Phrases with "need"

Rudyard Kipling I said there would be no need of these, but they came — in case. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

George Eliot We’n no need to say why the match is broke off, an’ we may hear of her after a bit. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Anthony Hope And, as Colonel Sapt said to me, both I would destroy, if need were — ay, and myself with them. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

I had liked her, but I need not yell. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

William Makepeace Thackeray She was, as I need not say, a countess, viscountess, and baroness in her own right. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

You need not fear me, Miss Weston. I am a gentleman and Paul’s brother, when we have settled our brotherly differences, you may return to his side, if that is your choice. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

And then there was no need to risk all at such a cost. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Virginia Woolf And that was what now she often felt the need of — to think; well, not even to think. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Miss Barbara said to him that he need not come any further, but he held out his arm, and came with her to our back gate. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

George Meredith Could I read my husband’s temper? Would not a coquette have played her cards differently? There never was need for me to push my husband to a contest. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Edith Wharton Apparently he did not need it, for he spent a long time with his back to her, lifting down, one after another, the tall cob-webby volumes from a distant shelf. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

H. G. Wells He had always regarded America as impertinent and in need of a good snubbing and, if need be, of further chastening. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Maria Edgeworth The first words she said afterwards were to me: “You need not move so softly, my dear Helen; I am not asleep. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

George Gissing With characteristic impulsiveness, Luke made up his mind that Mr. Boddy should be brought into the house and kept there; if need be he would provide for him out of his own pocket. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

I am entitled to play the heavy father, and to give you a lecture when I think you need one. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Henry Fielding I answered her, therefore, with a good deal of assurance, that she need not regret telling me this piece of ill news, for I had known it before I came to her house. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, have I sinned against God and man, and deeply sinned? Then be more my friend than ever, for I need you more. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Never before had he found so apposite an illustration of the old proverb, “A friend in need is a friend indeed. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

I need not say that no one suspected that I had been so great a man, and I passed for a Neapolitan goldsmith’s son instead of a cardinal’s. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

R. D. Blackmore A berth on them old walls would suit me well; and no need to travel such a distance for my beer. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope She is the pink of propriety and really very pretty; — but you need not be a bit jealous. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Baldwin Spencer It need hardly be said that the food brought in belongs neither to the totem of the giver nor to that of the recipient. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George Meredith I am yours; and, dearest, if I love you, need you care what anybody else thinks? We will soon change their opinion. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Jack London She is close to the immediate and knows only the need of instant things. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Arnold Bennett Never, never would he find himself in need of a friend’s help. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence But need we say that Mr. Aaron felt very much out of it. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing I need scarcely say that the execution of them is far inferior to what I could have wished; perhaps that is the fault which practice will remedy. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell There was no need to struggle for their respect. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Gissing Am I guilty of presumption in hoping that your parents will continue to regard me as an acquaintance? I trust there’s no need to assure you that I know the meaning of discretion. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

I should not wonder if he did stand in need of refreshment! There did not appear to be a seat in the place. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Nor need much be said on the wonderful difference between the sexes of many birds. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

George Gissing How often he had spoken scornfully of that word ‘lady’! Were not all of the sex women? What need for that hateful distinction? Richard tried another experiment with his imagination. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Every member of our family who dies, or takes his death-sickness, at Drumgunniol, is sure to see the white cat, and no one of us who sees it need hope for long life after. The White Cat of Drumgunniol by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope There is nothing that I need fear — as you know so well. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Thorkel bid them wait for him; but Grettir said there was no need of that. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Virginia Woolf It need scarcely be said that we make no claim to stand, even momentarily, upon that vantage ground. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Jack London And there he found Dusky Burns doing so well with the claim, there was no need for him to be around. Lost Face by Jack London

E. Phillips Oppenheim So far as the work is concerned, I shall not need you any more to-day. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

They didn’t need to make friends to learn what number they lived at. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Willa Cather She told him he need not economize in working shirts; it was as easy to iron six as three. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

