Phrases with "tendency"

Charles Dickens On the whole, Boots said it had a tendency to make him feel as if he was in love himselfonly he didn’t exactly know who with. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

The tendency to fault-finding is dominant — disagreeably dominant. Memories and Studies by William James

It is only in the last generation that efforts have been made to create a tendency towards separation, which would indeed serve no one but Poland’s common enemies. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Edmund Burke Infinity has a tendency to fill the mind with that sort of delightful horror, which is the most genuine effect, and truest test of the sublime. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

The tendency is for all the labors of the working-class to be ultimately turned upon the unfortunate wealthy class. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

G. K. Chesterton I did not approve of these cruel acts, though provoked by the tyranny of the government; but now there is a tendency to reproach all Intelligents with the memory of them. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Anthony Trollope He had a great dislike to being —‘blown up,’ as he would probably have expressed it himself, and he already thought that he saw in his companion’s eye a tendency that way. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Dickens understood the possibility of such work, but his tendency to melodrama on the one hand, and his humour on the other, prevented him from thinking of it. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

But I wronged Lady Knollys in suspecting her of pique, or malice, or anything more than that tendency to take strong views which some persons attribute to my sex. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Ralph Waldo Emerson There is a tendency in things to right themselves, and the war or revolution or bankruptcy that shatters a rotten system, allows things to take a new and natural order. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Leslie Stephen The Partridge pamphlets and its various practical jokes are illustrations of a tendency which fell in with the spirit of the time, and of which Gulliver may be regarded as the highest manifestation. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A tendency to speculation, though it may keep women quiet, as it does man, yet makes her sad. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

T. H. Huxley A tendency of organisms to give rise to useful varieties, and a natural selection, do not exist. Essays by T. H. Huxley

And the connection between his obscurantist opinions and his tendency towards “quaintness” of language remains to be worked out; Mr Menon hardly touches upon it. Collected Essays by George Orwell

It is only in our own age, when mechanization has finally triumphed, that we can actually feel the tendency of the machine to make a fully human life impossible. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Elizabeth Von Arnim When he came to them, Fanny’s immediate neighbours showed a tendency to look round at her again, but were intimidated by Manby’s glares, who was now well on the watch. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

The Mass of Shadows14, by Anatole France, is an example of the modern tendency to show phantoms in groups, as contrasted with the solitary habits of ancient specters. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

John Galsworthy That at least was something to do on the morrow, and she pictured herself with this in her hand forcing large sums of money out of some flinty person with a tendency towards the art of lending. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Arnold Bennett The official’s glance showed some suspicion of sarcasm and a tendency to resent it. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Samuel Johnson To the opinion of Steele may be added the proof supplied by the play itself, of which the characters are such as Addison would have delineated, and the tendency such as Addison would have promoted. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

There is a similar but less pronounced tendency to intrust the work of instruction in the higher learning to men of some pecuniary qualification. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Louis Pasteur Both kinds showed a tendency to form clusters, the compactness of which impeded the movements of those which were in motion. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Edith Wharton He knew Tarrant’s tendency to slip into a rut and shrink from new contacts, and thought it likely that the hotel people might know of his whereabouts even if he were not under their roof. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Jeremy Bentham So much with regard to the two first of the articles upon which the evil tendency of an action may depend: viz. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Else why is it that, in every age alike, men have asserted or even assumed the downward tendency of the human race in all that regards moral qualities. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Sinclair Lewis I seem to recall a tendency in you to overdo a lot of things. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald He played football intensely, alternating a reckless brilliancy with a tendency to keep himself as safe from hazard as decency would permit. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James The marks of the Vicar of Lockleigh were a big, athletic figure, a candid, natural countenance, a capacious appetite and a tendency to indiscriminate laughter. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

There was even a tendency to feel that the Nanking atrocities had become, as it were, retrospectively untrue because the British Government now drew attention to them. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

All through the eighteenth century the same tendency is visible. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

In another letter, written in 1876, he confesses a tendency to ‘wild hitting’, and perhaps he was too rapid at times in drawing his inferences. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

A Scottish university class — which is many most moral individuals — has a similar eruptive tendency when it gets into the hands of a weak professor. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Still I have feared that she may have a tendency to consumption. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

In one way or another the tendency of all the writers in this group is conservative. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

So far as regards their tendency in shaping human nature by education and selection, the common run of non-economic employments are to be classed with the pecuniary employments. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

R. D. Blackmore But my tendency is to take that fellow by the throat with both hands, and throttle him. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

H. G. Wells For a few weeks the weather was very good and I developed a tendency to let things drift. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

I don’t see how any one can help being struck in absolutist writings by that curious tendency to fly to violent extremes of which I have already said a word. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was replaced by a glib Martinique negro, with an incongruous British accent and a tendency to be surly, whom Anthony detested. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Charles Lamb I was never strong, but I think my constitution (for a weak one) was as happily exempt from the tendency to any malady as it was possible to be. Confessions of a Drunkard by Charles Lamb [1813]

Thomas Hardy She was a pretty, invocating, weak-mouthed girl, whose chief defect as a companion with her sex was a tendency to peevishness now and then. The Fiddler of the Reels by Thomas Hardy [1893]

Miles Franklin Not that we ever went hungry at home, but when one has nothing to eat in the hot weather but bread and beef it gives them tendency to dream of fruit and cool dainties. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Shirley had no fear of her kind; no tendency to shrink from, to avoid it. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Jules Verne The beds of water farthest from the trench, that were not warmed by the men’s work, showed a tendency to solidification. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Edith Wharton Women always had a tendency to overdress when they dined with the Manfords; to wear too many jewels, and put on clothes that glistened. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Oscar Wilde Shabbiness, which in modern life is merely the tendency of the lower orders towards tone, is not without its artistic value, and modern colours are often much improved by being a little faded. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Wilkie Collins At other times my temperament was of the nervous and anxious sort, and my tendency was to exaggerate any difficulties that might place themselves in my way. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Mrs. Alwynn was a stout, florid, good-humored-looking woman, with a battered fringe, considerably younger than her husband in appearance, and with a tendency to bright colors in dress. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

The stem shows no tendency to twine spirally round a support; but the allied tendril-bearing genus Paullinia is said (Mohl, p. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Edgar Allan Poe This tendency has been given it, in the first instance, by the onward and tumultuous spirit of the age. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James This, however, was but an episode in his growth; he became afterwards a fresh-colored, yellow-bearded man, but he was never accused of anything worse than a tendency to corpulence. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Thomas Hardy By constitution she was local to the bone, but she could not escape the tendency of the age. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Bram Stoker But in sterner matters, when the issue was of life or death, the masculine tendency towards recklessness kicked the beam. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Still you think there is no tendency to consumption?” “Of that I am certain so far as my slight glimpse of a case that to me, however, seems a simple and not uncommon one, will permit. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

H. G. Wells The electric drill bucked up the neighbours tremendously and created a hostile audience that was of use in checking any tendency to slack off. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

George Elio As for herself, with that tendency to wakefulness common to advanced years, she found it impossible to compose herself to sleep again after this agitating surprise. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

George Gissing That has always been true of me, in spite of your sceptical look; and the tendency increases as I grow older. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

It has often been assumed that man has chosen for domestication animals and plants having an extraordinary inherent tendency to vary, and likewise to withstand diverse climates. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The first will be a strong tendency for city ground values to fall, the other a less marked tendency for agricultural land to rise. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

Walter Scott Julian again sought to fix his eye, in order to ascertain that he had not mistaken the tendency of this transient expression, but the stranger did not allow him another opportunity. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes it became a tendency to blame others unduly, or to mortify the self. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

The tendency of public feeling in this direction is patent, but it does not follow that a republic is to be the final stage of our government. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

William Godwin The tendency of the proceeding, strictly considered, and uniformly acted upon, would have been to proscribe her from all valuable society. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

This tendency of the sap to ascend is well shown in another plant, the water liana. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Anthony Trollope Nor do I find in myself any tendency to modify them as I have found generally in men as they grow old. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was his nature to be always young, and the tendency of his mode of life to keep him so. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Bronislaw Malinowski The unquestionable physiological instinct of jealousy and the natural tendency to keep up one’s private exclusive rights, are two sources from which jealousy seems to be derived. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Any tendency to modification will also have been checked by intercrossing with the unmodified immigrants, often arriving from the mother-country. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Herman Melville A tendency to some pulmonary complaint appeared to have been lately confirmed. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Theodore Dreiser There was a tendency in him to walk away from the impossible thing. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Jane Austen There was never much laughing in his presence; or, if there is any difference, it is not more, I think, than such an absence has a tendency to produce at first. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

But in addition to this there is a tendency for the mechanization of the world to proceed as it were automatically, whether we want it or not. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Joseph Furphy Now, though the Murray is the most crooked river on earth, its general tendency is directly from east to west. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Motion implies terminus; and how can terminus be felt before we have arrived? The barest start and sally forwards, the barest tendency to leave the instant, involves the chasm and the leap. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Theodore Dreiser One could not walk or drive about Philadelphia without seeing and being impressed with the general tendency toward a more cultivated and selective social life. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Bram Stoker The next step of intellectual decline was to bring to bear on the main idea of the conscious identity of the kite all sorts of subjects which had imaginative force or tendency of their own. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

How do Yeat’s political ideas link up with his leaning towards occultism? It is not clear at first glance why hatred of democracy and a tendency to believe in crystal-gazing should go together. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Maria Edgeworth But see, my poor bog, without promising so well, performs better; for it’s six years, instead of six months, that I’ve seen no tendency to relapse. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Olaf Stapledon Contraception had produced not only a decline of population but also a tendency of the more intelligent strains in the population to breed less than the dullards and half-wits. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

But her cordiality had evidently no tendency to deepen into any more impassioned sentiment, for she “begged to stay another year or so. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

George Meredith She wounded him by not supplying the expected enthusiastic asseveration of her belief in his general tendency to magnanimity. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

H. G. Wells He was a thick-set, shortish, dark, round-faced earnest-mannered man with a tendency to plumpness. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

G. K. Chesterton You’ve got to understand one of the tricks of the modern mind, a tendency that most people obey without noticing it. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

T. H. Huxley In all these cases of propagation and perpetuation, there seems to be a tendency in the offspring to take the characters of the parental organisms. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Olaf Stapledon There is a tendency to reverse the process of social amelioration, and to tighten up social discipline. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett Again and again had he noted the tendency of remarkable men to beget gaping and idle fools. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Simple in form, the flowers are produced in loose, irregular groups, and are proportionately thick and leathery, with less tendency than others of the family to become brown when fading. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Leslie Stephen She knew, therefore, that he was never more in want of the care which, as she seems to imply, had saved him from the specific tendency to something like madness. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Ford Madox Ford Hiding a tendency to tears, no doubt. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Gertrude Stein Berenson had a tendency to be supercilious and so everybody let him go on and on. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Olaf Stapledon In every group which is regarded as an object of value there is a tendency to herd-mindedness. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Jane Austen And the distinction is not quite so much against the candour and common sense of the world as appears at first; for a very narrow income has a tendency to contract the mind, and sour the temper. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Henrietta Street and its neighbours have still, in the main, a literary atmosphere, but of late years publishers have shown a tendency to scatter. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

George Gissing There’s a tendency in our time to excess of humanitarianism—I mean a sort of lachrymose habit which really does no good. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Charles Kingsley We have not the slightest tendency toward the stimulants of Popery, either in their Roman unmixed state, or in their diluted Oxford form. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Fanny Fern There are not necessarily any extremes in your character, and when you manifest them, they are more the result of circumstances than the natural tendency of the mind. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Wilkie Collins I have a tendency to self-examination, accompanied by one merit — I don’t spare myself. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Bram Stoker The boy who had manifested a tendency to “grow downwards” found the beginning of a kind of success in these studies in which, to the surprise of all, he exhibited a form of aptitude. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

And a tendency to return to this naive, sensational method of appeal is unmistakable in the upper-class churches of today. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

This tendency is most observable in the female of the species, in whom the ancestral sense is strong and persistent. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

In changes of this nature, there will be little or no tendency to alter the original pattern, or to transpose the parts. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Edgar Allan Poe There were the same luxurious smoothness of surface, the same scarcely perceptible tendency to the aquiline, the same harmoniously curved nostrils speaking the free spirit. Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence Gerald went about all day with a tendency to cringe, as if there were the point of a sword of Damocles pricking the nape of his neck. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Jane Austen Their tendency is gross and illiberal; and if their construction could ever be deemed clever, time has long ago destroyed all its ingenuity. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Theodore Dreiser It is an interesting fact to contemplate that the Calligans, like the various members of the Butler family, never suspected Aileen of the least tendency toward a wayward existence. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

The tendency to question is met by the unanalyzing instinct of reverence. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

T. H. Huxley The tendency of B to persist will grow with its persistence through successive generations, and it will acquire all the characters of a new species. Essays by T. H. Huxley

George Gissing His habitual cast of countenance was meditative, with a tendency to sadness. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

But whilst the males belong to families in which the tendency to produce sons is great, the females are of those of a converse inclination. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Slight swelling of the cervical glands set in, accompanied by a tendency to fall asleep at any time. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

We see this tendency to become striped most strongly displayed in hybrids from between several of the most distinct species. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Wilkie Collins You think it is? Well, then, books do me harm, because they increase my tendency to be envious (one of my worst vices). My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Anthony Trollope This tendency to stretch comes not, I think, generally from the ambition of the writer, but from his inability to comprise the different parts in their allotted spaces. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Andrew Lang After taking one’s degree, and beginning to write a little for publication, the topic has a tendency to become much more personal. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

At any rate it was obvious he was no longer regarded with hostility but rather there was a tendency among his fellow-diners to be favourably disposed towards him. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

The tendency now is to treat supernatural life humorously, satirically or symbolically, rather than with the conventional methods of the past. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H.G. Wells Did you notice the effeminate delicacy of his face ? His tendency to quite unmeaning laughter? His neglected hair? Then consider his singular dress . The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

In order that an idea should take external or concrete form it has to be married, as it were, to some desire or tendency in the individual. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Charles Dickens There is great earnestness, vast candour, a manifest sincerity in all you say, but I fear I observe the faintest indications of a tendency to prose. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

In a new country everything has a tendency to go wild again, man included; and the longer civilisation has existed in any country the more trustworthy and agreeable will its inhabitants be. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

George Gissing Faults, no doubt, were observable, among them a tendency to spiritual pride — which seemed (Martin could admit) an argument for, rather than against, his sincerity. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing She looked at him furtively; seemed to suppress a tendency to laugh. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

These petioles and filaments also show some tendency to contract spirally. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Sinclair Lewis For fussy discussion they had a rich, full genius, and their example developed in Kennicott a tendency to the same form of affectionate flaying. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The weather was serene but sultry; there had been a tendency to storm for several days before, and heavy clouds stood in threatening attitudes with their white heads in the horizon. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

All that is necessary is to give him credit for being smart enough to foresee that it would have such a tendency in the eyes of any person who discovered the picture. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

But immediately he was aware of certain physical sensations in himself, slight dizziness and heart-thumping and a tendency to inhale sharply and with effort. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

T. E. Lawrence In foreign politics he betrayed a mind as narrow as it had been broad in unworldly things; with much of that destructive tendency of little men to deny the honesty of opponents. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton But, after all, it was the life she had been made for: every dawning tendency in her had been carefully directed toward it, all her interests and activities had been taught to centre around it. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

It’s merely that I’m a little bit broad in the beam, with a tendency to be barrel-shaped. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

So forcibly does this truth strike me, that I would rest the whole tendency of my reasoning upon it, for whatever tends to incapacitate the maternal character, takes woman out of her sphere. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

There was even a tendency to gristle in the latter. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Charles Dickens The messenger rode back at an easy trot, stopping pretty often at ale-houses by the way to drink, but evincing a tendency to keep his own counsel, and to keep his hat cocked over his eyes. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Victor Hugo I have a tendency to become an old scoundrel. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith This is nothing more than the tendency of the generations downward from the ideal. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Man and woman have a tendency to fuse. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hardy It had come from the corner of a fence, where there was a gap, and its tendency was up the incline, towards the swede-cutters. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

You can see the same tendency in Socialist literature, which, even when it is not openly written de haut en bos, is always completely removed from the working class in idiom and manner of thought. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Theodore Dreiser The tendency to expatiate and make much of local advantages was Western. He liked it, however, as one aspect of life, whether he chose to share in it or not. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

In times of great commercial prosperity there has been a tendency to over-speculation on several occasions since then. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jeremy Bentham And one other; to wit: To take an exact account, then, of the general tendency of any act, by which the interests of a community are affected, proceed as follows. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Myelitis would be a small creeping plant, very blue, with a tendency to turn pink if not watched. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Edward Bellamy Of course there is a tendency on the part of each guild to vote for its own general, but no guild of any group has nearly enough votes to elect a man not supported by most of the others. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Oscar Wilde The tendency of creation is to repeat itself. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Walter Crane If one had a tendency to round one's forms too much, it would be well to try the rectangular method to correct this, and vice versâ. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

These were merely the expressions of the simplicity of a nation which more than any other has a tendency to run into the grotesque. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The tendency to display liquor was a manifestation of the same instinct that led a man to deck his wife with jewels. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

George Gissing Novel reading has a tendency to produce this expression of weariness. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The only trouble was his pack and waterproof, which had a tendency to catch on jags of rock. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

G. K. Chesterton He has brought back into English drama all the streams of fact or tendency which are commonly called undramatic. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

G. K. Chesterton Rupert Grant was a clever young fellow, but he had that tendency which youth and cleverness, when sharply combined, so often produce, a somewhat extravagant scepticism. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

The tendency of the world is now, as it was then, to look at the material side. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

George Gissing I spoke only of his general tendency to intemperate zeal. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Winston decided that it would not be enough simply to reverse the tendency of Big Brother’s speech. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

One needs no more be ashamed of it than of the fact that he inherits, for example, an incapacity for mathematics, or a tendency to lie. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

But the modern tendency is to a type where flames do not destroy, nor moth corrupt, nor thieves break through and steal. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

We often see a tendency to analogous variability in the plumage of our domestic breeds belonging to distinct species. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

When abandoned to her own devices, the average female has a tendency to “put on her things,” and to contrive the same, in a manner that is not conducive to patience in the male beholder. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

George Gissing That heaviness and tendency to absent brooding which not long ago seemed to indicate the tightening grip of age, was disappearing; he was once more active and loud and full of his old interests. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Wilkie Collins He was then a very young man, in delicate health, with a tendency to melancholy and a turn for metaphysics. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Olaf Stapledon There grew up a general restlessness, a tendency to quarrel over nothing, a disposition to walk violently along the geometrically ruled ‘allées’ of that prim forest. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Almost as many people wrote books about Arabia as about the Hebrides. There was, too, if Mr Tallisker might be permitted to say so, the same tendency to idealise the subject in its devotees. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Edith Wharton She developed, moreover, an inordinate pride in the capacity of her mental storehouse, and a tendency to pelt her public with its contents. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It is a tendency in all minds. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Thomas Hardy He had, he verily believed, overcome all tendency to fly to liquor — which, indeed, he had never done from taste, but merely as an escape from intolerable misery of mind. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

You were quite right — there is no tendency to consumption in that exquisite, if delicate, organization; nor do I see cause for the fear to which your statement had preinclined me. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

The tendency of mechanical progress, then, is to frustrate the human need for effort and creation. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

E. F. Benson A little overbidding of your hand, perhaps, do you think? but that is a tendency we are all subject to: I often overbid my hand myself. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

George Gissing It cost him a great effort to resist the tendency to sob aloud. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

But because of the Socialist tendency to idealize the manual worker as such, this has never been made sufficiently clear. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Charles Dickens There is no doubt that Washington, who was always most scrupulous and exact on points of ceremony, perceived the tendency towards this mistake, even in his time, and did his utmost to correct it. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Isabella Bird He has a long stride, shies badly, walks very fast, canters easily, and at present shows no tendency to tumble down. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope I object to this, that at present there exists no known mode of learning who is best, and that the method employed has no tendency to elicit the best. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Bronislaw Malinowski Memoirs, descriptions of travel, and so on, give—ceteris paribus—less guarantee; often much more room is left to phantasy, to a tendency to amuse, perhaps puzzle or interest. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Rudyard Kipling For reasons which will be thoroughly understood, there was a tendency among the passengers to herd together and to address inquiries to every officer who happened to stagger through the saloon. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

This ghoul-like tendency in the end proved fatal to her professional advancement. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Nathaniel Hawthorne But he showed no tendency to further guilt. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Arthur Conan Doyle Soon the flaccid organ began to slowly expand and show such a tendency to upward movements that Challenger fastened the cords which held it to the trunks of the surrounding trees. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Theodore Dreiser Those were the days when the society editor was accepted as a member of society — de facto — and treated more as a guest than a reporter, though even then the tendency was toward elimination. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

The tendency of all such institutions would be to destroy the sanctity of family life; and it would also include a tendency to the deterioration of manliness. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Jeffrey, while protesting his appreciation of the literary merits of the work, lamented its tendency to unsettle faith. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Mr. Lemoine, for instance, was respectably married in his native island of Jersey, and had already threatened to disinherit a nephew who showed a tendency to dissipation. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope But the money, as it showed a tendency to heap itself up, had been used for the purchase of other bits of property, or for the amelioration of the estates generally. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett He had a tendency to colds, and she hated him whenever he had a cold. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

In this respect he resembled Scott, Thackeray and George Eliot. What we call evil or sin is merely the negative of civilization — a tendency to return to the original savage condition. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Thomas Paine Whatever has a tendency to promote the civil intercourse of nations by an exchange of benefits, is a subject as worthy of philosophy as of politics. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

If he had a fault, it was a tendency to sleep more than was strictly necessary. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Helen Zimmern Another new feature in Helen is a tendency to describe natural objects. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Henry James Well, the effect of it for Strether was an abrupt reaction, a final impatience of his own tendency to temporise. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

The tendency to ruminative loitering, which those who saw him abroad always associated with his tall, spare figure, was not suggested today. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

G. K. Chesterton For the moment it need only be said that the importance of Stevenson largely consists in his relation with the tendency of his age. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Gertrude Stein All along the tendency to deplore the absence of more has not been authorised. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

His manners were considered pleasing by the people who liked him; while those who disliked him accused him of an undue estimate of his own merits, and a tendency to depreciate the rest of humanity. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell He hated everything which he fancied had a tendency towards anarchy. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

It would be extraordinarily inconvenient if I were to take cold, with my tendency to bronchial catarrh. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

George Gissing In speaking, his voice was high, often with a tendency to querulousness. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

The abstract improbability of such a tendency being transmitted through a vast number of generations, is not greater than that of quite useless or rudimentary organs being similarly transmitted. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

We want to create a sustained counter effort to the perpetual tendency of all educational organisations towards classicalism, secondary issues, and the evasion of life. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell Every talent, every feeling, every acquirement; nay, even every tendency towards virtue was used up as materials for fireworks; the hidden, sacred fire, exhausted itself in sparkle and crackle. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The tendency of her fate and fortunes had been to set her free. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]