Phrases with "reason"

Edmund Burke But that sort of reason which banishes the affections is incapable of filling their place. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

But had she reason to believe that Morgan would kill the steward? Rather did he seem to be afraid of him. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

The view is good, and it improves as the day wears on by reason of the beetling crag that stands between Cintra and the morning sun. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Wilkie Collins In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred I should have said No. In the cases of Captain Stanwick and Mr. Varleigh, however, I saw no reason to hesitate. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

I had no reason to think that I was being sought, or that my presence in this building was even suspected. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins I hope you had no reason to regret having left me to sleep? I went into Geoffrey’s room, and found him stirring. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

A. E. W. Mason Durrance answered her quite gently:— “Have I no reason to distrust you? Why did you tell me of Captain Willoughby’s coming? Why did you interfere?” “I thought you ought to know. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

George Gissing Miss Harrow was reticent concerning her brother-in-law; no one, however, had any reason to believe that she found life under his roof disagreeable. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith Great things were expected of Piedmont, though many, who had reason to know him, distrusted her king. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Virginia Woolf Had they dared say No (he had some reason for wanting it) he would have flung himself tragically backwards into the bitter waters of despair. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Virginia Woolf Even this theory she was ready to discard in favour of one which made chaos triumphant, things happening for no reason at all, and every one groping about in illusion and ignorance. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Thomas Hardy But she had sat erect in this chair for more than an hour, for the reason that she was utterly unconscious of what her actions and bodily feelings were. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Wilkie Collins The world is hard on women — and the rights of property is a darned bad reason for it!” The door from the hall was suddenly thrown open. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The Swiss received two wounds and was not aware of it, by reason of the cold; but suddenly feebleness, occasioned by loss of blood, obliged him to sit down. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Sir Richard Burton But excuse my acquainting thee with the cause of its return to me and the reason of my complete recovery. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Robert Louis Stevenson There seems no reason why the tale should not be true. Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson

If the brutes are going to attack today there’s no reason why they shouldn’t start early, for just now there’s no darkness to wait for. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Anthony Trollope He had looked at it all round, and could see no reason why he should not marry her. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Hardy Perhaps, in the intricacies of her bosom, there lurked a greater satisfaction with the reason for returning the present than she would have felt just then with a reason for keeping it. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

William Hope Hodgson My reason said it was nothing more than imagination, a rapid dream — I must have dozed; but something deeper than reason told me that this was not so. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

By reason of my business training, I was familiar with the haunts of squatters when they visited the city, and I tried each of these in turn. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

The doctor in attendance at the Rill had said Mrs. Caromel might go home if she had any urgent reason for wishing it—and here she was. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Anthony Trollope Lady Tringle and Mr Dosett had always been Aunt Emmeline and Uncle Reginald, by reason of the nearness of their relationship. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope When I came to render it, I did not know what reason I had to give. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

For God’s sake, Inspector, tell me what all this has to do with Chris’s death? Can’t you see that questions you can’t see the reason of are torture? I’ve had about all I can stand. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

H. G. Wells There seemed no reason why they should not visit this school together. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

As for to speke of helth of body, certes it passith ful lightly, and eek it is ful ofte reason of the siknesse of the soule. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Before I had finished speaking I saw the reason return to her eye and the dawning of a pitiful hope in her passion-drawn face. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope Hugh was disagreeable, nay, hateful, by reason of the power which he possessed; whereas Archie was not hateful at all, and was disagreeable simply because nature had been a niggard to him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope There is no reason that I know why you should not stand as well as anyone else. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

That was the reason of the scrap on the Rhodesian hills you told me about. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

For all that, she had power to cool him towards the rest of her sex, and now for every reason he wished to be ordained priest as soon as he could pass the intermediate orders. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

James Payn It is true that your last arguments moved me, but not for the reason you imagine. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

There was no reason whatever to suppose that what had been taken out was of any significance. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Anthony Trollope In such invitations a bachelor or two more or less are always spoken of as nobodies, and there was no reason why Mr. Slope should not drink tea at Dr. Stanhope’s as well as Eleanor herself. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

That’s the sole reason why I’m poking my nose in now. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Things were in this state when an incident took place so awful and inexplicable in its character that my reason fairly reels at the bare memory of the occurrence. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anna Katherine Green X is also the man who for the same unknown reason robbed the quiver hanging in the southern gallery of one of its arrows and kept the same on hand or in hiding, till he could mate it with the bow. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Benjamin Disraeli She should “be at papa’s,” though he and his family were in town; but that was no reason why Endymion should not call on her. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Wilkie Collins The time is coming, Valeria, when you — even You — will feel that your friends have reason to appeal to on their side, and that you have no reason on yours. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope There had come upon him a feeling in regard to certain orators, that when once they had begun there was no reason why they should ever stop. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant The reason was that they had long grown accustomed to our unconscionable insolence. The Impolite Sex (Correspondance) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

He was by no means an ordinary criminal type, and there seemed no reason to doubt his assertion that this was the first felonious transaction he had ever had a hand in. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Ford Madox Ford He had come in like a stallion, red-eyed, and all his legs off the ground: he went down the stairs like a half-drowned rat, with dim eyes and really looking wet, for some reason or other. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Theodore Dreiser She wanted to run away from him, although there was no very definite reason why she should do so. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells She was his wife! And for some reason Miriam and Mrs. Larkins were sobbing, and Annie was looking grave. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

What did it mean if the house were occupied? If someone were there, if someone were hiding himself, then he was an evildoer and he had good reason for keeping himself hidden. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Virginia Woolf We shall find there not only the reason why the pay of the professional woman is still so small, but something more dangerous, something which, if it spreads, may poison both sexes equally. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Walter Scott The duty of revenge in such cases was held so sacred, that he had no reason to doubt they would instantly come with such assistance as would ensure the detention of the prisoner. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Charles Stur The consequence has been a general want of labourers throughout the whole colony, still more severely felt by reason of the previous want of labour in the labour market. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Charles Dickens John Willet, left alone in his dismantled bar, continued to sit staring about him; awake as to his eyes, certainly, but with all his powers of reason and reflection in a sound and dreamless sleep. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

In Maupassant’s own tottering reason we find the tragic explanation of his constant return to this type of story. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

David Hume There may be no reason to infer the existence of one from the appearance of the other. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Samuel Johnson From this time was formed an acquaintance, which being begun by kindness, was accidentally continued by constraint; we derived much pleasure from it, and I hope have given him no reason to repent it. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

G. K. Chesterton In fact, if you go back to the beginning, I think that was the reason why I wore it. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Meredith The Italian outposts on the Piave have not yet crossed it, for the reason that they must keep distances with their regiments, but will do so as soon as these get nearer to the river. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Doubtless, there is a universal justice emanating from reason alone; but this justice, to be admitted among us, must be mutual. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Mark Twain It was talked about, gloated over, glorified, until the reason of many of the citizens tottered under the strain of the unhealthy excitement. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Virginia Woolf Indeed, she came to the conclusion that there was neither rhyme nor reason in any of it. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Thomas Hardy The reason or motive is nothing to us, so that you obtain your desire. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

This may be the real reason why he didn’t go into mourning himself; he only put the child into black. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

He had a reason now to be lazy. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The reason never occurred to me. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

With a hurricane of rage in her heart, the poor girl, now, according to her lights, thoroughly in love, saw the reason of his conduct and followed him, reaching the other side of the tree unperceived. Misplaced Affections by Guy Boothby

Robert Louis Stevenson He might see a reason for his friend’s strange preference or bondage (call it which you please) and even for the startling clause of the will. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

It’s not a cheerful sound at the dead of night, and now, for some reason or other, it affected Jim and me in much the same manner. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Borrow I inquired of the old man what was the reason of this warlike array. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Edgar Rice Burroughs His power to reason has relieved them of many of their duties, and so they have, to some extent, atrophied, as have the muscles which move the ears and scalp, merely from disuse. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

I have every reason to believe we can. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Sir Walter Scott I have every reason to think the wound was accidental; certainly it was not premeditated. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

She had every reason to be satisfied with her choice: The drolleries of the Imps were entirely thrown away, and St. Genevieve moved on without discomposing a muscle. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning By reason of the passion of our grief, And, from the top of sense, looked over sense To the significance and heart of things Rather than things themselves. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Edgar Allan Poe For this they assign the very good reason that they do not believe there is anything at all on the other side. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

This signal for caution was doubtless the reason that he lost almost as rapidly the second time as the first. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Aha — a ——” Without budging, without moving her eyes, the strength of reason gone from her, the mother stood as if in a heavy sleep, overwhelmed by fear and pity. Mother by Maksim Gorky

There’s no reason whatever — “ thinking to myself that they would be more likely indeed to keep quiet about it. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Thomas Hardy And there’s no reason why you should not. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope There is no reason why thou shouldst be different from others. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

W. H. Hudson It is not the effect of the unknown, it is not imagination; it is that nature in these desolate scenes, for a reason to be guessed at by-and-by, moves us more deeply than in others. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Maria Edgeworth I have done all that my reason and my dearest mother counselled; surely I cannot have done wrong. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

His reason for so doing is characteristic of the man. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

At Banana and Boma it is particularly good; at Porto da Lenha it is half water, but the agents dare not complain, for the reason which prevents them offering “spliced grog” to the prepotent negro. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Nor does there appear to be the slightest reason for supposing that this period of his life was anything but happy. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

E. F. Benson There was every reason to be satisfied with this vanishing trick of the germ, though the manner of its vanishing was as inexplicable as its appearance. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

For the same reason he failed to make any single discovery which holds its place as one of the steps by which science has in any direction really advanced. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then came a wave of passion once more and reason was submerged. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

My love for Dick got the better of my reason for a bit, but I could —— Why, how pale you look!’ He was growing pale, and no mistake. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

There don’t seem any reason for keeping a young girl here all day just to do nothing,” said the woman tolerantly. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Often, however, for no reason at all, she called him “Jimmy,” and she was apt in her admiration of him and pride of possession, to Dick and Jimmy it too lavishly among casual acquaintances. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Robert Louis Stevenson To live is sometimes very difficult, but it is never meritorious in itself; and we must have a reason to allege to our own conscience why we should continue to exist upon this crowded earth. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope If not an enemy to the death, then there could be no reason why he should not be a bosom friend. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling No reason given, you understand. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

A. E. W. Mason He saw no reason to destroy it—for the present. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

M. P. Shiel Forget that, Numa. But now a far stronger reason urges. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Jules Verne This rescue from the sky had come just in time for the survivors of the “Jeannette,” and they had good reason to believe it miraculous. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

It may seem iniquitous to say that some tolerably good novel-writers must be more summarily treated than some bad ones here: but there is reason for it. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson I’ll tell you why! “And sitting still more upright, she gave a reason which made him grasp the knob of the bed-post so fiercely that it came away in his hand. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It is in this that my regret consists; for this reason that I would wish to remember so many social hours as though they had been passed in sleep. North America by Anthony Trollope

Ralph Waldo Emerson On the other hand, those who begin it with the higher hope to read in it a worthy history of genius, and the just award of the laurel to its toils and denials, have also reason to complain. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Anthony Trollope You have not given me the only reason which I would take,—even for a while. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Jules Verne This has been the cause of several serious accidents which have happened to aeronauts, and Robur saw no reason to run any risk. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Thomas Paine Political reason is a computing principle; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing, morally and not metaphysically or mathematically, true moral denominations. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

And my reason for soliciting it, at such an hour and in such a locality, was, that the hour seemed to me to be the most prudent, and the locality the least open to observation. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

I did not reason about it; I only followed my impulse. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle The reason of this was that most of the house property was owned by zealous Churchmen, who refused to allow any one who differed from the Established Church to settle there. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

But that’s no reason for accepting tales that are physically impossible. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Olaf Stapledon He was confident that although reason might sometimes be difficult to discover in the course of events, it must be there. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In Mr. Carleton’s salesman’s Utopia the only reason prospective buyers ever gave for not purchasing stock was that they doubted it to be a promising investment. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

But patience, Lucy” (he had been allowed by reason of their early acquaintance to fall into the habit of addressing her by her Christian name), “and it will all come right in the end. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Henry James It isn’t a thing to reason about; it’s simply a need that consumes me. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

David Hume BY the mere light of reason it seems difficult to prove the Immortality of the Soul. The arguments for it are commonly derived either from metaphysical topics, or moral or physical. Of the Immortality of the Soul by David Hume [1777]

Yet did or taste or reason sway the times, Ah! who would take their titles with their rhymes. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Just so we see it fares with bloodless animals, which by reason of the want of heat require very little nourishment. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Walter Scott I must watch how this is to end; and, if they give me reason to think myself an unwelcome guest, my visit is soon abridged. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

William Hope Hodgson For, that same watch, I was to hear men giving just such cries; but, God knows, they had reason enough. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Samuel Johnson Mr. Maclean informed us of an odd game, of which he did not tell the original, but which may perhaps be used in other places, where the reason of it is not yet forgot. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Edgar Allan Poe He goes wrong by reason of his very profundity, and of his error we have a natural type in the contemplation of a star. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Ralph Waldo Emerson The reason why we do not at once believe in admirable souls is because they are not in our experience. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

The reason of his being would be gone. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arnold Bennett There was no reason why she should hesitate to meet him. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

I have no reason to doubt my firmness — none — none. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton But Vance knew that the real reason was different: he had refused to fight Hayes because he had read his letter. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

James Payn The reason why his Lucy’s name was not upon that mystic monument, where those of her parents and her husband were glowing in purple and gold, must be that she herself was alive. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Perhaps they dreaded I might, however, and they hit on an expedient, which, if it had succeeded, might have deprived me of reason as well as repose. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Henry James Her interest has continued, has increased, but mine, for some reason or other, has declined. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Anthony Trollope There was no reason why Mountjoy should not become to him as pleasant a companion as ever for the few days that might be left to him, if only he would come. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

You have no reason to take your mother’s marriage so much to heart. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Virginia Woolf The reason is suggested perhaps by the manner of one’s praise. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

And that confounded jail was the only spot where she could see it — for she had no reason to distrust her father. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Henry James But they were really too intimate for that; it was not the way he was in the habit of treating him; there had been no reason it should be. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Not even in my own heart did the reason reside; conscience and I were divorced at last, and the decree made absolute. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle The reason is, I opine, that each doth wait for his neighbour to make a move. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Had he not good reason to believe that sooner or later this fatal word would be uttered? And even at the thought of such a contingency he shuddered with horror. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

No one has ever been able to think up a reason for such a hole-and-corner method as Richard was supposed to have used. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins She may pervert your letter to some use of her own, which you may have reason to regret. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

After a while —“Come, good folks,” said true Eli, in a broken voice, to Jorian and Joan, “we are in a little trouble, as you see; but that is no reason you should starve. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Jack London One reason for this is that Wolf Larsen seems to have taken a fancy to him. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Frederick Marryat Why I steal, then? No, Master Humphrey, I never steal more, ‘cause I have no reason why, and ‘cause Missy Alice and Missy Edith tell me how the good God up there say must not steal. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

George Gissing I don’t want to be disagreeable to a old lodger, but then reason is reason, ain’t it?’ That Saturday night hunger drove him out. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Instinct rather than reason suggested to him that he ought to get down into the dark hold. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

It was the other sister into whose presence she came, and to her she began pouring out the reason of her intrusion, delivering at once her praises of the elder Miss Hathorne’s fictions. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Arnold Bennett She said she never had drunk them, and seemed to regard that as a reason why she never should. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

D. H. Lawrence She went up to reason with the pale and overwrought Lucille, scolding her for getting into a state over nothing. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

That man,’ and he extended his meagre arm toward the closet, as if he was pointing to a living being; ‘that man, I have good reason to know, is alive still. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Frederick Marryat He then, in few words, stated what had happened, and by what means he had escaped, and the reason why he had kept on the trooper’s accoutrements and made his appearance in them. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Let us then, as children of the same parent, if not bastardized by being the younger born, reason together, and learn to submit to the authority of reason — when her voice is distinctly heard. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Thomas Hardy It was said by her detractors afterwards that she had chosen her lodging to be near this gentleman, but there is reason to believe that she had never seen him till her arrival there. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Jonathan Swif I fancy his good fortune will bear him out in everything; but in reason I should think this Ministry to stand very unsteady; if they can carry a peace, they may hold; I believe not else. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Mark Twain And I think you have a self-deluding reason for that. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

G. K. Chesterton The revolution thought itself rational; but so did Sim Tappertit. It was really a huge revolt of romanticism against a reason which had grown sick even of itself. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Oscar Wilde It was evident that he had not told his mother anything about the reason that had driven him to so fatal, so mad an act. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. by Oscar Wilde [1889]

John Lewis Burckhard It was probably for this reason that they thought it necessary to ill treat me, in order to prevent my making any further attempt. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Jonathan Swif I fancy I shall have reason to be angry with him very soon; but what care I? I believe I shall die with Ministries in my debt. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Maria Edgeworth I had no reason to believe that Mr. Montenero saw the cause of my disorder. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Ralph Waldo Emerson No reason can be asked or given why the soul seeks beauty. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

H. G. Wells There is no reason at all why a child’s attention should be so predominantly fixed on wool. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is for that reason that I said to myself: ‘Why should I not profit by the things I have observed?’?” Pryde brought out his pocket-book. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Jules Verne He was on the point of yielding, when Johnson, with his wiser head and calmer temperament, recalled him to reason and duty by calling out — “Come, Bell, let us be off to the sledge. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

We neglected Africa. You know the reason why. Greenmantle by John Buchan

John Locke God, who hath given the world to men in common, hath also given them reason to make use of it to the best advantage of life, and convenience. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

Wilkie Collins This slippery lover of mine tells me to defer writing to his father, and gives no reason for offering that strange advice to the young lady who is soon to be a member of the family. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

William Makepeace Thackeray The Prince Giglio, by reason of his tender age at his royal father’s death, did not feel the loss of his crown and empire. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

The reason of this is, that the nor’-westers, coming heavily charged with warm moisture, deposit it on the western side of the great range, and the saddles, of course, get some of the benefit. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Rudyard Kipling At last we saw the reason of the rush. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Imagine calling anybody up for a reason like that!” Now she lowered the lights for love. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope There was no reason to suppose him hurt, nor was he much hurt. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

I like to think he was a Basque, because I like the Basques so much for no reason that I can think of. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

George Gissing The reason seems to me that they miss the congenial gossip of the area door. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

John Lewis Burckhard Szaleh now gave me reason to suspect that, from the moment of our setting out, he had had treacherous intentions. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Maria Edgeworth Public justice and reason are, I think, on my side. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Wilkie Collins On this occasion she had no reason to complain of his silence. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Whilst reason raises man above the brutal herd, and death is big with promises, they alone are subject to blind authority who have no reliance on their own strength. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

George Meredith An astute world; right in the main, owing to perceptions based upon brute nature; utterly astray in particulars, for the reason that it takes no count of the soul of man or woman. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle I will only say — for I HAVE to say it — that in my early manhood I conceived a horror of him, and that I had good reason for the aversion which filled me. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

John Lewis Burckhard Another reason is, that camels on the march never feed at their ease in the day time, and nature seems to require that they should have their principal meal and a few hours rest in the evening. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Wilkie Collins Under these circumstances, was there any intelligible reason for shrinking from direct reference to Michael Vanstone? No intelligible reason — and yet she shrank. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Virginia Woolf Anyhow,” he continued, more amiably, “I see no reason why you should be bothered with other people’s nuisances. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

E. F. Benson When one of them got a little better, a relapse ensued by reason of infection from the others, and it was not till exhaustion set in, that this triple volcano became quiescent again. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Do you know that to-night, for some reason or other, I feel more superstitious than I have ever done before. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Victor Hugo It is not without reason that these striæ of the sea-shore are called côtes. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Theodore Dreiser The reason for his interest, not to say fascination, was deeper than mere desire. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser No harm could come to him, if Stener’s ventures were successful; and there was no reason why they should not be. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Why, by the way, did Simon not denounce you at once if he did not believe you were his brother?” “For the same reason that you didn’t. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

George Gissing But I have seen your sister, and there seemed no reason to doubt what she told me. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins But the lady who had preceded them had some reason of her own for not waiting to recover herself in the vestibule. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson He was married, and, by reason of the effulgence of that legendary night, was adored by his wife. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

The reason for the attack remained unknown. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

E. F. Benson But here in the country I ask only the people I want to see, or for some reason have got to see—you are not among the latter—and the more one wants to see of them, the smaller is the party. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

From out of one of them the strains were issuing faintly and continuously of the inevitable accordion, which for some occult reason is always found to consort with poverty and oyster-shells. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

He had only two lamps to watch, so there was no reason for him to go far away. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Anthony Trollope It was the customary thing for men situated as he was to marry for money, and there was no reason why he should not do what others around him did. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

In the superior ranks of life how seldom do we meet with a man of superior abilities, or even common acquirements? The reason appears to me clear, the state they are born in was an unnatural one. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Wilkie Collins I commit no indiscretion when I tell you that she refused to sanction your marriage mainly for the reason that Eustace refused to follow her advice, and to tell you what his position really was. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Therefore it was heard by La Mole with the melancholy of a man who feels that, placed between reason and madness, it is madness he will follow. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

John Ruskin Which is, indeed, one great reason of the continual blundering about the offices of government with respect to commerce. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Joseph Furphy Therefore, there are not only sounds which by reason of highness or lowness are unmusical, but, beyond these, others to which the tympanum of the human ear is insensible. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Henry Handel Richardson The reason why she could not mount still higher was that M. P. occupied the top place, and was not to be moved, even had Laura dreamed of attempting it. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Adam Lindsay Gordon Yet rhyme had not fail’d me for reason,   Nor reason for rhyme, Sweet Song! had I sought you in season,   And found you in time. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Robert Green Ingersoll It found the earth filled with slaves and tyrants, the people in all countries downtrodden, half naked, half starved, without hope, and without reason in the world. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Wilkie Collins You can’t laugh him out of it or reason him out of it. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]