Phrases with "only"

Rudyard Kipling I have trodden every league of the road from Pubbi to this place; and from Nowshera my guide was only the Voice and the lust of vengeance. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Their only idea was that life was likely to prove more easy, and its problems more readily faced, if he were at hand. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Marjorie Bowen I have told you he was my only friend. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

I only wish,” I added, “I could do more for you. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

M. P. Shiel It is thus an Assyrian palace in scheme: only that the platform has steps on all sides, instead of on one. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Thomas Hardy Hence he reached the church without observation, and the door being only latched he entered. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

I found myself about the only exception to the rule; and, do what I would, I could not sleep. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

E. F. Benson I only meant he was always there. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Because people suffer such a lot, don’t they? “I’ve not been bad, Mumdear. I’m only in love with everything and everybody. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

All this can be only inferred from the preserved scraps of his conscientious writing. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Now this was true and everyone knew it, though why and how he had deserted were questions answered among us only by dark and frightful guesses. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Gaston Leroux I did not hesitate long; and after assuring myself that the only revolver I possessed was properly loaded, I hurried towards the Orleans station. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

They’re only human and at times just love to give a colleague a rap on the knuckles and put him in his place. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

E. F. Benson And as host to my guests —” “Ah! things are only heard and seen after dark, are they?” I asked. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

Though to be sure, only last year one of Louis’ colleagues made her a proposal. In Normandy by Ella D'Arcy [1904]

D. H. Lawrence There is no room with two beds: only single rooms. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Sinclair Lewis All of Mushrat City was busy, and the only menace to its morals was Jay Laverick. It was unfortunate, thought Cass, that it was Jay whom Jinny found most entertaining. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was like his pictures, only he looks very bored and tired. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

It is only a handsome Way of asking one’s Friends for a Guinea. Book. Then you have not translated a Word of it, perhaps. Fielding by Austin Dobson

God help and guard us! I have been unhappy ever since; and if I only knew it was well with poor Philip, I think I should be too happy. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Philip Sidney And, therefore, O thou precious owl, The wise Minerva’s only fowl; What, at thy shrine, shall I devise To offer up a sacrifice? Hang AEsculapius, and Apollo, And Ovid, with his precious shallow. Poems by Philip Sidney

Arthur Conan Doyle There lies our one and only hope. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

My sternness of tone and behaviour was only half assumed. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

To this I reply that it is only a very strong man who can appreciate the charms of a landscape as he is toiling up a steep hill, along a had road. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Wilkie Collins She lifted her hands above her head, and clenched them in the agony which could only venture to seek that silent means of relief. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

H. G. Wells There will be only changes of fashion. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Edith Wharton I understand that in the States it’s different — the young people have only themselves to consider. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Marjorie Bowen The only possible reason for suspecting foul play would have been that the Catchpoles knew of her hoard and wished to get hold of it. Raw Material by Marjorie Bowen

Miles Franklin There is a howling pack after you and another after me, and this was our only chance of enjoying ourselves simply. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Henry James And I only wanted to be amiable! It is very discouraging. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Theodore Dreiser Both parents and children observed it all — the former with serious thoughts of need and anxiety, the latter with wild fancy and only partially suppressed longings. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Hitherto, however, she had not been very fortunate with her tenants, as the few who had come to her had only remained a few days. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

I am only a poor sailor, and I know that a man sometimes forgets himself. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Business is only for ruffians like Bounderby. As for politics — leave that to the Tite Barnacles. Really there is no objective except to marry the heroine, settle down, live solvently and be kind. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

William Morris Ah thus, only thus shall I see her, in dreams of the day or the night, When my soul is beguiled of its sorrow to remember past delight. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

And so you shall if you like, bless you! only not just now. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Arthur Conan Doyle The only person who derived real joy from the incident was Professor Maracot, who could hardly be restrained from sallying out with a small net and a glass vase. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

She saw him only the past Saturday night when she was out on an errand. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Samuel Johnson This was the only moment of my journey, in which I thought myself endangered. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

All the while you will be fading, withering, until one morning you will look in the glass and realize that you aren’t a girl any longer, only a skinny old maid. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope There is only one sorrow that I fear. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope You are the only one in the world that I could never repay. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Now there is only one remedy, and the bridegroom you have chosen must yield his place to the bald-headed youth. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang Now, one of the robbers was not really killed, only badly wounded, but he lay quite still and pretended to be dead like the others. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Frances Hodgson Burnett She worked and dug and pulled up weeds steadily, only becoming more pleased with her work every hour instead of tiring of it. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell I have offered to go home with her; but she says, if she can only feel sure you are at hand, she would rather stay. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

George Gissing If only I had not been such a pedant in morals! I was absurd, when I thought myself nobly honest. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

G. K. Chesterton But I put my money on men who make medieval armament against men who only disapprove of modern armament. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

William Hope Hodgson Not a groan had come from him; only his face betrayed the effect of this additional distress. Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthani by William Hope Hodgson

George Meredith We pray that you may not get old too soon, before she grows for you and is found, only that you may know in her our love. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

H. G. Wells Helpful people of initiative and ambition joined him, only to drop off disappointed. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

D. H. Lawrence He sprang up, gripped it with his great hands, panting “Now, then!” There was no resistance, only a little whimper of despair. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was pitch-dark in the village street, and the darkness seemed only the greater for a light here and there in an uncurtained window or from an open door. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton She was exasperated too, by the discovery that Miss Wincher seemed not only unconscious of any possible rivalry between them, but actually unaware of her existence. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

George Meredith Do you not see, that time is due to us, and the minutes are our gold slipping away?’ She shrank her hand back: she did not wish to withdraw the hand, only to shun the pledge it signified. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

William Hazlitt It shows admirably how self-will is only to be got the better of by stronger will, and how one degree of ridiculous perversity is only to be driven out by another still greater. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Theodore Dreiser If only he did not find some one woman, some Circe, who would bind and enslave him in these Later years as she had herself done in his earlier ones all might yet be well. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

John Galsworthy On a little table close to the divan, with the whisky, were the night’s lettersonly two, one of them, he could see, from Dinny herself. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Andrew Lang But Ian only answered: ‘I myself will put her in and will see to her. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang About the same time, being abroad, he was in great anxiety as to a matter involving only himself. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Well, that was only last Saturday, and the coincidence is, I’ve just seen him again before we came in here. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Mrs. Gaskell Twice over he said, “What Jessie has been to us, God only knows!” and after the second time, he got up hastily, shook hands all round without speaking, and left the room. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Arthur Machen I only brought one thing away from that awful house within the hills; it was lying just beyond the spot where I found the flint knife. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

I come to you because the bee goes to the flower — it is wrong! If I did not come to you to whom would I go? There is no right and no wrong but only the will of the gods. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

G. K. Chesterton It is only when a man has really ceased to see a horse as it is, that he invents a centaur, only when he can no longer be surprised at an ox, that he worships the devil. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Rudyard Kipling Good-bye, gentlemen all! You’re under the tyrannous heel of the Board from this moment, but if ever you feel like breaking your fetters you’ve only to let us know. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle I’d only ask you not to worry Mrs. Douglas over this matter; for she has enough upon her just now. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Mons. de Château-Renaud remained upright; the facing of his coat only was shot through. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Henry James She and I were the only speakers of English, and were thrown together like castaways on a desert island and in a raging storm. Crapy Cornelia by Henry James [1909]

Virginia Woolf Back and back we are drawn to steep ourselves in what, perhaps, is only an image of the reality, not the reality itself, a summer’s day imagined in the heart of a northern winter. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Baldwin Spencer The only food supply she left here was Murarowa--a Cyprus bulb. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

E. Phillips Oppenheim We’re only halfway through the trouble yet, though. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Ann Radcliffe But the effects of her artifices exceeded her intention in exerting them; and when she meant only to sacrifice a rival to her love, she found she had given up its object to revenge. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Sinclair Lewis There were, for example, only three brands of whisky on which a gentleman could decently get edged. The Cat of the Stars by Sinclair Lewis

No confession could have brought back the dead, and my disclosures would only have involved more pain to all concerned. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She rose from the chair which she had occupied only a moment before. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

The only problem is: have they been pitying us, or annihilating us? I’m not sure I wouldn’t rather it were the second. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

The raid was made last night, they say, and a man was murdered, but the news has only just come through. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He passed, staggering a little, out into the sunlight and, already mindful only to do her will, he made his way hastily from the proximity of the bungalow into the footpath. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle Far from being resented, such criticism, so long as it is earnest and honest, must be most welcome to those whose only aim is the fearless search for truth. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Here and there the brilliant rays penetrated to earth, but for the most part they only served to accentuate the Stygian blackness of the jungle’s depths. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Ford Madox Ford And all the little clique saying: If only he had us to look after him . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Here he only follows Matthiolus, who, in his Commentaries on Dioscorides, says (p. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Rudyard Kipling I’m only warnin’ you for your good. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Gaston Leroux I offer you for proof of it only her attitude when she was arrested, and, even in that moment, her sublime silence. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Isabella Bird When the wood has been cleared off, wheat is sown among the stumps, and then grass, which appears only to last about four years. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Samuel Johnson Whoever is apt to hope good from others is diligent to please them; but he that believes his powers strong enough to force their own way, commonly tries only to please himself. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Andrew Lang With a commendable patriotism, they are not apt to rate native merit too low; and you, I think, are the only example of an American prophet almost without honour in his own country. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Arthur Morrison So that I am only shoving you this thread as an act of grace, to prove that I have stumped you with perfect fairness. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells It was in the cellar that he first became aware of the return of Uncle Jim. He became aware of him as a voice, a voice not only hoarse, but thick, as voices thicken under the influence of alcohol. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

G. K. Chesterton If Rosamund Hunt was the only person there with much money, he was the only person who had as yet found any kind of fame. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

To Janet, living in this new sweetness of their better understanding, only one thing was lacking — Elfrida made no sign. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

At that time I think Main street, which is the principal avenue, (and runs through the whole town, answering to the High street of our old cities), was the only one entirely paved. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

W. H. Hudson The natural affection which she felt for this child of a father so cruel was now poor Marta’s only comfort. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

But a doctor — particularly a young doctor — is only human. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Both he and Bunny accept the values of ‘Society’ unquestioningly, and would settle down in it for good if only they could get away with a big enough haul. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

The only friend she knew he had was a Mr. Moreland, who was often with him. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

John Galsworthy The air up here would be delicious if only he could rid his nerves of the feeling that mortality was in it. To Let by John Galsworthy

Andrew Lang But there was only one pure spot in all Rome, so said the priest, and this spot was the Temple of Isis. Here the seance was held, and no demon appeared, but a regular God of one of the first circles. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson These two propositions may seem mutually destructive, but they are so only in appearance. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope We are not only told it, but we feel that she was such a one as a man cannot fail to covet, even when his judgment goes against his choice. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He is only a little boy who must go where he is taken. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

This Raffles only meant half he said — but had generally done the other half! I met his mood by reminding him (out of his own Whitaker) that the sun rose at 3. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

She had told him feverishly that the only thing she cared for—had ever cared for—was art, success, fame. The Understudy by Mary Cholmondeley

We asked leave to take one of them; but at last could only bring ourselves to gather some of the fallen petals. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

H. G. Wells Have you ever thought, Ratzel, how the poor human mind is being left behind nowadays by the rush of events? Not only us. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

He was followed by nearly all the cricketers, who now burst upon the scene in a body, only to desert it for the chase. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I only know that for some reason or other both rounds are played after lunch. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle There were no shutters on these: only light curtains which drew across. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Jules Verne When De Lucy showed that the stag beetle, an insect weighing only two grammes, could lift a weight of four hundred grammes, or two hundred times its own weight, the problem of aviation was solved. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

William Makepeace Thackeray At this moment, the vessels fired a last salute with all their artillery, and the frigate took in her flags, keeping up only her flag at the stern and the royal standard at the maintopgallant-mast. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

William Hazlitt Arthur. All things that you shall use to do me wrong, Deny their office, only you do lack That mercy which fierce fire and iron extend, Creatures of note for mercy-lacking uses. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Think that I am she! She only lived with you for eighteen months. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

John Galsworthy Wilfrid was the only one of the whole lot she had ever been thick with; the others were there because — well, because she was Fleur, and had the latest things about her. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

And we could have gone further; only we stopped at the limits of our territory. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

My rescue of the daughter of Cornelius Maybourne, and my presence in Cape Town, would soon leak out, and then it would be only a matter of hours before I should be arrested. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Henry James The only ones I count on are Effie and Jean.” The Doctor made a motion of remembrance. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

George Meredith He was, of course, only half-conscious of his pulpitizing; he fancied the serious vein of his thoughts attributable to a tumbled night. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Benjamin Disraeli They have no indirect authority over the minds of their townsmen; they have only their modish charters to appeal to, and the newly engrossed letter of the law. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

The “vagrant wheat” which came wellnigh to maturity on the coarse sand of the spit may be satisfactorily accounted for; but these plants were not the only ones to sprout. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

William Makepeace Thackeray In some of them, they say, not the policeman, only the priest, can penetrate. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

D. H. Lawrence She did not know what she felt or thought: only the state came over her, as when he looked at her. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Then she gave him “Drink to me only with thine eyes”. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

She belonged to a portly Chinaman resembling a mandarin in a picture-book, with goggles and thin drooping moustaches, and as dignified as only a Celestial knows how to be. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Thomas Paine There can be no such thing as a nation flourishing alone in commerce: she can only participate; and the destruction of it in any part must necessarily affect all. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Robert Louis Stevenson I am not considered clever, and can only speak out plainly what is in my heart: that I love you, and that I cannot bear to lose all knowledge of you. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf By the same showing, the Queen herself can have seen only a head. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

They plumb their sub-consciousness, dream over again their sub-dreams, until they at last not only see these long-dead men and women, but become them. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Wilkie Collins How that work was accomplished it is useless to inquire; my only object now, must be to prepare myself at once for departure. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Virginia Woolf The table was cleared; only a few crumbs remained, and the pot of flowers stood in the middle of the table like a sentry. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Nikolai Gogol What painting! it fairly dazzles one; only just received from the factory; the varnish isn’t dry yet. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Rudyard Kipling When he took breath I realised how only Satan can rebuke sin. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Andrew Lang The only odd trouvaille that ever fell to me was a clean copy of “La Journee Chretienne,” with the name of Leon Gambetta, 1844, on its catholic fly-leaf. The Library by Andrew Lang

He obviously was what he looked — a “good fellow” in the world’s sense, by nature a lamb and only by profession a shark. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Ann Radcliffe The scene was now sunk in deep shadow, and the silence of the hour was broken only by the measured dashing of the oars, and now and then by the voice of Peter speaking to the boatmen. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Rudyard Kipling Following the first great law of the Army, which says ‘all property is common except money, and you’ve only got to ask the next man for that,’ The Infant offered tobacco and drink. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Bram Stoker Of all these John Law had knowledge sufficient to judge of difficulties to be encountered in the early stages, of dangers not only incidental to the things themselves, but based deep in human nature. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

John Galsworthy James only was silent, disturbed, to the bottom of his soul. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Anna Katherine Green In every man’s nature there lurk possibilities of action which he only recognises under stress, also impossibilities which stretch like an iron barrier between him and the excellence he craves. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle But inside, in the sumptuous chamber of the rich young English archaeologist, there was only old Rome to be seen. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Anthony Trollope Sir Pitt at once rushes up to town, before the funeral, looking for consolation where only he can find it. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

G. K. Chesterton It is equally obvious that a landscape painter expresses only half of the landscape; a portrait painter only half of the person; they are lucky if they express so much. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

James Anthony Froude The great body of Cromwell’s spiritual supporters believed that armed resistance to a government which they disapproved was not only lawful, but was enjoined. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

He has my love not only because he is a poet of the most exquisite verity, but because he is a lover of men, with a faith in them such as can move mountains of ignorance, and dulness, and greed. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Francis Bacon Neither is it ill air only that maketh an ill seat, but ill ways, ill markets; and, if you will consult with Momus, ill neighbors. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

H. G. Wells After a time we ceased to do that, and looked only at the Time Traveller’s face. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Rudyard Kipling M. You! Are you mad? G. No — only married. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

John Morley This war was only too like the other great wars of European history. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is only in her presence that we can clear the matter up. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

It’s only four hundred years altogether since the thing happened. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Ford Madox Ford The only thing that matters it to do good work. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

I only mean that there is no person of your rank whose preferment I desire; nor would I accept such preferment if it were offered to me. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

H. G. Wells It seems now there were only a few busy moments before the fighting began. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He escaped, however, only to find himself face to face with Inspector Rudlett, who had received his summons by telephone an hour before. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Walter Scott In short, as Duncan boasted, the entertainment did not cost MacCallummore a plack out of his sporran, and was nevertheless not only liberal, but overflowing. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

For the rest you can only mingle with the working class by staying in their houses as a lodger, which always has a dangerous resemblance to ‘slumming’. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

What followed? Surely only a simpleton would be puzzled into hesitation. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Jules Verne It is only dangerous for people in perspiration; but the doctor’s lessons were thrown away on the greater part of the crew. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Henry James It was as if he had been a little gentleman and had paid the penalty by discovering that he was the only such person in his family. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Whatever things, whether animals or plants, are endowed with life need some sort of nourishment, by which their strength not only persists but grows firmer and more vigorous. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Edith Wharton She remembered her tragic evening with Nelson Vanderlyn, only two months earlier, and thought to herself. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle The only one sure thing is, that I’ve been sent to be under his orders and to help him with the darn fool thing all I can. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch He hardly fought at all, and though they shouted at the top of their lungs, seemed to take no noticeonly moved feebly, once or twice, to get a firmer seat. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

I turned the car round at once, and twenty minutes later, at most, was passing up the drive at Aviemore. “No, Sir Henry wasn’t in; only Miss Vane, and she was somewhere in the rose garden. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

You will let him help you, won’t you?” If she could only have known what she was asking of me! To be introduced to the prominent people of the colony was the very last thing in the world I wanted. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

It was lighted only by a skylight, for on one side of it was the shop and on the other the larder, which opened into some dark subterranean place where the tripe was stored. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

His only fear was lest Death should rob him of enjoyments, for which his long Fast had only given a keener edge to his appetite. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

William Black The coarse personalities and malevolent insinuations of this bully no doubt hurt Goldsmith considerably; but, as we look at them now, they are only remarkable for their dulness. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Sinclair Lewis In early spring, Alfred the dog died suddenly of cat-fur, only a few weeks after his appearance in history. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

The only books I’d ever voluntarily read were detective stories and once in a way a smutty sex book. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

But you must bear in mind the fact that my time is valuable, and that it is only a certain class of case that I care to take up personally. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

It is all right, only don’t smoke before him yet. In the World by Maksim Gorky

And believe me you do! My God, how you do! It’s something I wouldn’t have believed unless I saw it with my own eyes; something I have imagined only happened in books. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

And why to Canada?” “I have a cousin who is a professor at McGill. A son of Mother’s only sister. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Virginia Woolf There was no harm in him, he added, and was just about to say that anyhow he was the only young man in England who admired his — when he choked it back. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

And honest Gower, who in respect of him, Had only sipt at Aganippas brimme, And though in yeares this last was him before,60 Yet fell he far short of the others store. Elegies vpon Svndry Occasions by Michael Drayton [1627]

Anthony Hope Persuaded the substitution of Rudolf for the king was the only thing would serve our turn, we asked no longer whether it possible, but sought only the means to make it safe and safe. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

You know that I only have a small annuity, that I have not a farthing to leave you. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Charles Stur The same dreary desert extended to their base, only that as we approached the hills the flats were broader, and the fall of waters apparently to the east. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

G. K. Chesterton Shaw has many of the actual opinions of Tolstoy. Like Tolstoy he tells men, with coarse innocence, that romantic war is only butchery and that romantic love is only lust. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Dorothy was in the streets all day, or in the public library, only going back to ‘Mary’s’ to sleep, and then taking the precaution of dragging her bed across the door. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

She had not helped Miss Verena to dress that evening, only Miss Coralie. Miss Verena said she did not want her. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Jack London There is only so much water, so much earth, so much air; but the life that is demanding to be born is limitless. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Florence Dixie She only knew now that she loved him, loved him so dearly, that to help him, to soothe him in this hour of dark trouble that had undoubtedly come upon him, she would willingly have given her life. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

I don’t think he spoke to a soul the whole evening, and he only brightened up when he was cheating at cards. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

John Galsworthy If only she didn’t meet Timothy coming in from his constitutional, and could get a word with Smither — a capable girl — and have the little dog fed and washed before anybody saw it. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy As trustee, he had been compelled to learn the true history of that French staircase, if only to keep it from the rest of the world. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Captain Harry only laughs at the notion of staying ashore. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Edith Wharton In her own and Evelina’s she poured only a few drops, but she filled their guest’s to the brim. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

For instance, a duke may commit an offence, and escape scot free, when, for the same thing, only under a different name, a costermonger would be sent to gaol for five years. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

James Joyce And so cuddy me only wallops have heels. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Thomas Paine In all the wars which you have formerly been concerned in you had only armies to contend with; in this case you have both an army and a country to combat with. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Frances Hodgson Burnett Th’ rent of our cottage is only one an’ threepence an’ it’s like pullin’ eye-teeth to get it. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Edith Wharton You see I’m only a beginner. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Anthony Trollope He knew that he was being ill-treated, and that he must do something to redress his own wrongs, if he only knew how to do it. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He gave no reason for this strange proceeding; he only said that it was a habit of his, and begged us to indulge him in it without asking for an explanation. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Henry James I do really delight in your society, and I only want to show you that I contended for a principle. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Henry David Thoreau Our voyaging is only great-circle sailing, and the doctors prescribe for diseases of the skin merely. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

H. G. Wells I thought if I’d only wounded him I might have nursed him round into a better understanding. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Nor was this spot of dread and danger the only one in which we found ourselves alone. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope