Phrases with "observations"

H. G. Wells After a momentary attempt to understand me — I remember wondering if the fungus had made my eyes as fishy as his — he set off upon some observations on his own account. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Our observations completed, back we travelled, making a wide circuit over higher ground to avoid the encroaching flood, and wading shin-deep in the final approach to the yacht. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Edgar Allan Poe At first my observations took an abstract and generalizing turn. The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe [1840]

Watkin Tench In walking along, he more than once shook his head and made some mortifying observations on the soil of his present domain, compared with the banks of his native stream. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

I submitted my observations to you, but without denouncing any one. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle My observations of No. 427 Park Lane did little to clear up the problem in which I was interested. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

One may see then how from inexact observations men rashly conceive new and contradictory opinions and imagine absurd motions of the mechanism of the earth. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Jane Austen The observations of her uncle and aunt now began; and each of them pronounced him to be infinitely superior to anything they had expected. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Arthur Conan Doyle How of the window?” He carried the lamp across to it, muttering his observations aloud the while but addressing them to himself rather than to me. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Meredith My lord’s observations and reflections came to one conclusion: she pricked and challenged him to lead up to her desired stormy scene. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Watkin Tench And my observations on these people have constantly instructed me that indulgence in this infatuating cant is more deeply associated with depravity and continuance in vice than is generally supposed. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Sinclair Lewis They neither sat nor offered observations on the weather. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Olaf Stapledon The observations from which a law is derived are, of course, erratic. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Thy work would be a pleasing one, and thou mightest make several useful observations in it. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Edmund Burke And an infinity of observations of this kind are to be found in the writings and conversations of many. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Jules Verne It was now necessary to complete the observations of the evening before by measuring the height of the cliff above the level of the sea. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Sinclair Lewis He went at night, by sleeper, and was able to make the most interesting observations of siderodromophobia. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Jules Verne Ils furent très rigoureux, et la moyenne des observations thermométriques ne donna pas plus de huit degrés fahrenheit (13, 33 degrés centigrade au-dessous de zéro). L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Washington Irving Rough draughts of some of the following tales and essays were actually written during a residence in the Alhambra; others were subsequently added, founded on notes and observations made there. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

These proceedings were eagerly devoured by the eyes of Montalais and Malicorne, who mutually exchanged their observations on the subject. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Nathaniel Hawthorne My observations gave me the idea, and Mr. Wigglesworth confirmed it, that husbands were more faithful in setting up memorials to their dead wives than widows to their dead husbands. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Jules Verne Without it no observations were possible. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

E. F. Benson Charlotte shuddered at the thought of seeing it, but steeled herself to endure the ‘rant and whine, strut and grimace for the sake of the useful observations to be collected in such a scene. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Wilkie Collins He was found there, making his observations — and he shammed drunk, as the easiest way of getting out of the difficulty. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

He nevertheless continued his way to the headquarters, keeping to himself the observations which men and things forced him to make. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Jules Verne It was arranged between the astronomers of different countries that simultaneous observations should be taken at the various points of the zone where the eclipse would be total. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

In the excellent observations made on board the Novara,12 the male Australians were found to exceed the females by only 65 millim. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Ann Radcliffe La Motte entered the room soon after her, and made some trifling observations on the weather; and, having endeavoured to support an effort at cheerfulness, sunk into his usual melancholy. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Daniel Defoe But as I have coasted the south shore to the Land’s End, I shall come back by the north coast, and my observations in my return will furnish very well materials for another letter. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

E. F. Benson Though she worked with zealous diligence, she had an eye to the movements in the street outside, for it was shopping-hour, and there were many observations to be made. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Andrew Lang Wilson’s observations on North and South Guinea religion were published in 1856. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

I made a few fulsome observations on their merits, and said that even an ignorant fellow like me could see how dashed good they were. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Sigmund Freud Among all the observations relating to the theory of dreams to be found in the literature of the subject, I should like to lay stress upon one as being particularly worthy of mention. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

