Phrases with "ought"

Anthony Trollope A girl must cotton to somebody, and who was there? We ought not to be angry with her. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Howsever they come, they didn’t ought to come, and they come from the father of lies, and work round to the same. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Guy had once begged for some definite rule, since there was always vexation when he was known to have been with his uncle, and yet Mr. Edmonstone would never absolutely say he ought not to see him. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sinclair Lewis And this was the way of that plotting: Early in July he said, and casually, “Well, now we got the darn car all paid for, we ought to use it. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Von Arnim It was all very well to feel one ought to share, and to make a beau geste and do it, but the beaux gestes Scrap had known hadn’t made anybody happy. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Anthony Trollope If I can get £1000 for a book here (exclusive of their market), I ought to be able to get as much there. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Willa Cather He ought to have had boys of his own to look after. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

By his deathbed union with the penniless daughter of a Grub–Street hack, Lord K——was able to gratify his hatred of the young gentleman who ought to have been his heir. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Charles Dickens He would want to help me out of his little savings, I knew, and I knew that he ought not to help me, and that I must not suffer him to do it. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

John Stuart Mill They are a part of the truth; sometimes a greater, sometimes a smaller part, but exaggerated, distorted, and disjoined from the truths by which they ought to be accompanied and limited. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

H.P. Lovecraft The men in olive-drab could not tell what was happening, or what they ought to do; for the swart, sinister men were skilled in subtlety and concealment. The Street by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Anthony Trollope Mary’s drawing-room ought to be a bower in which she at least might pass her time with books and music and pretty things around her. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I ought to have told you when he went away, but I was thinking of things. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Edith Wharton On the contrary, such work as you want to do ought to gain by it, because you’ll be brought nearer to life-as-it-is, in contrast to life-as-a-visiting-list. The Long Run by Edith Wharton [1916]

George Gissing By rights I’d ought to have gone home for a day or two, just to see that the room was clean. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Henry James She helped him to pass his time — he ought to be immensely obliged. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Andrew Lang Still, if we accept L’Estrange’s witnesses for Godfrey’s trip to Paddington and return, perhaps we ought not to reject the rest. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells He had never explored London as a good Londoner ought to do. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

And Odd to Reykholt is gone forth, To see if his mares be ought of worth. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

He had seen something which, in the full sense of the words, ought not to be, and never before had he felt the full sense of the words. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Gissing I ought to have come back again long since; you wouldn’t have refused an old friend that never meant an unkindness to you. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

For Socrates by chance staying somewhat behind, Aristodemus went in first; and this seemed very appropriate, for, the sun shining on their backs, the shadow ought to go before the body. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Henry Kingsley I saw a man not two months ago who ought to have been dead five or six years at least. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Anthony Trollope I think we ought to go, if it’s only because he wants it. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope When he fell in love with her he had been a great deal too generous to think of fortune, and that ought to he remembered now to his credit. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

You were right, Violet, when you said he ought to marry you. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Olaf Stapledon He recognises that he ought to establish it. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

You who knew my father, ought to know ——” “The dear Squire! do you think I am likely to undervalue him, or to forget your loss? No, Violet, no. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Rudyard Kipling That Governor ought to be knighted. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

George Gissing But, by-the-bye, how did it come about?’ ‘Yes, I ought to tell you that. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

If God afflict your enemies, surely that ought to suffice you. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

George Gissing There cannot — can there? — be the least doubt as to how you ought to live through these next coming months. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

G. K. Chesterton There ought to be a way of loving it where it is. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

He ought to have given himself up and stood his trial. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Sinclair Lewis I haven’t the impertinence to tell old friends how I think they ought to talk. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Paine We ought to view the building a fleet as an article of commerce, it being the natural manufactory of this country. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

H. G. Wells He knew he ought to be somewhere in Cornwall, but he could not square these things with that impression. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

We offer them no sort of compensation for their time, and I think we ought to feel obliged to them for not wanting wages for their children while we are teaching them to be better citizens. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope I do like excitement, and have been less careful than I ought to have been as to what it has come from. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Have you anything to ask of me? From this moment I become your friend, and since you are engaged in my affairs I ought to occupy myself in yours. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

They ought to have been very close, and . An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

D. H. Lawrence Would Italy join the Allies? She ought to, her every interest lay that way. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim But I ought to have been patient, I ought to have been patient. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Olaf Stapledon I recognize that this will ought to be the supreme determinant of my conduct, and in a fickle sort of way I strive to submit my normal self to it. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope I do not know that I ought to tell you anything about it. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edmund Burke The speculative line of demarcation, where obedience ought to end and resistance must begin, is faint, obscure, and not easily definable. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

I ought to have gone straight to the City. Instead, I dropped into the Climax, and had just one rubber. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

George Meredith But I say again, he ought to be married. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

John Galsworthy Is the poor chap still cracked?” “No; but it’s awful for Diana.” “She ought to be got away. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence Jim ought to have taught me my lesson. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli There was a good deal in what she said: “One ought to eat alone. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

E. F. Benson You ought to withdraw every word you said, and I every word that I didn’t say. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell They ought to have asked Osborne. He’s the representative of the Hamleys, if I’m not; and they can’t get me, let them try ever so. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Elizabeth Gaskell I feel uncommonly well; and I ought to look well, for —— I have a piece of news for you, little woman. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

John Galsworthy I think he ought to ask for a second shirt!” Soames’ tenacity began wriggling within him. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

People ought not to be allowed to whisper, and smile, and look significant; as I saw some of them do to-night when Captain Winstanley was hanging over your chair. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope She ought to be, for she’s a very disagreeable woman. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Edith Wharton It ought to have gone to you before. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We came to the conclusion some time ago that we ought to leave. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

To think this tottering old-woman ridden Empire should dare to waste a man on such a score! You say I ought to be penitent —” Britten shook his head and smiled very faintly. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Rudyard Kipling I naturally wondered what she might have against him; and somehow connected him unfavourably with mad Agnes. “People ought to forgive and forget,” he volunteered one day between rounds. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Jane Austen I hope it is not too fine; but I thought I ought to wear it as soon as I could, and that I might not have such another opportunity all the winter. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Sinclair Lewis I think I ought to, after all your trouble. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope They ought probably to have separated, but they didn’t. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She ought to have answered him briskly, either with indignation or with a touch of humour. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Nothing in motoring or real estate had indicated what a Solid Citizen and Regular Fellow ought to think about culture by mail. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

One of these, Antonio di Beccaria, a physician of Ferrara, when he ought to have been mourning for his own deceased patients, wrote a poetical lamentation for Petrarch’s death. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Anthony Trollope But he’s a gentleman, and wants nothing but what is or ought to be his own. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Mark Twain I feel that after talking so freely about the priests and the churches, justice demands that if I know any thing good about either I ought to say it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

E. F. Benson I told him he ought to be playing golf. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson Chatto ought to have it, as he has all the other essays; these all belong to me, and Chatto publishes on terms. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Maria Edgeworth The gates were left open for them — the gates ought to be locked! There were disturbances in the country. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

His speech was long-winded, the workshop was laughing at him, and I stood, with the image in my hand, very touched and very confused, not knowing what I ought to do. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Rudyard Kipling The captain says that there ought to have been only ten or twelve passengers by rights, and had the rush been anticipated, a larger steamer would have been provided. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I feel sure it was a warning, and I really don’t know whether I ought to call for it or not. Her Murderer by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Algernon Blackwood And our speedy acquaintance did not overwhelm me as it ought to have done — for a singular reason; I felt oddly that somehow or other I had the right to know him instantly. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Malicorne learned two things; the first, that the young men had something to say to each other; and the second, that he ought not to walk in the same line with them; and therefore he walked behind. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

D. H. Lawrence You ought to be flattered that he CARES what you think. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Somebody ought to let Mr Crosbie know what a scoundrel he has made himself. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

I say the State ought to make ’em pay taxes on their church property. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

G. K. Chesterton Some say we ought to have used him ourselves; I believe he once offered his talents to our Government. He’s a very clever fellow and knows a frightful lot of the facts about these parts. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Wilkie Collins It was the sight of you, waiting for me to speak again, so innocent of all knowledge of what had happened close by you, that brought me back to my senses, and told me what I ought to do. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Wilkie Collins As to the question of the name, I saw it now in the light in which I ought to have seen it from the first. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

E. Nesbi In Russia at the time of the Czar one dared not say anything about the rich people doing wrong, or about the things that ought to be done to make poor people better and happier. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Ford Madox Ford He mumbled that mother was splendid, but he did not think she ought to have sent him there. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Rudyard Kipling There ought to have been a moon. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Benjamin Disraeli Trenchard, on the contrary, thought everything ought to be a compromise, and that a public man ceased to be practical the moment he was logical. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell That is to say, I do know, but I think I ought not to tell. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He thought that we ought to follow up the ten remaining dugouts and sink them all; but I insisted that we must free as many as possible of our enemies upon the mainland. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Ford Madox Ford He ought to turn the man down at once. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

We ought to invoke higher principles of disunion, also, to make our merely experienced disjunctions more truly real. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

He ought never to have been born into the modern world; its whole atmosphere disgusted and infuriated him. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Edith Wharton The question is, ought I to publish them at all?” “Of course you ought to. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Theodore Dreiser Jennie ought to come as soon as she was able, and then, if she found something to do, the others might follow. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells To abandon it now would have been like jumping from a liner in mid-Atlantic. I ought to have thought of this confirmation business before. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

I tried hard enough to like everything in him, for I had already learned enough to know that I ought to like him, and that if I did not, it was a proof of intellectual and moral inferiority in me. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope She looked at me the other day as though she thought that I ought not to put myself into the same room with her again. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells Even on a chance so bare as that we ought to get watchers and searchers, planetary coast-guards, so to speak, at work. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

John Morley Whether I ought not totally to abandon this public station for which I am so unfit, and have of course been so unfortunate, I know not. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Gustave Flauber He ought to have attacked them immediately with fresh troops. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Arnold Bennett If ever I am to be alive, I ought to be alive now. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H.P. Lovecraft Some people know things about the universe that nobody ought to know, and can do things that nobody ought to be able to do. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

It seemed to him that she, who was so quick of apprehension, ought to know why he had come without words, and her submission deepened his feeling of a complete understanding between them. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Anthony Trollope They have tried to make me believe that you are not all that you ought to be — in religion. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Then another grievance was that she had sent George to Hanbridge, knowing that George, according to a solemn family engagement, ought to have been at the works. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

H. G. Wells We may fail in whole or in part, that’s what I want to say, and yet what we do — if we do it as right as we know how — may be the thing we ought to do. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

E. F. Benson At that rate, the wife of the Lord Chancellor ought to sit on a corner of the Woolsack. Besides, where are you to be placed? You can’t sit next me. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Wilkie Collins I haven’t a farthing, and there are several little things I ought to pay for. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

For the sake of our name I ought to do the same; but I cannot do so. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Lucy Maud Montgomery Mrs. Lynde says the Government ought to take the matter up, but she says we’ll never see the day when a Tory Government will do it. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Anthony Trollope They ought to have been moved very far asunder. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Henry James But we ought to be grateful when the elements have been so kind to us,’ I added. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

George Meredith His humour of sententiousness and doctorial stilts is a mask he delights in, but you ought to know him and not be frightened by it. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Wilkie Collins Well, do you know that place of Mr. Winterfield’s is one of my caprices? Oh, dear, I speak carelessly; I ought to have said the place represents one of my caprices. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope Mr Maud, isn’t he?” “Gerard Maule.” “Ah, yes; Maule. If it’s the kind of thing that ought to be, I’d manage it in a week. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Without turning, she said: “Absolutely perfect day! It ought to be lovely at home. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Henry James He ought at least to have waited to see what Curzon Street would bring forth. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Jane Austen I have nothing to say against him; he is a most interesting young man; and if he had the fortune he ought to have, I should think you could not do better. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Feeling that he ought to see more of the world, she had sent him as much as she could into society, but it had only made him cling closer to home. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Nathaniel Hawthorne One picture in ten thousand, perhaps, ought to live in the applause of mankind, from generation to generation, until the colors fade and blacken out of sight, or the canvas rot entirely away. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson Well, Henry had cleared a great deal of our bush on a contract, and it ought to be measured. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassant He stammered, his lips quivering with indignation: “It is shameful! They ought to be drowned like dogs with a stone about the neck. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Henry James But I ought to have warned you more. The American by Henry James [1877]

H. G. Wells We have left undone those things that we ought to have done and we have done those things which we ought not to have done and there is no health in us. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope I think you ought to be ashamed of what you said to me,—so soon after the old man’s death! But all that has nothing to do with the money, which, of course, you must take. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

But it ought not to prevent her from going about and making friends among the kindlier parishioners who would welcome such a thing, and whom he from time to time indicated to her. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Steele Rudd The house, he said, was in the wrong place, and he showed Mother where it ought to have been built. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

I have been carrying my thoughts back to the Wednesday afternoon when it ought to have been delivered here, and I want you to do the same. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

This part of the Baltic — the Schleswig fiords — is a splendid cruising-ground — A1 scenery — and there ought to be plenty of duck about soon, if it gets cold enough. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Arnold Bennett It’s not the sort of thing that Maggie ought to know about. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Francis Bacon Men ought to take heed, of rending God’s church, by two kinds of controversies. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

You ought to congratulate yourself on having got off a very bad bargain. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Perhaps the young man could have told him how he ought to write his second book. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Pain. What kind of pain? It occurred to him that he ought to be heart-broken; but in an exceedingly short moment he perceived that his suffering was nothing of so trifling and dignified a kind. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Anthony Trollope Isn’t that what you want?’ ‘I want to know what you think I ought to do, just at this minute. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis I feel we ought to both be out there with him,” fretted Cass. “I’m going to kiss you for HIM.” That kiss was strange and disembodied, as though it were indeed the caress of a spirit. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

It is your life that is at stake, Lionel Dale — your life! The reason you ought to know Reginald Eversleigh is, that in him you have a deadly enemy. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins I believe at this moment, as truly as I ever believed, that he knew what was best, and that his hopes and wishes ought to be my hopes and wishes too. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Sinclair Lewis I won’t spoil your show, Doc — we fellows at City Hall had all ought to stick together. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Ford Madox Ford The forgetfulness of the names was abnormal: he ought to know the names of places from Berwick down to the vale of York — but that he should have forgotten the incidents was normal enough. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

But after that he went wrong, folks said — speckilated with some money, you see, that he didn’t ought to have touched — and went to America, and died. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Henry James I ought to have convinced you that I was doomed to disappoint you. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope I ought to have had the horse killed, and gone to a dealer for another. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Under this pointed unconsciousness of hers, a species of blight spread over the scheme to which Riseholme ought to have been devoting its most enthusiastic energies. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

It was hardly possible that I could know him; but it was quite certain that he ought to know all about me. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Bruno ought to have learned never to hope. Signa by Ouida

Charles Dickens He knew that he ought to have systematically worked it out and supervised it, and that he had meant to do it, and that it had never been done. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Anthony Trollope You are a pretty girl, Marie, and fit to be any man’s wife, and you ought to take a husband. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He has got his wife, and that ought to be enough for him. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle If the ministry have thought fit to lay you aside, I suppose they have their own reasons for so doing; and you ought to remember, that you still live on the bounty of this nation. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

George Meredith And I won’t say he ought to give you up. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Eliot And the Church ought to represent the feeling of the community, so that every parish should be a family knit together by Christian brotherhood under a spiritual father. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

H. G. Wells I felt indignant with Mary. I felt she disowned me and deserted me and repudiated me, that she ought in some manner to have recognized me. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Edith Wharton But at any rate, before ordering me to go, perhaps you ought to know that I DID go — once. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

The baby was cutting her teeth, which disturbed Lettice at night; and I and Arnold both thought we ought to have some one stronger. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

H. G. Wells It’s no good, Harry. I ought to have kept myself clean. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Thomas Wolfe It ought to be there somewhere. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Thomas Hobbes Ignorance of the law of nature excuseth no man, because every man that hath attained to the use of reason is supposed to know he ought not to do to another what he would not have done to himself. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Virginia Woolf She ought to have floated off instantly upon some wave of sympathetic expansion: the pressure on her was tremendous. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

And until that be done, go, sit in a corner, and make one long and deep thought upon the plan of operations that we ought to pursue. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Ford Madox Ford She sort of had the vague idea that what had passed with the girl and the rest of it ought to have taught Edward a lesson — the lesson of economy. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

George Gissing I ought to have come utterly to grief and shame, and instead’—— ‘Instead ——? Well?’ ‘What I have told you. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

It is fit to be true, it would be well if it were true, it ought to be true, you presently feel. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

The Consul General decided that both parties ought to be removed, and the French Government recalled their vice-consul. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Anthony Trollope What can I say more? I have done those things which I ought not to have done. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells They ought to be willing to die. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

E. F. Benson But she thought he ought to know. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Arnold Bennett He ought to have known that a Hilda would bring to maternity the mightiest passions. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

He ought to have had a threadbare black soutane buttoned smoothly up to his ample chin, instead of a frock-coat with shoulder-straps and brass buttons. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Night after night I promenaded up and down that Monkeys’ Parade full of an unappeasable desire, with a thwarted sense of something just begun that ought to have gone on. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

We ought to look at that again. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells Maybe presently I ought to have some kind of a rest. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Henry Kingsley Fat Jezebel, who could hardly be held at first, now is none the worse for a little spur; and Jim’s lean, long-legged horse, seems to consider that the entertainment ought to conclude shortly. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Rudyard Kipling No, it is not quite safe to criticise our masters — our masters who tax us and educate us, and try us, and minister so abundantly to what they instruct us our wants ought to be. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

H. G. Wells That ought to settle him! They’re hard by — not ten minutes — ” Another window went the way of its fellows. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

George Eliot Is it then possible to describe oneself at once faithfully and fully? In all autobiography there is, nay, ought to be, an incompleteness which may have the effect of falsity. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Henry James I suppose a good wife ought to invent excuses for her husband — ought to throw herself into the breach; is n’t that what they call it? But I am afraid I am not a good wife. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Henry James But I am afraid you would very soon get tired of us, and I ought to tell you, frankly, that our little home is to be-a broken up. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

You ought to have many friends in Hazlehurst.’ ‘But I have not many friends. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope I am sure I ought to like him. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Anthony Trollope Now, sir, I have told you everything, just as a young woman ought to tell her future lord and master. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Ford Madox Ford But he ought not to have made up his mind so quickly: he was astonished to find from the automatic working of his mind that he so had. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

John Galsworthy Whether his saying “small” when he ought to have said “little” was genuine mistake or affectation, Val could not decide; the fellow was evidently capable of anything. To Let by John Galsworthy

I had just been relieved, and I ought to have gone to bed, but I came and sat here instead and watched the dawn come up, ‘like thunder,’ behind the moors. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Charles Dickens What ought I to do! what is to be done!’ It naturally occurred to him on very little reflection, that the first step to take would be to communicate with one of the Mr Garlands instantly. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Anthony Trollope I didn’t believe it, when Dorothea told me; only as she did tell me I thought I ought to mention it. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Isabella Bird This box has a top, back, and front, but where the sides ought to be there are curtains of deer-hide, which are a very imperfect protection from wind and rain. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Hence we ought not to expect at the present time to meet with numerous transitional varieties in each region, though they must have existed there, and may be embedded there in a fossil condition. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

That is why I came to ask your advice, brother; what do you think I ought to do — run or stay?” “You must have seen the King, since he spoke to you?” “Yes, of course. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope And she too, in saying this, had not known what she meant to say, or what she ought to have said. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Jules Verne I ought to have put my seed under the protection of Saint Paucratius and the other two saints, whose fête days fall this month. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Once again it is a question of sticking to essentials; and the essential point here is that all people with small, insecure incomes are in the same boat and ought to be fighting on the same side. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Kenneth Grahame I’ll tell you what — you must give me all the chocolate, and then I’ll give you — I’ll give you what you ought to have!” “Oh, all right,” I said, in a subdued sort of way. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

George Eliot For you ought to stop twice as long at a semicolon as you do at a comma, and you make the longest stops where there ought to be no stop at all. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I feel that I ought to be a very good girl indeed. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

He is no doubt aware that he ought to be a Socialist. But he observes first the dullness of individual Socialists, then the apparent flabbiness of Socialist ideals, and veers away. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

I thought I had you in the early part of the game, but ten or eleven moves ago you ought to have got me. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Meredith I ought never to have struck you, I know. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Fanny Fern You ought to have sense enough to check him, when he would go into such extravagances for you, but some people haven’t any sense. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]