Phrases with "sensibility"

Robert Louis Stevenson The worth of such actions is not a thing to be decided in a quaver of sensibility or a flush of righteous commonsense. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Any woman sinking her shaft deep enough, will at last reach a fathomless spring of sensibility in thy breast, Crimsworth.” I felt the blood stir about my heart and rise warm to my cheek. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Olaf Stapledon The result was a constant appeal to the more primitive and more insistent impulses of men, and a gross degradation of sensibility and integrity. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Virginia Woolf Her sensibility had been educated for centuries by the influences of the common sitting-room. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

I war only with the sensibility that led him to degrade woman by making her the slave of love. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Jeremy Bentham Cæteris paribus, the quantum of sensibility appears to be greater in the higher ranks of men than in the lower. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

William Godwin Her expanded mind led her to seek something more arduous than the mere removal of personal vexations; and the sensibility of her heart would not suffer her to rest in solitary gratifications. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Jeremy Bentham By indicating a general want of sensibility on the part of the offender, it may add in another way also to the demand for punishment. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Goldwin Smith When Cowper was in good spirits his joy, intensified by sensibility and past suffering, played like a fountain of light on all the little incidents of his quiet life. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Maria Edgeworth Thus sensibility destroys itself. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Tobias Smolle Sir Launcelot, notwithstanding his own disquiet, could not help observing and admiring this generous sensibility of his horse. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

A lack of principle or even of sensibility on her part would make him miserable. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Jeremy Bentham In effect, the same nominal offence is not the same real offence, when the sensibility of the individual injured is not the same. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Susanna Rowson Every heart of sensibility can easily conceive their feelings. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

George Meredith Upon him, it appeared, the whole sensibility of the situation was to be thrown. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Olaf Stapledon In order to maintain continued adaptability to an ever-changing environment, a race must at all costs preserve in itself its slight but potent salting of sensibility and originality. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Balzac suffered with all the sensibility of his artistic conscience from blemishes which he regarded as glaring faults, and which he followed up and corrected with unparalleled ardour. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Maria Edgeworth The want of sensibility which Charles showed when his aunt was parting with her jewels to Mr. Carat, would have infallibly ruined him in the opinion of most ladies. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

Olaf Stapledon Genuine community, as defined above, entails the distinctively human degree of sensibility toward other individuals and the distinctively human degree of intelligence and imagination. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Henry James Mme. de Brecourt stared; she evidently thought that kind of sensibility implied an initiation — and into dangers — which a little American accidentally encountered couldn’t possibly have. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Olaf Stapledon But I discovered that the typical modern Other Man was conscientious only in conventional situations, and that in genuine moral sensibility he was strangely lacking. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith Her sensibility was warmer on the wedding-day of these two dear ones. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Eliot But this unpleasant sensibility was fitful, and left me moments of rest, when the souls of my companions were once more shut out from me, and I felt a relief such as silence brings to wearied nerves. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

Jane Austen Glowing and lovely in sensibility and happiness, and more generally admired than she thought about or cared for, she had cheerful or forbearing feelings for every creature around her. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

And yet he had at all costs to wring some sensibility out of him. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Henry James When they had hustled all sensibility out of their lives they invented the fiction that they felt too much to utter. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

Jeremy Bentham The catalogue of circumstances influencing sensibility is necessary in both their sciences. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Maria Edgeworth All her fine talents, every advantage of nature and education sacrificed, and her sensibility to shame a perpetual source of misery. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

George Eliot She had kept her woman’s pride and sensibility intact: through all her life there had vibrated the maiden need to have her hand kissed and be the object of chivalry. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Let us invoke for physiology only sensibility and contractility. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Edith Wharton He examined it lingeringly, as though it touched the spring of some choked-up sensibility for which he had no language. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

With a lover, I grant, she should be so, and her sensibility will naturally lead her to endeavour to excite emotion, not to gratify her vanity, but her heart. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

George Eliot But we get accustomed to mental as well as bodily pain, without, for all that, losing our sensibility to it. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Jeremy Bentham Moral sensibility seems to regard the average effect or influence of the pains and pleasures of the moral sanction, upon all sorts of occasions to which it is applicable, or happens to be applied. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

George Gissing Her reserve and sensibility shrank from what seemed to her an invidious honour, yet she durst not irritate the sick man by opposition. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Madame de Lionne, a woman of eclectic taste, smiled upon these armed young men with impartial sensibility and an equal share of interest. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

G. K. Chesterton This sensibility is barren because it is universal. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Jeremy Bentham The same law verbally would not be the same law really, when the sensibility of the two people is essentially different. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Willa Cather Then some queer streak of sensibility in the child would make her change her mind. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Maria Edgeworth My father made me ashamed of that nervous sensibility of which I had before been vain. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Olaf Stapledon Yet sensibility itself, when it rejected intellectual criticism and the claims of daily life, would be smothered in dreams. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

But when one with the sensibility of a poet throws himself into the excitements of a struggle, he is certain to lose his balance. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Jeremy Bentham The same nominal satisfaction is not the same real satisfaction, when the sensibility materially differs. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

But sensibility is not a quality that one would look for among the Henry–Morton crowd. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Olaf Stapledon It is often held with conviction by persons who are very far from puerile, who are highly developed in sensibility toward the more subtle aspects of human consciousness. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

I do not forget the spurts of activity which sensibility produces; but as these flights of feelings only increase the evil, they are not to be confounded with the slow, orderly walk of reason. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Jane Austen Mrs. Ferrars was the most unfortunate of women — poor Fanny had suffered agonies of sensibility — and he considered the existence of each, under such a blow, with grateful wonder. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

John Ruskin The sensibility of the nation is indicated by the fineness of its customs; its courage, continence, and self-respect by its persistence in them. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

William Godwin She felt herself formed for domestic affection, and all those tender charities, which men of sensibility have constantly treated as the dearest band of human society. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Jeremy Bentham The Gentoos seem to stand at the summit of the scale of sensibility on this line. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

But her heart was the throne of love, and the sensibility her lovely countenance expressed, was the prophet of many woes, not the less deep and drear, because she would have for ever concealed them. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Maria Edgeworth Nothing can in my opinion make amends for any offence against propriety, except it be sensibility — genuine, generous sensibility. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Maybe he could only be galvanized into sensibility and that was why he was chasing Faye. He left hurriedly, without saying good-bye. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Edmund Burke These appearances are always proportioned to the degree of beauty in the object, and of sensibility in the observer. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Leave sensibility to women; but men should be firm in heart and purpose, or they should have nothing to do with war and government. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Olaf Stapledon They allow their individual intelligence and moral sensibility to fall into abeyance. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Leslie Stephen His appreciation of the bottle was combined with an equally hearty sensibility to more intellectual pleasures. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Jane Austen And the more sensibility you betray of their just horrors, the more I shall like you. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Throughout there is a display of cold artificial feelings, and that parade of sensibility which boys and girls should be taught to despise as the sure mark of a little vain mind. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

In one or two of the stories, when the writer possesses a true vein of sensibility and taste, we find a surprising vigour of perception and a remarkable psychological power. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

David Hume Many things which please or afflict others, will appear to us too frivolous to engage our attention; and we shall lose by degrees that sensibility and delicacy of passion which is so incommodious. Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion by David Hume

David Hume One obvious cause, why many feel not the proper sentiment of beauty, is the want of that delicacy of imagination, which is requisite to convey a sensibility of those finer emotions. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

Maria Edgeworth As I have told him, he has merely mistaken becoming female reserve for a want of sensibility on your part, which would be equally unnatural and absurd. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Jeremy Bentham Antipathetic sensibility and anti-pathetic biases are just the reverse of sympathetic sensibility and sympathetic biases. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

But the mind of sensibility requires something more. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

Those who constantly employ their sensibility will have most: for example; poets, painters, and composers. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

George Eliot Those sounds fell on Romola as if her power of hearing had been exalted along with every other sensibility of her nature. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

If he had not enlisted my sympathies he had done better for himself — he had gone to the very fount and origin of that sentiment he had reached the secret sensibility of my egoism. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

There was a sensibility and sweetness in his disposition, that gave a tender and unearthly tone to our converse. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Lady Morgan The sensibility of her soul trembles in her song, and the expression of her rapt countenance harmonizes with her voice. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

He wants something to relieve his pain, to mitigate the anguish of dyspnea, to bring back motion and sensibility to the dead limb, to still the tortures of neuralgia. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wilkie Collins The discord of the roaring “people” (still echoing in his ears) had sharpened his customary sensibility to the poetry of sound, as composed by Mozart, and as interpreted by piano and violin. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Tobias Smolle He affects misanthropy, in order to conceal the sensibility of a heart, which is tender, even to a degree of weakness. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing He imagined he was meeting Godwin on equal ground, but the sensibility of the proletarian could not thus be deceived. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Maria Edgeworth L—— sees my conflicts, and knows how to value the sensibility of my fond heart. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Ann Radcliffe Increase the kindness you have shewn me by promising never to mention what you have witnessed this evening, and I will endeavour never again to wound your sensibility “by a similiar offence. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

People of sensibility have seldom good tempers. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

George Eliot But this difference of sensibility between Laniger and his friends only mirrors in a faint way the difference between his own point of view and that of the man who has injured him. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Maria Edgeworth In your opinion sensibility covers a multitude of faults — you would have said sins: so it had need, for it produces a multitude. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

George Eliot But here as elsewhere, in the ardent application of ideas, there is a notable lack of simple comparison or sensibility to resemblance. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Arnold Bennett But he felt that he, with a few months’ experience of another’s child, appreciated the exquisite strange sensibility of children infinitely better than Albert were he fifty times a father. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Virginia Woolf But there is a sensibility in her which intensifies this great appetite for many things. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Olaf Stapledon Sir Geoffrey came to a passage of veiled autobiography stating that each of us is really two men, a dolt and a being of sensibility and intelligence. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Benjamin Disraeli Her sensibility was too quick, and as the reign of her favourites was sometimes brief, she was looked upon as capricious. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Perhaps some dormant sensibility in Doctor Bacon became aware of his discomfort; he shuffled through the papers once more and began on a new note. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

I sometimes expostulated with Perdita on the subject of her reserve; but she rejected my counsels, while her daughter’s sensibility excited in her a tenderness still more passionate. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

What a situation! Minds of sensibility will sympathize with my anxiety. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

George Elio But the old gentleman’s sight and sensibility were obtuse, and, to Janet’s satisfaction, he showed no consciousness that she was in grief. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Edith Wharton That, no doubt, was the fault of her exaggerated sensibility to outward things: she was frightened to see how it enslaved her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Edith Wharton Glennard, under his wife’s composure, detected a sensibility to this manoeuvre, and the discovery was like the lightning-flash across a nocturnal landscape. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

My sensibility is too acute for that. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Maria Edgeworth The sensibility of innocence, that cannot bear to be suspected, is often mistaken for the confusion worse confounded of guilt. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Olaf Stapledon They believed that by genetic control the range of intelligence and sensibility could be immensely increased. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James She only stood before it, and while she stood the past came back to her in one of those rushing waves of emotion by which persons of sensibility are visited at odd hours. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Jeremy Bentham The same nominal punishment is not the same real punishment, when the sensibility is essentially different. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

I got hold of Kingsley, and read ‘Yeast,’ and I think some other novels of his, with great relish, and without sensibility to his Charles Readeish lapses from his art into the material of his art. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Edith Wharton That was what his rootless life had brought him to: for lack of a personal stake in things his sensibility was at the mercy of such trifles. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

Wilkie Collins Self-destruction, when it is not an act of madness, implies some acuteness of feelingsensibility to remorse or to shame, or perhaps a distorted idea of making atonement. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Jane Austen I could not excuse a man’s having more music than love — more ear than eye — a more acute sensibility to fine sounds than to my feelings. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

His sensibility is really very great; and it is impossible to be sensible, unless one thinks vividly, unless one thinks correctly, starting from intelligible premises to an unsophisticated conclusion. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Maria Edgeworth Matilda’s benevolence was formerly rather passive than active; but from Mad. de Rosier she had learned that sensibility should not be suffered to evaporate in sighs, or in sentimental speeches. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Lieut. Feraud did not seem to him specially worthy of attention on the part of a woman with a reputation for sensibility and elegance. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Andrew Lang When an author deliberately sits down and says, ‘Now, let us have a good cry,’ he poisons the wells of sensibility and chokes, at least in many breasts, the fountain of tears. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Henry James He suspended, as it were, his small sensibility in the midst of it, and it quivered there with joy and hope and ambition, as well as with the effort of renunciation. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing This sensibility was quite distinct from religious feeling. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

John Morley But at its best, Frederick's sensibility was of the literary and æsthetic kind, rather than the humane and social. Voltaire by John Morley

The instructor can scarcely give sensibility where it is essentially wanting, nor talent to the unpercipient block. Lodore by Mary Shelley

The character of Lamb it is, and the life-struggle of Lamb, that must fix the attention of many, even amongst those wanting in sensibility to his intellectual merits. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

William Makepeace Thackeray I remember him in his cradle at St. James’s, a lovely little babe; a gilt Chinese railing was before him, and I dropped the tear of sensibility as I gazed on the sleeping cherub. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Charles Kingsley And, moreover, he will be generally gifted, for the very purpose of enabling him to say and do these strange things, with a sensibility more delicate than common, often painful enough to himself. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley

Ethel faltered her consent; and the struggle of delight and sensibility made that project appear painful, which was indeed the darling of her thoughts. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Nathaniel Hawthorne There is always the necessity of helping out the painter’s art with your own resources of sensibility and imagination. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

A man of delicacy carries his notions of modesty still further, for neither weakness nor sensibility will gratify him — he looks for affection. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Henry James It was a question of the right sensibility in him. Julia Bride by Henry James [1908]

Their senses are inflamed, and their understandings neglected, consequently they become the prey of their senses, delicately termed sensibility and are blown about by every momentary gust of feeling. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Virginia Woolf She had a sensibility that was very wide, eager and free. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

His sensibility was awakened by the tones of love and rapture — sensibility, not alas! for her who sang, but for the false and absent. Lodore by Mary Shelley

George Meredith Jane acknowledged a sensibility to some degree of warmth. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Wilkie Collins He possesses, unfortunately, an acute nervous sensibility and a vivid imagination; and besides, he has, as I suspect, been superstitiously brought up as a child. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

I have known many weak women whose sensibility was entirely engrossed by their husbands; and as for their humanity, it was very faint indeed, or rather it was only a transient emotion of compassion. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Mr Verloc, sitting perplexed and frightened in the small parlour of the Cheshire Cheese, could not help acknowledging that to himself, because his sensibility did not stand in the way of his judgment. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Laurence Sterne In saying this, she suffered me to kiss her hand twice, and with a look of sensibility mixed with concern, she got out of the chaise, — and bid adieu. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

John Morley His pleading turns constantly to arguments from feeling; but it is always to feeling on one side, and to a sensibility that is only alive to the consecrated force of historic associations. Burke by John Morley [1879]

In this dearth of sympathy, he had recourse to his almost infant son; and the early development of talent and sensibility rendered Adrian no unfitting depository of his father’s confidence. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Henry James Even to the old fiddler, who had not Hyacinth’s sensibility to the scenery of life, it had the cold propriety of a place arranged for an interment. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Jane Austen They read, they talked, they sang together; his musical talents were considerable; and he read with all the sensibility and spirit which Edward had unfortunately wanted. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Percy Bysshe Shelley For the end of social corruption is to destroy all sensibility to pleasure; and, therefore, it is corruption. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Henry James What she had done was simply to give his sensibility another push into the dim vast of trade. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

His young cousin Edward only was aware of the earnestness of his affections, and the sensibility that nestled itself in his warm heart. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Nathaniel Hawthorne Donatello, brisk and cheerful as he seemed before, showed a sensibility to Miriam’s gladdened mood by breaking into still wilder and ever-varying activity. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Maria Edgeworth It would be injustice to omit that she did all that could be done by a cambric handkerchief to evince delicate sensibility in this parting scene. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

I only know that during our fortnight in Seville I suffered no wound to a sensibility which has been kept in full repair for literary, if not for humanitarian purposes. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

He had excessive sensibility to stimulation by a challenge, and he had preëminent pertinacity. Memories and Studies by William James

Maria Edgeworth One moment my knowledge of the arts of his sex puts me on my guard; the next my sensibility exposes me in the most terrible manner. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Henry Adams Man had in the beginning no power of analysis or synthesis approaching that of the spider, or even of the honey-bee; he had acute sensibility to the higher forces. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Maria Edgeworth Caesar’s sensibility was yet more alive to kindness than to insult. The Grateful Negro by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Kingsley The lawlessness of the man, with the sensibility of the woman. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley

But before all, la chere patrie!” The terrible glance of Robespierre devoured the list which the man of sensibility submitted to him. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

He had all the quick sensibility which belongs to the poetic temperament, and longed to be loved that he might love again. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Many persons possessed of keen nervous sensibility are well aware when they are in the presence of another, even though they can see no one, and I believe that I possess this power strongly. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Olaf Stapledon At the same time moral sensibility would decline. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Leslie Stephen His language about women, sometimes expressing coarse contempt and sometimes rising to ferocity, is the reaction of his morbid sensibility under such real and imagined scorn. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Yet full of sensibility and loveliness as was her face, she had never been, nor was she even now, as strikingly beautiful as her mother. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Ralph Waldo Emerson Knowledge of men, knowledge of manners, the power of form, and our sensibility to personal influence, never go out of fashion. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Edgar Allan Poe It arose in part, no doubt, from the sentiment of love with which I was imbued; but chiefly from my conviction of the extreme sensibility of the singer. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Jane Austen For the first time, since their renewed acquaintance, she felt that she was betraying the least sensibility of the two. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Edith Wharton His sensibility was touched by the contrast, and he saw himself as a picturesque figure linking the new dreams of liberty and equality to the feudal traditions of a thousand years. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Jane Austen Fanny’s attractions increased — increased twofold; for the sensibility which beautified her complexion and illumined her countenance was an attraction in itself. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

George Elio Unselfish tears began to flow, and sorrowful gratitude to Sir Christopher helped to awaken her sensibility to Mr. Gilfil’s tenderness and generosity. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Madame de Lionne was the wife of a high official who had a well-known salon and some pretensions to sensibility and elegance. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

M. P. Shiel I asked what limit he then set to the persistence of sensibility in the physical organism. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Thomas Hardy At every new attempt to look about him the same morbid sensibility to light was manifested, and excoriating tears ran down his cheeks. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

While He listened to her melancholy accents, Lorenzo’s sensibility became yet more violently affected. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Maria Edgeworth Let it be a ruled case, that the sensibility of a lady shall be the measure of a gentleman’s guilt. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Jack London He knew that he had responded to something from without, that his sensibility had been touched by a changing something in his environment; but what it was he could not discover. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Maria Edgeworth The charm of sensibility he had told me was to him irresistible. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Maria Edgeworth She lamented that her dear Harrington, her only son, should so much resemble her in this exquisite sensibility of the nervous system. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Jules Verne Harry Blount inscribed this observation: “Red-hot iron is insufficient in some cases to destroy the sensibility of the optic nerve. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

George Meredith Yet more hurt was she by the reflection that a too lively sensibility might have conjured up the idea of the compliment. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

As to death the mystery, want of sensibility to the infinite and the shadowy had disarmed that of its terrors for him. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Olaf Stapledon But both intelligence and spiritual sensibility were most skilfully perverted by the “evil” spirit. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith She continued talking in random suggestions, and with singular heat, as if she conceived that the sensibility of her sisters required to be aroused. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Olaf Stapledon It will also be forced to increase the capacity of the human animal for sensibility and intelligence. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

William Makepeace Thackeray The box is but a horn one; but to the nose of sensibility Araby’s perfume is not more delicate. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Benjamin Disraeli It is true that a man of his exquisite sensibility requires sympathies as refined to command his nature. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

His sensibility and courtesy fascinated every one. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

There was the same candour, the same vivacity, but it was allied to an expression more full of sensibility and intellect. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

But it is pleasing to the mind of sensibility to know that, as science expanded, sounder views were adopted. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

With the quick sensibility peculiar to his temperament, he perceived his power in the brilliant circle to be on the wane. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Had its doors been thrown open to me that moment, I don’t think I could have felt a more exquisite sensibility of liberty. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Her sensibility gives keenness to her imagination, and she magnifies every peril, and writhes beneath every sacrifice which tends to humiliate her in her own eyes. Lodore by Mary Shelley

She was, what is often met with on the other side of the Rhine, a woman at once romantic and practical, of the tenderest sensibility and the severest virtue. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing For she, too, was of a passionate nature, but the treasures of sensibility which her heart enclosed consecrated all her being to noble ends. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

For sensibility and genius, with all their tenderness and temerity, I felt somehow that Madame would be the right sort of Minos in petticoats. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins Naturally slow in capacity, he had the bluntness of sensibility and phlegmatic patience of disposition which frequently distinguish men with sluggishly-working mental powers. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Caroline Lamb He has, indeed, the errors of youth; but his mind is superior, and his heart full of sensibility and feeling. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

As he gazed, his poetic sensibility acquired such a nervous and indefinable character that he could endure it no more; he burst into tears. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. G. Wells Biological knowledge outgrew them just as æsthetic sensibility outgrew them. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Virginia Woolf Behind the rainbow of wit and sensibility there is a vision which he is determined that we shall see. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Henry James This message was simply Rose Armiger’s whole face, exquisite and tragic in its appeal, stamped with a sensibility that was almost abject, a tenderness that was more than eager. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

A punishment attended with no suffering but what arises from the disgrace attached to it is very justly characterized by McCulloh as a proof of sensibility and refinement. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

He knew the sensibility and constancy of her nature. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Edith Wharton Hadn’t he discovered that long ago? One didn’t ask for intelligence or sensibility in women of her sort. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Bram Stoker It was as if youth and strength entered afresh into something already dead to sensibility and intention. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]