Phrases with "thoughts"

Both girls were excited by memories of the day that was past, and by thoughts of the day that was coming. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Theodore Dreiser Now, as Carrie watched him out of the corner of her eye, certain sound thoughts came into her head. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins What next of the one person who holds the foremost place in my heart? Laura has been present to my thoughts all the while I have been writing these lines. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Algernon Blackwood It was odd, none the less, how much that the wild priest gabbled coincided with his own, with Fillery’s, thoughts at the moment. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn This startled his guests, and they disclaimed “all thoughts and apprehensions” of such a result. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

George Meredith His thoughts were far away, when he heard, faintly uttered: ‘Why do you stop here?’ ‘To help you. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

He resumed his dignified pacing toward the shrine, but with thoughts effectually distracted from the banquet. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

But who can control his thoughts when over-excited upon any one theme? All the morning I found myself turning the case over in my mind, arriving ever at one of two conclusions. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Sigmund Freud Dora’s incessant repetition of the same thoughts about her father’s relations with Frau K. made it possible to derive still further important material from the analysis. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Edith Wharton He caught himself speculating whether, after all, they might not have made a dash for that bit of woodland — and then fixing his thoughts curiously on the long slender hands on her knee. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Virginia Woolf She gave up the attempt to account for the order in which her thoughts came to her. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Meredith I have not considered it, to settle my thoughts on it, until lately: and now I may suspect it to be broken. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray Watching? — no, not watching, but awake by his side, brooding over thoughts unutterably bitter — over feelings inexpressibly wretched. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

But, far from taking any so decisive a step, it was not without the keenest self-reproach that she found her thoughts constantly following in the young traveller’s footsteps. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Ann Radcliffe He communicated his thoughts to Madame la Motte, who felt repugnance to the scheme. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Anthony Trollope He could not give up every moment to thoughts of love, as she could do. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Sitting there, it would not be hard to keep her thoughts on mortality. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

It had marched with some thoughts of his own. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Peyton had been sitting alone with these thoughts for the greater part of the afternoon, and dusk was falling when Dick entered the drawing-room. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson It made a bond in my thoughts betwixt the girl and me. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

So this apostate, as he cleaned his turnip rows, was filled with the excitement of the sport, and had no thoughts above the memory of past exploits and the anticipation of greater to come. Politics and the Mayfly by John Buchan

But soon her thoughts wandered, and fever and weakness made her yield to the solicitations of those around. Lodore by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells His thoughts at first were heavy and sluggish and inclined to repeat themselves; then they quickened up and became feverish and incoherent. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

G. K. Chesterton We dare not leave him thinking by the fire, for the thoughts of Pecksniff would be too frightful. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

I have no thoughts of marrying; and the fair girl, whose fate as my wife Lady Lodore so kindly compassionates, is safe from every danger of becoming the victim of my selfishness and poverty. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Thomas Hardy Edward’s thoughts flew to his father, and the object of his interview with her. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Edith Wharton Every step brought them nearer to the point they both feared to face, and though each knew what lay in the other’s thoughts neither dared break the silence. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

This infelicitous arrangement forced the thoughts of all present upon the exalted rank of the parties which could dictate and exact so unusual an assortment. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

H.P. Lovecraft Such thoughts formed a measure of my overwrought condition at the time — and Danforth seemed to be even worse. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

These thoughts passed swiftly through his mind, and he decided to ask her. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Edith Wharton As he drank his coffee his thoughts gradually cleared. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Still, what did that woman mean by taking such an interest in you when you just asked the simple question, if a man with a lame arm had ever stopped at her hotel?” His thoughts ran on. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Maria Edgeworth Unpleasant thoughts of the past or future, if any such had been, were now lost in present enjoyment. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Benjamin Disraeli He knoweth that my thoughts are as pure as my situation is difficult. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Guy de Maupassant Her thoughts came, one by one, dreadful, torturing. Mother Sauvage (La Mère Sauvage) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

George Gissing Conscious of thoughts she must not utter, Alma naturally attributed to her friend the same sort of reticence. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

The association of ideas led Mr. Carlyle’s thoughts to Boulogne, to Captain Levison and his embarrassments, and it immediately occurred to him that he had not told his wife of the anticipated visit. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

George Gissing To discipline his thoughts he kept murmuring, ‘Vivas in Deo,’ and reflecting upon the significance of the words; for, often as he had seen them, he had never till now mused upon their meaning. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Sinclair Lewis The shiny tilted roofs below me, and the river, and beyond it the level fields in the mist, and the rim of palisades across —— It held my thoughts in. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton As it did so, all lesser thoughts vanished, and she knew it was not her father and not Mr. Wilmot from next door. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

