Phrases with "tendency"

Charles Dickens For myself, I found that I was expressing my tendency to lavish expenditure, and to patronize Herbert, and to boast of my great prospects, before I quite knew that I had opened my lips. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell To counterbalance this tendency in Charlotte, was the strong common sense natural to her, and daily called into exercise by the requirements of her practical life. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Inheritance at corresponding Periods of Life. — This tendency is well established. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

John Morley Burke’s tendency towards severity of moral judgment, however, never impaired the geniality and tenderness of his relations with those whom he loved. Burke by John Morley [1879]

The outgrowing tissue has so strong a tendency to unite, that two balls produced by distinct tendrils sometimes unite and grow into a single one. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Jeremy Bentham Acts that appear to have this tendency may be styled offences against religion. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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

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]

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]

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

Charles Dickens Blinking old men who are let out of workhouses by the hour, have a tendency to sit on bits of coping stone in these churchyards, leaning with both hands on their sticks and asthmatically gasping. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Rudyard Kipling As a compensation, all men have a tendency to glorify and make much of their own special duty, no matter how humble they or the job may be. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

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]

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]

Jules Verne We have a tendency to sink, and, in order to keep our elevation, I am compelled to give greater dilation to the hydrogen. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

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]

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

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]

Hence, finally, the corresponding tendency to eschew the consideration of serious religious questions, and to leave them to clerks, as if they were crabbed problems of theology. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

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]

They have generally shown a tendency to side with those whom they regarded as the defenders of private property. Collected Essays by George Orwell

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

G. K. Chesterton That tendency to devolve our duties descends on us, which is the soul of slavery, alike whether for its menial tasks it employs serfs or emperors. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Jeremy Bentham If they be such, of which the tendency is to deprive you of the inclination in question, it must be by applying to your will the force of some seducing motive. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H. G. Wells His tendency was to be as variable as the examining board was invariable. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope Tony, whose fault was a tendency to mystery — as is the fault of most huntsmenhaving accomplished his object in stopping the hounds, pretended to cast about with great diligence. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton She had that sense of misfit which embarrasses so many boys, the sense of the soul being too big to be seen or confessed, and the tendency to cover the undeveloped emotions with a convention. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau SUCH is the natural and inevitable tendency of the best constituted governments. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Charles Dudley Warner At a watering-place like Buxton, where people really resort for health, you see the great tendency of the English to run into excrescences and bloat out into grotesque deformities. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Gertrude Stein The last which section has the reverse resemblance has no moment and there is a tendency which in the rising of the setting sun means new arising. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Virginia Woolf But to have done with fiction and its tendency to lapse into poetry — I will now report a perfectly prosaic conversation in words of one syllable. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

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

The tendency to some other than an invidious purpose in life has worked out in a multitude of organizations, the purpose of which is some work of charity or of social amelioration. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

H. G. Wells In cold fact, lying-in hospitals have a tendency to become austere, hard, unsympathetic, wholesale concerns, with a disposition to confuse and substitute moral for physical well-being. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arnold Bennett She watched every sou, and she developed a tendency to demand from her tenants all that they could pay. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray And dreadful it is to think that Swift knew the tendency of his creed — the fatal rocks towards which his logic desperately drifted. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Gissing The tendency of their present education—a misapplication of the word—must be counteracted. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

You say you have feared a tendency to consumption. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Edward Bellamy All that society had to do was to recognize and cooperate with that evolution, when its tendency had become unmistakable. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

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

John Galsworthy Sooner in fact than own children, they preferred to concentrate on the ownership of themselves, conforming to the growing tendency fin de siecle, as it was called. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Jeremy Bentham Such is the slow and minute, but sure and satisfactory, method of estimating the tendency of a law upon the principle of utility. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Andrew Lang His tendency was to be rather shy and afraid of Beauty, as a pleasant but not immaculately respectable acquaintance. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson And here also, the young men have a tendency to emigrate. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

F. Scott Fitzgerald As he plunged deeper into his work his mind had a tendency to revert sharply to his question, and several times he arose and paced nervously up and down the room. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

H.P. Lovecraft The fingers were strikingly short in proportion to the rest of the structure, and seemed to have a tendency to curl closely into the huge palm. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

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

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]

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]

Scientific men themselves will cheat — at public lectures — rather than let experiments obey their well-known tendency towards failure. Memories and Studies by William James

Theodore Dreiser Her knowledge and comments were so ripe and sane, despite a tendency to pose a little, which was quite within her rights. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

But, because ‘obscene’ books do not appear very frequently, there is a tendency to lump them together, as a rule quite unjustifiably. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

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]

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

George Gissing On her way home, though mechanically repeating dates and formulae, Jessica could not resist the tendency of her thoughts, to dwell on Samuel’s features and Samuel’s eloquence. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

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

G. K. Chesterton The tendency of all his characters is upwards, like bubbles, never downwards, like stones. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

But the same tendency as before is at work. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

It really appears to me that the medicine always increases the tendency to sickness. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Tell him he has asthmatic symptoms, or a tendency to the gouty diathesis, and he will at once think of all the asthmatic and gouty old patriarchs he has ever heard of, and be comforted. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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]

Walter Scott But Alice, young as she was, and attached to Julian by such long habits of kindly intimacy, still knew well how to subdue the tendency of her own treacherous affections. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Robert Louis Stevenson This evil day there is a tendency continually to postpone: above all with painters. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

George Gissing You know that I have long enough tried to find work, but I have been misled by the common tendency of the time. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope Nor is he much more gracious to young ladies who travel with their mammas, and who sometimes show a tendency to cultivate the acquaintance of those scandalous young British rioters. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

He might thus do far more good to his tribe than by begetting offspring with a tendency to inherit his own high character. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Edith Wharton She no longer represented the negative side of his life; she showed, indeed, a tendency to inconvenient affirmations. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Leon Trotsky It is true in both respects, that is, regarding my tendency to florid writing, and also my disinclination to accept corrections. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

Most of H.’s work is pervaded by a strong element of mysticism, and a tendency to dwell in the border-land between the seen and the unseen. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Olaf Stapledon He himself deprecates the modern tendency to break away from the great stream of philosophical speculation, He insists that philosophy must speculate, and must take note of past speculations. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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

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

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

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

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

Algernon Blackwood The tendency of feeling is always to see things whole. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

George Gissing His face was neither sad nor cheerful, but the tendency of its free play of feature was clearly in the direction rather of the former than of the latter expression. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The tendency to run became general, and from little excited groups here and there came the sounds of cheering. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson And further, there seemed a tendency among many of his fellows to fall into the same blank and unlovely opinions. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton One of the characteristics of the central Victorian spirit was a tendency to substitute a certain more or less satisfied seriousness for the extremes of tragedy and comedy. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

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

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

According to von Schroeder there was, among the Aryan peoples generally, a tendency to regard the dead as assuming the character of daimons of fertility. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Exaggerated praise of any author has a tendency to excite depreciation correspondingly unjust and untrue. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

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

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]

Some authors believe that long-continued domestication eliminates this strong tendency to sterility in species. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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]

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]

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

By escaping from your finite perceptions to the conception of the eternal whole, you can hallow any tendency whatever. The Meaning of Truth by William James

But the work suffers also from a tendency to exaggeration. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

The fault, if it is a fault, grows upon us, for the whole present tendency of American life is centrifugal, and just so far as literature is the language of our life, it shares this tendency. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

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

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]

Ralph Waldo Emerson They are round, ruddy, and handsome; at least, the whole bust is well formed; and there is a tendency to stout and powerful frames. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

T. E. Lawrence Chetwode, who was to direct the advance, asked how his men were to distinguish friendly from hostile Arabs, since their tendency was a prejudice against all wearing skirts. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Charles Dickens Regarded merely as a question of policy, it is very impolitic, as having a tendency to send the working men to the public-house, where gin is reported to be sold. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Gissing If ever there is in one column a pretence of higher teaching, it is made laughable by the base tendency of all the rest. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Sigmund Freud In this dilemma the majority of authors have developed a tendency to belittle as far as possible the share of the psychic factor, which is so difficult to determine, in the evocation of dreams. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

But at the same time, Burnham insists, there has been no tendency to return to capitalism. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

George Gissing Illustrating a well-known tendency of human nature, his reckless egoism based its confidence on the presumed existence of heroic self-devotion in his victim. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George MacDonald A tendency to croak caused a certain roughness in his speech, but his voice was not disagreeable, and what he said, although conveying little enlightenment, did not sound rude. Lilith by George MacDonald

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]

Henry James His popularity, indeed, struck Hyacinth as rather an uncertain quantity, and the only mistake he had seen a symptom of on his friend’s part was a tendency to overestimate it. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Dismissing a tendency to justify himself, he sat down at his desk and wrote out, like a prescription, a régime that would cut his liquor in half. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Hardy In fact, I loved her a good deal at one time; but travel has a tendency to obliterate early fancies. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Robert Green Ingersoll It is in the very nature of things that torments inflicted have no tendency to bring a wicked man to repentance. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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]

Walter Scott The religious opinions of sectaries have a tendency like the water of some springs, to become soft and mild, when freely exposed to the open day. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

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

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]

Washington Irving Yet I really believe him to be an honest man at bottom, though to be sure he is penurious, and he is mean, and it must be owned he has a tendency to savageness. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Henry James This tendency on Catherine’s part was presently even more apparent. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

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]

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

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]

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

His writings are all interesting and informing, but in general suffer from his tendency to diffuseness. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

He assured himself again that he could not entertain the idea of painting it seriously, and that this was because of the inevitable tendency which the subject would have toward caricature. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Once in her own place any tendency to tears was gone. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

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]

This tendency of organic unities to accumulate when once they are formed is absolutely all the truth I can distill from Spencer’s unwieldy account of evolution. Memories and Studies by William James

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]

Jeremy Bentham By offences against external security, we may understand such offences whereof the tendency is to bring upon the public a mischief resulting from the hostilities of foreign adversaries. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Henry James She was remarkable for a maturity of which every symptom might have been observed to be admirably controlled, had not a tendency to stoutness just affirmed its independence. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

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]

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]

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

H. G. Wells For a long time that little tendency threw no shadow over their intercourse, but it contained within it the seeds of an ultimate disruption. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

George Meredith He is another example of the constant tendency in men to be what they call ‘practical’ at the expense of honour and sincerity. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

G. K. Chesterton But Browning was really unique, in that he had a certain spontaneous and unthinking tendency to the admiration of others. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Though humble and anxious to oblige, she pulled away from the pole as if it were red hot, and at critical moments had a tendency to sit down. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

George Gissing The tendency is to attach importance to them, however strong the arguments making for a less grave consideration. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

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

Walter Scott The extreme height of Count Robert’s person adapted him for a garb, which had a tendency to make persons of a lower stature appear rather dwarfish and thick when arrayed cap-a-pie. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

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

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

A boy’s guileless enthusiasm for the untried was still strong in me, coupled with a tendency to make friends in all quarters, desirable or otherwise. Serapion by Francis Stevens

I felt this very strongly, with a tendency to personal application, before the dinner was through. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

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]

George Gissing You know what I told you about my tendency to low spirits. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Gissing But it’s the natural tendency of my mind. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Hardy From the north side of the nave smiled a host of girls, gaily uniform in dress, age, and a temporary repression of their natural tendency to ‘skip like a hare over the meshes of good counsel. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Henry James Paul Overt suspected her of a tendency to figure great people as larger than life, until he noticed the manner in which she handled Lady Egbert, which was so sharply mutinous that it reassured him. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Jeremy Bentham A man steals bread out of a baker’s shop: this is one of those acts of which the tendency will readily be acknowledged to be bad. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Isabella Bird The Society has, in great measure, withdrawn its support, and recent legislative enactments have a tendency to place the Church of England in Canada, to some extent, on the voluntary system. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

John Locke This would be the state of the mind, and regular tendency of the will in all its determinations, were it determined by that which is considered and in view the greater good. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

George Eliot Mrs Transome had not the ferninine tendency to seek influence through pathos; she had been used to rule in virtue of acknowledged superiority. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

E. F. Benson That consideration dried up, at its source, any real tendency to tears. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Miles Franklin Perhaps my vanity was wounded, and my tendency to strike when touched was up in arms. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Sinclair Lewis He was so devoted to her that he dropped his drinking, his smoking, and a tendency to forgery which had recently been creeping on him. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

It was strange that the books I had read were silent on the subject of this unceasing, deep-seated tendency of people to jeer at one another. In the World by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells There was a sprinkling of foreigners, who discoursed with passion, and a tendency to length, in what they evidently considered was the English tongue. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H.P. Lovecraft People who smelled them had a tendency to glimpse momentary mirages of enormous vistas, with strange hills or endless avenues of sphinxes and hippogriffs stretching off into infinite distance. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

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

Here let us pause for one moment, to notice another peculiarity in the Oxford system, upon the tendency of which I shall confidently make my appeal to the good sense of all unprejudiced readers. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

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]

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

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

Theodore Dreiser Her health was really not as good as it had been — the care of two children and a late undiagnosed tendency toward gastritis having reduced her. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

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

George Meredith They matched middling well; with rather too marked a tendency to strain the leash and run frolic on the part of friend Debit (the wanton male), which deepened the blush of the comparison. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

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

Anthony Trollope And it is Carlylism to opine that the general grand result of increased intelligence is a tendency to deterioration. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Leon Trotsky On April 26, 1852, Proudhon wrote to a friend from prison: “The movement is no doubt irregular and crooked, but the tendency is constant. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

Jules Verne There is very little labour spent in attaining the lower regions of the ocean, for all bodies have a tendency to sink. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

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

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. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

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]

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

George Gissing Her complexion already began to show a tendency to muddiness, and when her lips parted, they showed decay of teeth. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

In Milton’s epic the tendency is to alternate these moods; and one works against the other. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

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

Henry James It was not a tendency that was encouraged at headquarters, where even the most rising young men were not incited to believe they could never fall. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether foreign imports that tend to promote industry should not be encouraged, and such as have a tendency to promote luxury should not be discouraged? 275. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

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]

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]

Sigmund Freud In recent works, on the other hand, there has been a tendency to keep more closely to the theme, and to consider, as a special subject, the separate problems of the dream-life. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

In excellent health and thinking he had got over his tendency to sore throats, he surprised everyone one day by cutting off his beard and appearing clean-shaven again. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Henry James The people showed a good deal of the sans-culotte tendency in their manners, throwing themselves on the floor, yawning, and going out when they had heard enough. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes, for instance, she had shown a tendency to think for herself. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

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]

H. G. Wells They manifest streams of tendency in the social brain, systems of ideas at a point of maximum effectiveness. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]