Phrases with "nature"

Anthony Trollope It has none of those beauties of nature which have taught Irishmen to consider their country as the ‘first flower of the earth, and first gem of the sea’. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It was not the amount of his debts, but the nature of them, and the characters of the men with whom he had dealings, that were so terrible. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

D. H. Lawrence This, she said to herself, was a gentleman, he had a nature like fate, the nature of an aristocrat. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Domesticated animals vary more than those in a state of nature; and this is apparently due to the diversified and changing nature of the conditions to which they have been subjected. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Charles Kingsley For Shelley’s nature is utterly womanish. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley

George Berkeley Qu. Whether we are by nature a more stupid people than the Dutch? And yet whether these things are sufficiently considered by our patriots? 54. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Algernon Blackwood His nature was too “multiple” to subscribe to the set of shibboleths of any one class. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

John Galsworthy Darkness showed up to him absurdly clear the nature of his feeling. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton In all created nature there is not, perhaps, anything so completely ugly as a pillar-box. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Jules Verne Et maintenant, pour réagir contre l’inflammation qui surviendrait, les colons possédaient-ils un agent efficace? Oui! Ils en avaient un, car la nature l’a généreusement prodigué. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

John Ruskin The nature and power of the document are therefore to be examined under the three relations it bears to Place, Time, and Kind. 71. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Ford Madox Ford And the mysterious nature and occurrence of the seizure itself only confirmed her subconscious conviction. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

He says that the air is by nature dark, and uses this as an argument of its being also the first cold; for that its darkness is opposite to the brightness, and its coldness to the heat of fire. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Anthony Trollope Phineas, as he thought of it, tried to analyse the nature of such a love. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Even her buoyant and cloudless nature did not escape that mortal doom which pursues and poisons every ambition in the very instant of its full fruition. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Henry James She was of a serious turn by nature and unlike many serious people she made no particular study of the art of being gay. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Maria Edgeworth Good supper, good bed, good attendance; nothing out of repair; no things pressed into services for which they were never intended by nature or art. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing Well, it was partly my nature and partly what I’d gone through; we hadn’t been married more than a month or two when I began to find fault with her, and from that day on she could never please me. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins If you don’t understand this, sir; if the holiest feelings that do honour to our common nature have no particular sanctity in your estimation, pray do not scruple to say so; pray tell me to go. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

But, by the very nature of its achievement, it led the way to its own supersession. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Henry Handel Richardson Oh! mothers aren’t fair — I mean it’s not fair of nature to weigh us down with them and yet expect us to be our own true selves. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

One of the first foreigners to recognize the importance and to study the nature of English institutions, Montesquieu nevertheless failed to give an accurate account of them. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

He did not intend for one moment, he said, to attempt to justify the actions of the accused, but they were not of the serious nature his humorous friend, Mr. Wain, had tried to make out. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

We will try our fortune at the Strangers’ gallery, though the nature of the debate encourages very little hope of success. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Anthony Trollope The nature of the task which came upon him made this fault almost unavoidable. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Henry James It must be admitted at the outset that he had a nature which seemed at several points to contradict itself, as will probably be perceived in the course of this narration. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

John Galsworthy Human nature is consistently underrated in business, people do themselves out of an awful lot of pleasure and profit by that. To Let by John Galsworthy

The cubit is still the negro’s yard, the same as was adopted at the time of the Flood; they have no other measure than that with which nature has provided them — viz. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

My mother was by nature a good woman — sweet, gentle and kind. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Anthony Trollope She had altogether mistaken the nature of the man’s regard, and had even mistaken the very nature of the man. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

His frank truthful nature was quite unable to detect the personal significance of the subject. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

I shall not try to form a surmise as to the real nature of the suspense. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Walter Scott There are touches of nature about the old bard of Woodstock, that, to me, are worth all the turns of laborious wit in Cowley, and all the ornate and artificial simplicity of his courtly competitor. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

George Gissing At sunrise we entered the port of Brindisi. The characteristic motive of English poetry is love of nature, especially of nature as seen in the English rural landscape. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

With species in a state of nature it can hardly be maintained that the law is of universal application; but many good observers, more especially botanists, believe in its truth. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

They borrow the plumes of male birds, with which nature has decked this sex, in order to charm the females. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Gold was the incentive and the recompense, and in the pursuit of it his inflexible nature rarely hesitated as to the means. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope He did not understand the nature of a feeling which could induce so fatal a suicide, but he did understand that the feeling was there, and that the suicide would be completed. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

