Phrases with "quaint"

D. H. Lawrence The ground around us was strewn with the four-lipped burrs of beechnuts, and the quaint little nut-pyramids were scattered among the ruddy fallen leaves. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

M. P. Shiel I long remembered the impression which the quaint high things he thereupon uttered made upon us. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then she sighed in such a quaint little way that I could hardly believe my ears, and her brow went up in what can only be described as mock despair. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Thomas Hardy DURING the three or four succeeding years a quaint and singular vehicle might have been discerned moving along the lanes and by-roads near Marygreen, driven in a quaint and singular way. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

What did you think of him?” “A quaint old cock. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Such a quaint idea, wasn’t it, so like Arthur. They are my two pets, Blanche and Goldy.” I am not an artistic person, but even I was beginning to have doubts about Arthur’s talent. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle What is your news, Master John?” Chandos’ quaint face quivered with suppressed amusement and his one eye twinkled like a star. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He entered the hall, quaint and lofty, rising to the entire height of the house, with two galleries, one above the other, surrounding it on three sides. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arnold Bennett Edwin, remaining longest at the door, saw a bicyclist on one of the still quaint pneumatic-tyred “safety” bicycles, coming along behind a “King of the Road” lamp. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

E. F. Benson She had not seen Irene since the night of the house-warming, when the quaint one had not been very cordial, and so, thinking she had walked far enough, she turned back. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Though no ceramic expert, there was a quaint beauty about the broken manikin that warned her of possible value. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Andrew Lang The talisman is made of all the quaint odds and ends that the Fetichist treasures, swan’s feathers, flocks of wool, and so on. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Here was an old church, quaint and rambling and gabled. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Charles Dickens I like it for that; but it is not on that account, nor because it is a quaint old thing in a huge oaken case curiously and richly carved, that I prize it as I do. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

In front it had a quaint description of courtyard, surrounded by high walls covered with ivy. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Theodore Dreiser Her awkwardness had all but passed, leaving, if anything, a quaint residue which was as pleasing as perfect grace. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Handel Richardson Another that he turned over was a German he had once heard speak at a diggers’ meeting — a windy braggart of a man, with a quaint impediment in his speech. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

The square plot of ground before the house was laid out in quaint old flower-beds, where the roses seemed, to Clarissa at least, to flourish as they flourished nowhere else. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Wilkie Collins The quaint humor began to twinkle again in his eyes as he abruptly drew back from it. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

George Gissing It has occurred to me that you might be able to suggest some quaint corner of old London, unknown to me, which would make a good subject for a water-colour. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

E. F. Benson Ha, ha! How dare you stand against Georgie when my Angel wanted him to get in?” Irene’s awful tongue always deflated Elizabeth. “Dear quaint one!” she said. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

George Meredith Retro S. M.’ The youthful eye on their sex, the Irish voice, and the perceptible moral earnestness in the background, made up a quaint mixture. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

E. F. Benson Evie would speak, quaint Irene would certainly burst into hoarse laughter when she heard the story. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

My name is Robin Hood.” “Truly, good Robin,” said the Knight, a smile twitching at the corners of his mouth, “thou hast a quaint conceit. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Thomas Hardy Nothing is now heard but the ticking of a quaint old timepiece on the summit of a bookcase. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins It assumed the quaint form of a receipted bill, representing the expenses incurred in furnishing his new house. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

As soon, at least, as I can feel convinced that it is to be really mine,” he added, with a quaint expression. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Washington Irving It was one of those rich morsels of quaint antiquity which give such a peculiar charm to English landscape. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Arnold Bennett On either side the naked walls of warehouses rose like grey precipices from the stream, holding forth quaint arms of steam-cranes. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Thomas Hardy A sound like luggage thrown down from the coach was a gun far away at sea; and what looked like a tall man by the gate at dusk was a yew bush cut into a quaint and attenuated shape. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

H.P. Lovecraft As I surveyed this quaint apartment, I felt an increase in that aversion first excited by the bleak exterior of the house. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Edgar Allan Poe Around them, on every part of the deck, lay scattered mathematical instruments of the most quaint and obsolete construction. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

William Makepeace Thackeray The silver trumpeters wear such quaint caps, as those I have humbly tried to depict on the playful heads of children. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

G. K. Chesterton Most of Browning’s obscurity is of that sort—the mistakes are almost as quaint as misprints—and the Browning student, in that sense, is more a proof reader than a disciple. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

There are old pictures, old musical instruments, quaint spindle-legged chairs and tables, tapestries that crumble as you touch them — the ashes and relics of many generations. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

We spent a few minutes on deck while she asked eager questions about our build and gear and seaworthiness, with a quaint mixture of professional acumen and personal curiosity. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood from his youth up had had a curious interest in quaint characters, and he was interesting to them; they “took” to him. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Ida loved to explore the library, where the books were for the most part quaint and old, original editions of seventeenth and eighteenth century books, in sober, substantial bindings. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Then she asked me in her soft quaint accent how I had passed the night, and whether I was very much inconvenienced by wearing the clothes which old Pelagie had put there for me while I slept. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Thomas Hardy Not quite knowing what to do with himself, he went up to an octagonal chamber in the lantern of a singularly built theatre that was set amidst this quaint and singular city. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Victor Hugo He examined the quaint arrangements of the rambling building, and their yet quainter fittings. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry Handel Richardson When she emerged again, the town had assumed that spectral look, which, towards evening, made the quaint old gabled streets so attractive. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton The house or bungalow that the landscape-painter had originally built in an open landscape was now wedged in a row of villas, though it retained something of a quaint or uncouth outline of its own. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Robert Louis Stevenson Cloudesley Shovel is a mouthful of quaint and sounding syllables. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

But often they sang new songs, the words and music in perfect accord, sad and quaint in tune. Mother by Maksim Gorky

It was beautifully chased, and below the figure of an angel was engraved in quaint old English characters, “Ye guardian of ye threshold. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Abraham Merri The eunuch slithered to one side, drew from a quaint chest clothes of white floss; patted her dry with them; threw over her shoulders a silken robe of blue. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Robert Louis Stevenson It lies out of the forest, a cluster of houses, with an old bridge, an old castle in ruin, and a quaint old church. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson The old Observatory — a quaint brown building on the edge of the steep — and the new Observatory — a classical edifice with a dome — occupy the central portion of the summit. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

I take it there is a quaint side-table or two lost midway of the wall, and that an old woodcut picture of the Most Noble City of Venice hangs over each. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

M. P. Shiel But how so? Could it be that she—those artist folk—had shrewdness to know the reading of riddles so quaint and dubious? For him it was wholly a hopeless matter. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle It ran thus: “A quaint advertisement in the columns of a contemporary shows that the famous Lord John Roxton, third son of the Duke of Pomfret, is seeking fresh worlds to conquer. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Helen Zimmern Yet the other characters are no less admirably drawn, with the old delicacy and firmness of touch, the occasional quaint gleams of humor. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

H. G. Wells One quaint expedition, grotesque and childish and yet an augury of greater things to come, flits very illuminatingly across the dreadful record of these war years. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

E. F. Benson Equally quaint was the dish of highly realistic stone fruit that stood beside the pot-pourri and the furry Japanese spider that sprawled in a silk web over the window. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

But five minutes elapsing, and he not killed, that weakness gave way to a jocund recklessness; and he kept them all gay with his quaint remarks, of which I must record but one. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Lucy Maud Montgomery But Miss Barry found herself thinking less about Anne’s quaint speeches than of her fresh enthusiasms, her transparent emotions, her little winning ways, and the sweetness of her eyes and lips. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Henry James We had come, comparatively, but from round the corner — and that left the “state of education” and the range of selection all about as quaint enough. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Thomas Hardy About mid-day he reached it, and crossing the bridge into the quaint old borough he inquired for the house of the composer. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Kate Chopin How luxurious it felt to rest thus in a strange, quaint bed, with its sweet country odor of laurel lingering about the sheets and mattress! She stretched her strong limbs that ached a little. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Henry Handel Richardson He never cared for my mother’s children,” answered Johnny with a quaint dignity. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Leslie Stephen A quaint story illustrates the hero-worship of which Johnson now became the object. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Theodore Dreiser The effect was something so quaint and droll it caught even the manager. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle On this headland was a house of quaint design, wide-spread, red-roofed, white-walled, and beautiful. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Walter Crane He wears a quaint black hat upon his head, which almost foreshadows the tall hat of the modern citizen. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

She was a quaint old tradition, lingering about the place, she was part and parcel of the farm itself, she was something at once pathetic and picturesque — but she was dreadfully in the way. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Sinclair Lewis But I don’t care much for the English, though there is all sorts of quaint places with a real flavor. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling He had a quaint trick of moving his nose when he sniffed. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

The quaint island-citadel, with its exquisite bay and golden sands, had been familiar to Edward Heathcote in the past. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

M. P. Shiel Already he had guessed that the quaint maid could not have been “Viola,” and here was the real “Viola,” the romantic, the high-minded, about to show herself, to give herself, at last. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Henry Handel Richardson Besides this, the right hand had much hard passage-work in quaint scales and broken octaves, to a syncopated bass of chords that were adapted to the stretch of no ordinary hand. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

She held up the little garment, all fluffy with misty lace and wrought with quaint embroidery. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

M. P. Shiel Sir Peter was silent, but the quaint maid had ever something to say in her laughing way. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Henry James Her demeanour accused him so directly of hovering beyond her reach that Maisie sought to divert her by a report of Susan’s quaint attitude on the matter of their conversation after lunch. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

George Gissing French windows led out on to a quaint little verandah at the back of the house, and the view thence was perfect. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had on a black mode cloak that had been her mother’s; it was trimmed round with rich lace, and looked quaint and old-fashioned on the child. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Leslie Stephen Every one has a liking for the giant maid of all work, Glumdalelitch, whose affection for her plaything is a quaint inversion of the ordinary relations between Swift and his feminine adorers. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

The little dwelling itself, with its low ceilings and long oak beams and dim colouring and quaint furniture, had a certain austere charm, a quiet dignity of its own. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

G. K. Chesterton It was because he still wore, with a quaint conservatism, the frock-coat and high hat of the days before the great war. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

D. H. Lawrence His ideas were quaint and fantastic. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle It looks very quaint and ornamintal there, but still it’s not quite the place for it. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Charles Dickens It was in the ancient little city of Rochester in Kent, of all the good days in the year upon a Christmas-eve, that I stood reading this inscription over the quaint old door in question. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

Virginia Woolf It is a queer animal, quaint rather than beautiful. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

And yet that quaint stateliness is not without its attractions. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

H. G. Wells At such a moment that quaint nickname would surely not be resented. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Thomas Hughes It is a quaint game, immensely amusing to look at, and as I don’t know whether it is used in your counties, I had better describe it. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Anna Katherine Green She lives near Judge Ostrander — a quaint little body, not uninteresting to talk to; a regular character, in fact. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

D.H. Lawrence And there was the village of tall, quaint houses flickering its lights on to the deep-flowing river, and quite silent, save for the rushing of water. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

E. F. Benson At that moment quaint Irene, after a few words with the Padre, caught sight of Lucia, and hurried across the street to her. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

He was a quaint little fellow, Jewish from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

It had also a quaint metallic ring that made it still more difficult to detect its origin. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

He pictured them as philosophic vagabonds, full of quaint turns of speech, unconscious Borrovians. With these samples his disillusionment was speedy. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

E. F. Benson Perfectly legitimate, of course, for if my house may be given over to parties for paupers, you can surely have a merry-go-round in quaint Irene’s and I a jumble-sale in yours. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Sinclair Lewis And we saw a lot of quaint English places along the road — got away from all them tourists — trippers — you know. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Bram Stoker He is so quaint that I am determined to understand him as well as I can. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Gissing Not long after he received a letter of thanks from the lad’s father, and, on coming to London, he sought out Mr. Potts, whose gratitude and its quaint expression had pleased him. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft The small wooden houses averaged a greater age here, for it was up this hill that the growing town had climbed; and in these rides he had imbibed something of the colour of a quaint colonial village. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

The writing was quaint and quite unEnglish, but its peculiarities only served to make it the more charming. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Her quaint little sailor hat, a throw-back to a mode of long ago, while very becoming, was quite useless from that point of view. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Such a poem is Stepping Westward, where the sense of sudden fellowship, and the quaint greeting beneath the glowing sky, seem to link man’s momentary wanderings with the cosmic spectacles of heaven. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

John Galsworthy The quaint old things! But suddenly his veins tingled with a flush of loyalty. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

It was his quaint and placid reasonableness which had induced Dickson McCunn, when he took in hand the destinies of the Gorbals Diehards, to receive him into his own household. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

D. H. Lawrence He was a quaint little figure, dressed in a man’s trousers that had been botched small for him, and a coat hanging in rags. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim His lips parted in a quaint smile. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Emily Dickinson His quaint opinions to inspect, His knowledge to unfold On what concerns our mutual mind, The literature of old; What interested scholars most, What competitions ran When Plato was a certainty. Poems by Emily Dickinson

Andrew Lang They can only show varieties of type, quaint frontispieces, printers’ devices, and fleurons at the heads of chapters. The Library by Andrew Lang

It was a quaint idea, wasn’t it? But it was all very complete and consistent, and quite reasonable, too, if one once accepts the belief in the persistence of the individual apart from the body. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Henry James It had a quaint and primitive aspect and a natural picturesqueness which commended it to Bernard’s taste. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

The clock of St. Michael’s Church was striking twelve as he crossed the quaint old square in which that edifice stands, and groped his way through the narrow streets leading down to the water. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. G. Wells He must dream too of a dainty fairy-land and of all the quaint little things of life, in due time. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

E. F. Benson She called them “My sweet rainbow of piggies,” and often when she came down to breakfast, especially if Withers was in the room, she said: “Good morning, quaint little piggies. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

M. R. James Something quaint and charming, I’m sure. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Rudyard Kipling The gang were singing over their captures, singing that quaint song of the ‘Passing of the Sansis,’ which fires the blood of all true thieves. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. F. Benson And quaint Irene in her knickerbockers, sometimes stood on her head, but nobody else attempted that. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

It had a pleasant, quaint sound, and I wondered how Gresson had spent his hours there. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

How curious it was! He looked at the priest, and had a quaint sensation of feeling as a romantic woman must feel in the presence of a specially impressive masculine personality. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

The quaint old dove-cot near the house had almost disappeared behind the trees that had crowded up round it, and held aloft its weathercock in silent protest at their encroachment. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

G. K. Chesterton But Marcus went white with horror; for M. Louis made one quaint little gesture which, if it meant anything, could only mean that the policeman himself had turned for an instant and fired. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

E. F. Benson There was no Arabic at all, nor was it Abfou’s writing, which in quaint little ways resembled Daisy’s when he wrote quickly. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Henry James Out of it peeps again the riddle, the so quaint trait de moeurs, of my infant participation. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Wilkie Collins The quaint little love romance of the two children amused and interested her. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Turnus th’ occasion takes, and cries aloud: “Talk on, ye quaint haranguers of the crowd: Declaim in praise of peace, when danger calls, And the fierce foes in arms approach the walls. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Andrew Lang Nor can his “Mrs. Mundi at Home” be neglected by the curious in quaint and graceful invention. The Library by Andrew Lang

At one end was a fine Italian shrine of marble, and the floor was mosaic, blue and white, in a quaint Byzantine pattern. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

Thomas Hardy Footsteps began stamping up and down the bare stairs, the comers inspecting the goods, some of which were of so quaint and ancient a make as to acquire an adventitious value as art. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins A quaint reprimand from the admiral, half in jest, half in earnest, gave her time to recover herself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle Even Stevenson, for whom I have the most profound admiration, finds it difficult to carry the reader through a series of such papers, adorned with his original thought and quaint turn of phrase. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Charles Kingsley Some love affair, I suppose —” “How quaint it is, that the father has kept all the animal vigour to himself, and transmitted none to the daughter. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Robert Louis Stevenson Night after night I found the scene rivet my attention and keep me awake in bed with all manner of quaint imaginations. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft Then eight squares past the fine old estates his childish eyes had known, and the quaint brick sidewalks so often trodden by his youthful feet. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

George Meredith Some wayward activity of old associations set her humming a quaint English tune, by which she was brought to her consciousness. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Nellie Bly At another temple, near by a public laundry where the washers stood in a shallow stream slapping the clothes on flat stones, was a quaint temple hewed, cave-like, in the side of an enormous rock. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

George Gissing On the mantel-piece, which was also high and old-fashioned, stood several quaint figures of wood. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Washington Irving Several quaint little tales introduced in his Essays show that he had a turn for this species of mock history; and the advertisement and title-page bear the stamp of his sly and playful humor. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

H. G. Wells But we jested and shared our humors, shaped our developing ideas in quaint forms to amuse one another and talked—as young men talk together. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Wilkie Collins You shall hear first what my next neighbour said of her — a quaint old fellow, a retired doctor, if I remember correctly. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

We must have made a quaint assembly indeed. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Not that this is Sterne’s only raid upon the quaint old writer of whom he has here made such free use. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Sinclair Lewis Sitting on the edge of his bed, quaint in his cotton night-gown, like a rare little bird of dull plumage, he rubbed his head sleepily. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Sir Walter Scott His long luxuriant hair was trained to flow in quaint tresses down his richly furred cloak. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The quaint street, into which the stone stairs led them, follows the mouldering shelter of the old town wall. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had smiled at herself when the “echo” had prompted her to the hint of a quaint caution in connection with his little boy flame of delight in the strange child he had made friends with. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

E. F. Benson Farther down the street was quaint Irene lounging at the door of her new studio (a converted coach-house), smoking a cigarette and dressed like a jockey. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Arnold Bennett The quaint irregularities of the architecture, and the vastness of the thronged perspectives, made promises to her romantic sense. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Often have I found myself as I strolled gloating over the exquisite absence of sound — enjoying in full mental relish the quaint and refined sensation. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

William Cowper But how a body so fantastic, trim, And quaint in its deportment and attire, Can lodge a heavenly mind—demands a doubt. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Kenneth Grahame Each fresh grammar or musical instrument, each new historical period or quaint arithmetical rule, is impressed on one by some painful physical prelude. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

G. K. Chesterton He had told his story with many quaint formalities of diction, but also with a very convincing realism. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

George Meredith He lends an attentive ear when I speak, agrees or has a quaint pucker of the eyebrows dissenting inwardly. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

G. K. Chesterton It was the figure of an elderly man with long whiskers that looked almost fantastic, and a quaint and careful cut of collar and cravat. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

E. Phillips Oppenheim He wore a grey knickerbocker suit and carried in his hand a hat of the same colour of quaint design. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

T. E. Lawrence With quaint justice, events forced me to live up to my bodyguard, to become as hard, as sudden, as heedless. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Mark Twain Here are some quaint definitions of words. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Thomas Hardy When they reached the castle Somers gazed round upon the scenery, and Pierston, signifying the quaint little Elizabethan cottage, said: ‘That’s where she lives. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

G. K. Chesterton But he had it in his own quaint way; and it was hardly the vision of meadow, grove and stream. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

William Blades Another is a volume of coarse or quaint titles, which certainly answer the end of showing how idiotic and conceited some authors have been. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

A notable object was Ketira on the course, with her quaint attire, her majestic figure, her fine olive-dark features, and the fire of her brilliant eyes. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

A quaint sort of eloquence took command of Hamed’s tongue, and I suffered the oysters gladly as I listened. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Theodore Dreiser Her splendid hair was drawn up from the base of the neck and the line of the forehead into some quaint convolutions which constituted a reddish-gold crown. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim The brown-sailed fishing smack which crossed his bows, with a quaint horn lantern hanging from the mast, passed him unnoticed. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Perhaps the same hand that had made them had collected from the other rooms the old swinging mirror with brass rosettes, and the chest of drawers with drop handles, and the quaint painted chairs. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

It’s a quaint old place, I admit. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

George Eliot The quaint appearance and manner of the little Dissenting minister could not fail to stimulate the peculiar wit of the bar. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

She caressed and quieted them with her gloved hand, speaking to them in quaint terms which I remembered to have seen in old French manuscripts. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Gaston Leroux First, his left arm seized upon the quaint person of Mme. Giry and made her describe so unexpected a semicircle that she uttered a despairing cry. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

When the applause had died down, she recited a quaint little poem of her own composition, wishing all there present the best of luck in the coming year. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

And such a quaint little church, covered with ivy. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Wilkie Collins On his right hand was a quaint little village, mostly composed of wooden houses, straggling down to the brink of one of the tidal streams. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Robert Louis Stevenson As St. Giles’s must have had in former days a rich and quaint appearance now forgotten, so the neighbourhood was bustling, sunless, and romantic. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

It is a strange one — nothing more nor less than a quaint Florentine dagger which I had often admired for its exquisite workmanship. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James Of course the moral of the Hawthorne tale would be that his personage would come back in quaint confidence on the day his last projected shadow should have vanished. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Guy de Maupassant Well, my friend was a quaint little woman, a brunette, fanciful, capricious, pious, superstitious, credulous as a monk, but charming. Misti by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Then he secured some bread and butter, not knowing what the accommodation at the lock-up might be in the shape of eatables, and changed his handsome quaint suit of clothes for those he wore every day. Abel Crew by Ellen Wood [1874]

It could not be said of this place that: “The gnarled, knotted trunks Eucalyptian, Seemed carved like weird columns Egyptian; With curious device, quaint inscription, And hieroglyph strange. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Gertrude Stein Mouse and mountain and a quiver, a quaint statue and pain in an exterior and silence more silence louder shows salmon a mischief intender. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

You must admit that in a banker of the nineteenth century it was a quaint idiosyncrasy. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

So there it stood — a dingy shingle roof overgrown with moss — a quaint little porch and two numerously paned windows on each side. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Leslie Stephen A quaint example of his popularity is given by Sheridan. A great crowd had collected to see an eclipse. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Wilkie Collins Embroidered braces, smart smoking-caps, quaint pincushions, gorgeous slippers, glittering purses, all bore witness to the popularity of the friend of the women. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Robert Louis Stevenson The sleepy hum of a threshing-machine filled the neighbouring fields and hung about the quaint street corners. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins The room communicated with a smaller and darker room at the back of the house by means of a quaint little door with a window in the upper half of it. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Leslie Stephen The fragments cohere by external cement, not by an internal unity of thought; and Pope too often descends to the level of mere satire, or indulges in a quaint conceit or palpable sophistry. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

E. F. Benson However quaint Irene was, there was no use in pretending that she was not the youngest. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson It has in it the spring of pleasant and quaint fancies. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

There is a quaint old theory that man may have two souls—a peripheral one which serves ordinarily, and a central one which is stirred only at certain times, but then with activity and vigour. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

James Joyce While he did so he sang softly to himself with quaint accent and phrasing: ’Tis youth and folly Makes young men marry, So here, my love, I’ll No longer stay. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

D. H. Lawrence He’s a quaint little bantam. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray It is the quaintest and prettiest of all the quaint and pretty towns I have seen. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

Wilkie Collins He happened to recollect her artless blue eyes, with their vague patient look, and her quaint childish questions put so openly in so sweet a voice — and that was all. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

John Galsworthy He sat in the downstairs room, now furnished with three chairs, a small table, of quaint design, cheap owing to the slump in antiques, and an amethyst-coloured chased decanter containing sloe gin. Over the River by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton Her poems are full of quaint things, of such things as the eyes in the peacock fans of the Vatican, which she describes as winking at the Italian tricolor. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

G. K. Chesterton It is a quaint comment on the notion that the English are practical and the French merely visionary, that we were rebels in arts while they were rebels in arms. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

D.H. Lawrence The quaint figure of Gwen stood at the bowl, her back was towards him; she was sponging her face gingerly. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

We have a quaint picture of the pair sitting on the grass together, the girl’s younger sister beside them playing with a doll. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

H. G. Wells What matters here is the way in which they wrapped about the facts of life and created for us a quaint and softened atmosphere of intercourse. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

But some of the quotations are rather quaint and might attract your friends. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle The domestic affairs were superintended by a stern housekeeper, who bore a quaint resemblance to Girdlestone himself in petticoats, and who arranged every detail of housekeeping. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry James Ralph noticed these quaint charities; he noticed everything she did. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Thomas Hardy Beyond this rather quaint array of stone and metal Mrs. Swancourt wore no ornament whatever. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Charles Kingsley And all the while there was a quaint and pathetic consciousness in the little man’s heart that he was meant for something better; that he was no fool, and was not intended to be one. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley