Phrases with "thought"

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Cap’n Jacka, however, thought less of the sea — that was working up into a nasty lop — than of the weather, which turned thick and hazy as the wind veered a little to west of south. Captain Dick and Captain Jacka by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had no other engagement, nor was she likely to have, and the thought of a scratch meal in her bed-sitting-room was not in the least alluring. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

This was too much of a good thing, and I saw that Nikola thought so too. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

The cuisine was of the Oriental kind, which is highly artificial, and I thought it very good. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

The man had understood, he had mocked them from the beginning; he would teach him to make a mockery of John Davis! Herrick thought him a god; give him a second to aim in, and the god was overthrown. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Andrew Lang He suddenly felt a jerk, and saw that the thread must have caught on something, and this thought filled him with the daring that is born of despair. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I understood it, and I thought you in intelligence with my prisoner. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Larose thought like lightning. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ye see when I got up to the door, it was so still and so lonesome, that I thought I’d be none the worse for someone with me. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald For a moment he thought he must be sick; then suddenly the buzzing detached itself from him, grew into a swelling sound, louder and ever nearer, that might have been the roar of an approaching train. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Everybody knows that it is not synonymous with man, but among the “genteel” and those ambitious to be thought “genteel” it is commonly so used in discourse too formal for the word “gent. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Edgar Rice Burroughs I thought of a beautiful oval face, gazing out of limpid eyes, through a waving mass of jet-black hair. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Gustave Flauber They thought that some from among them (for they did not know their own number) had remained in the town, and were amusing themselves by pillaging a temple. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

G. K. Chesterton How impressive it will be when all our artists and leaders of thought assemble to see me reverently blacking Lord Seawood’s face. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Gissing For Emily was not so constituted that the phase of thought and feeling which had been brought about by the tragedy of her home could perpetuate itself and become her normal consciousness. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

D. H. Lawrence She thought Gudrun so CHARMING, so infinitely charming, in her softness and her fine, exquisite richness of texture and delicacy of line. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope If I thought so, I should not be here to tell you what I thought. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Ne lesse thereat did Paridell complaine, And thought t’appeale from that which was decreed To single combat with Sir Satyrane: Thereto him Atè stird, new discord to maintaine. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell He thought about her a great deal for the next day or two; he scolded himself for being so foolish as to think of her, and then fell to with fresh vigour, and thought of her more than ever. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

George Meredith Mr. Pollingray wants to be thought quite youthful. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

I thought to myself: ‘If I hit him he will kill me. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

D. H. Lawrence He thought of God, and of the whole blue rotunda of the day. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The crowd quieted a little, and I thought I could shelter Jim-Eng without much risk, when all of a sudden I heard Willems’ voice. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

I consoled myself with the thought that with the extinction of the light the consumption of the oxygen in the air would be less rapid. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

George Borrow He once caught me looking at her, and I thought he would have killed me, and since then he always keeps his chamber locked, and carries the key in his pocket when he goes out. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

He dreaded the thought of meeting anyone that he knew, while this horrible cloud hung over him. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

George Gissing Of them, indeed, Marcian thought but carelessly; his hard-set brows betokened another subject of disquiet. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

H.G. Wells He thought the old church down the valley lit by the light of the setting sun was very beautiful, but he could not understand the serried ranks of tombstones that lay up the hillside beyond. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Daniel Defoe Here we bought ten dozen bottles of good beer, some wine, some fowls, and such things as we thought might be acceptable on board. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

I couldn’t bear the thought of meeting anybody I knew. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Wilkie Collins I thought it pretty as we wandered about the hills — it wasn’t half grand enough for him. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

H. G. Wells Then I thought of the curate’s sovereigns. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Jonathan Swif Then the Duke of Shrewsbury said he thought that Duke was not used to make advances. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

She thought that the two primeval pups that Noah chased into the ark were but a collateral branch of my ancestors. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

M. P. Shiel It implies artfulness, thought? yes, but was “Mortalite” a work of thought? No: so we have a word meaning thought used to describe works purely emotional and instinctive. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

He’ll tell you all about her,” and Robert thought the idea was quite a good one. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There were a few who thought he neglected them, or that he was not simple, or that he posed. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It looked high and rugged, and I thought to find water in some rock-hole or crevice about it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Andrew Lang To do this he thought he had better offer to accompany the hare, which was exactly what the hare wished and expected, for he knew all the Tanuki’s cunning, and understood his little ways. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy I thought my dad’s sermons were a trial even after I’d censored them; but your man here!” “Yes, one CAN ‘put him down. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne A deep stupor had taken hold of my mind: thought seemed to stand still. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Francis Bacon The like subtlety arises touching the infinite divisibility of lines, from the same inability of thought to stop. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Arthur Conan Doyle A spectral hound which leaves material footmarks and fills the air with its howling is surely not to be thought of. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Edith Wharton But I added that if, on reflection, my articles were thought unsuitable to the illustrations (as they certainly were!) I was quite willing to annul my contract. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Thomas Hardy In bed, I thought whether there were any very remote possibilities that might lead to the supposition that my wife was not consumed by the flames of the burning house. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

D. H. Lawrence Alvina thought the world of her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

He thought with perfect confidence of London Pleasures now. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

What was Count Casimir, architect of revolutions, doing there so early in the morning? Plots were being hatched, thought the girl in a delicious tremor of excitement. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope Anaximander would not agree to this, for he thought that all had come from space. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

I thought she had gone up long before. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Sidney Colvin I thought them ethereal, above men. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Gaudron said he wasn’t a bit put out and thought they were quite well off where they were, out of the downpour. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

John Galsworthy She had, then, only to convince him that her future could not be happy without Jon. He thought it a mad fancy. To Let by John Galsworthy

Victor Hugo To the spectators the being loved was Gwynplaine, and the saviour was Dea. What matters? thought Ursus, to whom the heart of Dea was visible. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Olaf Stapledon I just quietly told him what I thought of him, and what I thought of brass-hats in general, and the whole bloody war. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Nathaniel Hawthorne Had Providence taken her away in its own holy hand, I should have thought it the kindest dispensation that could be awarded to one so wrecked. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Robert Browning What hand and brain went ever paired? What heart alike conceived and dared? What act proved all its thought had been? What will but felt the fleshly screen? We ride and I see her bosom heave. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

H. G. Wells As I thought of that, I was almost moved to begin a massacre of the helpless abominations about me, but I contained myself. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Suppose they did not pass! That thought was doomed to haunt Anne through the waking hours of that winter, Sunday afternoons inclusive, to the almost entire exclusion of moral and theological problems. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Still we thought it best to kill them, and their skins are really wonderful pieces of fur. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Virginia Woolf Then I thought of Delia’s party: then North made me laugh — Sally sitting on the edge of her chair with a smudge on her nose; and that’s put it out of my head. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Anne Bronte When he was gone she began to laugh, and muttered to herself, ‘I thought I could do it!’ ‘Do what?’ I asked. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Larose had gone first and for the moment he thought the hall was untenanted. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Had she any fault at all, ’T was having none, I thought too— There seemed a sort of thrall; As she felt her shadow ought to Fall straight upon the wall. Last Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1862]

Wilkie Collins The elders of the party thought of the drive home. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Miss Susan thought she and John Drench were well rid of the young lady. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

William Dampier Having thus disposed of our associates we intended to sail toward the Gulf of St. Michael to seek Captain Townley; who by this time we thought might be entering into these seas. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Robert Louis Stevenson I thought a good deal of this feast. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins After having waited my time so patiently, to let a mere accident stop me from going home with them, as I had resolved, was not to be thought of for a moment. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Arthur Machen I thought they had all gone; dead, or at the other side of the world. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

He was slow in movement, slow in apprehension, slow in thought and the communication of thought, slow to decide, and slow to act. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Florence Dixie Here, young bloods, who had lost their all on a race which they had been quite sure they must assuredly win, would seek what they thought was a pick-me-up for the time being. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Now that she saw it in position she wished to ask Mr. Bolton what was thought of it, but she could not nerve herself to the question. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

She thought that she had at last made a conquest that might be better worth the making than any of those past conquests, which had all ended in such bitter disappointments. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

E. F. Benson The Padre thought that an excellent notion, and in due course the Bishop accepted Lucia’s invitation and would be happy (D.V.) to dedicate the organ and give a short address. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Thomas Hardy He thought of it a good deal; but nothing more was said about Eustacia inside the house at that time. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim What are your plans?” “Philip thought that he might secure a position in some publisher’s office until he can get some of his stories accepted,” Rosina explained. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

William Makepeace Thackeray This picture is No. 346, “Moses,” by Mr. S. Solomon. I thought it had a great intention, I thought it finely drawn and composed. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Thomas Hardy They thought it had taken the highway to London. Saddling poor Tony before he had half eaten his corn, Jim galloped along the same road. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence She thought for a moment, curiously. The Witch a la Mode by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have often thought of taking a look round there, but the truth is that I was never much of a credit to the family, and I doubt if they would be so very glad to see me. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Berkeley Both which may justly be thought pernicious and absurd notions. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Charles Dickens Now, however, he was not exactly untrue in speaking as if he meant to make her his wife; for the thought was in his mind, though he made use of it to work upon his father. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Andrew Lang The next Book (X.) is almost universally thought a late interpolation; an opinion elsewhere discussed (see The Doloneia). Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald She thought they were mostly Americans, but something made them unlike the Americans she had known of late. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Algernon Blackwood Yet the instant thought ceased, it returned, led up by intuition. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Francis Bacon Soap-ashes likewise, and other things that may be thought of. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Robert Green Ingersoll With this very thought in his mind, Anaximander of Miletus said: “Creation is the decomposition of the infinite. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

But whatever secrets Descartes may have thought to discover, they are not made known to the public according to his promise. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

What odd ideas women managed to get into their heads about one another! Janet thought Elfrida would refuse her overtures if she made them. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Wilkie Collins The change in him was so frightful — even to me, well as I thought I knew him in his fits of passion — I tremble when I think of it. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

H. G. Wells I thought he was up to some foolery. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Ford Madox Ford The moment you got it I could see you thinking that you must conceal from me that you thought it was because of me she died. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Charles Dickens And it is thought by pupils that, after pupils are gone to bed, they even call one another by their christian names in the quiet little parlour. Tom Tiddler’s Ground by Charles Dickens [1861]

Jules Verne Evidently our captain thought so. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

I thought it had gone, but it returned again, and had another look at the opening in the dense foliage down which the other half of the caterpillar lay. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

G. K. Chesterton And all these nice people who have been peppering us with shot thought we were the dynamiters. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Master then jumped down, and getting a cudgel struck me over the head, and I thought my troubles were over. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

He knew what it meant, or thought he knew. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

It was as unintentional as the birth of a thought in the head, and he heard nothing of it himself. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

A thought seemed suddenly to strike Madame, and remembering what Anna had remarked upon bringing Dora into the room, she asked sharply, “And you speak German, too?” Dora fibbed boldly. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Leslie Stephen The jolly hunting and drinking squires round Binfield thought him, he says, a well-disposed person, but unluckily disqualified for their rough modes of enjoyment by his sickly health. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Somehow the thing took my fancy, though I thought it moonshine at the bottom of my heart. Space by John Buchan [1911]

He thought with fury: I will kill both of them. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

The fact that these two elements are successive phases of the same general line of growth of belief does not hinder their coexisting in the habits of thought of any given individual. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

I thought this was the best way. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Thomas Hardy Elfride thought otherwise, so far as she thought at all. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Virginia Woolf And now there was this odd friendship with Miss Kilman. Well, thought Clarissa about three o’clock in the morning, reading Baron Marbot for she could not sleep, it proves she has a heart. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Edith Wharton This was the thought that flashed through Justine’s mind as she reached the landing; but the next moment it gave way to a contradictory feeling. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle I did not dare to tell him what I thought of it. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There isn’t a nation which rejoices so thoroughly in the Pact. I thought that this was absolutely understood by now. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

James Anthony Froude God had discerned this second thought also, and in punishing him for it had punished him at the same time for the doubt which he had allowed himself to feel. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

It was a powerful and rather a handsome face, but I thought the expression a little hard and cold, even in Milly’s portrait. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

He descended, nearly as eager as herself: and a considerable interval elapsed ere they had a thought to spare for any but themselves. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Jonathan Swif I told him I would not stay for their disputes, and he thought I was in the right. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

F. Scott Fitzgerald And I thought she was going to raise Cain about it. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Charles Dickens I thought the building could never even be pulled down, but in one adhesive heap of rottenness and poster. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She thought it must be one of the neighbour’s children who had run away and was making free of their house, and was teasing their cat, and that they must be just nervous to feel so upset by it. The Lost Ghost by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Andrew Lang At last the princess fell asleep, and when she awoke her first thought was for her little pet, but not finding him at her feet as usual, she ran out of the cave to look for him. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott Men are scarce now, my leddy, with these wars; and gie me a thought of time to it, I can do as good a day’s darg as ever I did in my life, and Tibb can sort cows with ony living woman. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

If ever he saw coming death in a face, he thought he saw it in that of Jessy Page. He drew away the shading hand, and looked at her. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Wilkie Collins Another man would not have thought of sparing her in that way. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

I thought you understood that. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

Edith Wharton I thought he’d gone, from his not coming in yesterday. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Gaston Leroux What was she thinking of? Of Raoul? No, for Raoul heard her murmur: “Poor Erik!” At first, he thought he must be mistaken. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Charles Dickens I thought at the time; I really did think; you flattered me. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Edith Wharton I saw that, like most of us in moments of extreme moral tension, he was playing a part, behaving as he thought it became a man to behave in the eye of disaster. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Mr. Percy Noakes walked briskly by, and when he turned down Strand-lane, and caught a glimpse of the glistening water, he thought he had never felt so important or so happy in his life. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

The mere amount in itself is scarce worth a thought to a man of my means, though I might endow a bishopric on a less income, and get some credit for my generosity. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

When he thought I was not looking, his eyes were sometimes grimly fixed for a moment upon me. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

And then an idea suddenly came to Mrs. Bunting, one she had never thought of before. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

M. P. Shiel And the next morning when we met I thought—but am not now sure—that she smiled singularly: I thought so. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Now, no one’s thought o’ that. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Sinclair Lewis Perhaps, he thought grimly, her absence is very good for my work. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Well, thought I, either you’ve not got a copper to spend, my lad, or else you’re turning over a new leaf of yourself, you’ve given it up, you’ve listened to reason. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

Guy de Maupassant Through all the windows which opened onto that furnace, I saw the flames darting, and I thought that he was there, in that kiln, dead. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had his hand upon the handle when a thought seemed to strike him, and he turned back. Crabbe’s Practice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Mary was shy and confused, though greatly thrilled he should have thought her attractive enough to want to speak to her. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Thomas Hardy Caroline has, with her simple good faith, thought nothing of the occurrence; yet altogether I am not satisfied. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Willa Cather He thought of that body as never having been clad, or as having worn the stuffs and dyes of all the centuries but his own. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

The beasts have never attained to this, yet they can communicate with one another, not by language, but by thought vibrations. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Jack London He listened to the exhausted man’s heavy breathing, and envied him when he thought of what he himself had yet to undergo. Lost Face by Jack London

Roger shot a furtive glance from under his tawny eyelashes at Mrs. Stoddart, suddenly bolted a large piece of peach, and said he thought he could manage it. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But one day a few weeks after his twelfth birthday, while looking in the mirror, Benjamin made, or thought he made, an astonishing discovery. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope Many of us have often thought how severe a trial of faith must this be to the wives of our great church dignitaries. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Henry James These things were immensely appealing, and Rowland thought with infinite impatience of Roderick’s having again encountered them. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Sinclair Lewis Hard life, Sid. Always thought I’d like to keep store or something in the city. Land by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling It had been assured that not only was there no need for preparation against war, but that the mere thought of preparation against war was absurd where it was not criminal. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

For a moment I thought it cleared up things. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Andrew Lang The King answered that in a certain country there was a King who had a beautiful daughter, and he thought it would be most desirable if Sigurd could get her. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I thought I was passing Deemer’s store; it was open and lit up — that is what I thought; of course it is never open now. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Sarah Orne Jewett They stood thick at the edge o’ the water like the ridges o’ grim war; no thought o’ flight, none of retreat. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Joseph Furphy At last we thought we must have passed him on the way. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Larose thought she looked sharp and intelligent and so, with no hesitation, told her what he had come after, and asked her if she could tell him anything. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Did the fingers tighten a little and dig into the palm they concealed? He thought so, and was very slow in turning limpingly about towards the door. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Sinclair Lewis I thought you were terribly smart. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

H. G. Wells Prothero and Carnac were angry because they thought the denial of absolute equality was a denial of equal importance. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Charles Kingsley But the most right sort of thought, after all, is thought about what lies nearest us; not always, but surely once in a way, that we may understand something of everyday objects. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Such kissing between Helen and Sophie Chalk! I thought they’d never leave off. Sophie Chalk by Ellen Wood [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle What fresh villainy was this? Was it a confirmation of the German’s report, or was it a contradiction of it? Cold beads stood upon his forehead as he thought of the possibility of such a thing. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Wilkie Collins There was a moment when I thought the kisses were returned; a moment when it seemed as if she, too might have forgotten. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

I thought of the Tube first, but we can get to our destination quicker in a motor. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

And Mr. Powell thought that this talk was all nonsense. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Of the wealthier class of these I say nothing, as it will perhaps be thought that their inconvenience is outweighed by the possible profits which the railway may bring to speculators or contractors. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

When we first saw this poor object, we thought it quite impossible that his attire could ever become worse. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

I thought I perceived the company examine me--I thought the meat was worse. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

She had given herself to the dead, and she thought it no wrong to receive the fortune that the dead had given to her. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

He had time, in passing along the Rue des Petits–Champs, to see something which afforded him plenty of food for thought and conjecture. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Jules Verne Her heart for an instant ceased to beat when the aged Siberian woman fell senseless to the ground, but one thought restored her to her former energy. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

The song held me in a kind of spell, but when it had died away I recovered and instantly perceived what I thought an opportunity. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Andrew Lang The loss of the Princess, however, kept rankling in his mind day and night, till finally he thought he would go about the world to see if he could find anyone to give him news of her. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. T. A. Hoffmann Half Dantzic knew that he was a girl, notwithstanding that the crazy old fellow thought there was not a single soul could guess it. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

To disentwine the tangled skein of thought which was thus presented, was her task by day and night. Lodore by Mary Shelley

But the fool is so swollen by thought of his victory that he is unfit for all healthy work till somebody jags him and lets the gas out. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

James Joyce Bloom stays with nurse a thought to send a kind word to happy mother and nurseling up there. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Algernon Blackwood In the blazing sunshine he thought of it and laughed; but at night he lay often sleepless, calculating chances of escape. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

D.—“I thought it would not signify: bad rice is good enough for the camel-drivers, and I have left enough good for your consumption. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

I thought him manly and intelligent, a worthy one of the few thousand strong Englishmen to whom the empire of India is committed. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

I thought the defence would have no difficulty in riddling this woman’s testimony, and they have not even made the effort. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang It happened that at this very time a little daughter was born to the king’s son, but in his distress for his friend he had hardly a thought to spare for the baby. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The thought of going to the house where Roger Gretorex had lived and worked during the months when he and she had become so entirely estranged was bitter to her. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle But at last he thought he saw his chance. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Algernon Blackwood What is a body, anyhow? What is an entity, too?” Povey’s thought was wandering, evidently; the thread of his first discourse was broken; he floundered. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

W. W. Jacobs It was not until the decks were washed and the little schooner was once more presentable that the mate gave a thought to his own toilet. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

I thought sadly of the so vaunted equality of the sexes. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Sinclair Lewis You thought it was pretty convenient for you!’ ‘Oh, Father, to talk like that — if Dr. Janissary heard you! — to make us out monsters . The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

In old days he saw justice in bloodshed and with his conscience at peace exterminated those he thought proper. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Willa Cather I thought I would learn a good deal from the people who work with him, but I don’t think I get much. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

I’ll wager something he thought that I was out merry-making like the rest; and if he should chance to light upon the truth, he’ll be back in no time. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

H. G. Wells He thought the city a lovely old place and very clean. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

That is to say, they further the habits of thought characteristic of the regime of status. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Ford Madox Ford Occasionally he thought of other women in terms of wary courtship — or, perhaps, it would be more exact to say that he thought of them in terms of tactful comforting, ending in absorption. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

H. G. Wells I fell into thought that was nearly formless, into doubts and dreams that have no words, and it seemed good to me to drive ahead and on and or through the windy starlight, over the long black waves. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

George Meredith Shadowily he thought of the hard words hurled at him by the Rudigers, and of the injury Clotilde’s father did him by plotting to rob him of his daughter. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

H.P. Lovecraft Some of the windows on the Gilman House side were faintly glowing, and I thought I heard confused sounds within. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

The dates began in Europe, and continued right on into Asia Minor and then south to Syria. For a moment my heart jumped, for I thought I had fallen by accident on the clue I wanted. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Robert Green Ingersoll I got this bill and some days I thought it was bad and some days I thought it was good, and one day when I thought it was good I passed it. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

I thought — you didn’t understand. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

As he was thus occupied, he thought he saw a figure at the lower end of the passage. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Very likely Celia had not thought it out as far as this. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]