Phrases with "often"

The twisted part becomes thicker; but I observed in Mr. Veitch’s hothouse that the stalk often takes a turn when not in contact with any object, and that this twisted part is likewise thickened. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

But if he sometimes, nay, often heard of them, Jacques de Wissant knew nothing of such women. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

G. K. Chesterton It is a fairy wand of great fear, stronger than those who use it — often frightful, often wicked to use. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Marjorie Bowen Plenty of them, little Elsie. You wouldn’t think now, would you, there used to be such a noise here that I often didn’t know what to do. Elsie’s Lonely Afternoon by Marjorie Bowen

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell Altogether I’ve got seven-and-thirty shillings wrapped up for Nanny. I never touch it, but I’ve often thought the poor mother feels near to God when she brings this money. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

John Lewis Burckhard Its name is well known in Upper Egypt, and the Bedouins Ababde often repair thither with Dhourra, and cotton stuffs of Egyptian manufacture. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Walter Scott As often again he was in the rear, endeavouring to secure the attachment of the two horsemen by kind words, gifts, and promises of additional recompense, when their task should be accomplished. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Anthony Trollope He had said so often to Atticus; but men say words in the despondency of the moment which they do not wish to have accepted as their established conviction. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Amongst these, the “palosabre,” a species of Erythrina, a small tree, bearing red flowers, that grew in this valley, near the brook, often drew my attention. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

This often gives an appearance of want of feeling, and even of cruelty. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

George Gissing I’ve often thought that one’s sister’s choice in marriage must be a very anxious thing; it would have worried me awfully if I had felt any doubts about the man. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Ann Radcliffe Louisa and myself often shared the instruction of her father, and at those hours Orlando was generally of the party. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

As it often takes a considerable time to dig him out of his hole, it would be a long and laborious business to attack each hole indiscriminately without knowing whether the animal were there or not. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Anthony Trollope Then it used to go out perhaps as often as three times a week. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

How often was Giotto scolded for letting the sheep stray? Very often, no doubt. Signa by Ouida

For breakfast you got two rashers of bacon and a pale fried egg, and bread-and-butter which had often been cut overnight and always had thumb-marks on it. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

His only job is driving a taxi, and he need perform no other service; though for people who behave decently he often will. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Anthony Trollope I have no doubt these people are very good in their way; only their ways are not my ways; and one doesn’t like to be told so often that one’s own way is broad, and that it leads—you know where. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

On the days when there was a row, she would often call her mother an old camel and a cow. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Oh, that some encouraging voice would answer in the affirmative! My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

They had cured him there so often that they could once more do him the sorry service of putting him on his pins again. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Guy de Maupassan They are interesting to study, interesting to know, amusing to understand, often clever, never commonplace like public functionaries. Mother and Daughter by Guy de Maupassan

Virginia Woolf But whether or not a particular man possessed those qualities could only be discovered by asking questions, often beginning at a remote distance from the centre. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

There was an uneasiness between them, ill-defined and yet often verging upon quarrels. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H.P. Lovecraft We often cast a beam around the ship, but saw only dolphins, swimming parallel to our own drifting course. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Often mistaking the causes and often misjudging the effects of all mortal sequences, this capacity of knowing cause and effect presented itself nevertheless to him as the last stability of man. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Robert Louis Stevenson You must often have remarked me leaving the “Pharmacopoeia” — often even in the middle of a phrase — to come forth into the sun and air. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

He often wonders how Mr. Raffles can afford to play so much cricket without doing any work. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

The people about often heard her husband beating her, but she never told any one. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Lord Strafford’s great effort is deservedly admired to this day, and the latter part of it has been often pronounced a chef-d’œuvre. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

George Gissing I often hate her; at other times, I like her very much. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

You’d often hear a man boasting that he’d ‘thrash the life out of’ his son if he caught him smoking, or stealing apples, or robbing a bird’s nest. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Such a one as Mrs Prime is often necessary. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather There is often a good deal of the child left in people who have had to grow up too soon. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Isabella Bird Milk is hard to obtain, often impossible; at some places fowls can be bought for eightpence each, and “flap jacks” everywhere. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Wonderfully as he can describe an appearance, Dickens does not often describe a process. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Anthony Trollope How should it be otherwise?” “He had said so often that the child would die. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Isabella Bird This bread is made from the fruit of the Quercus ballota, which is often nearly three inches long. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope She had been very courageous; for, though her powers of endurance had sometimes nearly deserted her, though her heart had often failed her, still she had gone on and had endured and been silent. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Aren’t you quite divinely good? When I see a woman of your sort (not that I often do!) I try to be a little less bad. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

The beautiful black eyes so discreetly directed looked as often from mantillas as hats, even in Madrid, which is the capital, and much infested by French fashions. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope It should not be imagined, as I think it often is imagined, that these forests are made up of splendid trees, or that splendid trees are even common. North America by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim How long has he been with you, Mrs. Dewar?” “Since the place opened,” that lady replied, “I pay him good wages but I often wonder why he stays. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Louisa May Alcott At one corner of the wide, low wall was a seat, and here Amy often came to read or work, or console herself with the beauty all about her. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Cupid often goes so furnished. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Furphy I’ve worked on that ram-paddock so often that I seem to have a sort of title to it. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

And that accounts for a fact which often has struck myself, viz. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

These attacks were as often resented, and sometimes led the Wamara in pursuit a long way into their enemy’s country, where, at a place called Kisiguisi, they found men robed in red cloths. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

George Meredith Can one’s nature be too stedfast? The question whether a spice of frivolousness may not be a safeguard has often risen before me. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Olaf Stapledon Unfortunately, Whitehead's work, though rich in suggestive ideas which open up vistas of novel and significant thought, is often very obscure. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

E. F. Benson I feared Mrs. Stone, whose grave with the sinister inscription, “In evil memory,” I had so often seen in my dream, just beyond the lawn which lay below my window. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Mark Twain I just expected there’d be somebody laying down in it, because people often done that to fool folks, and when a chap had pulled a skiff out most to it they’d raise up and laugh at him. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

They often talked like lunatics. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

G. K. Chesterton Men remembered how often barbarous tribes or strange and alien Scriptures had been called in to revive the blood of decaying empires and civilisations. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

John Stuart Mill They are also aware that a right action does not necessarily indicate a virtuous character, and that actions which are blamable, often proceed from qualities entitled to praise. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

It was not often that snow fell in this western world, and a snowstorm at Christmas was considered altogether pleasant and seasonable, an event for the children to rejoice at. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Mrs. Crowley had been one of Bunting’s ladies, one of those he had liked best—a cheerful, jolly lady, who used often to give her servants what she called a treat. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Alfred Ainger And hence also the effect he often leaves of having indulged in praise too great for the occasion. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Jules Verne His last master, young Lord Longferry, Member of Parliament, after passing his nights in the Haymarket taverns, was too often brought home in the morning on policemen’s shoulders. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Their activities come often under the notice of the police, but their personalities are hidden and they flit like shadows through the criminal world. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Henry Handel Richardson But as often as she spoke of Dresden, it was on her lips. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Ford Madox Ford As often as not he palmed Macmaster off as a fair, average player on some other unfortunate fair, average stranger. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

John Ruskin It is, of course, the interest of the employer to disguise it from the persons employed; and, for his own comfort and complacency, he often desires no less to disguise it from himself. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Willa Cather Gunner often got bored with his own clothes or stilts or sled, and wanted Axel’s. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Edith Wharton He and I don’t often look at things in the same light — but I quite agree with him that the management of such matters is best left to — to the persons concerned. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Olaf Stapledon The mastery of physical force often produced a mania for power, and the dissection of society into two alien classes, the powerful and the enslaved. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Tape often proves a halter, and there be’s no ruin like blue ruin! Read your Bible, and talk like a pious ’un. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

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

I have thought of her so often during these weary years that she must sometimes have thought of me. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

William Dampier The silvester gives a colour almost as fair as the cochineel and so like it as to be often mistaken for it, but it is not near so valuable. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Thomas Hardy Her gaze as often fell on the floor and walls of the room as elsewhere, and on the table as much as on either, beholding nothing at all. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

H. Rider Haggard It is often the way when you have been bothering a long time over a thing. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence Struggles of this kind often took place between her and her son, when she seemed to fight for his very life against his own will to die. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot I’ve said so to Pullet often and often, and he knows it. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

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. F. Benson Georgie came to paint in the garden-room, as he so often does—’ ‘Do you call him Georgie?’ asked Diva in an eager parenthesis. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Andrew Lang She was merely puzzled, but the experiences were often renewed. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

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]

Virginia Woolf He knew the waiter; he often lunched there; the waiter knew him too. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Elizabeth Gaskell But after the Robsons settled at Haytersbank, Philip’s evenings were so often spent there that any unconscious hopes Hester might, unawares, have entertained, died away. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Jack London I often marvel these days at the immense quantity of potatoes two or three hundred thousand dollars will buy, or bread, or meat, or coal and kindling. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Jack London So often did this happen, that it became the custom to hold White Fang until the other dog went through its preliminaries, was good and ready, and even made the first attack. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Andrew Lang They often lamented to each other that they had no one of their own to inherit all the wealth that they possessed. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Lewis Burckhard The ceremonies may be repeated as often as the visiter wishes: but few perform them all, except on arriving at Medina, and when on the point of departing. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

H. G. Wells It had its prisons and its oubliettes — often prisons taken over from the old order and very incompletely modernised. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

James Payn And often he left the high-road, and took those short-cuts across country which, like “raw haste,” are generally “half-sisters to delay. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

They often used the words “Larapinta and plenty black fellow. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope Well; when we’ve been whipped often enough, then we shall learn the trade. North America by Anthony Trollope

Henry James You don’t know how often I have resisted my fears – how I have forced myself to let you alone. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Henry James But you’ve come so often — at times — and you’ve had so much to do, and it has been so pleasant and interesting, that I’ve remained, I’ve kept putting off any change. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Jack London This was her day — and it came not often — when manes bristled, and fang smote fang or ripped and tore the yielding flesh, all for the possession of her. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Jane Austen She had been often remiss, her conscience told her so; remiss, perhaps, more in thought than fact; scornful, ungracious. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Professor Krempe often asked me, with a sly smile, how Cornelius Agrippa went on, whilst M. Waldman expressed the most heartfelt exultation in my progress. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Henry Handel Richardson As often as not, he read it upside down; his spectacles perched at an impossible angle on the extreme tip of his long, thin nose. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Margaret Oliphant One good friend is often everything to a young pastor. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

George Gissing His anecdotes were as often as not quite unintelligible, save to people of City experience. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Benjamin Disraeli Myra sate next to Lord Roehampton, and he often addressed her. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

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]

Henry Adams Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Eliot I’m often a hungry discontented fellow. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Then why didn’t you remonstrate with me? I’ve often wondered. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

As he often said in his favourite language of metaphor, he “had threshed out the whole subject of agnosticism, and could consequently meet other minds still struggling in its turbid waves. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Olaf Stapledon He took a short cut by back-streets to the recruiting office that he had so often passed, and as often circumvented so as to avoid its blatant reproaches. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

He seemed so often to reduce her to tears! And he didn’t want to be cried over; he only wanted to be left alone — alone to sulk and despair. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Ivan Turgenev Sophia did not like the kisses and such demonstrations, with which forfeits are often paid, while Varvara used to be cross if she had to look for anything or guess something. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Sir Walter Scott Earnscliff often passed that way, and seldom without enquiring after the solitary inmate, who seemed now to have arranged his establishment for life. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Jules Verne As they went along, the Doctor often picked up stones, both round ones and flat pebbles, as if worn away by the tide. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Anthony Trollope She was realizing the danger from which she had escaped, and, as is so often the case, was beginning to fear it now that it was over. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Hitherwards she more than once strolled with him, bareheaded and meaning to go but twenty rods, but always going good-naturedly further and often stretching it to the freedom of a promenade. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Only that she’s lame I often wonder some man doesn’t fall desperately in love with her. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry Fielding Nothing can differ more widely than wise men and fools in their estimation of things; but, as both act from their uppermost passion, they both often act like. Amelia by Henry Fielding

G. K. Chesterton She often took the step from the sublime to the ridiculous: but to take this step one must reach the sublime. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Henry James It often made him say to himself that Mr. Carteret must have had many odd parts to have been able to achieve with his means so many things requiring cleverness. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

It was on this account that the scene was so new to him, and that he cared so often to stop and look about him. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Such devotion as he has given me has not often been offered to a woman. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

John Galsworthy Perfectly straightforward conformity with the law — itself so often far from perfectly straightforward — had been the sine qua non of his career. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

They passed through the yard and out at the back door, which Alfred had so often looked wistfully at; and by-and-by reached a delicious pasture. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

That night, after an interval of years, I touched the soft bright hair on which my hand had so often lingered in adoring love—that lovely hair which my hand had stained with blood. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Sinclair Lewis He had heard that these pencil-wise, half-intellectual girls were often so. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

It isn’t often I go on these errands of mercy, but I felt that the least I could do was to back you up, my lord. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Edgar Rice Burroughs More often was the tribe of Tarzan disturbed by these wandering huntsmen. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

I myself have often a longing for the pressure of your hand. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Bronislaw Malinowski The facts are often given in a purely casual and colloquial way. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

The day is passed in looking at the falls and in sauntering up and down the wooded and rocky environs of the Niagara; and the evening is often enlivened by the merry dance. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Bronislaw Malinowski Memoirs, descriptions of travel, and so on, give—ceteris paribus—less guarantee; often much more room is left to phantasy, to a tendency to amuse, perhaps puzzle or interest. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Henry James They often describe them admirably, and the rural beauty of the country has never been more happily expressed. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

In earlier days he had beaten David often and Deborah on occasion: on Mary he had never laid a finger. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Henry James Not immediately, of course, for the young man mingled with his Southern pride a shyness which often served all the purpose of humility. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And the solemn woods were saddened with a melancholy knell, as often as the thick-strewn leaves were swept away from the virgin soil, for the burial of an Indian chief. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Elizabeth Gaskell She told me long ago that a misfortune was often preceded by the dream frequently repeated which she gives to ‘Jane Eyre,’ of carrying a little wailing child, and being unable to still it. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

But Odysseus, though shrewd and clever and prudent, he often calls unfortunate. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Willa Cather I want you to like me well enough to come to see us often this winter. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

I can get happy very often when I am by myself, or at church, with him; it is only when I miss his bright outside and can’t think myself into the inner part, that it is so forlorn and dreary. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Edgar Allan Poe BALTASAR. Why does he go so often to Madrid? CHISPA. For the same reason that he eats no supper. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

To be much under a blazing sun often gives me a headache now. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

Henry James I tell Miss Vane that at Bangor we think such ideas vulgar; but then she looks as though she had never heard of Bangor. I often want to shake her, though she is so sweet. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

G. K. Chesterton How often it happens that the M.P.’s for Essex are less punctual than one would suppose. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton Mrs. Browning often appears more luscious and sentimental than many other literary women, but this was because she was stronger. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Olaf Stapledon It is often held with conviction by persons who are very far from puerile, who are highly developed in sensibility toward the more subtle aspects of human consciousness. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Benjamin Disraeli She was to become the unprepared partner of the secret which had gnawed at his heart for years, during which to her his mien had often been smiling and always serene. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

George Elio I often talked to him about it, but he said, “Pooh pooh! as long as my friends find a good dinner and a good bottle of wine, they won’t care about my ceilings being rather smoky. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Yet it often seemed to me that he was but half aware of the exceptional quality of his achievement. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

What we can say is that more authors come here from the West and South than go elsewhere; but they often stay at home, and I fancy very wisely. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope It would remind you too often of vows that were untrue. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett If often she did not sleep well, it was not because of the distant guns, but because of her preoccupation with the subject of finance. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was necessary to assert authority which had been of late too often braved. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

George Gissing The lax man, we know, is often enough severe with his own womankind. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The poor Madonna often heard such words. Signa by Ouida

George Gissing But you are too unworldly; to suffer ourselves to be led by our own higher instincts so often results in injustice to other people. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

To this girl Nina often spoke; the other inhabitants of Sambir seldom or never heard the sound of her voice. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Nikolay often found her poring over the pictures. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Charles Dickens He began to set witch-traps in the highway, and was often seen lying in wait round the corner for hours together, to watch their effect. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Gissing But I so often want to speak to you—and—and then, I can’t quite feel that you acknowledge me as your wife so long as I am away. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Jane Austen I often think of Mr. Rushworth’s property and independence, and wish them in other hands; but I never think of him. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Andrew Lang These folks affirm that they are very well assured of this, and the more as having drunk and eaten often at the fagot-maker’s house. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Langdale, and Little Langdale with Blea Tarn lying in it, form the principal scene of the discourses in the Excursion. The more distant lakes and mountains were often visited and are often alluded to. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

I often used to wonder what Rainton thought of me. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Leon Trotsky The grown-ups would look at the children with a question in their eyes that was sometimes friendly but more often full of irritation. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne A topographical feature like this is often found in the great depôts of commerce and industry. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

I often spoke to her about the advisability of her doing so, but she always put me off. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

G. K. Chesterton He simply said that on a particular morning Mr. Smith came out and began to play about with a rake, as he often did. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Nathaniel Hawthorne So, at least, have I often fancied while lounging on a bench at the door of a small square edifice which stands between shore and shore in the midst of a long bridge. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

The superior veneration so often excited by objects that are distant and unknown shows not perhaps the wrongheadedness of a man, but rather the transcendent power of his imagination. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Karl Philipp Moritz To this tumultuous crowd, however, the speakers often bowed very low, and always addressed them by the title of “gentlemen. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

David rode over often from Uldale although he was so busy a man. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell People are very kind, and perhaps I shall be glad of what I have seen afterwards, but it is often a little trying at the time. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

He can always look up to his work, for it is something above him; and a business man often has to look down upon his business, for it is often beneath him, unless he is a pretty low fellow. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

R. D. Blackmore He was a thoroughly honest man, and paid his rent as often as he could. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Gissing You have so often pointed out to me what a paltry, ineffectual creature I am. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope Later in the evening, when he had been sitting by Miss Trotter for two hours—and he had very often sat by Miss Trotter before—he ventured upon a remark. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Scribblers unwed, with little head May eke it out with heart, And in their lays it often plays A rare first-fiddle part. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

On me the most severe was the strain; for myself I cared not, I had so often died in spirit in my direful journeys that actual death was nothing to me. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

G. K. Chesterton But they seemed to be an entirely new set of men and women, who happened to have the same nerves as the men and women mentioned most often in the newspapers. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Paine Strange! that the answer must be so often repeated. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Anthony Trollope The girl had often said nearly the same thing before, and had still submitted. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon My unsteady courage often gave place to yearnings for my native planet. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

I need not tell you that story, Dick, for you have heard it often enough from my poor father’s own lips. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

T. E. Lawrence We chose them for speed and power, no matter how hard and exhausting they might be under the saddle: indeed, often we chose the hard-paced as the more enduring. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

David Hume These, indeed, sufficiently engage every heart, on the first apprehension of them; and it is difficult to abstain from some sally of panegyric, as often as they occur in discourse or reasoning. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Tobias Smolle This task he performed in the most artful manner, by seeming to contradict me often through misapprehension, that I might have an opportunity of clearing myself the more to my own honour. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Andrew Lang Now it often happens that as princes can generally manage to get their own way it is harder for them to be good than it is for common people. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Morris If he has houses on his land he has rent for them also, often receiving the value of the building many times over, and in the end house and land once more. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

A few incidents now and then directed me, and I possessed a map of the country; but I often wandered wide from my path. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Sidney Colvin In this joy he remembers how often the thought of death has seemed welcome to him, and thinks it would be more welcome now than ever. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

They were built of a red porous stone drawn from quarries in the neighbourhood, and, though they rarely rose to a second story, often covered a large space of ground. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

The unions formed with this unfortunate race are said to be often lasting and happy, as far as any unions can be so, to which a certain degree of disgrace is attached. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli Rumours of his having been received into the Roman Church had been often rife; sometimes flatly, and in time faintly, contradicted. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Gourlay, so often the trampling brute without knowing it, felt it brutal to wound the faithful old creature dreaming at his toil. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

John Lewis Burckhard This temple has been so often ruined and repaired, that no traces of remote antiquity are to be found about it. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope No doubt “things” often do arrange themselves better than men or women can arrange them. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing I often feel I’m a fool to go on like this. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Guy de Maupassan How often had she not heard her mother say: “Why, money is made to be spent. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James It was doubtless caused by one of those meteors which the night-watcher may so often observe burning out to waste in the vacant regions of the atmosphere. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Nature is too large a thing to fit into a system of aesthetics; and beauty is often — perhaps more often than not — complex, obscure, fantastic, and strange. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Robert Louis Stevenson You have the satisfaction to see your sovereign weep; and that person whom you have so often taunted with his happiness reduced to the last pitch of solitude and misery. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Larose had nearly caught him so many times; Larose knew so much about him and his associates, and Larose had so often fathomed the workings of their minds. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

The presence of the doctor certainly did make a lot of difference to us all, and we were as so often before, quite a merry party at our table. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Yes, in this tale of guilt, there was a curious absence of mere criminality, and a touch of that fantasy which is often a part of a seaman’s character. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

George Eliot But we interpret signs of emotion as we interpret other signs — often quite erroneously, unless we have the right key to what they signify. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]