D. H. Lawrence When I see that clear, beautiful chair, and I think of England, even Jane Austen’s England — it had living thoughts to unfold even then, and pure happiness in unfolding them. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli His thoughts were a little distracted from this harassing theme by the novelty of his house, and the pleasure it gave him. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

John Galsworthy And the young man, aware of thoughts beyond his reach, got up. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy At length her thoughts seemed to turn to the present, and she lifted her eyes to the glass. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

She had been trying to pin her thoughts to a particular tribe of Abyssinians, who fought all the surrounding tribes, and always welcomed the confiding stranger with a shower of poisoned arrows. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Henry Handel Richardson These thoughts whizzed through her mind, as she darted a look at the four predatory faces that hemmed her in. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

James Joyce Little by little he entangled his thoughts with hers. Dubliners by James Joyce

Maria Edgeworth I do not feel well: I can command my attention but on one subject, and on that all my thoughts are to no purpose. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Arnold Bennett These and similar thoughts visited the minds of Big James and the journeyman. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

I can’t say if I am really speaking your tongue by instinct, or if you yourself are translating my thoughts into your tongue as I utter them. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

That he would approve her conduct, was an idea that now and then flashed across her mind; but he would remain in eternal ignorance, and therefore it could not bring their thoughts into any communion. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Henry Handel Richardson SPIES, ferreting out one’s thoughts . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells She was tracing out some thoughts of her own. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Henry Fielding And yet, as unreasonable as the power of controuling men’s thoughts is represented, I will shew you how you shall controul mine whenever you desire it. Amelia by Henry Fielding

But I had to put these thoughts from me for the present. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

She could not formulate these thoughts as yet, she could only live them. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

E. F. Benson Lucia whistled her thoughts away from such ephemeral and frivolous subjects as dances, and tried to give Professor Bonstetter her attention. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Sir Walter Scott His thoughts immediately turned to the unfortunate lad he had left with the carriage. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

John Galsworthy For Dinny it had the advantage of taking her thoughts off her own existence and concentrating them on her people’s. Over the River by John Galsworthy

George Gissing His thoughts were fixed upon one place; a great longing drew him forth, into the darkness and the rain of the streets, onwards in a fixed direction. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

He did not turn in the direction of the room where we felt sure his family was gathered, but it was evident that his thoughts did, and that most painfully. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing Consciously or not, she had come to feel a likeness between her own mind and that of the clergyman’s daughter; she interpreted Constance’s thoughts by her own. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Ceasing to take part in the bantering conversation that flowed on between Mr. and Mrs. Crimsworth, I bent my thoughts to the examination of these pictures. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

It was exactly as if he would not allow himself to be alone with his own thoughts for one single moment, and this unnatural animation and forced gaiety struck a most sad note in Larose’s heart. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

His mind was full of perplexity, and darkest thoughts were brooding there. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Julian Hawthorne What were her thoughts during those reveries? and why should they be sad ones? I had never ventured to question her much as yet; her mystery was itself a fascination. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

As my feet strayed through the unpeopled country, my thoughts rambled through the universe, and I was least miserable when I could, absorbed in reverie, forget the passage of the hours. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Theodore Dreiser This put desperate thoughts in the minds of the men. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim His thoughts were unanalysable, discarded each time they crept into shape, yet bringing with them a queer sensation of pleasurable content. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

When we had examined the view and were beginning to contemplate making our way home again, I turned to my companion and spoke the thoughts which were in my mind. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Matthew Arnold The man whose thoughts Mr. Long has thus faithfully reproduced, is perhaps the most beautiful figure in history. Marcus Aurelius by Matthew Arnold [1863]

Thomas Hardy All mankind think thoughts as bad as those of people they most love on earth, but such thoughts never getting embodied on paper, it becomes assumed that they never existed. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Andrew Lang But how these thoughts came to display the unknown facts concerning the garden by the river, the felling of trees for a camp, and the bare feet, is a question about which it is vain to theorise. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson O let my thoughts abide in Thee Lest I should fall: Show me Thyself in all I see, Thou Lord of all. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Samuel Johnson The thoughts of death rushed upon him at this time with such incessant importunity, that they took possession of his mind, when he first waked, for many years together. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

E. Phillips Oppenheim If she was expecting to read my thoughts and fears she was disappointed. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

She dared not, however, let her thoughts wander and looked up quickly again. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Abraham Merri Kenton, thoughts on Gigi, the way to freedom, did nor hear that last odd phrase. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells They, too, looked at him now with incommunicable thoughts in their eyes. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Anthony Trollope His thoughts were ever gentler than his words, and his heart softer than any exponent of his heart that he was able to put forth. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

They could not have given him enough of that if all their thoughts and all their actions had been directed to that end. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Sir Walter Scott With such melancholy thoughts he had to beguile about four or five hours of solitude. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Rudyard Kipling Ye can get on with your thoughts while she clacks. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Dickens’s thoughts seem to have come full circle. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Theron’s thoughts were upon the puzzling shadowed lineaments on the stained glass. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

These thoughts flashed upon me in the first instant when I recognised the Lichtenstein uniform. A Service of Danger by Amelia B. Edwards

Bram Stoker I love the shade and the shadow, and would be alone with my thoughts when I may. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

And so began that conversation which had never been out of my thoughts for four hectic weeks. Greenmantle by John Buchan

George Gissing Not till he was seated in the railway carriage could he fix his thoughts on the end of the journey. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Maria Edgeworth She would sometimes walk up and down the empty magnificent saloon, absorbed in thoughts seemingly of the most painful nature. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

William Makepeace Thackeray Fee him and the other beggars, and at last you are left tranquil to look at the strange scene with your own eyes, and enjoy your own thoughts at leisure. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

George Gissing Of late she had been in the habit of fixing her look upon Constance, as though much occupied with thoughts concerning her. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was about this time that the idea first occurred to me of separating my person from mankind as widely as my thoughts and feelings were distinct from theirs. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry Handel Richardson It’s only you—with your horrible thoughts of me. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Tobias Smolle His thoughts were now employed in casting about for some method of deliverance from the snare in which he found himself entangled. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Now wax’d she jealous lest his love abated, Fearing her own thoughts made her to be hated. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Henry Fielding The squire and all the horsemen were so surprized with her beauty, that they immediately fixed both their eyes and thoughts solely on her, every one declaring he had never seen so charming a creature. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

I see your health is not entirely restored, since you still harbour these gloomy thoughts and unjust suspicions. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing At another point she all but missed her cue, for her thoughts were busy with that letter to which she had replied this afternoon. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

I wonder whether they suffered — those women — whether they ever suffered as —” Her thoughts wandered away into a weary maze of confusion. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

John Galsworthy The attraction for him of this great church was inexplicable, unless it enabled him to concentrate his thoughts on the business of the day. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope When he came into her room he had no thoughts of inheriting anything from her. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

This was intolerable to poor Mrs. Dodd: and at last she said one day, “My darling, do not be afraid of me; rob me of your happy thoughts if you will, but oh, not of your sad ones. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Benjamin Disraeli Each knew his neighbour’s thoughts without their being declared. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Olaf Stapledon New thoughts welled up in him, thoughts which he could only with difficulty express, since his language was limited by the dead boy’s crude speech. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Those days were long past; yet as she grew older, disappointed, and devoid of pleasurable interest in the present, she often turned her thoughts backward, and wondered at the part she had acted. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Virginia Woolf His eye fell upon Rachel. She was lying back rather behind the others resting on one elbow; she might have been thinking precisely the same thoughts as Hewet himself. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

George Gissing In a few days she could talk with Eleanor even of bygone things in a perfectly simple tone, without danger of betraying the thoughts she must keep secret. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

H. G. Wells If a man’s expected to be civil in his private thoughts to girls without a stitch, so to speak — well! I dunno. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Daniel Defoe I had a great many thoughts in my head about my seeing him again, and was often sorry that I had refused it. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Edward Bellamy For once my thoughts made better music than even twentieth century orchestras discourse, and it held me enchanted till well toward morning, when I fell asleep. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Wilkie Collins Instead of encouraging her thoughts to dwell on this melancholy business, we must apply the remedy suggested by our medical friend. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Virginia Woolf But after a time her thoughts wandered, and she began to think of the dance, which had been held in this room, only then the room itself looked quite different. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Arnold Bennett Presiding over all her secret thoughts was the axiom that the Cedars was a perfect machine, and that the least that a grateful boarder could do was to fit into the machine. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Henry James Rosalind’s thoughts hovered lovingly about her sister’s relies. The romance of certain old clothes by Henry James [1868]

Anthony Trollope I have trebled my usual average, and have done so in circumstances which have enabled me to give up all my thoughts for the time to the book I have been writing. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

The next morning the first thing in all our thoughts was Catherine’s singular request. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But now these thoughts faded before the new born expectation. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins After sitting thus for some minutes, he seemed to despair of being able to collect his thoughts immediately, and to resolve on giving his mind full time to compose itself. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Gaston Leroux You took great pains to conceal your thoughts from me. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

He was quite as much a talker as a writer, and beat out his thoughts into shape in talking. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Herman Melville Neither were his thoughts taken up by the captain alone. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

E. Phillips Oppenheim The atmosphere of the place was growing more and more mysterious, but he was no busybody and he had many thoughts to occupy him. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Their love to their sovereign immediately awoke; and, apprehending him in danger of perishing in his tower, their whole thoughts were occupied with the means of his safety. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

Wilkie Collins She would have resented that unscrupulous intrusion on her own thoughts from any man alive but Frank’s father. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Olaf Stapledon He therefore set about once more clarifying his own thoughts and his inspiration of his members; even now on, the threshold of his delirium. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Henry Handel Richardson He stood and stared at it; but his thoughts were elsewhere: he found himself trying to call to mind Polly’s face. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope She might look on that engagement of theirs with altogether other thoughts and other ideas; and if so his voice should never reproach her; — not his voice, however his heart might do so. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing It would happen, to be sure, that in hot noons of August my thoughts wandered to the sea; but so impossible was the gratification of such desire that it never greatly troubled me. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

In her lonely rambles that long summer day, with her spaniel Ganymede, and her father’s favourite pointer, for her only companions, Angela’s thoughts dwelt ever on the past. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His thoughts zigzagged back to Marjorie. This disappearance would be like other disappearances. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My thoughts were always on the Blind Spinner, and there I could not advance one single inch. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Henry Handel Richardson Putting her hands to her forehead, she tried to force her thoughts back to reality. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Thus he gave more undisturbed audience to the idle thoughts which had come to tempt his spirit, while his lips repeated, of their own accord, his evening prayers. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Elizabeth Gaskell His visit would force her father’s thoughts into another channel. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Edith Wharton These thoughts were in her mind as she drove up to Mrs. Melrose’s door on a rainy afternoon late in August, her boxes piled high on the roof of the cab she had taken at the station. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My thoughts suddenly play the truant. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Gissing Wife of a Norfolk farmer, and mother of nine children, she was one of the old-world women whose thoughts found abundant occupation in the cares and pleasures of home. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope Indeed, he was overwhelmed with care and trouble, and as he went along very gloomy thoughts passed through his mind. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell But the poor woman’s thoughts had gone back to those days, and her little recollections came out, with many interruptions of sighs, and tears, and shakes of the head. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Jonathan Swif He will find he lies: and I shall let him know by a third hand my thoughts of him. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Theodore Dreiser Although his mind was vigorously employed during the day, nevertheless his thoughts kept returning constantly. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Ivan Ivanovich was so strictly correct and smooth that one’s thoughts could get no grip on him. In the World by Maksim Gorky

The honest man reaps the good results of his honest thoughts and acts; he also brings upon himself the sufferings, which his vices produce. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Arthur Machen Dr. Lewis’s thoughts were distracted from the incredible adventure of the tree by the visit of his sister and her husband. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle But what those thoughts were did not long remain in doubt. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Mark Twain It was awful thoughts and awful words, but they was said. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Jane Austen It was an alarming change; and Emma was thinking of it one morning, as what must bring a great deal to agitate and grieve her, when Mr. Knightley came in, and distressing thoughts were put by. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Jack London His brows drew in slightly with the mental effort of suitably phrasing thoughts which he had never before put into speech. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Andrew Lang She did not use it when she was asleep, and on whatever object in the room he put it that thing began to speak, and spoke out its thoughts and feelings just as well as the lady to whom it belonged. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edgar Rice Burroughs I had entirely forgotten the rifle in my hand and the revolvers at my belt; one does not readily synchronize his thoughts with the stone age and the twentieth century simultaneously. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Benjamin Disraeli As there is a living God, my friend, most solemnly I vow, I have had no thoughts in this affair, but for your honour. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

George Gissing I should have left you more time to turn your thoughts to me from these terrible things you have passed through. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

His thoughts avalanched through him like lightning as he gave his imagination full rein, and then in a flash an inspiration came to him. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

George Gissing You’ve no right to keep your thoughts to yourself!’ Mrs. Mumford was offended, and showed it. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Wilkie Collins My thoughts were far away with the relations I had left in England, when I was startled out of them by hearing my name softly pronounced. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His thoughts reverted at first to his own commonplace malady. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

H. Rider Haggard But how did you know that? You always seem to be able to read one’s thoughts before one speaks. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

My thoughts for the rest of that night were full of horror and bewilderment. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

James Joyce The sun went in behind some clouds and left us to our jaded thoughts and the crumbs of our provisions. Dubliners by James Joyce

Henry James But his page remained unturned; his own thoughts were more importunate. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Wilkie Collins After the distressing thoughts which Miss Dunross’s letter had roused in my mind, I was in no humor to employ my ingenuity in finding a clew to the mystery of the vanished writing. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

As he drove rapidly into town Gaston’s thoughts were anything but pleasant. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Henry James It failed, however, to divert her thoughts from the subject she was discussing with her friend, for as Max ascended the box and the carriage went on its way she threw out another note of defiance. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Edith Wharton Still, on the drive home her thoughts cleared as she reflected that she had gained her main point — for the time, at any rate. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

George Gissing Soon it will be spring once more; I shall go out into the fields, and shake away these thoughts of discouragement and fear which have lately too much haunted my fireside. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Nathaniel Hawthorne I withdrew into an inner world where my thoughts lived and breathed, and the vision in the midst of them. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Henry James Isabel’s thoughts hovered about it, but they seldom rested on it long; after a little it ended in alarms. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Brave thoughts winged on Grecian words gained their natural mastery over terror; the brigantine held on her course, and reached smooth water at last. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

What on earth did he mean? I fell back on a question which had been in my thoughts for a long time — the most natural question on the lips of any seaman whatever joining a ship. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

George Gissing Her thoughts would not be controlled, and whatever words she uttered seemed to come from her lips of their own accord. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Sad thoughts haunted her less cruelly in the great wood. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Yes, it had been this morning; and it seemed away and away in some dim past experience of their lives, so vast was the change, so new and so overpowering the thoughts which had come between them. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Lady Mabel was polishing her poems with serious thoughts of publication, but with strictest secrecy. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope I know so well, or fancy that I know so well, the current in which your thoughts are running! You have had a wound, and think that therefore you must be a cripple for life. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Percy Bysshe Shelley His thoughts were elevated above terrestrial enjoyments—his sufferings sank into nothing on the comparison. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

H. G. Wells My thoughts were concentrated, I think, upon my chains and the Selenites, and particularly upon the helmeted ones with the goads. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Sir Richard Burton And now, O my mother, thou hast no excuse, so compose thy thoughts and arise. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

D.H. Lawrence Meanwhile, Helena’s thoughts went round and round, tethered amid the five days by the sea, pulling forwards as far as the morrow’s meeting with Siegmund, but reaching no further. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

The love within her, not alienated, though latent, drew her thoughts into definite human tracks. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Robert Browning Will the night send a howlet or a bat? I asked: when something on the dismal flat Came to arrest my thoughts and change their train. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

Anthony Trollope The Chevalier had no idea that his own or his friends’ fate depended in any way on the man’s disposition; but such thoughts came across his brain unwittingly, and he could not restrain them. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope And Lucy would sit alone in the drawing-room at Framley Court, filling her heart with thoughts of that evening when she had first sat there. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Jack London He became cunning; he had idle time in which to devote himself to thoughts of trickery. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Indeed, it seemed as if for the moment her thoughts were more taken up with her cousin’s unhappiness than with her own. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

A. E. W. Mason I have admitted to you that I knew friendship limited your thoughts of me. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

I now began to find life in the whale unendurable; I was tired to death of it, and concentrated my thoughts on plans of escape. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

Theodore Dreiser I follow you in my thoughts all the time now. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope It was not that he actually believed that this would be the case; but his thoughts were morbid, and he took an unwholesome delight in picturing to himself circumstances in their blackest hue. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Charles Dudley Warner I abandoned all thoughts of the law. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Virginia Woolf Did he think? Probably the same thoughts again and again. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The smallest thing you do, the least word you speak, the very thoughts of your heart, shall all be shaped under one necessity and one fear. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

My thoughts animate and actuate this very body which you see and hear, and thereby influence your thoughts. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Her thoughts were speaking with her, speaking pleasantly, as it seemed, for she smiled as she listened. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Arthur Machen That unknown cloud that had darkened his thoughts grew blacker and engulfed him, despair was heavy upon him, his heart fainted with a horrible dread. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Henry David Thoreau If I were confined to a corner of a garret all my days, like a spider, the world would be just as large to me while I had my thoughts about me. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

She was for a while the sole object of his reveries; and Perdita became aware that his thoughts and time were bestowed on a subject unparticipated by her. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope Such were my thoughts as I walked the deck of the Cunard steamer. North America by Anthony Trollope

He at once prepared to lay his thoughts before the King, and to suggest that he could do far better service than Cecil, and was ready to take his place. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

George Gissing Lashmar waited for her to question him about Hollingford, to give him an opportunity of revealing his importance; but her thoughts seemed never to turn in that direction. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]