There is nothing in all the world you need fear. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Elizabeth Gaskell She need not have been afraid. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

She need not be very rich, but she must have enough, so that she need not be harassed about making both ends meet, when she ought to be devoting herself to her social duties. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope He knew there was no need for such suspicions as those now entertained by the young man; but he knew also that they existed, and he hated the young man for entertaining them. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Lady Mardykes told her that she need not wait. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

I need not tell you what it has meant to me to learn that my husband has been, as it were, a living lie. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Sinclair Lewis Listen! I’ve been quite chummy with Shad. No! Don’t blow up! I know just how to yank his gun out of his holster if I should ever need to. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope I know you will not help me, but you need not destroy me. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

What need had they of words to say they loved? IN the history I relate, the events are crowded and rapid as those of the drama. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

William Makepeace Thackeray My aunt, I need not say, is rich; and I thought I might be her heir as well as another. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

William Morris Yet will I ask thee what need will drive thee to leave me lonely? He said: The need of death. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Rudyard Kipling God help all schoolmasters! They need it. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

And bring back food!” ‘Maria didn’t need to be told. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

George Gissing What a nuisance that she lived so far from the centre of things! It was this perpetual travelling that had disordered her health, and made everything twice as troublesome as it need be. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope You need not look at me like that. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray He would not pay a farthing, he said, to get me out of a much worse place than the Fleet. I need not tell you that along with the land went the house in town, and the money in the funds. Cox’s Diary by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

But the fifty years of his reign need not be taken as historical fact. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Rudyard Kipling She is at least a woman of open hands, and I made a promise to return to her house if need arose. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

D. H. Lawrence She’s making a blouse or something, sewing some old bits of rag together — or new bits — and I expect she’ll need a pageful of advice about it. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

We do not part until thou sayest, ‘Go, for I need thee no more. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

George Meredith Away and to his young wife speed, And say that Honour’s dead! Another word she will not need To bow a widow’s head. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

Sinclair Lewis I’m in favor of her having a little experience, but at the same time there’s no need of overdoing. Things by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope It need hardly be said that at this time Lopez was not popular at his club. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

They seemed a profanation, and I did not need them. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

E. F. Benson A month still before you need her. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

I need not say that my head was too full of other things to think much of drawing for that day. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope She would not have taken a penny of it, though we need not mind that now; need we? But there is one thing I want to say; you must not think I am interfering. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

H. G. Wells This appendix is reprinted separately for five cents, and it is almost all English public librarians and libraries need so far as American history goes. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anyhow, Groby had got it over, and six or seven months might decently elapse before he need again sacrifice his comforts and inclinations on the altar of family sociability. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

H. G. Wells It need not be concentrated in any one single place. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

H. G. Wells You make me feel — so shallow!” “What need have YOU for the helm of Athene?” Mr. Parham exclaimed. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

If I wore a cloak, kept my veil down, sat on the back row, and kept myself in the shade, I need fear no recognition from Tommy. I quite hungered for a sight of the prisoner. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Yes, I was quite safe! I need not be disturbed in the slightest. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

H. G. Wells And again children and savages live in air, breathe air, are saturated with air, die for five minutes’ need of it, and never definitely realize there is such a thing as air at all. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Algernon Blackwood You need not do that, however, since you already know this in advance. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Wilkie Collins You need waste no more time on me. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

But it is now late, and you need repose after the fatigue of your journey. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

H. G. Wells Could you give me a supper? Things have gone very badly today and I need consoling. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

She is bound for Calcutta, and she has five tons of powder aboard!” There was no need for more words. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

I now realized that there was no need to go as far as Burma to find tyranny and exploitation. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry David Thoreau We have had to agree on a certain set of rules, called etiquette and politeness, to make this frequent meeting tolerable and that we need not come to open war. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

H. G. Wells It’s the one thing I want, the one thing I need — to have you, and more of you and more! This love-making — it’s love-making. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

We need not follow him in all his ways and works; a good many of his arguments, I fear, must also escape us. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Wilkie Collins There is no need to tell such a common story as this, at any length. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

H. G. Wells There’s no need to hurry the young. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Anthony Trollope You and I need have no secrets. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Anthony Trollope But I wished you to understand that though a man may break the law, he need not therefore be accounted bad, and though he may have views of his own as to religious matters, he need not be an atheist. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

If you will help me to drag myself from under my horse I hope nothing need prevent us continuing our journey. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Ralph Waldo Emerson You need not speak to me, I need not go where you are, that you should exert magnetism on me. The Method Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Anthony Trollope Nor need we argue that subject any further. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

William Morris I need scarcely point out to you the absurdity of all this. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Anthony Trollope He had often said to Roden, had often said to Vivian, that her ladyship, his stepmother, need not trouble herself. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Gaston Leroux We need only draw the black curtain and put out the light in here. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald And I want to get married to Anthony. “What grubworms women are to crawl on their bellies through colorless marriages! Marriage was created not to be a background but to need one. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

There is no need to record every word that was spoken there; it was the old story of a man’s selfish guilty love, and a woman’s sinful weakness. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Morrison There’s nothing else o’ yours in the place, I believe, so there’s no need for you to go out o’ my sight till you go out of it altogether. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Edith Wharton Our permits, as you know, don’t as a rule let us into the firing-line: we only take supplies to second-line ambulances, and carry back the badly wounded in need of delicate operations. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

Anthony Trollope There is an old saying that you need not be a horse because you were born in a stable. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry James The colour rose to her visitor’s face as he listened to her outpouring of anxiety and egotism; she hadn’t managed her early life very well, but there was no need of her going down on her knees. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Anthony Trollope I need only promise that I will do anything and everything that you can wish. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

They’ll need to stand on a baikie that put the branks on him. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson And yet I saw some young fellows about the smoking-room who seemed, in the eyes of one who cannot count himself strait-laced, in need of some more practical sort of teaching. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens If your first teacher (dear! such a poor one, and so much in need of being taught herself!) had been your teacher at the present time, she thinks she knows what lesson she would set. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

H. G. Wells Perhaps these things are more personal and secret than religious and political things, but the need for decisions is none the less urgent. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Theodore Dreiser Into a place important enough to need such a manager he had not money enough to buy. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

William Makepeace Thackeray His Majesty Louis Philippe was, it need not be said, the illustrious wielder of the sceptre which the three above-named princes desired to wrest from him. The History of the Next French Revolution by William Makepeace Thackeray

Willa Cather You don’t need her to make curtains. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

The time of course would have to come, and he trusted to his Maker to provide a manner of going out of which he need not be ashamed. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Charles Kingsley How she worked at Scutari and at Balaklava, there is no need to tell. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Gustave Flauber The Barbarians had no need of a circumvallation on the side of Africa, for it was theirs. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

The thought in Jennifer’s mind as she bent down to kiss her was: ‘Well, I need not be afraid of this little thing. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Bram Stoker Fight her, beat her, trample on her — kill her if need be. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

I need help worse than any man ever needed it, and I want to know if I can count you in. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Anthony Trollope They are all three quite well, and Fan looks as silken and as soft as any lady need do. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Jeremy Bentham The impracticability of this plan is such, as need not be insisted upon. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H. G. Wells He thought of the bitter words of an orator at Hammersmith, who had complained that in our present civilisation even the elemental need of marriage was denied. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Abraham Merri Drake’s hand caught my shoulder in a grip that hurt — nor did he need to point toward that which had wrung the exclamation from him. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

D.H. Lawrence We, who are as little gross as need be, become their instruments. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

There is no need for the services of both and so——” “Is it settled?” “In effect, it is. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

There was no need to give them this hint. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Algernon Blackwood His host, for instance, from Helouan, need not have been aware. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Florence Dixie You need not wait any more after that ; be off to bed. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Wilkie Collins Thirdly, you are to report every inch of your progress (if you make any) from day to day, and, if need be, from hour to hour as well. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

G. K. Chesterton It need hardly be said that such a doubt would not have been raised for nothing; gentlemen like Jasper do not as a rule waste good remorse except upon successful crime. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

G. K. Chesterton Even if the first movement were feminine, it need hardly be a movement like this. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Virginia Woolf What ours can be we have tried to show — how imperfectly, how superficially there is no need to say. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Arnold Bennett I need not explain to you, Miss Racksole, that when a person of the importance of my nephew contrives to get lost one must proceed cautiously. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

All I did was to try to catch him, and, I need scarcely observe, I had to strain every nerve if I wished to have a chance of doing that. Capturing a Convict by Richard Marsh [1893]

Rudyard Kipling No need to bother Randall.” “Don’t play the giddy garden-goat, then?” Beetle knew what help meant, though he was by no means averse to showing his importance before his allies. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Gertrude Stein The argument is that if there is a way there is no need to say that separation means more use than all the cake. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Augustine Birrell But as it is his wit alone that has kept him alive he need not be pitied overmuch. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Never had temper been more entirely subdued; for surely if he could bear this, he need never fear himself again. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

We don’t have so many murder cases that we need to stint ourselves in the luxury of professional assistance. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne The latter, turned to his officers, “The Czar will not refuse to ratify that pardon,” said he, smiling; “we need heroes to defend the capital of Siberia, and I have just made some. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

John Locke But to be satisfied of the folly of such a conceit, we need not go far. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My manager, Mr. Greatorex, tells me that you need a considerable sum of money or securities at once, to provide for our engagements. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

To-morrow he will not need to write notes; he can come and comfort you in our home. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope I should think, after that, of leaving it all so that you need not find out the truth when I am dead. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson Not that you need be so deplorably affected, for I am no officer. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Theodore Dreiser In fact, we need hardly discuss them. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Edith Wharton Well, we need new blood and new money — and I hear she’s still very good-looking,” the carnivorous old lady declared. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

His need to-night was for someone who could give him some sort of reassurance. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Olaf Stapledon But we, who are so securely human, need not shrink from being animal too. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Winnie after the death of her father found considerable consolation in the feeling that she need no longer tremble for poor Stevie. She could not bear to see the boy hurt. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

She behaved like a queen here, where I need not tell you society is just a little mixed; though, of course, we only cultivate our own set. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing Hughie, who had no school today, would gladly have gone with him, but after such long restraint Harvey felt the need of four miles an hour, and stole away. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Thomas Hardy There is nobody on the heath this afternoon, and you need not fear being stared at. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth Gaskell I need not tell you how the mother spent the weary hours. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

T. E. Lawrence To man-rational, wars of nationality were as much a cheat as religious wars, and nothing was worth fighting for: nor could fighting, the act of fighting, hold any need of intrinsic virtue. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Gissing The poor old woman, as it proved, had little need of income; on the thirteenth day after Mr. Gunnery’s funeral, she too was borne forth from the house, and the faithful couple slept together. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Mark Twain They need no fumigation themselves. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

I didn’t need to spy one of them sharpening a devilish long knife behind some bushes, while glancing right and left with his wild eyes, to know what was in the wind. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Virginia Woolf Still there is no need to say what risks a clergyman’s wife runs when she walks on the moor. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Virginia Woolf She pauses, pulls this, fingers that with the raised roses on it — no need to choose, no need to buy, and each tray with its surprises. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Virginia Woolf It brought buried things to light and made one wonder what need there had been to bury them. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Mary Webb He had, as he put it, merely satisfied a need of his nature — a need simple and urgent as eating and drinking. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

D. H. Lawrence But for the moment her need was fulfilled, and now she wanted only to hold her husband by the hand in sheer happiness, without taking thought, only being glad. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The Welshman wishes to learn our condition for himself and, if need be, to strike the first blow. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Henry James Her accent had put her slightly in the wrong, and after a moment she felt the need to right herself. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Jules Verne To sum up, it was as charming as could be; and as Yaquita, her daughter, and Lina were content, we need say no more about it. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Then I’ll bark no more, but at need I’ll bite. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Daniel Defoe He pursued me close after this, and as I saw there was no need to fear losing him, I played the indifferent part with him longer than prudence might otherwise have dictated to me. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Anthony Trollope My cousin Will left us on Monday, so your mother need not have any further anxiety on that head. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Rafael Sabatini I need but a thousand francs ——’ ‘Not a thousand sous, not a single sou from me. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

That is the last question which need trouble you. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

She said to her son very often: “That boy is greatly in need of discipline; do you understand that, Jenia?” Inclining his head obediently, he would frown and remain silent. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells How was I to know? There is no need at all for us two even to say Good-Bye or be together any more. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

There was no need for him to ask if the news were good. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Charles Dickens So much the greater must have been the solitude of her heart, and her need of some one on whom to bestow it. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Robert Louis Stevenson I had no need to repeat the signal. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Eliot To be right in great memorable moments, is perhaps the thing we need most desire for ourselves. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Louisa May Alcott A year seems very long to wait before I see them, but remind them that while we wait we may all work, so that these hard days need not be wasted. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Jane Austen No intercourse with Harriet possible but by note; no church for her on Sunday any more than on Christmas Day; and no need to find excuses for Mr. Elton’s absenting himself. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Algernon Blackwood He appealed to the woman in her, yet what stirred the woman was the vital and afflicting factor that he did not need her. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell No need to tell him that were all men equal to-night, some would get the start by rising an hour earlier tomorrow. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Why, then, need we fear?” “I will pull myself together, Pasha!” she assured him. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Guy de Maupassan It was some time before she could speak, but at last she gasped out: “There — there — is no — need for me to — question you. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hobbes And the violences, oppressions, and injuries they do are not extenuated, but aggravated, by the greatness of their persons, because they have least need to commit them. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

She need not be afraid her uncle would come in; and she must not allow herself to get moped. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Henry James He had no need to ask himself whether Charlotte and Gertrude, and Lizzie Acton, were in the right light; they were always in the right light. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Radclyffe Hall Greater than all these most vital things had been this woman’s love for Valérie Seymour. An enigma she seemed, much in need of explaining. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Anthony Trollope We all know the story which Herbert had to tell, and we need not therefore again be present at the telling of it. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri We need more than hasty drum talk to seal such treaty. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

John Galsworthy I shan’t need anyone — he’s quite bland. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

You need apprehend no neglect on my part, Hawkehurst; all that can possibly be done is being done. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

It can attach itself to a church or a class, or it may work in a merely negative sense, against something or other and without the need for any positive object of loyalty. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

Of Miss Maryon it is sufficient to say that she was nineteen or twenty, and it did not need a second glance to satisfy me that her beauty was of no ordinary kind. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

G. K. Chesterton He will then need the aid of fuller biographies. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Oh, there’s no need to think? Splendid! You are quite sure. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

H. G. Wells And as for any responsibility I might have in the matter, the more I reflected upon that, the clearer it became that if only I kept quiet about things, I need not trouble myself about that. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn Nevertheless he was making his way, and, before a month was over, could write, “I need never be out of company if I chose it. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

James Payn For the first time, my Lady takes her seat beside the slanting desk, and with her head supported by her hands, like one who is in need of all her wits, she reads on patiently enough. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

James Joyce For a haunting way will go and you need not make your mow. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

He need not have worried there, however, for Ethel tapped softly upon his door even as the first rays of the morning light began to penetrate into the room. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

What more could he want? Colebrook was the place, and there was no need to ask for more. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Having said that he is like me, I need not add that he is handsome. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

But I doubt if Miss Belsize heard me; she was in no need of my encouragement or my approval. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

But they shall also know that the punishment has been already terrible, and that there was no need for this last and awful trial. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins We had not the slightest suspicion of him, I need hardly tell you. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]