Phrases with "reason"

There must have been some reason for it, he seemed to think, some very powerful inducement, that would bring him back to Colebrook again. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Jules Verne They chose the colony of Victoria in Australia, as the field for sowing the paternal bank-notes, and had no reason to repent the selection. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

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]

A sudden hope came to me that for some unknown reason they were on our side. Greenmantle by John Buchan

The following evening, for some reason or another, certainly not any desire for enjoyment, I visited a theatre. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

George Gissing That, of course, is partly the reason of her power over me. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

David Hume Or if we reason concerning it, and endeavour to fix its standard, we regard a new fact, to wit, the general tastes of mankind, or some such fact, which may be the object of reasoning and enquiry. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

There was no reason why I should connect a sudden alarm in the lobby of the Clermont with any cause of special interest to myself. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Of course I did not think for a moment that my queen loved as other women nor did the officer give me reason to think so. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Theodore Dreiser I am not going to kill you if you are not going to kill me; but I am going to make you listen to reason for once. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James Such a reason isn’t worthy of you. The American by Henry James [1877]

Gold, which would transform the Isle into a desert, is therefore selfishly concealed, and the reason for the concealment remains an incomprehensible enigma. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

He had not always been of the so-called working-man class, for he was a graduate of Oxford University and his training had been such that it would enable him to reason and calculate well. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Francis Bacon Yet it were great reason that those that have children, should have greatest care of future times; unto which they know they must transmit their dearest pledges. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Hale, Clancy and Mrs. Herne were all out of the house before the blow had been struck, and, moreover, there was no reason why they should murder a harmless old lady. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

John Morley These atrocities kindled in Voltaire a blaze of anger and pity, that remains among the things of which humanity has most reason to be proud. Voltaire by John Morley

Edgar Allan Poe His anxiety on my account be represented, however, as the most distressing result of his condition; and, indeed, I had never reason to doubt the sincerity of his friendship. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

He thought he realised the reason for this change of purpose. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

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

Henry David Thoreau For the same reason the whole landscape is more variegated and picturesque than by day. Night and Moonlight by Henry David Thoreau

Anthony Trollope Is there any reason why he should not be in London if he pleases?’ ‘None in the least. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon Presumably the point of the argument lies in the conviction that anything so striking as love and reason must be a product of divine intention. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton Enough that I had good reason for my dread. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Andrew Lang He tried to reason with his son, and told him that during all these years he had been looking forward to his return, in order to resign his throne and its cares, which pressed so heavily upon him. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gertrude Stein A darker day is not darker and the reason of that is that the impression being made it is continued until there is that change and the change is not coming, it has not that complexion. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Virginia Woolf After all, as we both have reason to know, Judges are fathers; and Permanent Secretaries have sons. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

No; she fought the terrible fight, and she came forth out of it a conqueror, by reason of her own indomitable power of suffering, by reason of her own extraordinary strength of will. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Oliver Goldsmith As this last argument was directed to me, I protested I could see no reason for it neither, nor why Mr Simpkins got the ten thousand pound prize in the lottery, and we sate down with a blank. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Thomas Wolfe The trick was to get his reason and his emotions pulling together in double harness, instead of letting them fly off in opposite directions, tearing him apart between them. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

It is reluctant to make a difference in belief a reason for the destruction of London, and it does not propose, even under the provocations of the Government, to endanger the city to-night. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

George Gissing On fire to his finger-tips, he could yet reason with the coldest clarity of thought. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Mark Twain Whatever it was, he had a spirit-contenting reason for it. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

But he was not the kind of man to reason closely upon such a matter, and he resented Judith’s marriage as an act of inconstancy to himself, and Topsparkle’s wealth as an impertinence. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

His visit was worrying me, and, puzzle as I would, I could think of no reason for his coming to my room. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Indeed, it was with some sense of doing the appropriate thing, having the traditional rough-house, that he had thrown Lewis’s comb off the train at Milwaukee last night for no reason at all. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

John Stuart Mill No reason has ever been shown why they may not be cultivated to as great intensity in connection with the utilitarian, as with any other rule of morals. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

George Meredith That is apparently the positive law; and by reason of men’s wretched enslavement, it is the dance to dissolution when we have not honourable union with women. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu We owe nothing to Mr. Longcluse; there is no reason why you should have an acquaintance that is not desirable. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

If not, if his intoxication were a solitary accident, there can be no reason at all for allowing special emphasis to this act, simply because through misfortune it became his final act. The Vision of Sudden Death by Thomas de Quincey

Henry James This, however, would only be a reason the more for the Princess’s following up her scent. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George Meredith He had also another, more distant, very faint idea, that it had better not be mentioned just yet, for a reason entirely undefined. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

It was a twenty-mile journey, by rutted cart-tracks, but Flory decided to march by night, giving the reason that it was cooler. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope The Solicitor-General would not have thrown up the sponge — so said they who knew him best — without seeing a reason for doing so. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Victor Hugo The reason of his acceptance of it might, indeed, for want of a better, be found in the fact that for the time being the republic was triumphant. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells For some inexplicable reason Lewisham saw fit to hate her novelettes very bitterly. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Wilkie Collins But I myself look upon the first reason that I have given, as the true reason why we have to lament a failure, as well as to rejoice over a success. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Mrs. Gaskell Some very trifling piece of business was alleged as a reason for the call; but there was evidently something behind. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

The reason he walked as fast as he did was probably to avoid tottering in his gait. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Charles Kingsley But what care I? I am now miserable by reason of the lusts which war in my members; the peace which I shall gain in being freed from them will be its own reward. Hours with the Mystics by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope I choose to know about these things; for though my father did make such a confoun-ded will, that’s no reason I shouldn’t know how things are going. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang No plausible unfantastic reason could be invented. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton But to me he whispered another reason for not marrying. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

He behaved with a due amount of caution, and did not give the young lady any reason to suspect the state of the case yet awhile. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Virginia Woolf It is for this reason that Montaigne stands out from the legions of the dead with such irrepressible vivacity. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

I had great faith in myself, and because I have none any more is not a reason for pity, but rather for acceptance. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Every man has reason to rejoice who enjoys the advantage of a public training. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Wilkie Collins There must have been a reason in me for the dislike that I felt for him from the first. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Henry James I forget what florid description I then gave of it: to-day I have no reason not to confess that it had resided in the simple plea that the book was exquisite. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

E. F. Benson There was no reason for (in fact every reason against) a long engagement, and the banns would be put up in church next Sunday morning. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Henry Handel Richardson This was one reason why he preferred the penance of immobility, to getting up and prowling about downstairs. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton And if it was in excess of his wife’s estimate, it was for the simple reason that more coins had been added, since she sent him out, carefully brushed and buttoned up, in the morning. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell But he had an affectionate heart, if a blundering head; and though he could give no reason for his belief, he was almost certain his wife was not well. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Elizabeth Gaskell I heard that Nelly had met with a place in Bolland; and I could see no reason why I might not speak to her once before she left our neighbourhood. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Then he begged to be left alone with his mother; and, with his feverish hands clasped in hers, asked her the meaning of her black dress, and the reason why his young wife had not come to him. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

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

H. G. Wells His ancestors glittered in history right back to the Byzantine Empire, and where were the Istoms then? He knew of no reason why the future should be different. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

When other liquids are moved or poured out, their hard and grosser parts fall and dash one against another, and so make a noise by reason of their roughness. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Wilkie Collins I am afraid you have had reason to complain of his conduct yourself?” Madame Fontaine lifted her hands in gently-expressed protest. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

I question and perplex myself to find a reason for his melancholy. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

He had declared that this pretended buffoon must be some dangerous criminal who had escaped from Cayenne, and who for this reason was determined to conceal his antecedents. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith She spoke them in the tone of reason to her invalid friend Rebecca Wythan, who saw with her, felt with her, yearned to retain her till breath was gone. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry James It seems to me, at the same time, I confess,” Mrs. Assingham added, “to give but the more reason for it. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

But I know the reason of that change now; and I know that he really loves me. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Henry James The reason was certainly good enough. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Virginia Woolf Not that I have any reason at this moment,” he added hastily, “to complain of them. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Thomas Hardy But it was necessary that several years should elapse before the shepherd-boy was old enough to reason out this. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Henry James She wouldn’t reason out her conduct as you seem to me to do. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

There is no reason why criticism should affect an equal hesitation. Emile Zola by William Dean Howells

Gertrude Stein It does show faces and if there are there one is smaller, there is no reason why a beard should be there. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Thomas Wolfe Why, then, had McHarg invited this man to his room? Why had he sought out his companionship? The reason became plain enough as he thought about it. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Virginia Woolf Still at his age he had, like a boy or a girl even, these alternations of mood; good days, bad days, for no reason whatever, happiness from a pretty face, downright misery at the sight of a frump. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Edgar Allan Poe I felt that my vision grew dim, that my reason wandered; and it was only by a violent effort that I at length succeeded in nerving myself to the task which duty thus once more had pointed out. Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

And besides, we want to see you again on the ground of friendship, the strongest reason of all!” “You are too kind!” I responded with much feeling. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Tobias Smolle His chestnut hair loosely flowed in short natural curls; and his grey eyes shone with such vivacity, as plainly showed that his reason was a little discomposed. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

George Meredith The reason being, that she fought now on plausibly good grounds: on behalf of her independent action. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backward. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Why is this? The reason is not far to seek. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Bah! why do I reason with myself?” she cried, with a sudden change of manner. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

John Bunyan Now the way from the River was rough, and their feet tender by reason of their travels; so the soul of the Pilgrims was much discouraged because of the way. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

And Gesner quotes venerable Bede to say, that in England there is an Iland called Ely, by reason of the innumerable number of Eeles that breed in it. The Compleat Angler by Izaac Walton [1653]

Rudyard Kipling I’ve reason to believe that His Excellency’s hair stood on end. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope If he were honest in the matter, altogether honest, there could be no reason why he should fear to encounter a hostile lawyer. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

On the very point of taking hypocritical refuge she paused, and merely answered instead: “I don’t see any reason to go to London, thank you. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

George Meredith I can’t marry you, Percy, and for the very reason which would make me wish to marry you. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Stobart had been absent more than a month, and the time seemed much longer than it really was by reason of the distances traversed and the varieties of life encountered on the way. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

At this time, owing to a disorder which had caused a great mortality, camels had been very scarce, and this was the reason of the extensive seizure just mentioned. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Anthony Trollope With a majority of seventy-two against him, there could be no reason why he should not have at once resigned, and advised the Queen to send for Mr Gresham. Nothing could be worse than his conduct. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Besides, Aramis rarely put himself out of the way for anything, and he had not yet told M. de Baisemeaux for what reason he had now done so. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope To us, in these days, he seems to put the cart before the horse, and to fail from the very beginning, by reason of the fact that the orator, in his eloquence, need never tell the truth. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

And of course the facts were confidential, but there was no reason why Miss Bell’s friends should not be in the secret. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Olaf Stapledon We have no obvious reason to deny it, and some reason to believe it, since action based on the belief is often successful. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

But if nobody else will trouble themselves upon this consideration more than I do myself, whom in reason it should import most, not one single anxious thought shall be cast away upon it. The Private Memoirs of Sir Kenelm Digby by Kenelm Digby

Anthony Trollope Concord is at present to be noted as the residence of Mr. Emerson and of Mr. Hawthorne, two of those many men of letters of whose presence Boston and its neighborhood have reason to be proud. North America by Anthony Trollope

You really think he might have ducked, sir?’ ‘I can’t think of any adequate reason why he should, but perhaps Whitmore can. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Rudyard Kipling There’s absolutely no reason why he shouldn’t, if he thinks fit,” said Jim. “He won’t see fit,” William replied, without sorrow or emotion. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Arnold Bennett And there’s no reason why a place like this shouldn’t be five times as big as it is. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

My reason for this was, that his conk was covered with carbuncles; and I thought I should vex him by taking such liberties with his conk, which in fact I did. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

Thomas Hardy The journey was, for some reason or other, performed in two stages, as at his coming, except that Darton in person took the place of the bailiff, and that the boy and himself rode on horseback. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

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]

Rudyard Kipling The atmosphere was stifling as a night in the rains by reason of the steam and the crowd. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Ralph Waldo Emerson In inquiries respecting the laws of the world and the frame of things, the highest reason is always the truest. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

George Gissing I mean” — he lowered his voice, and spoke with peculiar deliberation — “I have a reason of my own for wishing to see her. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

The reason for this change will be apparent in the short conversation he held with a man he had come upon one evening in the small park just beyond the workmen’s dwellings. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Here’s an officer and a gentleman; a rich man, as we are given to believe, and we’ve no reason to doubt it. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson One never gets any inside information from him — for the very good reason that he doesn’t know it himself. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

E. F. Benson Harriet Martineau and Mrs. Gaskell, neither of whom she had at present met, were among these by reason of their appreciation, and she considered them ‘far her superiors in attainment and experience. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Elizabeth Gaskell He did not love his new sweetheart as he had done Hester: there was more of reason and less of fancy in his attachment. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

G. K. Chesterton The reason was, that there were so many prophets and so many prophecies, that it was difficult to elude all their ingenuities. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

John Bunyan Another reason is, they have slavish fears that do over-master them; I speak now of the fears that they have of men, For the fear of men bringeth a snare. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Wilkie Collins The reason for their persistency in dwelling on this one dreary topic came out while Mr. and Mrs. Frankland were being conducted up the west staircase. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

William Morris And my heart sunk within me, there was no reason why this should not be true; there was no reason why anything should not be true. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

To me the decisive reason in favor of our minds meeting in some common objects at least is that, unless I make that supposition, I have no motive for assuming that your mind exists at all. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

William Makepeace Thackeray He was not bred up in a tipsy guard-room, and did not learn to reason in a Covent Garden tavern. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

Virginia Woolf Yet that was no reason for Jacob to turn sulky. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Jules Verne The Doctor, who often visited his afflicted friend, noticed this strange proceeding one day, and soon understood the reason of it. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Perhaps it isn’t right for a servant to say it, sir, but there ‘ave been times lately when I ‘ave been afraid that his reason ‘ave been a-failing him. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

There was no reason to suppose that the report contained all the essential facts, and I merely considered it speculatively as a study in probabilities. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

For my own part I see no reason to conceal the fact that I was glad he did. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

George Gissing There could be but one reason why he held aloof from her, and that an all-sufficient one. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Perhaps after all Margaret had nourished some faint secret hope in her heart, though her reason had rejected it, for she certainly went home more dejectedly. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Conan Doyle We have no excuse for an intrusion upon his privacy until we have some reason to think that there is a guilty reason for it. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Wilkie Collins I by no means liked the notion of sleeping with a girl whom I did not know, and I saw no reason to feel afraid of being left alone for only one night; so I declined. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Godfrey Ablewhite had his own private reason for withdrawing all claim to the hand of his charming cousin — and I discovered what it was. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

His reason for leaving his breakfast unfinished to run after Miss de Barral’s governess, was to speak to her in reference to that very errand possessing the utmost possible importance in his eyes. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Yet, God knows, we have little reason to hold our heads high,’ said Maulevrier, with a gloomy look. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Ivan Turgenev I purposely gave myself twenty-four hours for reflection, and am now absolutely convinced that I have no reason to stay here. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing I had another reason for asking you to call, but don’t stay unless you like. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Leslie Stephen He paid her some tremendous compliments, observing that some China plates which had belonged to Queen Elizabeth and to her, had no reason to be ashamed of a possessor so little inferior to the first. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle There is no reason why any one should have a suspicion of the truth. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Virginia Woolf Instinct rather than reason came to my help, he was a Beadle; I was a woman. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle We were on the line of shipping between Europe and South America. I see no reason why, if we send several, one at least may not be found. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She was not a child herself, and she was an abjectly bitter and wretched creature who had no reason for hope. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H. G. Wells There was no reason at all for remembering it. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

I have strong reason to believe that he killed her; and yet there is ground for doubt. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jack London But the path began nowhere and ended nowhere, and it remained mystery, as the man who made it and the reason he made it remained mystery. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Maria Edgeworth Jealousy? surely not; for there is no reason for it — no possibility of danger. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

The reason is, because meat digested is like fuel for the heat to feed upon. Symposiacs by Plutarch

The landlord is unable to give the exact time, for the reason that he was too sleepy to take much notice of it. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Anthony Trollope She gave as a reason that she did not love him. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan She had closed her eyes and held him in her arms, pressing him to her closely, without a thought, with her reason bewildered, and from head to foot in passionate expectation. The Father by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells The mental process, if for this reason alone, was much more continuous. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

We are supposed to keep clear of profanity this trip, she being a niece of Mr. Perkins of Bristol, our owner, and a Methodist. But, hang it all, there’s reason in all things. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim After all, he told himself, there was no reason why he should play the part of St. Anthony to the extent of wearing the hair shirt. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

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]

But family loyalty was rather an excuse than a reason for her preference; she kept the old things she had inherited because she enjoyed seeing and owning them. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Gissing From that day the doctor saw no reason for doubt. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope But not the less is the position of the President very dominant in the eyes of us Englishmen by reason of the authority with which he is endowed. North America by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather He was disappointed in Gladys. When he was offended, he seldom stopped to reason about his state of feeling. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Assuming, however, that they are of service, they might be thought to be cases of transition; but we have no reason to believe that many species at any one time are undergoing change. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Jane Austen She saw no reason against their being happy. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Benjamin Disraeli The blazing homesteads baffled the feeble police and the helpless magistrates; and the government had reason to believe that foreign agents were actively promoting these mysterious crimes. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Walter Scott As the Spaniard says, “VIAMOS— CARACCO!” I have not chosen to publish periodically, my reason for which was twofold. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Virginia Woolf He had every reason to be content. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

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

She saw no reason for cherishing in her heart any affection for a filthy character like him, but it was irritating, all the same, to have to wonder every night whether he would come in or not. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Thomas Hardy In those days any flash of reason upon his loved one’s imperfections was blurred over hastily and with fear. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

What, then, is this end? Nothing else, say they, but to reason rightly in the election of things according to Nature. First, then, the conception of good is lost and gone. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Arnold Benne And they have attained it by realising that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

At this dinner of four there was as much noise as twenty stupid people would make! Something brought up the dead lock in Victoria, which excited violent feeling for some reason not obvious. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

I expressed my wonder that he should have tried to do me a bad turn for no reason at all. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is for that reason that we choose only unmarried men for our executive council. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

The going is the thing, and anybody who can provide any reason or excuse for “going” somewhere is certain of a profit. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Arthur Conan Doyle Already they have begun to sell part of it, which seems safe enough to them, since they have no reason to think that anyone is interested in the lady’s fate. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

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]

Edgar Allan Poe Again, it cannot be gainsaid that the greater number of those who hold high places in our poetical literature are absolute nincompoops — fellows alike innocent of reason and of rhyme. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

But I pointed out coldly, as one who deals with the incomprehensible, that I didn’t see any reason to expose myself to a snub from the fellow. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Henry James Newman sat silent, summoning pious invention to his aid, but he was relieved at finding that Valentin was apparently too weak to reason or to be curious. The American by Henry James [1877]

George Meredith But my reason for speaking of Miss Durham was to exclaim at the strangeness of a girl winning her freedom to plunge into wedlock. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

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

The Princess de Lieven, he said, was a dangerous woman; there was reason to think that she would make attempts to pry into what did not concern her, let Victoria beware. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells They must realize in their own fashion the reason for their instinctive detachment from this old played-out world. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Jack London One reason was that he had fallen in love with Anna Roylston, and the other was that he had become one of us. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Arthur Morrison When he emerged in little more than forty minutes’ time, none but a practiced watcher, who had guessed the reason of the visit, would have recognized him. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Richard Burton The boy Mohammed, who had been miserably mauled, was furious with rage; and Shaykh Nur was equally unmanageable, by reason of his fear. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Anything but the foremost place I could not conceive for myself, and for that very reason I quite contentedly occupied the lowest in reality. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Henry James The reason first given had with time dropped-out of sight and fifty better ones flourished on top of it. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Anthony Trollope As far as I know, we have not even any reason for thinking ill. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Somewhere there must be a reason why this and that appear together. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Theodore Dreiser Not trained to reason or introspect himself, he could not analyse the change that was taking place in his mind, and hence his body, but he felt the depression of it. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne Everything prospered, as well in the corral as in Granite House, and certainly the settlers, if it had not been that they were so far from their native land, had no reason to complain. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

If Chupin was not telling a falsehood — and what reason could he have for doing so — it became evident that M. Lacheneur’s conduct concealed some great mystery. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Edith Wharton All that was restless and questioning in the girl subsided in his presence, and she was content to take her love as a gift of grace, which began just where the office of reason ended. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That was the reason I chucked the army when I was really only a boy. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

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

Rafael Sabatini In his rage he could not reason beyond that point. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

George Gissing Thus, while it exceeds not the bound of reason and modesty, we cannot condemn singularity. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Making a reason for nearing her corner, Dowson saw what the paper held. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arnold Bennett Do what she would, she could not invent a reason for not going. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Edith Wharton Finally he took his mother apart, and tried to reason with her. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]