Phrases with "serves"

A. E. W. Mason I go to Wiesbaden. An oculist lives there who serves me for an excuse. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Theodore Dreiser The territory it serves isn’t big enough. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Edmund Burke He serves only as a notary, to authenticate the choice made of the judges in the several districts. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Sigmund Freud It serves to lull to sleep a certain mental agency which at the given moment has every occasion to rouse itself and forbid the continuation of the dream, or the scene. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

D. H. Lawrence Kishwégin gravely salutes her husband — the bound prisoner is seated by the fire — Kishwégin serves food, and asks permission to feed the prisoner. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Marjorie Bowen By all the saints, Prince, I will give my right arm to serve your cause, since it serves her,’ cried Conrad. Della Scala’s brown eyes observed him keenly. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

R. D. Blackmore It serves me quite right for being so good-natured. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anatole France The table, filled up by turns with erudite books and succulent dishes, serves as support to the nourishment both of body and spirit; the bed propitious for sweet repose as well as for cruel love. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

George Borrow There is a mystery about him, which, wherever he goes, serves not a little to increase the sensation naturally created by his appearance and manner. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Perhaps there might have been a dearth of some matter of curiosity or complaint in the convent just then, — a very little serves for either. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The left wing, which acts as the bow, lies over the right wing which serves as the fiddle. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope The owner has it when he wants it, and it serves its turn. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson To hold a pack upon a pack-saddle against a gale out of the freezing north is no high industry, but it is one that serves to occupy and compose the mind. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tobias Smolle The person who serves the cure of this parish is a man of good character, beloved by the people, and has a large family. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Victor Hugo He serves me, therefore I hate him. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Robert Louis Stevenson If ever I put in any such detail, it is because it leads into something or serves as a transition. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Paine It serves to show that instinct in animals does not act with stronger impulse than the principles of society and civilisation operate in man. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Cabaret is the expression of the present age, and it serves it as aptly as music-hall served the past age. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

R. D. Blackmore For while with some people “one blow drives out another,” with some the second serves only to drive home, deepen, and aggravate the first. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Gissing In the profound stillness, the trotting of a horse beyond the water sounds strangely near; it serves only to make more sensible the repose of Nature in this her sanctuary. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Alfred Ainger It serves to show us how much of life had been crowded into those few years. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

The dip is easterly: in this direction a huge strew of ore-mass and rubbish covers the slope which serves as base to the perpendicular reef. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Thomas Love Peacock He that comes to take them shall first serve me as the friar serves my flasks of canary: he shall drain me dry as hay. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Jeremy Bentham This is not the case with the word education: which means nothing any farther than as it serves to call up to view some one or more of those primary circumstances. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Rudyard Kipling Now God and his father’s Kismet made him intellectually inferior to the Oriental. He insists on pretending that he serves tables by accident — as a sort of amusement. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Rudyard Kipling I think, if I may say so — but we shall see when the papers are set —‘Ulpian serves your need. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

James Joyce And if you miss with a venture it serves you girly well glad. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Victor Hugo Happily there is in man a brute which serves to lead him back to reality. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Aggression becomes the accredited form of action, and booty serves as prima facie evidence of successful aggression. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

But all this extent of obligation amongst later poets of Greece to Homer serves less to argue his opulence than their penury. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Louis Pasteur The yeast merely serves as a source of food for these new ferments without taking any direct part in the fermentations of which we are speaking. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

The labour markets will not be so bad but that good men can be had, and as long as you put up with bad men it serves you right to be the loser by your weakness. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

John Locke In which cases the force of these axioms, reaching only to the sound, and not the signification of the words, serves only to lead us into confusion, mistake, and error. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

If his memory serves him no better than this, he may ship himself off to a fresh berth. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Rudyard Kipling But I have yet a wag left to my tongue — a word or two well spoken that serves the occasion. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

The heart that serves in this cause, if it languish, must languish from its own constitutional weakness, and not through want of nourishment from without. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Westminster School, serves in Low Countries, returns to England 1592, and takes to stage, kills actor in brawl 1598, a Romanist c. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Leslie Stephen But the principle is one of those which serves us for judging the dead, much more than for regulating our own conduct. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Perhaps the ocean serves as a galvanic battery to distribute acids at one pole, and alkalies at the other. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

D. H. Lawrence This is Eve. Ah, I hate Eve. I hate her, when she knows, and when she WILLS. I hate her when she will make of me that which serves her desire. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

A Breton serves his master, and not his masters; he serves his master till he has seen him dead. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Virginia Woolf This serves to explain why Madame du Deffand said no more than three witty things in the course of fifty years. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

What remains is but an empty shadow and dream of that pleasure that hath now taken wing and is fled from them, and that serves but for fuel to foment their untamed desires. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Jeremy Bentham It serves to indicate not only that such and such acts are made offences, but why they ought to be. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

They themselves play the part of the absolute knower for the universe of discourse which serves them as material for epistemologizing. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Walter Scott Roswal hath already stocked my larder for two weeks, since the sun of Palestine, if it brings diseases, serves also to dry venison. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

John Lewis Burckhard The other mosque, called Mesdjed Omar, to which a public medrese, or school, was attached, serves at present as a magazine, and quarters for many soldiers. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

George Meredith Livia serves him, she hates him for the tyrant he is; she has opened my eyes. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Leon Trotsky Only a politics that serves a great historical task can insure itself morally irreproachable methods. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Rudyard Kipling It serves me right — how it serves me right! Torp could understand it if he were here; he must have suffered something at your hands, child, but only for a minute or so. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

On a level with the terrace two other salons, of which one serves as a dining-room in summer, and the other a drawing-room for company. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

John Lewis Burckhard The building now serves as a barrack for the Turkish soldiers. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

George Meredith He serves me busily, and, I repeat, well. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

R. D. Blackmore And it serves me quite right for being too explicit, and forgetting my reverence to the cloth. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

The same place serves for a spirit and champagne shop. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

John Lewis Burckhard Round a pedestal, which now serves to support one of the columns in the front of the Sheikh’s house, is the following: [xxxxx]. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Jeremy Bentham Acts, in proportion as they are material, are apt to become known:* and in point of reputation, the slightest suspicion often serves for proof. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

In a pot in a paint-shop, along with other paints, it serves in its entirety as so much saleable matter. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

G. K. Chesterton She serves to show how futile it is of humanity to suppose that pleasure can be attained chiefly by putting on evening dress every evening, and having a box at the theatre every first night. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

William Hazlitt Spread Davy, spread Davy. Well said, Davy. Falstaff. This Davy serves you for good uses. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Henry James You may say that it serves me right, and that I have got what I deserve. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Edgar Allan Poe It serves to sustain a mutual intelligence between the extremes. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

William Makepeace Thackeray He turns and twists this subject in a score of different ways: he hashes it; and he serves it up cold; and he garnishes it; and relishes it always. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

Baldwin Spencer Plate XXXVI. [Decorated Spears, Melville and Bathurst Islands.] serves to give some idea of the really extraordinary and varied decorations on the Melville Island clubs and spears. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Nathaniel Hawthorne But a failure of this kind serves an opposite purpose to a mind in which the strongest and richest qualities lie deep, and, from their very size and mass, cannot at once be rendered available. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

On no occasion do they ever remove a stone that serves for a monument. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

I am sorry to hear him talk so strangely to-night; it serves to encourage the various foolish reports that are circulated concerning him. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Baldwin Spencer A strand of human hair-string, fastened into the resin, serves to attach it to the hair of the wearer, over whose forehead it hangs down. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

This sort of spectral warning, this wireless service for the conveyance of bad news and hint of threatening danger, serves to link the ghost story of the present with those of the past. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Sigmund Freud A convincing proof of the tendencious nature of dream-forgetting — of the fact that it serves the resistance — is obtained on analysis by investigating a preliminary stage of forgetting. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

I believe they’re going to speculate on them; and if Reuben Camp serves me a trick like that — Why,” she broke off, “I believe I’ll speculate on them myself. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Sir Walter Scott But the abject lord who stoops to every adverse circumstance, whose judicious resolves are scattered like chaff before every wind of passion, him Richard Varney serves not. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

It serves them both for chair and bed. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

John Galsworthy He was in fact an outstanding example of the eminence in his walk of life that can be attained by a man who serves a single end with complete and silent fidelity. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

William Cowper In man or woman, but far most in man, And most of all in man that ministers And serves the altar, in my soul I loathe All affectation. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Virginia Woolf That serves to explain in part the necessity that women so often are to men. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

D. H. Lawrence One part of his soul was saying emphatically: It serves you right. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

She wrote to apologize; and Balzac called on her, to explain, as he informed Madame Hanska, how injustice serves the cause of talent. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

This, of course, is a wholly incorrect expression, but it serves to acknowledge plainly our ignorance of the cause of each particular variation. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

M. R. James The fact is that I have nothing else to do, having brought no business papers with me; and, moreover, it serves to clear my own mind, and may suggest points which have been overlooked. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

It is known that you are much exasperated against Richard —” “And if your son serves you the same when he is grown up, shan’t you be exasperated, pray?” fired Justice Hare. “Do hear me. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Only while he serves your designs, O Dispenser of Allah’s gifts! When the time comes — and your order . An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

He has no great estate to milk or vassals to arm; therefore he is but a tool in the hands of those who seek his interest just in so far as it serves their own. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Baldwin Spencer There, a soft-wood shield forms the under piece, and the edge of a spear thrower, made out of hard mulga or gum-tree wood, serves for the saw. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Arthur Schopenhauer As an accompaniment of conversation it is like the bass of a melody; and if, as in music, it keeps true to the progress of the treble, it serves to heighten the effect. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

George Meredith And he, my friend, will use all, because he serves all. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope If his memory serves him, or even if it does not, he will be able to repeat among friends and foes an amount of facts which will show that he has not been a tourist in search of knowledge for nothing. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Thomas Hardy You had no business to chop that hair off, Marty; it serves you almost right. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

William Henry Hudson I only discovered, what others have discovered before me, that the practice of introspection has a corrosive effect on the mind, which only serves to aggravate the malady it is intended to cure. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Baldwin Spencer It serves not only as a spear-thrower but as a receptacle in which blood and various objects such as red ochre, kaolin, &c. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Thomas More Wives serve their husbands, and children their parents, and always the younger serves the elder. Utopia by Thomas More

It serves as base for walls one metre and a half thick, opening upon it like rooms: of these we counted twenty on either side. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Jonathan Swif The Court serves me for a coffee-house; once a week I meet acquaintance there, that I should not otherwise see in a quarter. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

It serves only very light refreshments, mostly sandwiches and coffee. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

William Dampier Some of the poorer people that keep ducks or hens have a fence made round the posts of their houses with a door to go in and out; and this under-room serves for no other use. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

To him are only two entities that matter — himself and the Eternal; or, if another, it is his fellow-man, whom serving he serves the ultimate of being. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

I am in the dug-out at Monte Pocero again, on the ledge of limestone that serves as a bed, and young Ram6n is snoring with his nose flattened between my shoulder-blades. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Henry James It serves every purpose that I’m in Mrs. Farange’s confidence. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Jeremy Bentham Any incident which serves as a cause, either of pleasure or of pain, may be termed an exciting cause: if of pleasure, a pleasurable cause: if of pain, a painful, afflictive, or dolorific cause. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Isabella Bird The people live among their live stock; one entrance serves for both, and in winter time the animals never leave the stables. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Oliver Goldsmith He by no means wants sense, which only serves to aggravate his former folly. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

G. K. Chesterton Mr. Silas Wegg is really funny; and he serves the purpose of a necessary villain in the plot. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Tobias Smolle His wages amount to twice as much, so that I imagine the fellow that serves me, makes above ten shillings a day, besides his victuals, which, by the bye, he has no right to demand. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

John Morley The political historian seeks the superficial and immediate causes of great transactions, and he serves us by mixed penetration and soundness of judgment. Voltaire by John Morley

A fluid that serves the gods and goddesses in place of blood. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Sigmund Freud The following dream serves to illustrate this fact. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Edward Bellamy I should as soon expect our waiter today to look down on me because I served him as a doctor, as think of looking down on him because he serves me as a waiter. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Olaf Stapledon Some reaches the baker who serves this College. Dough. Lovely loaves. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Your old butler serves one — the servants of your friend prepare the other. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

He had no fund of the small conversation which serves like oil to make the social machinery run smoothly. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Rudyard Kipling Liners and yachts disguise their tanks with decoration, but the G.P.O. serves them raw under a lick of grey official paint. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

William Hazlitt He is the prince of philosophical idlers; his only passion is thought; he sets no value upon anything but as it serves as food for reflection. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Edgar Allan Poe It is the first to be met with on the northeast side of the island after passing Cape Francois, which forms the northern shore, and, by its peculiar shape, serves to distinguish the harbour. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

The walking-stick serves the purpose of an advertisement that the bearer’s hands are employed otherwise than in useful effort, and it therefore has utility as an evidence of leisure. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

A long loop of gold and silver braid serves as a handle, or means of attachment to a belt, and is fixed at each side near a strong double loop of silver thread, used when pulling the bag open. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

One little incident however, though trifling in itself, I must relate, as it serves to make what follows more intelligible. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

They had been attending a May Day festival at Greenton; and that serves to fix the date. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Anthony Trollope So far as my own memory serves me, I don’t think I did go quite so far as that. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Jack London Its function is to serve the established by moulding public opinion, and right well it serves it. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

John Lewis Burckhard It is everywhere very acceptable, as it serves to pay the local authorities, when dollars are not at hand. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Andrew Lang M. Charpentier’s “Montaigne” serves the turn, but it is natural to treasure more “Les Essais de Michel Seigneur de Montaigne,” that were printed by Francoise le Febre, of Lyon, in 1595. The Library by Andrew Lang

Gibbon serves her better than her own heart. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

William Godwin It serves strikingly to illustrate the ascendancy of the junior and impetuous party over his more gifted senior. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

I did! And now she has found me out, and it serves me perfectly right — perfectly. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Robert Louis Stevenson But the error serves the purpose of my argument; for I am sure, at least, that the heart of young Scotland will be always touched more nearly by paucity of number and Spartan poverty of life. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Washington Irving By recurring to legal redress we too often expose the weakness of the law, which only serves to increase our mortification by failing to relieve us. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Baldwin Spencer In most cases, either end serves as stern or bow, the two being identical in form, but in some, one end is curiously shaped. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George Gissing Confound that fellow Elgar!” “I’m half disposed to think that it serves Mr. Mallard right,” was Eleanor’s remark. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

No half way with him; either he serves us or he betrays us. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

A French three-decker of the old type, moored higher up, serves as an hospital. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

It has been suggested also to me that the impalpable constraint is put upon the nature of a seaman by the Spirit of the Sea, which he serves with a dumb and dogged devotion. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Rudyard Kipling That is why they nip you with their scissors, and it serves you right! CHINA-GOING P’s and O’s Pass Pau Amma’s playground close, And his Pusat Tasek lies Near the track of most B.I.‘s. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

D. H. Lawrence But they stop to have their pint at Ellen’s, an’ they get talkin’, an’ there you are! Dinner stone cold — an’ it serves ’em right. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

But the metaphor serves to symbolize the fact that Experience itself, taken at large, can grow by its edges. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Thomas Paine The aristocracy has screened itself too much, and this serves to restore a part of the lost equilibrium. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Edith Wharton Her psychology failed her just where it serves most women and one felt that her brains would never be a guide to her heart. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Edith Wharton I hear Hubert is still infatuated; it serves Sabina right for not letting him marry the youngest Lyman girl. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

Any term of punishment, long or short, serves his purpose. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

No sacrifice seems impossible which serves as a guard for one so situated and so threatened. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Gaston Leroux He is no longer writing now, and the candle is on the parquet, over which he is bending — a position which serves my purpose. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Guy de Maupassant The rest of the year it serves as a cemetery for condemned dogs, and as one passed by this hole plaintive howls, furious or despairing barks and lamentable appeals reach one’s ear. The Watch Dog (Pierrot) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Virginia Woolf Any excuse, though, serves a stupid woman. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Sigmund Freud As a rule, identification or composition of persons actually serves to avoid the necessity of representing this common feature. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

James Payn But it serves me right for herding with such people. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Edward Bellamy The term, as we use it, answers to no real thing, but merely serves as an algebraical symbol for comparing the values of products with one another. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Rudyard Kipling Now, God and his father’s fate made him intellectually inferior to the Oriental. He insists on pretending that he serves tables by accident — as a sort of amusement. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Man serves the interests of no creature except himself. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

John Lewis Burckhard The only public place is in front of the castle, a large open space which serves for a market. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Oliver Goldsmith And now I protest, my Arabella, by all that’s happy, your want of fortune this moment encreases my pleasure, as it serves to convince my sweet girl of my sincerity. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

If it stands up, it is a good wall, and the question of what purpose it serves is separable from that. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Sigmund Freud The same phantasy serves without alteration to represent both the conflicting alternatives. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Fanny Fern Ruth accepted the terms, poor as they were, because she could at present do no better, and because every pebble serves to swell the current. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Dr. Jerdon86 insists that the beautiful plumage of the male serves “to fascinate and attract the female. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Luke Tulliver serves me very well indeed, and of course I am not responsible for his delusions. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

W. H. Hudson But it is in childhood and boyhood when instincts are nearest to the surface, and ready when occasion serves to spring into activity. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

H. G. Wells It serves no useful purpose to shut our eyes to the magnitude and intricacy of the task of making the world peace. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hardy The ludicrous humility of his manner led her to add playfully over her shoulder, ‘It serves you right, you know. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Niccolo Machiavelli In addition to this, it serves you in fact and reputation, for the large number will always give you reputation. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Robert Louis Stevenson The very solitude and stillness of the enclosure, which lies apart from the town’s traffic, serves to accentuate the contrast. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Alexander Pope In human works, though labour’d on with pain, A thousand movements scarce one purpose gain; In God’s, one single can its end produce; Yet serves to second, too, some other use. An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope [1734]

I thought of the lad that sometimes serves me at the chain-store grocery we deal at. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling But it serves me while I learn the road at least. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

He served up these greasy stories quickly and skilfully, as a good cook serves up pancakes, with a sauce of hissing laughter. In the World by Maksim Gorky

A stone also serves in its proper place; streets are paved with stones. In the World by Maksim Gorky

But it serves me right that you should have gone and undone one of the best things I ever did. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

This serves as an ornament in their festivities, and as a lamp, if, in their wanderings beyond their artificial lights, they have to traverse the dark. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Leon Trotsky These people live in small national clans, in which the solidarity of ideas usually serves as a screen for business connections. My Life by Leon Trotsky

At all events, he serves as a plausible suggestion of the Maule who so early in the romance utters his prophecy of ill against Colonel Pyncheon, that he “shall have blood to drink. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Planchet had with his equals the short speech and haughty familiarity of the rich shopkeeper who serves everybody and waits for nobody. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Gissing But, on the whole, I should say that even the business serves a good purpose. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing And I haven’t got you any tea,” she went on, her face growing to a calmer expression as she gazed at the child “Ain’t I a naughty mother? But it serves you half right for being late. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Then her father, a locksmith, had gone to live at Nijni. “And I have another uncle who serves the czar himself. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Baldwin Spencer As the string, especially at corrobboree times, is covered with white kaolin or gypsum, it serves as a decoration rather than a covering. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Tobias Smolle I myself was overturned in the crowd; and this was the case with that very individual person who now serves him as squire. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

John Galsworthy It serves me right for not having been these last months. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Niccolo Machiavelli This last manner serves to keep the ranks firmer and have them understand the commands of the Captain better: the first serves to encourage the men more. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Charles Dickens But, to an English traveller, it serves to mark the grave of Shelley too, whose ashes lie beneath a little garden near it. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

John Bunyan There is there neither Prayer, nor sign of Repentance for sin; yea, the brute in his kind serves God better than he. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Thomas Paine It serves to keep up deceitful expectations which prevent people from looking into the defects and abuses of government. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

George Gissing Of course you recognise the item in John Hewett’s personality which serves to explain this singular attitude. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Virginia Woolf For the truth is (let her ignore it) that human beings have neither kindness, nor faith, nor charity beyond what serves to increase the pleasure of the moment. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Thomas Paine As an engine of power it serves the purpose of despotism; and as a means of wealth, the avarice of priests; but so far as respects the good of man in general, it leads to nothing here or hereafter. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

Nathaniel Hawthorne Methinks the party might find room for another guest at that flat rock which serves them for a table; and if spoons be scarce, I could pick up a clam-shell on the beach. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Henry Fielding It is with these, as it is with some distempers of the body, nothing is in the least agreeable to us but what serves to heighten the disease. Amelia by Henry Fielding

A hard ridge on an adjoining part of the body serves as the scraper for the rasp, but this scraper in some cases has been specially modified for the purpose. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

It was clearly my duty to call his attention to it; so I said, “Hi!” an interjection which I have found serves its purpose in all countries. My Fascinating Friend by William Archer

Niccolo Machiavelli COSIMO: You have said ((if I remember well)) that this method of training is to enable them to form these companies into an army, and that this training serves to enable them to be arranged within it. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Maria Edgeworth He became practically convinced that justice is the virtue that works best for a constancy, and best serves every body’s interest in time and in turn. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Virginia Woolf The coloured photograph that we have been looking at presents some remarkable features, it is true; but it serves to remind us that there are many inner and secret chambers that we cannot enter. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Sophia Peabody belonged to the class of young women for whom Shakespeare’s Ophelia serves as a typical example. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

George Gissing If I am reading, doubtless a thought, a phrase, possibly a mere word, on the page before me serves to awaken memory. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

A little borax serves for eye-water and alum for sore mouth. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Bronislaw Malinowski But it serves only for the use of one family. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Baldwin Spencer His only other article of clothing, if such it can be called, is the small public tassel which, especially if it be covered with white pipeclay, serves rather as an ornament than as a covering. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The rudimentary organ of an elephant which serves him in place of the knife-and-fork that Evolution has as yet denied him. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson Each single bricklayer who unships serves the colony better than a score of gentlemen. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Virginia Woolf It not only covers nakedness, gratifies vanity, and creates pleasure for the eye, but it serves to advertise the social, professional, or intellectual standing of the wearer. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

H. G. Wells It serves each one of us for our private and conversational needs, but in this question it is not hard enough and sharp — enough for the thing we want it to do. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Caroline Lamb A petitioner is at all times intrusive; and sorrow at a distance but serves to encrease the coldness and inconstancy it upbraids. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Tobias Smolle I think they may go very well without beer in hot weather — it serves only to inflame the blood, and set them a-gog after the men. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle