Phrases with "natural"

Mark Twain Of course these things bring me back, by a natural and easy transition, to the And thus the wonderful Blue Grotto is suggested to me. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Jules Verne The marriage of Minha afforded an excellent opportunity, it being so natural for them to accompany her to Belem, where she was going to live with her husband. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Sir Walter Scott He retained the gravity of a judge, even while he drank like a fish, partly from his own natural inclination to good liquor, partly in the way of good fellowship towards his guests. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Yet, spoken by Blunn, just as he spoke them, they seemed natural and reasonable. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Henry James It’s natural enough; we’re mostly in different tubs and cockles, paddling for life. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Edith Wharton There were no waterfalls, or other sonorous natural phenomena, and it was utterly impossible for a motor (even with its muffler knocked off) to ascend the precipitous lane which led to the pension. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

D. H. Lawrence I only see that somebody must have power, so those should have it who don’t want it selfishly, and who have some natural gift for it, and some reverence for the sacredness of it. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Alfred Ainger I am daily steadying, and shall soon find it as natural to me to be my own master, as it has been irksome to have had a master. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Sir Walter Scott All these circumstances, so natural and so trivial, were gravely listened to as proofs, or, at least, as affording strong suspicions that Rebecca had unlawful correspondence with mystical powers. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

They’ll follow them like dogs, fight for them, shed their blood, and die for them; must be some sort of a natural feeling. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Olaf Stapledon It is enslavement to the passions natural to the separate, finite creature; and it is neglect of the perfect whole. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is something between the explosion of a powder magazine and a natural convulsion. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Willa Cather It’s not a natural life for a young girl. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Elizabeth Gaskell I promised her a better destiny than to go begging any one to marry her, or to lose her natural feelings as a sister of charity. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

H. G. Wells What else is life but alteration? Our social world alters, but, sanely conceived, it alters in a broad, natural and progressive way and within limits. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Meredith She had also, or she now thought it, remarked that when Mr. George had been spoken of casually, the Countess had not looked a natural look. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Gissing I have done my best to train you in writing for the periodicals, and your natural abilities are considerable. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing But the point of danger was passed, and Isabel’s natural strength helped her through the suffering which preceded convalescence. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Bram Stoker Then came the natural nemesis of such a deception. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

James Clerk Maxwell We thus acknowledge that the so-called disturbance is a mere figment of the mind, not a fact of nature, and that in natural action there is no disturbance. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

Thomas Love Peacock Mr Escot. Meaning, I presume, the organ of building; which I contend to be not a natural organ of the featherless biped. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Edith Wharton She had a natural contempt for people who gloried in what they need only have endured. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

William Black However, I continued with my natural solemnity to read on, sensible that what I did might mend some, but could itself receive no contamination from any. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

I don’t so much as know where you live; it is natural to take it for granted that you have no home, and need none. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

John Morley The idea was derived by process of natural logic from the contemplation of astonishing natural effects, of harvest and dearth, of fair days and tempests, of benefactions and scourges. Voltaire by John Morley

Walter Crane With natural flowers and leaves it is always right to design for mural purposes on the same scale as nature. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

No mortal mind could conceive a desire which was not based on a natural and right desire; even the hunger for death was but a perversion of the death which precedes all holy birth. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

G. K. Chesterton But neglect of children is a natural thing; like neglect of any other duty, it is a mere difference of degree that divides extending arms and legs in calisthenics and extending them on the rack. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Henry David Thoreau It is hardly as if you had seen a wild creature when a rabbit or a partridge bursts away, only a natural one, as much to be expected as rustling leaves. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Virginia Woolf The terrace, rising, made a natural stage. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

There are some persons so gifted with natural force that, once brought in contact with them, you forget their antecedents, and, indeed, every thing but themselves. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Edmund Burke The minister, in this very natural distress, applied to the Assembly, that they should order the collectors to pay in specie what in specie they had received. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Andrew Lang In the meantime the Prince and the black girl had again assumed their natural forms, and were hurrying on as fast as they could to reach the river. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim If you will only keep yourself in good health, and lead a natural life, it is bound to come back again. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

George Gissing May I remind you that you promised me some flowers from Cheddar?’ ‘Oh, so I did,’ exclaimed the other in a tone of natural recollection. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells From the outset of his terrestrial career we find him supplementing the natural strength and bodily weapons of a beast by the heat of burning and the rough implement of stone. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Olaf Stapledon Every stretch of soil was in use; and we learned that, though some of this soil was the natural result of past ages of action by air and water, most was artificial. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells A natural turn for tactics came into play. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

He cursed his inveterate inclination always to look at events from a romantic impossible side, instead of considering them as natural commonplace incidents. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Had I followed my natural impulse I should have risen to my feet and sneaked from the room. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Guy de Maupassant He was ardent in the pursuit of pleasure, and a man who had an irresistible charm about him, one of those men in whom we excuse the greatest excesses, as the most natural things in the world. The Thief (Le Voleur) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

But not only the virtue of numbers but a natural way of counting he showed, as in the catalogue of ships he made (I. ii. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

As to the simple folk of outlying villages, they believed and said (as the most natural thing in the world) that Jim had carried the guns up the hill on his back — two at a time. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

But you see I take after papa, Rorie; and it comes as natural to me to fly over gates as it does to you to get ploughed for smalls. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Running wild for a few months in the open air, he recovered his natural vivacity and cheerfulness. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

George Gissing That he is capable of profound affections merely modifies here and there his natural contentiousness, and subdues its expression. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

John Ruskin The study of Wealth is a province of natural science:— it deals with the essential properties of things. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Yet in some dark room or other behind those walls I seemed to see Raffles at work as plainly as I had just heard our natural enemies plotting his destruction. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Sir Walter Scott He was mud up to the shoulders, and the natural paleness of his hue was twice as cadaverous as usual, through terror, fatigue, and perturbation of mind. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

William Morris If you do not heed this, I do not know but what you may not as well turn to and draw laborious portraits of natural forms of flower and bird and beast, and stick them on your walls anyhow. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His speech was human and natural enough. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson It’s the most natural thing in the world. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton The natural course for a man thus wishing to attract his friends’ attention would be to call out, to shout as well as kick. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

What natural or scientific art is left untouched? Tragedy took its start from Homer, and afterward was raised to supremacy in words and things. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

A natural pathway wound about its foot. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Rudyard Kipling Then came the explosion of natural human wrath — she would not stoop to denial, she said — till, choking on words of abuse, she hit him weakly over the mouth, and dropped between his feet. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

The menacing aspect of that grey void, combined with a natural preference for getting to some definite place at night, combined to depress my spirits afresh. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Mother seemed to dislike this hateful Coppelius as much as we did; for as soon as he appeared her cheerfulness and bright and natural manner were transformed into sad, gloomy seriousness. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Now I, who am an English Effendi, that think myself to understand good-breeding as well as any son of Othman, beg my reader’s pardon for having mentioned an insider by his gross natural name. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Anthony Trollope They were on the steps of the Albert Memorial, and it was perhaps natural that she should do so. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Olaf Stapledon But, as in so many other worlds, the development of natural science and the production of mechanical power from tropical sunlight caused grave mental confusion. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

John Locke THE natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only the law of nature for his rule. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

George Meredith Her natural spiritedness detested the monotony, her craven soul fawned for the comfort. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Mary Webb It was the deathless quarrel of the world and the monasterynatural man and the hermit. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Maria Edgeworth He thought that he should be struck not only with her beauty, but with her graceful air — her ingenuous countenance, so expressive of the freshness of natural sensibility. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

I might have anticipated the natural curiosity of your charming sex and made sure that the cupboard was locked before I left the room. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Hence there is not the least a priori improbability in the development of her tail having been checked through natural selection. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells The mask was a cleverly simplified caricature of Bohun’s visage and the ginger wig and forelock might have been the Boss’s natural hair. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

They resemble Addison’s papers also in the diction, which is natural and idiomatic, even to carelessness. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

We shall never know the cause of their return, but, no doubt, the thunder-storm had cast down some natural bridge which they had expected to pass over. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Even in Nova Scotia, where scratches and grooves are met with wherever the rock surface has been recently laid bare, I do not remember having ever seen any on natural exposures. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Gertrude Stein Immediately after the war her attention was attracted by the work of a young french painter, Fabre, who had a natural feeling for objects on a table and landscapes but he came to nothing. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

By a natural course, therefore, he became a prominent counsel for those unfortunate negroes who, at this time, in Boston, were held as fugitive slaves. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

George Meredith Not the Jesuits would have a chance of keeping a grasp on Patrick! He’ll always be a natural boy and a thoughtful man. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Within the bounds of his epical scheme, which was always factitious, every person was so natural that his characters seemed like the characters of biography rather than of fiction. Emile Zola by William Dean Howells

G. K. Chesterton He had not the smallest natural sympathy with all those hazy pagan and pantheistic notions often covered by the name of inspiration. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

William Makepeace Thackeray The lad seems to wish to make up for the natural insignificance of his face by frowning on all occasions most portentously. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Margaret Oliphant She was much experienced in the world (or thought herself so) though she was so young; having had no mother, and feeling herself the natural guide of her other less enlightened parent. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George Meredith Gobbled, my dear! It is the doom of the innocents, a natural fate. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

She told me that you had spoken of me with a degree of violence, natural enough perhaps to a hot-tempered young soldier, but in no manner justified by our relations. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope That she may doubt as to herself may be natural enough, but others should not have encouraged her. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

D. H. Lawrence I want a sort of natural GRANDEUR even, SPLENDOUR.’ ‘You’ll never get it in houses and furniture — or even clothes. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

W. H. Hudson Equally great is their delight at finding wild fruits, honey, and other natural food; and even when not hungry they will devour it with strange zest. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was so natural what had happened—De Besset, leaning out for a breath of fresh air and seeing the intruder. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

It was a natural one, the result undoubtedly of having noticed two small cordial glasses standing on a little table over against the fireplace. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Theodore Dreiser It’s a thing the world likes to see, because it’s a natural expression of its longing. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Consequently I will describe tendril-bearing plants by natural families, following Lindley’s classification; and this will in most cases keep those of the same nature together. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

James Hogg Did you ever say to anyone that I was the boy Robert’s natural father?” “Hout na, sir! Ha-ha-ha! Aih, fie, na, sir! I durst-na say that for my life. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

G. K. Chesterton It is wholesome and natural for youth to go about confessing that the grass is green, and whispering to a priest hoarsely that it has found a sun in heaven. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

George Gissing To me, he did not seem your natural mate; but then I saw with man’s eyes; I was afraid of meddling obtusely. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Robert Green Ingersoll Whoever endeavored to account for these things by natural causes; whoever endeavored to cure disease by natural means was denounced as an Infidel. To explain anything was a crime. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope It is natural — natural that the mothers of the boys should want to know something. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

The Raven is connected with the main land by a natural pier of immense and slippery stones. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Virginia Woolf Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

The deity is not therefore constrained by either anger or kindnesses; but that is because it is natural to it to be kind and aiding, and unnatural to be angry and hurtful. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Wilkie Collins Their natural expression flew back into her eyes with the rapidity of a flash of light. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Then he replied with a quietness tinged by natural surprise. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Robert Louis Stevenson Without doubt, the most of mankind grossly overeat themselves; our meals serve not only for support, but as a hearty and natural diversion from the labour of life. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Yet that common sense which so often misleads us, urged that it was quite natural Sarah should employ whaling vessels to increase her trade. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

The house itself was situated on a natural plateau on the hillside, and commanded a magnificent view down the valley. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Arnold Bennett She meant simply to refuse it; but she could not do so in a natural voice. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Edith Wharton To a young man so untrammelled by prejudice it was self-evident that helpless philanthropists like Orlando G. Spence were just as much the natural diet of the strong as the lamb is of the wolf. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Afterwards Hildyard turned westwards, overcoming with scarcely an effort the natural objection to being seen amongst his old haunts in his new character. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

John Bunyan To explain myself, the Word of God saith of persons in a natural condition, There is none righteous, there is none that doth good. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Leslie Stephen The resemblance is much closer than Mr. Forster’s language would imply; but I agree with him that it does not justify Johnson and Scott in regarding it as more than a natural coincidence. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We are natural human beings, filled with natural desires. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Marjorie Bowen He was wrapped in shawls that disguised his natural form, and a fur and leather cap was fastened under his chin. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

Walter Scott The natural inference was, that Geoffrey Hudson, his companion in calamity, had echoed the prayer which was so proper to the situation of both. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

George Gissing Ought she, did she dare, to return home at all? Even if her strength sufficed for simulating a natural manner, could she consent to play so base a part? There was but one possible alternative. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Meredith Those voluptuous modulations of melting airs are the natural clothing of beautiful women. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Side by side with his hobby of natural history went his love of sport: it was impossible for him to separate the one from the other. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Guy de Maupassant However, they always died out in a natural fashion, like a fire when it has no more fuel. A Wife’s Confession (Confessions d'une femme) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

John Morley The effect of the Reformation was “to introduce other interests into all countries than those which arose from their locality and natural circumstances. Burke by John Morley [1879]

D. H. Lawrence The caravans, the brats, the other women: everything was natural to her, her home, as if she had been born there. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Samuel Johnson For natural curiosities, I was shown only two great masses of stone, which lie loose upon the ground; one on the top of a hill, and the other at a small distance from the bottom. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

In fact, the care necessary for self-preservation is the first natural exercise of the understanding, as little inventions to amuse the present moment unfold the imagination. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

By a natural perversity of disposition, which my nursemaids called contrariness, I felt the more strongly for my creed when I saw it despised among men. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

A natural ground of this existed in the original relations between them. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

We can in no manner define reason so as to exclude acts which are at every moment present to our observation, and which we find in many instances to contravene the natural instincts of the species. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Algernon Blackwood This reaction was natural enough, though for a long time mood chased mood across my troubled mind, each battling for supremacy. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Gissing I have never given much attention to natural history. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

John Lewis Burckhard Bshirrai is surrounded with fruit trees, mulberry plantations, vineyards, fields of Dhourra, and other corn, though there is scarcely a natural plain twenty feet square. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Victor Hugo It is not quite true that Orion was the result of a natural function of Jupiter. The truth is that it was Mercury who produced this star in that way. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

I defy any village in Britain to turn out such girlsplenty of rosy-cheeked gigglers — but the natural refinement and intelligence of these little damsels astonishes me. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Francis Bacon For it is necessary for one who operates on natural bodies to be certain of his total quantities, that is, that nothing evaporates or flows away. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

This opinion was natural enough in a schoolmaster, but not in the precise form Wardlaw put it. Prester John by John Buchan

Robert Louis Stevenson And I remember I wondered if it was by some such natural skill that the Master made love to Mrs. Henry all day long (as he manifestly did), yet never startled her into reserve. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

For the first time in her life Mrs. Dodd was deaf to her daughter’s natural eloquence; it was remarkable how little her countenance changed while Julia appealed. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jack London Everything was the natural and the expected. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Abraham Merri Her limbs relaxed, her skin faintly flushed, she lay in deepest but natural slumber undisturbed by the incessant cannonading of the thunder under which the walls of the blue globe shuddered. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence But what really prevented his returning to a loose woman, over and above the natural squeamishness, was the recollection of the paucity of the last experience. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Ralph Waldo Emerson Even children are not deceived by the false reasons which their parents give in answer to their questions, whether touching natural facts, or religion, or persons. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Jane Austen But Bingley has great natural modesty, with a stronger dependence on my judgement than on his own. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

George Meredith Unwashed human nature, though it is natural to us to wash, is the most human, we find. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

When Shirley had been agitated, she generally took this natural refreshment. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing Ida’s natural vigour throve on the strength-giving properties of sun and breeze the last traces of unwholesome pallor passed from her face, and exercise sent her home flushed like the dawn. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Wilkie Collins But what am I to say?” It was a natural question to put. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

It’s natural that he should take this business rather seriously at first: but that would wear off in a short time. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

D. H. Lawrence It was their natural atmosphere. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Maria Edgeworth Oh! I could see — I understood it all with half a glance — saw the natural colour coming back, and tenderness for me returning — yet some doubt lingering still. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells What was a natural expression for a transport man, say, became mere cant if you forced it on an agricultural worker. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

It was the natural outcome of the morbid condition of mind into which he had drifted, and he provided for the complete execution of his scheme with cunning born of the mischief working in his brain. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

It resembled a garden between two wooded hills, a natural garden, of which the meadows were the lawns, the giant trees marking the colossal flower beds. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells Mr. Barnstaple found much to irritate him in the ideas and comments of several of his associates, and so he obeyed his natural inclination to explore Utopia for himself. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

John Stuart Mill It is only the natural result of their circumstances. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

D. H. Lawrence Lady Beveridge wore her sable coat, and had that odd, untidy elegance which was natural to her, rather like a ruffled chicken. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Pieces of bark, fastened one to the other, would form a light boat; and in case of natural obstacles, which would render a portage necessary, it would be easily carried. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle What does that mean? Surely that they have done her to death in some way which has deceived the doctor and simulated a natural end — poisoning, perhaps. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Anatole France There was no witchcraft used, Sir Philospher, and I only succumbed to natural charms: ‘Non facit hoc verbis; facie tenerisque lacertis Devovet et flavis nostra puella comis. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Goldwin Smith Alas, poor boy!—the natural effect Of love by absence chill’d into respect. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

H. G. Wells But the Open Conspiracy is a natural and necessary development of contemporary thought arising here, there, and everywhere. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

William Godwin Paracelsus in fact exhibited in his person the union of a quack, a boastful and impudent pretender, with a considerable degree of natural sagacity and shrewdness. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

David Hume Where avarice or revenge enters into any seemingly virtuous action, it is difficult for us to determine how far it enters, and it is natural to suppose it the sole actuating principle. Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature by David Hume

But the fierce furnace of war had probably, by its local ravages, scorched this field of natural tradition, and thinned the gleaner’s inheritance by three parts out of four. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

Anthony Trollope You, as was so natural at your age, and with your charms, have not been slow to anticipate a coming period of uncheckered delights. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Francis Bacon To resume then the divisions of natural history which I made just now — viz. Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History by Francis Bacon

Charles Dickens With a gentleness that was as natural to him as he knew it to be to Rachael, he pursued the subject that interested her in her old age. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

It is natural to suppose that the diet of such an animal must be of microscopic proportions. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Robert Green Ingersoll Cholera, yellow fever, and smallpox are still considered heavenly weapons; but measles, itch and ague are now attributed to natural causes. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

I couldn’t be natural with them, and if I can’t be natural with people, I’m disagreeable. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

John Locke And thus, ’tis true, the paternal is a natural government, but not at all extending itself to the ends and jurisdictions of that which is political. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

Algernon Blackwood The innate activities of Nature, the elements, I realised indeed as modes of life; the communication Julius foreshadowed, a possible and natural thing. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Thomas Wolfe He has been a natural slugger to begin with, with a one-ton punch. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

G. K. Chesterton With all his faults, and all his triumphs, he stands for the great mass of natural manliness which must be absorbed into art unless art is to be a mere luxury and freak. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

H. Rider Haggard He had nothing on but his flannel shirt, and his natural habits of extreme neatness having reasserted themselves, he was actively employed in making a most elaborate toilet. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was a blonde by natural pigment, and she wore no paint on the streets at high noon. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gertrude Stein All the long expression that means a longer state of natural example is not so pardonable as everything that is in some instant. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Charles Dickens Its natural end was not, as we shall too soon see, a natural death for her. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He was tall; and the natural grace of his manners had been improved (an advantage which few of his associates could boast) by early intercourse with polished society. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

But I have told you and, through me, my guides have told you that not everyone who is a natural sensitive is worthy of being developed. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Edith Wharton How natural that these young people should be enjoying it all! She felt young again herself, her heart beat in tune with theirs. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

John Galsworthy His words halted, as though he were apologizing for having at last deviated from the path of virtue, and succumbed, in defiance of sounder principles, to his more natural instincts. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Jane Austen The continuance of their engagement, and the means that were able to be taken for promoting its end, was all her communication; and this produced from Mrs. Jennings the following natural remark. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

I can sympathize with your grief—your natural grief—for so noble a benefactor. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

And it is attested of those encountering who have lived to speak thereon that a lich so raised up hath no natural affection, nor remembrance thereof, but only hate. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Anthony Trollope It is natural that a girl should look to her own joys in marriage. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

John Donne O Lord, I decline not this potion of confession, however it may be contrary to a natural man. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

Arthur Conan Doyle He is a man of the world with a natural turn for diplomacy. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Anthony Trollope It was so natural that the bravest man should fall in love with the fairest lady, that Edith took it for granted that it already was so. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope As a natural consequence, our new publication became an organ of liberalism, free-thinking, and open inquiry. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had heard these powers talked of with a sense of natural pride in achievement, in fact with honest and cheerful self gratulation. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It was a natural and happy evolution of circumstance. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

He had nothing against any of them, but he possessed a natural predilection toward any one who treated him courteously, nihilist or not. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

George Meredith Where there is natural harmony you would not have discord. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

A. E. W. Mason It is natural to disbelieve every word of it. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Tobias Smolle This hideous masque of painting, though destructive of all beauty, is, however, favourable to natural homeliness and deformity. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

There was no inn in Hangingshaw, and the post office was the natural centre for a big countryside. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Arthur Morrison The inquest was formal and unremarked, the medical officer having no difficulty in certifying a natural death from heart disease. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Guy de Maupassant I am for them a father of the olden time, as I was for you a husband of one of the families of old, for by instinct I have remained a natural man, a man of former days. Useless Beauty (L’Inutile Beauté) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

In some constitutions there is a natural chemistry, and those constitutions may produce chemic wonders — in others a natural fluid, call it electricity, and these may produce electric wonders. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

Oliver Goldsmith A suit of mourning has transformed my coquet into a prude, and a new set of ribbands has given her younger sister more than natural vivacity. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

William Hope Hodgson And Mine Own did sit then beside me, so that mine arm did come most natural about her; and she there to be nestled all gleeful and content, so that my heart did be doubly tender unto her. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Tobias Smolle I am not much conversant with these branches of natural philosophy. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

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

Thomas Hardy The natural tint of the lighter portions sank to an ashy gray; the pink of her cheeks grew purpler. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

John Stuart Mill For, however great and apparently ineradicable the moral and intellectual differences between men and women might be, the evidence of there being natural differences could only be negative. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

George Gissing The conversation grew easier Reuben began to recover his natural voice, and to lose disagreeable self-consciousness in the delight of hearing Cecily and meeting her look. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Gissing To any child less wisely guided than Helen, and less blessed with natural gifts, this life at the Rectory would have been intolerable in its loneliness and monotony. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Jules Verne Listen to me! Five miles west of New Aberfoyle, under the solid rock which supports Ben Lomond, there exists a natural shaft which descends perpendicularly into the vein beneath. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Charles Kingsley But I thank God, that though I felt and suffered, the scathing blast neither blunted my perceptions of natural and moral beauty, nor, by withering the affections of my heart, made me a selfish man. Burns and His School by Charles Kingsley