Phrases with "significant"

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]

Theodore Dreiser Supposing he should take her openly, what would the world say? She was a significant type emotionally, that he knew. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne However, they shouted out “au revoir” in significant tones, for they knew that they would return with the first breezes of spring and that they could then be easily caught. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then the desolate shrubbery of Central Park where Anson had often played as a child, and the mounting numbers, significant as names, of the marching streets. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

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]

He entered upon the really significant period of his activity at an age when most men have already sought repose. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Sabin looked across at Helène as they were placed upon the table, with a significant smile. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

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

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

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

H. G. Wells I thought I was presently to go out into a larger and quite important world and do significant things there. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

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]

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald BEAUTY: Oh! THE VOICE: Your life on earth will be, as always, the interval between two significant glances in a mundane mirror. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

H. G. Wells That is the most significant aspect of the affair. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A significant nervousness possessed him. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

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

The Presiding Elders wrung his hand with a significant grip. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

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

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

It needed rekindling, and he hunted in his pockets for paper, finding only the slim volume lettered Whorls. I set it down as the most significant commentary on his state of mind. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

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

H.P. Lovecraft The moon no longer shone through the chinks and apertures above me, and with a sense of fateful alarm I heard the sinister and significant rumble of approaching thunder. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

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

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]

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]

Jules Verne After visiting it as usual, the hunter Marbre approached Hobson, and said to him in a significant tone —— “I have just paid my daily visit to the reindeer-trap, sir. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

It is a significant fact, that the more the habits of any particular animal are studied by a naturalist, the more he attributes to reason and the less to unlearnt instincts. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

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

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]

E. T. A. Hoffmann For I did not fail to observe that my companion shot a significant glance or two across to the Baroness, and that the latter took pains to listen to us. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

F. Scott Fitzgerald Usually, the passing of the collection box was a significant point for Rudolph in the services. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

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

The Marquis gave a grim, significant smile, that cut like so much cord of the scourge. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

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

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]

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

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

I could never have applied to her the homely but significant name of helpmate. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Olaf Stapledon I believe that they are significant not only for the understanding of man but for the understanding of the universe. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

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]

Leslie Stephen Johnson was through life a kind and judicious friend to her; and had attracted her on their first meeting by a significant indication of his character. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

H. G. Wells The wife of a great or significant personage must take notice or decide not to take notice. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

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]

H. G. Wells It is significant enough, I admit, but indeed it is no sort of catastrophe. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

George Meredith A significant sign of what the ladies were enduring was, that they ceased to speak of it in their consultations. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

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]

That significant precaution gave Colonel Tempest a sickening qualm. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

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]

George Gissing When Eustace Glazzard began to present himself at the house, Mr. Mumbray welcomed the significant calls. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

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

George Gissing As he listened to the most significant of her words he was distressed with shame, and now, in recalling them, he felt that he should have said something, done something, to disillusion her. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

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

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

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

And it was exactly at this moment that the significant thing happened — if, indeed, it did happen. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

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]

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]

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

It would drag stray scraps of truth with it from the wider environment, but would betray its mental inferiority by knowing little how to weave them into any important or significant story. Memories and Studies by William James

F. Scott Fitzgerald And not a drink in the house,” he added as a significant afterthought. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Olaf Stapledon I needed him to be well-advanced in his next phase at the close of his university career, so that he might be prepared to meet the crisis of 1914 in a significant manner. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

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

Nikolai Gogol He hastened to assume the significant expression of a connoisseur, and approached the picture; but, O God! what did he behold! Pure, faultless, beautiful as a bride, stood the picture before him. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

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]

At a significant glance from D’Hubert he rose without alacrity, and followed him into the recess of a window. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

William Hope Hodgson I concluded that the boss of the human ankle-bone, above the Goat’s foot, and the significant inturned thumb of the third hand, might be worth investigating. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

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]

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]

Thus it happened that the splendid literature of the Ancient World — so rich in beauty and so significant in thought — came into hands worthy of receiving it. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

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

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]

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]

Olaf Stapledon It was that look which gave me the brief but strangely significant experience the memory of which was to refresh me so often in your uncouth world. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Percy Bysshe Shelley So soon as the accents and gestures, significant of pain, are referred to the feelings which they express, they awaken in the mind of the beholder a desire that they should cease. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Algernon Blackwood The outward physical change was, possibly, of the slightest, yet wore just that touch of significant alteration which conveyed authority. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

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

T. E. Lawrence On the contrary, each regular Army sedulously rooted out this significant pause from its companies on parade. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Often the names were corrupted, the new inhabitants altering them just a little, to render their pronunciation easier, or to make them significant in their own language. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

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

James Joyce It was pleasant after that honour to return to the profane world of spectators amid nudges and significant looks. Dubliners by James Joyce

H.P. Lovecraft That newspaper item and what his mother had heard in the night were too significant to overlook. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Olaf Stapledon To be significant the principle must mean more than this. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Walter Scott And hark you also, while I have a moment’s speech of you — do you and your wife heedfully follow my example at supper!” These words were spoken with a significant tone and corresponding look. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

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

Jules Verne The very notes of interrogation are significant that he was in doubt what he should write. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

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

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]

Olaf Stapledon I thought this might be the little significant event that would change the course of history. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing A significant feature of Godwin’s idiosyncrasy. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

This is—not of course the “Parson” himself, of which most significant character hereafter, but—the “Parson’s” brother, the “Ploughman”. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

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]

Again Colin began to move forward as silently and swiftly as he might, still listening for any significant rustle before or above him. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Over all was that air of abandonment and decay which seems nowhere so fit and significant as in a village of the forgotten dead. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is a significant fact that, so far as anybody knew, he left the War Office a week ago last Friday with some of our proposals and scheme in his pocket. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

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]

Gustave Flauber The tetrarch by a significant gesture indicated that Mannaeus was the executioner. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

H.P. Lovecraft The older matters which had made the sculptor’s dream and bas-relief so significant to my uncle formed the subject of the second half of his long manuscript. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Marivaux was not a great tragic writer; he was not a poet; he worked on a much smaller scale, and with far less significant material. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

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

Thomas Hardy It was the climax to a series of slight and significant actions all tending to the same conclusion. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell Life had become significant and full of duty to her. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

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

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

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

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. E. W. Mason But halfway through the narrative he changed his attitude, and in a significant way. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

George Gissing He began—?” The other obeyed, reciting her story in a curt, lifeless way, so that it sounded less significant than before. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

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]

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]

H. G. Wells Then from the very outset he or she will be able to block out the story of our race in significant masses. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

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

But as Malicorne could no longer carry significant handkerchiefs for him or plant convenient ladders, the royal lover was in a terrible state. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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]

I exposed to him the conclusion we in Brussels had arrived at, and pointed out the significant series of failures. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

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]

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

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]

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]

As Dan walked up the short avenue, and noted the disorganisation of the establishment, he made a significant remark to the agitated chaperon. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

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]

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

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]

When Pavel had thrown out the word to which he was wont to attach a deep and significant meaning, his throat contracted in a sharp spasm of the joy of fight. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Henry James She took it back and, after a moment, with her face well averted, made an odd motion of her arms and a significant little duck of her head. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

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]

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

It is significant that Wodehouse could publish in 1936 a book entitled YOUNG MEN IN SPATS. For who was wearing spats at that date? They had gone out of fashion quite ten years earlier. Collected Essays by George Orwell

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

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

George Gissing It did not exactly surprise him; he had observed significant things. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

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]

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]

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]

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

Jules Verne Mrs Barnett did not fail to note this peculiar, and, as the event proved, significant fact. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins And then —” she stopped, and looked at Phoebe. “And then you got rid of it?” Mrs. Sowler felt for Jervy’s foot under the table, and gave it a significant kick. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

D. H. Lawrence So it was: there was, for him, only her significant in the universe. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Maitre Bilot, having finished his little performance, was about to withdraw, when a significant glance from the duke made him pause respectfully on the threshold. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Charles Kingsley I shall draw a veil, for very pity and shame, over the most important and most significant facts of this, the most hideous of all human follies. Superstition by Charles Kingsley

Olaf Stapledon Metaphysically, mentality is as significant as physicality; and vice versa. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [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]

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]

I stooped over it to examine the typewritten address, but at first failed to discover anything significant about it; then, suddenly, my eye caught the postmark, and I understood. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

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

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]

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

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]

Jules Verne This eagerness was significant of an unusually attractive performance. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

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

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]

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

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

Sinclair Lewis The North Shore suburbs of Chicago, where at stations influenced by the Alhambra the wives of significant insurance-brokers looked haughtily out from station wagons. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

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]

H. G. Wells Ridiculous of course! But that too shows — That either dream is to be regarded as in any way significant or prophetic beyond what I have categorically said, I do not for one moment suggest. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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

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

The most famous of botanists compiled a floral almanac; the months, and in some cases the weeks, being associated with the development and flowering of significant plants. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells Amberjack II has become almost as significant a ship in the history of human affairs as the Ford Peace Ship. Significant equally in its intentions and in its inadequacies. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

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]

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins The servant, who had hitherto lingered a few paces behind, now advanced to her young mistress’s side, with a significant look, as if to remind me of my promise. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

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

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

It strikes me, now, as strange and significant of a mysterious human need, the need to look upwards towards a superiority inexpressibly remote, the need of something to idealize in life. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

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

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

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]

H. G. Wells My mother’s kisses were significant acts, expressions not caresses. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing She did not directly speak of Wilfrid, and only when she sat in significant silence, Emily said: ‘To-morrow I shall go downstairs. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Then she reappeared, and gave a significant order: her bed was to be moved out of her mother’s room. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

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]

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

It is significant that something very similar (seizure of the Telephone Exchange by armed police acting under orders from Barcelona) happened in Tarragona two days later. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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]

Thomas Carlyle Odin’s Runes are a significant feature of him. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

H. G. Wells So much of Rud’s intimate life has to be told and discussed to make the picture of him complete, but beyond that there is hardly anything significant to tell. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

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]

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]

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]

Edith Wharton The Count made a significant gesture. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

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]

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

Theodore Dreiser Something kept telling him that whatever his present state he must yet grow to be a significant personage, one whose fame would be heralded the world over — who must try, try, try. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

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