It sounded like an insult, arousing all the spirit she possessed; her whole nature rose in rebellion against his line of conduct. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Living face to face with nature makes it difficult for one to be discouraged. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Victor Hugo Its nature would have been clear to Ursus; but to Gwynplaine it was not. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Paine As everything which is out of nature in man affects, more or less, the interest of society, so does this. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Did you not see me?” Barbara was truthful by nature and habit; but in such a cause, how could she avoid dissimulation? “Thank you, papa,” she said, as she went in. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Ralph Waldo Emerson A noble doubt perpetually suggests itself, whether this end be not the Final Cause of the Universe; and whether nature outwardly exists. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Like all persons of real genius, Milady knew what suited her nature and her means. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

For one body cannot be imagined greater or less than another, if both of them may by their parts proceed IN INFINITUM; but the nature of inequality is taken away. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

The nature of the struggle was made clear by a glance at the dead man’s throat and face. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

H. Rider Haggard He knew also the deadly nature of the drug she carried. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope Rivalry of the same nature has been admirably depicted by Thackeray in his Esmond; but there the mother’s love seems to be justified by the girl’s indifference. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

David Hume And as nature has implanted in every one a superior affection to his own country, we never expect any regard to distant nations, where a competition arises. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Anthony Trollope The communication was of a nature that would bear no delay. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Chagrin and discontent preyed upon my constitution: The few charms bestowed on me by nature withered away, and the dejection of my countenance denoted the sufferings of my heart. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Jules Verne James Starr, Harry, and Jack Ryan were about to lead Nell’s steps over yet untrodden paths, and to show her the glories of nature by a light to which she was as yet a stranger. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

David Hume If we would satisfy ourselves, therefore, concerning the nature of that evidence, which assures us of matters of fact, we must enquire how we arrive at the knowledge of cause and effect. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Robert Louis Stevenson The nature of these fears I had never an occasion to find out, but the sight of them was catching, and the nature of the place that we were in favourable to alarms. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Olaf Stapledon We have already seen that cognition (which includes every kind of apprehending) is determined partly by the object cognised and partly by the dynamic nature of the individual. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle His naturally excitable nature has been considerably stirred by recent events. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing Here was something higher than himself, a nature which he had to confess transcended the limits of his judgment, a soul with insight possibly for ever denied to himself. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Edgar Allan Poe It was impossible that human nature could endure this state of intense suffering much longer. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

John Locke For this would be to destroy that bounty of nature they seem so fond of, whilst they make the knowledge of those principles to depend on the labour of our thoughts. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edgar Allan Poe Scissors, the Whig editor, republished a treatise upon “the nature and origin of subterranean noises. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang The nature of things and of men has fortunately made this method at once easy, obvious, and scientific. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

I think and think, and my ideas are ripening; I realise that nature has treated me kindly in giving me the heart and brain that I have. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Jules Verne Aussi, pour l’extraire, procèdet-on suivant la nature du terrain, par les fouilles de surface ou les fouilles de profondeur. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Rude fishers and uneducated labourers still attribute every phenomenon of nature which they cannot account for, to the devil and witches. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Thinking of my idiotic sufferings when John began to fix himself upon my horizon, I pondered profoundly the power of nature in differentiation. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Francis Bacon For it is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things, than one. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

H. G. Wells Men were by nature and in the most various ways unequal. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Sir Walter Scott But Waverley had other objects of meditation, and an incident soon occurred of a nature to disturb meditation of any kind. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Anthony Hope Since the king has two lives, it is but in nature that he should have two deaths. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

My nature is not formed for this life, happy though that life seem to others. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Henry James She saw, round about her, through the chinks of the shutters, the hard glare of nature — saw Charlotte, somewhere in it, virtually at bay, and yet denied the last grace of any protecting truth. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

H. G. Wells You must remember that in those days there was no such striking evidence as we now possess of the self-terminating nature of the private capitalist system. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

William Makepeace Thackeray All nature breathes Aloud — aloft — to the Great Parent’s ear, The blessing of the mother on her child. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Theodore Dreiser We live in an age in which the impact of materialised forces is well-nigh irresistible: the spiritual nature is overwhelmed by the shock. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne Bientôt, la nature du sol se modifia. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Mr. Alexander Briggs looked rather foolish, and the remainder of the company appeared somewhat overawed by the mysterious nature of the proceedings. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Yet good Father Roach understood human nature better. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne A une hauteur de trente mètres environ, la nature du terrain se modifia, sans qu’il devînt plus praticable. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

So far it had not been difficult, for his nature was not one to do things by halves, but now— Old voices out of the past, which he had thought long dead, rose out of forgotten graves to urge him on. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

George Gissing I am by nature the most indolent fellow alive. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

GIVE me, great God! Said I, a little farm, In summer shady, and in winter warm; Where a clear spring gives birth to murm’ring brooks, By nature gliding down the mossy rocks. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Henry James And they did keep it up — they always had — the infatuated sculptor and his wife, for whom nature had refined on the impossible by relieving them of the sense of the difficult. The Tree of Knowledge by Henry James [1900]

George Meredith Diana’s love of nature saved her from the dire mischance during a two months’ residence at Copsley, by stupefying her senses to a state like the barely conscious breathing on the verge of sleep. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Mark Twain Human nature has not changed much since then. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Gissing By nature grave, earnest, enthusiastic, and, withal, intensely matter-of-fact, Noble found a thoroughly congenial study in the severe problem of social science. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Jules Verne He is very intelligent, and has a lively imagination, and I am sometimes tempted to hope that in contemplating the wonders of nature he forgets his own infirmity. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

No one but those who have been through experiences of this terrible nature can realise the sense of abject terror that laid hold of me. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

It was his nature to be constant. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

John Donne There is an eye in nature that kills as soon as it sees, the eye of a serpent; no eye in nature that nourishes us by looking upon us; but thine eye, O Lord, does so. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

Thomas Hardy He had been down there but a brief while when, finding his sense of beauty in art and nature absolutely extinct, he directed his agent in town to disperse the whole collection; which was done. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle It had fastened there, and was rapidly sprouting and growing until his whole better nature was clouded and obscured. The Stone of Boxman’s Drift by Arthur Conan Doyle

It seemed to be a part of my nature to love him. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Constantly and in many ways he compares the behavior and nature of animals to the arts and habits of men. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Sigmund Freud These activities too, therefore, participate in the erratic nature of the dream-representations. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Wilkie Collins Is it necessary to say that she expressed her sense of embarrassment by shutting up her mouth and breathing through her nose? To the student of female human nature in the lower orders, surely not. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Francis Bacon So, then, we have constituted (as in our own wish and advice) the inquiry touching human nature entire, as a just portion of knowledge to be handled apart. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Charles Dudley Warner But it was not in the sympathetic nature of the author, to which I just referred, to come sharply to the point. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Arthur Conan Doyle When you see the veil of cruelty which nature wears, try and peer through it, and you will sometimes catch a glimpse of a very homely, kindly face behind. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Henry James The place in which he had come to her at last was of a nature to cause him to look about at it, just as to begin to inquire was to learn from her that he had dropped upon a crisis. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

But accident or nature favoured young Viola. She learned, as of course, her mother’s language with her father’s. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

George Gissing Now nature has ordered that the infant’s sustenance should first of all come from the mother; after that, that it should come from the earth. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Schopenhauer It lies, then, in the very nature of our existence to take the form of constant motion, and to offer no possibility of our ever attaining the rest for which we are always striving. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Thomas Hardy Nobody can enter into another’s nature truly, that’s what is so grievous. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

In fact, in one place, Hume himself has an insight into the real nature of relations. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Truth, and goodness, and beauty, are but different faces of the same All. But beauty in nature is not ultimate. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Henry James Yet, as I sat there stroking my hat and balancing the account between nature and art in my affable hostess, I felt like a very competent philosopher. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

But he was by nature farouche; his soul revolted against dinner parties and stiff shirts; and the presence of ladies — especially of fashionable ladies — filled him with uneasiness. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

D.H. Lawrence Even Alfredo was submitted to the new process; though he belonged entirely by nature to the sort of Il Duro, he was purely sensuous and mindless. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Jack London We explain the nature of the conflict of interest that produces the class struggle. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

The nature of the poisons compounded by Sainte Croix was so deadly, that, when working in his laboratory, he was obliged to wear a mask, to preserve himself from suffocation. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Now I think I have said sufficient — as much as I can without taking you into technical details, of the general nature of these creatures which form coral. Coral and Coral Reefs by Thomas Henry Huxley

Anthony Trollope Then he endeavoured to reconcile them to their sacrifice by describing the importance and glorious British nature of their position. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson He might gull himself with them for a time: in his heart he knew that he would yield — if yield he did — because he was by nature only too prone to follow the line of least resistance. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

There ain’t any man enjoys a sightly bit of nature — a smooth piece of interval with half a dozen good-sized wine-glass elms in it — more than I do. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Jean-Jacques Rousseau This is why the right of the first occupier, which in the state of nature is so weak, claims the respect of every man in civil society. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Wherefore all the less should we from those mistakes infer a new motion, or let the noble magnetick nature of the earth be debased for an opinion so lightly conceived. On the Magnet by William Gilber

When she smiles, on the contrary, nature resumes her jollity, and the birds, for a brief moment silenced, recommence their songs amid the leafy covert of the trees. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Jules Verne La nature du sol était la même, volcanique. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Peel was by nature reserved, proud, and shy. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Nathaniel Hawthorne Priscilla’s gayety, moreover, was of a nature that showed me how delicate an instrument she was, and what fragile harp-strings were her nerves. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Augustine Birrell His nature was without any taint of fanaticism, nor was he anything of the doctrinaire. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

His was a nature in which honourable instincts had forever battled with the secret predilections of youth for independence and free living. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Had I done so, Apaecides, I had defeated my own object; your noble nature would have at once revolted, and Isis would have lost her priest. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Instances have already been given with the breeds of the fowl and pigeon, and under nature analogous cases are common. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Most men think that if a woman does not attach herself to them she is by nature cold. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

If she slept heavily amid his guests, it was only because “it was her nature to. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

The first thing was to make out precisely and clearly what was the nature of this substance, this apparently mere scum and mud that we call yeast. Yeast by Thomas Henry Huxley

Jules Verne Partant, plus de rivalité, une convention de nature à satisfaire les deux partis. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

George Gissing To emphasise the extremely confidential nature of his remarks, he brought his head almost in contact with the girl’s, and one of her thin, delicate hands was covered with his red, podgy fingers. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

James Anthony Froude The essence of it is always the same—the effort of the higher nature to overcome the lower. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Anthony Trollope He declared the nature of the plot, and boldly said that, such being the facts, Catiline deserved death. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Henry James But looking at the matter with an eye to private felicity, Newman wondered where, in so exquisite a compound, nature and art showed their dividing line. The American by Henry James [1877]

Francis Bacon History of arts, and of nature as changed and altered by man, or experimental history, I divide into three. Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History by Francis Bacon

Victor Hugo You speak to the populace of things that exist but for you alone, and the nature of which is unknown, such as the hoemorrhoüs. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Oscar Wilde His nature is too fine for that. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H. G. Wells This pragmatical view of nature leaves a working belief in causation intact. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

There was a curious quality of motherliness in her attitude to me that something in my nature answered and approved. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anthony Trollope Whether the letter would be to his liking or not, it must be of such a nature that it would certainly draw from him an answer on which she could act. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

As the grime was slowly removed Severn observed that nature had intended her for a white cat. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Maria Edgeworth But as to Mad. de Coulanges, I can answer for her that the sole thing in nature she thought of, in leaving this house, was the bad step of the hackney-coach. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith But the basis of her woman’s nature was pointed flame: In the fulness of her history we perceive nothing histrionic. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Gissing My nature is feeble and luxurious. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

A factory or even a gasworks is not obliged of its own nature to be ugly, any more than a palace or a dog-kennel or a cathedral. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

The voice of nature was awake within, and she yearned to claim her mother’s affection. Lodore by Mary Shelley

He was beyond comparison the most masterful man whom I have ever known; yet my acquiescence was due to more than the mere subjection of the weaker nature to the stronger. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Henry James They wore the same delightful aspect through the lovely month of May, and the ineffable charm of Rome at that period seemed but the radiant sympathy of nature with his happy opportunity. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Edmund Burke With us they kept the common nature of their kind, and were not gregarious. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

He would seem to have been under a presentiment of the long years of struggle and incessant toil he was about to be involved in, and to have felt a shrinking of his physical nature from them. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Aesop knew human nature very well when he wrote his fable of the old man and his ass, who tried to please everybody and ended up by pleasing nobody. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Henry Handel Richardson Her eyes shone with a spark of their old light, in approval of the adventurous nature of their undertaking. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

To this grim official I stated the nature of my business, and begged to be permitted an interview with his prisoner. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

George Eliot But on the point of knowing when we are disagreeable, our human nature is fallible. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Anthony Trollope This is intended to typify the low parasite nature of the Englishman which has been described in the previous page or two. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Wilkie Collins In short, they had awakened his sense of justice and his good nature (you see, I can impartially give him his due), and they had got him back. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Charles Kingsley A vertical tendency, a longing after lightness and freedom appears; and with them a longing to reproduce the graces of nature and art. Grots and Groves by Charles Kingsley

For in many places of the sea be great rocks of stones of the adamant, that of his proper nature draweth iron to him. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Anthony Trollope She was standing very near to George, who was eating his breakfast heartily in spite of the interesting nature of the conversation. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Ralph Waldo Emerson When man curses, nature still testifies to truth and love. The Method Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Jules Verne Cette nature intrépide l’avait dès l’enfance irrésistiblement séduit. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

Henry James It ‘s only her nature coming out, I suppose — what you might call her originality. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Henry James He was blandly unconscious of that side of Fleda’s nature which had endeared her to Mrs. Gereth, and she had often heard him wish to goodness there was something striking she cared for. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Thomas Hardy And yet that same hungry nature had fought against this, but too feebly, and the natural result had followed. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

But other influences than those of nature were coming into his life. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Olaf Stapledon It is clear to our observers that in your three great minds there occurred an identical insight into the nature of man and of the world. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins Oh, Lepel, it is not her beauty only that has won my heart! Her nature is the nature of an angel. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope But the affairs of Mrs Peacocke were of such a nature as not to allow the Doctor to be absent. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray We will, if you please, examine the infinitesimal wonders of nature through the microscope. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Arthur Machen It was the nature of the poor creatures’ injuries that convinced me that this was the case. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Charles Dickens I have a trust to discharge, which my nature is not formed to understand, and, for this reason, the bare fact of there being any love between them comes upon me to-night, almost for the first time. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

I find that it is in my nature to hate people very much and to love people very much, and also to laugh at everybody and also myself when I am very angry. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

George Gissing I very often think of nature as an evil force, at war with the good principle of which we are conscious in our souls. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Jules Verne La nature les préparait ainsi à devenir Sélénites. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

I begin to believe that I am wrong, I demand more of nature and society than they can give. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

I had seen it there but half an hour before; there was no doubt that one of those awful and mysterious spasms of nature had hurled it from the heavens. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Human nature is a pretty good thing. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Thomas Hardy Nobody now to nurse me — nobody to console me in those daily troubles, you know, Barnet, which make consolation so necessary to a nature like mine. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

E. F. Benson But I understand the nature of men better now. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

The design is to ridicule Homer’s Odysses; ’tis much commended, and I don’t doubt, from the nature of the subject, will be much approved. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Men were, and had been for some time, pursuing their inquiries into various departments of nature precisely on the general plan of careful and honest observation of real things which he enjoined. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

But as Lockhart has said, in words already quoted, there is none of his poems that does such justice to the better nature that was originally in him. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Olaf Stapledon Meanwhile, several other aspects of the individual's nature must be considered. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Anthony Trollope He would be out again at sunset, and now he should have what rest nature would allow him. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Edmund Burke But nature has at last escaped from their discipline and their fetters; and our gardens, if nothing else, declare, we begin to feel that mathematical ideas are not the true measures of beauty. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

So little a matter, after all, is sufficient to upset the pride of scepticism and vindicate the old simple laws of nature within us. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence I admit the nature which is a born speculator. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon Some, using their power to remould their own biological nature before they knew what was truly to be desired, rendered themselves physically inviable, or simply insane. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

There came up from all nature in the dawn of day a perfume of herbs, flowers and leaves, which delighted the heart. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Anthony Trollope But the scenes down in Scotland had been of a nature to make him unfit for steady labour. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Their nature more precisely, and as modified by the creeping hours of time, was known only to those who watched the circumstances of her history. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins If I could have helped you in this way, I would; but Mrs. Lecount gave me indirectly to understand that the subject to be discussed was of too delicate a nature to permit of my presence. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry James His high tone had given him courage when he took the great step; but he began to perceive that the highest tone in the world couldn’t change the nature of things. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

But hers was not a nature to submit unresistingly to such an impression. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

H. Rider Haggard He knew that these attacks, although they were of a nature to cause intense pain, did not rob the sufferer of his senses. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Ralph Waldo Emerson Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Henry David Thoreau Eager I hasten to the vale, As if I heard brave news, How nature held high festival, Which it were hard to lose. A Winter Walk by Henry David Thoreau [1843]

H.P. Lovecraft Asenath often made wild claims about the nature of consciousness and about its independence of the physical frame — or at least from the life-processes of the physical frame. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I think that nature must have meant me for the life I have lived and the post I have held. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Thomas Hardy After all, there are few purer things in nature then an unsullied country maid. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope But the falseness was not of a nature to cause him to be ashamed. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope