Phrases with "nations"

Rudyard Kipling God does not make the nations ringstraked. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Anthony Trollope But so have all political parties among all free nations much to bear from political opponents, and yet other free nations do not go to pieces. North America by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel Similarly, the youth of nations should be full of rages; their age suave and luxurious. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Samuel Johnson On one side of it they show caves, into which the rude nations of the first ages retreated from the weather. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Olaf Stapledon Vaguely he saw the nations summoning all their strength for war; vaguely the slaughter, the hate, the fear, the universal hunger for peace. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells Whatever constructive guiding intelligence there had been among the nations vanished in the passionate stresses of the time. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

G. K. Chesterton There had been many other such meetings in the later phases of the matter as, one after another, the smaller nations gave up the struggle, or the greater nations came in to coerce them. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Anthony Trollope By those laws, as they are construed, everything is to be done for two nations at war with each other; but nothing is to be done for all the nations of the world that can manage to maintain the peace. North America by Anthony Trollope

Augustine Birrell Some offence against the law of nations was always happening there. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Ye were the best of nations brought forth unto man. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

George Berkeley Qu. Whether the collected wisdom of ages and nations be not found in books, improved and applied by study? 194. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Ford Madox Ford Like nations and all the cattle of a county. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Anthony Trollope I for one cannot think that two nations situated as are the States and England should permanently quarrel and avoid each other. North America by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Paine A single expression, boldly conceived and uttered, will sometimes put a whole company into their proper feelings: and whole nations are acted on in the same manner. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Robert Green Ingersoll They demand a man broad enough to comprehend the relations of this government to the other nations of the earth. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

David Hume But nations can subsist without intercourse. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Wilkie Collins Different nationsdifferent customs. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

The poetry, fiction and drama of the three Northern nations had become stagnant with commonplace and conventional matter, lumbered with the recognized, inevitable and sacrosanct forms of composition. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Thy word commands our flesh to dust, — ‘Return, ye sons of men’; All nations rose from earth at first And turn to earth again. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Radclyffe Hall Hers was a militant, intellectual Christ; the Leader of great armies, the Ruler over the nations of the earth, the Companion of wise men and kings, the Friend of little children and simple people. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Benjamin Disraeli Hitherto my services for the Moslemin have been confined to acting against nations of their own faith. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Since then I’ve had difficulty in separatin’ the two nations in name, climate and geographic disposition. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

In the individual, toping is regarded with disesteem, but toping nations are in the forefront of civilization and power. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Thomas Paine Had your powers been ever so great they were nothing to us, further than we pleased; because we had the same right which other nations had, to do what we thought was best. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

H. G. Wells They sprinkled the nations — with Kingship.’ Firmin turned himself round and faced his royal master. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell Few beyond that circle of hills knew that she, whom the nations praised far off, lay dead that Easter mooring. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

It had provoked conflicts, encouraged ambitions, and had lured some nations to destruction — as we know. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Robert Green Ingersoll Banish me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge! Some nations have borrowed their gods; of this number, we are compelled to say, is our own. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

From this period hostilities between the two nations continued with more or less activity, but with unsparing ferocity. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

It is impossible to define the influence of Nature, either on nations or individuals, or to say beforehand what selection from his varied surroundings a poet will for artistic purposes elect to make. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

His race was a fetish with him, and he compared it at length with most of the other nations in western Europe, to their extreme detriment. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Robert Green Ingersoll They also found that other nations were even happier and more prosperous than their own. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The problem is, then, how can men be trained up to their most useful pitch of energy? And how can nations make such training most accessible to all their sons and daughters. Memories and Studies by William James

There are other nations beside ours. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

We manage things of greatest weight In all the world’s affairs of state Are ministers of war and peace, That sway all nations how we please. Hudibras by Samuel Butler [1663-1668]

The animosity of the two nations was not confined to these harmless, though bitter jests, but showed itself in regular cartels of defiance, which daily passed between the principal chieftains. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

The diff’ring nations rise, And shouts and mingled murmurs rend the skies, Acestus runs with eager haste, to raise The fall’n companion of his youthful days. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Stephen Lucius Gwynn When my country shall have taken her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

All of us nations in Europe, without one exception, have shown our philosophy in that way at times. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

H. G. Wells But the staring truth of the matter is that an unco-ordinated scramble between individuals and nations alike, demoralises all concerned. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

As a proof, observe that you sympathize with the romantic love of other times or nations only in proportion as you sympathize with their poetry and imaginative literature. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Thomas More The Utopians call those nations that come and ask magistrates from them, neighbors; but those to whom they have been of more particular service, friends. Utopia by Thomas More

Percy Bysshe Shelley The incorporation of the Celtic nations with the exhausted population of the south, impressed upon it the figure of the poetry existing in their mythology and institutions. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Robert Green Ingersoll The plans of mankind will no longer be interfered with by the finger of a supposed omnipotence, and no one will believe that nations or individuals are protected or destroyed by any deity whatever. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

These twelve laws he has taken so much trouble to circulate to all the nations of the earth, that it must be quite unnecessary to repeat them here. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Catherine Helen Spence A bi-metallic basis was introduced into most of the European nations as a stop-gap, but that was not satisfactory, and finally, other solid security was taken. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Henry David Thoreau He is the Great Western Pioneer whom the nations follow. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

The consequence of this intercourse with foreign nations is, that the feet of their women are allowed to grow, and they dress now in the European style. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

Henry David Thoreau The gross feeder is a man in the larva state; and there are whole nations in that condition, nations without fancy or imagination, whose vast abdomens betray them. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

G. K. Chesterton Long afterwards the words found their way into verse which expressed a certain consciousness of the combination, and of the blend of nations in his blood. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Robert Green Ingersoll Rome fell, and Christians from her territory, with the red sword of war, carved out the ruling nations of the world, and now Christ sits upon the old throne. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Other nations have a fellowship in death; but we, shut out from all neighbourhood, must bury our own dead, and little England become a wide, wide tomb. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Thomas Hardy It was an era of great hope and activity among the nations and industries. The Fiddler of the Reels by Thomas Hardy [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson The nimble circuit of the wheel, The uncertain poise of merchant weal, Heaven of famine, fire and steel When nations fall; These, heedful, from afar I feel — I mark them all. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Allan Poe A shoot of that old vine that made The nations silent in its shade. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

G. K. Chesterton But getting hold of a few wicked old gentlemen with hobbies is one thing; getting hold of great Christian nations is another. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Andrew Lang Mr. Müller says that De Brosses ‘holds that all nations had to begin with fetichism, to be followed afterwards by polytheism and monotheism. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Likewise he must be made to understand that although conjugal fidelity is highly commendable, all civilized nations are distinguished by a faithful adherence to the opposite practice. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Besides, the two nations appear to me quite opposite in character, with regard both to good and evil. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Thomas Paine Whatever has a tendency to promote the civil intercourse of nations by an exchange of benefits, is a subject as worthy of philosophy as of politics. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

While Adrian with poetic fervour discoursed of the glorious nations of the dead, of the beauteous earth and the fate of man, she crept near him, drinking in his speech with silent pleasure. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

John Lewis Burckhard At this period, Mekka becomes one of the largest fairs of the East, and certainly the most interesting, from the variety of nations which frequent it. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

As for our racial origins, there are representatives of a great many nations among us, though it is perhaps natural that Tibetans and Chinese make up the majority. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

The seers of political economy tell us that if the stars continue to be propitious, it is certain that a day will come which will usher in a union of the Anglo-Saxon nations of the world. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

M. P. Shiel The fleet could hardly return in less than five days—if it returned! Would the hostile nations be good enough to await its return? The lightning would be “near”. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim When the Pact was inaugurated, all the nations started trusting one another. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Henry David Thoreau Successive nations perchance have drank at, admired, and fathomed it, and passed away, and still its water is green and pellucid as ever. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

All nations meet in a convent. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Kate Chopin It is curious, indeed, to note the circumstances of their birth, their progress and inevitable death; seeming to follow the course of nations in such respect. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Richard Burton The Arabs are the strictest of Misiconists; yet even they allow plans and pictures of the Holy Shrines. Other nations are comparatively lax. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

G. K. Chesterton It was not inevitable in the least; it would have been perfectly easy to make peace with the Boers as Christian nations commonly make peace with their conquered enemies. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Ralph Waldo Emerson To this partiality the history of nations corresponded. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Sir Walter Scott To trace the connection of nations by their usages, and the similarity of the implements which they employ, has been long my favourite study. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

They were sunk at that time in a deeper slough of barbarism than the livelier nations around them, and took, in consequence, a longer period to free themselves from their prejudices. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells My uncle hung fire for a moment and it seemed to me the fate of nations trembled in the balance. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Victor Hugo You are the nation which eats other nations — a magnificent function! This suction of the world makes England preeminent. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Louisa May Alcott Many nations are represented, many languages spoken, many costumes worn, and on a sunny day the spectacle is as gay and brilliant as a carnival. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Vast crowds of vanquish’d nations march along, Various in arms, in habit, and in tongue. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

So may our ransomed country, like the city of the promise, lie forever foursquare under Heaven, and the ways of all the nations be lit up by its light. Memories and Studies by William James

H.P. Lovecraft Of great size and cunning workmanship must the statue be, for it was to form a wonder of nations and a goal of travellers. The Tree by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

The nations of Anahuac had no large domesticated animals, and were unacquainted with any beast of burden. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Nay, I will say as a woman of common honesty; since there is no nice point of honour in question, only the plain laws of mine and thine, which I believe are the same among all nations and creeds. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

To nations and individuals alike the tendency is to become beasts of prey. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

E. Phillips Oppenheim With America and the four civilised nations of Europe united, she will scarcely blacken the pages of history by attempting a bellicose attitude. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Moreover, though we flatter the self-love of men and nations by the legend of pure races, all our experience is of the gradation and resolution of races, and strange resemblances meet us every where. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

John Locke And there are instances to be found in all countries, which shew, that it is not the change of nations in the persons of their governors, but the change of government, that gives the offence. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

The great roads ran below him, to Rome, to Paris, to Aix, to Byzantium, and the nations established themselves in cities upon them. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Oscar Wilde He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Whole nations have done without this art. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Abraham Merri And here are the other nations ringing us like wolves and waiting to spring at our throats at the least sign of weakness. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

George Borrow How the rage for scribbling tempts people at the present day to write about lands and nations of which they know nothing, or worse than nothing. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Charles Kingsley This age is craving for what it calls catholicity; for more complete interchange and brotherhood of thought between all the nations of the earth. On Literature--English by Charles Kingsley

A curious Basque story shows that among this strange Turanian people, cut off by such a flood of Aryan nations from any other members of its family, the same superstition remains. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

John Locke These are instances of nations where uncultivated nature has been left to itself, without the help of letters and discipline, and the improvements of arts and sciences. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Olaf Stapledon First, then, although the nations and races were still violently opposed to one another in sentiment, the world was already becoming a single economic system. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

With highly civilised nations continued progress depends in a subordinate degree on natural selection; for such nations do not supplant and exterminate one another as do savage tribes. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Francis Bacon History of the Food of Man; and of all things Eatable and Drinkable; and of all Diet; and of the variety of the same according to nations and smaller differences. Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History by Francis Bacon

Isabella Bird Christian nations may advance in civilisation, freedom, and morality, in philosophy, science, and the arts, but Islam stands still. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether we do not yearly consume of French wines about a thousand tuns more than either Sweden or Denmark, and yet whether those nations pay ready money as we do? 242. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Anthony Trollope He has all the foreign nations to look after. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Thomas Paine As the barbarism of the present old governments expires, the moral conditions of nations with respect to each other will be changed. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Jeremy Bentham What is more, as the languages of nations are commonly different, as well as their laws, it is seldom that, strictly speaking, they have so much as a single word in common. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

I have also a strong desire to see those nations which do not adopt your institutions, and which you consider as savages. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Lady Morgan Casting up her eyes to that Heaven whence they seem to have caught their emanation, she said, “I do not wonder that unenlightened nations should worship the moon. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Ralph Waldo Emerson You would say, this rabble of nations might be spared. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

It has accomplished wonders far surpassing Egyptian pyramids, Roman aqueducts, and Gothic cathedrals; it has conducted expeditions that put in the shade all former Exoduses of nations and crusades. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

To that one young couple on whose bright destiny the thoughts of nations are fixed, may the youth of England look, and not in vain, for an example. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

The Red Laugh, an analysis of the madness of war, of the insanity of nations as of individuals, seems to envelop the world in a sheet of flame. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Mark Twain The reason is that Spain sends her heaviest ships of war and her loudest guns to astonish these Muslims, while America and other nations send only a little contemptible tub of a gunboat occasionally. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

William Dampier Here we met with two proas belonging to the Sologues, one of the Mindanayan nations before mentioned. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Anatole France Tu ne sais pas que la force véritable est dans la sagesse et que les nations ne sont grandes que par elle. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Ford Madox Ford Owing to the military genius of the French, who, by then, had the supreme command, the enemy nations were daily being forced to abandon great stretches of territory. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

But a taste beyond this, however desirable it may be that every one should possess it, is not to be implanted at once; it must be gradually developed both in nations and individuals. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim War and the desire for war is dead amongst the civilised nations of the world. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. G. Wells The peace between nations is also a peace between individuals. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

The deadliest enemies of nations are not their foreign foes; they always dwell within their borders. Memories and Studies by William James

It was neither wise nor just to insult foreign nations with assumptions which no longer stood upon any basis of reality. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

More than all nations they flatter their women, and despise them. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

They stood alone, with the nations of Anahuac banded against them. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Bram Stoker This impostor was perhaps the only one who in the history of nations prospered finally in his fraud. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Other nations suffer terribly from the Mandarin disease. Memories and Studies by William James

Forbid them to hold forth upon the freedom of nations and the wrongs of mankind, and they’ll quarrel with Mrs. Jones about the shape of a mantle or the character of a small maid-servant. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Benjamin Disraeli In Vraibleusia, we have so much to do that we have no time to think; a habit which only becomes nations who are not employed. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

John Stuart Mill If a similar change should befall the nations of Europe, it will not be in exactly the same shape: the despotism of custom with which these nations are threatened is not precisely stationariness. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Olaf Stapledon They take the nations to be the true objects of loyalty, and the social classes to be natural elements of the nation. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am to do nothing which will make a laughing stock of the Department or which will evoke even questions from nations with whom we are upon friendly terms. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Gissing A word from us, and it means war, Piers, glorious war, with triumphs for the race and for civilisation! England means civilisation; the other nations don’t count. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

But amongst the lower classes, the worship is emphatically the worship of Her who Herself predicted, “From henceforth all nations shall call me blessed. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Thomas Paine All nations and ages have been subject to them. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

To what strange nations shalt not thou resort, Driv’n to solicit aid at ev’ry court! The cause the same which Ilium once oppress’d; A foreign mistress, and a foreign guest. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

George Gissing There has but to arise some Lord of Slaughter, and the nations will be tearing at each other’s throats. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Robert Green Ingersoll For ages all nations supposed that the sick and insane were possessed by evil spirits. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jack London Could we but find time and opportunity and utilize the last bit and every bit of the unborn life that is in us, we could become the fathers of nations and populate continents. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Sinclair Lewis Seven means we’ll get ready to follow all the European nations in trying to hog the whole world. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

They sought relief, like the nations of the Old Continent, from the oppressive idea of eternity, by breaking it up into distinct cycles, or periods of time, each of several thousand years’ duration. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

But, however tranquil at heart, there is not a reign upon record in which the nation was not engaged in war against the barbarous nations on the frontier. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

The effects of severe epidemics and wars are soon counterbalanced, and more than counterbalanced, in nations placed under favourable conditions. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Talking about slaves makes me always feel for this unfortunate land, and reflect how foolish are all those outer nations who allow the slave trade to go on. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Rudyard Kipling His pen and tongue had created the New India, teeming with possibilities — loud-voiced, insistent, a nation among nations — all his very own. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Kenneth Grahame There, sooner or later, the ships of all seafaring nations arrive; and there, at its destined hour, the ship of my choice will let go its anchor. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Samuel Johnson Their usefulness to the age in which they were written is sufficiently attested by the translations which almost all the nations of Europe were in haste to obtain. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

H. G. Wells The fate of nations lay behind the eyes of these three men. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

George Meredith When nations gain the pitch where rhetoric Seems reason they are ripe for cannon’s food. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

Leslie Stephen Besides, we may say nations if we allow the Scotch to be a nation, and to have gaiety—which they have not. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Robert Green Ingersoll We have, I say, what they call the Christian religion, and, I find, just in proportion that nations have been religious, just in the proportion they have gone back to barbarism. What shall we do to be Saved? by Robert Green Ingersoll

Francis Bacon So then, that part of intercourse which could be from other nations to sail to us, you see how it hath long since ceased; except it were by some rare accident, as this of yours. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

Benjamin Disraeli And now for their poetry, Cadurcis. It is in poetry, and poetry alone, that modern nations have maintained the majesty of genius. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

That which all nations and peoples, and all individuals, prize and desire above everything else in life, is liberty. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Rudyard Kipling I have, I confess it now, done my best for about twenty years to make all the men of the sister nations within the Empire interested in each other. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

After a while he stepped quietly into the chart-room, and opened his International Signal Code-book at the plate where the flags of all the nations are correctly figured in gaudy rows. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Rudyard Kipling Our four young nations — the Big Four — have a long, an uphill, and a triumphant road to tread. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Arthur Conan Doyle The nations heaped up fresh loads of sin, and sin must ever be atoned for. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Percy Bysshe Shelley It is almost a proverbial remark, that those nations in which the penal code has been particularly mild, have been distinguished from all others by the rarity of crime. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Ralph Waldo Emerson No wife, no children had he, and the thinkers of all civilized nations are his posterity and are tinged with his mind. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

It ceased, and there was little prospect that another generation would see it relighted; for the disturber of peace was a prisoner forever, and all nations were exhausted. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

William Black Surely human nature must be very much the same when this simple description of a quiet English home went straight to the heart of nations in both hemispheres. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Robert Louis Stevenson Setting aside the tombs of Roubiliac, which belong to the heroic order of graveyard art, we Scotch stand, to my fancy, highest among nations in the matter of grimly illustrating death. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mussolini had bombed the Abyssinians while fifty-three nations (I think it was fifty-three) made pious noises ‘off’. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

But among them they had seven principal nations that were sovereigns of them all. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

The constitution of the late monarchy of Oceana is to be considered in relation to the different nations by whom it has been successively subdued and governed. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Charles Dickens That immense country, made independent under WASHINGTON, and left to itself, became the United States; one of the greatest nations of the earth. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

His subsequent career afforded no scope for the profound policy displayed by Cortes, when he gathered conflicting nations under his banner, and directed them against a common foe. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

With the right of conquest, thus conferred, came also the obligation, on which it may be said to have been founded, to retrieve the nations sitting in darkness from eternal perdition. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The five powerful nations of the world swear each one that whatever provocation they receive, there shall be no war. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

George Meredith Of nations to think my heart is as an infidel—very heavy. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Charles Kingsley All the strange and dim legends of white Indians, and of nations of a higher race than Carib, or Arrowak, or Solimo, which Amyas had ever heard, rose up in his memory. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Robert Green Ingersoll Her temples were “carpeted with knees,” and the wealth of nations adorned her countless shrines. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Thomas Paine As individuals we profess ourselves Christians, but as nations we are heathens, Romans, and what not. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Olaf Stapledon It becomes, in fact, the Second Human Species. When your Great War ended, it seemed to the soldiers of all the nations that a new and happier age had dawned. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

He held himself very high indeed, and talked of all other nations of Franks as dirt under his feet, and not worth even a name. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

John Ruskin The distances of nations are measured, not by seas, but by ignorances; and their divisions determined, not by dialects, but by enmities. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Anthony Trollope But if he could speak winged words — words that should fly all over Rome, that might fly also among subject nations — then would the judges not dare to carry out this portion of the scheme. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Rudyard Kipling Patience, endurance, and good-will are not spectacular virtues, but they underlie the foundations of honour, respect, and enduring affection between nations as between individuals. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

M. P. Shiel The small violation consists in the claim by nations to have taken, without having moved, sites called “countries”. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

John Lewis Burckhard They include them all in the appellation of Káfer, without having any clear ideas of the different nations of which they are composed. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Walter Scott Other nations are like the tamed tiger, which, when once its native appetite for slaughter is indulged in one instance, rushes on in promiscuous ravages. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

John Hill Burton As there are mischiefs to be abstained from in war, there are services for nations to perform to each other in time of peace. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

H. G. Wells Periods, nations and races they would consider only in so far as these provided them with material facts. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Berkeley Qu. Whether the wealth of the richest nations in Christendom doth not consist in paper vastly more than in gold and silver? 12. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

John Locke Whole nations reject several moral rules. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Other European nations are depicted elsewhere in these Medinet Habu sculptures. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

William Makepeace Thackeray The cheap defence of nations expended a thousand millions in the erection of this magnificent dwelling-place. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Samuel Johnson Migration, while the state of life was unsettled, and there was little communication of intelligence between distant places, was among the wilder nations of Europe, capricious and casual. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Richard Burton At length, Al-Islam, grown splendid and powerful, determined to surpass other nations in the magnificence of its public buildings. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Miles Franklin I hung on secretly to my faith that the greatest nations would always be those where women were freest. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Sinclair Lewis Her glimpse of tasks involving millions of people and a score of nations reduced Main Street from bloated importance to its actual pettiness. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Watkin Tench During their stay in that port, the officers of the two nations had frequent opportunities of testifying their mutual regard by visits, and every interchange of friendship and esteem. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Anthony Trollope They chose the latter way, as being the readier and the surer, as most seceding nations have done. North America by Anthony Trollope

The philosopher, therefore, sees clearly the necessity of a war, and regrets that sometimes nations do not wait for grounds of war so solid. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

Frances Hodgson Burnett There were those who came quietly into the room fresh from important scenes where subjects of weight to nations were being argued closely—perhaps almost fiercely. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The nations beneath their influence bowed their heads, and died. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The counter-charge about the Scotch found equally willing hearers among the mass in England. Never had cool-headed statesmen a harder task in preventing two nations from coming to blows. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson For although two nations use the same words and read the same books, intercourse is not conducted by the dictionary. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Walter Scott Yet, Corah, thou shalt from oblivion pass; Erect thyself, thou monumental brass, High as the serpent of thy metal made, While nations stand secure beneath thy shade. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

We kept informing the atmosphere as to the glory and preeminence of the United States and its ability to subdue, outjump, and eradicate the other nations of the earth. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle And I understood then that there was something terrible in this strong, patient Germany — this mother root of nations — and I saw that such a land, so old and so beloved, never could be conquered. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

H. G. Wells But there you are! The fighting is going on already; the old order takes the defensiveoffensive defensive — and men are being hunted and wounded and killed in the name of nations and tyrannies. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Mark Twain By common consent of all the nations and all the ages the most valuable thing in this world is the homage of men, whether deserved or undeserved. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Theodore Dreiser True, but other nations believed in polygamy. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Jeremy Bentham Whole nations have interested themselves in the quarrel, and hatred has been transmitted from fathers to their sons. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham