Phrases with "personal"

Lord Conyngham fell on his knees, and officially announced the death of the King; the Archbishop added some personal details. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Virginia Woolf Rodney’s room was the room of a person who cherishes a great many personal tastes, guarding them from the rough blasts of the public with scrupulous attention. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Virginia Woolf One feels that to most people, as to Lady Ritchie, she was “not exactly a personal friend, but a good and benevolent impulse”. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Mark Twain He prepared the article which follows, but did not offer it for publication, perhaps feeling that his own close association with the court circles at the moment prohibited this personal utterance. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

These reflections, however, stand apart from the present purpose, which designs to tell in what manner and why a project that promised much personal satisfaction failed in so many details. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Henry Adams In glass it was insubordinate; it was renaissance; it asserted his personal force with depth and vehemence of tone never before seen. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Something there is to look to, Yorke, beyond a man’s personal interest: beyond the advancement of well-laid schemes; beyond even the discharge of dishonouring debts. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing All the more so that he is utterly devoid of personal ambition; he cares not the least to make a name, and to be respectfully regarded by his fellows. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

At this stage personal service first rises to the position of an economic institution, and it is at this stage that it occupies the largest place in the community’s scheme of life. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Thomas Hardy As they had been discussing a score of personal matters only half-an-hour before, the introductory style seemed a little superfluous. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Henry James The sight of an ummarried woman afflicted me, and yet when my male friends changed their state I took it as a personal offence. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle Is it possible that we are indeed but conduit pipes from the infinite reservoir of the unknown? Certainly it is always our best work which leaves the least sense of personal effort. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

When, therefore, capital is converted into common property, into the property of all members of society, personal property is not thereby transformed into social property. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

I don’t mean as to the supposed personal reflections which it was intended to punish; that is a very small matter, and as compared with the other questions involved, of no consequence whatever. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Henry James He wondered if there were necessarily something vulgar in the histrionic conscience — something condemned only to feel the tricky, personal question. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Where was I?” “The personal bearing of the question whether life isn’t more and more complicated?” “How did you know it had a personal bearing?” “I suspected as much. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Olaf Stapledon The Early Christians experienced community in small groups of individuals living in personal contact and living in devotion to a universal ideal. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hardy One advantage had accrued to her through her mother’s possession of a fair share of personal property, and perhaps only one. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Ford Madox Ford That was really the last of his outstanding accounts, and he was ready to take his personal chance of the Divorce Court if the blackmailer turned nasty. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

His song had properly seven verses, but as he couldn’t recollect more than the first one, he sang that over seven times, apparently very much to his own personal gratification. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Sigmund Freud Moreover, she had always been against calling in medical advice, though she had no personal objection to her family doctor. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Such as my personal influence is, it will be exerted on behalf of the acceptance of your scheme. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Benjamin Disraeli As for his personal qualities, you are a better judge than I am; but, for my part, I never saw a countenance that more became the beauty and nobility of his character. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Edgar Rice Burroughs It had been nothing more than a passing hallucination, super-induced by excitement and by personal contact. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Olaf Stapledon One striking aspect of culture was a vast development of the technique of personal intercourse. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope A man who writes a single letter to a newspaper, of course, is not paid for it — nor for any number of letters on some point personal to himself. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Leon Trotsky It is true that Radek’s personal exuberance became a by word; he was capable of saying one thing and just as capable of following it with another. My Life by Leon Trotsky

My reports describe him as an exemplary young man, with great personal charm and a high sense of public duty. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Robert Louis Stevenson Being fully convinced that the world will not continue to go round unless I pay it personal attention, I must run away to my work. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope One or two other local papers had been more scurrilous, and had, with ambiguous and timid words, alluded to the Doctor’s personal admiration for the lady. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker Caswall took a personal interest in the keeping of the great kite flying. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Anthony Trollope Every clergyman should, by canonical rule, feel a personal disinclination to a bishopric; but yet we do not believe that such personal disinclination is generally very strong. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Ralph Waldo Emerson I cannot even hear of personal vigor of any kind, great power of performance, without fresh resolution. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As for you, Marquis de Sogrange, if my personal feelings towards you are less violent, you still represent the things absolutely inimical to me and my interests. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Benjamin Disraeli Whether we stand or fall, it is a moment for you to increase your personal influence. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle If you make it a personal matter,” said she, with the pleasantest of smiles, “I shall be only too happy to tell you any thing you wish to know. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Miles Franklin Edmée retired to dress with Wheeler—Mrs. Crasterton’s personal maid—in attendance. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Why? Because you’re never sure about your personal appearance. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Meredith This is equivalent to saying that the simple pleasures are no longer with us; it must be a personal enemy now to give us any satisfaction in chastising and slaying. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Bronislaw Malinowski Affection is, of course, the most important, fundamental characteristic of any intimate personal relationship between two people. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

In this chapter I have described only my personal experiences. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

George Gissing Their personal acquaintance with Bruno and his family was slight, and though Mrs. Warricombe would gladly have pushed forward to claim recognition, natural diffidence restrained her. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Baldwin Spencer We shall merely use the terms class, sub-class, totem name, sacred name, terms of relationship, terms of address, personal name, status term. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Jane Austen But I will not suppose this possible, and I hope very soon to receive your personal assurance of its being otherwise. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Henry Adams He found a personal grief in every tree. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

John Galsworthy At one stroke they shifted his opposition from the personal to the altruistic. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

George Gissing This room is open to you, as always, and I see no reason why we should not converse on subjects disconnected with our personal differences. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Charles Dickens Is there any other obstacle that you see? Have you any personal objection to me?” Obenreizer spread out both his hands in courteous protest. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Arnold Bennett Like all persons with a tendency to fall into the ridiculous, Mr. Povey was exceedingly sensitive to personal criticisms. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

H. G. Wells Europe draws together under pressure from the East and from the West. These things I propose to confirm by personal interviews with the men I shall find in charge of the European nations. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Some of his papers may be found in the “Manchester Philosophic Transactions;” and these I have heard mentioned with respect, though, for myself, I have no personal knowledge of them. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Bronislaw Malinowski It may be taken for granted that the sentimental side most essentially determines in a given society any kind of personal relationship. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

I’ve got a stack of personal affronts to settle. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells The man persisted with a still more personal question, and this time it was Denton who turned away. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

The intimacy of personal passion, the intensity of high endeavour — these things must be left behind and utterly cast away by all who would enter that narrow sanctuary. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence In all this alliance there was no personal intimacy between the young women. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Paine In stating this case I am led by no personal dislike. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

T. E. Lawrence He lost material ties, comforts, all superfluities and other complications to achieve a personal liberty which haunted starvation and death. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Wilkie Collins The one extraordinary personal deterioration which she had undergone consisted in the unnatural change that had passed over the color of her hair. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Alfred Ainger Later, Kemble went so far as to grant the author a personal interview, but the final result was that the play was declined as unsuitable. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Edith Wharton Unused to the expression of personal emotion, she fluctuated between the impulse to pour out all she felt and the fear lest her extravagance should amuse or even bore him. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

H. G. Wells The emotional crisis of my divorce did not produce any immediate change in these matters of personal discipline. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Wilkie Collins He little thought that he had a personal interest in the letter. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

John Stuart Mill Women, we are told, are not capable of resisting their personal partialities: their judgment in grave affairs is warped by their sympathies and antipathies. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Wilkie Collins The doctor being called, described a personal peculiarity, which he had noticed at the post-mortem examination, and which might lead to the identification of the murdered man. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Mark Twain O.M. And it is not a personal demerit in the stone machine that it does so little? Y.M. Certainly not. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

T. H. Huxley The question has thus become one of personal veracity. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Willa Cather I mean that life is not quite so personal here as it is in your part of the world. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Margaret Oliphant Out of the depths of his troubled heart poured all the chaos of thought and wonder, which leapt into fiery life under that quickening touch of personal misery and unrest. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

George Meredith Diana tempered her queenliness to address the favoured lady with smiles and phrases of gentle warmth, of goodness of nature; and it became a halo rather than a personal eclipse that she cast. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Edith Wharton For a man careless of personal ease, Mornway was singularly alive to the domestic amenities. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was not quite prepared to plunge into the directly personal style. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Henry Adams The boy Henry worshipped him, and if he ever regarded any older man as a personal friend, it was Mr. Sumner. The relation of Mr. Sumner in the household was far closer than any relation of blood. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Anthony Trollope Lord Earlybird! An old woman! One whom no other man in England would have thought of making a Knight of the Garter! It was not, he said, personal disappointment in himself. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anna Katherine Green This they decided should take the form of a personal interview between certain officials and Mr. Roberts himself. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

George Gissing Clifford Marsh was mute and dolorous of aspect; no doubt his personal embarrassments were occupying him. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

It may have been his teeth, but I hope not; for it would be unpardonable to allow a mere physical defect to influence one’s judgment of a man’s personal worth. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Anthony Trollope Every one of those Loughton tradesmen was proud of his own personal subjection to the Earl! From Loughton he went to Loughlinter, having promised to be back in the borough for the election. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

He wove a good deal that was personal into his novel, which, as may easily be guessed, is a satire upon Methodism, and in which Whitefield is personally and not altogether favourably introduced. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Wilkie Collins I cast them on the world as the brief personal narrative of a most unfortunate man. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

John Stuart Mill Hence also women's passion for personal beauty, and dress and display; and all the evils that flow from it, in the way of mischievous luxury and social immorality. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

George Meredith You fancy him brooding, gloomy? He is the reverse, he is cheerful, he is indifferent to personal misfortune. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Meredith Weyburn strongly advised the reverend gentleman on having it out with Lady Charlotte in a personal interview. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Anthony Trollope And I think that in truth he was barely conscious of them; that he depended on them very little, if at all; that there was nothing of personal vanity in his composition. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Starting from these plain facts, the idea is that we should all write the story of the Moonstone in turn — as far as our own personal experience extends, and no farther. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The group she came in contact with while exploring the poor quarters of the town (you know the gesture of charity and personal service which was so fashionable some years ago) accepted with gratitude. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Theodore Dreiser He contented himself with a very moderate allowance of personal apparel, and rarely suggested anything for Carrie. Thus the first winter passed. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Kingsley I can only believe that you are in earnest, and I deeply regret that your personal vanity should have urged you to take such an unwarrantable liberty with a girl you have not yet known for ten days. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

W. H. Hudson With this feeling, which I did all I could to encourage, perceiving it to be the only remedy against despair, came also a new anxiety about her personal appearance. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

He said the Express would now have a personal interest in the object of the deputation, and proposed to strike out a broad line, a broader line than ever. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Rudyard Kipling The personal servant peeped at the body. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arnold Bennett All that I do know of Jules — he will always be called Jules — is that he gradually, by some mysterious personal force, acquired a prominent position in the hôtel. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

H. G. Wells Each day my accumulating impressions were added to and qualified and brought into relationship with new ones; they fused inseparably with others that were purely personal and accidental. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Wilkie Collins My personal defects must have been a sore trial to her in secret, but neither she nor my father ever showed me that they perceived any difference between Caroline and myself. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Sermons might make an impression for the moment; personal sympathy, shown in the moment when it was needed, might change the whole current of a life. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Jacques Futrelle I have no desire to injure you, still less do I intend that you shall injure me; and it would be needless for either of us to make a personal matter of it. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Ford Madox Ford So that for one opposite to leave the fruits of a union exclusively under the personal influence of the other opposite was very possibly to defeat the purposes of Nature . Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

H. G. Wells The subjugation of Aunt Plessington was difficult, but not altogether hopeless, Marjorie felt, provided her rejection of Magnet had not been taken as an act of personal ingratitude. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Leslie Stephen Johnson, as we have seen, had dedicated the Plan to Lord Chesterfield; and his language implies that they had been to some extent in personal communication. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Thomas Paine We have no personal quarrel with him. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Is it not?” ‘And this question was put with a note of personal pride that made me smile, as though he had had a hand in regulating that unique spectacle. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

E. F. Benson She made some personal applications, but these led to nothing. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

H. Rider Haggard One night, when the Bellamys had been about ten days in Madeira, the conversation took a personal turn. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Walter Scott She felt angry at Warden having made a domestic matter, in which she took a personal interest, the subject of such public discussion. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Between the last of October, 1841, and July, 1842, there are a large number of odd fancies, themes for romances, and the like, published from his diary, but no entries of a personal character. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

They had both, concerned in their own personal drama, quite forgotten Reuben. He forced her eyes. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Olaf Stapledon Different again is the admiration or adoration or worship of a personal God, or of the universal Spirit, or of something quite indescribable save as the supremely holy object of worship. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H. G. Wells She had a healthy love of admiration, and in addition her social ambitions made it almost inevitable that at times she should use her great personal charm to secure and retain adherents. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Charles Dickens That she had no personal motives to serve — far from it — on the contrary, her intentions was good towards all parties. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Arthur Conan Doyle The very vastness of the horror took away from its personal appeal. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

A. E. W. Mason It was not the mere personal disappointment which weighed upon Durrance’s spirit. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

H. G. Wells There was a diminishing sense of personal security in the world, an enervating fear and uncertainty about the morrow, through the ensuing years. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. G. Wells So I went into exile in the dog-cart to Redwood station, with Jukes the coachman, coldly silent, driving me, and all my personal belongings in a small American cloth portmanteau behind. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

When I raised myself, for I had fallen on my hands and knees, I looked round, and saw something so singular, as to suspend even my personal anxiety and terror for a moment. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Stella always turned upside down if the conversation took a personal turn. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Willa Cather It was not the torment of personal jealousy. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

He had never had any personal vanity, and there was no consciousness in his good looks now. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

It was a confession of faith, a plea for personal religion, and an anathema against shibboleths and formulas which did not dwell in the heart. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Willa Cather It fortified her to reflect upon the great operations of nature, and when she thought of the law that lay behind them, she felt a sense of personal security. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

George Gissing I’ll make the East End know me as well as they know any man in England. What we want is personal influence. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Of histology, and such other subjects as could not be brought within his direct personal observation, the knowledge of Hippocrates was necessarily defective. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Walter Scott Anxious to discover if he had at least escaped personal harm, Roland Graeme entered the half ruined cell. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Henry James This was her attitude when I at last looked at her — looked with the confirmed conviction that we were still, together, under direct personal notice. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Margaret Oliphant Miss Williamson, for her own part, reserved her personal freedom. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anthony Trollope Cæsar was not a man likely to be turned away from his purpose of ruling well by personal pride — less likely, we should say, than any self-made despot dealt with in history. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope The intention was that he should be driven out of Rome by personal enmity. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells You need a sense of personal care. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry James He once told me that he had had no personal life to speak of since his fortieth year, but had had more than was good for him before. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Isabella Bird For an interpreter and personal attendant I have an educated young Brahmin, for some years in British post-office service in the Gulf, and lately a teacher in the American school here. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

In that gigantic blackness, in that unseen quietude and vacancy, the mind could cease to be personal to itself. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Wilkie Collins My personal appearance (as usual) told against me. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Edgar Allan Poe The author of the ‘Sartor Resartus,’ however, has overthrown the various arguments of his own order, by a personal reductio ad absurdum. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

From personal inquiry I can vouch that the story of the convict mutiny was in every particular as stated by him. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Thomas Hardy He had marked down names on principle, had felt no personal enmity against his victims, and had enriched himself not a sou out of the office he had held. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

George Gissing Mrs. Lant had left all her personal belongings, and no one seemed able to conjecture a reason for her conduct. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Gissing He was dressed in the ordinary clerical suit, which indicated, however, in several places, that his old habit of personal negligence had not altogether deserted him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

D. H. Lawrence There was no spontaneous exclamation, no violent assertion or expression of personal conviction, but all cold, reasonable assertion. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Alfred Ainger But it is not always easy to disengage fact from fiction in these more personal confessions. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Sinclair Lewis He had the personal touchiness of most propagandists; he believed that because he was sincere, therefore his opinions must always be correct. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Algernon Blackwood To myself, as to those few who may find these notes, I owe this somewhat tardy confession of personal bias. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Olaf Stapledon He had not the necessary flow of personal tittle-tattle to carry him through when deeper interests flagged. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle The fact is that he has a personal interest in a case which comes before us, and he thought he should not have a hand in judging it. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

Mrs. B. and I contrived to place ourselves with our backs supported against the lower part of this structure, and we were thus enabled to witness the scene which followed without personal danger. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Andrew Lang I did not get the prize — perhaps did not deserve it, but my story ran thus: You must know that Queen Elizabeth was singularly like Darnley in personal appearance. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy He’ll oblige me as a personal favour. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

It may be thought that I lay too great a stress on personal reserve; but it is ever the handmaid of modesty. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Jekyl, the wit, par excellence, of that day, and the personal friend of the Prince Regent, there laid aside politics, and appeared to Lady Morgan ‘the most delightful creature she had ever met with. Lady Caroline Lamb by Grace and Philip Wharton [1890]

T. E. Lawrence Wilson, however, despite his personal feelings, was all for the game. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Wilkie Collins Do you think I am ungrateful enough to involve you in a personal quarrel with John Zant? No! If I find myself forced to leave the house, I will go away alone. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Meredith We can manage him best through this Mr. Raikes, for a personal application would be ruin. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Willa Cather It seems as if I had always been holding myself in reserve for the foreign field, — by not making personal ties, I mean. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Edith Wharton However achieved, at whatever cost of personal misery and error, the work of awakening and freeing Westmore was done, and that work had justified itself. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Henry James Only you do seem to me, I confess, rather high and dry here — I speak from the point of view of your comfort and of my personal interest in you. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Amongst the articles of personal property I note “One long, thin, silken fishing line, and hook. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Henry Adams He had shown no temper, no irritation, no personal feeling, and had made no display of force. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

You will receive my personal check for the amount you have lost. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Marie Corelli Florian Varillo was exceedingly angry at the whole affair — and whenever Sylvie’s betrothal was spoken of he assumed an expression of pained and personal offence which was almost grotesque. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

That something more than any thought of his own personal comfort makes him withhold his consent, I feel certain. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Nathaniel Hawthorne To aim at personal distinction, however, as an object independent of the public service, would have been contrary to all the foregone and subsequent manifestations of his life. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope A personal quarrel is attractive everywhere. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

The reasons assigned by him for not publishing his criticisms of Malebranche are characteristic: “I love not controversies, and have a personal kindness for the author. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle I would have you to understand that it is a matter of perfect indifference to me, and I refuse to entertain the most remote sense of personal obligation. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

George Eliot But now Tom’s strong will bound together his integrity, his pride, his family regrets, and his personal ambition, and made them one force, concentrating his efforts and surmounting discouragements. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

G. K. Chesterton He had hardly realised what personal romance was inspiring the impersonal romance of his historical revolution. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Benjamin Disraeli No one knew who he was, and in a country the most scrutinizing as to personal details, no one inquired or cared to know. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

He knew he was as brave as any one, and never doubted his personal charm. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Beyond the fact that he was a middle-sized man and dressed in some dark stuff, we have no personal clue; but we are making energetic inquiries, and if he is a stranger we shall soon find him out. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Thomas Paine Fifthly. Because it is continuing the uncivilised principle of governments founded in conquest, and the base idea of man having property in man, and governing him by personal right. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

It has resolved personal worth into exchange value. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Next day, it was resolved, the captain’s personal canvass was to commence. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

For I was the shyest of children; and a natural sense of personal dignity held me back at all stages of life, from exposing the least ray of feelings which I was not encouraged wholly to reveal. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Henry James It was not an injunction, a definite request; it had not occurred to Miss Birdseye, at the end of her days, to take an exacting line or to make, for the first time in eighty years, a personal claim. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Anthony Trollope It might have been that in a personal meeting the necessary confession would not have got itself adequately spoken. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Then she had been enclosed in the narrow limits of her maternal interests; now the barriers of self were broken down, and her personal preoccupations swept away on the current of a wider sympathy. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Because of his youth, sporting prowess, personal qualities and understanding, WHB had developed a special relationship with the students. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Elizabeth Gaskell Only she, turning anew to God, in the solemn and quiet watches of the night, made a covenant, that in her conduct, her own personal individual life, she would act loyally and truthfully. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Wilkie Collins However well the inquiry is managed, it may be attended by much trouble and delay, may necessitate a long journey, and may involve some personal danger. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Nay, she was now suffering more, for then there had not been added to her other miseries that feeling of soreness and sense of personal loss. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Anthony Trollope During the remainder of this year, B.C. 59, Cicero was at Rome, and seems gradually to have become aware that a personal attack was to be made upon him. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

G. K. Chesterton That of Thomas Hardy is almost made personal by the intense feeling that he is poisonous. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

The first night we passed among the mountains recalled us painfully from the enjoyment of nature to all the petty miseries of personal discomfort. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Once more I had an author for whom I could feel a personal devotion, whom I could dream of and dote upon, and whom I could offer my intimacy in many an impassioned revery. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope It was aggravated by various circumstances — by calumnies in newspapers, and by personal bickerings. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Harry found her to be a dull companion, and he, perhaps, consoled himself with some personal attention to the oak trees, which loomed larger upon him now than they had ever done before. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Gaston Leroux Is that so?” “Evidently. We are going to operate alone, on our own personal account. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Edith Wharton The reaction from the chief episode of his earlier life had bred in Glennard an uneasy distaste for any kind of personal saliency. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Vsevolod Krestovsky This was the personal property of the old princess, a part of her dowry. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Fanny Fern You could not desire better notices; and the best of it is, they are spontaneous—neither begged nor in a measure demanded, by a personal call upon the editors. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

My friend did not pursue his inquiry to my personal disadvantage, but seemed to prefer a more general philosophy of the matter. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Frances Hodgson Burnett He never was personal or mean. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Machen But here is a personal experience, such as it is, which illustrated the way in which the rumour was circulated. Out of the Earth by Arthur Machen

E. F. Benson She seemed to take it as a personal insult that anyone but herself should stand for the Town Council, which is just what one would expect. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Richard Burton Above all their qualities, personal conceit is remarkable: they show it in their strut, in their looks, and almost in every word. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Miss Anne Hathaway had herself probably some personal attractions; and, if an indigent girl, who looked for no pecuniary advantages, would probably have been early sought in marriage. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

Although the unfortunate Mrs. Welford was in reality of a light and frivolous turn, and, above all, susceptible to personal vanity, she was not without ardent affections and keen sensibilities. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

John Stuart Mill But society has now fairly got the better of individuality; and the danger which threatens human nature is not the excess, but the deficiency, of personal impulses and preferences. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Ralph Waldo Emerson A man’s personal defects will commonly have with the rest of the world, precisely that importance which they have to himself. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Anthony Trollope The desire was there, and so was the intellect, had it not been weighted by personal luxury and indulgence. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

These traits are in some measure accepted as elements of personal beauty. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

His is a well-known name on the river, and, though familiar with the people, he has more than once run some personal risk by assisting our cruizers to make captures. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]