Phrases with "nothing"

John Lewis Burckhard Had it been a place for sacred processions, or for sepulture? I have seen nothing like it in any Egyptian temple; the stones and rubbish in its area, render it probable that it had originally a roof. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

There seemed to be nothing to say. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Thomas Hardy And it is to promote our wishes that I am come; since she will do nothing of herself. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

There had been years when nothing that affected Bellair could have left him indifferent, and a time when the slightest misadventure befalling Fanny would have called forth his eager, helpful sympathy. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Figuratively, this useful organ is said to be the seat of emotions and sentiments — a very pretty fancy which, however, is nothing but a survival of a once universal belief. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Mrs. Glasse represents that, before she undertook the preparation of the volume on confectionery, there was nothing of the kind for reference and consultation. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

If there were secrets on this coast to guard, and we were suspected as spies, there was nothing to prevent an official visit and warning. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Anthony Trollope Come, Anty, now that you and mother’s so thick, there can be nothing against it. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Palma could understand nothing of it; less than any of them. Signa by Ouida

Then for a moment I could take nothing in, a mist rose up before my eyes, and all I could hear was my heart thundering in my ears. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli There is nothing to interest or amuse them; no sport; no castles or factories to visit; no adventurous expeditions; no gay music in the morn, and no light dance in the evening. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Henry James There is nothing like having a human interest. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

For that relation is nothing but an order of succession, which, so far as our experience goes, is invariable; and it is obvious that the nature of phenomena has nothing to do with their order. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Virginia Woolf Clarissa exclaimed that she could think of nothing more delightful. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Arnold Benne Finally, in choosing the first occupations of those evening hours, be guided by nothing whatever but your taste and natural inclination. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

She was going to leave him in the dark — snub him and then pretend that nothing had happened; the natural feminine move. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett Caroline could no nothing well; she had no excellence; all that Caroline could do Sarah could do better. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson He became conscious of a soul beautifully poised upon itself, nothing doubting, nothing desiring, clothed in peace. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence I think it is much better to be really patrician, and to do nothing but just be oneself, like a walking flower. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang Thus, nothing has been said of the religion of the great Chinese empire. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Well, you have nothing at all now. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

But, as I say, this has nothing to do with us. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Vague self-accusation, mad reiteration of that one fact of his loss; nothing more distinct came from those fevered lips, nor did one look of recognition flash into those bloodshot eyes. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry Handel Richardson But these haunting resemblances had unnerved him; he could do nothing but worry the question where he had met plaintiff’s counsel. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang The sticks whirled and dragged the men round and round like mad, through bush and thorny shrub, and over every obstacle; nothing stopped them; their bodies were torn and bleeding. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

John Morley The mighty Swift died in 1745, but there is nothing of Burke’s upon the event. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Anthony Trollope If Brady chooses to ask the Captain, I’ve nothing to say; it’s not for me to ask him, and, as he’d only be quizzing at all he saw, I think he might as well be away. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

I have always said it, there is nothing easier to get than money. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence But nothing could be more exquisite, like gods on earth. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Then if it reached the ears of the detectives it might start all their enquiries over again! Still, she realised she could do nothing and must bear all this anxiety herself. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Edith Wharton Do you think we have? There’s nothing I hate so much as being snobbish. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Virginia Woolf Nothing was fixed; nothing was known; life was open and free before them. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

He wasn’t very clear whether she usually went to church or not; if she did, she said nothing much about it, and was always back in time for meals. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Anthony Trollope Then, if you know nothing of mountain-climbing you are nothing to him,—simply nothing. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Henry James It was a proof to me that they could find nothing else in life to do. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

D. H. Lawrence He had striven all his life to do what he could for her, and he’d nothing to reproach himself with. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Half dozing, he had heard the noise the torch had made, but after a moment’s hard listening, and hearing nothing more, he had thought he must have been mistaken. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

George Gissing She is nothing to me, and nothing to you. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Thomas Paine They are words which impress nothing but the ear, and are calculated only for the sound. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Thomas Hardy A person who socially is nothing is thought less of by people who are not much than by those who are a great deal. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

It is nothing of any consequence, and it passes away very quickly. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

There was practically nothing else he could do but look at it. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Andrew Lang Nobody; doubted but the Fairy gave herein a very extraordinary sample of her art, that the Princess, while she continued sleeping, might have nothing to fear from any curious people. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith I heard you whisper; with your very breath in my ear: “There is nothing the body suffers that the soul may not profit by. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

There was that in her face which I could read: it said, I see the line which is my limitnothing shall make me pass it. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

A man with nothing against him has a chance; with the rhino he has it, even if he’s guilty. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Wilkie Collins She was quite unaware that I had discovered her; and I have said nothing about it since. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If nothing turns up by then, I must go back. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Knowing nothing of the strained state of affairs that had existed prior to their entrance, Marquart must not be blamed if he unwittingly intensified the unpleasantness of the situation. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Henry Handel Richardson But you talk as if nothing else mattered. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson You are ready to take your oath to it that Colonel Lyon had no idea he was sitting for his picture, and thought of nothing in the world besides his own occupation of the moment. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins I have concealed nothing from Mr. Mirabel.” “Thank you for the explanation. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Mark Twain But she found nothing there to comfort her. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Anthony Trollope There could be nothing to object to a marriage between second cousins. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

G. K. Chesterton Early one morning in September 1846 Miss Barrett walked quietly out of her father’s house, became Mrs. Robert Browning in a church in Marylebone, and returned home again as if nothing had happened. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

But there’s nothing else for it. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

H. G. Wells We offered it to our own people first, but they would have nothing to do with me, and I have long since ceased to trouble much about such questions. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

D.H. Lawrence Then, ‘Is there really nothing I could turn to?’ he asked himself. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Leon Trotsky The law of the conservation of energy seemed to him merely a fanciful idea which had nothing to do with his problem. My Life by Leon Trotsky

There’s nothing more subservient than an arrogant man when his arrogance has once been broken in some particular instance. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Henry James Still, all this while, nothing more passed between us save that Flora had let her foolish fern again drop to the ground. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

The clerk was dozing with his back against the tree: Herrick still lay where he had flung himself; nothing showed whether he slept or waked. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H. G. Wells That Corridor fretted it as nothing else in the peace settlement had fretted it. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Forget me, for I am nothing but an ungrateful little savage. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Nothing touched — nothing harmed her; and the glossy surface, he doubted not, imaged well the insensible, unimpressive soul within. Lodore by Mary Shelley

F. Scott Fitzgerald In this heat nothing mattered. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Andrew Lang Meanwhile the mythology of the God has often, in or out of the rites, nothing rational about it. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy Owing to her early troubles with regard to her mother a semblance of irregularity had terrors for her which those whose names are safeguarded from suspicion know nothing of. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Mark Twain O.M. I am sorry, but you see, yourself, that your mind is merely a machine, nothing more. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

There is nothing greater in aboriginal life than mother-love, a love of never-ending service. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

There is nothing in the world to be feared except me. Greenmantle by John Buchan

There is nothing in this world presents a sadder picture, I think, than a city a few hours after it has been captured by the enemy. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Mark Twain Blucher could do nothing at all with his donkey. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Your other client is not ill — nothing sad about Mark Wylder, I hope?’ ‘No — nothing sad, Captain Lake — nothing — but a good deal that is strange. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edgar Allan Poe Beyond doubt there is nothing of a similar nature so greatly tasking the faculty of analysis. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Charles Dickens There’s no temptation there, sir — no drink — no young women — no bad characters of any sort — nothing but imagination. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

But precious little good it did when nothing came out of your heart, and all out of your pocket—and that you did give us was copied in your library. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Frances Hodgson Burnett In the present whirl of strange happenings in a mad war-torn world, circumstances which would once have seemed singular seemed so no longer because nothing was any longer normal. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

I am the last of the Skipwiths, and I have done nothing to degrade my race. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

But, once seized with this thought, nothing could drive it from my mind. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

They are independent, and care nothing about being discharged, as any one can live in Nicaragua without working much. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

H. G. Wells And Ostrog. And now it has burst out and nothing can stay it, nothing can stay it. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

George Meredith Mr. Pole, though he had betrayed nothing under the excitement of the sudden shock, had lost the proper control of his mask. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

T. H. Huxley Nothing can be more innocent than a solution of sugar; nothing can be less innocent, if taken in excess, as you all know, than those fermented matters which are produced from sugar. Essays by T. H. Huxley

All was still; nothing to be heard but his occasional croak, “Now then, Peter!” Presently I caught a soft low whistle behind me. Sanker’s Visit by Ellen Wood [1868]

In times when nothing was explained, the student, torpid as his teacher, saw nothing which called for explanation—all appeared one monotonous blank. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

Arnold Bennett Behind and before them, and on either side, there was nothing but moor and sky. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence I asked him what he meant, and he said: ‘You don’t owe me nothing extra, Sir Clifford, so don’t pay me nothing extra. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope To tell the truth, Lord Castlewell had had nothing to do with it. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell The doctor said he could do nothing for him — it had gone too far. Christmas Storms and Sunshine by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Andrew Lang The second story had a plot, quantities of plot, nothing but plot. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Friendship, I repeat, is nothing but an unsubstantial shadow — a lure, like everything else in this bright, dazzling world. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

H. G. Wells And now after two years you find you have got nothing whatever, nothing that makes you different, or stronger or better. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing And she persuaded herself that nothing better could have happened, at such a juncture, than this suggestion of an alternative so widely different. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Their cousins can tell you nothing about them. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Jules Verne Externally nothing was changed. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

G. K. Chesterton There is nothing more deep and wonderful than really impenetrable pinewoods where the nearer trees show against the more shadowy; a tracery of silver upon grey and of grey upon black. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Wilkie Collins I could say nothing — my face spoke for me. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

There was no scrap of writing, no card or old letter; nothing to identify the dead girl, or to indicate the place from which she had come. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Charles Kingsley There, at least, there was nothing to suspect, nothing to sneer at. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

But after what he had heard nothing could astonish him any more. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Some disgust, however, was expressed at the kind of entertainment, which, after all, was to be nothing more than a garden party. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Anne Bronte I only know that I have heard nothing definite against it — nothing that could be proved, at least; and till people can prove their slanderous accusations, I will not believe them. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Anthony Trollope In nothing was this more apparent than in the visiting card which she had prepared for her use. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

It can be nothing but prejudice. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Meantime I can take it that there’s nothing wrong with me?” “Nothing that a game of squash and a little Eno won’t cure. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Thomas Wolfe There is nothing in the world that will take the chip off of one’s shoulder like a feeling of success. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

We had been talking of pictures, and I had endeavoured to adhere to the rule I had laid down for myself, of saying very little, where I could say nothing agreeable. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Charles Kingsley I can hear nothing before the detective comes at two. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Sinclair Lewis But his desk chair had nothing of the royal touch about it. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

He could make nothing of the hammock, so he sat himself on the heap of blankets and tried to think. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Anthony Trollope In your position, if you find the hotel is not enough, there is nothing you cannot take up. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

In fact, I am quite worn out; you can judge how much trouble I have taken! Now I am writing to you (there is nothing else I can do). A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

The moments slipped by, and Marie-Anne continued her preparations for supper as if nothing had occurred. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Thomas Hardy I have come with that sole purpose in viewnothing more. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

This church has been like nothing lately but the ranter’s chapel. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

D. H. Lawrence But he was not in love with Gudrun; he REALLY wanted Ursula, but for some strange reason, nothing could happen between her and him. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood There was nothing; nothing but the sense of his recent presence, so strongly left behind about the camp; and— this penetrating, all-pervading odor. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Virginia Woolf The sight of Timmy Durrant was no sight for him, nothing to set against the sky and worship; far from it. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Frederick Marryat All was amazement and confusion — nothing had been done — no arrangements had been made — and Chaloner told Edward that all was lost if immediate steps were not taken. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Wilkie Collins Here, they came in as intruders on a silence which nothing but human suffering had the privilege to disturb. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The others said nothing about you. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Kate Chopin Why, she does nothing in the God’s world but whine and sniffle, and wish she was dead; it’s enough to give a person the horrors. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Thomas Hardy Now what would you think of her — I put it to you?” “Well, ye owe her nothing more now,” said Farfrae heartily. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Fanny Fern John, now, he don’t care a rush-light about it; no more he wouldn’t, if the top of the house was to blow off; but there’s nothing plagues me like it, and yet I aint a bit curous nuther. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Mrs. Gaskell But until Lady Glenmire came to call next day we heard of nothing unusual. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Leon Trotsky There is nothing left, then, but to sign the old terms, provided that the Germans will agree to leave them exactly as they are. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Leslie Stephen Of the petition nothing is remembered by the narrator, but that it spoke much of fears and apprehensions and something very alarming, but that he is sure it is against the government. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Not that I would suggest any friction; I am convinced that there was nothing like that — at least, nothing that met the eye, or the ear. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Not a hut was in sight — darkness coming on — nothing but great plains and mountains to be distinguished, and nothing to be heard but bulls roaring round us. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

His optimism had nothing in common with that indiscriminate hurrahing for the Universe with which Walt Whitman has made us familiar. Memories and Studies by William James

Indeed, there is nothing else left for me to do. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

George Gissing For the chill which follows upon attainment she cares nothing — let society and individuals make their account with that as best they may. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

She complied at once and remarked at the same time that he had had nothing to eat. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

No, nothing in the shape of a tutor, against that I protest. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

D. H. Lawrence I believe in the fight and in nothing else. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli There were only two men servants to each equipage; nothing could be more moderate, or, as Miss Gusser said, “in better taste. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

But what in the world are you doing with the envelope?” “There’s nothing written on it, by any chance?” suggested Judge thoughtfully. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

The number of plans for its abolition equals that of the reformers who suffer from it, plus that of the philosophers who know nothing about it. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

D. H. Lawrence The citron-cheeked, dry one, however, cares darkly nothing for cakes. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

John Galsworthy She’ll flutter about; there’s nothing in it. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens As it was, nothing could have been more difficult. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Altogether, there was nothing anywhere to suggest anything of a mental asylum except the high fifteen-feet walls which surrounded the demesne on all sides. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Of course it is manifest that my liaison with Mrs. Mayhew had little or nothing to do with love. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Having not a penny in the world he was compelled to accept this means of livelihood as soon as it became quite clear to him that there was nothing more to squeeze out of his relations. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Wilkie Collins There is nothing for it now but to wait till I know where she is. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

It’s nothing but worry, worry, worry ——’ ‘And I suppose I couldn’t be spared to go?’ asked Laura tentatively. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Berkeley The extension therefore which exists without the mind is neither great nor small, the motion neither swift nor slow, that is, they are nothing at all. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

E. F. Benson There is nothing to be afraid of: I must remember that myself . In the Tube by E. F. Benson

Anatole France For twenty years he had been preoccupied by nothing except dining out. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Walter Besant I spoke about him to my lord, who owned that he could do nothing for his brother. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If the gun is missing, there is nothing else to be said. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

D. H. Lawrence All the tradesmen left her door with a glow in them, feeling elated, and unconsciously favouring the delightful little creature, though there had been nothing to notice in her behaviour. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Jane Austen Their being in the back ground was a support to Anne; she knew nothing of their looks, and felt equal to everything which she believed right to be done. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

There is nothing ever wrong with me, but a little weakness. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Charles Dickens Great as the picture was, its very flatness and extent, which left nothing to the imagination, tamed it down and cramped its interest. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

John Galsworthy Left alone with her brother, Dinny hardened her heart, and said: “Something must be done, Hubert.” “Don’t worry, old girl; it’s rotten, but there’s nothing one can do. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Oscar Wilde For the time, we must think of nothing else, can think of nothing else, indeed. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Nothing accomplished, nothing done, has earned a night’s repose. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Ford Madox Ford The second in command of a battalion has nothing to do but sit about in arm-chairs waiting for the colonel to be killed. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Narcissus, too, the foolish fair, Who for his own love did himself destroy; He had so much, he nothing could enjoy. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

Rudyard Kipling There were months at a time when nothing notable crossed his sleep. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Anthony Trollope Unless your deeds and your words go on all-fours with mine, I should feel that I had achieved nothing by all the work and all the dangers which you and I have encountered together. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But that’s more than a year old, and there has been nothing ever since. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Wilkie Collins I am as weak as water; I can refuse nothing to a pretty woman. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Arthur Morrison The rest of the room grew dim, but the red stone glowed with a fuller light; nothing more was present to his consciousness. The Thing in the Upper Room by Arthur Morrison

Andrew Lang And nothing came to break the silence. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

And what unto them is the world beside, With all its change of time and tide? 30 Its living things—its earth and sky— Are nothing to their mind and eye. Parisina by Byron [1816]

On the present occasion however, it is enough for me to know that you seek nothing of us; and, heaven is our witness, we seek nothing of you. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Let Edward Arundel marry, and work for his wife, and be happy; nothing could be better for us than his marriage. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope I, at any rate, shall do nothing to dissuade him. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He saw her a second time, and she still said nothing about Sir Arthur. Waterville, who always had a theory, made sure she was watching the clock, that this proved admirer was behind the hour. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

George Meredith This had taught her, who knew nothing of love, that a man loving does not pity in such a case. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

The sifting of human creations! — nothing less than this is what we ought to mean by the humanities. Memories and Studies by William James

Wilkie Collins If you encounter nothing worse, you will have his cunning to deal with next. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

G. K. Chesterton Yet against this strong coalition I am ready to appear, armed with nothing but an intuition — which is American for a guess. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Nothing grew there but a shrub or two with some white flowers; nothing but the number of the mounds, and their disquieting shape, indicated the presence of the dead. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Ann Radcliffe When Annette was gone, Adeline took some refreshment, which was indeed necessary; for she had tasted nothing since she left the inn. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Then one night in the autumn — I shrink from shocking the susceptible for nothing — but there was a certain house in Palace Gardens, and when we got there Raffles would pass on. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Wilkie Collins I was doing nothing of the sort. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here was indeed a perilous passage; nothing but a high pier glass upon one side, and a five-foot drop into an ornamental fender upon the other. An Impression of the Regency by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jane Austen Whatever may have changed him now, (and nothing but the blackest art employed against me can have done it), I was once as dear to him as my own soul could wish. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It gives me rather new ideas of this man — that is, if there’s nothing odd in it,” said Mr. Arden. “The deed by which he has done all this is, in its reciting part, an eccentric one. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

He was now approaching the age of fifty, and had as yet seen nothing of the world. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Maria Edgeworth I can think of nothing but of him. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope I only say what a man would do if there were nothing else to be done. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

In them it was mere touch-and-go with the dangerous subject, nothing more: nothing more because Gladys was quick to perceive that the subject was unpopular. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Sinclair Lewis It is nothing so amusing! It is an unimaginatively standardized background, a sluggishness of speech and manners, a rigid ruling of the spirit by the desire to appear respectable. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Look you — it is nothing that I did. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Victor Hugo The roar of the abyss, nothing can be compared to it. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle But there is nothing to eat unless he were to catch and slaughter one of the moor sheep. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Thomas Carlyle Idolatries never so gilded, waited on by heads of the Koreish, will do nothing for this man. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Anthony Trollope But on such a morning she would not sit at her bedroom window — she would do nothing which would force her to accuse herself of a restless longing for her lover’s coming. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle But how could that be? She had not spoken more than three or four times with her nephew, and knew nothing more of him than he had told her on the evening before. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

I did not expect this when I came out this morning, and have nothing prepared. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Sir Walter Scott He then demanded the price of the Jew, who answered, shaking his head and bowing, “No price — no, nothing at all from such as you. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

George Gissing The wise man in looking back upon his endeavours regrets nothing of which that can be said. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Virginia Woolf You could see more in the evening often when nothing interrupted, when there was no fish to order, no telephone to answer. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

I myself have nothing to do with clinical teaching. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

George Gissing Even if the plans I am now working out—details shortly—come to nothing (a very unlikely thing), I am sure to recover my ten thousand pounds in a year or so. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]