Phrases with "qualities"

George Meredith I attempted to do justice to the amiable qualities of the absent. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Some dogs and horses are ill-tempered, and easily turn sulky; others are good-tempered; and these qualities are certainly inherited. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

John Galsworthy But when you come to breeding from people with genius or those exceptional qualities which bring men to the front, I’m very doubtful whether you don’t get distortion rather than symmetry. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Unwillingly he canvassed in memory those qualities of the green casket which, quite aside from the “dreams” it brought, had made it an enigmatic mystery. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle Those who uphold the nourishing qualities of wine might point to him in triumph, for never a night passed that he did not repeat the performance of his first one. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Percy Bysshe Shelley They possessed, except with extraordinary exceptions, the habits and the qualities of slaves. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Willa Cather They coveted the qualities which had made her success, as well as the benefits which came from it. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Olaf Stapledon They also see that these qualities are essential to any decent social life. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

He is mortal, doubtless, as his “dam” (for Shakspeare will not call her mother) Sycorax. But he inherits from her such qualities of power as a witch could be supposed to bequeath. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

George Gissing I saw all sorts of admirable womanly qualities in her. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

George Gissing Even to Mrs. Clinkscales, who certainly possessed very few of the distinctive qualities of the gentler sex, Arthur displayed his innate chivalry — for such indeed it was. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But the fact remains that Miss Hardinge, for all her physical attractions, is hopelessly deficient in all those qualities which go to make a desirable—companion. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Henry James But there is this to be said: In the first place, I fancy you exaggerate; you lend me qualities I have n’t had. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Bram Stoker According to contemporary accounts she seems to have been dowered with just such qualities as were useful in such a life as she had entered on. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Maria Edgeworth I have marked the rise and progress of their attachment; and it has been founded on the perception of such excellent qualities on each side, that I have no fear for its permanence. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

In reality, she succeeded by virtue of all the qualities which every hero should be without — dissimulation, pliability, indecision, procrastination, parsimony. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Virginia Woolf But whether or not a particular man possessed those qualities could only be discovered by asking questions, often beginning at a remote distance from the centre. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

John Lewis Burckhard They, however, wish to approach nearer to the northern Turkish character; and, for that reason, abandon the few good qualities for which the Mekkans may be commended. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

George Gissing This combination of qualities which all but every woman worship. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Edith Wharton In guarding against other tendencies she had perhaps fostered in him too exclusively those qualities which circumstances had brought to an unusual development in herself. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

George Gissing You have to set an example of the sterner qualities — to discourage anything that resembles sentimentalism. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

He rarely praised the earl himself, save for the obvious qualities of liveliness and good-nature. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Arnold Bennett All her good qualities became insignificant, all his benevolent estimates of her seemed ridiculous. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

H. G. Wells We have need of the peculiar qualities of her people, and the sooner she recovers the better for the whole world. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Theodore Dreiser Remove the element so thoroughly and solely complained of — liquor — and there would not be one to gainsay the qualities of beauty and enthusiasm which would remain. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson His fellow-conspirators, the dynamiter handsomely explained, as they were unacquainted with the sterling qualities of the young man, would be alarmed at the sight of a strange face. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Partly by that natural dominion of spirit which comes from the possession of certain human qualities in a higher degree than other men. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Benjamin Disraeli An acquaintance, occasioned by a sentiment of generous and condescending sympathy, was established and strengthened into intimacy, by the personal qualities of those thus delicately honoured. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

These were the qualities that counted toward the accumulation and continued tenure of wealth. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

The qualities of the several winds are described in the following distich:— “Mirísi Shaytán, wa Gharbi Wazírhu; Tiyáb Sultán, wa Sharki Nazírhu. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Were they devils and not men, the multitude of our armies and thine own tried qualities must daunt them. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle There are other qualities which may be more immediately useful, and they are loyalty and courage. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

If there is anything that I admire nearly as much as the superb scholarship of Tseng Kuofan, it is the military qualities of this fine officer. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Oscar Wilde Others find a great consolation in suddenly discovering the good qualities of their husbands. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Then in a quiet spot they would eat the piccaninny’s vital parts and so assimilate some of the rare qualities which she had displayed. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

John Stuart Mill Utilitarians are quite aware that there are other desirable possessions and qualities besides virtue, and are perfectly willing to allow to all of them their full worth. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

G. K. Chesterton The qualities of his speaking were those of logic and lucidity combined with a sort of violent and startling courage. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

At any rate Spenser, who afterwards celebrated Grindal’s qualities as a bishop, was admitted to a place, one which befitted a scholar in humble circumstances, in Grindal’s old college. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Rudyard Kipling He values his opium for qualities just the opposite of those in Smyrna opium. In an Opium Factory by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Gissing Personally she would do him credit (a wife, of course, must be presentable, though in the husband appearance did not matter), and her obvious social qualities would be useful. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Florence Dixie He was called upon by the Indians to produce it and fire it off to compare its qualities with those of my brother’s rifle. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

George Berkeley Where therefore the other sensible qualities are, there must these be also, to wit, in the mind and nowhere else. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

I have already spoken of the person and the qualities of Atahuallpa. He had a handsome countenance, though with an expression somewhat too fierce to be pleasing. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope But, nevertheless, with all these high qualities he was hardly the man most fit to do real good in a very poor and ignorant neighbourhood. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Kate Chopin Morico looked nonplussed and a little abashed: but he had much faith in the healing qualities of his remedy and urged it on her anew. At Fault by Kate Chopin

H. P. Lovecraf Novels like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Alrune, and short stories like The Spider, contain distinctive qualities which raise them to a classic level. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

But even these precepts, notable as they were, wanted distinctness, and the qualities needed for working rules. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

These, with all their train of qualities peculiarly English, would never again be revived for us. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Bram Stoker Here we have two young persons of more than fair presence, and graced with all the endearing qualities that the mind as well as the eye can grasp. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Anyway, au revoir, Lady Agatha. My respects to Sir Matthew.” “My dear Lord Glendower—” But the Marquis had eelish qualities and a deaf left ear, so he escaped. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Andrew Lang The “Milton” of John Martin has distinct individuality, and some of the needful qualities of imagination. The Library by Andrew Lang

The world has an instinct for recognizing its own; and recoils from certain qualities when exemplified in books, with the same disgust or defective sympathy as would have governed it in real life. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

George Gissing She was distrustful of her cousin, found it hard to imagine him a loyal husband, and could not be sure whether Rhoda’s qualities were such as would ultimately retain or repel him. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

He liked George Stobart, having assayed his mental and moral qualities at the beginning of their acquaintance, and having pronounced him true metal. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

George Meredith An eloquence to expose the qualities they possess, is the testification in the promise of their excellence. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Men of letters have not the reputation of making ideal husbands, and the qualities to which this is due were possessed by Carlyle in exaggerated measure. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Anthony Trollope Such were his virtues; and by these negative qualities this vis inertiae, he had acquired, and maintained, a considerable influence in the country. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Edmund Burke Achilles, in spite of the many qualities of beauty which Homer has bestowed on his outward form, and the many great virtues with which he has adorned his mind, can never make us love him. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

But they are qualities which are not common in English books. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Here was society for Robert Herrick! The Yankee skipper was a man at least: he had sterling qualities of tenderness and resolution; he was one whose hand you could take without a blush. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Pieces of betel-nut, the stimulating qualities of which are well known, are invariably given. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

D. H. Lawrence Miss Frost taught Alvina thoroughly the qualities of her own true nature, and Alvina believed what she was taught. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon Minds also he regarded as substances, having, among their attributes, ideas corresponding to the primary and secondary qualities of things. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Walter Scott It is enough that I have been long warned to beware of this place by wise and holy men, to whom the qualities of the unholy region are well known. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Anthony Trollope Then he reflected that he had, in truth, escaped from her more easily than he had hoped, and that she had certainly displayed some good qualities in spite of her vulgarity and impudence. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Jules Verne The eccentric gentleman had throughout displayed all his marvellous qualities of coolness and exactitude. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing Nevertheless he was not what we understand by a loveable man; he had too few social qualities for that. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Berkeley We see only the appearances, and not the real qualities of things. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

John Locke Thirdly, to co-existing qualities which are known but imperfectly. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

In many ways Morier combined the qualities of the old and the new schools. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

The qualities of art are nowhere so prominently expressed, nowhere aid the effect so much, as in the great Roman master. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

He is obviously not a hard character, my good young friends, for you to deceive; for he wants suspicion, and all his good qualities lay him open to you. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The central identity enables any one symbol to express successively all the qualities and shades of real being. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Old Dr. Parr over his strange dinners at Hatton used to descant upon the noble qualities of this much-injured woman, who, he affirmed, had more royalty in her port than any of the English princesses. Lady Caroline Lamb by Grace and Philip Wharton [1890]

Our young officer dwells on the manly qualities of Cuba Tom with something like affection. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Algernon Blackwood It is never difficult to credit strangers with the qualities and knowledge that oneself craves for, and no doubt Henriot’s active fancy went busily to work. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Edith Wharton Even for those who knew the Abbe Mugnier well, it is not easy to define the qualities which thus single him out. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Everywhere the country knows that a man of steadfast will, true heart, and generous qualities has been brought forward, to receive the suffrages of his fellow-citizens. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

G. K. Chesterton But it was one of Braintree’s more virile qualities that he was never easily forced into flippancy; and he went on in his quiet pulverising fashion, a man always meditating with a clenched fist. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Caroline Lamb Calantha was esteemed generous; yet indifference for what others valued, and thoughtless profusion were the only qualities she possessed. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Ann Radcliffe He united in an eminent degree the mild virtues of social life, with the firm unbending qualities of the noble Romans, his ancestors, from whom he was proud to trace his descent. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

George Gissing Your insincerity blights the natural qualities of your intellect. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Gissing It was because of her dangerous qualities that he now sought her, and his courage grew as the conversation became intimate. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Natural selection, on the principle of qualities being inherited at corresponding ages, can modify the egg, seed, or young, as easily as the adult. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Henry James Those qualities didn’t depend, in him, as in so many people, on his not committing or exposing himself. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Wilkie Collins Her unassuming cleverness and her fascinating manners were the qualities no doubt which made her popular everywhere. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Jack London The qualities in his kind that in the beginning made it possible for them to come in to the fires of men, were qualities capable of development. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle But he needed certain qualities in return. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Once again Conway was captivated, and by the same qualities of charm and ingenuity that had made his years in China happier than others. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Virginia Woolf Thus all their qualities seem to a woman, if one may generalize, crude and immature. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

In early life we believe that it is just these qualities in those we love that make our happiness, just the lack of them that entail our misery. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

George Gissing Adela had the field to herself, and did indeed embody in almost an ideal degree the fine essence of distinctly feminine qualities which appeal most strongly to the masculine mind. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

William Makepeace Thackeray The old gentleman was of a saturnine turn, and inclined to undervalue the qualities of Mr. Perkins, which were idleness, simplicity, enthusiasm, and easy good-nature. The Bedford-Row Conspiracy by William Makepeace Thackeray [1853]

Olaf Stapledon Others have qualities which are unlike any qualities in things; though apart from quality the ideas may yet for practical purposes represent the things. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

She was much beyond me in velocity of apprehension and many other qualities of intellect. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

His writing brings to a culmination the tradition that Pascal had inaugurated in his Lettres Provinciales: clarity, simplicity and wit — these supreme qualities it possesses in an unequalled degree. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Sir Walter Scott Marry! his social qualities are less cultivated, in respect he has kept till now inferior company. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Thomas Carlyle A thing not easy to do; a thing requiring sad sincerity of heart, reverence, pious earnestness, valiant manful wisdom; — qualities not overabundant in Parliament just now, nor out of it, I fear. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

Walter Scott This celebrated person had in his appearance, as well as in his mind, much of the admirable qualities of James V. his father. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Anthony Trollope The qualities which are the most attractive before dinner sometimes become the least so in the evening. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker He has certain qualities very largely developed, selfishness, secrecy, and purpose. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

The pious vanity of man makes him adore his own qualities under the pretence of worshipping those of his God. A sentence is sometimes as good as a volume. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

George Meredith I say that is no aristocracy, if it does not head the people in virtue—military, political, national: I mean the qualities required by the times for leadership. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Edmund Burke In the infinite variety of natural combinations, we must expect to find the qualities of things the most remote imaginable from each other united in the same object. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle That your mind is indeed that of the true woman, full of the noblest and sweetest qualities which human nature can aspire to. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Both qualities stand me in good stead now. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Gissing Thyrza was so beautiful, and, it seemed to her, so weak; always dreaming of something beyond and above the life which was her lot; so deficient in the practical qualities which that life demanded. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing Such fare testified to the virile qualities of Beatrice’s mind; she was above the feminine folly of neglecting honest victuals. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Algernon Blackwood The thought-current was merely a little higher than the accepted wave lengths; moreover, powers and qualities were equally transmissible. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Leslie Stephen But the essay shows the weak side of Pope, whilst his most remarkable qualities are best represented by these subsidiary writings. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Alfred Ainger The qualities of the poet, not those of the painter, are what he discovers in it. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

H. G. Wells Moreover, this idea of picking out high-scale individuals in any particular quality or group of qualities and breeding them, is not the way of nature at all. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Leslie Stephen A very inferior artist can obtain most of his efforts, and all the external qualities of his style. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

III.] 60 [Cf. Descartes: Meditation II; Principles of Philosophy, part I, XLVIII.] Even the primary qualities are undergoing the same fate. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

But those prime qualities of iron are excited by the juxtaposition of a loadstone, just as brute animals or men, when they are awakened out of sleep, move and put forth their strength. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Arthur Schopenhauer Accordingly, if an individual possesses no qualities beyond those which attach to mankind in general, he is a common man. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Of course, he probably did it by way of experiment to find out if this colonial grown hemlock possessed the same poisonous qualities as it did in the old world. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Being engaged in revising the Chouans for a fresh edition, he was struck by qualities in it that he had hitherto held too lightly. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

David Hume Such qualities must be somewhat beyond what is merely requisite for producing the effect, which we examine. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Kenneth Grahame And so great was the respect commanded by the solid qualities of that admirable animal, that not another word was uttered, until he had quite finished his repast and brushed the crumbs from his knees. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Olaf Stapledon Not only sensory qualities and shapes but space itself, time itself, and causation, he believed to be creatures of our minds, not characters of reality itself. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Sir Walter Scott The heralds have tried to explain this undeniable fact in different modes — but Ferne gallantly contends, that a prince of Godfrey’s qualities should not be bound by the ordinary rules. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Algernon Blackwood The qualities the world crowns are great, perhaps, at that particular stage, but they never are the highest. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Robert Louis Stevenson Whatever virtues Fleeming possessed, he could never count on being civil; whatever brave, true-hearted qualities he was able to admire in Mrs. Jenkin, mildness of demeanour was not one of them. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ann Radcliffe It was now swelled and somewhat inflamed, and this might in some degree be attributed to the effect of Madame La Luc’s balsam, whose restorative qualities had for once failed. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

I have at least two of the three qualities you stand in need of, and here I am. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

A more original work, however, than Martin Chuzzlewit was never composed, or one which more freshly displays the most characteristic qualities of its author’s genius. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

The development of the moral qualities is a more interesting problem. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

It would be a mistake to suppose that Beyle displayed in his private life the qualities of the superman. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Algernon Blackwood These were invaluable qualities in the line of knowledge and research he chose for himself as psychologist and doctor. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Morgan Robertson Whatever may be the nature of the causes at work beyond our mental vision, one fact is indubitably proven — that the qualities of mercy, goodness, justice, play no part in the governing scheme. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Helen Zimmern In you there is a peculiar habit of allowing constantly for the compensating good qualities of all connected with you, and never unjustly expecting impossible perfections. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

As we all know, we must always be careful when considering a medical man, for no calling brings out the inherent good and bad qualities more than theirs. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Such qualities were obvious and important; but, in the impact of a personality, it is something deeper, something fundamental and common to all its qualities, that really tells. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

The qualities demanded by fashion thirty years ago are not now demanded. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Oscar Wilde The qualities that he sought for in a picture were composition, beauty and dignity of line, richness of colour, and imaginative power. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Great art chills us at first by its coldness or its strangeness, by what seems capricious, and yet it is from these qualities it has authority, as though it had fed on locust and wild honey. Synge and the Ireland of His Time by William Butler Yeats [1911]

Wilkie Collins So long as honesty, energy, and variety are held to be the prominent qualities which should distinguish a genuine writer, there can be no doubt of the vitality of Douglas Jerrold’s reputation. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

However, he was sought after for more solid qualities than these: for the nobleness of his sentiments, his pleasant disposition, and the certainty of his connections. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Thomas Hardy That she showed few positive qualities was true. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn But the admirable qualities in his verse by which he impressed his contemporaries were rather those of lightness and swiftness: its sweetness, of which much was made, is a good deal less admirable. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

I do not like the Chinese!” I saw a little shudder sweep over her as she said this, so to turn the conversation into a pleasanter channel, I commented on the sailing qualities of her schooner. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The man in the street finds in him the qualities and powers of other men in the street. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

But he felt pretty sure that the plan he had made would succeed, for it had the two essential qualities which spell success. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

H. G. Wells And after that, as his peculiar qualities allowed, he passed out of human perceptions altogether, and he was neither heard, seen, nor felt in Iping any more. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

No better instance could be found to show that the highest intellectual genius may be found united with the most endearing qualities of character. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Joseph Furphy Not that every blackguard is a Bayard, any more than every wife-beater is a coward; but almost all moral and immoral qualities are in reality independent of each other. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

It even got sentimental about him, as it does about ordinary things which have ceased to be, and attributed to him many qualities which he did not possess. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

He pretended that one can almost judge of men’s qualities by their digestive capacities; he compared them to lamps, whose power of giving light is in proportion to the oil they consume. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Thus their taste is pleased most with strong sapors, their smelling with brisk odors; for strong and unalloyed qualities make a more pleasing impression on the sense. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Edith Wharton These qualities were raised to eloquence by the sweetness of her voice, and by the grave beauty which made the academic gown seem her natural wear, rather than a travesty of learning. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

G. K. Chesterton And he had some qualities of a dog, after all: he was as brave as a bulldog; and he could be faithful to the death. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The qualities abide; the men who exhibit them have now more, now less, and pass away; the qualities remain on another brow. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

John Morley We can detect some of the external qualities of this striking style. Voltaire by John Morley

Edith Wharton She instructed Mrs. Lethbury in an improved way of making beef stock, and called her attention to the unhygienic qualities of carpets. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Henry Adams An administrator, organizer, manager, with mediaeval qualities of energy and will, but no education beyond his special branch, would probably be worth at least ten times as much. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle The qualities throw back to the twilight of the world. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Leslie Stephen Swift, in fact, admits that Marlborough had all the great qualities generally attributed to him; but all are spoilt by this fatal blemish. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Thomas Carlyle Will your Lordship give me leave to say that, practically, the intrinsic qualities will presuppose these preliminaries too, but by no means vice versa. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

Willa Cather She will like you because the Jews always sense talent, and,” he added ironically, “they admire certain qualities of feeling that are found only in the white-skinned races. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

No doubt this is partly due to our English habit of associating these qualities with expressions which are complex and unfamiliar. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Henry James Only he called her qualities by names of his own — some of which indeed were happy enough. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

G. K. Chesterton The opponents of Ibsen largely exhibited the permanent qualities of the populace; that is, their instincts were right and their reasons wrong. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

A. E. W. Mason Sutch endowed her on the instant with all the good qualities possible to a human being. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

George Gissing To understand this multitude, you must get below its insufferable manners, and learn that very fine civic qualities can consist with a personal bearing almost wholly repellent. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

George Meredith The material loveliness eclipses intellectual qualities in such reflections. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Those are the qualities of an aristocrat, not a socialist. Serapion by Francis Stevens

But with all these good qualities she is not quite a person. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson Other qualities must be added; he was the last to deny that; but this, of perfect craft, was at the bottom of all. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle The reader must himself furnish the counteracting qualities or Poe may become a dangerous comrade. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

These are valuable qualities such as I needed for a member of my society. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Thus, I added, in these appearances we trace obscure qualities and powers; but as for drunkenness, it is easily known what it is. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Arnold Bennett The romance of the affair, and its secrecy, made him proud; the splendid qualities of Hilda made him proud. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

But these two qualities of industry and of aiming at a high standard would not have carried him so far if he had not added exceptional gifts of nature. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

David Hume Scarce any great genius is mentioned in antiquity, who is not celebrated for this talent; and Cicero enumerates it among the other sublime qualities of Caesar himself. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

As he had been practising flying and strenuously testing the qualities of the machine, it was quite five o’clock before he was free to do what he would. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

But Lord Palmerston was English through and through, there was something in him that expressed, with extraordinary vigour, the fundamental qualities of the English race. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Elizabeth Gaskell And that there were grand and fine qualities in Mr. Wilson, I have received abundant evidence. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

H. G. Wells We two are ear-marked by our mental qualities and characters to become professional revolutionaries. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

I propose to enjoy tranquilly such good qualities and merits as she has. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

For in that Court all the qualities in him which needed control received daily stimulus, and his ardour and high-aiming temper turned into impatience and restless irritability. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Arnold Bennett There were few qualities that he admired more than this. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Sir Walter Scott He was a bird — he was a fish — or he flew like the one, and swam like the other — qualities which would have been very essential to his safety a few hours before. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

George Gissing As a rule she spoke with that clearness and decision which corresponds to qualities of mind not commonly found in women. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

She was altogether a very beautiful and animated girl — though as unlike her sister as the presence of those two qualities would permit her to be. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Once they seemed funny, but now only cruel, and even stupid, so that it was strange to realize his qualities and indignities as both flowing from the same mind. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

In New Zealand he found plenty of people to appreciate these qualities in a bishop. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Andrew Lang In brief, Longfellow’s qualities are so mixed with what the reader brings, with so many kindliest associations of memory, that one cannot easily criticize him in cold blood. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

For already had your fine qualities produced their effect, and in the light of your high and lofty nature, my own past looked deformed and dark. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

He did not expect impossibilities, and he saw that the man to whom he had entrusted his darling airship was both cool and enthusiastic, qualities which go far towards gaining complete success. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton On such fighting frontiers people always exaggerate the strong qualities the masculine sex does possess, and always add a great many strong qualities that it does not possess. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

William Henry Bragg From this point of view let us proceed to consider investigations which have dealt especially with the qualities of AT rays from various sources. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

G. K. Chesterton The scene in which Kit takes his family to the theatre is a monument of the massive qualities of old English enjoyment. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Arnold Bennett Before he reached the end Mrs. Baines began to perceive that familiarity had blinded her to the heroic qualities of her late husband. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Virtue, fearing the too attractive qualities of his own name, wished the magazine to be called Anthony Trollope’s. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

These qualities have been adequately combined in Scott alone, the one massive and complete literary type of his race. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

That they must cross it becomes obvious the moment we acknowledge the futility of breeding men for special qualities as we breed cocks for game, greyhounds for speed, or sheep for mutton. The Revolutionist’s Handbook and Pocket Companion by George Bernard Shaw

The two latter qualities alone were sufficient to recommend him to James I. In proportion as the influence of Rochester declined, that of Buckingham increased. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Thomas Wolfe A little later she would rap at his door and come in with an enormous cup, smoking with a beverage in whose soporific qualities she had the utmost faith. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope It should not be insisted on loudly by any foreigner in making up a balance-sheet of the virtues and vices of the good and bad qualities of any nation. North America by Anthony Trollope