Phrases with "occur"

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to him not to believe the woman’s statement, and all his hopes about the poor creature were at once dashed to the ground. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Henry James And yet no meeting was to occur — as meetings are commonly understood. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Arnold Bennett When at length she waved her hand to him, it did not occur to him to suppose that she was waving her hand to him; he merely wondered what peculiar thing she was doing. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Walter Scott But occasionally cases occur like the following, with respect to which it is more difficult, to use James Boswell’s phrase, “to know what to think. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

The Floral and Arabesque designs are most common on small and unimportant works bound in satin, but they occur now and then on both canvas and velvet books. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

For historical notices of the ruined town of Khulasah, see Chap. IV. 153 In “The Gold–Mines of Midian,” Chap. V., occur several differences of nomenclature, which may or may not be mistakes. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

VI. When an unusually large number of cases of this disease occur about the same time, it is inferred, therefore, that there exists some special cause for this increased frequency. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sybil, with a great deal of difficulty, although it did not occur to her to call it that, had managed to get Aaron downstairs and into the drawing-room. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

It did not occur to the lady whom that journal considerately described as his “widow,” to look for him in the city prison at Sacramento — a town which he was not known ever to have visited. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Inheritance at corresponding Seasons of the Year. — With animals in a state of nature, innumerable instances occur of characters appearing periodically at different seasons. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A sudden idea seemed to occur to Holmes, for he leaned forward and touched the lad upon the sleeve. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Olaf Stapledon Herd-mentality can only occur in creatures that have capacity for some kind of mental life. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Guy de Maupassant Seized by one of these singular calms which will sometimes occur in cases of the greatest despair, he returned towards the ball-room. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Sigmund Freud Does nothing else occur to you in connection with the jewel-case? So far you have only talked about jewellery and have said nothing about a case. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

George Eliot He released her hand, but it did not occur to her to sit down, and they both continued standing on the hearth. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

H. G. Wells And it did not seem to occur to the public mind that the growing little band of babies now being fed on the food would presently be growing more “up” than most of us ever grow. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This change is very apt to occur in statues. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Rudyard Kipling Then they decided that it would be well never to separate again, in case even more startling changes should occur when the one was not at hand to help the other. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Such an idea, however, did not occur to him, for he could not conceive how any woman should fill the place his queen had vacated. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

George Gissing Now, confession of the truth was the last thing that would occur to Mrs Yule when social relations were concerned. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Strictly analogous cases occur at the successive moults of certain male crustaceans. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Francis Bacon Then again, to speak of subtlety: I seek out and get together a kind of experiments much subtler and simpler than those which occur accidentally. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

Anthony Trollope Miss Grantly was monosyllabic, smiling, however, at every monosyllable; and Lucy found that nothing would occur to her at that moment worthy of being spoken. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

What was the matter now? It did not occur to her to turn back overleaf to look. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Willa Cather You are still younger than Ivy, — and better-looking! Did that never occur to you?” “I wish you wouldn’t talk to me like that,” he said coldly. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

At the head of the stair-case there appeared to occur a pause; and I could distinctly hear two or three sentences hastily whispered; the steps then descended the stairs with apparently less caution. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Walter Scott The scene into which he was guided, strengthened an association which was not of itself unlikely to occur to the ignorant and martial islander. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Robert Louis Stevenson Sir — It may probably occur to you that we have met, and visited, and conversed; on my side, with interest. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

It didn’t occur to me that Sarazins’ were tapeworms who were eating him alive. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Sigmund Freud The verbal transformations in dreams are very similar to those which are known to occur in paranoia, and which are observed also in hysteria and obsessions. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Charles Dickens He appeared to expect that this would occur on a Sunday, and that the wanderers would first appear, in the deserted churches, penitent and humbled. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Mark Twain She found that the medicine did really diminish, but it did not occur to her that the boy was mending the health of a crack in the sitting-room floor with it. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

H. G. Wells It did not occur to me that the curate’s clock might have a considerable margin of error. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Arnold Bennett The time of the abandonment was fixed for them by circumstance, for it had to occur before the husband’s return. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Jack London Many things were to occur simultaneously when the signal went forth. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Anthony Trollope That the Lady Anna should throw herself away upon Daniel Thwaite did not occur to her as a possibility. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Would it occur to him to do the same in the case of the back door? It was very possible that he might have overlooked it. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Gissing It did not occur to him for a moment that the girl herself might possibly be to blame. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Benjamin Disraeli Believing, therefore, that no change will occur in the disposition of property in this country, I cannot comprehend how our government can become more democratic. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to him that, in making such a revelation as to his son’s mother he would inflict any great grief on his son’s heart. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edward Bellamy It did not occur to them that it was robbery as well as cruelty when men seized for themselves the whole product of the world and left women to beg and wheedle for their share. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to them, as it would have done to Julius Cæsar at such a time, that it would be better that they should show their mercy than their hatred. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope And then it certainly did occur to Lucy to think why Lord Lufton should have come to Framley and told all of his story to her brother. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Alphonse Daudet Never did it occur to Costecalde’s mind to sing the Bezuquets’, or the Bezuquets to try Costecalde’s . Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

