Phrases with "serenity"

Robert Green Ingersoll We are assured that all is perfection in heaventhere the skies are cloudless — there all is serenity and peace. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

This was not the only circumstance whose recollection depressed the usual serenity of the eminent specialist. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Sinclair Lewis Hack clumsily rose, reaching out his hands to take it, but the deft Borus was ahead of him, and he began to mix, while Hack and Faydis looked shyly about the serenity and assurance of the room. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Jack London The serenity of Jesus in the heart of the tumult and pain became my serenity. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Mr. Sutherland cast a look toward the dead woman, and again the perfect serenity of her countenance struck him. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Tobias Smolle Nevertheless, though his mind continued in agitation, his body was refreshed, and he arose in the forenoon with more serenity and vigour than he had enjoyed for many months. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells Rather serenity and dignity than good ensuing. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James In the majestic preservation of Medley there was a kind of serenity of success, an accumulation of dignity and honour. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Yet the sense of peace and serenity that had then given especial loveliness to the maiden’s chamber on that night, was there still with the young widow. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Jack London Its serenity and certitude was terrifying. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Virginia Woolf What is it that makes him look so calm, so carved, North thought, stealing a look at Edward, who waited with admirable serenity for his sister to remember why she had made a knot in her handkerchief. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Catherine Helen Spence In the peaceful serenity of our present days, I have often sighed for the opportunities of that time of transition. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Abraham Merri Norhala gazed at her from great gray eyes in which the wrath was dying, into which the old tranquillity, the old serenity was flowing. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu A dreadful agony all this time convulsed the man, within whose heart Longcluse suspected nothing but the serenity of death. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

He improved in the school of misfortune—the serenity of his temper remained unclouded by adversity, and his faculties unimpaired by age. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Henry James Of course I see there will be no mistake about yours,” the young lady went on with a smile of which the serenity matched her other abundance. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

H. G. Wells The serenity of the night was broken. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Percy Bysshe Shelley At last, in the forced serenity of despair, he demanded what was to be done. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

The day was ending in a serenity of still and exquisite brilliance. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Her frightful sufferings and anxiety never marred the haughty serenity of her face. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith Their souls were mounting to a serenity above the nauseating degradation, to which the poor little dog had dragged them. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

He was very well pleased to see the serenity of his employer’s mind gradually returning. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The haughty, fierce expression, habitual with him, had given place to a serenity that was wonderfully beautiful, though so like death. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

William Godwin The serenity of his mind never forsook him. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

H. G. Wells I walked through the door, and with what I imagined to be an appearance of the utmost serenity down the steps. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

This was the first little squall that disturbed the serenity of their sky. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

And as both these objects were visible to his eyes from the shore, as he rowed on in the soft and glorious serenity of an Indian night, no wonder they found a place in his verse. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The old rover savoured a moment of serenity in the midst of his cares. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

For the face he looked upon was serene, and there was no serenity in him; rather a confusion of unloosed passions fearful of barrier and yearning tumultuously for freedom. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Henry David Thoreau Sympathy with the fluttering alder and poplar leaves almost takes away my breath; yet, like the lake, my serenity is rippled but not ruffled. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

His long and glorious day was now drawing to its close; and he contemplated the event with the same serenity which he had shown under the clouds of its morning and in its meridian splendour. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Many, in her situation, would have regained their serenity of mind, and even rejoiced. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Washington Irving We seem lifted up into a purer atmosphere; we feel a serenity of soul, a buoyancy of spirits, an elasticity of frame, which render mere existence happiness. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Willa Cather She was still gazing into the west, and in her face there was that exalted serenity that sometimes came to her at moments of deep feeling. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Henry James She says my serenity while exposed to the gaze of hundreds is in itself a qualification; in fact, she seems to think my serenity is quite God-given. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

One could never get to the bottom of her wild notions which she held with the stolidity of a peasant allied to the outward serenity of a nun. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

The serenity of her temperament carried her always on a calm sea. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

X met this manifestation of public opinion with the serenity of an unstained conscience. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

H. G. Wells It was all so very cool and quiet now—with something of the immobile serenity of death. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Walter Scott The city gates received the living torrent, which rolled towards them; the clouds of smoke and dust were soon dispersed, and the horizon was restored to serenity and silence. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Wilkie Collins On the other was the dream-land of Elysian serenity — the sanctuary of unruffled repose. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Edgar Allan Poe Many circumstances of a perplexing nature had occurred during the day, to disturb the serenity of his meditations. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Perhaps he had gained fifty guineas for a moment of necessity, and had sacrificed for that trifle only the serenity and the comfort of a life. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

He had grown thinner; something of gloom and anxiety had taken the place of that cordial serenity which used to characterize his features. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Also the peace of the sky and the serenity of the sea were istinctly surprising. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Jack London I remember remarking at the time my serenity of mind. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

George Meredith The secure and comfortable have to pay in occasional panics for the serenity they enjoy. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

I was perfectly resolved that I would have nothing to do with Bullivant or any of his designs, but all the same I could not recapture the serenity which yesterday had clothed me like a garment. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Sinclair Lewis He knew that with each decade such serenity was more difficult, with Careers for Women opening equally on freedom and on a complex weariness. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis In her studied serenity she had not lost her youth. Speed by Sinclair Lewis

M. P. Shiel The action seemed like a sign of the break-up of that supernal serenity which characterized him. The Case of Euphemia Raphash by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Why did you fail to give the alarm when you re-entered my house after being witness to this double tragedy?” Her serenity was not to be disturbed. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

The serenity of her Madonna-like face was relieved, however, by the hint of warmth and passion in her very pretty mouth. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Washington Irving Lowering clouds began to steal over the fair serenity of her brow, and tremors to run through her tender frame. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Nor did anything occur all that afternoon to interrupt the serenity of the bride and bridegroom. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Edith Wharton Of bitterness, of resentment she gave no sign; and he was awed by the same serenity of spirit which had struck him in the imprisoned doctor. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

And delight was far too small a word for the peace in which the Archdeacon moved; a sky of serenity overarched Gregory when he thought of the priest against which his own arrows were shot in vain. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Henry David Thoreau The doctrines of despair, of spiritual or political tyranny or servitude, were never taught by such as shared the serenity of nature. Natural History of Massachusetts by Henry David Thoreau [1842]

George Meredith Seeing them, she shook the storm from her brows, with a dead smile; the best piece of serenity she could put on for public wear. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

But this melancholy serenity now failed Charles Fairfield, for without acknowledging it, he began a little to recede from his resolution. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Love or hate will be dominant in a breast which has been in serenity, till suddenly the spark falls, passion blazes forth, and the serenity of the quiet breast is shattered for ever. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

George Meredith Once when they were surrounded she fastened his arm under hers, and by simply moving on with an unswerving air of serenity obtained a passage for him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

The serenity of the peaceful night seemed as vast as all space, and as enduring as eternity itself. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The serenity of truth and the peace of death can be only secured through a largeness of contempt embracing all the profitable servitudes of life. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Wilkie Collins In the great stillness, in the heavenly serenity that had come to my spirit, the wasting fire of every sensation which was only of this world, seemed quenched for ever. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Edith Wharton But there was no serenity in Kate. That half-whispered exchange between Lilla Gates and Anne had stirred all her old apprehensions and awakened new ones. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Thomas Hardy Could Thomasin’s mournfulness now and Eustacia’s serenity during life have been reduced to common measure, they would have touched the same mark nearly. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Altogether, the quiet serenity of the student had gone and he was a nervy and irritable man. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle After the hubbub and bustle of a great city, and the weary task of upholding appearances upon a slender income, there was a grand, soul-soothing serenity in the long sky-line and the eager air. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

She was the Lady Rowena; she loved with the serenity and intensity of a noble mind. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Forthwith a change came over the waters, and the serenity became less brilliant but more profound. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

The sweetness and serenity of his manner were commented upon by all his friends; but like so many of your quiet men, he had a determination — a steady heroism, which made everything give way. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

You will say then that my spirits and my serenity were quite restored. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

A feeling of serenity stole over Adelaide Strain’s troubled heart when at last she stood before the door of the hospital. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

E. F. Benson But the love of other men had not disturbed the serenity of her own insouciance, and the fact that this man did told her that he was not as others. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Henry James My nephew had kept me waiting a week, with a serenity all his own; but this very coolness was a help to harmony — so long, that is, as I didn’t lose my temper with it. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson I found myself (to my wonder) a born seaman, in so far at least as I was never sick; yet I was far from tasting the usual serenity of my health. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James She received this announcement with serenity and with no apparent sense that after all it would be becoming of her to say that I ought to see the rooms first. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Zona Gale She could incline her head, with a bewitching droop of eyelids, and look up to meet the eyes of the prince with a serenity that was like a smile. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

H. G. Wells The deliberation, serenity and breadth of reference in the normal life increase. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. G. Wells He accepted this state of affairs with a serenity creditable to the Smallways’ courage, which one might reasonably have expected to be of a more degenerate and contemptible quality altogether. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Henry James I doubt if your English authors,” the Count went on with a serenity which Longmore afterwards characterised as sublime, “are very sound reading for young married women. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

And now, into the serenity of that middle age had burst a whirlwind. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Victor Hugo She was standing there, charming in the unconscious serenity of her radiance. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

My serenity gradually returned, and I convinced myself anew that he was really a woman. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Compared with their Olympian serenity my person seemed fussy and servile. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

E. F. Benson There he recaptured the serenity of his nerves, and could control his hand. The Confession of Charles Linkworth by E. F. Benson

Frances Hodgson Burnett If her health-giving serenity could be sustained for a certain length of time, the gates of Heaven would open to her. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry David Thoreau The engineer does not forget at night, or his nature does not, that he has beheld this vision of serenity and purity once at least during the day. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

For a day or two unwonted peace and serenity were observable in Lydia Graham’s demeanour and countenance. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope The serenity should be displayed by her not as an aunt but as a wife and mother. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

And then the tranquillity within her seemed to increase, her future serenity appeared to be assured, thus endearing the church to her and lulling her into a blissful condition of patient endurance. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Edith Wharton After three days at Cedarledge serenity had descended on him like a benediction. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

It is difficult to retain the memory of the conflicts, miseries, temptations and crimes of men’s self-seeking existence when one is alone with the charming serenity of the unconscious nature. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

So things were for some months and then, all in a few seconds and without the slightest warning, all his confidence and serenity of mind crashed heavily. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Edgar Allan Poe I made the night tempestuous, first to account for the Raven’s seeking admission, and secondly, for the effect of contrast with the (physical) serenity within the chamber. The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe [1846]

Sinclair Lewis But from this serenity the neighborhood bully, a foul brat, had first startled him. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells At intervals Mr. Jones came and looked at me and I regarded him with that serenity which comes to men who know no alternatives. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins Some little disappointment, caused by the unsatisfactory shortness of Miss Halcombe’s letter, mingled itself with these feelings, and contributed its share towards upsetting my serenity for the day. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Edith Wharton A few minutes later the Tresseltons and Lilla went away, and one by one the remaining visitors followed, leaving mother and daughter alone in the recovered serenity of the empty room. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

The minister resumed all the serenity that human strength left at the disposal of a heart half broken with sorrow. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry James His serenity was but the array of wild flowers niched in his ruin. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Edith Wharton As she walked beside Archer with her long swinging gait her face wore the vacant serenity of a young marble athlete. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

In vain, she said, did the harsher elements of life try to disturb the serenity which the love of those around her produced in her soul. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Guy de Maupassan The sun disappeared behind the trees to shine on other lands, and one seemed to absorb the serenity of the already sleeping earth, to inhale, in the peace of space, the life of the infinite. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

F. Scott Fitzgerald Further than that he did not care to experiment — not from any moral compunction, but from a dread of allowing any entanglement to disturb what he felt was the growing serenity of his life. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

It was well for the serenity of the village that O’Flaherty was about to make a little speech — a situation which usually deprived him of half his wits. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins Her lovely face has lost its haggard, careworn look; her complexion has recovered its delicacy; I see again in her eyes the pure serenity of expression which first fascinated me, years since. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

George Meredith There was in it a savage poignancy in serenity unexampled among women—or modern women. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Meredith He lit a cigar, to assume ease of aspect, whatever the circumstances might be, and gain some inward serenity by the outer reflection of it—not altogether without success. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Meredith It was severe; the tender serenity of the full bow of the eyes relieved it. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

John Galsworthy His legs were crossed; in all his attitude was serenity and a kind of elegance, as of an old man who every morning put eau de Cologne upon his silk handkerchief. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Henry James So she floated, with a serenity not disturbed by a general tardiness, through the interminable succession of her engagements. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

The years would pass; the memory of this hour would grow faint — and she would share the material serenity of an unblemished life. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Sinclair Lewis But he knew with serenity that all of his New Thoughts, his theosophical utterances, were pure and uncontaminated bunk. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim As soon as he realised the situation, however, a slight but unpleasant smile disturbed the serenity of his expression. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

So much was settled in my thoughts with the stern serenity of a decree issuing from a judgment-seat. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Wilkie Collins Under the irresistible influence of that glorious creature, I contemplated with such equal serenity the perils of elopement and the martyrdom of love, that I was for the moment at a loss how to reply. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

It became her exceedingly, and the decision of her movements, the white serenity of her brow, dazzled me as if I had never seen her before. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

No living thing dared to affront the serenity of this cloudless sky, dared to revolt against the oppression of this glorious and cruel sunshine. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

After the death of Queen Anne, A. lost his court appointments, but this, as well as more serious afflictions with which he was visited, he bore with serenity and dignity. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Edith Wharton The few hours of rest had restored to her not only the serenity of the convent, but a lightness of step and glance that Odo had not seen in her since the early days of their friendship. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

The first fine rapture was over; and the impulsive ardours of creative thought were replaced by the calm serenity of criticism and reflection. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Thomas Hardy But Lady Constantine settled down in her chair to await the coming of the late curate’s son with a serenity which the vast blanks outside could neither baffle nor destroy. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Henry James M. de Bellegarde’s good wishes seemed to descend out of the white expanse of his sublime serenity with the soft, scattered movement of a shower of snow-flakes. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope There was a majesty of beauty about her, a look of serenity in her demeanour, which in public made her appear superior to all emotion. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Little Amy’s instinct was to believe the best and do as she was bidden, and there was a quietness and confidence in the tone of her mind which gave a sort of serenity of its own even to suspense. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

John Galsworthy Veiling under a Jove-like serenity that perpetual antagonism deep-seated in the bosom of a director towards his shareholders, he faced them calmly. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells It was the face, just falling short of strength and serenity by the subtle indications of peevishness and indecision, of the Senior Tutor of St. Simon’s. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Henry James This did not occur to her and indeed her serenity was mainly what I wanted. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

George Meredith It was a photograph exquisitely coloured, and was on the left of a dark Judith, dark with a serenity of sternness. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Benjamin Disraeli So the duchess and her lovely daughter were seen everywhere where they ought to be seen, and appeared the pictures of serenity and satisfaction. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]