Phrases with "ought"

Anthony Trollope He could not be cordial as he ought to be with Urmand; nor could he be austere to George with that austerity which he felt would have been proper on his part. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I ought never to have been sent there, for my father had always an ill opinion of him; but he pretended a friendly interest in me — just, I am convinced, to make the use of me that he did. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Meredith He’s not a friend of mine, as I could prove to you; but I do think he ought to see her. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

George Gissing You ought to use every means that offers. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins There is only one consolation to set against them — a consolation that ought to comfort me, and that does comfort me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

There ought to be plenty about in these lanes. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

So long as I fail to gain my end, I shall look upon myself as nothing more than a child, and I shall not have the confidence in myself that I ought to have. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Elizabeth Von Arnim The chill annoyed George. “There’s no ought about it, my dear,” he said; and that he should address her as my dear showed her how much annoyed he was. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Henry James He asked if there were no cold drinks in the house, no lemonade, no iced syrups; in such weather something of that sort ought always to be kept going. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

James Anthony Froude While man remains man he will do things which he ought not to do. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

I ought to have seen it at once. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

I’ve left my youngest in Oxford Infirmary,’ or ‘My daughter’s expecting an increase,’ or ‘My boy’s walking up from Winchester to join us, and he ought to be here by now. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Gissing I should know that I ought to do what there was no one else to do, and make the best of it. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Meredith Hark to that Countess! ‘Why do you denominate this a pic-nic, Lady Jocelyn? It is in verity a fete!’ ‘I suppose we ought to lie down ‘A la Grecque’ to come within the term,’ was the reply. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Jules Verne I think we ought to be over the island in an hour. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

George Gissing But then, if she’s only a ‘nice girl’—pooh! She ought to be more than that. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Jules Verne He advised Glenarvan to take all his best men, and even urged him to do it, which advice, by the way, ought to have removed the Major’s suspicion. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Willa Cather When her brother Buchanan told me he thought Cressida ought “to make herself one of them,” he stated the converse of what he meant. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

The child could be put in prison, and so he ought to be; what is a foundling’s gain belongs to those that feed him. Signa by Ouida

Edmund Burke They ought to have paid annually about forty thousand pounds more, to put them on a par with the contribution of the nobility. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Wilkie Collins Sophia said it ought to be earthenware, like the last; Amelia contradicted her, and said it ought to be metal. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

But for all that, you’re right, and you ought to go. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

D’Artagnan, however, gathered from his equivocal replies that the road to the right was the one he ought to take, and on that uncertain information he resumed his journey. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Henry James And yet you ought perhaps to know. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Just a few odds and ends of papers; mementoes of the short period when I was happythough I ought not to have been. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Edith Wharton That’s what I thought I ought to tell you. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Rudyard Kipling I rode to Panth and talked to old Athon Daze like a father, telling him that a man of his wisdom ought to have known that the Sahib had sunstroke and was mad. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I can’t do justice to Willinck by merely describing these articles; I ought to have them here to read to you. The Last Crusade by John Buchan

H. G. Wells We ought to have scrapped old George the Third when you did. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Gissing What I wish to ask you to do for me is this:—Oh, I am ashamed to speak of it! It is something that I ought to have done myself already. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins I ought to have sent it up this morning, but I forgot. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Trollope But I am led to this opinion in no degree by a feeling that Great Britain ought to grudge the cost of the soldiers. North America by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott He positively denys his having shutt the gate, and ’tis thought Traill ought to be admitted to baill. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

He had been a tranquil spectator of the sports hitherto; but this was the last game, and he felt that he ought to do something more than look on. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Master ought to have said, “Robinson! you must speak to Thomas about letting out the fire,” and I’d ha’ given it him well — as I shall do now, for that matter. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Matthew Arnold He ought to be fattened for killing; but we cannot get him to eat, and in a short time he will have starved himself to death. George Sand by Matthew Arnold [1877]

Rudyard Kipling It ought to be rather interesting. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

D. H. Lawrence She felt she ought to go away, he would not want her. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Mr. Luke ought to be punished for it. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

Anthony Trollope That’s his name in all the peerages, and I suppose they ought to know. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis And at the beginning of the whole fracas I said — I’ve said right along — that we ought to have entered the war the minute Germany invaded Belgium. You don’t get me at all. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

And lastly, lectures afford the student the opportunity of seeking explanations of those difficulties which will, and indeed ought to, arise in the course of his studies. On the Study of Zoology by Thomas Henry Huxley

He thinks, that he ought to be satisfied; he imagines, that his present situation precludes the possibility of aggrandisement; he does not therefore, even in his own heart, plan change for himself. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Rudyard Kipling The American does not consider little matters of descent, though by this time he ought to know all about ‘damnable heredity. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Edith Wharton She even had an alternative readywomen are so full of resources! I was to turn the Radiator into an independent organ, and run it at a loss to show the public what a model newspaper ought to be. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Wilkie Collins I ought to summon my self-control. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Sinclair Lewis Internally she snarled, “That ought to be saccharine enough. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

It’s 8:45 now, and she ought to be on hand — somewheres. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

George Eliot He has never agreed with my father about disowning Dino, and you know he has always said that we ought to wait until you have been at least a year in Florence. Do not think hardly of my godfather. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

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]

George Gissing Denzil ought to know first what has happened; but I can’t go to him. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Ford Madox Ford They ought to keep the place quiet for him . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

D. H. Lawrence You’ll keep your head on your shoulders, where it ought to be,” protested the doctor. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells And even if they did, ought not an Englishman to die for his country? It was an idea that had hitherto been rather smothered up by the cares of a competitive civilisation. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

The members of that profession ought to be, and commonly are, persons of benevolent character. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

He ought not to have told you so much. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Gissing I’m ashamed of myself, Mallard. I ought at all events to have written. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

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

Anthony Trollope He had not proposed that anything special should be done; but he had hinted, when his mother complained of Margaret, that Margaret’s conduct was everything that it ought to be. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

George Gissing I am not at all sure that my chance of ever marrying Maud Enderby is not so utterly remote, that I ought to put aside all thought of it. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

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]

The young girl has been playing her pranks; what people say about her and the king is true, then; our young master has been deceived; he ought to know it. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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

Anthony Trollope It ought to be considered that I should have to provide a house to live in. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Robert Green Ingersoll There ought to be a law making it a crime, punishable by imprisonment, to fry beefsteak. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Nor ought we to marvel if all the contrivances in nature be not, as far. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

We had set our hearts on the tomb; and I am afraid we cared less than we ought for the pylon. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Willa Cather As I stood looking up at it, I wondered whether I ought to tell even Blake about it; whether I ought not to go back across the river and keep that secret as the mesa had kept it. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

George Gissing And I thought of Rolfe. I see now that I ought to have told him. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope She ought also to have remembered that he was an earl, and she but a singing girl, and that something was due to him for the honour he was doing her. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

D. H. Lawrence I ought to give them three months, but I can plead health. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith He ought to have been in his father’s footsteps, and he would then have disciplined or quashed his fantastical ideas. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Anthony Trollope I must beg that you will hear me to the end, so that then you may be able to judge what course you ought to follow. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant I followed her in my slippers and half undressed, and kept repeating: “Mademoiselle! Mademoiselle!” I felt that I ought to say something to her, but I could not find anything. My Landlady (La Patronne) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Ford Madox Ford So awake!’ ‘We ought to be a queer lot, my brother and I,’ Valentine said. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Rudyard Kipling You see?’ ‘Where did you pick up your Constitution, then?’ I did not know what the question would bring forth, yet I ought to have been wise. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

To me it seems nothing but a warning that we ought not to move into Willow Cottage.” David had halted in his work at the tea-cups, his brown eyes fixed on his mother. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

I wish neither to acquit nor to condemn; but I know what I ought to think. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Henry Kingsley I think they ought to give him his marquisate. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

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

Anthony Trollope She told me yesterday, that I ought not to walk about with Mr. Shand.’ ‘And what did you say?’ ‘Of course I told her to mind her own business. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

I suppose I ought to thank God for that. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

I don’t know who you are, or what you are, except that it’s pretty clear to me that a man who has been doing what you have can’t be very far from heaven; and if I ought to know, I’m sorry. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Tom’s name must be first, as it ought to be. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

You ought to have your feet and hands tied every full moon. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Henry James She guessed he was quite ignorant of physiology, and she didn’t think he ought to go round taking responsibilities. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

D. H. Lawrence Lou had lunch with the young captain, and she felt she ought to be flirty. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Poor child, she is half distracted about Master Philip, and no wonder, for they were always together; but I thought you ought to know, ma’am, for she will make herself ill, to a certainty. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Ford Madox Ford He went on: The total, in fact, amounted to an overdraft of fifteen pounds, but I did not think of it as such because my army agents ought to have paid my month’s army pay over to you on the first. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

She ought to have tried not to notice, as though everything had been as usual, while instead of that, she . Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Henry Handel Richardson What ought she to do? She was not a person who could sit still with folded hands and await events. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Morrison When I came in this morning ——” “But didn’t you sleep here?” “I— I ought to ha’ done sir, but — but after Mrs. Mallett went yesterday I got so frightened I went home at ten. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

George Meredith Yes, and Miss Graves, if she would press it, with her natural face, could be pleasant and persuasive: and she ought to be told she ought to marry, for the good of the country. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell Put on your right frocks, dears, and do all you ought to do. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You have not frightened me, Andrew. I suppose I ought to have a terribly guilty feeling inside me, but I have not. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

George Gissing The comforts and the graceful things amid which he lived had bat all meaning; unless, indeed, they symbolised a dilettante decadence of which he ought to be heartily ashamed. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope Llwddythlw seems to think that he ought to get into Parliament. At least that is what he said to papa the other day; for I have not seen him myself for ever so long. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Of course she ought to do so, but she does not. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Benjamin Disraeli At least, he thought it ought to be tried. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Whether anything is coming or not I think she ought to be put head on to that swell. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Leslie Stephen They waited for one of the party, Johnson kindly maintaining that six ought to be kept waiting for one, if the one would suffer more by the others sitting down than the six by waiting. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Theodore Dreiser He might get free and restore himself — would certainly — and Aileen ought to be glad to marry him if she could under the circumstances. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

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]

She says if you keep wild creatures in captivity you ought to see after their wants, and of course she’s quite right there. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

John Hill Burton He thought it ought to meet with encouragement from the legislature, and that it ought not to be a source of revenue. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

James Payn I woke up while you were speaking, but scarcely knew whether I ought to reveal myself or not. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Jane Austen Again, therefore, I say that we ought not, we must not, yet meet. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

I ought to have been made an officer, because I can read and write. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Willa Cather So one ought to be interested in people of that kind, ought one? He was certainly a funny fellow. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Try the man with the dictionary and the “Books of Dates.” They ought to last him till it’s time to close the office. The Fourth Estate by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope My mother is a most excellent woman, one for whose opinions on all matters I have the highest possible value a value so high, that that that’ ‘That you never ought to act in opposition to it. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling But with any luck I ought to be in it. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

William Makepeace Thackeray That crowd which came in and stopped the fight ought to be considered like one of those divine clouds which the gods send in Homer: “Apollo shrouds The godlike Trojan in a veil of clouds. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Ford Madox Ford I fancy I ought not to be here. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell I do so need some one to tell me what I ought to do, and I were led here, like, else I would ha’ died wi’ it all within my teeth. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Anthony Trollope Think of me,—how good I ought to be, as compared with him. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

William Black When we are invited to contemplate the “evil destinies of men of letters,” we ought to be shown the flood-tides as well as the ebb-tides. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

George Eliot The evil consequences that may lie folded in a single act of selfish indulgence is a thought so awful that it ought surely to awaken some feeling less presumptuous than a rash desire to punish. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Anthony Trollope Mamma says that because of them I ought to give up my engagement, and my uncle, Sir Magnus, has taken upon himself to advise me to do so. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope It has to be acknowledged that she was grievously disappointed, although she had told herself that Roden ought not to have come to her. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Gaston Leroux You ought to have suspected, because when we were talking of the murderer’s arrival, I said to you: ‘I am quite sure Larsan will be here to-night. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Anthony Trollope A man who would tell me that I am pretty, unless he is over seventy, ought to be kicked out of the room. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing You ought to have premises to begin with. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

I ought to have known my reverend friend better than to imagine he would part with those ancient documents except for money upon the counter. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Upon my soul, Dice,” he went on, “you ought to give the beggar six months. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

George Meredith I ought never to have struck him! There’s my error, and I repent it. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

G. K. Chesterton In theory, of course, it ought only to be given to people who are fainting. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

We do not like to be left half in the dark, in regard to things which we think we ought to know. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

You ought to be getting some notion by this time what these Octavius folks of yours are like. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

General Fabio Conti had regarded himself as personally dishonoured by Fabrizio’s escape: when he saw him arrive at the citadel, he ought not to have admitted him, for he had no order to that effect. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Andrew Lang Then the auld woman, who was a fairy, told him a great deal that whould happen to him, and what he ought to do in a’ circumstances; and after that she vanished in an instant out o’ his sight. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Wolfe I’ve still got a little work I ought to do before I turn in. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Gissing But for her father’s will, she would have been married long ago, and—she ought to be. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Wilkie Collins Now that is just what I ought to be put up to, and must be put up to. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

John Galsworthy According to you, there is no harm in a book like ‘Canthar’?” “There ought to be none. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

The man who takes such a woman for his wife, ought to be prepared to guarantee her an existence all sunshine. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Charles Kingsley Such classes, too, would be the easiest, cheapest, and pleasantest way of establishing what ought to exist, I think, in connection with every institution like this, namely, a museum. How to Study Natural History by Charles Kingsley

G. K. Chesterton Before writing this chapter I ought to explain that I am quite incapable of writing it; at least as many serious literary authorities think it ought to be written. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

He ought to try a bit to make him feel his error — perhaps not enough to convert him, but enough to give him a bad conscience and to weaken the energy of his defence. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Jane Austen Nobody was in their right place, nothing was done as it ought to be. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope I hope it is not wrong, Mrs Lovel.” “I ought to have introduced myself. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

We were really off, starting from Santa Elena at the very time when we ought to have been stopping at Cordova, with a good stretch of four hours still before us. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

John Galsworthy Jon ought to be told, so that either his feeling might be nipped in the bud, or, flowering in spite of the past, come to fruition. To Let by John Galsworthy

He ought not, for he has a fixed salary, besides what he gets by playing at concerts when it is not the London season. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

You ought to know her better than to suggest such a thing. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

R. D. Blackmore You have converted him, my dear; and I am sure that we ought to be so much obliged to him. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Henry Lawson You ought to be ashamed of yourselves, the whole lot of you, for a drafted mob of crawlers. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

E. Phillips Oppenheim So long as he tells him the truth he ought to get out of it all right. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anatole France As a result, every government ought to be theocratic. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

George MacDonald Now while he is lying there, getting strong again with chicken broth and other nice things, I will tell my readers what had been taking place at his home, for they ought to be told it. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope I don’t think people ought to marry for money. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Nothing between learned pamphlets and News of the World.’ ‘You ought to write a treatise on the subject. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

George Meredith Then he touched lightly on the story to ladies, with the question, ‘What ought I to do?’ In consideration for the Earl of Romfrey he ought not to pass it over, he suggested. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

But now the whole thing seemed up! He had shown himself a fool and by good rights ought to acknowledge his defeat and return to Headquarters. But he had too much spirit for that. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins I beg your pardon, Alicia — I ought to have said my departure. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing Well, Mr. Percival doesn’t go with me in my plans for Jane. He thinks I’m making a mistake, that I ought to have had the child educated to fit her to live with rich people. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Jules Verne But we ought to have arrived at the end; and in order to have so arrived, we ought to have suffered no deviation on the road. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell Did you not see the notice at the post-office that letters for — ought to be in London on the morning of the 10th instead of the evening. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Mark Twain We ought to be glad that we did not make it for the purpose of feasting our eyes upon fascinating aspects of nature, for we should have been disappointed — at least at this season of the year. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Elizabeth Gaskell And when I see my duty clear I do it; I’m not one to shrink from it, and they ought to be grateful to me. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

I’d ought to tell you you’re wasting your time here. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Henry James It was confusedly present to me that I ought to place myself where he had stood. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Now Mrs. Edmonstone was extremely fond of Guy, and trusted him entirely; but she thought she ought to consider how far this should be allowed. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope At that moment I happened to see my hat on the hall table, and it occurred to mc that I ought to put myself into the hands of a friend. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy She ought to have been a Forsyte; in young Jolyon’s sense of the word, she certainly had that privilege, and merits description as such. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope But I do know enough of him to understand that he ought not to like such a girl as Griselda Grantly. He ought to know that she is a mere automaton, cold, lifeless, spiritless, and even vapid. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim She called out after him, wanting to pack him a bag, reminding him of his sponges, pyjamas—all sorts of things he ought to have. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. Rider Haggard He was not even going away, and Agatha could only come to one conclusion, that they were either going to be married — or “they ought to be. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne We ought to reach the continent before March, or we may be surprised by the thaw, and then we shall be in a worse predicament than we are on our island. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Hope Perhaps I ought to say that I was dressed all in white, except my boots. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

You ought not to have come here together, and you will have to leave separately. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

George Gissing I know I ought to consider her as much as other people. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Willa Cather You won’t feel that we ought to wait longer, on Emil’s account, will you, Alexandra?” Alexandra shook her head. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

We ought to see about it before they shove in some alien. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Wilkie Collins I ought to have made affectionate allowance for his nervous miseries; I ought to have run after him, and begged his pardon. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Rudyard Kipling But I ought to be horse-whipped. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Benjamin Disraeli It ought never to be pardoned. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

David Hume Were our selfish and vicious principles so much predominant above our social and virtuous, as is asserted by some philosophers, we ought undoubtedly to entertain a contemptible notion of human nature. Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature by David Hume

Jean-Jacques Rousseau It is a case in which the individuals concerned are one party, and the public the other, but in which I can see neither the law that ought to be followed nor the judge who ought to give the decision. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ford Madox Ford He ought to be a Country Parson. He never would be now. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Theodore Dreiser They sent him to the penitentiary down there, and they ought to do it here. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Radclyffe Hall Joan turned to Milly. ‘Come on, Milly, we ought to go; it’s getting late. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

George Gissing They ought to be taken over by the government. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

The English directors, whose wives bury themselves in such abysses, ought to feel more grateful to them than any other husbands towards their sacrificing better halves. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

I looked at Lucy. She was standing very straight, looking alternately at both of us, as if she were making up her mind which she ought to admire most — or least. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Instead of bringing you home at once, as I ought to have done, I kept you out there talking. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Rudyard Kipling Moulmein is situated up the mouth of a river which ought to flow through South America, and all manner of dissolute native craft appear to make the place their home. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I ought to be very, very careful. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

He elaborately endeavours to show why he ought not to buy the things at a price twenty times larger than their value. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Anthony Trollope Cicero declares of Archias that he was so eminent in literature that, if not a Roman citizen, he ought to be made one. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

G. K. Chesterton It ought to mean caring for bread and cheese; handling and enjoying the cubic content of the bread and cheese and adding it to your own. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Wilkie Collins As a man, I ought to have set a better example; I ought to have preserved my self-control. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

I heard her say once that she thought other people were much more to blame than poor James — people who ought to have known better, and so on. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

It was a great windfall for a poor devil like me; but, after all, it was only right, for it ought never to have been his at all. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth Gaskell Anyhow you don’t suppose I am going to forget you, Paul this work out there ought not to take me above two years, and, perhaps, after that, we may be employed together again. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Henry James But that I do it to THEM. I ought to hold off. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Guy de Maupassan Some one said: “She ought to be undressed. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Guy de Maupassant Oh! What a night! what a night! And yet it seems to me that I ought to rejoice. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

George Gissing It was a mistake that I went in for the Arts course — Greek, and Latin, and so on, you know; I ought to have stuck to science. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Ford Madox Ford What was her daughter going to do? She ought to rush out of the empty house. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]