George Gissing But women ——” It did not occur to him to ask who the girl was, and on this point Langley offered no information beyond what he had said of her social position. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It began to occur to her that it was not so much the dance as the dancer in whom her husband was interested. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

It really was something amounting to a disgrace — oh, well, disgrace was a bit strong; but regrettable, anyhow, that such a thing should occur in a force that thought it was efficient. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

H. G. Wells It did not occur to me at all then to ask myself what she might be thinking or feeling. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Henry James It doesn’t appear to occur to him to give you the necessary reassurance. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Henry James He had thought of writing to her instead of calling — but he would write to her at any rate, to tell her a lot of things that would be sure to occur to him as soon as he had left the house. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

It would not occur to him to say: Are this man’s eyes blue or brown? In the end, of course, it was Grant who submitted to questioning. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Jules Verne The same thought seemed to occur to Ardan; and both were casting inquiring glances on Nicholl, when suddenly Maston paused. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Sigmund Freud Dreams which present the most painful content, and not the least trace of wish-fulfilment, occur frequently enough. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry James Does Theodore know of the will? Would it occur to him to divide the property? Would it occur to me, in his place? We met at dinner, and talked in a grave, desultory, friendly fashion. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Zona Gale I always say, ‘Olivia, nothing need occur to vex one. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Jack London I did not dream of what was to occur until it did occur, but he knew from the very first what was coming and awaited it bravely. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Sigmund Freud But such irregularities occur throughout life . The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Andrew Lang As a rule fulfilled dreams deal with the most trivial affairs, and such as, being usual, may readily occur by chance coincidence. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang These mental conditions, therefore, occur only in twelve per cent. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott Miss Sommerville will, I am sure, let you know if a moment should by any chance occur when her uncle can see you. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Unintentionally he exposes organic beings to new and changing conditions of life, and variability ensues; but similar changes of conditions might and do occur under nature. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Wilkie Collins He took about as much notice of her as he took of the cat; it never seemed to occur to him to waste a look on Rosanna’s plain face. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Jules Verne Cyrus Harding knew this well, and sometimes he asked if some circumstance might not occur which they would be powerless to surmount. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Who would have ever dreamed they were discussing the carrying out of a coldblooded murder, almost as if it were a very ordinary and commonplace happening, liable to occur in everyone’s life. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Arthur Conan Doyle But what will occur in the future? What will she do next? I dare not think of it. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Anthony Trollope It does not occur to him what Frederic might be if he were not in the way. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Baldwin Spencer It does not occur to him that an expression of gratitude is necessary. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. G. Wells Mr Streit betrays at times as vivid a sense of advancing social collapse as I have, but it has still to occur to him that that collapse may be conclusive. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope She thought it probable that she might obtain power over him and manage him; but it did not occur to her that his legs were so weak beneath him that she might almost blow him over with a breath. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

It didn’t occur to me even to think it might be you —” Lucy could not help feeling that she was enjoying her own enormity. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

E. F. Benson Emily was lonely, and she was glad that old Tabby had returned to the Parsonage—she would be a companion for her sister; but it did not occur to her to go back herself. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

It did not occur to us that they could be tamed and saddled and mounted. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Oscar Wilde This should be determined by the general spirit of the play, more than by any actual historical references which may occur in it. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

G. K. Chesterton It does not occur to us that the mere assertion that this raging and confounding universe is governed by justice and mercy is a piece of staggering optimism fit to set all men capering. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Henry James Unless he speaks of his own movement —! And why should it be,” she asked, “a thing that WOULD occur to him?” “I really think,” Mr. Verver concurred, “that it naturally wouldn’t. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Anthony Trollope Of course she had written the check without a word, but it did begin to occur to her that hunting was an expensive amusement. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon This could only occur if in the constitution of that world there was something unwholesome, some secret and unfulfilled hunger impelling the beings. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

D.H. Lawrence Yet it did not occur to me to ask where these bells rang. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Moreover, other forms, which are not found in the Chalk of Europe, but which occur in the formations either above or below, occur in the same order at these distant points of the world. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Tennyson’s lyrical power is seen at its best in the magical songs which occur in the course of the story or interposed between the different scenes. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Individual differences between the members of the same species are admitted by every one to occur under a state of nature. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne This was the most delicate part of the operation, for the explosion would have to be carefully timed, so as not to occur too soon or too late. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

E. Nesbi It did not occur to them that they were spoiling good sheets which cost good money. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Theodore Dreiser As often as she might recover from these discontented thoughts now, they would occur again. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang The motive, I think, is an original one, and not likely to occur to the first comer. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence It did not occur to him that her position in his home would be rather a peculiar and difficult one. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Jeremy Bentham This source of misapprehension could not but occur in the course of the examples given in the last preceding chapter; but being now noticed, it is to be hoped it will be removed. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H. G. Wells Which cannot possibly occur again. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

In the first place, as you have said, to be measured is a loss of time, even though it occur only once a fortnight. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Henry Handel Richardson And so dizzy with sleep was he that for some seconds it did not occur to him to light the candle. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Arnold Bennett And occasionally Sophia would make a mistake, and grave unpleasantness would occur before the mistake could be rectified. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Margaret Oliphant Who was this man with Her? Why did She come to bewilder him in the midst of his work? It did not occur to the poor young fellow that Lady Western came to his lecture simply as to a “distraction. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

She is a great sufferer, and you may be aware that the paroxysms of her disease occur with greater frequency than ever. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Elizabeth Gaskell Indeed, many a little circumstance of former subjection to the will of others rose up before her during these quiet hours, as an endurance or a suffering never to occur again. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Apparently it did not occur to Frederick that this declaration had come a little late in the day. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Algernon Blackwood It was, he felt at the time, a singular image to occur to him, yet it expressed his sensation pictorially better than anything else. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

George Gissing What did that mean? Is her mother so contemptible that my change of fortune leads her to treat me in that way?’ ‘But does no other reason occur to you?’ asked Mr. Wyvern, with grave surprise. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Beyond these two principles there is a third of scarcely less constraining force, which will occur to any one who reflects at all on the subject. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

This was to occur at the town of Flatbroke, where he was then in prison. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Sigmund Freud I carefully refrain from suggesting to her the meaning of the symbols, and ask her only for the thoughts which occur to her mind in connection with the individual parts of the dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

If such an accident were to occur at the depth of six hundred feet, this bored hole would have to be abandoned. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

Edith Wharton Are you surprised that such an idea should occur to her?” His own color answered hers: it was the only reply that came to him. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Jules Verne Of course under the circumstances the work could not proceed rapidly, falls might occur at any moment, and the miners were in danger of being buried in their turn. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Hope But neither to Bauer nor to them did it occur that their quarry might be crouching near, hunting as well as hunted. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Leon Trotsky It did not occur to me then that the boy was obviously repeating what he must have heard in his feudal home. My Life by Leon Trotsky

That it was the portion on which was stamped the name of the firm from which it was bought did not occur to me. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope Something of all this would, thought Mr Apjohn, occur to Cousin Henry himself, and by this very addition to his fears he might be driven to destroy the will. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Nikolai Gogol This did not occur to him when fully occupied with his own work, for then he forgot food and drink and all the world. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

These crises have a tendency to occur at certain periods, which are hence called critical days. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Algernon Blackwood Instinctivery his mind sought for Devonham. But it did not occur to him at the moment to wonder why this was so. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to him that the baronet or the baronet’s son would actually want Miss Mackenzie’s money. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Bronislaw Malinowski Individual capture seems to occur very seldom; in its legal aspect it would not differ essentially from the elopement, but it would have had probably less chances of being made valid. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Anthony Trollope Would it occur to her that he was the only man she had ever loved? For, of course, as he well knew, she had never loved her husband. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was one of those moments — which sometimes occur only at the interval of years — when a man’s moral aspect is faithfully revealed to his mind’s eye. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

This is especially apt to occur when the parents differ in characters which first appeared as sudden variations or monstrosities. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to him that he would fall in love with Miss Boncassen for a few weeks. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson The next paragraph in his Essay did not occur to him when he talked of “that great turn” in the stanza just quoted. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Olaf Stapledon It may be that before it is time for me to go once more into the past, there will occur again a supreme awakening of the racial mind. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Isabella Bird I am inclined, however, to believe that if a collision were to occur in south-west Persia between two powers which shall be nameless, the Bakhtiari horsemen would be sold to the highest bidder. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Clearly conceived extension, including figure and number, seemed to Descartes indubitable; yet even figure and number may deceive, since they also may occur in illusion and dream. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Elizabeth Von Arnim But he had grown suddenly deafer—a phenomenon I have observed to occur every time my orders are such as he has never been given before. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to him to tell the countess boldly that there was no truth whatever in the report, and that Miss Dale was nothing to him. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

And all these bones were almost entirely free from marks or scratches such as would naturally occur in an ordinary dismemberment and all were quite free from adipocere. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Anthony Trollope But things will occur that cause friendships to grow cool. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

But it did not occur to her to open her umbrella. An Engagement by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Survivals of this lackadaisical or romantic ideal occur freely in the tastes of the well-to-do classes of Continental countries. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

There was another side of the question which naturally did not occur to Gibbon, but which may properly occur to us. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Henry James It did not occur to her that Hyacinth Robinson might be at her door, for it was understood between them that, except by special appointment, he was to come to see her only in the evening. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

It was a strange and almost improper thought to occur to the officer of the watch of a ship on the high seas on no matter how quiet a night. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to him to abuse the Duchess. The Duchess was too necessary for abuse — just at present. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison We travel along the stave, and wherever these signs occur we mark them with t or h, as the case may be. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Mark Twain How it wears a man out to have to read up a hundred pages of history every two or three miles — for verily the celebrated localities of Palestine occur that close together. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells At earliest it should not occur until a year or so later when the youngster has become able and willing to take a directive interest in his or her own future. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins It did certainly occur to me to cut the Gordian knot by owning the truth. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope It would never occur to her to think whether there was any use in submitting to such a nuisance. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Elsie Bellmark was by no means dull but the action sprang so naturally from the conversation that it did not occur to her to look for any deeper motive. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to her that the presence of a bodkin might be ample evidence of murder. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott Enthusiastic feelings of an impressive and solemn nature occur both in private and public life, which seem to add ocular testimony to an intercourse betwixt earth and the world beyond it. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

It did not occur to him that his summing up of the matter had any levity in it. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to him that the love of such a girl as Violet would be a great treasure — to himself. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Ingpen needed no invitation; nothing could occur at the Clayhangers’ without him. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Meanwhile, as the time slipped on, every now and then something would occur to renew the report—that Nash Caromel had been seen. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Arnold Bennett The fact was, he had of course shirked telling her that no marriage would occur that day. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

D. H. Lawrence It could not occur to her that anybody, not even the young man of the world, Skrebensky, should have anything at all to do with her permanent self. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon They might still occur systematically in relation to determining factors. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Anthony Trollope Does it occur to you at this moment that there has been some true affection between you and me in former days?” “I wish it did not. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells He stood clear in the moonlight, his cigar glowed like a blood-red star, and it did not occur to me at the time that I advanced towards him almost invisibly in an impenetrable shadow. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Anthony Trollope But he had gone, and as he went he told himself that circumstances might yet occur in the family which might be of use to him. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Mark Twain It did not occur to him that he had tried it several times before, himself, but could never find the hiding-places afterward. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Marie Corelli Any possibility of changing his mind and waiting for further news from Rome did not occur to him. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Mary Webb It did not occur to her to wonder why Edward did not kiss her as Reddin did. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

G. K. Chesterton But the peculiarity of these loose and almost slangy soliloquies is that every now and then in them there occur bursts of pure poetry which are like a burst of birds singing. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle He knew well that should that once occur nothing could save him. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

It didn’t occur to me to put it away in the drawer the table was fitted with, but my eye was attracted by the good form of the same drawer’s brass handles. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

The passage here quoted from Dominicus Maria Ferrariensis, otherwise known as the astronomer Novara, does not occur in any known writing of that famous man. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Thomas Hardy It did not occur to his mind that Eustacia’s love signal to Wildeve was the tender effect upon the deserted beauty of the intelligence which her grandfather had brought home. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

It didn’t occur to any of us that it would not have been as described. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle I did not know that the attack would come by night, but I thought it very probable, for the crises of such cases usually do occur in the early hours of the morning. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

It should be particularly observed that each ocellus stands in obvious connection either with a dark stripe, or with a longitudinal row of dark spots for both occur indifferently on the same feather. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

And such instances occur in nature. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The same thought seemed to occur almost simultaneously to everyone in the cell. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

As I have pointed out, spontaneous Americanisms do occur in the books of the middle period, but Wodehouse remained English enough to find American slang an amusing and slightly shocking novelty. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Olaf Stapledon In an appropriate environment, then, there might occur a very much higher degree of the will for community. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Henry James If they were to occur they might occur by a logic of their own. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Guy de Maupassan No one believed it, or at least no one supposed that such a thing could occur so foreign was the custom as yet to our customs, and as the night was far advanced every one went home. A Cremation by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang It did not occur to him to flay the stag, and dress in the hide, and, indeed, he would have been frozen before he could have accomplished that task. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson His wife may do what she pleases, and though he may groan, it will never occur to him to blame her; he has no weapon left but tears and the most abject submission. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

However, it seems that that idea did not occur to her and that she attributed my strange reserve solely to my lack of love for her. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to her that he had had the letter written for him, and she was astonished at its curt strength. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang She was fond of her son, but she was a terrible coward; and so in the end she agreed, hoping that something would occur to save the prince. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells The contagion may occur at any phase before or after maturity, and acute attacks predispose the brain for recurrence and may run together at last into a chronic condition of vindictive disapproval. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Only after weeks of vain effort did the right idea occur to somebody-namely, to utilise the force of gravity. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Jules Verne The Sergeant and others, whose bravery none could doubt, agreed that he was in the right, and it might be possible that some new incident would occur to modify the situation. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Sigmund Freud A change can occur only if, in some way (in the case of the child by external assistance), there is an experience of satisfaction, which puts an end to the internal excitation. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

I suppose it didn’t occur to you that it was a dam’ poor way for a good man to be knocked out. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Benjamin Disraeli So events repeat themselves; but if the study of history is really to profit us, the nation at the present day will take care that the same results do not always occur from the same events. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

You are saying to yourself: ‘Fifteen days, twenty days? Bah! I have an inventive mind; before that is expired some idea will occur to me. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

John Galsworthy Why, then, the queer sensations of his circulatory system? Was popular belief in error? A French, or Old-English way of looking at his situation, did not occur to him. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton There were things in our local procession that did not (one might even reverently say, could not) occur in the London procession. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The doctrine that all things occur according to programme. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

I suppose it did not occur to him that Mr. Kurtz was no idol of mine. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Not until Frank had been for some months chained in his den, did it occur to himself to make those cries, so hopeless was he of their being heard below to any good purpose. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

I can conceive nothing better than that it should remain as it is, if you can secure a succession of wise, liberal, honest, and conscientious men to fill the vacancies that occur among you. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Zona Gale Yet it did not occur to either to distrust the phenomenon, or to regard it as unnatural or the fruit of any unnatural law. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Sinclair Lewis But it did not occur to him to refuse. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Jules Verne A fresh opportunity was now about to occur to study the much-discussed corona. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Olaf Stapledon It suddenly appeared to me that a universe in which such torture could occur must be utterly vile, and that the Neptunian complacency was heartless. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Watching for an opportunity—which did not occur until late in the afternoon—Dr. Knox startled the servants by walking into the kitchen, and sitting down. Dr. Knox by Ellen Wood [1873]

Benjamin Disraeli I propose that you and Mrs. Rodney should come and stay with me a week at my house at Barnes, and there a good many things may occur to us. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

On the other hand, if we look at each species as a special act of creation, there is no apparent reason why more varieties should occur in a group having many species, than in one having few. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The well-known experiment of the electrolysis of water will, of course, occur to you. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

H. G. Wells It did not seem to occur to the public mind as anything but a mere playful supposition that any more Herakleophorbia was going to escape again. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Two similar notices of his name occur up to the year 1359. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

But for a brief fortnight in June, which chanced to occur during my journey, the valleys and lower slopes present a wonderful aspect of beauty and joyousness. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

George Eliot What she most feared or hoped in these moments related to Felix Holt, and it did not occur to her that Harold could have anything special to say to her that evening on other subjects. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Jules Verne It will not do to wait till Torres has left Manaos. He has no longer got his silence to sell, and the idea might occur to him. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Mark Twain When you find service charged in the HOTEL bill does it annoy you? Y.M. No. O.M. Do you ever complain of the amount of it? Y.M. No, it would not occur to me. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope It did not occur to Mr. Arabin that he was spoken of at all. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Again, lame gods occur in Greek, Australian, and Brazilian creeds, and the very coincidence of Tsui Goab’s lameness makes us sceptical about his claims to be a real dead man. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

George Gissing It did not occur to her to feel offended. The Scrupulous Father by George Gissing