Phrases with "significant"

Jules Verne This significant and ominous fact was noticed by Mrs Barnett and Madge, who were walking together on the beach. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Andrew Lang If she is not —” ‘Here she broke off with a significant look, and mounting my enemy the unicorn, speedily disappeared. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Harrison Ainsworth The old man pointed to an open summer-house terminating the walk, and gave me a significant look, but he spoke not. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

George Gissing But she was glad, also, of Lashmar’s significant behaviour and language. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

First drawing Calderon’s attention to the gesture, as one of significant pantomime, by raising her forefinger, the lady snuffed out one of the candles. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

The giant was plunged in gloomy abstraction, and Vetch and the Moocher interchanged a significant glance. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

The use of mirrors in supernatural vision is significant and appears in a number of ways in modern fiction. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Ford Madox Ford It is, however, certain that the 4th of August always proved a significant date for her. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

They were sufficiently authenticated by a significant glance which Lecoq had detected between the jeweler and his wife. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Next morning, a new, stranger, and more significant spectacle, struck the eyes and minds of the citizens. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Helen Zimmern Very significant is the remark she makes: “Observe that Fanny and I both prefer society, good society, even to fine landscapes or even to volcanoes. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Theodore Dreiser It is difficult to make perfectly clear what a subtle and significant power this suddenly placed in the hands of Cowperwood. Consider that he was only twenty-eight — nearing twenty-nine. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

A delicate, significant odor just hinted its presence in the air about this outstretched arm — something which was not a perfume, yet deserved as gracious a name. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Sigmund Freud Moreover, this general feeling, which survives from the preceding day, is of course connected with the psychic residues that are significant for the dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry James This shrewd woman gave Rowland a significant nod, and a little shrug, over the young girl’s beautiful bowed head, and then led Christina tenderly away into the adjoining room. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Ivan Turgenev The significant may be deceptive but sweet, though it’s even quite possible to put up with the insignificant . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Algernon Blackwood is doing more significant work in psychic fiction than anyone else, his prose showing poetic beauty as well as eerie power. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Tobias Smolle At length he recollected himself, and the cattle were stopt, by the assistance of the servant, to whom he delivered the musquetoon, with a significant shake of the head. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Wilkie Collins In significant silence I pointed to the door. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

There were hundreds of mysterious and unfamiliar sounds great and small, significant of the unknown beast, reptile, and insect world which the jungle hides, and then silences. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

George Gissing A procession, this, greatly more significant than that of Royal personages earlier in the day. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

I assure you,’ with a significant smile, ‘you will need it. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

The rise of the one-act play in popular favor is significant in this connection. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

The stockbroker saluted his stepdaughter with a friendly nod, and greeted her lover with a significant grin. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Edith Wharton Archer, while he helped her on with her Opera cloak, noticed the exchange of a significant smile between the older ladies. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

D. H. Lawrence Very few people whom she met were significant to her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing One descried, too, a scrubby but significant little card, which bore the address of a loan office. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Philip remembered Rosamond’s thrice-significant body, and yet this body was more significant even than Rosamond’s, for here there arose no lovely and mournful mist of unformulated desire. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

A. E. W. Mason That seems a small thing to you?” Hanaud asked at a movement from Ricardo. “Well, it is no doubt a trifle, but it’s a significant trifle in the case of a young rich man. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Wilkie Collins What was left of latent sadness in her face, and of significant quietness in her manner, remained gently and harmlessly — remained rather to show what had been once than what was now. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Radclyffe Hall They dined in a quiet little room by themselves; the scents of the garden came in through the window — warm, significant scents, for now it was May and many flowers multiplied in that garden. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Sir Richard Burton Then ask him for wine, which must be red, and pledge him to his secret in a significant draught. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

And whether it was Molly’s sharp and significant tone, or our silence and looks, I don’t know; but the woman saw it all then, and what she was suspected of. Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings by Ellen Wood [1873]

Ivan Turgenev It certainly is dangerous to drink,’ I added with significant emphasis; ‘one begins chattering at once, and one’s apt to say what no one ought to know. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Theodore Dreiser Each significant legislator, if he yielded his vote or his influence, must be looked after. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Edith Wharton Her imagination, racing backward over the last weeks and months, scrutinized one after another the feminine faces in their group, trying to recall some significant glance or word of Vance’s. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Here and there a red gleam twinkled within the bamboo walls, warm, like a living spark, significant of human affections, of shelter, of repose. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Nikolai Gogol On his countenance was a significant expression, such as Akakiy Akakievitch had never beheld there. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

H. G. Wells Then we grew malignant, and thought of barricades and significant violence. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Then a significant cough reminded the lover of a cherished voice. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Arnold Bennett The more he thought about it, the more significant a fact it seemed to him. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Herman Melville At once, from the servant’s muttered syllables, divining the key’s purpose, he smiled, and said:—“So, Don Benito — padlock and key — significant symbols, truly. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

But a significant look from Dan showed her that he understood why the wrong address had been given. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Roland Bosworth gave a long sigh, significant of intense relief; yet this was but a reprieve after all, perhaps. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Wilkie Collins There is a sad and significant change in Mrs. Thorpe’s dress. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Ralph Waldo Emerson This striving after imitative expression, which one meets every where, is significant of the aim of nature, but is mere stenography. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

As for the magistrate, he merely greeted the murderer’s reply with a brief but significant ejaculation. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

It is a significant fact, as shewing the purposes of the above-described projections and excrescences, that these were covered with blood, and were scored and abraded in an extraordinary manner. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood was satisfied that he was on the verge of a significant combination, and Stener that he had found someone on whom he could lean. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Ralph Waldo Emerson In this country, the emphasis of conversation and of public opinion commends the practical man; and the solid portion of the community is named with significant respect in every circle. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

And on the plus side for print, it amounts to significant carbon sequestration over long periods. The Design and Construction of eBooks by Steve Thomas [2015]

Virginia Woolf Sounds made harmonies with premeditation; the spaces between them were as significant as the sounds. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Sigmund Freud The behaviour of memory in dreams is surely most significant for any theory of memory whatsoever. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Peyrol's skilful seamanship had twice extracted from Captain Vincent a low murmur accompanied by a significant compression of lips. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Theodore Dreiser For one thing, Stires had called only a few days after he closed his doors and imparted a significant bit of information. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells In the crazy fancy of our ancestors it was a noble and significant struggle. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. G. Wells When you came to a significant silence, he would ask, “Meantersay?” in an entirely devastating manner. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

From my reading of novels I had learned to look upon woman as the best and most significant thing in life. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Algernon Blackwood Yet the opening of the door would be significant and symbolic, and he distinctly shrank from it. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Guy de Maupassant Oh, how that little smile upset me! And she shook hands with a long, significant pressure. Always Lock the Door! (Le Verrou) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

As I noted the significant fact to which I have just alluded, the recollection of Nikola’s letter flashed across my mind, in which he had warned me to keep my eyes open for just such another man. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

H. G. Wells To this neglected and most significant limitation the amount of public attention given at present is quite surprisingly small. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Guy de Maupassant He recalled many things that she had said to him, the sweet intonations of her voice, the little significant smiles that meant so much. Regret by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Theodore Dreiser Her life held so little of real charm; and Aileen Butler was unquestionably the most significant element of romance in it. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

This significant little action showed me more than any words could have done how perturbed her feelings were. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

George Gissing Mrs. Peak naturally understood it as a significant result of his intercourse with Miss Moxey, of whom, as it seemed to her, he spoke with singular reticence. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells It made the bridges seem browner and the little oily lights on barges and boats more significant and it gave the moon a chance on the steely black water. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

It is perhaps more significant that Tolstoy sees no justification for the presence of the Fool. The Fool is integral to the play. Collected Essays by George Orwell

A minute later Isbel nudged her escort; with a significant glance she directed his attention to his neighbour on the other side. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

George Gissing The fact that her gory reminiscences are welcomed by an editor with the popular taste in view is perhaps more significant than appears either to editor or public. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

D. H. Lawrence The young Jupiter wears kid gloves: a significant fact here. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Robert Louis Stevenson That significant something by which the work of such a man differs from that of his predecessors, goes on disengaging itself and becoming more and more articulate and cognisable. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft It is significant that their annals failed to mention many advanced and potent races of beings whose mighty cultures and towering cities figure persistently in certain obscure legends. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

When dispatched on business of a delicate nature men in the service of the agency had a significant trick of disappearing—they were of “the unreturning brave. “Way Down in Alabam” by Ambrose Bierce [1903]

Virginia Woolf But the way in which the two men greeted each other was significant of what was going to happen. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

He was sure, for instance, that she had rejected the offers of the Prince, who, indeed, on that occasion, had made a significant utterance. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Thomas Hardy Henchard went away, thinking that perhaps there was nothing significant after all in Farfrae’s look at Elizabeth-Jane at that juncture. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy The obstacle was rent in twain, and the significant gift was hers. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

G. K. Chesterton It is very amusing, and very significant in the matter of Browning’s character, to read the accounts which he writes to Elizabeth Barrett of his attitude towards the approaching coup de théâtre. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

The significant detail here is the rubber stamp. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

That she should have requested an introduction to Hawthorne is significant of her interest in American literature, and suggests a taste as refined and elevated as her music. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

H. G. Wells A number of minor but significant federal services had also come into existence and had a sound legal standing throughout the world, the Postal Union for example. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Powers thought it significant that Eleanor, who thoroughly enjoyed talking nonsense, made no answer whatever. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

He gave one sharp, significant look at Larose, and then holding up the paper, shook out a regular cascade of bank notes. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Washington Irving He moreover gave significant hints that if Boswell were kept out he should oppose the admission of any other candidate. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But this meeting with John Granby had come at a significant moment. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The sculptor, and Winckelmann, and Lavater, will tell you how significant a feature is the nose; how its forms express strength or weakness of will, and good or bad temper. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

In the criminal registers of Constance there stands against the name of each the simple but significant phrase, “convicta et combusta. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Gissing Great was her curiosity regarding the disguised Mr. Warburton, with whom, after a significant coldness, she gradually resumed her old chatty relations. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

The words sounded significant to us, but we asked them no questions. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Olaf Stapledon I have space only to describe a single example, the most significant of these remarkable worlds. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Frances Hodgson Burnett These two last were to her mind the most significant of the early terrors. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Olaf Stapledon Roaming among the presimian minds, we discovered one surprising efflorescence of mentality whose tragic story is significant for the understanding of your own very different fate. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

It was as significant for her as the grey pallor that falls on a sick man’s face. The Hand on the Latch by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Sinclair Lewis But none of these advertised tokens of financial and social success was more significant than a sleeping-porch with a sun-parlor below. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

But through all this I saw the glimmer of living and, to me, significant truths, the outlines of another life, other standards. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Olaf Stapledon Such cases are rare, but none the less significant for the understanding of the nature of personality. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Theodore Dreiser Lester was seen now and then, a significant figure, visiting Cleveland, and sometimes coming out to the house where he occupied with Jennie the two best rooms of the second floor. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson Their very manner of boarding was significant of determination; for they had no sooner caught hold upon the ship than they kicked away their boat to make return impossible. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bradshaw came out again in a few seconds and made a significant face at me. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Henry James But before he had spoken I laid my hand on his shoulder and looked at him with a significant smile. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

The Parliamentary report proved significant reading, and confirmed the fears that he had been trying to shake off. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

But it’s more effective to think of it as significant equilibrium-especially for a pastoral. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

But this is significant — Ferguson said the man held him for quite a hundred yards. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

If you should get into any real difficulties, why, I guess —” the lawyer paused to smile in a hesitating, significant way —“I guess some road out can be found all right. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

And yet I believe she is human,” added Philter, with a significant glance at Lord Lavendale, “and that a passionate heart beats under the snow of that majestic bosom. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Leslie Stephen Indeed, the testimonies of opponents are as significant as those of admirers. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

There was something so significant in Captain Winstanley’s desire to establish himself at Beechdale, that she could not help feeling fluttered by the fact. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson At Maurice, she smiled in a significant way. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Why, ah! why, did I stay for this?” As she thus spoke, mademoiselle again burst into a paroxysm of weeping, and again the same significant glance was interchanged. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He was very significant among his people, very important in their lives but not, somehow, at any expense to his private self. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Ford Madox Ford In these days they had worn broad red stripes down the outsides of their trousers, Generals. What a change! How significant of the times! That had been in 1912 . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

In a minute more they were standing on the doorstep, and Theron heard the significant jingle of a bunch of keys which his companion was groping for in her elusive pocket. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

What is required at present is not writing, but the bringing to light of a distinct, significant fact — I would almost say of an alarming fact. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Gissing If ever I vanish, Basil—’ He ceased with a significant look. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

In many houses, the presence of the superintendent had been significant of fortune; in many hearts, of love. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

This novel is significant because of the freedom with which Shelley appropriated its material for his Zastrozzi, which likewise has the true Gothic setting. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H.P. Lovecraft I had with me many tools, and dug much within the walls of the obliterated edifices; but progress was slow, and nothing significant was revealed. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Olaf Stapledon The transition from a very complex and close-knit world-economy to a medley of isolated societies was very significant of the condition of the species. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Dickens There is an old homely proverb concerning pitch and its adhesive character, which we hope this significant circumstance may impress on many minds. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

But none of these projects ever comes anywhere near realization, and none of the three super-states ever gains a significant lead on the others. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Stephen Lucius Gwynn There are few things more significant in a man’s history than his choice of a consort, and stress must be laid on this marriage. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Nikolai Gogol The eyes were fixed upon him in a yet more terrible and significant manner, and it seemed as if they would not look at anything but himself. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Olaf Stapledon Factors which seem not to be significant for his purpose he simply ignores. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Walter Scott In the meanwhile, he recommended to him, with another significant sign, to keep his apartment, ‘as there were people in the house who were apt to busy themselves about other folk’s matters. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Theodore Dreiser At the same time, the freedom of the negro was not a significant point with him. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Leslie Stephen Popularity is more often significant of the tact which makes a man avoid giving offence, than of the warm impulses of a generous nature. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Olaf Stapledon Leaving all else unnoticed, I must try to describe this crisis, for it is significant for the understanding of matters which reached far beyond this little world. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells He passed the policemen with a significant eye and humming the Marseillaise. . Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Leon Trotsky The significant events during the last period of party affairs, of which you and I are bearing the consequences, are only an overture to the further progress of events. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Olaf Stapledon We must now turn to theories in which mind is taken to be the more significant concept for understanding reality. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Theodore Dreiser He was at this time a significant figure — tall, lean, inquisitorial, clerkly — with nice, smooth, closely-cropped side whiskers coming to almost the lower lobes of his ears. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Olaf Stapledon For psychology, as for biology, the most significant concept is that of the active organism, responding to the stimuli of the environment. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H. G. Wells When at last I paused, he replied — in words that are also significant of certain weaknesses of the present Russian state of mind. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins I was mortally offended at the time; and if your friend the Minister had been within my reach —” She paused, and finished the sentence by a significant gesture. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Olaf Stapledon Whenever possible he measures the significant factors in his data. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H.P. Lovecraft Of the swarthy cult-fiends on the Alert he speaks with significant horror. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Thomas Carlyle The world’s manner of dealing with him is the most significant feature of the world’s general position. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Mark Twain In Italy they naturally took us for distempered Garibaldians, and set a gunboat to look for any thing significant in our changes of uniform. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Algernon Blackwood It was a Ceremony in which gesture was more significant than speech. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

A hiss arose; it was partial, it is true, but the significant silence of all applause seemed to forebode the coming moment when the displeasure would grow contagious. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

The showing of a letter by a man to a woman is an action which to an onlooker has about it something peculiarly significant and intimate. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Theodore Dreiser Her father’s Lutheranism — it did not seem so significant any more; and the social economy of Columbus, Ohio — rather pointless, perhaps. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

It is significant that as early as January of this year voluntary recruiting had practically ceased. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The little copper-colored Cossack seemed to me to be no man, but something much more significant — a legendary being, better and on a higher plane than ordinary people. In the World by Maksim Gorky

G. K. Chesterton A lamp-post can be significant although it is ugly. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Worms are abundant, and among them certain genera which might be taken as apt illustrations of the more significant facts of evolution. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

I may have something to tell you,” and he moved away with a significant look. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Also, there was one very significant thing to be noticed upon the back cushion of the car. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Leslie Stephen Any such roll-call of friends must show melancholy gaps, and sometimes the gaps are more significant than the names. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Arnold Bennett His hostility was the more significant in that it was concealed — embedded like a foreign substance in the rather suave gentleness of his nature. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Jack London Smoke, who had descended to the deck and was now standing by my side, began to chuckle in a significant way. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Nothing significant came from her. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Wilkie Collins They might have expressed hidden anger or hidden grief — it was hard to say which — there was no significant trembling in them. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins It was always, however, on those occasions, that a dread, significant quiet appeared to have fallen suddenly on the house. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Arnold Bennett He spoke in a peculiar, significant voice, carefully modest. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Hence the profoundly significant phrase, to MAKE GOOD. The decalogue has been reduced to two commandments. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

His name alone is significant enough. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

G. K. Chesterton Lastly, the most significant part of this social episode was the end of it. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Theodore Dreiser She felt as though she were fifty times as significant here as she had ever been in her life before. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Olaf Stapledon Some claim that the most significant concept is the sentiment, in the psychological sense. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

If it wa’n’t for what her father —” “‘Sh!” Annie said, with a significant glance. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

F. Scott Fitzgerald Something had gone wrong — in his own eyes he had lost a shred of dignity; in an unpremeditated yet significant encounter he had been completely defeated. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Leon Trotsky It is significant that the editor warmly approved the article. My Life by Leon Trotsky

G. K. Chesterton Dickens enters the social and political war, and the first stroke he deals is not only significant but even startling. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

George Gissing A glance of pleasure hither or thither was often succeeded by the shadow of brooding, and this by a gleam of passion, brief but significant enough. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Theodore Dreiser Nothing of the sort happened, and Lester noticed the significant omission. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

There was no movement of his beloved hounds that he did not know; not a twitch or fling of the head, not a cock of the ears or tail that was not significant to him. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

I have a theory!” There was a significant and mysterious expression in his face as he said this. Mother by Maksim Gorky

D.H. Lawrence The play is the statement of the most significant philosophic position of the Renaissance. Hamlet is far more even than Orestes, his prototype, a mental creature, anti-physical, anti-sensual. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Thomas Hardy The significant closeness of that time to the present was another item to add to the list of passionate fears which were chronic with her now. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Leslie Stephen Though still an imitation, it is as significant as the most original work could be of Johnson’s settled views of life. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Miles of space are belted with that plant to which Captain Cook applied a significant name, likening it in its myriads to “sea sawdust. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Walter Scott After looking with a significant glance at Lady Fleming and Catherine, she slightly shrugged her shoulders, and remained silent. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

I am not so good-looking as all that!” “That’s as people may think,” was the significant answer. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

H. G. Wells But Sir Bussy had no sense of significant silences. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Margaret Oliphant I don’t like the new fashion,” said Mrs. Brown, with a significant glance towards Mrs. Tozer, “of separatin’ like heathens, when all’s of one connection. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

This doctrine, of course, had always had its adherents, but in the manner in which it was now put forward there was a significant change. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

This is significant — it is the difference between retiring and retreating. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Tobias Smolle After a few minutes pause we were admitted, and conducted to my grandfather’s chamber through a lane of my relations, who honoured me with very significant looks as I passed along. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Henry James It is significant that this elegant branch is now quite vague to me; and I recall M. Mesnard, in fine, as no less modern and cheap than M. Bonnefons was rare and unappraiseable. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Margaret Oliphant There seemed to him something significant even in the change of association with which his visit began. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

But to Lady Mary his arrival was a significant fact, and his impatient refusal to have his hand investigated was another. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Algernon Blackwood More significant still, though even less direct, was another moment — when the Man stretched his arm across the table to turn the lamp up. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Rudyard Kipling It possesses a curious truculent mirth — almost indecent but infallibly significant —’ Monsieur Voiron replenished our glasses with the great wine that went better at each descent. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

It is significant that several of the writers in this group have been not only boys but, subsequently, masters at public schools. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Theodore Dreiser The rooms, which were now slowly being decorated and furnished in period styles were very significant in that they enlarged and strengthened Frank Cowperwood’s idea of the world of art in general. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Catalina, however, watching all things narrowly, remarked something earnest and significant in the eye of the leader, as of one who had some secret communication to make. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Olaf Stapledon But first he must procure clear and significant data. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Thomas Hardy The visitor stepped back a little from the light, and said, “Can I speak to ‘ee?” in significant tones. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells It is significant that he does not want to see that girl again. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry James Littlemore felt in the scene, as so many persons feel it just there, something of the finest essence of France, and he gave a significant laugh. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

George Meredith Count Loepel stept politely forward, and gave Eckart a significant bow. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Theodore Dreiser He thought it made him a significant figure in the world. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing But here and there folk whispered together in a different tone, with winkings and lips compressed, and nods significant of menace. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Anna Katherine Green Possibly she had seen the significant gesture with which the Curator pointed out a quiver from which one of the arrows was missing. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

H. G. Wells The streamer headline across the page about that seven-mile Wilton boring, is, to my mind, one of the most significant items in the story. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Another significant fact to be noted in connection with the later ghostly stories as compared with the Gothic is in the greater number and variety of materials employed. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Algernon Blackwood The simplicity of the method was as significant as its — impossibility! Yet a fundamental truth was in it. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Go back to the New Albion! It had been the sole significant action of his life, leaving the New Albion. It was his religion, you might say, to keep out of that filthy money-world. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell