Phrases with "observations"

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

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

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]

Edith Wharton After all, it would enable him to take his observations — and to have his deck-chair moved, should the result be disappointing. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

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

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

H. G. Wells At the back of Mr. Polly’s mind while he made his observations was a disagreeable flavour of dentist’s parlour. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

Charles Dudley Warner Of his life in Paris there are only the meagerest reports, and he records no observations upon political affairs. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

Astronomical observations seem to have lent a still greater assistance to our philosopher. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

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]

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]

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]

He investigated, in the same year, the subject of haloes; making and recording numerous and important observations relative thereto. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

Arthur Schopenhauer This is the result of acting in direct opposition to the natural development of the mind by obtaining general ideas first, and particular observations last: it is putting the cart before the horse. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Henry James Rowland saw him little at other times, and for three weeks no observations passed between them on the subject of Mrs. Hudson’s advent. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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]

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

When in after-life he met with Father Hell, he was confirmed by that person’s observations in the truth of many of his own ideas. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

Jules Verne Mais avant de déborder je fais quelques observations pour calculer la distance parcourue, et je les note sur mon journal. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

The last two nights were cloudy, and I could get no observations for latitude. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

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 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

Thomas Hardy Installed here he was enabled to make indirectly, and without suspicion, inquiries and observations on the character of the ladies over the way, which he did with much deliberateness. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

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

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

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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

Sir Walter Scott The observations which Lovel made during the remainder of this pleasure party did not tend to reconcile him with this addition to their society. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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 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 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]

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

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

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

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

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

Karl Philipp Moritz The observations and the expressions of the common people here have often struck me as peculiar. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Jules Verne Mais il n’en dit rien, et, suivant sa coutume, il garda ses observations pour son compte. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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

George Gissing Their observations were reassuring to them. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

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

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

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

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

H. G. Wells My own private observations in psychology incline me to believe that people vary very much in their power of acquiring habits and in the strength and fixity of the habits they acquire. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Hope To avoid the observations of passers-by (for the interior of the room is easy to see from the street), the blind had been drawn down, and the room was in deep shadow. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

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

Andrew Lang Dr. Johnson’s observations were made on June 12, 1784. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson When he sits down to write a drama or a tale, he collects and sorts his observations from a hundred sides, and combines them into the body as fitly as he can. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

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

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]

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

Maria Edgeworth The Lardners, Darrells, Dartfords, vanished, and new figures were to appear in the magic lantern at Castle Hermitage. Sir Ulick thought a few preliminary observations necessary to his ward. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

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

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]

Now, however, Stadius, taking just the contrary view, proves by observations that the latitudes have decreased. 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]

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

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

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]

Dr. W. Ogle has made some curious observations on the connection between the power of smell and the colouring matter of the mucous membrane of the olfactory region as well as of the skin of the body. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

And, indeed, were I as good a mathematician as Euclid himself, it requires an age’s stay to make just observations on the air and vapours. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

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 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

Sigmund Freud Tissie records many observations of recent date in which behaviour of a pathological character (based on delusory hypotheses, obsessive impulses) had their origin in dreams. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

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

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

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]

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]

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

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]

Henry James Bernard’s sense of the anomaly grew rapidly less acute; he made various observations which helped it to seem natural. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

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

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]

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]

George Meredith I had not to learn that the simplest visits and observations of ruling princes signify more than lies on the surface. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

John Locke Whenever we go to seek it elsewhere, in experiment or observations without us, our knowledge goes not beyond particulars. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

H. G. Wells Mr. Wace asked questions, and suggested observations to clear up difficult points. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

The observations of Ross and of More show us that there is a chain of mountains of immense height, which seem to encircle the pole. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

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]

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

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]

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

It is certain, from the observations of Huber, that the aphides show no dislike to the ants: if the latter be not present they are at last compelled to eject their excretion. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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

Julian Hawthorne We sat apart, quietly and conventionally making observations on ordinary topics, as though we had been newly introduced. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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

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

James Anthony Froude These observations apply most immediately to Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost,’ and are meant to explain the unsatisfactoriness of it. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

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]

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

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]

See also Dr. Murie’s observations on those glands in the Proc. Zoolog. Soc., 1870, p. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

Leon Trotsky I was more firmly convinced of this, the more extensive my connections became and the keener my observations grew. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

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

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]