Phrases with "often"

Jack London And since, when I went into the little death I had no power of directing my journeys, I often found myself reliving this particularly detestable experience. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She often thought that other people were, but she did not know that she was so herself. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

In a moment there often dwells the sense of eternity; for when profoundly happy, we know that it is impossible to die. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

George Gissing The free man, says Spinoza, thinks of nothing less often than of death. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell Just think how often papa lectures mamma; and yet, of course, they’re in love with each other. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Isn’t it marvellous? I’ve so often wanted to. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Jules Verne The ship was often arrested by ice-banks, which were cut with the saws; icebergs not seldom confronted her, and it was necessary to blow them up with powder. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Andrew Lang On the hypothesis of believers, the percipients somehow behold ‘Such refraction of events     As often rises ere they rise. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens They’re so aggravating, so unprincipled, so spiteful — unless there’s apoplexy in the family, Fred, you can’t calculate upon ’em, and even then they deceive you just as often as not. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Henry James The voice of the market had suddenly grown faint and far: he had come back at the last, as people so often do, to one of the moods, the sincerities of his prime. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Afterwards she kept on saying aloud, “I must think, I must think!” She said it so often that Jack started keeping count on his fingers. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Arthur Schopenhauer Contrarily, if they are active within, they do not care to be dragged out of themselves; it disturbs and impedes their thoughts in a way that is often most ruinous to them. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Victor Hugo Dea often said to Gwynplaine, — “Light means that you are speaking. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle Where the real sex feeling begins, timidity and distrust are its companions, heritage from old wicked days when love and violence went often hand in hand. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

George Elio One great object of Mr. Jerome’s charities was, as he often said, ‘to keep industrious men an’ women off the parish. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

George Berkeley Qu. Whether wilful mistakes, examples without a likeness, and general addresses to the passions are not often more successful than arguments? 62. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Anthony Trollope How often that question must occur to the girl just married. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

But I am not such a fool as they imagine, and I often think that what I am supposed only to have dreamt — is actually all true and did happen in reality. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

They did Stade, however, no injury beside shaving off his eyebrows, though the younger savages, when hungry, often looked wistfully at him and rubbed their midriffs. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

H. G. Wells Very often men and women, whose work brought them closely together, were lovers and kept very much together, as Arden and Greenlake had done. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Anthony Trollope Though a horseman, he was not often to be found in the stables. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Their two natures were contrary; there were often conflicts between them. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

In a concatenated world a partial conflux often is experienced. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

F. Scott Fitzgerald This was no art, as he often said — this was an industry. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

In constructing plot Balzac is unequal and often inferior. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Walter Scott Jeanie accordingly wrote to her sister, acknowledging her letter, and requesting to hear from her as often as she could. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

H. G. Wells Lord! how I wanted her! I was up there, most evenings I was up there on the Knoll, often even when it rained. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James He was a cynic; she had often heard about that state of mind, though she had never encountered it, for all the people she had seen only cared, if possible, too much. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell I often wish I could wear pretty-coloured ribbons round my throat like the squire’s daughters. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Henry James It was fine to hear her talk so often of dinners of twenty and of her doing, as she said, exactly as she liked with them. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

John Lewis Burckhard Their features are not at all those of the Negro, the face being oval, the nose often perfectly Grecian, and the cheek bones not prominent. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Steele Rudd The traveller was very hungry and liked it, and when passing his plate the second time for more, said it wasn’t often he got any poultry. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Jane Austen In space, light, furniture, and prospect, there was nothing alike in the two apartments; and she often heaved a sigh at the remembrance of all her books and boxes, and various comforts there. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Gaston Leroux I could not tell you, even approximately, how long this ride lasted; I only know that we seemed to turn and turn and often went down a spiral stair into the very heart of the earth. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

William Dampier Then he throws his lance and nimbly snatches out his cresset, with which he hacks and hews the air like a madman, often shrieking. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Robert Louis Stevenson And yet how often have these sleepless Brownies done him honest service, and given him, as he sat idly taking his pleasure in the boxes, better tales than he could fashion for himself. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

My own hours in the printing-office began at seven and ended at six, with an hour at noon for dinner, which I often used for putting down such verses as had come to me during the morning. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

William Godwin The priest declared that, as often as he had entered magic circles, nothing so extraordinary had ever happened to him. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Jules Verne They often braved the weather, and went on the poop till driven down again by the force of a sudden squall. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Margaret Oliphant He thought, as a bad husband often thinks when he is conscious of the world’s disapproval, that it was her complaints that were the cause. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

The barn was definitely outside the radius of possible amelioration — it passed gradually, visibly, into decrepitude, and Mrs Murchison often wished she could afford to pull it down. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Maria Edgeworth But after even one or two seasons in a great metropolis these feelings often change long before they are altered by age. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing The weather has not favoured my recovery, wet winds often blowing, and not much sun. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

He, too, would get credit, as due to one of whom it was so often said that in the end he never failed. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Their customs, and manner of treating one another, show a simple, primitive generosity which is truly delightful, and which is often a reproach to our own people. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

You didn’t often see it without one. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

He tore off the bandages as often as they were applied, maintaining all the while the most determined silence. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Henry James I’ve so often failed of that. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

It was not often that Miss Heathcote was so wilful. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

William Dampier Yet he was very timorous and could not endure to see any sort of weapons; and he often told me that they had no arms at Meangis, they having no enemies to fight with. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Henry James She told me this was a charming family, who had often received American ladies (and others as well) who wished to follow up the language, and she was sure I should be delighted with them. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

Wilkie Collins B. J.” — “And we will send Leo into the water as often as you like him to go. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Are we correct in this surmise? “I have seen it, or one like it, often in her hand. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

She was pale, with white hair, and a sad, beautiful face as if she had often been very, very sorry. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Henry James Of course he was immensely taken up, and did n’t come very often to see me; but he came sometimes, and when he sat there he had a look which I did n’t understand at first. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

She was very often woefully indiscreet, but nobody can withhold admiration for her. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Henry James I often do it, when Mrs Major doesn’t come up,” Paul Muniment said, continuing to thump his sister’s couch in an appreciative but somewhat subversive manner. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton Well, but what was all the fuss about? Of course, as people got older their memories were subject to these momentary lapses; he’d noticed it often enough among his contemporaries. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

George Gissing Discretion often put restraint upon her curiosity, but none the less Mr. Walsh had plausible grounds for believing that his advances were not unwelcome. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Jack London But these wills were always broken, and very often by the very lawyers that had drawn them up. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H. G. Wells The poor little soul wails as often for events as the slum baby does for nourishment. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

The simple analysis, the union of opposites which so often existed in verse, was clear enough. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Sir Walter Scott In returning his greeting, which he did simply and unaffectedly, the citizen only said — “Too much courtesy, my lord duke, is often the reverse of kindness. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

He is not quite so regular in his payments as I could wish—but he does pay,—and he’s very little trouble, for he’s often away for a week at a time, the rent running on all the same of course. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Till sick with toil, and lassitude extreme, We often think, when we are dull and vapoury, The bliss of Paradise was so supreme, Because that Adam did not deal in drapery. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

John Morley Junius is never more than a railer, and very often he is third-rate even as a railer. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Theodore Dreiser Your cautious citizen of average means, looking out through the eye of his dull world of seeming fact, is often the first to forgive or condone the grim butcheries of theory by which the strong rise. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Bullets hurt, corpses stink, men under fire are often so frightened that they wet their trousers. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

George Gissing She used to come up and ask me if I wanted anything; and of course I knew that she began to come more often than necessary. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

Mere artists are often mannikins. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell Between her and it, Edward was amusing himself; he often called upon her for sympathy, which she as readily gave. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Henry James I suppose it ‘s very improper for a woman to tell any one how often her husband kisses her; but, as you happen to have seen him do it, I don’t suppose you will be scandalized. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

The physician could not bear to see his people weep, to see flock round him the poor of the canton, to whom Athos had so often given life and consolation by his kind words and his charities. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

James Joyce My eyes were often full of tears (I could not tell why) and at times a flood from my heart seemed to pour itself out into my bosom. Dubliners by James Joyce

Helen Zimmern Caroline Percy is one of the very wise, self-contained and excellent young persons who so often appear under different disguises in Miss Edgeworth’s tales. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Oscar Wilde Latin, he remarked, was a better language to print than English, as the tails of the letters did not so often fall below the line. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

To-day there is little doubt whose judgement was the truer, even had Ruskin not weakened his position by so often contradicting himself. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Ralph Waldo Emerson The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter any thing which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Jack London What image of a bishop, for instance, could possibly form in his mind when I rapped our code-sign for bishop? In vain and often I asked him this very question. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Andrew Lang Unfortunately, this man was very rough and unkind, and though the poor monster was quite quiet, he often beat him without rhyme or reason when he happened to be in a bad temper. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton She was a woman of the sort that is very much of a mother; that sort of lady is often found attached to that sort of lunatic. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

G. K. Chesterton An anachronism is often simply an ellipsis; and an ellipsis is often simply a necessity. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Willa Cather He had so often felt it when he sat with her on summer nights like this. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He so often wondered what Dickon was thinking when he saw him looking at him or at one of his “creatures” with his happy wide smile. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Henry James I don’t even know, I admit, why — but if we see her often enough I may find out. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

D. H. Lawrence But often he was in London, or in Oxford. He moved about a great deal, his life seemed uncertain, without any definite rhythm, any organic meaning. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

But what she had not learned was that the most clever often become the dupes of their own imagination; and that great comediennes generally conclude by shedding real tears. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells He often wished he did not blush quite so much, seeing he was a man of one-and-twenty. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Anthony Trollope If he went to church less often than old Mr. Bolton, so did old Mr. Bolton go less often than his wife. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Let her live and flourish! He died, his pockets filled with her letters, which he had carried about his person, in order that he might read them as often as he wished. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Jules Verne The travellers were often up to their knees, but they only laughed over it; and, indeed, the Doctor was rather glad of such unexpected baths. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Anthony Trollope I have too often found that the former alternative has been thought to be the better, as it certainly is the easier method. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

I often think of that speech of Macbeth’s, “I ‘gin to be aweary of the sun. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Virginia Woolf But I seeking contrasts often feel his eye on us, his laughing eye, his wild eye, adding us up like insignificant items in some grand total which he is for ever pursuing in his office. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell She is often very good to us; it is only sometimes she goes into a passion; and we are very provoking, I dare say. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In this process she was often acute beyond her experience, with remembered things from old conversations that had gone into her half-heard. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It was the girl whose ominous voice had been raised so often and so gladly in anticipation of ‘the merry show’. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Willa Cather Dr. Archie’s whole manner with Thea, Anna often told her mother, was too free. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

As often happens after a grey daybreak the sun had risen in a warm and glorious splendour above the smooth immense gleam of the enlarged estuary. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope Her loveliness was like that of many landscapes, which require to be often seen to be fully enjoyed. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Beauty is so rare nowadays and prettiness so common, that the terms are often confused and misapplied, and the most ordinary good looks usurp the name of beauty. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

And so I opened and closed them a hundred times a night—to be always disappointed! It racked me! I’ve often groaned aloud. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Guy de Maupassant Baron de Coutelier often went and dined with his friends, as much with the object of telling them of the shots he had made, as of anything else. Rust (La Rouille) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

E. F. Benson It was cool and spacious, one window was shaded with the big leaves of a fig-tree, through which, unseen, Miss Mapp so often peered out to see whether her gardener was idling. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

R. D. Blackmore Insie, they shall give me something when I marry you, and as often as they like afterward. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

D. H. Lawrence What amazing beauty and pleasure, in the dark! His fingers had often touched Anna on the face and neck like that. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

John Lewis Burckhard These collections of rain water amongst the rocks are often of considerable depth; those on the level plain are shallow and of greater extent. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

E. Phillips Oppenheim For four hours at least, often six, I am the village postmaster no longer. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Cloe. About the fields tracing, Each other in chasing, And often imbracing, In amorous sort. Muses Elizium by Michael Drayton [1630]

James Clerk Maxwell The educational value of such experiments is often inversely proportional to the complexity of the apparatus. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

G. K. Chesterton Stevenson admitted that he often found it difficult to get any intimations of immortality. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Florence Dixie Far below, at our feet, lay the ravine, with the river we had so often crossed that day, looking like a winding silver thread in the distance. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

I have been obliged to sing “Deep in Love” so often for my handsome host, and every time it is as for you I sing it. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

T. H. Huxley What the other monster should be he hath forgotten to relate; and these papers came to my hand since his death, which, otherwise, in my often conferences, I might have learned. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Virginia Woolf The soft, swift syllables of educated speech often shamed her few rude ones. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

I often wish I were a man!” “By these lips, I am enchanted that your wish cannot be realised. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Elizabeth Gaskell I struggled through the winter, and the early part of the spring, often with great difficulty. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

The jungles teem with game, but as often as not you don’t even get a chance to fire your gun. Burmese Days by George Orwell

John Galsworthy I often wish I was back in the old Country. My wife says we’re better off here, but I don’t know. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

He rarely made phrases himself — though, curiously enough, his father often did without knowing it — the harsh grind of his character producing a flash. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Thomas Hardy It is both painful and satisfactory to think how often these antitheses are to be observed in the individual most open to our observation — ourselves. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Edward Bellamy Human slavery, so often vainly scotched, at last was killed. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Wilkie Collins Besides liking his society for this reason, she felt for him in his lonely position; naturally enough, I think, considering how often she was left in solitude herself. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

She’ll often steal out to the gate about the time she knows he’ll be passing, and watch him by, not letting him see her. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Wilkie Collins He often had occasion to go to London; but never took her with him. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I’m afraid the crowd is getting on very slowly, but I’ll try to entertain you: you are such a good listener!” Miss Arden often wondered afterwards at her own passiveness through all this. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Anatole France One day they had taken the boat that she had seen pass so often under her windows. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Thomas Hardy Perhaps one reason why she seduces casual attention is that she never courts it, though the other women often gaze around them. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

John Stuart Mill This feeling in most individuals is much inferior in strength to their selfish feelings, and is often wanting altogether. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

George Gissing Sympathy was essential to Egremont as often as he suffered from the caprices of his temperament, and in grave trouble it was a danger for him to be left companionless. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Marie Corelli He has simply to desert her — such an easy thing! — so often done! — and she will paint no more. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Olaf Stapledon Moreover, at every turn it is liable to be frustrated not only by logical obtuseness but by irrelevant and often unwitting emotion. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Willa Cather I’ve often wondered what became of it. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

George Gissing In days gone by, I could but gulp down the refreshment, hurried, often harassed, by the thought of the work I had before me; often I was quite insensible of the aroma, the flavour, of what I drank. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Wilkie Collins He was uncommonly fond of music — so much so that he often took his instrument out with him when he went for a walk. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Edith Wharton Paul had a personal dread of society, but he wished to show his wife to the world, and I was not often a spectator on these occasions. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

George Meredith It is a book of Maxims. He often speaks of the weather. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Olaf Stapledon The mystic’s starting-point is often a condition of torturing self-contempt or of revulsion from the cruelty and injustice practiced by his fellow men. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Virginia Woolf Chapters often begin quite differently from the way they go on, you know. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Very often I told these stories to the orderlies, who listened and laughed, and abused me jokingly. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Women, in some cases, rose superior to men, but yet not so often as might have happened under a less mysterious danger. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Fanny Fern She often paused to wipe the tears—tears of happiness—from her eyes. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Anthony Trollope And then the pair, sitting down lovingly together, talked over all their difficulties, as they so often did, and all their hopes as they so seldom were enabled to do. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing No one is called upon to make an elaborate declaration of faith as often as such subjects are spoken of. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George MacDonald By this time the wind had increased almost to a hurricane, and as they had often to head it, it was no joke for either of the Diamonds. The distance, however, was not great. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Henry James He so often spoke of you, I remember, at the last, just after you had been with him alone — you know I saw him then. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Anne Bronte I should not dream of wishing your aunt to leave the place under any circumstances; and we will live either here or elsewhere as you and she may determine, and you shall see her as often as you like. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

In after years, when Laura heard her spoken of slightingly, and, indeed, often felt irritated herself by her interfering ways, she thought of that graceful action. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Elio I often say, when he preaches about meekness, he gives himself a slap in the face. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

I am sure he often wore it when he was quite alone. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

G. K. Chesterton It made Ruskin capricious and despotic, Tennyson lonely and whimsical, Carlyle harsh to the point of hatred, and Kingsley often rabid to the ruin of logic and charity. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

I had absolutely no cause for anxiety, as I often told people, wondering that I did not feel a little all the same. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell I often doubt whether I did right; but it’s no use thinking about it now. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had heard the “hommes 40, chevaux 8” story so often that it had become confused and ominous. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Henry Fielding Possibly, indeed, he often laughed at what he did not utter, for every speech begun with a laugh, though it did not always end with a jest. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

G. K. Chesterton Illegal operations very often do. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle A very handsome man was Karl, and I sent him often mit little presents of one thing or another to my girl, for there were reasons why I could not go myself. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

I often wonder whether it will be you or Mabel in the end. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

The vizier is often the author of certain lines of policy. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

And every tailor who makes clothes such as these invariably puts in his own name, and very often that of his client, too, somewhere upon a little tab. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

It is this want of reason in their affections which makes women so often run into extremes, and either be the most fond or most careless and unnatural mothers. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Algernon Blackwood And Dr. Silence often learned more from a few moments’ secret observation of a face than from hours of conversation with its owner afterwards. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Vessels often run from a clear sky and light wind, with all sail, at once into a heavy sea and cloudy sky, with double-reefed topsails. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Rudyard Kipling As often as not, Mrs Vincey would be milking cross Pansy at the other end of the pasture, and would not come near till it was time to strain and pour off. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Leon Trotsky Short articles were often the result of long preparatory work. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Somebody evidently comes here pretty often — I must look out. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Some of them even had meadows and cows, and thirty-five years ago I often became sunburnt in those meadows while helping with the hay-making. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Sad confessions were often poured into Rachel’s ears which she had known for years. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

He had been to often at feud with it in his wild youth to dream of seeking it as any help. Signa by Ouida

Robert Louis Stevenson I did not enjoy that cigar; but this may have been from a variety of reasons, even the best cigar often failing to please if you smoke three-quarters of it in a drenching rain. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft Onward through the blackness of the abyss I leaped, plunged, and staggered — often falling and bruising myself, and once nearly shattering my torch. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Mark Twain I think it is often apparent that he is pained by these discrepancies, but loyally tries his best not to show it. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Leon Trotsky Later I often remembered with pleasure that I had begun my diplomatic activity by teaching the Eiffel Tower good manners. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne Michael’s horse, having no one to guide him, often started aside, and so made confusion among the ranks. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Anthony Trollope They see the better as plainly as do their elders, though they so often follow the worse,—as not unfrequently do the elders also. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Marie Corelli For nowadays, children too often despise their parents, which is bad luck to them in their after days; but ours, wild as they were a while ago, are all obedience and sweetness. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

William Makepeace Thackeray It is amazing to think that Legg, so often shown up, and known everywhere, is flourishing yet. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

George Gissing Again and again he walked away, and as often returned. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope And then her weak puny child had grown up in the same shade, and was now a lovely woman, gifted with high birth, and that special priceless beauty which high blood so often gives. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

O so often a slave! What beast, when it has once escaped by breaking its toils, absurdly trusts itself to them again? You say, “I am no adulterer. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Henry Handel Richardson For though he often railed at Purdy, yet that was only Richard’s way: he was genuinely fond of him, and unbent to him as to nobody else. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

E. F. Benson A little overbidding of your hand, perhaps, do you think? but that is a tendency we are all subject to: I often overbid my hand myself. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

But, as often befals to the dealers in falsehood and obliquity, the apparent accomplishment of her hopes proved her ruin. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Henry James The peculiar fragrance of this vegetation used to diffuse itself in the evening air, and Mrs. Penniman, on the warm nights of July, often sat at the open window and inhaled it. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

She is often, often in my mind. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Jane Austen I never meant to deceive you, but my spirits might often lead me wrong. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Arthur Morrison You wouldn’t often expect to find the captain down in the steward’s pantry, would you, thick as they might be. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

W. H. Hudson Sometimes I thought my depression was caused by a secret malady undermining my existence, for I was now often afflicted by headache and lassitude. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Jules Verne They found it very painful to remain on the ice, and were often obliged to plunge into the water up to their middle; their seal-skin garments protected them but imperfectly from the damp. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Willa Cather After the heavy work of harvest was over, Mrs. Wheeler often persuaded her husband, when he was starting off in his buckboard, to take her as far as Claude’s new house. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope The self-indulgences of the saints in this respect often exceed anything that is done by the sinners. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Money returns from work are very good, and work itself is good, as bringing such returns and occupying both body and mind; but the world’s work is very hard, and workmen are too often overdriven. North America by Anthony Trollope

Both attracted considerable attention, and were often reprinted and translated. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson He has the forbidden fruit in his waist-coat pocket, and can make himself a god as often and as long as he likes. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton Of course I’ve talked with her alone — I’ve talked with her as often as I could. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Henry Fielding He had, I confess, on board a number of fowls and ducks sufficient for a West India voyage; all of them, as he often said, “Very fine birds, and of the largest breed. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

Kate Chopin Her name was Adele Ratignolle. There are no words to describe her save the old ones that have served so often to picture the bygone heroine of romance and the fair lady of our dreams. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

George Gissing Lyddy, we are aware, was little given to logical processes of thought; her feelings often got her into troublesome perplexities. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Walter Crane The painter and the sculptor often seek as complete representation as possible, and what may be called complete representation is within the range of their resources. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]