Phrases with "never"

Guy de Maupassan The grimace is imitated well enough, but the real thing is never done. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Rudyard Kipling I’ve never known a woman treat me like this before. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have in mind one which will never fade from our memory. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

E. F. Benson That was the sort of thing Miss Mapp never forgot. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

I never courted the custom of little gentlemen’s wives, with a hundred a year for pin-money. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Henry James It was difficult to take a sentimental view of themthey would never take such a view of themselves. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

William Makepeace Thackeray To his dying day that quarrel was never quite made up. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Henry Handel Richardson He never let himself have any real peace or enjoyment. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling Oh, that I had married a man of mine own people — though he beat me — and had never eaten the bread of an alien!’ ‘Am I an alien — mother of my son?’ ‘What else — Sahib? . Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

At home they never seemed to think I could do anything. Bursting-up by Ellen Wood [1871]

With what eagerness I looked forward to that call! It seemed as if the laggard hours would never pass. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Washington Irving Can you lie three in a bed?” “No.” “Then you will never do for a school. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Jack London I never knew in advance where my journeys in time would take me. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

But he awoke from it, and the smile and the perfume lingered with him and never afterward did either seem quite to leave him. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

But he never lies — so I do know it’s in the house, and I won’t be robbed. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Do you know that, little chap as I was, I never stopped thinking of you day and night when we were not playing together. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim When Knigenstein came to me I knew that he was in earnest, but I never dreamed that the torch was so nearly kindled. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Henry James I’ve never known a tree of Mrs. Beever’s of which the fruit hasn’t been sweet. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle But very soon he came to be interested in something else, and I never gave Edie another thought until one day she just took my life in her hands and twisted it as I could twist this quill. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Rudyard Kipling You shall find them about six miles from the city; and once having seen them, you will never forget the sight. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

He never saw Shaw. Shaw takes his oath he didn’t see him. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

John Galsworthy Captain Ferse came in sudden at lunch time, and we never knew nothing of it, beforehand. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Jan Neruda That fellow paints them beforehand — and he never makes a mistake — just like a vulture!” The old Polish woman shrieked affrightedly. Vampire by Jan Neruda

Anthony Trollope The brother would crawl out to his office in summer, but would never leave his bedroom in the winter months. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

With that ship, whatever you did with her you never knew how it would end. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Virginia Woolf A man was joined to a pillar; a lion was joined to a man; they seemed stilled, connected, as if they would never move again. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Sigmund Freud There is never any danger of corrupting an inexperienced girl. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

In that isle, is no thief, ne murderer, ne common woman, ne poor beggar, ne never was man slain in that country. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Those letters so beautiful, so spirituelle! Yet, the odds were that she had never read them, much less abstracted them. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Grandfather was again living in Kunavin Street, but I did not visit him, and when he came to the town, he never came to see me. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Jane Austen I never in my life saw anything more elegant than their dresses. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

They are more fortunate than I am in never having been taught to question the creed that satisfied their fathers and grandfathers. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Wilkie Collins Being in dreadful earnest about our souls, he is of course obliged to speak of the devil; but he never used to hit the harmless pulpit cushion with his fist as he does now. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins Besides, I can afford to be liberal, for I shall certainly never go back. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

John Galsworthy I’ve never driven in darkness like this. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Kenneth Grahame However, the pictures remained; pictures never lied, never shuffled nor evaded; and as for the story, I could invent it myself. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Jack London I never knew before what money was good for. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He has slept in the moonless wood and dim With never a voice to comfort him. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Virginia Woolf And it would never be seen; never be hung even, and there was Mr. Tansley whispering in her ear, “Women can’t paint, women can’t write . To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

G. K. Chesterton Then in that narrow street of the coloured lantern a new and astonishing thing happened; something that never had happened in all the topsy turvey happenings of his historical career. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Guy de Maupassan The expression that had wounded her most in Rosalie’s confession was: “I never said anything about it because I thought he was nice. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

George MacDonald I knew it as the likeness of one of my ancestors, but had never even wondered why it hung there alone, and not in the gallery, or one of the great rooms, among the other family portraits. Lilith by George MacDonald

H. G. Wells The Council never hesitated, never faltered. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Wilkie Collins Had my friend known the Minister’s wife? My friend had never even seen the Minister’s wife. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

If I did speak I might learn something of what is going on in his bitter and burning heart, but I never have the courage to do so, perhaps because I had rather not know what he plans or purposes. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

I never quite trusted him, and I don’t think he was ever fair in dividing up what we got. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

George Gissing It is strange now to remember that for some six or seven years I never looked upon a meadow, never travelled even so far as to the tree-bordered suburbs. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

CALTON: And it never struck you it might be a different man? WITNESS: No; I thought it was the same man the whole time. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Andrew Lang He had intended to do with the Arthurian subject what he never did, “in some way or other to have represented in it the great religions of the world. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Ginger wouldn’t never be caught — twice. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

But that’s impossible! If they come in from the water, they can go out by the water, and there’ll never be more heard tell of the ladies or of you or me. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Anthony Trollope To go to her and fetch her home to him, and say to her that all that was past should be as a dream, a sad and ugly dream, but one to which no reality was attached, never occurred to him. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Andrew Lang Yet the alleged late compiler of the Odyssey, in the seventh century, never wanders thus from the Homeric standard in taste. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather Marsellus never forgot one of the hundred foolish little attentions that Lillian loved. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

He was a favorite groom of my father’s twenty years ago; but he got a fall in the hunting-field, which did him some injury about the head, and he’s never been quite right since. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

E. F. Benson And never yet have they played the same tune, it is always something new, something fuller, richer, more complete than before. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

Elizabeth Von Arnim True, his own people only knew him as their father in God, their guide and leader up the steep ascent to heaven, and had never seen him abject with infatuation at a woman’s feet. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Charles Dickens It behooves a man who takes charge of fellow-critturs’ lives, never to rest from making himself master of his calling. A Message from the Sea by Charles Dickens [1860]

Guy de Maupassan They never get married until they have become enceinte, never, madame. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

You worried me a lot once, dear; although of course you never knew it. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Miles Franklin It is a degradation to which I never stoop. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Elizabeth Gaskell He never spoke, but tried to look as though he defied me. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Arthur Machen But he never lost it once, though the sky was so black and the air was so dark, and the stag went on and on till the young man didn’t know a bit where he was. The White People by Arthur Machen

Wilkie Collins I never felt in better condition in my life. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

But never once did my heart feel for this lofty type of the noblest womanhood a sentiment of human love. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Ivan Turgenev He never touched intoxicating liquor and he used to give his men ten kopecks for vodka on the great holidays; they did not dare to drink on other days. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

G. K. Chesterton Her indignant greeting was stopped on her lips, for Judson cried, in a hoarse voice she had never heard from any human being: “Your father . Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

George Borrow Two more strange-looking individuals I never yet beheld with eye-sight. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Would you believe it, I’ve never fired my gun at a fellow yet, not even a dacoit. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Arthur Morrison She never saw her master again alive. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

M. P. Shiel And I resolved then never again after sunset to remain in any house: for that night was enough to kill a horse, my good God; and that this is a haunted planet I know. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

But there is a fascination in crowds; and I saw a woman who has quite forgotten me, but whom I never can forget. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

He never allowed himself to think, however men of his own time might judge him, that the future world would mistake him. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

You see, a big sand such as this is like a range of hills dividing two plains, it’s never dead flat though it looks it; there’s always one point, one ridge, rather, where it’s highest. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

No, I never let anyone handle it,” he went on as Larose stretched out his hand to take and examine it more closely, “as it’s loaded and very light in the trigger. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Frances Hodgson Burnett To her, what she felt, the glow and delight of it, had no name but she wanted it to go on and on, never to be put an end to by Andrews or anyone else. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H. G. Wells They could not talk much of him — she and Fanny always spoke of “him,” never of Mr. Snooks, — because Helen was apt to say unsympathetic things about him. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

I never could get quite clear as to what this consciousness was like. Space by John Buchan [1911]

With the flood of new words, a thousand influences which had never been felt before came into operation. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Edgar Allan Poe Indeed, the reviews I brought to pass by this simple expedient have never been approached, and were the wonder of the world. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Robert Louis Stevenson I never thought him an actor, but he was something of a mimic, which stood him in stead. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker I never saw a lunatic in such a paroxysm of rage before, and I hope I shall not again. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

The only conclusion to be drawn is that the man was secretly in the way of some one and was as secretly put out of it, but for what purpose or by whose hand, time has never disclosed. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope I never heard a word that was not intended to be severe. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle If the earth told a true story, then Stapleton never reached that island of refuge towards which he struggled through the fog upon that last night. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Victor Hugo He walked slowly, never casting down his eyes. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

William Makepeace Thackeray But he never came, except, one day at dinner, and not at all on the next day, though I stayed on purpose to accommodate him. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Guy de Maupassan But, by and by, as she had never tried to escape, in spite of her hatred for us, we relaxed our extreme prudence, and allowed her to sleep somewhere else except on the bench, and without being tied. The Lancer’s Wife (La Revanche) by Guy de Maupassan

Willa Cather When she returned to New York she went to a hotel, and she never saw Bouchalka alone again. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Gertrude Stein He never tried to eat them, he just gently smelled them. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim To-day the conditions are even more favourable because the trade was never in so sound a condition. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

George Meredith I never saw a woman so much in love with a place as she is. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

How many a city have we destroyed that exulted in its means of subsistence? These are their dwellings, never dwelt in after them, except a little; for we were the heirs. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

For emulation can never enter that godlike consort, nor such fretfulness as wants resolution to conceal its own resentments. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Andrew Lang There were such rejoicings when she went in to her parents that it seemed as if they would never come to an end. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

That charm could never come again. The Other Earring by Ellen Wood [1874]

This Adonis never for one moment laid aside his role. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

James Joyce Buy bran biscuits and you’ll never say dog. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

James Joyce It’s more important than air — I mean than eats — air (Oop, I never open momouth but I pack mefood in it) and promotes that natural emotion. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle He loves me still, and I love him, and have never ceased to love him. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Borrow In about an hour I reached the river at a place where stood the remains of what had once been a magnificent bridge, which had, however, been blown up in the Peninsular war and never since repaired. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Wilkie Collins My early life had been darkened by a sad story; never confided to any living creature; banished resolutely from my own thoughts. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle The Russian he peeps out of the pit to see the effect of his shot, and he never looks at anything again until he sees the everlasting river. That Veteran by Arthur Conan Doyle

She would, she resolved, never go there again, even when she was certain that somebody else would be there as well. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Nathaniel Hawthorne The pedler had never pretended to more courage than befits a man of peaceable occupation, nor could he account for his valor on this awful emergency. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Edith Wharton In this hell of a place there’s never any time for anything. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

O’Brien never once looked my way. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Finding that Priday did not reply, she proceeded, “I understand its real name is Ulf’s Tower?” “What name?” “Ulf’s Tower.” “I never heard that, miss. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Henry James I never thought of asking you to ‘get rid of her’ for me, and I never would have spoken to you if I hadn’t held that I am rid of her, that she has backed out of the whole thing. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The sense of the enormous panorama of life, never strong in Anthony, had become dim almost to extinction. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Niccolo Machiavelli In a battle, never use a company for some other purpose than what you have assigned it to, unless you want to cause disorder. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Rudyard Kipling Barrin’ a dhow or two Tajurrah-way, prizes are scarce in the Navy. Hence we never abandon ’em. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Olaf Stapledon In spite of a number of beseeching letters, he never saw her or wrote to her again. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope I never saw anyone like him before. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

I want ye to promise that ye’ll never mention my name. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

But this sympathy never descended to mere mutual admiration, as with some literary coteries. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Arthur Conan Doyle I never doubted that it would be with me still. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Charles Dickens I wish this gentleman had never come near us;” whereupon the captain laid hold of himself the tighter; “but I take your part for all that. A Message from the Sea by Charles Dickens [1860]

William Black Goldsmith’s grand airs, however, were assumed but seldom; and they never imposed on anybody. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

On this first occasion I remarked to Marlow with some surprise: “But, if I remember rightly you said you didn’t know Captain Anthony.” “No. I never saw the man. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Olaf Stapledon Strange that in my remoteness I seemed to feel, as never before, the vital presence of Earth as of a creature alive but tranced and obscurely yearning to wake. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

He did not attach undue importance to it, and could never bring himself to consider it seriously. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Anthony Trollope She had never spoken,—she thought that she had never spoken a word, that could be taken by him as encouragement. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

This ravisher, this man of will, this son of the old Visconti, unlike you — steadfast, resolute, earnest even in his crimes — never relinquishes an object. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I never dreamed I’d ever own one. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Charles Dickens He was twoscore and ten years old when he buried it beneath his house, and yet never thought that he might be scarcely “fit to drink” when the wine became so. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Rudyard Kipling It set our bows swinging and nosing and ducking ere we were a day clear of Yokohama, and yet there was never swell nor crested wave in sight. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson Numbers of diagrams were prepared; but the discovery was never given to the world, perhaps because of the dissensions that arose between the authors. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bronislaw Malinowski If the value of such rights were not known, nobody would care to secure them so eagerly and so early, especially as the acquirement of these rights was apparently never gratuitous. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson Paul had to go to Vailele re cocoa-nuts; it was doubtful if he could be back by dinner; never mind, said I, I’ll take dinner when you return. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

So she was considerably relieved when her hostess, in answer to one or two awkward questions from Raydon, said pleasantly: “I never go into the question of price with any one who views the house. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Nature never meant me for a detective, I fear. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

D. H. Lawrence But her dress was dirty, and her face was dirty, and the big gold rings of her ears hung from ears which perhaps had never been washed. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Nellie Bly Only seventy-five days! Yes, but it seemed an age and the world lost its roundness and seemed a long distance with no end, and-well, I never turn back. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle Pshaw, man! never lay your hand upon your sword. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

I understand now that there are touches of desperate pathos--but never could he have meditated self-destruction while writing that note. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

This creative artist has the true imagination; he never condescends to invent anything; he sets up no empty pretences. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Jane Austen The venison was roasted to a turn — and everybody said they never saw so fat a haunch. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

You — you must never come here again. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Oliver Goldsmith I readily therefore gave my bond for the money, and testified as much gratitude as if I never intended to pay. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

They were in sealed envelopes and I never opened one of them myself, but the people who bought them often came back and told us how ‘true’ their horoscopes had been. Collected Essays by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim Yet, as it has chanced, never once has Bernadine been struck a real and crushing blow. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Wilkie Collins The baron, though he never altogether lost the strange restraint and reserve of his manner, was, in his quiet, peculiar way, the fondest and kindest of husbands. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Robert Louis Stevenson As a matter of fact, we lived for weeks in Silverado, coming and going, with rattles sprung on every side, and it never occurred to us to be afraid. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling It never occurred to me before. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Henry James You never cared — you were too proud to care; and when I spoke to you about my fault, you did n’t even know what I meant. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

There was much stir in the neighbourhood, and the street was full before the Angel Inn. As to Frog Lane, it was said the excitement there had never been equalled. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]

Zona Gale The words had never meant so much. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

But the Bashkir looked at him with the same expression, and spoke never a word. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Edith Wharton I had asked no questions of the groom, for I never was one to get my notion of new masters from their other servants: I prefer to wait and see for myself. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Are you in a hurry, Miss Burton?” “I am never in a hurry,” she replied, “if there is anything to be done. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

He never described her to me in set terms; but he was ready to swear that in her presence everybody’s thoughts and feelings were bound to circle round her. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

George Gissing My home has never been a place to which I could have invited friends with any comfort, even if I had had any to invite. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Ruth felt that it was now or never for a warning cough; but, as she glanced at Charles kneeling beside her, she could not give it. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Rudyard Kipling The Head says he’s been breaking me in for this for ever so long, and I never knew — I never knew. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. Rider Haggard But these two never loved each other overmuch, and they had but one child, Eric, who was born when Saevuna was well on in years. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Guy de Maupassant All the isolated scouts, those who were sent out on patrol, whenever they started in groups of two or three, never came back. No Quarter (Le Père Milon) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

D. H. Lawrence I know you’d never come shoving your nose in like a rat from under the skirting board when nobody’s looking. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

It remained their property till ‘75, but they never got at the bullion. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

I never remember their praising any one else except the subdeacon of the cathedral, and I knew that a fish-pie was more pleasing to them than any kind of music. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins Domestic happiness can never be the happiness of my life. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

We should not have taken it ill, in sooth, if thou hadst never come from Worms beyond the Rhine. Thou and thy brothers have filled this land with orphans. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Thomas Hughes Not a bit of it though — I was quite sure in a day or two that he never took the table-cloth off even. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Thomas Paine Excess and inequality of taxation, however disguised in the means, never fail to appear in their effects. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Henry James Gently, but gravely and timidly, I advanced to the doorstep, and then I said, with an attempt at friendly badinage,— “I waited for you over there to come back, but you never came. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

His eyes were fixed upon vacancy: His head reclined upon his shoulder; A tear rolled down his cheek, while He reflected that the vision of happiness for him could never be realized. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Jules Verne If the term of Wassili Fedor’s exile should never come to an end, his daughter would remain exiled with him. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Wherefore Tullia never enters into explanations; she understands the sovereign woman’s reason to admiration. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

H.P. Lovecraft The digestive tracts of the huge man seemed never to have been in use, whilst the whole skin had a coarse, loosely knit texture impossible to account for. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Abraham Merri I’d never have believed it if I hadn’t seen them, and if I had seen them before we dived into the river, I’d have picked the wolves as cooing doves in comparison. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Jane Austen And I assure you I never was better pleased in my life, and I wish you joy of it with all my heart. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

James Joyce And she, of the jilldaw’s nest2 who tears up lettereens she never apposed a pen upon. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

George Borrow Myself. — And what chance brought your grandparents into this country? Hostess. — Did your worship never hear of the German colonies? There are many of them in these parts. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood never met either her or her husband until he was well launched on his street-car programme. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Daniel Defoe Mrs. Bargrave never varies in her story; which puzzles those who doubt of the truth, or are unwilling to believe it. A True Relation of the Apparition of Mrs. Veal by Daniel Defoe [1706]

John Galsworthy But the early Italians never escaped. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins He had never asked, and had never heard, whether the writing had remained or not. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

I’ll aim at that damned tyrant in her bow; and you other men, never mind those on board her, but fire at the slings of her sails. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

We listened over the open trap-door, and knew that another stood listening on the invisible threshold underneath; then we saw him running downstairs, and my heart leapt for he never once looked up. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Henry James She never lost her temper, but she lost her vocabulary, and ended quietly by praying that Heaven would give her an opportunity to show what she believed. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

I take no security; you shan’t be troubled; and you’ll never see the lender, unless you seek him out. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

I never thought she would, but she has. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Ann Radcliffe The thought of sending for Theodore’s friends had, in the tumult of the late scenes, never occurred to her, and she was now somewhat consoled by the prospect of comfort which it opened for him. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Rudyard Kipling I never guessed he had such Magic at his command; but it’s often that way with boys. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Edith Wharton I never knew any one who saw so straight to the heart of things, who had such a grip on values. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

The thing was never out of his mind by day or night. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

In a week you will be rewarded by a sight such as the eye of man has never yet seen. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

The mockers and mocked always inhabit the same region; we never find an imitator living remote from the form which it imitates. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Mind you, I’m speaking, as it were, without the book — as a man who never had very much faith to lose. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

He glanced cautiously and saw (as men do see; and women—oh! never can) that they were of the same order. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

His women, from the beautiful Agnes to the witch-like mother of Lieutenant Vanslyperken, are, with the exception of the sailors’ wives, like the shadows of what has never been. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

D. H. Lawrence They never turned on her father like that. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

The tendencies of the new government were soon apparent, and the pamphlet was never published. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Anna Katherine Green My idea is, though I never talk of it much, that they had a great quarrel over Mr. Etheridge. Oliver never liked the old student; I’ve watched them and I’ve seen. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Wilkie Collins The father, appearing to be just as irritable, had something in his face which said, as plainly as if in words, “Anger me, and I never pardon. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Rudyard Kipling I shall not grieve over that, but well I know tribe never helps tribe except for one price. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

George Eliot I never in my life thought any one cleverer than you. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

The course of my travels soon drew me so far from Safed, that I never heard how the dreadful day passed off which had been fixed for the accomplishment of the second prophecy. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I grant you he’d never forgive that, and if I thought he knew it I’d go in fear and trembling. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]