a different class from other people, or gives most modern men the right to despise him. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Henry James It was, moreover, a much more modern dwelling than Mr. Wentworth’s, and was more redundantly upholstered and expensively ornamented. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

John Ruskin So also the terms “republic” and “democracy”63 are confused, especially in modern use; and both of them are liable to every sort of misconception. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

D. H. Lawrence And Trapani seemed to me to sell only two commodities: cured rabbit skins and cat-skins, and great, hideous, modern bed-spread arrangements of heavy flowered silk and fabulous price. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

H. G. Wells The modern brain is far more neatly packed and better arranged, cleaner and better lubricated. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

From the first it had seemed peculiar, to Jacques de Wissant’s mind unnatural, that such a man as was Dupré should be so keenly interested in music and in modern literature. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Olaf Stapledon Some champions of modern science, more zealous than intelligent, affirm that this is inconceivable, not, indeed, for purely logical reasons but because it violates the laws of contemporary science. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

G. K. Chesterton It would be an exaggeration to say that Dickens in this matter is something of a forerunner of much modern imperialism. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Oscar Wilde As the inevitable result of this substitution of an imitative for a creative medium, this surrender of an imaginative form, we have the modern English melodrama. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle There is a modern part, which took all our garrison, women, children, stores, and everything else, with plenty of room over. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Gissing She has her life to live—we know it will be to the end a modern life. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

With modern languages there was the same difficulty. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Maria Edgeworth He maintained that Montenero had not been at all displeased, and that I was a most absurd modern self-tormentor. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing They have the new ideas in education, and it would be so good if our school began with the advantage of quite a modern system. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The influence of France is a constituent of modern civility, but not enough opposed to the English for the most wholesome effect. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

H. G. Wells I find myself far adrift from the case of the Frognal botanist, and asking how far a modern Utopia will deal with personal morals. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Such criticism indeed was not common in Switzerland in his day, and one cannot blame Gibbon for not anticipating the researches of modern investigators. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Percy Bysshe Shelley The study of modern history is the study of kings, financiers, statesmen, and priests. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

John Galsworthy A modern painter could not have painted eyes like that. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

The room was replete with every comfort and furnished in a modern fashion with a rich, thick carpet covering the huge floor. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

George Gissing Only since her bereavement had Mrs. Widdowson been able to indulge this taste for modern exuberance in domestic adornment. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

It is still for me one of the most modern novels: that is to say, one of the best. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Nathaniel Hawthorne Here, in the sunny afternoons, roll and rumble all kinds of equipages, from the cardinal’s old-fashioned and gorgeous purple carriage to the gay barouche of modern date. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Olaf Stapledon It proves, not that a royal banquet is being prepared for me to-morrow, but that some sort of food, probably very unpalatable to my modern taste, was available to my sub-human ancestors. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Virginia Woolf But it would be simpler and perhaps fairer to check these theories by opening one of the thin books of modern verse that lie on your table. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It is the last lesson of modern science that the highest simplicity of structure is produced, not by few elements, but by the highest complexity. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Henry Handel Richardson To begin with, it was a play — and Laura had never had a modern prose play in her hand before — and then it was all about the oddest, yet the most commonplace people. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Kingsley The first requisite, I think, for a modern course of English Literature is, that it be a whole course or none. On Literature--English by Charles Kingsley

Oscar Wilde A great work of dramatic art should not merely be made expressive of modern passion by means of the actor, but should be presented to us in the form most suitable to the modern spirit. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Thomas Wolfe To be a writer was, in modern phrase, “nice work if you could get it”. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

In the intervals of her life she read modern poetry, unobjectionable French novels, and reviews. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

There was very little in all this, certainly, but quite as much as there generally is in the history of a modern love affair. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Over the mantelpiece, which was modern and low, there was a portrait of a young man with a dark handsome face, and it was at this that Augusta Darrell was looking. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Anthony Trollope It was papered, and the ceiling, which in the hall showed the old rafters, was whitened and finished with a modern cornice. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

For a handsome and expensive church building like this, and with such a modern and go-ahead congregation, it was simply a vital necessity to secure an attractive and fashionable preacher. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

G. K. Chesterton The incident has a primary moral, with reference to that strange modern notion about what is practical and constructive, which seems merely to mean what is large and largely advertised. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Mrs. Raydon was very old-fashioned and, according to modern ideas, narrow-minded; but she was a just woman, scrupulously fair in all her dealings. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

H. G. Wells Amidst the chaos, that organized “devotion of the young” on which our modern community rests was clearly foreshadowed in these Central European states. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Whilst there, a lecture was to be given on the spectroscope, and as my acquaintance with that remarkable invention of modern times was limited, I resolved to go. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Andrew Lang Later we shall ask what may be said as to possible or presumable psychical differences between modern savages and the datelessly distant founders of the belief in souls. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells For most of the material for a modern Encyclopaedia exists alreadythough in a state of impotent diffusion. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

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

George Gissing I am free, and have power to assert myself—the first desire, let me assure you, of modern woman no less than of modern man. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

G. K. Chesterton A modern novelist generally endeavours to make his story interesting, by making his hero odd. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim With the capital provided, we should equip a factory with modern machinery, we should buy for cash the various materials necessary for manufacturing the article. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

D. H. Lawrence She seemed like a demon, her hair on her brows, her terrible modern elegance. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells I assured myself that a modern woman is mistress and owner of herself; no chattel, and so forth. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Still I do not think I went far in the more modern authors, or gave my heart to any of them. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

It is only on second thought, if at all, that the devout fancy of modern worshippers revolts at the imputation of ferocious and vengeful emotions and actions to the object of their adoration. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Ralph Waldo Emerson Not the least instructive passage in modern history, seems to me a trait of Napoleon, exhibited to the English when he became their prisoner. Literary Ethics by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1838]

Andrew Lang The room is ‘preternaturally light,’ as in Greek and Norse belief it should have been, and as it is in the best modern ghost stories. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton He had found the thing which the modern people call Impressionism, which is another name for that final scepticism which can find no floor to the universe. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

D. H. Lawrence They appeared in the most modern magazines, and were praised and blamed as usual. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang In modern language, the instinctive knowledge existing implicitly in the patient’s subconsciousness is thus brought into the range of his ordinary consciousness. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells A few artists there might be here, a stripling maker of modern comedies. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Edith Wharton There was nothing in the world as interesting as modern journalism. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle What about exposing a fraud — a modern Munchausen — and making him rideeculous? You could show him up as the liar that he is! Eh, man, it would be fine. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Henry Adams He had managed to induce Congress to adopt almost its first modern act of legislation. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

A proportionately severe blow would have burst the side of the Titanic or any other “triumph of modern naval architecture” like brown paper — I am willing to bet. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Jules Verne It is known that the elements of modern batteries are generally composed of retort coal, zinc, and copper. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Gissing Our modern knights of the road are subject to one grievous temptation. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Algernon Blackwood I see it reflected in the lamping eyes, glistening on the mop of dark hair, shining on the pallid face with its high expression of other-worldliness and yearning remote from the chaos of modern life. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

E. F. Benson This was one of the necessary concessions to modern convenience, for no lamp nurtured on oil would pierce those genuinely opaque panes, and illuminate the path to the gate. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Wells is too sane to understand the modern world. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry James On another table, across the room, he made out the great Revue; but even that familiar face, conspicuous in Mrs. Newsome’s parlours, scarce counted here as a modern note. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson First, as an instance of modern feeling for romance, this famous touch of the flageolet and the old song is selected by Miss Braddon for omission. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James Yes, it will be a droll day, and more modern than anything yet, when the conscience of women makes out good reasons for men’s not being in love with them. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Rudyard Kipling I did not know then, as you and I know now, that they were the dawn and the forecast of a modern philosophy of Absolute Evil which has since been made plain in the face of all mankind. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

D. H. Lawrence He dreaded her will, her female will, and her modern female insistency. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

I have often attributed my attachment to, my passionate enthusiasm for, the dangerous mysteries of ocean to that production of the most imaginative of modern poets. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Wilkie Collins With bread, vegetables, meat, and malt liquor, these two hermits of modern days achieved the great double purpose of keeping life in and keeping the tradesmen out. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Yet, despite the situation of the house and the character of its inmates, it indicated none of that sordid squalor which would have characterized a similar haunt in a modern city. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Edith Wharton All that’s got nothing to do with the modern world. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

And as astro-nomical instruments their results differ very little from those obtained by as-tronomers from appliances of the most modern construction. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

He also invented the magic lantern; that pretty plaything of modern days, which acquired for him a reputation that embittered his life. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry Adams Never in the history of political turpitude had any brigand of modern civilization offered a worse example. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

He never realised the part played by the philosophers of Greece in moulding the speculations of modern Europe. He knew Plato mainly through the Socratic dialogues. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Anthony Trollope The master of hounds best known by modern description is the master of the Jorrocks type. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

And space must be found here for the characteristic sonnet in which the baseness and materialism of modern life drives him back on whatsoever of illumination and reality lay in that young ideal. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Anthony Trollope In this proclamation he declared his intention of exercising a severity beyond that ever threatened, as I believe, in modern warfare. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He who has worked amid the bonds of modern translation well knows how different it has been with him. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

For instance, in the kitchen you have a modern electric cooker and yet a very ancient looking kitchen range with that big hook hanging down in front. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

We who know, we who feel, are building the great modern state, joining wall to wall and way to way, the new great England rising out of the decaying old . The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H.P. Lovecraft I awaked each morning in a fever, sometimes frantically trying to verify or discredit such information as fell within the range of modern human knowledge. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Anthony Trollope England, with unsurpassed tyranny, had sent out one of her brutal modern inventions, and threatened us all with blood and gore and murder if we did not give up our beneficent modern theory. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

The whole tendency of modern prose is away from concreteness. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Clifford collected very modern pictures, at very moderate prices. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

In Rosmersholm, all the modern thought, all the vitality, all the lucidity belong to Rebecca, but the decrepit formulas are stoutly intrenched. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Obviously this perpetual uneasiness between man and man, from which we suffer in modern England, is a curse and a nuisance. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

H. G. Wells They did not grasp that modern Socialism demands great administrative areas. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing What modern teaching was to be got from these volumes her mind readily absorbed. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

John Ruskin It has been the great error of modern intelligence to mistake science for education. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

G. K. Chesterton The same may be observed, for the matter of that, in the great novels of most of the great modern novelists. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

H. G. Wells That proposition gives one characteristic difference between a modern Utopia and almost all its predecessors. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

No modern Government could afford to be so patient with such a menace as the Government of the time were. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

But, split up into flats, they make a good object-lesson for our modern flat-designers. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Goldwin Smith He has even in some lines of Charity, which also were dear to Cobden, remarkably anticipated the sentiment of modern economists respecting the influence of free trade in making one nation of mankind. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Richard Burton The modern and cheap ones cost about 10s. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

James Joyce He explained that the wires in modern coils were of a compound called platinoid lately discovered by F. W. Martino. He spoke clearly the initials and surname of the discoverer. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

In spite of its old-world surroundings, it was comparatively speaking quite a modern house, and in every way up to date in the simplicity of its furnishings. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Lately it has forced itself upon me that I am not as modern as I have professed to be. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Rosina watched with delight his stiff, correct steps when he stood up to dance—the obvious product of a modern dancing school. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Besides these hereditary forms, at which a hundred generations have laughed, there were others of modern date, the humorous effluence of the day that was now passing. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

H. G. Wells Armies and armaments are cancers produced by the malignant development of the patriotic virus under modern conditions of exaggeration and mass suggestion. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Sinclair Lewis It arranged with factory-owners to welcome journalists who wanted to do little pieces about the glories of modern machinery and the miracles of distribution. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope This is the sin in modern English criticism of which there is most reason to complain. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

G. K. Chesterton They see-saw between the two despicable modern doctrines, one that geniuses should be worshipped like idols and the other that criminals should be merely wiped out like germs. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Republics of modern Italy in many cases followed this example; Geneva did the same and profited by it. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Leslie Stephen There is something more modern about him than belongs to his century. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

G. K. Chesterton I certainly shall not, in the graceful modern manner, turn round and abuse my schoolmasters because I did not choose to learn what they were quite ready to teach. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Oscar Wilde But in modern days while the fashion of writing poetry has become far too common, and should, if possible, be discouraged, the fashion of lying has almost fallen into disrepute. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

She did not prefer Landseer’s dog-pictures above all other examples of modern art. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

If he had been familiar with the details of modern history, he would have quoted Charles Stuart, and begged pardon for being so long a-dying. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

The feudal aristocracy was not the only class that has ruined by the bourgeoisie, not the only class whose conditions of existence pined and perished in the atmosphere of modern bourgeois society. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Virginia Woolf In making any survey, even the freest and loosest, of modern fiction, it is difficult not to take it for granted that the modern practice of the art is somehow an improvement upon the old. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

But, though there may be refinement and erudition in Ferrara, she has given no great name to modern Italian literature. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Before the neighboring properties the fences had been swept away, so that one might stroll from the sidewalk straight across the well-trimmed sward to any one of a dozen elaborately modern doorways. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

G. K. Chesterton I dwell with a gloomy pleasure on this mistake in the very title of the book because I, for one, am not pleased to see Dickens gradually absorbed by modern culture and good manners. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

This use of the quill is now obsolete, but its modern equivalent, the steel pen, is wielded by the same everlasting Presence. QUIVER, n. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

H. G. Wells The question of book distribution is as vitally important to the intellectual health of a modern people as are open windows in cases of phthisis. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arthur Schopenhauer But this Kantian rigmarole won’t do any more: it’s antiquated and no longer applicable to modern ideas. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Wilkie Collins There stood the modern Hercules, self-vindicated as a Hercules, before all eyes that looked at him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope He was not exactly the man to have suggested a modern usage, but he was not so far prejudiced as to banish those which his father had prepared for his use. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The old schoolroom, so called, was now a sitting-room, devoted to the use of the grown-up ladies of the family, whereas one of the old nurseries was now the modern schoolroom. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Now everybody — even they themselves — everybody knows they can’t conduct a modern war. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells But what we want today to hold the modern mind together in common sanity is something far greater and infinitely more substantial than those earlier encyclopaedias. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

H. G. Wells And things—like modern things. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Sinclair Lewis It was too modern to have lettering on the windows. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

It is odd that modern genius ignores this licence. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

It is important to note that by modern standards Raffles’s crimes are very petty ones. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

Richard Burton The modern Sindians know the art by the name of Gahno or Vinyano; there, as in Southern Persia, ink is rubbed upon the seer’s thumb-nail. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Edgar Allan Poe The ancient rails were very slight, and placed so close together as to be, according to modern notions, quite frivolous, if not dangerous in the extreme. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells For now it was open and manifest that I and my uncle were no more than specimens of a modern species of brigand, wasting the savings of the public out of the sheer wantonness of enterprise. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

By those whose habits of thought are not shaped by contact with modern industry, the knowledge of the unknowable is still felt to the ultimate if not the only true knowledge. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Isabella Bird The modern Basrah, a town which has risen from a state of decay till it has an estimated population of 25,000, is on the right bank of the river, at some distance up a picturesque palm-fringed canal. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Arthur Machen And then to the stables, quite in the manner of a modern country house in the hunting shires, and a long discussion there as to the horses. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Robert Louis Stevenson He passed his degrees, it is true; but some of us who have been to modern universities will make their own reflections on the value of the test. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle Goldsmith and Crabbe have written of indoor themes; but their monotonous, if majestic metre, wearies the modern reader. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Margaret Oliphant Nevertheless, so far from ranging himself upon the side of the enlightened modern who took the common-sense view of these Highland traditions, his scorn and impatience of him was beyond words. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Washington Irving They have an effect infinitely more impressive on my feelings than the fanciful attitudes, the overwrought conceits, and allegorical groups, which abound on modern monuments. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Thomas Paine If this be not divine authority, it is at least historical authority, and shows that the equality of man, so far from being a modern doctrine, is the oldest upon record. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Elizabeth Gaskell In this way a modern young lady would have condemned herself, and therefore lost the simple, purifying pleasure of admiration of another. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

His artistic instinct drew him thither as the original home of modern art and literature, and perhaps also his interest in the Latin language, the single study which he cared for in boyhood. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Enter to the grizzled examiner a young man of modest aspect: “Are you well up in modern seamanship?” “I hope so, sir. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

The house I had taken was to all appearance, and in point of convenience, too, quite a modern one. An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1862]

D. H. Lawrence Alvina watching him, as if hypnotized, saw his old beauty, formed through civilization after civilization; and at the same time she saw his modern vulgarian-ism, and decadence. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Taken simply as a feature of modern life, the habit of carrying a walking-stick may seem at best a trivial detail; but the usage has a significance for the point in question. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

But the Mayor, not having read much modern verse, was merely astonished. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

David Hume It is universally allowed by modern enquirers, that all the sensible qualities of objects, such as hard, soft, hot, cold, white, black, &c. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Jane Austen I admire all that quaint, old-fashioned politeness; it is much more to my taste than modern ease; modern ease often disgusts me. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

This is due to the fact that in modern Western man the faculty of mechanical invention has been fed and stimulated till it has reached almost the status of an instinct. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Olaf Stapledon Even your groups, even your modern nations,” you must needs personify as heroic individuals, vying with one, another, brandishing weapons, trumpeting their glory. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton These modern young women soon tired of what they were used to; Lita would appreciate her husband all the more after a separation. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

We easily assumed that we were in the palace of some haughty hidalgo, adapted to the uses of a modern hotel, with a magical prevision which need not include the accurate jointing of a chimneypiece. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

E. Phillips Oppenheim The modern boulevardier found himself at fault. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. G. Wells But the whole trend of modern thought is against the permanence of any such enclosures. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Arnold Bennett Happily the inhabitants of the Five Towns in that era were passably pleased with themselves, and they never even suspected that they were not quite modern and quite awake. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins Here,” remarked the old gentleman, taking up a croquet mallet from the table near him, “is one of the qualifications for success in modern society. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

H. P. Lovecraf But best of all is the famous Dracula, which has become almost the standard modern exploitation of the frightful vampire myth. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

He worked with great care, and his best books hold a high place in modern fiction. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Finally, by privilege of seniority, I obtained a handsome set of well-proportioned rooms, in a modern section of the college, charged at ten guineas a year. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

And how brilliantly they were talking — or so it seemed to them, anyway! They talked about the bloodiness of modern life and the bloodiness of modern books. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Andrew Lang Our first position can only be argued for by dint of evidence highly unpopular in character, and, as a general rule, condemned by modern science. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton I know that what runs modern politics is money; and that the superiority of the fool in the frock-coat over Belloc and Simon simply consisted in the fact that he was richer than they were. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Henry Adams Never had so modern and so vital a riddle been put before Western society, but society shut its eyes. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

The training and the selection to which the latter are exposed in modern industrial life give a similarly decisive weight to this trait. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Anthony Trollope He inhabited a big bed-room, in which there was a vast fireplace and a very small grate — the grate being very much more modern than the fireplace. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Sarah Orne Jewett In a wider sphere one might have called her a woman of the world, with her unexpected bits of modern knowledge, but Mrs. Todd’s wisdom was an intimation of truth itself. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

He had read an article in which the writer said that the great fault of modern fiction was that authors were more concerned to produce good chapters than to produce good books. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Algernon Blackwood His words, indeed, were those of modern schools and books, but the spirit that ensouled them belong to a forgotten time. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle When you are once out upon its bosom you have left all traces of modern England behind you, but on the other hand you are conscious everywhere of the homes and the work of the prehistoric people. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Leslie Stephen A modern audience generally breaks up before it is well warmed through, and includes enough strangers to break the magic circle of social electricity. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Henry James You know with what earnest care my Aurora has been educated — how thoroughly she’s acquainted with the principal results of modern research. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

The modern moral sophistications —?” “Don’t make me out boastful,” she replied. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

T. H. Huxley Such are the beliefs which modern physical geologists hold, or, at any rate, tend towards holding. Essays by T. H. Huxley

H. G. Wells Many of them were simple men, and it is said that battle under modern conditions, when it does not altogether destroy or madden, produces in the survivors a sort of orgiastic cleansing of the nerves. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Andrew Lang Where it consists of modern statements of personal experience, our evidence is often infinitely better than much which is accepted by the nonexperimental psychologist. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

John Lewis Burckhard The castle of Medyk is built of small stones, with several turrets, and is evidently of modern construction. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Although a large proportion of modern work of this kind has been only copied from older work, I see no reason why original designs should not be freely and successfully invented. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Wilkie Collins At the same time, I think it fair to explain that when I speak of modern writers, I mean gentlemen-writers only. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

It had been, I believe, newly fronted about fifty years before; but with this exception, it had nothing modern about it. An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

What if my great-granddad had a pair that were twenty foot high, And mine were but fifteen foot, no modern Stalks upon higher, Some rogue of the world stole them to patch up a fence or a fire. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats