Phrases with "quality"

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]

William Henry Bragg Moreover, every different quality of X and γ ray must be provided for. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever be the price one has to pay for it. Memories and Studies by William James

Matthew Arnold Their foible,—the bad excess of their characterising quality of strenuousness,—was not a prosaic flatness, it was hardness and insolence. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

Benjamin Disraeli The Count of Ferroll was a favourite in English society, for he possessed every quality which there conduces to success. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

H. G. Wells That was his most exasperating quality as a student. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

H. G. Wells She felt this departure ought to have the quality of an immense sacrifice, a desperate and heroic undertaking for Trafford’s sake. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

John Stuart Mill Now this sensibility to the present, is the main quality on which the capacity for practice, as distinguished from theory, depends. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

William Henry Bragg When a plate of silver or a block of carbon is placed on the top of the chamber, the radiation turned back into the chamber is nearly the same in each case, both in quality and quantity. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Henry James It is evidently only a sort of idealized form of loafing: a passive life in Rome, thanks to the number and the quality of one’s impressions, takes on a very respectable likeness to activity. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Ralph Waldo Emerson But deny to him any quality of literary or metaphysical power, and he is piqued. Literary Ethics by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1838]

Henry James The quality of these passages, in truth, made the spoken word, and especially the spoken word about other people, fall below them; so that our young woman’s tone had even now a certain dryness. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

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]

Well then! said I, the same quality in the air may spoil wine, and better oil. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Arthur Conan Doyle Stapleton may fall in with such a superstition, and Mortimer also; but if I have one quality upon earth it is common-sense, and nothing will persuade me to believe in such a thing. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Jeremy Bentham It regards the quality or direction of those impulses. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

T. E. Lawrence Yet, what an idol the man was to us, prismatic with the unmixed self-standing quality of greatness, instinct and compact with it. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Happiness seemed to be a quality of the air, which at that hour was particularly charming in its freshness and its pinkish tones. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

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

When the individuals are scanty, all will be allowed to breed, whatever their quality may be, and this will effectually prevent selection. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Olaf Stapledon This is to be expected, since all saints are deeply concerned with individuality and the quality of personal relationships. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

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]

Food shall be supplied you, but not sufficient for the indulgence of appetite: You shall have just enough to keep together body and soul, and its quality shall be the simplest and coarsest. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

D. H. Lawrence She loved the quality of his silence, so rich and physical. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton It is not easy to define this Hogarthian quality in words, beyond saying that it is a sort of alphabetical realism, like the cruel candour of children. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

William Makepeace Thackeray And the great quality of Dulness is to be unalterably contented with itself. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

But, like all good artists (and like hardly anybody who has not the artistic quality in him), he taught himself by his failure, even though he sometimes relapsed. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Edith Wharton Scarcely three months had elapsed since he had parted from her on the threshold of the Brys’ conservatory; but a subtle change had passed over the quality of her beauty. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

G. K. Chesterton It is just exactly in describing this quality that Dickens is Dickens and that no one else comes near him. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Thomas Wolfe Some were tall, some were short, some were angular, some were fat, but all of them had a certain overwhelming quality in their bearing. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Eliot The hair in the locket which bore the name of Maurice was of a very dark brown, and before returning it to the drawer Mr Lyon noted the colour and quality of this hair more carefully than ever. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Meredith Her elders had the proper sentimental worship of youth and its supposed quality of innocence, and caressed her. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn It is necessary to emphasise that Moore impressed those in contact with him by no quality so much as by his high-mindedness. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

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]

G. K. Chesterton But in this case the woman had a quality yet more unique and attractive. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

George Meredith Her subsequent reserve until they met—by an accident that the lady at any rate was not responsible for, proved the quality positively. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

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]

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

And to whatever is sweet, be it poison or food, you cannot, at least, deny its own delicious quality — sweetness. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

We used to put the paint on the market dry, but now we grind every ounce of it in oil — very best quality of linseed oil — and warrant it. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

F. Scott Fitzgerald For the first time in over a year he found himself thoroughly enjoying New York. There was a rare pungency in it certainly, a quality almost Southern. A lonesome town, though. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

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

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

Arthur Conan Doyle Murphy was an imperturbable youth with a fat face and sleepy eyes, who had the rare quality of always doing without question whatever he was told. The Parish Magazine by Arthur Conan Doyle [1930]

Olaf Stapledon The root of our trouble is something to do with the quality of individual minds. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

He had that quality which is the special gift of the man born for a teacher — the power of exciting an interest in that which he taught. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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 Now laughter is a thing that can be let go; laughter has in it a quality of liberty. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

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]

Edith Wharton With her quick perceptions and adaptabilities she would soon learn to care more about the quality of the reflecting surface; and meanwhile no criticism of his should mar her pleasure. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is quality as well as quantity which counts. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Queenly or demure, they become her, and she bestows on them a quality hard to define, but singularly sweet and acceptable. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

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

His characters tend to become mere impersonations of some one quality or “humour,” as he called it. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

D. H. Lawrence His very beauty and his haunting musical quality became dreadful to her after the first few months. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

George Gissing Her attire was still simple, but of quality which would have signified recklessness, but for the outlook whereof Jasper spoke to Whelpdale. The girl looked very beautiful. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Wolfe It was not really different in any respect from any other pullman car, yet for George it had a very special quality and meaning. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Victor Hugo No quality of hers attained to virtue, none to vice. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Even such giants as Ghak the Hairy One have praised my strength; but to it is added another quality which they lack — science. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Thomas Hardy His passion for Eustacia had been a sort of conserve of his whole life, and he had nothing more of that supreme quality left to bestow. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He stood staring at the old lady with an expression which, if she had apprehended it, would not have flattered her feminine self-esteem, if any of that good quality remained to her. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Leon Trotsky In everything he did, he paid the most exacting attention to de tail a quality that not many revolutionaries have. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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

Let us consider the quality of this contribution first—and then the means used to attain it. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

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

William Henry Bragg There is, moreover, a gradual change from the quality of the primary to that of the secondary emergent and then to that of the secondary incident. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Yet it often seemed to me that he was but half aware of the exceptional quality of his achievement. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

It is the human quality in La Bruyère’s mind which gives his book its rare flavour, so that one seems to hear, in these printed words, across the lapse of centuries, the voice of a friend. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells This had no quality of fantasy about it at all. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

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

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

He couldn’t agree with me, and he was not in the least moved by the example of persons of quality in Europe, which I alleged in support of the life of idleness. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

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

One glance showed they were all of an utterly different quality from that used in the confession. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith She was a maid of the world, with the quality of faithfulness, by nature, to a good mistress. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Charles Stur Fearing that the quality of the water was disagreeing with my officers, I ordered a well to be dug in the bed of the creek, from which we soon got a small quantity both clearer and better. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

H. G. Wells The quality of the sounds changed so greatly that it arrested my attention. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

H. G. Wells At bottom it was disingenuous; it gave my life the quality of stage scenery, with one side to the audience, another side that wasn’t meant to show, and an economy of substance. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

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

Myself, I do think that when the high Gods made a person of my quality they traced tween his two eyes something, I know not what, which the common sort durst not look upon without trembling. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Henry James But from time to time you got one of a quality that made up for everything. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson By the blessing of God, there was a fiddle in the pirate ship, which I had no sooner seen than I fell upon; and in my quality of crowder I had the heavenly good luck to get favour in their eyes. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Food had to be of the best quality and not only sufficient, but ‘a-plenty’, as they expressed their abundance. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Zona Gale Yet he was looking into a cup of light, as clear as the light in a gazing-crystal and of a quality as wholly at variance with reality. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

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]

Edith Wharton It was a long time since he had had anyone of Lucius Harney’s quality to talk to: Charity divined that the young man symbolized all his ruined and unforgotten past. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

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

George Gissing His clothes were not too new, and in quality were such as he had the habit of wearing. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Charles Dickens She never abated the piercing quality of her shrieks, never stumbled in the distinctness or the order of her words. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There was no quality of his disposition which made him more beloved than this. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

We ought to smell, as it were, the difference of quality in men and their proposals when we enter the world of affairs about us. Memories and Studies by William James

The existence of such women is, of course, a disgrace to civilization; but while their wicked reign lasts, persons of quality must copy their clothes. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

H.P. Lovecraft That was the first time he had ever been able to revive the quality of rational thought in a corpse; and his success, obtained at such a loathsome cost, had completely hardened him. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

David Hume Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

The quality would have been better in spots, but the extensiveness would have suffered. Memories and Studies by William James

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

Rafael Sabatini Under his arm he carried a riding-whip, whose formidable quality as a weapon of offence was proclaimed by its round head in plaited leather with silver embellishments. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

It is a quality of personality extremely vexing to many who think it sentimental and untrue to life. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

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

Walter Scott Mrs. Martha Bethune Baliol was a person of quality and fortune, as these are esteemed in Scotland. Her family was ancient, and her connections honourable. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

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

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]

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

It is a quality that Englishmen in particular find it hard to sympathise with. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells Latin had had a quality of emancipation for me that I find it difficult to convey. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Jeremy Bentham The quality of her knowledge, and the bent of her inclinations, are commonly in many respects different. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

D. H. Lawrence He kept glancing up at the height of the ceilings, the size of the rooms, taking in the size and proportion of the house, and the quality of the fittings. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

William Henry Bragg Again, there is no evidence that two X radiations can differ in quality and yet give rise to a β ray of the same speed. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson But they had their necks for all that; and by their necks alone they do as much surpass all the other birds of our grey climate as they fall in quality of song below the blackbird or the lark. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett It had the quality of a vision. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Sinclair Lewis The difficulty in defining its quality is that no one has determined whether it is a very large village or a very small city. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

H. G. Wells And in the next place, as a remoter, but perhaps finally more fundamental duty, he has to inquire what may be done individually or collectively to raise the standard and quality of the average birth. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry displays the odd hit-and-miss quality which seems to have attached itself to Cumberland everywhere, whether as novelist, dramatist, essayist, diplomatist, poet, or anything else. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Edith Wharton He was half aware that her way of speaking was unlike any he had ever heard, but too much under the spell of what she was saying to separate it from the quality of her utterance. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

H. G. Wells That denotes the quality of the fuss and gives the clue to my resentment. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Its quality of being a brute fact ab extra says nothing whatever as to its inwardness. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Rafael Sabatini On the present occasion it would seem that the sometime hairdresser had another quality which recommended him to his temporary master. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Willa Cather The quality of her voice had changed, and he knew the change. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

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]

Radclyffe Hall The night had a quality of glory about it, the blue glory peculiar to Africa and seen seldom or never in our more placid climate. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

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]

Sigmund Freud When we use either — or we are as a rule describing a quality of vagueness in some element of the dream, but a vagueness which may still be cleared up. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

She possessed a remarkably keen sense of hearing, did Miss Carlyle; though, indeed, none of her faculties lacked the quality of keenness. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Edith Wharton Lily was acutely aware of her own part in this drama of innuendo: she knew the exact quality of the amusement the situation evoked. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

John Galsworthy Poor old Gradman dated! What would he say when he heard that they had been insuring foreign business? Stimulated by the old-time quality of Gradman’s presence, his mind ranged with sudden freedom. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

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

H. G. Wells His hair was entirely tangential, and his voice, which he used sparingly, was pitched high, and had commonly a quality of bitter protest. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is the first quality of a criminal investigator that he should see through a disguise. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Wilkie Collins It was hard to decide which quality in his letter was most marked — the total absence of arrangement, or the total absence of reserve. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

A certain engaging quality to which women attain by long study and severe practice upon the admiring male, who is pleased to fancy it resembles the candid simplicity of his young. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Some of the most charming people in the world live in them, but their collective effect is below the quality of any individual among them. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells Such is the illogical quality of humanity that Holsten, fresh from work that was like a petard under the seat of current civilisation, saw these changes with regret. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

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

Charles Stur Yet, notwithstanding the quality of the soil, a great portion of the Adelaide plains have been purchased and are under cultivation. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

H. G. Wells The hold of the old religious organisations upon men’s respect was still enormous, so enormous that there seemed to be a quality of irreverence in applying religion to the developments of every day. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson It costs a beautiful person no exertion to paint her image on our eyes; yet how splendid is that benefit! It costs no more for a wise soul to convey his quality to other men. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

This is the literary quality which the most untechnical may feel, and which is not clearer to the connoisseur than to the least unlearned. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

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]

In this he resembled the majority of his contemporaries; but he carried the quality perhaps to a further pitch than any man of his age. Landmarks in Literature--French 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]

A quality that was not apparent in any communion between Liz and Walter. ‘What I like best is the yard or two of Renaissance before the bit of Border peel,’ Liz was saying. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

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]

Mark Twain It was “baker’s bread”— what the quality eat; none of your low-down corn-pone. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

William Makepeace Thackeray Behind this camp were the carts of the poor people, which were not allowed to penetrate into the quarter where the quality cars stood. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

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]

Moreover, there was a somehow exceptional quality about her tiredness tonight. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim The Ambassador’s voice dropped almost to a whisper, and but for its singularly penetrating quality Harcutt would have heard no more. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Henry James It seemed strange that she should please him so well at so slender a cost, but please him she did, prodigiously, and his pleasure had a quality altogether new to him. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

W. H. Hudson The quality of shining in the dark, seen in the eyes of many nocturnal and semi-nocturnal species, has always, I believe, a hostile purpose. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Now it was a show-piece of a quality so rare that Toby, who normally changed his dwelling-place (one could hardly say his home) every second year, had refused all offers for it for several years now. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

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

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 enjoyment strained intently and viciously to hear the sounds of the night, or such as were not of too remote and piercing a quality to reach him. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

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

Wilkie Collins Such clothes as she wore, defective perhaps in quantity, were in quality absolutely perfect. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

H. G. Wells I suppose, Mary, I have really a more vigorous brain than hers, more copious and original, as people say, but she has a quality of discrimination and judgment. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells But suddenly there looks out from this man’s pose and regard a different quality, a quality altogether nearer that of the beautiful tramway and of the gracious order of the mountain houses. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

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

H. G. Wells It’s a second-rate quality — for all my wit and wisdom. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Walter Scott Many of the leaders were clad in complete armour, and all in a certain half-military dress, which no man of quality in those disturbed times ever felt himself sufficiently safe to abandon. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

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 The time is rapidly returning when men of outstanding mental quality will consent to teach only such students as show themselves capable of and willing to follow up their distinctive work. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

William Makepeace Thackeray Yet why correct her? There is a quality in certain people which is above all advice, exposure, or correction. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

H. G. Wells When condition or quality is not specified you must get the worst. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Thomas Wolfe And that is what gives the scene its special quality of tragic loneliness, awful emptiness, and utter desolation. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Yet the peculiar quality of the adventure keeps it shining darkly like some deep coloured gem in the common setting of my memories. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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]

George Meredith Some men would think that a quality worth double the amount. 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]

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I suppose I am a deeply religious man, as men of my quality go, but I hate more and more, as I grow older, the shadow of intolerance cast by religious organisations. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Here, in Chancton, each and all admired Miss Vipen’s easy kindness,—a quality which so often accompanies evil speaking. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Theodore Dreiser There was some difference in the clothing of the two, both of quality and age, but this difference was not especially noticeable. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells The whole house seemed to have caught from Mr. Pope that same quality of seeing him out. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

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]

H. G. Wells No longer had he the quality of rocky scenery; he had the quality of rocky scenery that had arisen and tossed its mane and marched. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

To-day, though variety entertainment is still to be had, and of a more slick and polished quality than formerly, it is not the natural living growth it was in the past. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

H. G. Wells Blunt’s bashfulness fell from him as the instruction proceeded, and he developed a certain expert dignity, a quality of fatherly consideration. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Edith Wharton But then I knew how the real quality can keep their feelings to themselves. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

It was fitting, she felt, that Beau should have chosen for friend someone who had quality as well as looks. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells It is very difficult to give any facts about this dominie and his Academy which do not carry with them a quality of Dickens-like caricature. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells The tougher job, which all men and women will ultimately be educated to undertake, is to recognize the ultimately irreconcilable quality of these inconsistencies and to make a deal between them. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

G. K. Chesterton In Dickens’s actual literary career it is this romantic quality in Nicholas Nickleby that is most important. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

G. K. Chesterton Yet the whole incident has a quality that can only be called boyish. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

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

But, because it was a foreign word, it had lost its magical swear-word quality and could be printed. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Willa Cather The charm of her conversation was not so much in what she said, though she was often witty, but in the quick recognition of her eyes, in the living quality of her voice itself. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Robert Louis Stevenson C’est-y-bete! I wish letters of that charming quality could be so timed as to arrive when a fellow wasn’t working at the truck in question; but, of course, that can’t be. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens On the crowded sea-shore, the great demand for milk, combined with the strong local temptation of chalk, would betray itself in the lowered quality of the article. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Fanny Fern In passing along the street, you would see much more than people in general, and would be able to describe very accurately the style, execution and quality of whatever you saw. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

H. G. Wells Never before had I known the quality of passionate kisses. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

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]

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]

Alfred Ainger There is no quality in which Shakespeare’s greatness as a dramatist is more conspicuous than his knowledge of what is effective in stage representation. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

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]

Theodore Dreiser Rarely would you have found a man of great distinction; but very frequently a group of men who were possessed of no small modicum of that interesting quality known as hard common sense. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was a dark, unenduring little flower — yet he thought he detected in her some quality of spiritual reticence, of strength drawn from her passive acceptance of all things. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

H.P. Lovecraft It was infinitely faint, subtly vibrant, and unmistakably musical, but held a quality of surpassing wildness which made its impact feel like a delicate torture of my whole body. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]