Phrases with "sceptical"

The spacious solitudes of the kitchen level were awfully dark, and this sceptical kitchen-wench was the only person now up and about the house. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Even Tod, sceptical Tod, allowed that it was “queer. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

H. G. Wells His sceptical faculties were largely in suspense; the barriers of criticism were down. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch You are a Highlander, sir: you may be sceptical about the second sight; but at least you must have heard many claim it. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

H. G. Wells At first I displayed the modest worthy desire for respectable service that Harbury had taught me, but her clear, sceptical little voice pierced and tore all those pretences to shreds. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

John Galsworthy Queer how one could be sorry and yet pleased, and, withal, sceptical and a little bitter. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Bram Stoker So true, so sweet, so noble, so little an egoist, and that, let me tell you, is much in this age, so sceptical and selfish. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Gissing She has a sceptical mind, and she doesn’t know me well enough to understand me. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Andrew Lang Again, lame gods occur in Greek, Australian, and Brazilian creeds, and the very coincidence of Tsui Goab’s lameness makes us sceptical about his claims to be a real dead man. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

He was, at the same time spirituel and ignorant, sceptical and violently imbued with the prejudices of his class. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Olaf Stapledon In fact he is not quite sceptical enough about his own sceptical theories. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

James Joyce He stooped to the evil of hypocrisy with others, sceptical of their innocence which he could cajole so easily. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

But I was certain that he had never left London, and when I met his factor by chance and asked for information, I found that gentleman as sceptical as myself. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Monsieur Chance, indeed! He was a mythical personage in whom this sceptical young man did not believe. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells Of course as he had heard tell he was outwardly sceptical and privately much afraid. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

G. K. Chesterton They were much more opposed to each other than Newman was to Kingsley; or than Abelard was to St. Bernard. But then they collided in a sceptical age, which is like colliding in a London fog. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

He was inclined to be sceptical as to the young lady’s flying leap into his arms. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Could I but make the thing my prisoner, there would be proof in my hands to overcome a sceptical world. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Bram Stoker Dee was naturally sceptical and annoyed, and his wife was furious. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

I had been sceptical enough about this Eastern image, as I had been sceptical about Medina’s arts, because they had failed with me. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

G. K. Chesterton At least I never, even in this first vague and sceptical stage, indulged very much in the current arguments about the relativity of evil or the unreality of sin. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

I found afterwards that my would-be sceptical companion had his troubles too. An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Arthur Conan Doyle The sceptical element is present, but not, I think, predominant, so that we may hope for results. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Charles Kingsley And a poetry of doubt, even a sceptical poetry, in its true sense, can never possess clear and sound form, even organic form at all. Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope by Charles Kingsley

Her attitude to nearly all his moods and all his enterprises was a sceptical disapproval. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

During the day, in the bright sunshine, she regained her courage, and became sceptical again. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing Barbara tried to put on a sceptical expression, but failed; Madeline was sunk in trouble; Zillah showed signs of tearfulness. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Robert Louis Stevenson Well, Otto, I was wrong; I have forsworn my sceptical philosophy; and I perceive your faults to be unpardonable. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle You were just as sceptical yourself at first. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

In the second case, namely, that of sceptical slights shown to the Oracle, there are some memorable precedents on record. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

Olaf Stapledon Even the most rigorous sceptic is sceptical primarily because of an emotional bias, namely toward intellectual honesty. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

John Galsworthy However sceptical people are nowadays about religion, patriotism, the Empire, the word gentleman, and all that, they still don’t like cowardice — to put it crudely. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

George Gissing What are we all seeking but an opportunity for striking out with effect?’ Godwin listened with a sceptical smile, and made answer in slow, careless tones. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James Even a hansom that loitered across the end of the vista turned a sceptical back upon it, so that Sherringham had to lift his voice in a loud appeal. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

H. G. Wells We had no suspicion then how much that apparent security had been undermined by science, invention and sceptical inquiry. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Guy de Maupassant A sceptical genius has said: “God made man in his image and man has returned the compliment. Legend of Mont St. Michel (La Légende du Mont-Saint-Michel) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle The father and mother are sceptical and have no sympathy with their nonsense, as they call it, but an aunt, whom Edward has interviewed, is quite sympathetic with the girls. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Nathaniel Hawthorne I recognized as chiefly due to this man’s influence the sceptical and sneering view which just now had filled my mental vision in regard to all life’s better purposes. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Radclyffe Hall And then she would sit with her head in her hands, hating the sound and the smell of Paris, hating the sceptical eyes of the concierge, hating the bare and unhomely studio. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

I have never been in the least sceptical as to the utility of some of them, when properly employed. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

H.P. Lovecraft The papers have given the tangible details from a sceptical angle, leaving for others the drawing of the picture as Robert Blake saw it — or thought he saw it — or pretended to see it. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Andrew Lang It was the sceptical Ionian, in a fresh and spookless colony, who knew that he could not; he thinks the ghost a mere dream, and introduces his scepticism in XXIII. 99–107. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Still sceptical to the last, he answered that one diseased imagination in the family was enough, and that he would not permit me to run the risk of being infected by Alfred’s mental malady. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Gissing I have just come from Germany.’ Dr. Manns screwed his face into an expression of sceptical amazement. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He had no illusions about her; but his sceptical mind was dominated by the fulness of his heart. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

D. H. Lawrence He looked at Somers cunningly, as if reading into him with his light-grey, sceptical eyes. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon There were some intellectuals of sceptical temper and also some hard-headed men of affairs who regarded the whole enterprise of the forwards as futile. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Yes, joy is painful when it comes after a long continuance of suffering; it is painful because we have become sceptical by reason of the endurance of such anguish. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

David Hume Nor will its evidence be weakened by any general diffidence of the understanding, or sceptical suspicion concerning every conclusion which is new and extraordinary. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Ford Madox Ford And, sceptical as she was by nature, Sylvia Tietjens didn’t really even believe in the capacity for immoralities of her friends. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Indeed, he seemed quite sceptical about the whole business. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

There was a moment’s hesitation and then the inspector, with a sceptical smile, abstracted a pair from his back pocket and handed them over. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Almost never does he put a subversive or sceptical remark into the mouth of a character likely to be identified with himself. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Tobias Smolle That gentleman, as he advanced in years, began to be sceptical on this head, till, at length, he declared open war against the common acceptation of the word eternal. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Algernon Blackwood I was wholly sceptical of results. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Though so sceptical on these points he was an implicit believer in the authenticity of the Rowley authorship of Chatterton’s fabrications. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

But far different is the position of that teacher who addresses an audience composed in various proportions of sceptical inquirers, obstinate opponents, and malignant scoffers. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

G. K. Chesterton And the final point is so plain; no sceptical philosopher can ask any questions that may not equally be asked by a tired child on a hot afternoon. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells He brought out from his laboratory into the everyday affairs of the world the same sceptical restraint of judgment which is the touchstone of scientific truth. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Jack London And, despite the sceptical attitude of the scientist that was mine, I believed. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

G. K. Chesterton These sceptical doctrinaires do not recognise each other by the doctrines. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

A sentimental cynic, a sceptical believer, he was restless and melancholy at heart. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

George Gissing Never had she been so caustic and sceptical in her conversation as during these last few weeks. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Some of it was told by an emaciated and sceptical old fellow with a tremendous whip, while we trudged together over the sands by the side of a two-wheeled cart loaded with dripping seaweed. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Olaf Stapledon The sceptical attitude is of great value, but, like all other principles, scepticism is capable of becoming a fetish and of doing great harm. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang Dr. Callaway translates some Zulu communications which indicate the amount of belief in this very practical and sceptical people. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

No amount of sceptical explanation could remove the undoubted fact that neither kettle nor saucepan would come to boiling-point over the hottest fire. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

There is so little which Reason, divested of all emotional or instinctive supports, is able to prove to our satisfaction that a sceptical aridity is likely to take possession of the soul. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Olaf Stapledon The perfect man would be a sceptical saint. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang These things would now be explained by ‘unconscious suggestion’ in the more sceptical schools of psychological science. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

And this sudden display of purposeful energy shook the incredulity of the most sceptical more than any scientific demonstration of the value of these coal-outcrops could have done. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Gaston Leroux The sceptical tone of his conversation was that of a man who had been taught by experience. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

George Gissing He looked at her with a sceptical smile, which was involuntary, and lingered on his face even after he had begun to read the document. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells We were liberal, sceptical and republican. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

For, indeed, he could not have invented anything better to bring the conviction of our death to the most sceptical of those ruffians. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Henry James He was like a sceptical voyager strolling on the beach while he waited for the tide, looking seaward yet not putting to sea. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

William Makepeace Thackeray A weary heart gets no gladness out of sunshine; a selfish man is sceptical about friendship, as a man with no ear doesn’t care for music. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

H.P. Lovecraft Norrys was not as sceptical as I had anticipated, but instead seemed profoundly moved. The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle He listened with a sceptical smile on his gaunt face, and roared with laughter on hearing that the Professor had convinced me. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

G. K. Chesterton It seemed more and more clear that some kind of light and sceptical explanation was to be given of the whole business, and that the whole business was to be dropped. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

G. K. Chesterton There can never be any clear controversy in a sceptical age. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Sigmund Freud Stekel's services are in no way belittled by the remark that the sceptical reserve with which these symbols were received was not unjustified. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Meredith The sceptical expression he put on when he had read the letter through must not deceive us. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Guy de Maupassan Forestier cried with a sceptical laugh: “The poor husbands!” Then they talked of love. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells Under the stresses of the war situation, his streak of sceptical tolerance had vanished altogether. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Though I felt very sceptical about it, I could not help thinking it a curious coincidence that the position they were said to occupy agreed with Petherick’s Nyam Nyams (men-eaters). The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Andrew Lang A sceptical Zulu, named John, having a shilling to expend on psychical research, smote violently at every guess. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence The whole tone of these three young men was the tone of sceptical irony common to the young people of our day the world over. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

He had come to a sceptical stage in his mental evolution, a stage in which he was to remain for a considerable time, gradually modifying it in a conservative direction. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

And the more sceptical he showed himself, the more eager she became. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

George Gissing I sometimes fancy that you are not naturally so sceptical regarding the seriousness of life as you would pretend to be. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Yet its efficacy in certain forms of specific disease is acknowledged by all but the most sceptical theorists. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

H. G. Wells They will have to face, almost at once, the heated and exciting propagandas of theological and sceptical partisans — pro’s and anti’s. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Benjamin Disraeli While yet a boy, Marmion Herbert afforded many indications of possessing a mind alike visionary and inquisitive, and both, although not in an equal degree, sceptical and creative. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]