Phrases with "modern"

Edgar Allan Poe And many titles of the wise and beautiful, of old and modern times, of my own and foreign lands, came thronging to my lips, with many, many fair titles of the gentle, and the happy, and the good. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Olaf Stapledon Or was it the comment of the whole modern age? For a while, he kept silent, then said aloud, ‘Yes, you may be right. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

It wasn’t enough for Byron to be the greatest poet of modern Europe, he wanted to be the most notorious rake and roué into the bargain. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Andrew Lang To them, as to all who desire the restoration of beauty in modern life, Mr. Morris has been a benefactor almost without example. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Ruth was glad when a long-standing engagement to sing at a private concert in one place, and sell modern knick-knacks in old English costume at another, took her from Slumberleigh for a week. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Charles Dickens The streets are generally narrow and irregular, as in most French towns of any age; but in the more modern parts of the city, they are wide and airy. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

The modern English literary world, at any rate the high-brow section of it, is a sort of poisonous jungle where only weeds can flourish. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

H. G. Wells With this I round off my account of another main mass of my work, my own personal attempt to shape out the informative content of a modern education. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins In regard to my reading, I have no complaint to make—for the press supplies me abundantly with English poems, histories, biographies, novels, essays, travels, criticisms, all of modern production. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Robert Louis Stevenson The modern pillared front, the ball-room, the great library, the princely apartments, the busy and illuminated quarters of that great house, all faced the town. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson With the ballade this seemed natural enough; for in connection with ballades the mind recurs to Villon, and Villon was almost more of a modern than de Banville himself. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

She was middle-aged, dressed unconventionally in loose, collarless frocks, usually green, and had short iron-grey hair which hung loose in curls, like a modern bob. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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

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

John Lewis Burckhard A bridge has been thrown across the stream in this place, of one high arch, and well built; but it is now no longer of any use, though evidently of modern date. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Leslie Stephen That is almost as if a modern reconciler of faith and science were to say that he had never read a line of Mr. Darwin, or heard of such a phrase as the struggle for existence. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

He had a mortal objection to what he called kickshaws, meaning the superfluous dishes you find at a modern entertainment. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

Thomas Love Peacock Let the learned friend, and the modern Athenians, sup upon sandwiches. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Wilkie Collins But some persons must remember a famous criminal trail in London — and would recognise, if I felt myself at liberty to mention it, the name of the most atrocious murderess of modern times. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

D. H. Lawrence Poor thing, she too had some of the vulnerability of the wild hyacinths, she wasn’t all tough rubber-goods and platinum, like the modern girl. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Yet the equity of modern times must condemn the violent and arbitrary proceedings, which would have disgraced the cause of justice, and rendered injustice still more odious. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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

H. G. Wells For example, in the great modern communities that emerge now from Christendom, there is a widespread disposition to regard Sunday as merely a holiday. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

H. G. Wells It is no part of modern religion to incur needless hardship or go out of the way to seek martyrdom. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Charles Dudley Warner She was, withal, a little of a coquette, as might be perceived even in her dress, which was a mixture of ancient and modern fashions, as most suited to set off her charms. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

It was an ancient Roman matron thanking a modern from her heart of hearts. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

He remains the one historian of the eighteenth century whom modern research has neither set aside nor threatened to set aside. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

G. K. Chesterton Tennyson really worked the essence of modern science into his poetical constitution, so that its appalling birds and frightful flowers were really part of his literary imagery. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Andrew Lang Certain modern books, “on large paper,” are safe investments. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

To-day, as always, while the young are enjoying modern dances and modern dance-bands, the elders, true to type, are raising peevish objections to their ugliness and noise. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

G. K. Chesterton The modern miser has changed much from the miser of legend and anecdote; but only because he has grown yet more insane. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The modern laborer, on the contrary, instead of rising with the progress of industry, sinks deeper and deeper below the conditions of existence of his own class. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

A woman may be allowed to play and sing; she may even speak a couple of modern languages; but her chief merit is supposed to lie in her ability to darn stockings and make a pudding. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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]

When I looked up the Cambridge University Calendar I saw they had both been to Newnham College. Miss Cecily took first-class honors in modern languages; and ours was one included in the curriculum. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

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

H. G. Wells The fundamental reason for the modern city had ever been the economy of co-operation. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

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]

Isabella Bird The daily lessons consist of Bible teaching, the catechism before referred to, ancient and modern Syriac, geography, arithmetic, and all branches of housework and needle-work. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

H. G. Wells Modern, too, is the development of efficient mathematical teaching; so modern that for too many schools it is still a thing of tomorrow. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

John Galsworthy These modern painters, you know, ought to be tortured. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Olaf Stapledon I had been surprised to see that their dress was neither that of modern Europe nor yet Eastern like my own. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

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]

Henry James Striking cleverness wasn’t one of the signs, nor a mark of the English complexion in general; it was associated with the modern simper, which was a result of modern nerves. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

James Joyce But learn from that ancient tongue to be middle old modern to the minute. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

John Galsworthy Of course the author didn’t mean it for satire, but if you publish it, I advise you to put: ‘This awful satire on modern life’ outside the cover. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Henry David Thoreau The same is true of the more modern reformers and benefactors of their race. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

D. H. Lawrence It sat among cushions and was surrounded with rag dolls and other toys in modern excess. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe The modern epic is, of the supposititious ancient model, but an inconsiderate and blindfold imitation. The Poetic Principle by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Washington Irving No hero of ancient or modern days can surpass the Indian in his lofty contempt of death, and the fortitude with which he sustains its cruellest infliction. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

G. K. Chesterton Her work represents the first great assertion that the humdrum life of modern civilisation is a disguise as tawdry and deceptive as the costume of a bal masqué. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

H. G. Wells He kept in touch with modern thought. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

T. H. Huxley Spencer is regarded as one of the most profound thinkers of modern times. Autobiography by T. H. Huxley

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]

H. G. Wells He asked why individuals went about in modern communities in nearly perfect security from assault and robbery, without any need to bear arms. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Since that day, the rulers of modern Europe have endeavoured to persuade, rather than to force, in all matters pertaining to fashion. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope The nature of the tale as originated by him was altogether unlike that to which the readers of modern novels had been used. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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

In that enormous work, Hugo attempted to construct a prose epic of modern life; but the attempt was not successful. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Oscar Wilde Schopenhauer has analysed the pessimism that characterises modern thought, but Hamlet invented it. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

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

Arnold Bennett It was of the colour of chocolate; it had a head and shoulders richly covered with hair that hung down in thousands of tufts like the tufts of a modern mop such as is bought in shops. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson Of all authors whom a modern may still read and read over again with pleasure, he has perhaps the least to say. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Julian Hawthorne It was an ideal place for a robber stronghold; impregnable, certainly, to any attack save that of the heaviest modern artillery. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

The first comprises a couple of modern wings, connected by the magnificent facade of what is now the second or inner court. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

H. G. Wells Both over Berlin and Franconia the assailants with their modern explosives effected great damage before they were driven off. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

I fancy that the atmosphere of a modern steamer got them out of their atavistic dreams quicker than their kinsmen on the land. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Andrew Lang The earlier Aldines are consulted almost as studiously as MSS. by modern editors of the classics. The Library by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence But modern education, so shallow, was much more efficacious than instinct. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Since we have been in London, I have come to understand better the great difference between modern intellectual life and that which we lead in these far-away corners. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Hardy It seemed to be quite new, and of modern design, and its impressive personality attracted the notice of others beside himself. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Thomas Hardy These were the ideas in modern prose which the lichened colleges presented in old poetry. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

G. K. Chesterton It is the custom in newspapers nowadays to say that mere barbaric muscular power is valueless in modern military actions, but this view may be as much exaggerated as its opposite. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

George Gissing But Constance was an exception, the best type of modern woman. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

His account of Julian is essentially a modern account. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

H. G. Wells That’s living, modern common sense. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Wilkie Collins She walked toward the ruins of the old monastery, situated on the south side of the more modern range of buildings. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Sinclair Lewis In both Europe and America he had encountered all the theories about modern business men: that they were the kings and only creators in the industrial age: that they were dull and hideous despots. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Leslie Stephen A modern journalist who could prove that he had written as little in six months would deserve a testimonial. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

H. G. Wells The modern State tends to qualify inheritance, to insist upon education and nurture for children, to come in more and more in the interests of the future between father and child. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

H. G. Wells The rapid cessation of command is a necessary feature of modern marine fighting. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Build an enormous restaurant in London, and devote a portion of it to every country into which modern man takes himself. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

H. G. Wells Such in the very broadest terms is the character of the world commonweal towards which the modern imagination is moving, so far as its direction and economic life are concerned. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Henry James I’ve a little book in my pocket; it’s exquisitely printed, a modern Elzevir. It consists of a lyric cry from the heart of young France and is full of the sentiment of form. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Virginia Woolf Her knowledge of modern history was more than respectable. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Elizabeth Gaskell My aunt was one of them; and to this day she thinks the tales of the ‘Ladies’ Magazine’ infinitely superior to any trash of modern literature. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

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

H. G. Wells We very distinctly provided at the outset that the modern Utopia must have people inherently the same as those in the world. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

The singers were rude and untaught and poor beyond modern imagining; but they deserve to be remembered, for they knew the now lost secret of being happy on little. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

It is a story of the fall of man, told again in the light of modern science. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Oscar Wilde I regret it because there is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The interesting variety of shades in green which modern art has discovered were a source of comfort to the mother’s troubled mind. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Except for a few poets like Keats and Wordsworth he thinks the modern world — and from his point of view the modern world is the last two thousand yearsjust oughtn’t to have happened. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was a small but a villainously effective weapon and it was fitted with a modern silencer. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

T. H. Huxley The modern world is full of artillery; and we turn out our children to do battle in it, equipped with the shield and sword of an ancient gladiator. Essays by T. H. Huxley

G. K. Chesterton Silence of this stiff sort is the chief mark of the powerful parts of modern society. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

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]

G. K. Chesterton I can say abnormal things in modern magazines. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Andrew Lang A report that imposture had been discovered, and confessed by Mr. Mompesson, was set afloat, by John Webster, in a well-known work, and may still be found in modern books. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton His sketches of dirty London would not have been dirty enough for the modern Imperialist press. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

H. G. Wells I had some amazing perceptions of just how modern thought and the supply of fact to the general mind may be controlled by money. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

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]

George Eliot The dominant mode is to insist on a Christianity that disowns its origin, that is not a substantial growth having a genealogy, but is a vaporous reflex of modern notions. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

H. G. Wells Such were the fruits of our all too copious modern inventiveness and our all too destructive criticism of simple political issues. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

When the two exchanged greetings the decay of modern manners would become accusingly apparent. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Edith Wharton These modern girlspity Nona didn’t marry, and try managing a husband of her own! “Your father loves Cedarledge. It’s quite his own idea to go there. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Andrew Lang We have seen that, if modern evidence can be trusted, holders of the rod are occasionally much agitated even when they are only in search of wells. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton There was a certain allegory of their whole position in the contrast between the modern automobile and its strange ecclesiastical lamp. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Edith Wharton He was acutely conscious of this limitation, and often bewailed to me his total inability to use the “material,” financial and industrial, of modern American life. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Leslie Stephen People probably attended, as they attend modern representations of legitimate drama, rather from a sense of duty, than in the hope of pleasure. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Olaf Stapledon Scepticism has undoubtedly played a great part in modern thought; for good and ill. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton But, on the other hand, it had none of the spirit of modern Anarchism and scepticism which is kicking a man merely because he is up. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Sinclair Lewis Tells all about modern Europe. Man ought to read it to get an idea of the sources of the war. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Washington Irving He is cried up as the great champion of Christianity against the attacks of modern philosophers and infidels; he is feted and flattered in every way. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Nor did it appear to me that their intimacy with modern literature was such as to assist them much in the formation of style. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

The snake-clasp was no flimsy device of modern jewellery, and I had no fear but that it would hold. Prester John by John Buchan

Thomas Carlyle Among modern men, one finds, in strictness, almost nothing of the same rank. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

H. G. Wells I don’t know how a modern specialist would define my case but it certainly traversed all the accepted medical science of the eighties. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Conan Doyle Why on earth people who have something to say which is worth hearing should not take the slight trouble to learn how to make it heard is one of the strange mysteries of modern life. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

E. F. Benson And I couldn’t help thinking it was a great opportunity for you to learn something about more modern methods. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Anthony Trollope As to the work of translation, it must be understood that the Greek and Latin languages did not stand in reference to each other as they do now to modern readers. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Andrew Lang That they are deliberately cultivated by modern savages we know. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

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

Olaf Stapledon On the other hand, nothing short of a world-community can satisfy the community-will or afford peace and prosperity to the human race in modern conditions. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Henry James To his mind it was essentially gloomy, however; even the modern additions, splendid as they were, failed to make it cheerful. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

H. G. Wells Much more recently others have begun to find hints of remote strange experiences in the dreams and odd kinks in modern minds. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle Let it play! These modern gramophones are a remarkable invention. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

While learning how to handle gases led to the discovery of oxygen, and to modern chemistry, and to the notion of the indestructibility of matter. On the Advisableness of Improving Natural Knowledge by Thomas Henry Huxley

Robert Louis Stevenson This is what has been done by QUATRE VINGT TREIZE for the earlier romances of Victor Hugo, and, through them, for a whole division of modern literature. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frances Hodgson Burnett He was of the type the German woman, young and slim, or mature and stout, privately worships as a god whose relation to any woman can only be that of a modern Jove stooping to command service. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Andrew Lang Again, it is wrongly applied, because it has some modern religious associations, which are covertly and fallaciously introduced to explain the supposed emotions of early men. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

The economic drawbacks of animism are more patent and its consequences are more far-reaching under the modern system of large industry than under any other. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

It has been well remarked that, whereas the course of modern exploration has generally been maritime, the ancients, whose means of navigation were less perfect, preferred travelling by land. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

John Lewis Burckhard The whole seems to have been constructed in modern times. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

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

G. K. Chesterton But this is not a ruthless realistic modern story. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

This union is helped on by the improved means of communication that are created by modern industry and that place the workers of different localities in contact with one another. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

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

G. K. Chesterton But I boast much more that, in the great modern growth of high finance, they were behind the times. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

G. K. Chesterton Under modern conditions, it was found that by carefully avoiding roads, it was still more or less possible to move from place to place. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

We followed it as far as it went on our way to a modern work of peace and use which the ancient friend and servant of man would feel no unworthy rival. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

D. H. Lawrence He seemed the most modern of modern voices. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Leslie Stephen They joined to persecute poor Partridge, as the undergraduates at a modern college might join to tease some obnoxious tradesman. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Jack London Equipped with this modern knowledge, I have, returning through the little death from my earlier lives, been able to compare the heavens then and now. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Andrew Lang The truth is that Scott was easily deceived by a modern imitation, if he liked the poetry. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Sinclair Lewis She told this sister that she was a modern woman, and just as clear-minded as any man. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James I felt it embarrassing to be taken for a superior specimen of modern young America and to be expected to answer for looming millions. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was easier, of course, to so arrange such things in modern days and in town. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

He would approach M. Tillet as an amateur, a collector of modern art, and would offer to purchase some of his sketches. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

H. G. Wells It is a system of modern ideas which has been growing together in the last quarter of the century, and particularly since the war. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

They are all elemental; compared with some finer modern work which deepens inward immeasurably, they are all of their superficial limits. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Thomas Hardy It was the picture thus presented that was now interesting Miss Aldclyffe — not artistically or historically, but practically — as regarded its fitness for adaptation to modern requirements. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

James Anthony Froude If wealth means money, as it is now assumed to do, Bunyan is wrong and modern science right. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

G. K. Chesterton I will pay the penalty of having enjoyed God in this monstrous modern earth that cannot enjoy man or beast. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

The vegetation acquires a modern aspect. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

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

G. K. Chesterton Against this they set the modern drama of middle-age, the drama which described marriage itself instead of its poetic preliminaries. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

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

Elizabeth Barrett Browning And Schiller, with heroic front Worthy of Plutarch’s kiss upon ’t, Too large for wreath of modern wont. A Vision of Poets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Oscar Wilde The modern method is to vulgarise them. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

G. K. Chesterton Why permit any ordinary thing? Why do you let a horse be saddled?” “Some modern thinkers disapprove of it,” said Turnbull a little doubtfully. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

G. K. Chesterton To enter a modern interior at so strange an angle, by so forgotten a door, was an epoch in one’s psychology. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

They all seemed modern and in good condition. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Hawthorne is rather too exacting in his requirements of modern sculptors. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Arthur Machen The modern men look extremely comfortable and well at their ease; but they do not scintillate in the old style. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Bram Stoker Such is not always at once apparent for the modern cartographer seems to prefer the modern word “upper” as the prefix. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thus we across the modern stage Follow the wise of every age; And, as oaks grow and rivers run Unchanged in the unchanging sun, So the eternal march of man Goes forth on an eternal plan. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

The modern Bedawîn frequently do the same, and I have heard them singing a song commencing ‘Zaidûn, Zaidûn, Zaidûn,’ when they should say, Zaidu, ‘O Zaid!’ &c. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

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]

G. K. Chesterton If a modern philanthropist came to Dotheboys Hall 1 fear he would not employ the simple, sacred, and truly Christian solution of beating Mr. Squeers with a stick. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Oscar Wilde It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous to us. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H. G. Wells All former Utopias have, by modern standards, erred on the side of over regulation in these matters. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

H. G. Wells He judged that this mirror was some modern replacement of the camera obscura, but that matter was not explained to him. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

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]

Andrew Lang We turn, therefore, from a theme in which civilised testimony is more bulky than that derived from savage life, to a topic in which savage evidence is much more full than modern civilised records. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton There is one piece of nonsense that modern people still find themselves saying, even after they are more or less awake, by which I am particularly irritated. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

William Makepeace Thackeray The great cause why modern humor and modern sentimentalism repel us, is that they are unwarrantably familiar. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Mr. Topsparkle’s indulgence and the agreeable laxity of modern manners had been fatal. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H. G. Wells The modern school is not a thing that has evolved from a simple germ, by a mere process of expansion. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

H. G. Wells I am still unable to realize what modern Physics is up to. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

In the hands of modern Cabalists every substance, no matter how inert, acquires wonderful medicinal virtues, provided it be used in a proper state of purity and subdivision. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Klaproth states that in modern Greek, in addition to the name μαγνῆτις, the magnet also has the names ἀδάμας and καλαμίτα. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Wilkie Collins I am fast coming to the end of my offences against your cultivated modern taste. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

They were spotless, up-to-date, and fitted with all modern appliances. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

D. H. Lawrence The head was one of the famous ‘talking heads’ of modern youth, with eyebrows a trifle Mephistophelian, large blue eyes a trifle hold, and curved mouth thrilling to death to kiss. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

We do not here refer to that literature which, in every great modern revolution, has always given voice to the demands of the proletariat, such as the writings of Babeuf and others. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

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]

Virginia Woolf He must be a judge, too, of those social influences which inevitably play so large a part in modern literature, and able to say which matures and fortifies, which inhibits and makes sterile. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

G. K. Chesterton Daily papers and daily matinées were still gravely explaining how much modern war depended on gunpowder. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Anthony Trollope Cicero, not having progressed far enough in modern civilization to have studied the beauty of truth, is held to be false and hypocritical. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells A modern world planned de novo would probably produce nothing like a contemporary university. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The timber framework of these houses, as compared with those of recent date, is like the skeleton of an old giant, beside the frail bones of a modern man of fashion. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

That’s what’s wrong with a deal of modern art; it refuses — it doesn’t establish equilibrium with its audience or what not. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Oscar Wilde CYRIL. But modern portraits by English painters, what of them? Surely they are like the people they pretend to represent? VIVIAN. Quite so. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The effect of the first edition of Burns, and the sale of Scott’s Lays, are the only parallels in modern poetic literature to this success. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Edith Wharton Nona’s independence had been as scrupulously respected as Jim’s; she had had her full share of the perpetual modern agitations. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Olaf Stapledon Through my help he covered in a few years the whole field of modern life, yet he never wasted his strength on vain explorations. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells But their particular need is only a special and exceptional aspect of an almost universal claim to privacy among modern people, not so much for the sake of isolation as for congenial companionship. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

He had just that thin smattering of modern science which enables shallow youth to make a merit of disbelief in all things beyond the limit of mathematical demonstration. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Andrew Lang The very nature of the prohibition, on the other hand, shows that kinship was understood in a manner all unlike our modern system. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang