Phrases with "taught"

George Meredith Dahlia and Rhoda taught the children to perceive how they resembled bent old beggar-men. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Virginia Woolf She ‘cried bitterly at not being taught things’. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Anthony Trollope By degrees, too, he thought that George did listen to him, that he was learning, that he might be taught to set his eyes greedily on those mountains of wealth. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

It is in that way that your science must be taught if it is to be of real service. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Abraham Merri And if it does not come, the people will know that they have been taught lies, and will go to see whether what is beyond be not fairer, happier, than here. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Ralph Waldo Emerson Religion is taught in the same spirit. The Conservative by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Anthony Trollope I have almost taught myself to think that it is needless to ask; and now this horrid mischance —” “What do you mean?” said she, speaking very quickly. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Every Utopian child is taught to the full measure of its possibilities and directed to the work that is indicated by its desires and capacity. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Then it was a serious piece of work to write to Dickon. Mary had been taught very little because her governesses had disliked her too much to stay with her. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

She could not help her sense of impropriety; she had always been taught that it was very bad manners to observe anything hi another person’s house, but she could not help looking either. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Edgar Allan Poe It may be taught in the schools of our descendants of the tenth or twentieth generation. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Arnold Bennett She knew the world as it was, and in learning it she had taught her owners above a bit. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Abraham Merri And knew it for the voice of Tubalka, the oldest god, who had taught man to wed fire and metal. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Rudyard Kipling I do not know, Little Brother. Right or no right, if Hathi had not spoken I would have taught that lame butcher his lesson. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Walter Scott These are the words of that venerable biographer, whose trade had not taught him by experience, that an inch was as good as an ell. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

What, would you be such a fool as to be ambitious that your verses should be taught in petty schools? That is not my case. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

James Joyce I suppose you mean the barefooted children that are taught by a bloody ape like you. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Jules Verne She improved her English speaking, and also taught her to read and write in that language. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry Adams In essence incoherent and immoral, history had either to be taught as such — or falsified. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Leon Trotsky Krizhanovsky taught Russian from the first grade upward. My Life by Leon Trotsky

In my first printed mention of it I declared: ‘The world is no more the alien terror that was taught me. Memories and Studies by William James

He procured masters for her, who in less than three years taught her to write, to play the piano, and to dance. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Willa Cather He taught school because he was too lazy to work among grown-up people, and he made an easy job of it. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

He taught that at every systole of the arteries a certain portion of their contents was discharged at their extremities, namely, by the exhalents and secretory vessels. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Henry James Such a very nice person! But above all, Signor Ruggieri — I think he taught us most. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

But still, Lucy, I felt that in time papa would have to be taught the truth, managed, and induced to hear reason. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

G. K. Chesterton In this way Stevenson represented the same deep, ancient, hieratic and traditional truth that was taught to that generation by William Morris; and neither of them had the least idea what it was. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

D. H. Lawrence I taught one of the lads how to fold and unfold the wretched chair. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope But his wife was his own, and she must be taught to endure his will, and must be made to know that though she was not to be kicked, yet she was to be tormented and ill-used. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith He taught me an effective delivery of my sentences. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Even when he was abusing her, he taught her a few things she did not know as yet, which, to say the least was astonishing. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Leslie Stephen He called it a collection of the worst passages of the worst authors, and declared that it taught rank atheism. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Edith Wharton Well, maybe I did — but it taught me to talk, and to listen to the other fellows too. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Henry Kingsley History, I suppose?” “As much as you like, Doctor. His mother has taught him his catechism, and all that sort of thing, and she is the fit person, you know. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

I ought to have been an Indian. I love to sit in the sun and read Shakespeare.” “’Twas I taught you to love Shakespeare, was it not?” he asked fondly. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

G. K. Chesterton It was partly the attitude of the Irishman objecting to the Englishman turning his mere artistic taste into a religion; especially when it was a taste merely taught him by his aunts and uncles. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Rudyard Kipling He’s got to be taught all that when he enlists. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Nellie Bly The girls are taught graceful movements, how to receive, entertain and part with visitors, how to serve tea and sweets gracefully, and the proper and graceful way to use chopsticks. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

William Godwin It has been affirmed, as we have seen, 54 that Orpheus before him taught the same thing. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

William Godwin He taught him to say that one day in the fields he had met with two dogs, which he urged on to hunt a hare. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Andrew Lang She at once determined that her own daughter should be at the little window; and she taught her so well all she was to say and do, that even the stupid Turritella could make no mistake. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton It must be called an “entente” in the language taught to tourists by waiters. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

She taught him to sketch and to paint, and introduced him to AdeIaide’s young society. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Henry James It was given to but few of us to be taught by the event, to be made to wonder with the last intensity what had been the matter. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Wilkie Collins It echoed my own thought, when I called to mind the ways of killing which history had taught me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope Of course she must be taught how imperative it was that she should help him at once. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Miles Franklin My mother had taught me from the Bible that I should honour my parents, whether they were deserving of honour or not. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

George Eliot He’s a clever workman, an’ taught thee thy trade, remember, an’s niver gen me a blow nor so much as an ill word — no, not even in ’s drink. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Meredith The miserable Englishman refused to be taught that his house had ceased to be his castle. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Whosoever, taught by wise men, shall admit this as the prime cause of the origin and foundation of the world, will be in the truth. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

George Meredith We can tell black from white, and our sagacity has taught him a lesson. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Leo Tolstoy The new General taught Simeon how to strengthen his army until it became very powerful. Ivan the Fool by Leo Tolstoy

Anthony Trollope He could love another as himself — as nearly as a man may do; and he taught such love as a doctrine. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Henry Adams He never found out what it could have taught a master like Willard Gibbs. Yet the book had a historical value out of all proportion to its science. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Wilkie Collins His artless, fatherly experience of her had taught him that she was a taller child in later years — and had taught him little more. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope It may perhaps be natural that she should do so, never having taught herself to look at him in the light of a lover. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She had not dared to dream that he could in this way be taught to forget the past autumn and all its charms. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope As the autumn had progressed at Littlebath, she had become more and more intimate with Miss Baker, till she had almost taught herself to regard that lady as a dear friend. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

D. H. Lawrence He taught her all the funny little things, he filled her and roused her to her fullest tiny measure. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She had long made up her mind that Mr Slow should be taught to know her better, if the day for such offering of alms should ever come. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

It was well for the son of the Ard-Ri’ that he had been beloved by the poets and magicians of his land, and that they had taught him all that was known of shape-changing and words of power. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Elizabeth Gaskell And what was man’s mercy in such times of panic? Lois knew that it was nothing; instinct more than reason taught her, that panic calls out cowardice, and cowardice cruelty. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Here we all are—every one of us agog with curiosity to know who taught him that wonderful swing and that devilish trick of stopping the ball almost dead upon the green. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope Ayala had been taught to think herself the favourite, because the artist, himself, had been more prominent before the world than his wife. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But then she thought so much more of the wolf! Wolves, she had taught herself to think, were more common than stalwart, honest-minded, wife-desirous men. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

We had been taught to believe that we alone were responsible for our sins, and it did not occur to me that the causes of my wickedness might lie beyond my control. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Frances Hodgson Burnett And Mademoiselle taught you to do fine embroidery. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

She herself had taught him that any one who said bad things about his father was wicked, but now it seemed that she was trying to tell him something about father that was not nice. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Anthony Trollope Under such circumstances I myself should have avoided such a subject, having been taught to believe that Southern gentlemen did not generally take delight in open discussions on the subject. North America by Anthony Trollope

I taught him what to do and how to govern his energies. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

William Godwin Prompted by Thessalian song, love glides into the hardest hearts; and even the severity of age is taught to burn with youthful fires. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Anthony Trollope It was the kind of life into which men were led by the fault of those who should have taught them better. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Her mother had been obliged to renounce her intention of having her taught music, for the sound of an organ in the silent streets made her tremble and drew tears from her eyes. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Sinclair Lewis You leave this poetry and stuff to these foreigners and artists, and you stick to Latin and math, and the Bible. I tell you, I’ve taught school, and I’ve learned by experience. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Plotinus begins—’ Simplicius was one of the last philosophers who taught in Athens, one of the seven who were driven forth when Justinian, in his zeal for Christianity, closed the schools. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Anatole France He is taught how to kill men; he is threatened, insulted, put in prison and told that it is an honor; and, if he does not care for that sort of honor, he is fusilladed. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

H.P. Lovecraft How any dream — or scrap of unconsciously absorbed legend — could have taught me a detail so minute, so intricate, and so complex, I did not attempt to explain to myself. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H. G. Wells Do you altogether understand?” “We taught them that,” said Ostrog. “Perhaps. Can you teach them to forget it? But enough of this! These negroes must not come. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

He delivered addresses, read the Bible, taught the singing of hymns, and in other matters endeavoured to persuade young and old to live decently and in order. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells I taught him the rudiments of English; gave him ideas of counting; even made the thing read the alphabet. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

She had been taught by a famous French master at a time when dancing was a fine art, and she had all the stately graces and graceful freedoms of the highest school. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Edmund Burke The science of constructing a commonwealth, or renovating it, or reforming it, is, like every other experimental science, not to be taught a priori. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

E. F. Benson It would look as if we weren’t really interested in what he taught us, as if it was only the novelty of having a — a Brahmin among us that had attracted us. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Thomas Paine Regard to decency, or to rank, might have taught you better; or pride inspired you, though virtue could not. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

It was unpleasant, but it taught me not to use the expression ‘street corner loafer’, so I gained something from it. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Henry James Bestir yourself, dear Rowland, or we may be taught to think that virtue herself is setting a bad example. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Anthony Trollope No girl will be taught to wish to shine like Beatrix, nor will any youth be made to think that to gain the love of such a one it can be worth his while to expend his energy or his heart. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

T. E. Lawrence Supper taught us the urgent need to send news over the one hundred and fifty miles to the British at Suez for a relief-ship. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

You see your Image disgraced; you see, and I appeal to you all for the truth of it, that what the ragan would have taught has, without your assistance, been disclosed. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Sigmund Freud She had been a mother to them, she had taught them, she had gone for walks with them, she had offered them a complete substitute for the slight interest which their own mother showed in them. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Rafael Sabatini She shall be taught the True Faith. She shall be saved from the furnace. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Robert Green Ingersoll Let me give you an outline of the sciences as taught by those philosophers. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope But it would be a happiness to her if this young sister-in-law, who would no doubt sooner or later be the female head of the house, could be taught to love her. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Meredith You hated the old man, and you taught Mr. Romfrey to think that you had been insulted. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

He taught me to like Fenians, though I hardly knew what the word meant. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Anthony Trollope But before the end of the first fortnight there grew upon her a feeling that even bank-notes become tawdry if you are taught to use them as curl-papers. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

He should be taught a lesson anyhow. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

M. P. Shiel The next day I found her at the bank, taught her to take the sounding for adjusting the float, and she lay down not far from me, holding the rod. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Thomas Carlyle For British Liberty, it seems, the people cannot be taught to read. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

T. H. Huxley Unity of plan, diversity in execution, is the lesson taught by the study of the rings of the body, and the same instruction is given still more emphatically by the appendages. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Henry Adams Long before history began, his education was complete, for the record could not have been started until he had been taught to record. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Gissing It meant only a shilling or two, but retail trade had taught him the importance of shillings. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Anthony Trollope They are not sufficient, either in intellect or in number; but there are men among us who have taught themselves to believe that the infuriated gin drinker is the true holder of a new gospel. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Mary Webb Reddin stared at Hazel. ‘Who taught you to sing?’ he asked. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

John Galsworthy His Englisches Mädchen — he calls me! Oh me! How difficult is life! I am surprised to find that all the deportment and good conduct I have been taught seem to count for nothing when I am with him. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Henry James He had no natural avidity and even no special wrath; he had none that had not been taught him, and it was doing his best to learn the lesson that had made him so sick. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Elizabeth Gaskell She taught Molly to read and write, but tried honestly to keep her back in every other branch of education. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Certainly you’ve taught ME more about it than I knew before. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

They taught him to play with dice, and the more intricate game of chess, in which the royal captive became expert, and loved to be guile with it the tedious hours of his imprisonment. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Eliot As it was, I could have paired off, for ignorance of whatever was taught me, with the worst Latin scholar that was ever turned out of a classical academy. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

Oliver Goldsmith Almost all men have been taught to call life a passage, and themselves the travellers. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Anthony Trollope Indeed, Marie had not hitherto been taught to look at the matter in this light. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

The Baroness de Spath taught her how to make little board boxes and decorate them with tinsel and painted flowers; her mother taught her religion. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

John Stuart Mill Such persons, if they can once get their creed taught from authority, naturally think that no good, and some harm, comes of its being allowed to be questioned. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

And he opened his mouth and taught them. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Rudyard Kipling He had been to Rangoon, and knew something of the ways of the Kullahs. Sitting in front of his door in the evenings, he taught Georgina a dry philosophy which did not console her in the least. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Walter Scott The witches were taught to call these imps by names, some of which might belong to humanity, while others had a diabolical sound. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Rudyard Kipling On the Government side of the Border, women are taught to read, and write, and cast accounts, and —— MOTHER [with intention]. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

George Meredith A good governess would have taught you that in the nursery. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had known of women caught in traps of folly and passion and weakness and had learned how terror taught them to lie and shift and even show abnormal cleverness. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope This was the lesson which Mrs. Woodward had now to teach her daughter; and she so taught it that Linda did all that circumstances and her mother required of her. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Jack London Also, I taught them quarter-staff, until the game became a very contagion and broken heads anything but novelties. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Anthony Trollope When Father John calculated that by good management Ussher might be brought to relinquish Feemy, he was right, but he was far from right, when he thought that Feemy could be taught to forget him. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Jonathan Swift This has been the style of late years; which whoever introduced among us, they have taught our allies to speak after them. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Anthony Trollope He had gradually taught himself to think that his own luxuries and his own comforts should in his own estimation be paramount to everything. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

My mother loved Christ. She taught me to do so. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Sir Walter Scott My father, constantly engaged in military duty, I saw but at rare intervals, and was taught to look up to him with more awe than confidence. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Anthony Trollope But the man had gone away, not without a tragedy that was appalling; — and each thought that, as regarded him, he and the person in whom they were interested could be taught to seem to forget him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Experience with hospital nurses had taught him which kind of a woman could be relied on in an emergency and which could not. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

William Makepeace Thackeray Look at a man in a hunting-field who has not been taught to ride as a boy. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

W. H. Hudson Old Pascual first put Bruno on a horse and taught him to ride after the flock, and to do a hundred things. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

H. G. Wells We fight not for ourselves — for we are but the momentary hands and eyes of the Life of the World. So you, Father Redwood, taught us. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

It was thus that I was to be taught to associate evil with their prosecution, happiness with their disregard. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Robert Green Ingersoll Four thousand years ago he believed in it, taught it and upheld it. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God. The Merciful taught the Qur’ân; He created man, taught him plain speech. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Elizabeth Gaskell I remember sitting on his knee many and many a time when I was a child, whilst he told me stories out of the ‘Pilgrim’s Progress.’ He taught me to suck up milk through a straw. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

D. H. Lawrence Then he taught in the night schools. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

The discipline at school did not make us good boys, but it made us civilised; it taught us to conceal our crimes. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

He taught himself Latin, French, and Italian, besides working at botany, chemistry, and the dispensing of medicines. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

William Morris Let us therefore study it wisely, be taught by it, kindled by it; all the while determining not to imitate or repeat it; to have either no art at all, or an art which we have made our own. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Lucy Maud Montgomery She tucked the child up in bed, mentally vowing that she should be taught a prayer the very next day, and was leaving the room with the light when Anne called her back. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Rudyard Kipling My Deeferential Valve–Gear taught me how that business lay, I blame no chaps wi’ clearer head for aught they make or sell. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Wilkie Collins But remember Who taught us to pray that we may not be led into temptation — and complete the good work that you have begun, by leaving Sally among friends and sisters in this house. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Jane Austen She has been taught nothing useful, and is too young and too simple to have acquired any thing herself. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Oscar Wilde Your picture has taught me that. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Robert Green Ingersoll They taught as a reward for belief in their doctrine eternal joy, and as a punishment for non-belief eternal pain. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry Handel Richardson The question whether Cuffy and his sisters should be taught to pray or not to pray, to invoke a personal or an impersonal Deity, never entered her head. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson For the man must walk by what he sees, and leave the issue with God who made him and taught him by the fortune of his life. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett The vision of her face taught her more efficiently than anything else the gravity of her adventure. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Ford Madox Ford I don’t know exactly what they taught her. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Gaston Leroux The sceptical tone of his conversation was that of a man who had been taught by experience. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

She therefore found one for herself, an artist who taught her nothing very new, but who carried her off to offer her half of what he possessed, that is to say nothing. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

He taught me sewing royally, Twelve knights had watch and ward of me. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Algernon Blackwood Your forest and mountain gods have not taught you to understand civilized women. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

It made a workman of me and above all, it taught me that tense resolution, will-power was the most important factor of success in life. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Eliot My maid has taught her fine needlework, and she has mended some lace of mine very respectably indeed — very respectably. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Rudyard Kipling Many voyages had taught Nurkeed how to spend his money and made him a citizen of the world. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope But Jacko was not going to be taught what sort of oath he should swear. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel She did not know what to do, fell by her bedside and prayed to be taught which of the two was Richard’s best friend. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Baldwin Spencer The turtle then described the ceremonies and taught Kulbaran how to perform them and how to make the sacred sticks and stones. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

We, the choir taught to sing the praises of Phoebus and Diana, bear home with us a good and certain hope, that Jupiter, and all the other gods, are sensible of these our supplications. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

H. G. Wells It is one of the things that Raven’s notes have taught me that a human mind, an adult human mind anyhow, is much less easily transplanted to a new time and climate than I had been wont to assume. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Anthony Trollope Nay — she had taught herself to love him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

It derives from the early training in which a middle-class child is taught almost simultaneously to wash his neck, to be ready to die for his country, and to despise the ‘lower classes’. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Rudyard Kipling That torrent of verbiage is Ours. We taught him what was constitutional and what was unconstitutional in the days when Calcutta smelt. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Somehow, in the last week he taught me more than in the whole of the rest of his life. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle But I call to mind a charm for a wounded hawk which was taught me by the fowler of Gaston de Foix. How did it run? ‘The lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

M. P. Shiel If he has only enough, he can wash the world in his flush, and also if he is taught in what fashion to use it. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Sixteen hundred years had not tainted the old Roman blood in her veins; and the instinct of a race she had perhaps scarce heard of taught her to die with decent dignity. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Stephen was a brat she picked up somewhere; he’s nothing to do with us, but she’s taught him to call her ‘grandmother’, because of a child that should have been. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Anthony Trollope But he had been taught by experience to expect great carelessness. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing I did serve him for years, and for next to no payment, but he taught me nothing more than he could help. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She had known such a reality, that it taught her to distinguish inevitably the large portion that is unreal, in every work of art. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle I taught her to call me Etienne, and I tried to cheer her up, for her sweet face was sad and there were tears in her beautiful dark eyes. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

I wanted to be taught rather than to teach. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

Thomas Hobbes It hath been also commonly taught that faith and sanctity are not to be attained by study and reason, but by supernatural inspiration or infusion. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Abraham Merri Cyrus the King taught us that it was a good general who knew how to retreat to save his troops. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

I stood silent, the half-remorseful spectator of a fall like the fall of Lucifer. ‘I would have taught the world wisdom. Prester John by John Buchan

They announced that the children would be taught certain branches of learning, and that the whole Bible would be placed in their hands, to be studied and understood. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

I cannot understand why physiology should not be taught — in fact, you have here abundant evidence that it can be taught — with the same definiteness and the same precision as anatomy is taught. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Anthony Trollope He, too, had some of that knowledge of the world which had taught Lady Altringham to say that the young people in such contests could always beat the old people. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Rudyard Kipling It was not preached to the crowd,   It was not taught by the State. No man spoke it aloud,   When the English began to hate. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Anthony Trollope He had already taught himself to endeavour to make excuses for her,—though in doing so he always fell back at last on the enormity of her offence. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope But he was not at present by any means an impoverished man, having been taught a lesson by the miseries of his father and grandfather, and having learned to live within his means. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She knew that he had other business than that of his office, higher hopes than those attached to his board; and she taught herself to believe that his career required him to be among public men. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing You yourself have taught me to know her. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Or is she an elfish spirit, who, as the legends of our childhood taught us, is forbidden to cross a running stream? Pray hasten her, for this delay has already imparted a tremor to my nerves. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Abraham Merri He who speaks to you now is not he you were taught — and taught justly then — to hate. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Anne Bronte It was quite right that they should be hardy; yet, surely, they might have been taught some consideration for others who were less so. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Charles Dudley Warner They instructed the new settlers in the best art of curing and smoking tobacco, while the latter, in return, made them drunk with true Hollands — and then taught them the art of making bargains. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

She begs for toast so prettily every morning at breakfast, and my governess has taught her ever so many tricks. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Anthony Trollope He did not pronounce his words with any of those soft slushy Judaic utterances by which they had been taught to believe he would disgrace himself. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

It is taught just as you would teach the rules of chess or draughts. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Mary Webb She was to sing ‘Harps in Heaven,’ a song her mother had taught her. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Robert Louis Stevenson She will have taught me a great deal about Mr. David — all the ill of him, and a little that was not so ill either, now and then,” she said, smiling. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

For if these be taught him in French or Latin, when he begins once to understand either of these tongues, he will get a knowledge in these sciences and the language to boot. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

H. G. Wells Science taught the men who served it, and the pupil learnt more than the teacher knew. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

William Morris Maybe I taught him something, but ready he was to learn, And had come to our workmen meetings some knowledge of men to learn. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

Instinct taught Martin and Margaret to do the same upon their line of retreat. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade