Phrases with "things"

It had wanted only this! See things like that in broad daylight! He was very bad — very bad. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

At last, wearied of his inaction and seeing that the moon had now come out from behind the clouds and was making things as light as day, Tom thought he would go and look about inside the mill. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

There must be lumber and, I suppose, sport, but some things one could wish were ordered otherwise. On a Mountain by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Anthony Trollope He has so many little things to think of. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

I attended them personally, and I can vouch for it that the interest they took in things was intelligent enough, though, obviously, they had never seen anything of the sort before. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

He would draw things towards him with a stick, and even use a swing for the same purpose. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Algernon Blackwood I thought of roast beef, and ale, motor-cars, policemen, brass bands, and a dozen other things that proclaimed the soul of ordinariness or utility. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Thomas Wolfe Some things will always be the same. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Thomas Hardy But things gradually get familiar, and stone floors seem not so very cold and hard, and the hooting of the owls not so very dreadful, and loneliness not so very lonely, after a while. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Radclyffe Hall But the sound of the bells would be lovely also, a part of their dreaming, a part of the stillness; for all things would seem to be welded together, to be one, even as they two were now one. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Mary Webb She looked for nests and called ‘Thuckoo!’ to the cuckoos, and found a young one, savagely egotistic, not ready for flight physically, but ready for untold things psychically. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Henry James Certain things cleared up in my mind, certain values stood out. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Anthony Trollope That she did answer with sufficient spirit, no one, I should say, need doubt; and it may be surmised that things in Gower Street were not comfortable that evening. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I wanted to give you things and fight for you. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Of all the things that people do by way of pleasure, the pursuit of a procession is surely one of the most wearisome. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Thomas Wolfe I see,” then like a fox would begin to pick up things round the edges. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Bapchild expressed himself as feeling much grieved at the turn things were taking. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Algernon Blackwood To unravel a tangle in the very soul of things — and to release a suffering human soul in the process — was with him a veritable passion. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Elizabeth Gaskell These things settled in his own mind, he recalled the doctor’s words, and bitterly thought of the shock his poor wife had so recently had, in the mysterious disappearance of her cherished sister. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

I was dead against coming all the time, and I never expected things to turn out so lucky as they have done. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Henry James Hyacinth Robinson’s nature is singularly generous and his intelligence very fine, though there are some things that he muddles up. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

H. G. Wells The things he will tell you will be very variable; but the word “premature” will play a large part in it. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Rudyard Kipling Be careful with the cartridges; I don’t like those jagged stick-up things on the rim. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I could grasp exactly how things stood. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

H. G. Wells You will find it difficult to imagine how important a matter the mere buying of things was in the lives of those people. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Virginia Woolf It was no use, though; something or other had happened to her brain — a change of focus so that near things were indistinct again. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

John Galsworthy What d’you think he asked me for yesterday — a hammer!” “Yes; he’s always breaking things up. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

In the next few seconds things moved fast. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Miles Franklin He ran after me shouting all manner of things that I could not hear on account of the rattle of the buggy. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

He was always picking up things like that out of a rose-coloured paper, and firing them off as his own. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

The earliest ‘opinions,’ it thinks, must have been dim, unconnected ‘feelings,’ and only little by little did more and more orderly views of things replace them. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

George Gissing Nothing but love, love, love; what silly nonsense it is! Why don’t people write about the really important things of life? Some of the French novelists do; several of Balzac’s, for instance. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

He saw all things in the universe just as he wished to see them — all men and women good and honest; life one long, pleasant voyage, in a well-fitted ship, with only first-class passengers on board. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry James It seemed to imply a fund of reminiscence, an experience of life that had left him hundreds of things to think about. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

She was of Gervaise’s opinion, they should do things decently. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Oscar Wilde By invariably discussing the unnecessary it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

It might very well be that literally every word in the history books, even the things that one accepted without question, was pure fantasy. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

That had been Tom Gauntry’s great pride, and his boast was that, however badly things went, he would always have enough water for the fountain. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

There was something among Searle’s things that was a great deal more suggestive than any photograph. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

D. H. Lawrence It was the little things, his movement, the funny tones of his voice, that showed up big to Anna. The matter-of-fact things he said were absurd in contrast. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James You’ve taken part in the sack of cities, and I’m sure you’ve done dreadful things yourself. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

But the dangers which a traveller exposes himself to in foreign parts are novel, out-of-the-way things to a man at home. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Charles Kingsley They found delight and not dread in the thought that the universe obeyed a law which could not be broken; that all things continued to that day according to a certain ordinance. Science by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope Could you not live on that till things come round? Our cousin Ralph knows that I am writing to you, and knows what my feelings are. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Francis Bacon Here caution is given, that upon displeasure, retiring is of all courses the unfittest; for a man leaveth things at worst, and depriveth himself of means to make them better. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Wilkie Collins He had no talent for business; things went wrong with him from the first. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

He was a liar, and a good footballer, the two things absolutely necessary for success at school. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Love and a cottage were, he knew, things incompatible; but the love and the cottage implied in those words were synonymous with absolute poverty. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope Then this young man had come to her; and though she had said to him all the hard things of which she could think because of his coming, yet—yet—yet she liked him because he had come. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

H. G. Wells I went round finding eatable things and generally thinking; but I tell you I was bored to death before the first day was out. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Edith Wharton She said to Darrow: “They tell me things are very much changed in America . The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Sinclair Lewis It distinctly isn’t wasting time and spiritual devotion over things you can’t use — just because you happen to be so unfortunate as to own ’em. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Nothing is more obvious than the fact that both the objective and the past existence of the object may be the very things about it that most seem satisfactory, and that most invite us to believe them. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

D.H. Lawrence They were pleased with everything; they extolled things English. Helena’s stout neighbour, who, it seemed, was from Dresden, began to tell anecdotes. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

History itself, though a far more daring story-teller than romance, presents few things so strange18 as the footing on which Gerard and Margaret now lived for many years. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arnold Bennett After that her outlook upon things was for a time clearer and more precise. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Elio There are many things quite lawful for other men, which a clergyman must forego if he would do any good in a manufacturing population like this. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

And by and by, when the General goes off the hooks, we can make things fair and square with the world—or before, if you’d rather not wait. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Henry James And if things get very bad you have one resource left,’ I added. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Henry Handel Richardson And as it went on, it seemed to Mahony that Ocock was putting words into the boy’s mouth; while Johnny, intimidated, said yes and amen to things he could not possibly know. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton As we consider these things we grow more and more impatient of any modern tendencies towards the enthronement of a more self-conscious and theatrical ideal. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Charles Dickens Of the riders in the tumbrils, some observe these things, and all things on their last roadside, with an impassive stare; others, with a lingering interest in the ways of life and men. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Meredith As the yacht, so the mistress: things of wealth, owing their graces to wealth, devoting them to wealth—splendid achievements of art both! and dedicated to the gratification of the superior senses. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

H. G. Wells I tell you I could surprise you with things that has happened to me. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

If he did not see these things he felt them in the air, which was growing with every moment colder and was made bitter by a driving wind that held in its lap a steely sleet. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Arthur Machen Either he would be ashamed before so much content, or else he would be again touched by the sense of his inhumanity which could take no interest in the common things of life. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

John Galsworthy He might — like his father James before him — say he didn’t know what things were coming to, but he never in his heart believed they were. To Let by John Galsworthy

Thomas Carlyle One real pilot on board may save you; all the bellowing from the banks that ever was, will not, and by the nature of things cannot. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

Anthony Trollope Of course I had to come away with very little luggage, because I was obliged to have my things mixed up with Ben’s. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hobbes There are few things that are incapable of being represented by fiction. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Walter Besant All things tasted alike, as I have said, and cold mutton formed my staple dish. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Anthony Trollope Thinking of all this, he told himself that he had certainly received better things than he had deserved. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It could not be done but by a people so greedy of admiration as to feel that all other things should be abandoned by those who desire to excel. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Sinclair Lewis In the present rookery there were odd things — a step up from the hall to the dining-room, a picturesqueness in the shed and bedraggled lilac bush. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Maria Edgeworth But, now it’s all over, we may acknowledge, that, perhaps, even those things which we felt most disagreeable at the time were productive of eventual benefit. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Dickens It being so very ill- conwenient to me as things is at present, the gentlemen are going to take off a bit of the back-yard, and make a slip of a room for ’em there, to sit in before they go to bed. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

