Phrases with "pathos"

Robert Louis Stevenson Many men invent a dialect for only one side of their natureperhaps their pathos or their humour, or the delicacy of their senses — and, for lack of a medium, leave all the others unexpressed. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anna Katherine Green If he spoke it was to utter a low “Oliver! Oliver!” The pathos of it — the heart-rending wonder in the tone brought the tears to Deborah’s eyes and made her last words very difficult. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

George Meredith Alas! then an—undertaker’s pathos is better than none at all—he was not a single-minded aspirant to our social honours. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

George Meredith Obeseness is the most sensitive of our ailments: probably as being aware, that its legitimate appeal to pathos is ever smothered in its pudding-bed of the grotesque. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

G. K. Chesterton His pathos was to him a way of showing his power; and for that reason it was really powerless. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

She had sung his favourite ballads, and if her voice sometimes failed her on the high notes, she made up in pathos what she wanted in power. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Washington Irving They gradually increase in fervor and pathos during the season of Advent, until they break forth in full jubilee on the morning that brought peace and good-will to men. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope There is much of pathos in the love of the girl, and of paternal dignity and affection in the father. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

G. K. Chesterton It is true, is it not, that Professor Chadd is likely to be made keeper of Asiatic manuscripts?” The grim face of the spinster betrayed a great deal of pleasure and a great deal of pathos also. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Ford Madox Ford Tietjens recognized the pathos of his trying to get away from the agonizing present moment, back to an India where it was all real soldiering and good leather and parades that had been parades. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Edith Wharton Now he beheld her pressing a starved face against the windows of his life, and in his imaginative reaction he invested her with a pathos borrowed from the sense of his own shortcomings. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

G. K. Chesterton But sorrow has in it by its very nature a quality of confinement; pathos by its very nature fights with itself. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Edgar Rice Burroughs I do not think that I could much longer have endured the pathos of his quiet and uncomplaining grief. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The pathos of the old man’s situation is created with sober touches. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

William Hazlitt The concluding events are sad, painfully sad; but their pathos is extreme. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

He had jotted down stern facts with a stern brevity; but the pathos in the facts themselves brought tears to Antonia’s eyes more than once in the course of his reading. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

And everybody who has had affection for a dog will appreciate the pathos of the little sketch, by Myla J. Closser, At the Gate16. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

Pathos is the great touchstone of humor, and Irving’s pathos is always a lamentable failure. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

At Ellisland he had sung,— To make a happy fire-side clime, For weans and wife, Is the true pathos and sublime Of human life. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Anna Katherine Green The closed doors of the little cottage, so associated with his name that it will be hard to imagine it occupied by any one else, possess a pathos of their own which is felt by young and old alike. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Joseph Furphy Deepest pathos lies only in homely things, since the frailness of mortality is the pathetic centre, and mortality is nothing but homely. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Meredith He who would desire to clothe himself at everybody’s expense, and is of that desire condemned to strip himself stark naked, he, if pathos ever had a form, might be taken for the actual person. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

The aged Chuffey is a grotesque study of a very different kind, of which the pathos never loses itself in exaggeration. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

That was the pathos of it — the voice was homeless. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

To listen to their mournful pathos brought with it a strange intensity of pain. In Later Years by Ellen Wood [1887]

Anthony Trollope But the time for ecstatic pathos had altogether passed away before he rode in at that portal. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

H.P. Lovecraft There is, I reflected tritely, an infinite deal of pathos in the state of an eminent person who has come down in the world. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

G. K. Chesterton Before Dombey and Son even his pathos had been really frivolous. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

However, Rousseau brought nature into his Nouvelle Heloise, and, by his accessories of pathos and philosophy, prepared the way for a bolder and completer treatment of life in fiction. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Jules Verne Once more he shouted — “Hatteras! Hatteras!” There was such a pathos of entreaty in his tone that Altamont felt moved to his inmost soul. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

At least, if by pathos we mean that which touches the heart’s tenderest strings. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

D. H. Lawrence He saw her pathos and her winsomeness. The Blue Moccasins by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Algernon Blackwood The pathos in his face when found fault with was quite appealing — the curious dumb attitude, the air of mortification that he wore: “I’m rather puzzled, but I shall know another time. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Meredith The elements of pathos do not permit of their being dispensed from a stout smoking bowl. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Theodore Dreiser The pronunciation of certain syllables gave to her lips this peculiarity of formation — a formation as suggestive and moving as pathos itself. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson His pathos is that of a professional mendicant who should happen to be a man of genius; his levity that of a bitter street arab, full of bread. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dickens’s comic humour never flowed in a pleasanter vein than in the Old Curiosity Shop, and nowhere has it a more exquisite element of pathos in it. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Joseph Furphy That ambition passed away; but the pathos of the empty boots, reversed in the stirrups of the led horse, has remained with me ever since. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Robert Louis Stevenson Such was the pathos of these two old people in their affliction, that even the reserve of cities was melted and the neighbours vied in sympathy and kindness. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

You know that my writings were at one time the rage, the fashion — the thing to read with wonder and horror, to turn your eyes up at my pathos . A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

The frequent use of the theme of the elixir of life, of deathless youth, illustrates how humanity clutches at youth with pathos and shrinks from age. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

George Gissing The pathos in her last utterance was infinite; it touched Isabel to the core. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Jack London Once he looked straight across at me, and in his face was all the dumb pathos of the wounded and hunted animal. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Robert Burns But to conclude my silly rhyme, (I’m scant o’ verse, and scant o’ time,) To make a happy fire-side clime To weans and wife, That’s the true pathos and sublime Of human life. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

It is a touching picture; but its pathos becomes somewhat embarrassing when you enter the cell, and see the impossibility of taking more than three generous paces without turning. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

George Gissing To touch the note of pathos would be unworthy; to exert what influence might be left to him, a wanton cruelty. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Theodore Dreiser In the main, in spite of his activity, he was an introspective man, and art, drama, and the pathos of broken ideals were not beyond him. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Meredith The effect on him of his recent exercise in pathos was to compose him to slumber. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Leon Trotsky The quiet magnificence of his political pathos lay in this. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope It is all satire; but there is generally a touch of pathos even through the satire. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

I don’t know what was in the air at that time, from 1897 to 1909, but all the songs I remember, especially the wildly comic songs, had in their melodies a pathos that beat unbearably on the heart. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

G. K. Chesterton But the broad humour of Pickwick he broadened over many wonderful kingdoms; the narrow pathos of Pickwick he never found again. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

What had become, in the hands of Villon, a subject for grim jests and horrible descriptions, gave to Ronsard simply an opportunity for the delicate pathos of regret. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

His patience with their narrowing circumstances had a pathos which she felt the more the more she came into charge of their joint life. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

George Meredith Ha! ha! Nan—I say—eh? how did ye get on behind the curtains?’ The tale, to guess by Andrew’s face, appeared to be too strongly infused with pathos for revelation. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

G. K. Chesterton His humour was inspiration; but his pathos was ambition. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

George Meredith Weak souls are much moved by having the pathos on their side. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Theodore Dreiser However, the aimless, fatuous going to pieces of Ira George Carter, the looming pathos of the future of the children, and a growing sense of affection and responsibility had finally sobered her. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy A pathos so unusually compounded as that which attached to this hour was unlikely to repeat itself for years, if ever, and Jude would have paused, and meditated, and conversed. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope It could be pathetic if pathos were required, or ring with laughter as merry as her own. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell I could not but be a partial judge, yet I thought that these verses too had a sweet sincere pathos of their own. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Henry James No adequate expression of the beauty and profound pathos with which it impresses us is attainable. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Theodore Dreiser That is, his feelings and his voice were coloured with that seeming repression and pathos which is the essence of eloquence. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser Then, with a pathos which struck home because of its utter simplicity, “He shall not suffer long. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

G. K. Chesterton This is the real power and pathos of that celebrated passage in the book which has passed into a proverb; but which has not lost its terrible humour even in being hackneyed. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Wilkie Collins Encouraged by the Squire, old Reuben artlessly told the little story of his life, as if to an intimate friend; and told it with all the matchless pathos of simplicity and truth. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Meredith Her pathos ways ready and scarcely controllable. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

What words of pathos are in that speech of Adam’s “If God should make another Eve,” &c. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

After two or three songs of Lady Blessington’s choice, he rambled over the keys a while, and then sang ‘When first I met thee’ with a pathos that beggars description. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

George Gissing Then you will know the significance of that vulgar clanging of melody; a pathos of which you did not dream will touch you, and therein the secret of hidden London will be half revealed. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Victor Hugo A thing it is full of pathos and terror. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope Here, in his verses as in his prose, the charm of Thackeray’s work lies in the mingling of humour with pathos and indignation. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

H. G. Wells Suddenly the extraordinary pathos of his life came to him clear and vivid. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Anthony Trollope This letter she wrote in English, and she threw into her appeal all the pathos of which she was capable. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

There was even an affectation of pathos in his tones as he filled in the details of his horrid lie. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Anthony Trollope To tell the words which passed between them after that would require Homer’s pathos and Homer’s imagination. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

D. H. Lawrence With an optimism that was not without a pathos of its own, they used to trot out every outlaw in the district for their dusky friend to ride; but his neck was still intact when I left. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

I said to myself that I would not let my natural anger, my just fury be disarmed by any assumption of pathos or dignity. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Thomas Hardy Then the ventilator in the window-pane spasmodically started off for a new spin, and the pathos of Donald’s song was temporarily effaced. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Ricardo tried to put some pathos into his tones. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

D. H. Lawrence To read all the human pathos into nightingales’ singing is nonsense. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Green Ingersoll I cannot better close this lecture than by quoting four lines from Robert Burns: “To make a happy fireside clime To weans and wife — That’s the true pathos and sublime Of human life. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Charles Kingsley I am convinced that in them we may discover many of the great primary laws of composition, as well as the secrets of sublimity and pathos in their very simplest manifestations. On English Composition by Charles Kingsley

Olaf Stapledon To the Neptunian intelligence, however, there was a slightly nauseating pathos even in Paul’s most chastened enthusiasm. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

William Hazlitt Mark Antony’s speech over the dead body of Caesar has been justly admired for the mixture of pathos and artifice in it: that of Brutus certainly is not so good. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Familiar only with some inferior rendering, they are absolutely ignorant of the wealth of wisdom, humour, pathos and poetry to be found in its pages. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

D.H. Lawrence There is a pathos of physical sensibility and mental inadequacy. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

The pathos of that great idea possibly never reached you. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Isabella Bird He made one remark which had a certain degree of pathos in it. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

G. K. Chesterton It is not true, as is commonly said, that the Dickens pathos as pathos is bad. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Algernon Blackwood He was aware of pathos in her, of some vague trouble very poignant yet inexplicable. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

George Gissing Bill was rather glad of this than otherwise; it enhanced the pathos of the situation; and abundant were the coppers thrown down from windows for the relief of the blind widower and his motherless boy. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

One’s pity went, as it should, with the liar; but the whole story had a pathos which lingers in my mind equally with a sense of the new literary qualities which gave me such delight in it. Henry James by William Dean Howells

Oscar Wilde You said to me once that pathos left you unmoved, but that beauty, mere beauty, could fill your eyes with tears. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

There was no bandaged hand this time, but he looked pinched and depressed; his eyes had black circles round them; and again I felt that same indefinable pathos in him. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle The whole effect was ludicrously tawdry and glaring, and yet there seemed to me to be a touch of pathos in this attempt to reproduce the brilliance of the tropics in the cold English dwelling-house. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Robert Louis Stevenson She was a human being tuned to a sense of the tragedy of life; there were pathos and music and a great heart in the girl. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence He felt some finger prodding, prodding, prodding him awake out of the sleep of pathos and tragedy and spasmodic passion, and he wriggled, unwilling, oh, most unwilling to undertake the new business. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

It was another discomfiture, but it did not prevent her from opening her dark eyes with a remote effect of pathos entirely disconnected with its reception. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The good judges found this sermon strange but quite equal, in pathos at least, to the famous sermon preached with the lighted candles. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Theodore Dreiser The pathos of all this is that it so quickly descends into the realm of the unsatisfactory, the banal, the pseudo intimate. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells His indignation passed, his anger and his passion crumbled under the subtle attack of that prescription, pathos became his sole ruler. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Thus, then, I must leave the book, with its wealth of pathos and humour, with the glow of youth still tinging its pages, but with the gentler mood of manhood pervading it from first to last. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

She could not tell what the history was, but she could divine nearly enough to feel its pathos and its pain. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Kate Chopin He did not mind the entreaty, but the tone with its delicate note of pathos was like a reproach. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

George Gissing The pathos of the last sentence touched him deeply; he read it over and over again, sobbing as he did so. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Alone, that is to say, with only a sailor in attendance, which was virtually solitude; and Philæ is a place to which solitude adds an inexpressible touch of pathos and remoteness. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

They know more surely what they wish to do, and they advance relentlessly and with economy of effort to the effecting of their purpose, whether it be of pure horror, of beauty, or pathos of humor. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

He is at his best in pathos when he is most the humourist; or rather, we may almost say, his pathos is never good unless when it is closely interwoven with his humour. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Henry Adams Their faith in education was so full of pathos that one dared not ask them what they thought they could do with education when they got it. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

His voice was deep and had a note of pathos in it impossible to describe. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

George Meredith He said adieu to her,—pronouncing it with a pathos to melt scornful princesses. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

George Gissing Little by little the story grew upon her understanding; the words in which it had been disclosed came back to her, and with a new significance, a pathos hitherto unfelt. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Thomas Hardy There was no pathos like the pathos of childhood, when a child found itself in a world where it was not wanted, and could not understand the reason why. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Anthony Trollope They fall away very much from The Three Clerks, both in pathos and humour. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Is there real pathos in the last writings of this once vigorous and independent man? May 19. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Robert Green Ingersoll That man who, in four lines, gave all the philosophy of life — To make a happy fireside clime For weans and wife Is the true pathos and Sublime Of human life — he is there with the rest. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Charlotte Perkins Gilman The approach of flattery she dismissed with laughter, gifts and such “attentions” we could not bring to bear, pathos and complaint of cruelty stirred only a reasoning inquiry. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

William Hazlitt The pathos in Cymbeline is not violent or tragical, but of the most pleasing and amiable kind. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

George Meredith He had, in fact, perhaps by sympathetic action, succeeded in striking the same springs of pathos in her which animated his lively endeavour to produce it in himself. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

D. H. Lawrence Nevertheless, as she sat in church her face had a pathos and poignancy. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

We sympathize with men’s mistakes even in the act of penetrating them; we feel the pathos of lost causes and misguided epochs even while we applaud what overcame them. Memories and Studies by William James