Phrases with "personal"

Margaret Oliphant It would have been a personal humiliation to the real partisans of the chapel, had he really woke up and come down from that elevation. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Rudyard Kipling As an individual I have also a personal right, at which Señor Barroso has so eloquently hinted. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

To offer a student or a teacher a dollar for personal service — it isn’t right, or I can’t make it so. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

The objectionable case of I. The personal pronoun in English has three cases, the dominative, the objectionable and the oppressive. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

George Gissing A heavily-laden cab bore away Malkin’s personal property; within sat the unhappy man and his faithful friend. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Its personal character had wholly vanished, giving place to a vulgar, grinning mask which expressed nothing. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Shaw thought but little of himself, yet he had a personal charm which, as we look back on him, makes us repeat: “None knew thee but to love thee, none named thee but to praise. Memories and Studies by William James

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]

Olaf Stapledon Clearly this demand not merely for consciousness but for personal identity in the other world involves something more than the carrying over of memory from this life. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Edith Wharton If you think I can stretch a point — can let her go on giving her personal care to these children until . The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Mazarin, thinking that it would be the means of increasing the zeal of his two defenders if he procured them personal thanks from the queen, motioned them to follow him. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Edith Wharton It filled him with a tender awe, now the danger was over, and made him thank the fates that no personal vanity, no sense of playing a part before sophisticated witnesses, had tempted him to tempt her. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Wilkie Collins The personal description, transmitted under these circumstances, then followed. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jacques Futrelle This is not a moment when the peace of the world may be imperiled by personal feelings of—of kindliness for an individual. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

H. G. Wells Now what the elements of personal aspect really are, what these elements a, b, c, d, e, f, etc. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope Red hair, bright as burnished gold; high, but not very high, cheek bones; and small, sharp, twinkling eyes, were the Gaberlunzie personal characteristics. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon And so it turned out that this vast craving for freedom was only here and there a will freely to serve the Spirit in personal integrity. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon But such a conviction, which is extremely vague and very far from certain, has little bearing on the plain man's desire for everlasting prolongation of his familiar personal self. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Olaf Stapledon In the first place, his intercourse with the other members should enable him the better to fulfil his own personal capacities and satisfy his personal needs. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Anthony Trollope But Sir Hugh was an obstinate man, and none of the Claverings were easily made afraid by personal danger. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon Meanwhile it is enough to note that the idea of personal development toward an ideal limit of perfection is quite intelligible. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Andrew Lang Almost all the known γένη bore patronymics derived from personal names. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

George Gissing Her personal demeanour showed a change. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing But on his putting questions on this subject, or indeed on any other in the least personal to his companion, the result invariably was to turn the conversation immediately into other channels. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing That personal unrest had anything to do with the counsel he offered to his wife, he did not for the moment even suspect. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Prof. Manley, in the Cambridge History of English Literature, advances the theory that The Vision is not the work of one, but of several writers, W.L. being therefore a dramatic, not a personal name. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

E. F. Benson She was being asked to sacrifice her personal feelings which so recoiled from publicity, and for the sake of Riseholme to rescue the fête from being a farce. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Wilkie Collins He asked my pardon in terms of sickening servility, and assured me that he could explain matters to my satisfaction, if I would honour him by consenting to a personal interview. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

G. K. Chesterton What can I say to you? It’s personal for you; I mean, it’s real. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Robert Louis Stevenson Your personal part in it, the treacherous one of holding the poor wretch in talk, your accomplices a pack of ragged Highland gillies. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Olaf Stapledon The saint is chiefly concerned with individuals and their personal relations with one another. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Stephen Lucius Gwynn But what keeps Byron’s poetry alive is the element of personal emotion which Byron contributed to the subject. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Miles Franklin I am a personal friend of the leading managers, and my influence would help her greatly. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Anthony Trollope But Mary Lowther has not, and never can have, a penny with which to make up for any deficiency in her own personal attributes. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

H. G. Wells But these are really very superficial and personal issues. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

In so far as the economic organization fits the exigencies of the collective life of today, it has outlived the regime of status, and has no use and no place for a relation of personal subserviency. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

H. G. Wells He liked what he called investigation, and sometimes his investigations about public characters had the quality of personal gossip. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Sinclair Lewis Even when he became human again, and eager at her coming, there was nothing very personal in their talk. Things by Sinclair Lewis

A mere fighter all his life, a cavalry man, a sabreur, he conceived war with the utmost simplicity, as, in the main, a massed lot of personal contests, a sort of gregarious duelling. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Wilkie Collins Setting personal feeling aside, he felt religious scruples (connected with his marriage) which left him no other alternative than the separation on which he had resolved. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Washington Irving They have thus a personal and local charm, and are given with such circumstantial truth, as to make the reader present with the captive in his prison, and the companion of his meditations. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Leon Trotsky I do not measure the historical process by the yardstick of one’s personal fate. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edith Wharton The disappearance of one dear friend after another must always be the chief sadness of a life bound up in a few close personal ties. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Isabella Bird There is a “state tax,” or “appropriation,” of 800,000 dollars, and this is supplemented by a rate levied on real and personal property. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

George Gissing Her husband regarded her as a remarkable authority in all matters of personal or domestic ornamentation. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Miss Chaworth’s attractions, beyond those of personal beauty, seem to have been mainly due—a common occurrence—to the poet’s imagination. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

George Gissing With Mr Polo, for instance, who held him in esteem, and whose commercial success made him a valuable connection, Alfred ultimately broke on a trifling matter of personal dignity. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James Madame de Mauves, he himself felt, wasn’t sweeping the horizon for a compensation or a consoler; she had suffered a personal deception that had disgusted her with persons. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Wilkie Collins I have seen her and spoken to her; I answer for her manners, and I guarantee her personal appearance. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Willa Cather Her personal life was so far removed from the scene of her daily activities that rash and violent men could not break in upon it. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

That gentleman — of Sulu origin — was certainly endowed with statesmanlike qualities, although he was totally devoid of personal charms. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Samuel Johnson Among a warlike people, the quality of highest esteem is personal courage, and with the ostentatious display of courage are closely connected promptitude of offence and quickness of resentment. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

A. E. W. Mason From what small beginnings it had grown! It is a trite reflection, but the personal application of it is apt to take away the breath. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

H. G. Wells But I don’t see that I lead a thwarted disappointed personal life. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

G. K. Chesterton He professes to know how to lay the foundations for every species of personal acquaintanceship, and how to remedy the slight and trivial slips of making Plato write Greek in naughts and crosses. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

I suppose the truth is a constitutional thing, and you can’t separate it from the personal consciousness, and so you get it coloured and heated by personality when you get it fresh. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Henry James If there’s a thing in the world I’m fond of,” she went on with a slight recurrence of grandeur, “it’s my personal independence. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Leon Trotsky In April, 1904, Martov, in writing to Axelrod, referred to “his [Plekhanov’s] personal hatred of the said person [myself] — a hatred that is degrading to himself and ignoble. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Olaf Stapledon Instead, the enlightened minority must work by reasonable persuasion and the example of its own personal integrity and responsibility, till the masses recognise them as appropriate leaders. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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

Olaf Stapledon But he viewed them now no longer with a sense of personal frustration, no longer with exasperation and self-blame. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Tobias Smolle Mrs. Clewline had like to have sunk under the first transports of her grief and mortification; but these subsiding, she had recourse to personal solicitation. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

He refused the Lord–Lieutenancy of his county; he declined every post of personal distinction connected with it. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing His ideal was honesty, even as he had a strong prejudice in favour of personal cleanliness. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

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]

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]

Leslie Stephen In any case, the work, however darkened by personal feeling or love of class-privilege, expressed as hearty a hatred of oppression as ever animated a human being. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Herman Melville Proud as he was moody, he condescended to no personal mandate. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Alfred Tennyson By this the lazy gossips of the port, Abhorrent of a calculation crost, Began to chafe as at a personal wrong. Enoch Arden by Alfred Tennyson [1864]

Robert Louis Stevenson Knox’s personal revelations are always interesting; and, in the case of the “First Blast,” as I have said, there is no exception to the rule. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Concurrently with these reforms in the system of personal cleanliness, others were silently making way through all departments of the household economy. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

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]

Arthur Morrison He do take the personal property, subjick to debts, an’ he do take the freehold prim’ses. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

E. Phillips Oppenheim Let me hear your personal plans. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Ford Madox Ford It might just as well mean that she wished me to wear it myself for my personal protection . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Such personal examples will convert no one, and of course they ought not to. Memories and Studies by William James

Anthony Trollope Such as she was — beauty or no beauty — her own mind on the subject was made up, and she had resolved long since that the gift of personal loveliness had not been bestowed upon her. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

With that — and a hearty nod and smile around, as if he put it as a personal favour to himself, and wanted us to see that he did, and was not angry, he went out again. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I tell you frankly that, so far as regards the personal and official luggage of the Prime Minister of my country, I should not allow it to be touched. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle Three of them, whose claim came to L3,500, told me that if I would give them my personal I.O.U., and pay interest at the rate of five per cent, their amounts might stand over as long as I wished. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Edward Bellamy I think it must have been many seconds that I sat up thus in bed staring about, without being able to regain the clew to my personal identity. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Olaf Stapledon Between the minded planetary systems occurred infinite variations of personal intercourse. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

The man’s personal liberty being restored, he asked for his axe. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

William Makepeace Thackeray No, we are not personal in these candid remarks. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Its ultimatums were at any rate free from the charge of having any personal motive, and it preserved a reasonable standard of decency and good sense. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Margaret Oliphant THE next morning Vincent awoke with a sense of personal occupation and business, which perhaps is only possible to a man engaged with the actual occurrences of individual life. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But just as they reached a proper age for their union misfortunes had fallen heavily on both and made it necessary that they should resort to personal labor for a bare subsistence. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Trollope When I spoke of personal conduct being more thought of here, I intended to imply that you had come into a family not given to rich ornaments and costly dress. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Contenting themselves with breaking out in general denunciations which nobody accepts as personal rebuke. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Olaf Stapledon Most were capable, at least in some humble degree, of the intimate kind of community which is personal affection; but for nearly all of them a stranger was ever a thing to fear and hate. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

The record of it and of the events which followed, is preserved in a curious poem of Spenser’s written two or three years later, and of much interest in regard to Spenser’s personal history. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Rudyard Kipling This was a personal question, and most of the troopers had money on the event; the Gunners saying openly that they had the legs of the White Hussars. They were wrong. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

I don’t feel so bad about asking to see you personal because I feel almost like I knew you. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Marie Corelli Few men there are in these days who would deny themselves for His sake, or sacrifice a personal passion for the purer honouring of His name. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Algernon Blackwood The human touch thus added the flavour of something both personal and supernatural. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson In Mahony’s case, once his children were there in the flesh before him, all his puny fears of personal upset and mental pother fell away. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Olaf Stapledon Yet on another plane of experience, the plane of creative thought and imagination, the single communal attention could withdraw from this tissue of personal relationships. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

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

D. H. Lawrence An all-containing will in her for complete independence, complete social independence, complete independence from any personal authority, kept her dullishly at her studies. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

His intelligence, while it re-assured the Spaniards as to the general’s personal safety, was not calculated to allay their uneasiness in other respects. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Henry James Isabel had been very nice; the Countess, who had liked her sister-in-law from the first, had not been blinded by envy to Isabel’s personal merits. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Often these obstacles are viewless to others, and the combat is unsuspected; the site of many a Penuel remains untraced; but none the less these are the pivots on which entire personal histories turn. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

H. Rider Haggard Just see to the plate, will you? Remember, you have a personal interest in that; I can’t leave it away. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

For myself, I can only bring a personal note, give a glimpse of the human side of the good work for sailors ashore, carried on through so many decades with a perfect understanding of the end in view. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

As far as personal feelings go, Blunt, who addressed her always with polite seriousness, was not a favourite with her. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Sir Walter Scott It was accounted ill-breeding in Scotland about forty years since to use the phrase rebellion or rebel, which might be interpreted by some of the parties present as a personal insult. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Olaf Stapledon One possible consequence of the belief in personal immortality seems to me extremely obnoxious. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells It was more vivid and personal than the Anglican ritual and Rouse, the minister, was more copiously eloquent even than Jones. I found some of the hymns very effective. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

By his own request, the pilot had been dropped at Lewes, Delaware, and Captain Porter was again in personal command. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

The personal attacks — ” “I read the papers,” remarked the Assistant Commissioner. “Odious? Eh? And you have no notion what a mass of work he has got to get through every day. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

H. G. Wells But you’re nearer as woman to the immediate personal life of sense and reality than I am as man. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

T. E. Lawrence Sharraf had his personal tent also; and some of the other chiefs came and lived by us. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

That it may have local and epidemic causes, as well as that depending on personal transmission, is not disputed. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

H.P. Lovecraft I had written so much to the proconsul that he had become gravely interested, and had resolved to make a personal inquiry into the horror. The Very Old Folk by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Edith Wharton He saw clearly that what he had done was open to misconstruction; but his personal antagonism toward Tarrant robbed him of his self-control. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

George Gissing Success depends upon my personal influence. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Ralph Waldo Emerson All conservatives are such from personal defects. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have the personal pledge of the German Emperor, signed by his own hand. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

H. G. Wells They had to think continually of the work they did either for their own profit or for the personal profit, comfort or fantasy of some employer. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Bram Stoker Designs were framed for the purpose of carrying him off in order to settle the vexed question by a personal examination. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Thomas Hardy But that had happened which, above all other things of chance and change, could make her deliberately frustrate her plan of flight and sink all regard of personal consequences. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

But in the things that — in personal things, if you know what I mean, he sort of shuts the door on you. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Having no personal experience in these evils, I speak only from what I see in others. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Anthony Trollope Mr Maguire had not sent up his name; but a personal description by the girl at once made Margaret know who was there. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Anthony Trollope At the pace which he went it would have been beyond the squire’s power to stop him, nor would Mr Dale have wished to come to a personal encounter with his servant. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

At the same time those servants whose office is personal service, including domestic duties, come gradually to be exempted from productive industry carried on for gain. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Eliot Though continually in society, and caring about the joys and sorrows of my neighbours, I feel myself, so far as my personal lot is concerned, uncared for and alone. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

It was not personal pride — he was not good-looking; it was not family pride — he never had a grandfather; nor was it pecuniary pride — he had too much money for that. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

No state is ever more in danger than when the talent that should be consecrated to peace has no occupation but political intrigue or personal advancement. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

The regidores, alguacil, treasurer, and other functionaries, were then appointed, all of them his personal friends and adherents. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Edith Wharton His only hope, as always, was to reach her through the personal appeal; and he put before her the fact of Duplain’s withdrawal as the open victory of his antagonists. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Ralph Waldo Emerson A personal ascendency, — that is the only fact much worth considering. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Wilkie Collins The personal contrast between Mr. Sherwin and his clerk was remarkable enough, but the contrast between the dimensions and furnishing of the rooms they lived in, was to the full as extraordinary. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

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]

George Gissing Habits of personal idleness crept upon her; she seldom cared to walk, but found pleasure in the motion of a carriage, and lay back on the cushions, instead of sitting quite upright as at first. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Elio I am not myself the least alarmed at anything he can do; he will find I am not to be cowed or driven away by insult or personal danger. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Elizabeth Gaskell She had come because her son asked it from her as a personal favour, but with all the proud bitter feelings of her nature in arms against that family of which Margaret formed one. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell He even urged secrecy upon Sylvia as a personal favour; unwilling to encounter the silent blame which he openly affected to despise. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

George Gissing This interchange of words had strengthened his personal liking for Egremont, and his own idealism took fire from that of the other. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

John Galsworthy His nerves, exacerbated by the interview he had just come through, disposed him to see a personal allusion in those words. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

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

If he did, instantly a roar of menaces recalled him to a sense even of personal danger. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

G. K. Chesterton Most of us find it impossible to imagine that a personal friend might come under suspicion in such matters. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Henry Adams In the case of Palmerston they were unanimous in warning new colleagues that they might expect to be sacrificed by him to any momentary personal object. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

H. G. Wells But to me it seems to reach out to vastly wider issues than our little personal affair. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells Only through personal disaster or the manifest threat of personal disaster can normal human beings be sufficiently stirred to attempt a revolutionary change of their conditions. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Olaf Stapledon Though he cared nothing for his personal survival, yet it seemed that with his ending must also come an end to something perhaps more worthy. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope But it requires much personal strength — that standing alone against the well-armed batteries of all one’s friends. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Edward Bellamy So far as my personal influence went, it had been exerted rather to hinder than to help forward the enfranchisement of the race which was even then preparing. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Arnold Bennett So, if he comes into the trap, you two will have the pleasure of actually seeing him frantically writhe therein, without any personal danger; but perhaps you’d better not show yourselves. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Matthew Arnold For Arnold’s personal debt to him see his sonnet To a Friend. 5 Empedocles. A Greek philosopher and statesman (c. Marcus Aurelius by Matthew Arnold [1863]

Leon Trotsky There is no doubt that his greatest successes in engineering gave him the sort of personal satisfaction that he had earlier found in the revolutionary struggle. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edward Bellamy But now that we all have to do in turn whatever work is done for society, every individual in the nation has the same interest, and a personal one, in devices for lightening the burden. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

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

Meanwhile, no useful purpose would appear to be served by a personal interview with the lady desiring to purchase, but he was willing to undertake to give her the first refusal of the estate. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Leon Trotsky Intellectual disagreements were made the more bitter by squabbles over personal matters, as is natural where a great many people are forcibly confined. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Wilkie Collins Don’t tempt me to be more wretched and more wreckless still!” “One question, Rachel. Have you any personal objection to me?” “I! I always liked you. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Wilkie Collins It suggested to me personal reasons for his anxieties, which he had not mentioned, and which I had not thought of, up to this time. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Olaf Stapledon For the moment let us ask merely whether it makes nonsense of personal immortality. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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

Sir Walter Scott As for Sir Robert Hazlewood, he assumed on his part a happy mixture of the austerity of the justice combined with the display of personal dignity appertaining to the baronet of ancient family. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Olaf Stapledon The prestige of money and personal power and speed and machinery and machine-made luxury ousted the ancient values. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson I find I regret this, or would regret it if I gave myself the time, not only on personal but on moral and philanthropical considerations. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Turkey behaved generously; but she had a personal interest in the matter. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Jacques Futrelle There is one individual in this affair with whom I should like to reckon, hence the personal equation enters very largely into the case. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Olaf Stapledon Many of them live in a continuous rush of personal contacts. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope Mrs Prime, who, of the two, was the more logical, would not disjoin her personal and her scriptural hatreds. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray He was thinking what would be Helen’s opinion of him, now that one of his chief personal ornaments was gone. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

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]

Leslie Stephen Swift’s personal influence remained or increased. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Restore a man to himself, revive his personal dignity, and then . An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Thomas Paine The remainder of the oath is improper, on the ground, that all personal oaths ought to be abolished. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am also somewhat quick and choleric, and warn you therefore not to do aught which I might perchance construe into a personal slight. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope Perhaps nothing more disagreeable, more squalid, more revolting to the senses, more opposed to personal dignity, can be conceived. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins She dashed at it exactly as she dashed at it in the back drawing-room at Rosemary Lane. Her personal appearance settled the question of her reception before she opened her lips. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Benjamin Disraeli Yet Lady Aphrodite was an unwilling member of it; and nothing but the personal solicitation of Sir Lucius would have induced her to consent to the wish of their host. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

The evening papers—show me a New Yorker going without his daily paper!—came to six cents; and two Sunday papers—one for the personal column and the other to read—were ten cents. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

She wondered which of them was the gentleman with whom Mr. Hopkins had hoped she would never be brought into personal contact; she thought she could pick him out among the others. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Walter Scott His fear of the young nobleman’s personal resentment had greatly decreased since he considered him as formidable from his legal claims and the means he might have of enforcing them. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Theodore Dreiser He had seen them play petty politics, follow up enmities and personal grudges, and even sell out, in certain cases, for pathetically small rewards. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Olaf Stapledon Telephone, radio, and television enabled tribes as large as our smaller cities to maintain a sufficient degree of personal intercourse among their members. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Gustave Flauber But while national antipathies revived, together with personal hatreds, it was felt that it would be perilous to give way to them. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

D. H. Lawrence He did not venture to say so, for Duncan was almost insane on the point of his art: it was a personal cult, a personal religion with him. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

John Stuart Mill For, in the first place, there is always some sacrifice of personal interest required; either of social consequence, or of pecuniary means; perhaps the risk of even the means of subsistence. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

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

Indeed, I was beginning to fear the worst, and even personal indignity, when all at once the humour of the thing broke upon me strongly. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

G. K. Chesterton My own parents were rather exceptional, among people so intelligent, in believing at all in a personal God or in personal immortality. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Algernon Blackwood The personal has bandaged all your eyes. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Willa Cather He knows that even external accidents often have their roots, their true beginnings, in personal feeling. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Anthony Trollope The belongings of Tretton, which were personal property, would, in themselves, amount to wealth for a younger son. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Indeed, not one in a thousand ever is submitted at all, that depending upon the possibility of some individual objecting to its action upon his personal interests, which few, indeed, can afford to do. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Arthur Conan Doyle I well remember how he plied me with questions as to the amount and the time that was needed for its effect, but I little dreamed that he could have a personal reason for asking. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

George Gissing To be sure, to say of a man that he is about to be ordained meets every possible question that society can put; but Mrs. Warricombe’s uneasiness was in part due to personal dislike. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

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]

George Meredith But in Chippenden he threw off London, just as lightly as in London he discarded Chippenden. No symptom of personal discouragement, or of fatigue, was betrayed in his face. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Edmund Burke Of all the powers unfit to be delegated by those who have any real means of judging, that most peculiarly unfit is what relates to a personal choice. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Virginia Woolf His emphasis might come from feelings more personal than those science roused in him, but it was disguised, and naturally he found it easy to expound and explain. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Mark Twain Also, she would continue to answer the letters of personal friends for me. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Leslie Stephen Let us now turn from the poems to the author’s personal career during the same period. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Jacques Futrelle Do you believe,” he went on suddenly, “that a man can mete out justice fairly, severely if necessary, to one for whom he has a personal regard?” “I do, sir. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]