Arthur Conan Doyle They were admirable things for the observerexcellent for drawing the veil from men’s motives and actions. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

It was as though they had never seen these things before, and even now they could hardly believe that it was all their own. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

E. F. Benson Especially since Lucia’s become Mayor. She’s more dynamic than ever and makes things happen all round her. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Francis Bacon And generally let it be noted, that those things which I here set down, are such as do naturally take the sense, and not respect petty wonderments. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Rudyard Kipling They told him that men had always driven the holluschickie — it was part of the day’s work — and that if he did not like to see ugly things he should not have gone to the killing grounds. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

George Gissing What have these things to do with love? You can no more choose to be a lover, than to be a poet. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Perhaps Bothwell would have more easily forgotten these things if he could have had the comfort of Hilda’s society at this period of his life. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Walter Besant Yet it was dreadful to read the things that were written about the wives and friends of the prisoners. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

I protest that of no man living have I ever been afraid, and of no man dead; of things of flesh, nor of things of air. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Marie Corelli These things are scarcely ever noticed in the press nowadays, and it will only be a very limited circle that even learns of his excommunication. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

George Gissing Emily then drew out a cloth from the cupboard, and other things needful for her evening meal. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Edith Wharton The walk was long enough for him to learn many things about her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Anthony Trollope It is in the natural course of things that they should live in that house. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson Perhaps, after all, things would come right of themselves. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim These things which fill your world I could never have given you. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Rudyard Kipling The things that he did and saw and heard when he was wandering from one people to another, with or without his four companions, would make many many stories, each as long as this one. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Thomas Wolfe In winter there were also things to do. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Willa Cather I’m cowardly about things that remind me of myself. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Sinclair Lewis I am Vida Sherwin, and I try to teach French and English and a few other things in the high school. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

You know, Di, I believe those things are decided for one. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Rudyard Kipling Seeing what great things the dead have done, you may desire to keep that name alive among young men in memory of some son of yours who should have borne it. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

H. G. Wells But why? Why? Sitting there in the midst of that useless moon gold, amidst the things of another world, I took count of all my life. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Virginia Woolf In a scheme of things utterly bad from the start the only unpardonable folly is that of hope. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Eliot My father has been telling me things I never heard before about my mother, and giving me things that belonged to her. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Anthony Trollope If only he could get another chance, as he now said to himself, things should go very differently with him. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells They’re making their things — making all the things they couldn’t bring with them, getting things ready for the rest of their people. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Virginia Woolf These things remain square, prominent, undissolved in my mind. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Anthony Trollope But the whole order of things became changed. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Niccolo Machiavelli For, as one engagement that you win cancels out every other bad action of yours, so likewise, when you lose one, all the things you have done well before become useless. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Henry James I saw what I saw, I felt what I felt, but such things were exactly a sign that I could take care of myself. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Wilkie Collins When she does break out, poor dear, she says things and does things which are almost reckless enough to be worthy of Dexter himself. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

With Mr. Gryce’s arrival, however, things soon assumed a better shape. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope She had not expected that things would go very easily. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells As he talked, things about us came darkly out of the darkness, and the trampled bushes and broken rose trees outside the window grew distinct. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

They rose about eight o’clock in the winter, about six in summer, and went to take the countersign and see how things went on at M. de Treville’s . The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope She was gone now, and I felt that she must say and think evil things of me through all my future life. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Wives, with their limited grasp of the realities of life, were always expecting their husbands to do things which it turned out not to be feasible for them to do. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Theodore Dreiser The best thing in the long run would be to tunnel under the river; but that is such an expensive proposition that, as things are now, we are in no position to undertake it. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I think we’d better leave it to the inspector here to deal with things quietly. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

So that in one way things in the distressed areas are not as bad as they might be. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

And Nurse Bradfield, though in a sense she had had an uneventful career, had yet been more than once very much startled and surprised by the astonishing things people will sometimes do. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

And you, ye fatal sisters, infallible in having predicted what is established, and what the settled order of things preserves, add propitious fates to those already past. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

I do not know why the poor prince should have come to die in Ronda, but there are many things in Ronda which I could not explain: especially why a certain fruit is sold by an old woman on the bridge. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Henry James It is very strange — there are things in it I don’t understand. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Rudyard Kipling Touching! Then the Serviles turned in all tongue-switches and talked, and we —’ ‘What did they talk about?’ said Takahira. ‘First, how badly things were managed in the city. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

H. G. Wells They will not help in any attempt to overthrow the Soviet Government because they are convinced that while it endures this state of things will continue. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

George Meredith They were a set of men to point to for an answer to the margravine’s strictures on things English. ‘Then, are you the captain, my good Herr Heilbrunn?’ the margravine asked my father. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Anthony Trollope As it was she put the same feeling into simpler words, “I should like one as well as the other, Uncle Tom, if things went comfortably. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson There seemed to be things going on of which she was sadly ignorant, and even when her ignorance was enlightened, they remained rather sad. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

When you have too many things to look at it is not easy to derive much from any of them. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Thomas Wolfe For, having been endowed with so many rare and precious things that most men lack — wealth, beauty, charm, intelligence, and vital energy — she lacked the will, the toughness, to resist. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Edith Wharton So she never gave me a hint of anything, and she even managed to muzzle Susy Suffern — you know Susy is the one of the family who keeps me informed about things at home. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

Oscar Wilde The things one feels absolutely certain about are never true. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Theodore Dreiser Under the circumstances, things would be righted. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells Think how they shot Mand. And with everything — as things are. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Rudyard Kipling A man who carries too many pictures in his head is apt to forget vital things like straps and kettle-lids when the loads are being packed. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Francis Bacon Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swoln, and drowns things weighty and solid. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Thomas Wolfe They were sorry about a great many things and people. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

The promise he had given to endure all things for their sakes — the sakes of his soldiery, of his comrades — was at last forgotten. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Ford Madox Ford And it struck him that the things to take for that purpose were oranges — because California is the orange country — and comfortable folding chairs. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Henry James All sorts of things in fact now seemed to come over him, comparatively few of which his chronicler can hope for space to mention. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Henry Handel Richardson And diRECKLY the door was shut the lunch-basket was opened; for one of the most ‘squisite things about a journey was that you could eat as much as you liked and whenever you liked. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Livingly, things are their own others, so that there is a sense in which Hegel’s logic is true. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

I expected better things of your big body. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Mark Twain Once there was a thick fog, and the rafts and things that went by was beating tin pans so the steamboats wouldn’t run over them. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells And at that we became aware of a number of gentlemen carrying matchlocks, and dressed in things like plaid dusters, dodging about along the neck between the village and the crest to the east. The Flying Man by H. G. Wells [1893]

Let there be a prospect of escaping, you will confound sacred and profane things together. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am sorry, but I can do no more than I have done toward making her see things differently. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Rafael Sabatini Yet it mattered something, and the present state of things left her uneasy, her mind a cockpit of emotions. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

The inner life of things must be substantially akin anyhow to the tenderer parts of man’s nature in any spiritualistic philosophy. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Radclyffe Hall Between these two passionately determined women stood Joan, miserable and young, longing for things to come to a head, for something that she felt ought to happen; she didn’t know what. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

All things having satisfied, or appearing to have satisfied, the admiral, he paid his compliments to Raoul, and gave the last orders for sailing, which was ordered the next morning at daybreak. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

I only care for live things now I am old. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Margaret Oliphant People had ceased now to speak of the great things that Walter would do. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

John Galsworthy All was vacuous in the board room, as though embodying the principle of insurance: “Keep things as they are. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

John Ruskin The second error in this popular view of wealth is, that in giving the name of wealth to things which we cannot use, we in reality confuse wealth with money. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

H. G. Wells And the others go on again as though such things weren’t possible. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Wilkie Collins As things are, I can only leave my companion to go back to the vessel, and relieve the minds of our friends of any needless alarm about me. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Anthony Trollope Had things been smooth and easy with him, nothing would have delighted him more. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells It was as things had always been between us that she should make her decision first and bring me to it. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

When things were at their worst Mohammed first appeared upon the stage of life. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

E. Phillips Oppenheim The weariness of those who fainted by the wayside—and there were many—is typical of the weariness of all the things they represent. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

For most of the time Dick had worked as a farm labourer while Sally saw to things about home, for the cow, geese and other stock had long gone the way of the common. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The new state of things would be no more than if a racing chassis, concealed for years under the body of a family limousine, should be stripped to its original self. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence This finality of Gudrun’s, this dispatching of people and things in a sentence, it was all such a lie. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope But as things were going, no further force would be justified. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Henry David Thoreau The things which they practice are said not yet to be known. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Arthur Conan Doyle By the three kings! I would even go further, and say that I have done things with my arbalest which no Englishman could do with his long-bow. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

These things were the very pride of Mr. and Mrs. Sunwood’s hearts. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James But he says such things with great tact. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Jack London In his conception of things there was no future life. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Feeling very tired I went to bed early, but upon going up to my room I would have sworn that all my things had been gone through again since I had arrived home that evening. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Robert Louis Stevenson In which these things are done with the more art — in which with the greater air of nature — readers will differently judge. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton She excelled at saying nice things like that (and was aware of it); but her doing so now was like putting kickshaws before a hungry man. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But things change very fast, ma’am. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Those sorts of things are not to be bought in little country towns, and so Norwich and Cambridge leapt instantly into my mind, for they are the nearest places where they could be obtained. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Sarah Orne Jewett He didn’t presume too much, but once he took her a nice firkin o’ things he got up to Portland, and when spring come he landed her a hen and chickens in a nice little coop. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

But Fafnir was by far the greatest and grimmest, and would have all things about called his. The Story of the Volsungs by translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson

Daniel Defoe And why we should dispute matter of fact, because we cannot solve things of which we can have no certain or demonstrative notions, seems strange to me. A True Relation of the Apparition of Mrs. Veal by Daniel Defoe [1706]

No doubt he is just as spiteful about me, only one’s friends don’t repeat such things to one’s face. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H.P. Lovecraft There were certainly no farm beasts about, and now I realised that even the accustomed night-noises of wild living things were absent. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Anthony Trollope But when there was a talk as you wern’t to come back, and that Master George was to take the place; — why then it did seem as things was very wrong. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard These things are taken from you because it is not safe that you should have them; such toys are not for angry children. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

He might prove wrong, he said; he might give offence; things might turn out far otherwise than according to first appearances; for his part, he could not believe anything amiss of so sweet a lady. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Edgar Rice Burroughs We have harmed nothing, but have left many things for you which may add to your comfort and safety here in your lonely home. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

William Morris So many strange things have I seen, that surely my dreams shall be full of them; for even now I seem to see them, though I waken. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

George Meredith For the flesh in revolt at her laws, Neither song nor smile in ruth, Nor promise of things to reveal, Has she, nor a word she saith: We are asking her wheels to pause. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Hittaway had written daily, and in all Mrs. Hittaway’s letters some addition was made to the evil things already known. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather Your life keeps going for things you don’t want, and all the while you are being built alive into a social structure you don’t care a rap about. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

I think I do not err in saying that if science were made a foundation of education, instead of being, at most, stuck on as cornice to the edifice, this state of things could not exist. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Anthony Trollope He is moved to tell of things of which he omits to learn the nature before he tells of them — as should be done by a strictly honest fictionist. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

All the inkstains of his youth had been obliterated, and those nails which had once been bitten to the quick during the throes of financial study were now things of beauty. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope I always keep my eye on, for fear things should go wrong, you know. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft It must indeed be true that strange cosmic linkages do exist — but such things are surely not meant for normal human beings to meddle with. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

He looked at them by stealth sometimes through the window of the library, and sighed as he thought of the blight upon his manhood, and of all the things that might have been. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Meredith I begin to be of your opinion—there are some things which we must take into our own hands and deal summarily with. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

George Gissing There were good things in the lecture, but, on the whole, it was flabby—flabby. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells We have left undone those things that we ought to have done and we have done those things which we ought not to have done and there is no health in us. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

John Morley These atrocities kindled in Voltaire a blaze of anger and pity, that remains among the things of which humanity has most reason to be proud. Voltaire by John Morley

H.P. Lovecraft There had been traffick with things from the sea — it was horrible . The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim After all, I think that things will go well with me. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Mrs. Radcliffe jumbles up two (or more than two) utterly different states and stages of society, manners, and other things which constitute the very atmosphere of the story itself. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Anthony Trollope The inhabitants of the ship were inimical to Mrs. Smith. She was a woman who had no friends; and the very female who had first appeared as a friend was now the readiest to say hard things of her. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing A year ago, this state of things would have filed him with exultation. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]