Phrases with "quality"

Stephen Lucius Gwynn After any stress of emotion, the plangent quality of his own voice in singing tended to produce one of these outbursts, when it seemed as if his chest must burst under the strain. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

George Meredith It was a quality going, and a quality coming; nor will we, if you please, lament a law of growth. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

H. G. Wells But his mind is a slow-masticating mind of very high quality indeed. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Jonathan Swif Here are several people of quality lately dead of the smallpox. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

He stonewalled with a grace that for all its mordant quality was delightful to watch. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

H. G. Wells In my memory all my life before the Change has the quality of a dark passage, with the dimmest side gleams of beauty that come and go. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells What a man of Sempack’s quality can see in her beats me altogether. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Theodore Dreiser You have this quality in your eyes and mouth and in your nature. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Walter Scott But perhaps courtesy is too chivalrous a quality to be wasted in intercourse with a round-headed fanatic like myself. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

John Galsworthy It had a quality that froze the blood. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

I must say, too, that I think the quality of the minor poetry of our day is better than that of twenty-five or thirty years ago. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Olaf Stapledon For the next cosmos he consciously projected something of his own percipience and will, ordaining that certain patterns and rhythms of quality should be the perceivable bodies of perceiving minds. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Nathaniel Hawthorne In another picture, there was a dim sense, shown in the mother’s face, of some divine quality in the child. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

She saw (and it was to explain very much to her afterwards) that his most maddening quality was his imperturbability. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Jane Austen Emma, on reaching home, called the housekeeper directly, to an examination of her stores; and some arrowroot of very superior quality was speedily despatched to Miss Bates with a most friendly note. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

H. G. Wells The level and quality of the average education had risen tremendously; and at the dawn of the twentieth century comparatively few people in Western Europe or America were unable to read or write. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson That quality was not mere bloodshed or wonder. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli Perhaps the great secret of his manner was his exquisite superciliousness, a quality which, of all, is the most difficult to manage. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

E. F. Benson He looked up at her, and caught her eye, and that gimlet-like quality in it seemed not only to pierce but to encourage. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle There is a quality of heart about his work which I recognize nowhere else. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Edith Wharton Instantly the live point of consciousness was shifted, and she became aware that the quality of the pictures no longer mattered. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Charles Dickens It was made equally clear to me that the quality was the very best, and that all bills were paid weekly. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

It may contain a gem worth a king’s ransom, or but an animal which, though it may be crossed in love, is not engaging in appearance or in any feature or quality commendable. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells And it had a quality of strength. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Edmund Burke The next property constantly observable in such objects is smoothness;15 a quality so essential to beauty, that I do not now recollect anything beautiful that is not smooth. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

H. G. Wells He accepted this state of affairs with a serenity creditable to the Smallways’ courage, which one might reasonably have expected to be of a more degenerate and contemptible quality altogether. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

That which I had thought to be distilled silence, was microphonic Babel — an intimate commingling of analogous noises varying in quality and intensity. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet though he possessed every quality which was needed to raise him to distinction as an officer, he had thrown off his military habits when he returned to civil life. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sinclair Lewis And Sidney liked it — liked the simplicity, liked the freedom from neatness and order and display, liked and envied the old-bach quality of it all. Land by Sinclair Lewis

Dancing carries within itself an eminently cooling quality and all over the world the tempests of the heart await to break forth the repose of the limbs. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

William Henry Bragg But it is scarcely worth while to look carefully into these sources of error and others which are also present, such as the variations in quality of returned β radiations. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

It needed alone that the angels should proclaim their quality for the situation to arrange itself naturally. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Then, one brave night, came her chance to display that Ginaesque quality that made her loved and admired by all who knew her. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

H. G. Wells The average inherent quality of the resultant adults will be about the same whichever element predominates. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Oscar Wilde It has never occurred to us to try and develop in the mind a more subtle quality of apprehension and discernment. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The quality of these men did not matter; he rubbed shoulders with them, but they could not touch him; he shared the air they breathed, but he was different. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Arnold Bennett And she saw glimpses, beautiful and compensatory, of the romantic quality of common life. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Ralph Waldo Emerson In the atom of magnetic iron he saw the quality which would generate the spiral motion of sun and planet. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

He had also the horseman’s quality of agelessness. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

James Joyce Saw her in the viceregal party when Stubbs the park ranger got me in with Whelan of the Express. Scavenging what the quality left. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

The bell gave its message plainly enough, but it lacked that quality of urgency and speed that was conveyed by the rattle of iron tyres on the stones and the sound of galloping horses. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

H.P. Lovecraft At first I decided that it was the queer other-worldly quality of the art which made me uneasy. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Henry Adams The quality of genius was an education almost ultimate, for one touched there the limits of the human mind on that side; but one could only receive; one had nothing to give — nothing even to offer. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

William Henry Bragg Comparing them with the A curves, we have an opportunity of judging the effect of varying the quality of the γ rays. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

It wasn’t whom you lost; it was what you lost, what centre of what concern or quality of yourself was torn away, so that your own capacity moved helplessly in the void. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

But, after hacking for Brewster he cannot be said to have ever worked for wages, his concern was rather with the quality of his work, and, regardless of results, he always did his best. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

John Stuart Mill Is not this pre-eminently a quality which fits a person for practice? In action, everything continually depends upon deciding promptly. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

G. K. Chesterton But there were other circumstances which lent a certain unique quality to the present occasion (hear, hear). The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Henry James Her voice had with this a quality which made him exclaim: “Every now and then you ‘say’ something —!” She turned her eyes back to him and her face had a light. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Walter Scott Why, she has not even the country quality of being plump as a barn-door fowl, but is more like a Dunstable lark, that one must crack bones and all if you would make a mouthful of it. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Anthony Trollope But in truth, he had thought nothing about any such quality as that to which his mother now referred. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

These supernatural scents have a very lasting quality too, for they linger on after the other manifestations of the preternatural are past. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Edith Wharton The quality of the air, the exuberance of the flowers, the blue intensity of sea and sky, produced the effect of a closing TABLEAU, when all the lights are turned on at once. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman As a man I could appreciate little of the improved quality of fabrics, save as I noticed their beauty, and that my own clothes wore longer, and both looked and felt more agreeable. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

H. G. Wells How in the name of destiny had he come to marry her? The quality of his surroundings mingled in some way with the quality of his thoughts. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

H. G. Wells The whole prospect had that curiously English quality of ripened cultivation — that look of still completeness — that apes perfection, under the sunset warmth. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This might be pride, but was so like humility, that it produced all the softening influence of the latter quality on the public mind. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Frances Hodgson Burnett When a woman through the sheer quality of her silence saves a man from slipping over the verge of madness he does not forget. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H.P. Lovecraft The substance of the note was wholly insane, yet the manner of expression — in view of all that had gone before — had a grimly potent quality of convincingness. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

H. G. Wells Everywhere festoons and banners of black and strange decorations, intensified the quality of his popularity. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The capacity for making money, she decided, was the quality she admired most in men. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

H. G. Wells It took upon itself the quality of a bluish light falling upon a white-washed wall. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Bram Stoker In order to achieve greatness, or publicity, in any form, some remarkable quality is necessary; Joseph Balsamo’s claim was based not on isolated qualities but on a union of many. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Bram Stoker Greatness is in no sense a quality of worth or morality. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Henry James People that had lighted on a new thought or a thought they fancied new, came to Emerson, as the finder of a glittering gem hastens to a lapidary, to ascertain its quality and value. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

The Peruvian government prescribed to every man his local habitation, his sphere of action, nay, the very nature and quality of that action. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Gissing It was well that Hubert’s love was of quality to stand the test of these terrible moments. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Tobias Smolle My father (his youngest son) falling in love with a poor relation, who lived with the old gentleman in quality of a housekeeper, espoused her privately; and I was the first fruit of that marriage. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

At one end of the green, balancing the doctor’s house at the other end, stood what was known there as a quality house, which meant one larger than a cottage, but smaller than a mansion. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Edgar Allan Poe His strange conduct had been brought on, no doubt, by the deleterious quality of the air of the hold, and had no connexion with canine madness. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

At this Stevie gave his sister, guardian and protector a look, which for the first time in his life seemed to lack the quality of perfect childlike trustfulness. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

These things I say unto thee not as labouring to scare you from your set purpose with frights and fairy-babes: I know your quality too well. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Thomas Hardy His quality was such that he could have annihilated them both in the heat of action; but to accomplish the deed by oral poison was beyond the nerve of his enmity. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Willa Cather It is the light behind his books and is the living quality in his sentences. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Arnold Bennett Nevertheless his youth, aided by the astringent quality of the clear dawn, still struggled sturdily against it. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Meredith But his little donkey’s quality was famous in the neighbourhood. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Arnold Bennett Yet for him that look of hers had a quality unique, a quality that he had never found in another, but which he was completely unable to define. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Perhaps, however, the ordinary reader finds Beddoes’ lack of construction a less distasteful quality than his disregard of the common realities of existence. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Arthur Conan Doyle These stones have been examined at Tobolsk, and are pronounced to be equal, if not superior, in quality to any found elsewhere. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

David Hume If birth and quality enter for a share, this still affords us an argument to our present purpose. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

George Meredith There is a use in all men; and though she is an acknowledged tactician materially, she cannot see she has in Sir T. a quality necessary to intellectual conversation, if she knew how to employ it. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Thomas Wolfe This quality became a crushing air of absolute assurance and authority when they spoke of art. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

David Hume But to any one who duly considers of the matter, it will appear that this quality has a peculiar lustre, which it derives wholly from itself, and from that noble elevation inseparable from it. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

It feels a kind of quality in Space. It can find its way over new country, because it perceives certain landmarks, not necessarily material, but perceptible, or if you like intelligible. Space by John Buchan [1911]

The voices of both are alike in their dissonance though different in quality and tone, and the smaller bird is invariably the aggressor. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

In its long, discouraging course there were some good houses, but not many, and the promenaders of any social quality were almost as few. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

The crookedness of the bough is no argument at all, for such violent and unnatural effects cannot be supposed to proceed from any natural quality or power. Symposiacs by Plutarch

William Henry Bragg Sadler has shown that each quality of X ray produces a cathode ray of characteristic initial speed and penetration (see p. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

He was high up among the hills, and yet this meadow and stream had the quality of a mysterious valley that would later on be rich with flowers and enchanted with the voices of birds. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Jonathan Swif The Queen does not come out; but all her Ministers, foreigners, and persons of quality are at it. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

G. K. Chesterton Anyhow, the romantic quality of Scotland rolled all about me, as much in the last reek of Glasgow as in the first rain upon the hills. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

G. K. Chesterton But its technical quality is of some importance in the life of its author. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Mark Twain The divine wisdom must surely be of the better quality than he makes it out to be. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

NAPOLEON I., whose career had the quality of a duel against the whole of Europe, disliked duelling between the officers of his army. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

For the more one searches, the clearer it becomes that the intellectual scope and the spiritual quality of Victor Hugo were very far from being equal to his gifts of expression and imagination. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Tobias Smolle My friend Brayl was also made an officer about the same time, after he had served in quality of a midshipman and mate for five and twenty years. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

There was a quality in the air of Shangri–La — perhaps due to its altitude — that forbade one the effort of counterfeit emotion. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Sarah Orne Jewett They say our Dunnet stockin’s is gettin’ to be celebrated up to Boston,—good quality o’ wool an’ even knittin’ or somethin’. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her cheeks, however, were pale, and there was a quality about her smile which neither of them had ever seen before. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. G. Wells London was saved! The thought had a quality of utter unreality. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

H. G. Wells Of such stuff was history woven, and across this sound, enduring fabric were embroidered the great historical figures, in a bright opera-drama as glad in quality as an illuminated missal. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

William Black The fact is this, that Goldsmith was possessed of a very subtle quality of humour, which is at all times rare, but which is perhaps more frequently to be found in Irishmen than among other folks. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

H. G. Wells And as certainly had she known, and yet never quite dared to know, that this was the quality of many men, of many powers, of much of the power in the world. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

William Henry Bragg Homogeneous rays of such a quality that their absorption coefficients in Al is 71. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

H. G. Wells The chalice became less and less of a commercial man’s chalice, acquired more and more the elusive quality of the Holy Grail, and at last even the drawing receded. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Augustine Birrell Though both an author and a member of Parliament, not a trace of personal vanity is noticeable, and vanity is a quality of great assistance to the biographer. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Henry Handel Richardson Fur of THIS quality is never heavy. The Coat by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle Another quality which one would be less disposed to look for in the savant is a fine contempt for danger, which is veiled in such modesty that one reads between the lines in order to detect it. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

I wish I could look back without that little twinge to two people who were both in their different quality so good. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

George Gissing Bruno had been heard to say that the one thing it behoved Whitelaw to keep carefully in mind was the preservation of ‘tone’, a quality far less easy to cultivate than mere academic excellence. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Virginia Woolf She had a curious dry quality of skin she noticed. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

William Henry Bragg Since the atomic weight appeared to be the one quality of importance, it seemed better to express our results more directly in terms of it. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Virginia Woolf She was not altogether satisfied; but she purposely made no attempt to break down the reserve which, as a matter of fact, was a quality she particularly admired and depended upon in her daughter. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

D. H. Lawrence There was a quality in his voice, amiable but dominant, that cowed the others, who were all younger than he. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The more valuable cattle and horses, evidently of the choicest quality and the highest breeding, resembled very closely individuals of the same breed stolen from the various proprietors. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

She was by nature yielding, a quality which men like Ted always find adorable. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Nathaniel Hawthorne With these vague allusions to what I have seen in other faces as well as his, I leave the quality to be comprehended best — because with an intuitive repugnance — by those who possess least of it. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

G. K. Chesterton Syme was increasingly conscious that his new adventure had somehow a quality of cold sanity worse than the wild adventures of the past. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Edith Wharton And in specific matters the same quality showed itself in an accuracy of statement, a precision of conduct, that contrasted curiously with his usual hyperbolic banter and his loose lounging manner. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Radclyffe Hall Something in the face of this short-haired woman and a certain gruff quality in her voice were strangely familiar. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

E. F. Benson As it was, these were sandwiched between the work of her two sisters, and that work, to speak quite frankly, is destitute of all poetical quality and distinction. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Walter Crane The quality of our lines will depend upon the quality we are seeking to express. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Virginia Woolf If we take six or seven lines in the hope that the quality will be contained in them it has escaped. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Arthur Machen He has vowed that he is not Orpheus but Caliban. But the beasts also have within them something which corresponds to the spiritual quality in men — we are content to call it instinct. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Robert Louis Stevenson And I call it cheerful, for faith is a more supporting quality than imagination. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Others might have sung it; and though it spoke favourably of her aptitude and musical education, and was of a quality to enrapture easy, merely critical audiences, it won no applause from these men. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

One could not say: Because Richard possessed this quality and that, therefore he was incapable of murder. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Walter Scott The forty-five has not been so far gone by, but we can remember enough of warrants of high treason — ay, and ladies of quality committed upon such charges. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Charles Dickens But I had as sound a sleep in that lodging as in the most superior accommodation the Boar could have given me, and the quality of my dreams was about the same as in the best bedroom. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Neither Voltaire nor Diderot possessed this quality in a supreme degree. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells It is quality we want, not quantity; we want absolutely to invert the abominable conditions of the present time by which every exercise of restraint costs an author a fine. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Radclyffe Hall But everything about him looked aggressively new, his very hair had a quality of newness — it was thin brown hair that shone as though polished. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Thomas Carlyle One Jewish quality these Arabs manifest; the outcome of many or of all high qualities: what we may call religiosity. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

William Henry Bragg The quality therefore depends on the position of the electroscope. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Mark Twain In other words it is the negative quality of passiveness either in recoverable latency or insipient latescence. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Henry Fielding He was greatly superior to all mankind in the steadiness of his countenance, but this undertaking seemed to require more of that noble quality than had ever been the portion of a mortal. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Arthur Conan Doyle Should a man of quality incline to sport there was ever something to attract him. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells And from his departure the quality of the correspondence of these two larger carnivores began to change. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

H. G. Wells His voice declined during those years from his early tenor to a flat rich quality of sound that my knowledge of music is inadequate to describe. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

For cold is the only quality by which hemlock juice works and kills. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Too much food, to begin with, for one man to be consuming, and too great a variety, and some of it of too fine a quality for the likely tastes of Ameer Ali the chauffeur. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Henry James There was Christina Light, who had too much, and here was Miss Blanchard, who had too little, and there was Mary Garland (in whom the quality was wholly uncultivated), who had just the right amount. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

John Galsworthy A wild bee close to his hand was digging into a flower, there was a faint scent, as of daisy-chains; but chiefly it was the quality of the grass — its close freshness, its true greenness. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Daniel Defoe Where have we seen anything above a tinker turn wizard? And where have we had a witch of quality among us? Magicians, soothsayers, devil-raisers, and such people, we have heard much of. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Vanaman had an impression, real or fancied, that the foggy saturation of the air was no less, only some strange power was gradually robbing it of that refractive quality which makes it visible. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

George Meredith Why should he object to marry into our aristocracy? Mrs. Mountstuart asked him, and he replied that the girls of that class have no money, and he doubted the quality of their blood. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Algernon Blackwood Also, that the quality that had impressed me first as being malefic was really only its singular and original strangeness. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

E. F. Benson She examined the quality of the spinach till her back ached, and then she had to turn round and face him. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

The last-mentioned quality is invaluable in all such enterprises. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Olaf Stapledon It had about it a quality of home-coming after long absence, as though he had been there before in some forgotten existence. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson To cling to what is left of any damaged quality is virtue in the man; but perhaps to sing its praises is scarcely to be called morality in the writer. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Carlyle I say inspired; for what we call “originality,” “sincerity,” “genius,” the heroic quality we have no good name for, signifies that. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Edith Wharton There too — even more so in the boy’s casequality seemed to have replaced quantity. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

It never seems to have occurred to Frederick that the possession of genius might imply a quality of spirit which was not that of an ordinary man. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

The very silence has another quality than the silence of the day. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson It does not matter what quality a person has: Pepys can appreciate and love him for it. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Part of the weirdness of Morris’s prose is due to the antique tone, the forgotten words, the rune-like quality of the rhythm. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

All the men of quality at Vienna were spectators; but the ladies only had permission to shoot, and the arch-duchess Amelia carried off the first prize. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

It is a sufficiently rare quality to make it unfortunate that any of it should be wasted. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Apart from his own Chevron, Clint’s was probably the best quality horse in the race, but like the soldier was riding like a veteran, and the farmer like someone who has no respect for his neck. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Algernon Blackwood The animal that haunted your little camp was undoubtedly a moose, for the ‘belling’ of a moose may have, sometimes, a very peculiar quality of sound. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

The English have always had this quality of confident security, and this makes them remote from the rest of the world and will always isolate them whether their island continues to be an island or no. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Olaf Stapledon We can assign to it no quality known to us. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

W. H. Hudson I recognise that the plant I plucked it from possesses a good deal of adaptiveness, a quality one would scarcely suspect from seeing it only in an English garden. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

H. G. Wells Perhaps it is that very luminous distinctness which distinguishes these events from the common experiences of life and puts them so above the quality of things that are ordinarily real. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

H. G. Wells I felt confused and shattered to incoherence by the new quality of Mary’s atmosphere. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

D. H. Lawrence For her, a gentleman had some mystic quality that left her free and proud in service. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Indeed it is in a measure the quality of the whole of this modern world from which we who have the statesman’s passion struggle to evolve, and dream still of evolving order. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells They varied like the inmates of a zoological garden in scale and power, but they had one quality in common: an obstructive litigiousness. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Wilkie Collins Chennery, suppose you consult some agricultural friend about the quality of your grass. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Ann Radcliffe Accordingly, I made known my quality and my distress, and received strong assurances of assistance and attachment. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

John Galsworthy The quality of the ground showed him when he had reached the road. Over the River by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells Curiously mixed was the personal quality of the people one saw in these raids. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

His own work has all the breadth and freedom and universality of the scholar, but it has, also, a quality equally distinctive of the scholar, namely, an infinite precision in the matter of detail. The Life of Huxley by Ada L. F. Snell [1909]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Their quality makes his career; and he can variously publish their virtues, because they compose him. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Jonathan Swif In a letter of December 1711, Swift wrote that she “had every valuable quality of body and mind that could make a lady loved and esteemed. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

D. H. Lawrence But in his one quality of ultimate maker and breaker, he was womanless. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells They lapsed — though retaining their distinctive scale and qualitytowards the inner arbitrariness and unreality of the untrained common man. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

G. K. Chesterton In the matter of conversation, for example, some people who liked him found him genial, talkative, anecdotal, with a certain strengthening and sanative quality in his mere bodily presence. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Walter Scott She appeared in full dress; and, from the character of her countenance and manner, well became the splendour with which ladies of quality then appeared on such occasions. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

It contains every element of life, every force that can sustain mind and body, strengthen every nerve, restore the quality of the blood, wasted with age. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Virginia Woolf Shrewd and practical of necessity, she is yet haunted by a desire for romance and for the quality which to her perception makes a man a gentleman. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

That was because her beauty was structural like a tree’s, not a quality of her mind or heart. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

The quality of the Punjab officials — of men who owed their inspiration to Henry Lawrence, or to John, or to both of them — was proved in many fields of government during the next thirty years. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Francis Bacon To take another example, let the proposed nature be the communication of quality without admixture of substance. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

A small, active woman of nervous temperament, irritable and inclined to worry about trifles, she yet had abundant practical sense — a quality less developed in her husband. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

John Morley The verses were addressed to a lady in a state of uncertainty as to belief, of whom there were probably more among Voltaire's friends of quality than he can have cared to cure or convert. Voltaire by John Morley

H. G. Wells And now this great war the Lord Paramount had launched was taking on the same quality of an immense and uncontrollable argument. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

He was not without the quality which in Scotland is called “mense,” and he was reluctant to take advantage of Jaikie’s offer and leave that unfortunate penniless. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

H. G. Wells Compared with this atmosphere of high and sustained direction, the intellectual and moral quality of the Popes, he saw, was the quality of an agitated rag bag. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

First amongst these, I think, must be placed what may, in a word, be called his sensibility—that quality of which humour, in the more limited sense of the word, and pathos are the twin products. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Jacques Futrelle There is no rebound because the elastic quality of the carbon is crushed out of existence—driven, I may say, into the diamond itself. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

There is a quality in events which is apprehended differently by different minds or even by the same mind at different times. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

H. G. Wells I am thinking of two people of very fine quality and unequal energy. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells He was more than a little jealous of Bodisham, but he had the generosity to respect his quality and admit his own limitations. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Aphra Behn I myself, madam, have some share in this great design, and possibly you will one day see me a person of a quality sufficient to merit those favours I am now blessed with. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

Anthony Trollope But it is not the quality of the wine that I hereby intend to subject to ignominy so much as the want of any opportunity for drinking it. North America by Anthony Trollope

Early in his career Christmas showed and materialised the quality of masterfulness, his chief trait. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Algernon Blackwood Twice, when pauses of slackening interest made it possible, Henriot fancied he surprised another quality in this negative attitude. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Perhaps among types so different from what he had ever seen, he had not the power to judge; or perhaps he was seduced by the divine quality of her pity. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]