The elder De Candolle has made nearly similar observations on the general nature of the affinities of distinct families of plants. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Samuel Johnson His observations were framed rather for those that were learning to write than for those that read only to talk. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Charles Dickens These observations were repeatedly interrupted by bursts of cheers. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Jules Verne Là, le capitaine fit son point et calcula chronométriquement sa longitude, qu’il contrôla par de précédentes observations d’angle horaires. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Victor Hugo However, it seemed that Gwynplaine had good reason for his easy mind, for the weeks flowed on peacefully, and no bad consequences seemed to have resulted from his observations about the queen. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

His observations were shrewd, and his deductions excellent. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Andrew Lang Therefore it is that Dickens insists on the “utterly deserted” character of the area, and shows us that Jasper has made sure of that essential fact by observations from the tower top. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle I got as near him as I could, but his observations seemed to me to be absurd, so I withdrew again in some disgust. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Jules Verne Some observations made by him, the justice of which was proved by Nadia transmitting them to Michael, made them fear that their trials were not yet over. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

See also the numerous and valuable tables, by Dr. Weisbach, from the observations of Dr. Scherzer and Dr. Schwarz, in the Reise der Novara: Anthropolog. Theil, 1867. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne When ever minute observations or exact measurements and definitions were required, Thomas Black was chosen for the service; for his clearness of sight was something remarkable. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Virginia Woolf His observations were apt to be true. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

See Girard’s observations on the Lepidoptera, as given in the Zoological Record, 1869, p. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Arnold Bennett He regarded Ingpen’s observations as fantastically unjust and beside the mark. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Benjamin Disraeli He would bow deferentially to her remarks, and elicit from some of her casual observations an acute or graceful meaning, of which she herself was by no means conscious. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

I endeavoured by observations and questions to arouse him — but in vain. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But lest I should seem jocose, waiving this, I will return to Philo’s observations again. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Charles Dickens The Queen refused, with the rather strong observation — but she DID make strong observations — that an unruly beast must be stinted in his food. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

G. K. Chesterton As he started up the road again, the mob set up a roar, redoubled and quadrupled, and several gentlemen present whirled their plumed hats and shouted observations he could not hear. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

However, they prudently kept their observations to themselves. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Jules Verne Il fallait faire alors des observations nombreuses sur les compas transportés à différentes parties du navire et prendre une moyenne. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

H. G. Wells Indeed, I really made no observations of any scientific value on that return. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Sinclair Lewis Not that Mr. Wrenn made any observations regarding supermen. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Washington Irving These observations call to mind a little domestic story, of which I was once a witness. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

E. Phillips Oppenheim For that reason, perhaps, my observations may have been at fault. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

William Hazlitt The observations on the use and abuse of study, and on the power of beauty to quicken the understanding as well as the senses, are excellent. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The spot I had chosen for my observations was the top of a large, flat boulder which rose six or eight feet above the turf. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

It is true that he spoke of the leopard’s spots, and used other phrases equally ominous but less hackneyed; for the most part, however, he made these observations to himself. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

William Godwin The obsequies of Fanny, which it was necessary to perform by stealth and in darkness, tended to invigorate these observations in her mind. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Mr. Byrd saw them safely out, and proceeded to take one or two private observations of his own. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

The papers were full of observations on the dangers of English railway travelling. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Jules Verne It really seemed likely that observations would be impossible. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Edward Jenner I shall now conclude this inquiry with some general observations on the subject, and on some others which are interwoven with it. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

These observations were made during the summer: the following were made in the spring, when the petioles apparently are more sensitive:— A loop of thread, weighing one-eighth of a grain (8. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne Even if the moon had been in full glory but few observations could have been made. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Charles Dickens My father had been a lovely one in his time at the Cheap Jack work, as his dying observations went to prove. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

Olaf Stapledon He discovers how to make crucial observations and, if possible, experiments, to help him to get a clear view of what actually happens. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Jules Verne J’ajouterai que nos observations personnelles ne peuvent que me confirmer dans cette opinion. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

At the sound of his voice the cat hoisted her tail, and began to march in narrowing circles about her master’s chair, making gentle observations in the cat language. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Theodore Dreiser Vague and rambling observations were made in reply. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The book was the work of years, and it contains in its small compass the observations of a lifetime. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

With as thoughtful and scientific an expression as he could assume, Gideon measured the doorway with his cane, while Julia entered his observations in a drawing-book. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Jules Verne Evidemment, il n’y avait pas à rejeter ces observations en bloc. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

George Borrow Some boys followed us for a considerable time, making all kinds of observations about gypsies, but as we walked at a great pace, we gradually left them behind, and at last lost sight of them. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

H. G. Wells Amanda too was making her observations and discoveries. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Jules Verne But observations had now become very difficult. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Francis Bacon Miscellaneous History of Common Experiments which have not grown into an Art. Histories must also be written of Pure Mathematics; though they are rather observations than experiments. Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History by Francis Bacon

Sinclair Lewis She sat mute, with her hands folded small and flat and meek, and she had no observations on the subject of Debussy, regarding which Lucius had represented her as highly eloquent. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Edgar Allan Poe In our last number we had some hasty observations on these “Ballads”— observations which we propose, in some measure, to amplify and explain. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Charles Dickens Such were the observations of Messrs. Idle and Goodchild, as their conveyance stopped at the village shoemaker’s. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have had a long talk with Sir Henry this morning, and we have made a plan of campaign founded upon my observations of last night. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle Indeed, I became so absorbed in my observations that I fear my studies suffered to a considerable extent. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jules Verne Nous passâmes assez près de l’île d’Aurou, qui, au moment des observations de midi, m’apparut comme une masse de bois verts, dominée par un pic d’une grande hauteur. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Henry James This was the question that worried our young lady and that Miss Overmore’s confidences and the frequent observations of her employer only rendered more mystifying. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Olaf Stapledon When we say that a man needs food or tends to eat when he is hungry, we are not expounding an internal necessity; we are merely summarising a host of observations of particular cases . Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Mr. Wonfor’s observations are quoted in Popular Science Review, 1868, p. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

George Meredith He coveted beauty in women hungrily, and seemed to be born hostile to them; or so Gower judged by the light of the later evidence on unconsidered antecedent observations of him. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Jane Austen Other opportunities of making her observations could not fail to occur. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

William Henry Bragg The current is also measured when the screen is removed from (7, and the difference between the two observations is taken as a measure of the incidence X rays. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

His observations are those of a spirit. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

William Henry Bragg The results of Crowther’s observations are giyen in Fig. 70, which is to be compared with Fig. 69. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell His observations on literary men, and their social obligations and individual duties, seem to me also true and full of mental and moral vigour. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Edmund Burke I subjoin with pleasure, in a note, the able and spirited observations of M. de Calonne on this subject. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

By observations of the bright stars Vega and Altair, I found my latitude was 24° 52´ 15´´; the night was excessively cold, and by daylight next morning the thermometer had fallen to 18°. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Jules Verne They had heard it said that, according to observations made in the time of the Caliphs, her revolution had become accelerated in a certain degree. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Bronislaw Malinowski These observations seem at first sight very difficult to be made correctly, for they are of a rather subtle character, referring to impalpable psychological facts. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Anatole France Puis la conversation reprit, faible et languissante, et se traîna en propos intimes et en observations banales. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

She made some very offensive observations indeed. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

In white races it is very rare, occurring, as far as observations have shown, in less than one per cent. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

These observations appeared in the Youth’s Companion for June 7, 1906. Memories and Studies by William James

Charles Kingsley A number of observations as to the present rate of denudation, and a sum which any railroad contractor can do in his head, to determine the solid contents of the valley, are all that are needed. Science by Charles Kingsley

Leslie Stephen This triteness blinds us to the singular felicity with which the observations have been verified, a felicity which makes many of the phrases still proverbial. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

My observations will be best given by taking a few special cases. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Charles Stur My observations placed this well-remembered spot in lat. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Besides, observations of latitudes cannot be made sufficiently exactly, except by experts, using also finer instruments, and taking into account the refraction of the lights. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Arnold Bennett She hated such observations from Amy, who unfortunately lacked, in an increasing degree, the supreme gift of unquestioning obedience. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

T. H. Huxley We know very well that he did accumulate a very considerable number of observations on the most varied topics of medicine, surgery, and natural history. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Bronislaw Malinowski The same is related by Grey. Lumholtz’s cursory statement is not explicit enough to enable us to judge whether it were not formed from observations of “civilized blacks. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Jules Verne I communicated my fears and observations to Captain Nemo. “You are right, M. Aronnax,” said he; “if to-morrow I cannot take the altitude of the sun, I shall not be able to do it for six months. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Wilkie Collins But for the genial influence of the strong ale, I should now be making my observations and flying in the face of the doctor’s orders by allowing my mind to be occupied. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

The conversation became pretty general, and when Mr. Watkins Tottle had extracted one or two cold observations from his neighbour, and had taken wine with her, he began to acquire confidence rapidly. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

W. H. Hudson I began my observations in London — there is no better place; and my simple plan was to walk along the most frequented streets and thoroughfares, observing the eyes of every person that passed me. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

I suspect that grave Mr. Larcom had been making his observations and conjectures thereupon. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Meanwhile the unacute observations of Mrs. Fitzhenry began to be awakened. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Watkin Tench The thermometer, whence my observations were constantly made, was hung in the open air in a southern aspect, never reached by the rays of the sun, at the distance of several feet above the ground. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Charles Dudley Warner He seems to have been born with a rare sense of literary proportion and form; into this, as into a mold, were run his apparently lazy and really acute observations of life. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Sir Walter Scott After some unimportant observations on the success of the day, Brown gave him a trifling gratuity, and rode on with his landlord. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

But though he did not translate his observations thus, the originality which he was continuously ripening amid such influences was radically affected by them. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had not forgotten my observations at supper. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

I repeated these observations on some other species of Oxalis with the same result; in some of them the movement was distinct, but was best seen in the young leaves; in others it was extremely slight. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

George MacDonald I set about the dreary work in the hope that by satisfying them I should be left very much to myself — to make my observations and choose my time for escape. Lilith by George MacDonald

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I think that you will acknowledge that the problem was already one of interest, but my observations soon made me realize that it was in truth much more extraordinary than would at first sight appear. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Jules Verne Tom Marix lui a fait des observations sur sa témérité. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

H. G. Wells I wrote articles and they seemed to me more and more like the opening observations to something that was never really said. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

This and similar observations are important under another aspect. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

From observations about the young lambs, and a broken fence that he went into a passion over, the Squire suddenly plunged into something else. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

E. F. Benson Quaint Irene was one, in spite of her lewd observations to Georgie, in her coarse way she offered to lay odds that she would have a baby before Elizabeth. Lucia was another. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

She travelled in West Africa, where she made valuable observations and collections. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Jules Verne Now it evidently would not do to disregard these observations altogether. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Bronislaw Malinowski These observations refer as well to the Kurnai and the other South-Eastern tribes, as to the Dieri, of whom the author gives an illustrative story. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

So again the period of impregnation relatively to the state of the female has been thought by some to be the efficient cause; but recent observations discountenance this belief. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

John Lewis Burckhard Respecting the people of Djidda and their character, I shall have occasion to make further observations in describing the inhabitants of Mekka, whom generally they resemble. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

I too was awe-struck; being, however, under no pressure of slavish terror, my thoughts and observations were free. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Watkin Tench Our observations on it (particularly mine, from carrying the compass by which we steered) were not so numerous as might have been wished. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Jules Verne En voyant les symptômes de sécheresse s’accroître de mille en mille, Paganel fit quelques observations à Thalcave, et lui demanda où il comptait trouver de l’eau. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Elizabeth Gaskell These observations will probably irritate you, but I shall run the risk. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Jules Verne C’est ce que les observations apprendront un jour, mais jusqu’ici la tentative du Gun-Club n’a eu d’autre résultat que de doter d’un nouvel astre notre système solaire. De La Terre a La Lune by Jules Verne [1865]

Nor can I keep all my observations to myself. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Longer observations would show that the time of day is an important element in the man’s movements, for it is at precisely two o’clock in the afternoon that he comes forth 365 times in every year. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Ann Radcliffe The observations and general behaviour of Adeline already bespoke a good understanding and an amiable heart, but she had yet more — she had genius. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Edgar Allan Poe These observations heightened my curiosity, and I resolved to follow the stranger whithersoever he should go. The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe [1840]

These specimens and observations were duly communicated to Dr. A. Jefferis Turner, of Brisbane, and from him came an assurance of new knowledge having been added to entomology. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Andrew Lang Dr. Nevius’s observations practically cover the whole field of ‘possession’ in non-European peoples. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Bronislaw Malinowski The majority of observations were made on degenerated blacks (such as were in missions, raised on farms, in the service of white men, etc. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Thomas Hardy His memoranda of observations had accumulated to a wheelbarrow load, and he was beginning to shape them into a treatise which should possess some scientific utility. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Washington Irving My observations on human nature have induced me to think otherwise. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

H. G. Wells These observations certainly do not present Skinner in the light of an appetising object. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Edmund Burke If the foregoing observations have any foundation in nature, I conceive them very sufficient to account for all the phenomena that can arise from all the combinations of black with other colors. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Leon Trotsky Lenin liked concrete details of life, little facts and casual observations which conducted him, without any beating around the bush, to the heart of things. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells We have our observations and suspicions, Stella, but neither of us has any profound knowledge of the social elements concerned. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Andrew Lang I do remember his observations on a novel then and now very popular, but not to his taste, nor, indeed, by any means, impeccable, though stirring; his censure and praise were both just. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells He kept interpolating observations concerning some boat and the davits and sails filling with the wind. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Charles Dickens These observations comprise the whole of the case. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

He began some common-place observations on the transiency of human existence. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

They were put forth by certain Portuguese mariners, but they do not agree with the observations, and the observations themselves are admitted to be bad. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Jules Verne The observations of the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th September, revealed no alteration in the position of Victoria Island. The large eddy between the two currents kept it stationary. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Sigmund Freud Even the observation of endoptic phenomena, and other sensations which are commonly immune from attention, calls for practice, although this group of observations is not opposed by any psychic motive. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

David Hume Not to mention, that, to a young beginner, the general observations and maxims occur not always on the proper occasions, nor can be immediately applied with due calmness and distinction. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

My observations may now be much condensed. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

William Hazlitt He throws a severity, approaching to virulence into the common observations and answers. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Jules Verne Je n’ai plus retrouvé que quelques observations fugitives et prises machinalement pour ainsi dire. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Sinclair Lewis She accepted, with only a few scurrilous observations on the sort of people he seemed to know at home. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Oliver Goldsmith He could repeat all the observations that were retailed in the atmosphere of the playhouses, and had all the good things of the high wits by rote long before they made way into the jest-books. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Their observations being made, they withdrew from notice, lest they should excite too much suspicion. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Tobias Smolle Her observations touching the loss of the chain were such as a suspicious woman, biassed by hatred and envy, would naturally make. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Benjamin Disraeli His observations were far from unsatisfactory; it was certainly too evident that Marmion was no longer enamoured of Lady Annabel, but he treated her apparently with courtesy, and even cordiality. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Matthew Flinders He would go out at the sash window to the top of the house, for the convenience of making his observations on the surrounding country more at ease. A biographical tribute to the memory of Trim by Matthew Flinders [1804]

Arthur Conan Doyle I walked on without hesitation, for I knew by my observations in the garden which way to go for the chapel. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Tobias Smolle DEAR SIR — You laid your commands upon me at parting, to communicate from time to time the observations I should make in the course of my travels and it was an injunction I received with pleasure. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Elizabeth Gaskell Such were the observations which Mr. Burton made, as he was passing through the yards, or courts, which led into the small garden where he was to sow his flower-seeds. The Shah’s English Gardener by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Andrew Lang His observations on public schools were not uninteresting, but the whole English school-work of those days was repugnant. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet his zeal for certain studies was remarkable, and within eccentric limits his knowledge was so extraordinarily ample and minute that his observations have fairly astounded me. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Dutrochet made no observations on the sensitiveness of the tendrils. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Charles Stur Our observations placed us in lat. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

From M. Bert’s observations on Daphnia, when placed in a vessel illuminated by a prism, we have reason to believe that even the lowest crustaceans can distinguish colours. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He considered that his magnetic observations brought new support to that theory, and his views are quoted with approbation by Kepler, Epitome Astronomiæ Copernicanæ . On the Magnet by William Gilber

His thoughts rose to the sun; and, by careful and oft-repeated observations of the solar movements, he subsequently formed many dials. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

Benjamin Disraeli While they were making these observations the twelve Managers had assembled in deep consultation around the Statue, and in a very few minutes the Oracle was prepared. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

John Lewis Burckhard Such were my observations of the ruins on the right bank of the Wady. On the left bank little else remains than heaps of ruins of private habitations, and numerous fragments of columns. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

William Hazlitt The observations are suggested by the passing scene—the gusts of passion come and go like sounds of music borne on the wind. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Jules Verne But without sun, moon, or stars, instruments were of course useless, as no observations could be taken, and the exact position of the island could not be determined. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Jules Verne The two colleagues were out on the deck while the engineer was taking his observations in case. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Benjamin Disraeli The lady, remembering all Mr. Pole’s intimations, was really much frightened; she at first could scarcely reply to the casual observations of her neighbour, and quite resolved not to eat anything. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Jules Verne J’en parle surtout d’après les cartes manuscrites que contenait la bibliothèque du Nautilus, cartes évidemment dues à la main du capitaine Nemo et levées sur ses observations personnelles. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

During his life he was chiefly known for his voyage to Lapland, and his observations there, by which he was able to substantiate the Newtonian doctrine of the flatness of the earth at the poles. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Now, however, Stadius, taking just the contrary view, proves by observations that the latitudes have decreased. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Anthony Trollope Fred took the observations in good part and stopped his horse. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis He was always making discoveries about the observations of life which she kept incubating in her secret little head while she made smoke rings with her cigarettes and smiled silently. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Edgar Allan Poe He makes, in silence, a host of observations and inferences. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Jules Verne The man had certainly seen a great deal, but his observations were those of a skeptic, and he often shocked the straightforward people who were listening to him. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Watkin Tench Too justly, as my observations teach me has Hobbes defined a state of nature to be a state of war. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Sigmund Freud De Sanctis and Tissie record similar observations (the equivalent of a paranoic dream in an alcoholic, voices accusing a wife of infidelity). The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

He has unscrewed the top of the tube, and now renews his observations upon his companions, evidently to make sure that he is wholly unobserved. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Helen Zimmern Your observations about the difficulties of Taken for Granted are excellent; I “take for granted” I shall be able to conquer them. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Daniel Defoe But this being a large county, and full of memorable branches of antiquity and modern curiosity, I cannot quit my observations so soon. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

Watkin Tench The natural history of this animal will, probably, be written from observations made upon it in England, as several living ones of both sexes, have been brought home. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Repeated observations and diary records have established August 12th as the beginning of the local “bird season. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield