Phrases with "universal"

Nikolai Gogol He knew his own worth quite well, and therefore looked for universal respect as his due. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Bram Stoker Then, amongst a chorus of screams from the peasants and a universal crossing of themselves, a caleche, with four horses, drove up behind us, overtook us, and drew up beside the coach. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Washington Irving Suddenly, as it were, a universal burst of song and melody broke forth from the groves and gardens of the Generalife, and reached the prince in the solitude of his tower. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

He was only obeying the universal law of nature — the law which prompts the pallid spindling sprout of the potato in the cellar to strive feebly toward the light. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Ann Radcliffe An universal shout of joy resounded through the walls on his appearance. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Your friends could set half the Continent on fire without influencing the public opinion here in favour of a universal repressive legislation. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

D. H. Lawrence And universal starvation is no high aim. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Ann Radcliffe When du Bosse saw her he immediately swore to her identity; his testimony was confirmed by her manner; for on perceiving him she grew pale, and a universal tremor seized her. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Lands now submerged must have been uncovered, and on the return of the waters at the close of the glacial period many a peopled lowland must have been overwhelmed in the nearly universal deluge. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was in a bland and condescending humour of universal approval, and when he saw Ruth, he nodded his head in token of satisfaction. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell I said that I had been endeavouring, it was true, to practise the manner he had recommended, of universal sympathy, And recalled to his mind some of the advice he had given me. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Ann Radcliffe The low and gentle responses of birds, awakened by the morning ray, now broke the silence of the hour; their soft warbling rising by degrees till they swelled the chorus of universal gladness. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

A universal experience is exactly the sort of thing which is most difficult to appraise justly in a particular instance. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Charles Dickens But now you’re a universal mistruster. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Belonging to the same species of Apothegm is what is called the Gnome, a universal expression about life stated briefly. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Benjamin Disraeli I hardly knew whether they were most like conspirators, or gamblers, or the lions of a public dinner, conscious of an universal gaze, and consequently looking proportionately interesting. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Sir Walter Scott All goes to sixes and sevens — an universal saturnalia seems to be proclaimed in my peaceful and orderly family. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

But I never heard that any one grumbled at it, for it was devoted to purposes of universal utility, and indeed necessary to the civilisation of the tribe. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Charles Dickens I had sat alone in my room on many, many anniversaries of this great holiday, and had never regarded it but as one of universal assemblage and rejoicing. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Olaf Stapledon For a while the race lived on in an increasingly vague and confused ecstacy of passive union with the universal source of being. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

John Ruskin That is to say, not by universal equal suffrage. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

He argued that this was a universal law. On the Magnet by William Gilber

A slightly educated man, he was nevertheless one of Nature’s gentlemen, and his death in Grant’s advance on Richmond was a universal cause of mourning at a time when so many brave lives were lost. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

H. G. Wells Even though they mostly ate sufficiently, they ate badly, and there was never a stage of universal decent housing at any time for them. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Olaf Stapledon In view of the danger of continued race-pollution, some politicians urged wholesale slaughter of the pariahs, or, at the least, universal sterilization. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Baldwin Spencer It is interesting to see that this belief is universal amongst the Northern Territory tribes. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry Fielding You see, madam, an instance in the generous behaviour of my friend James, how false are all universal satires against humankind. Amelia by Henry Fielding

These and such as these gleamed ever and again out from the universal shadow. Signa by Ouida

Henry David Thoreau It is a labor to task the faculties of a man — such problems of profit and loss, of interest, of tare and tret, and gauging of all kinds in it, as demand a universal knowledge. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Daniel Defoe He knows where the common foible lies, which is universal passion, what handle to take hold of every man by, and how to cultivate his interest so, as not to fail of his end, or mistake the means. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Ralph Waldo Emerson Of course what is real and universal cannot be confined to the circle of those who sympathize strictly with his genius, but will pass forth into the common stock of wise and just thinking. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Dread seers were they of the Burden of the Atmosphere, and wild prophets of the wrath to come! Then there arose on high the universal shrieks of women; the men stared at each other, but were dumb. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Ann Radcliffe On this happy discovery, the Earl ordered the gates of the castle to be thrown open; mirth and festivity resounded through the walls, and the evening closed in universal rejoicings. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Benjamin Disraeli In a short time he expended all the money in the military chest, impoverishing all the districts through which he passed, paying nowhere and holding up the name of his master to universal execration. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

Ralph Waldo Emerson Though an egotist a l’outrance, he could criticize a play, a building, a character, on universal grounds, and give a just opinion. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Olaf Stapledon So long as the conditions hold good, the formula is a true description of a universal principle which has had instances and may have others. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

On the balcony this evening, it was delightful, and the moon is a universal beautifier. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Olaf Stapledon In the large community there is no universal mutual awareness. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle His name was a terror through all Central America. At the end of that time there was a universal rising against him. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

James Joyce At the last blast the souls of universal humanity throng towards the valley of Jehoshaphat, rich and poor, gentle and simple, wise and foolish, good and wicked. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

John Locke Number the simplest and most universal idea. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Walter Scott Perils and dangers, penalties and scourges, are the arguments to which men who are above the universal influence which moves all others, can possibly be accessible. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Edith Wharton And my right to make that is simply the universal right of a man to enlighten a woman when he sees her unconsciously placed in a false position. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Gertrude Stein The reason is so just that a question has that right and a belief is universal that is to say there is no doubt of something. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

H. G. Wells Indeed, one finds that in discussion the propagandists of Birth Control admit that their project must be universal or dysgenic. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

H. G. Wells It must be a new thing embodying a universal mutiny. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

And after Mauleverer had ceased, there was a universal nervous and indistinct expectation of an answer and a scene; all was still, and it soon became certain that Clifford was not in the apartment. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

William Cowper To-morrow brings a change, a total change, Which even now, though silently performed And slowly, and by most unfelt, the face Of universal nature undergoes. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

H. G. Wells It is a universal dissolution. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Arnold Bennett Accordingly, every one being of the same mind, every one met on certain occasions in certain places in order to express the universal mind. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

There is no need to appeal to universal history to prove that; only ask yourself, if you are a man and have lived at all. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

G. K. Chesterton The need for food is certainly universal, so universal that it is not even human. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The long stretch of sands and the sails of the motionless vessel stood out lividly pale in universal gloom. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

G. K. Chesterton There prevailed through the whole of the existing organizations of society a universal distrust that turned them into a dust of disconnected atoms. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

As Dayton once said to the Pentagram Circle, when we were discussing the problem of a universal marriage and divorce law throughout the Empire, “I am for leaving all these things alone. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

James Joyce MacCann stood his ground and said with hostile humour: — Minor poets, I suppose, are above such trivial questions as the question of universal peace. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

H. G. Wells Now it began to be plain that the World Revolution, like all its less universal precursors, like every Revolution, was woven of two essentially distinct strands. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells They evinced themselves in a universal moral indefiniteness. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope An ordinary citizen of the United States, if asked, would probably say that it included that description of franchise which I have called universal suffrage. North America by Anthony Trollope

It is the charm of universal experience from which one expects an uncommon or personal sensation — a bit of one’s own. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

I have said: it is a legend almost universal throughout the world. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Olaf Stapledon This will lead us to discuss the problem of universal characters and their particular instances, a problem which became urgent in the preceding chapter. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Agassiz believes this to be a universal law of nature; and we may hope hereafter to see the law proved true. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Olaf Stapledon The Early Christians experienced community in small groups of individuals living in personal contact and living in devotion to a universal ideal. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon Gautama said: By self-denial, self-oblivion, seek that annihilation of particular being which is the way to universal being. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jeremy Bentham The universal code ought to be promulgated to all. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Benjamin Disraeli Vivian Grey’s English verses and Vivian Grey’s English themes were the subject of universal commendation. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Arthur Conan Doyle That it will involve the whole world and that no life can possibly remain behind seems to me to be certain, since ether is a universal medium. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

George Borrow So great, so universal is the love of country. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

It is still in universal use in the Presbyterian churches of that country, though now accompanied by hymns. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Pusillanimity and fear she refuses with a beautiful scorn: they are not for her who putteth on her coronation robes, and goes out through universal love to universal power. The Method Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

George Meredith The universal language is hee-haw, done in a grievous yawn. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The great, or such as hold of nature and transcend fashions by their fidelity to universal ideas, are saviors from these federal errors,4 and defend us from our contemporaries. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

H. G. Wells A universal type of man would be possible only on a flat and uniform earth. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry Adams He was a bulky figure in society, always friendly, good-natured, obliging, and useful; almost as universal as Milnes and more busy. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

We do ill, I think, therefore, to talk much of universal peace or of a general disarmament. Memories and Studies by William James

The consciousness of universal support in his general activity heartened him to grapple with the particular problem. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Ralph Waldo Emerson His religion thinks for him and is of universal application. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

William Makepeace Thackeray This splendid costume, by Madame Crinoline, of Regent Street, was the object of universal admiration. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

He followed the universal example, and suffered no inconvenience, while his wants were obligingly supplied by the fashionable tradesmen. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Thomas Paine It may have weight among dependent tenants, but it gives none on a scale of national, and much less of universal character. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

The abbe attributed this sudden and happy change entirely to the rupture between the duke and the marquis, and this was the universal opinion in the neighborhood. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

G. K. Chesterton The emotions with which they dealt were universal emotions, emotions of the morning of existence, the springtide joy and the springtide terror. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

The inconstant people have changed their mind, and glow with a universal ardor for learning: young men and grave fathers sup crowned with leaves, and dictate poetry. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

William Cowper Vast was his empire, absolute his power, Or bounded only by a law whose force ’Twas his sublimest privilege to feel And own, the law of universal love. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Hence the insensible and almost universal confusion of idea which confounds melancholy with depth, and finds but hollow inanity in the symbol of a laugh. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Olaf Stapledon Nay further, perhaps this vast disjointed drama is relished by no universal spectator and is the work of no universal artist. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Percy Bysshe Shelley There are two kinds of pleasure, one durable, universal and permanent; the other transitory and particular. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Henry Adams Any schoolboy knows enough to object at once that it is the oldest and most universal of all theories. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle Individuals merged into groups, groups into crowds, crowds into a universal phenomenon which one soon accepted as the inevitable detail of every scene. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Benjamin Disraeli Love, on the contrary, is an universal thirst for a communion, not merely of the senses, but of our whole nature, intellectual, imaginative, and sensitive. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Isabella Bird The President is elected by universal suffrage, once in four years. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Edward Bellamy You see, perhaps, now, how we look at this question of universal high education. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Benjamin Disraeli As the sun dropped, universal silence seemed to pervade the whole face of nature. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Universal thing and universal no-thing were indistinguishable. Memories and Studies by William James

T. H. Huxley The first of these laws is universal and irreversible; the second is an induction from a vast number of observations, though it may possibly, and even probably, have to admit of exceptions. Essays by T. H. Huxley

H. G. Wells And they had been but the first warning impacts of universal cataclysm. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

William Godwin He wasted his latter days in dotage, obscurity and universal neglect. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

An instant after, Fouquet called Gourville, who crossed the gallery amidst the universal expectation. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

T. E. Lawrence In the very outset, at the first meeting with them, was found a universal clearness or hardness of belief, almost mathematical in its limitation, and repellent in its unsympathetic form. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

G. K. Chesterton The more widely different the types talked of, the more serious and universal must be the philosophy which talks of them. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Olaf Stapledon The Absolute consists at once of the total reality, which we know partially as the multifarious universe, and of the true knowing of all this together in the single universal self-consciousness. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Anthony Trollope It must be remembered that at this time Captain Scarborough was still the subject of universal remark, because of the story told as to his birth. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Andrew Lang As to the processes which produced the fetichistic ‘corruption’ (that universal and everywhere identical form of decay), Mr. Müller does not afford even a hint. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells These ruling bodies clamped men together through ages of discord until at last the race could be held together in assured permanence by the cement of a universal education. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anna Katherine Green Within, there was the uneasy hum, the anxious look, the subdued movement which marks an universal suspense. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Nowhere else, perhaps, has that universal genius displayed more completely the extraordinary fertility of his mind. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Ralph Waldo Emerson Nothing can bar them out, or shut them in, but they penetrate the ocean and land, space and time, form and essence, and hold the key to universal nature. The Method Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

And hence the universal magnetism of Nature. But man contemplates the universe as an animalcule would an elephant. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Henry David Thoreau It is remarkable what a value is still put upon wood even in this age and in this new country, a value more permanent and universal than that of gold. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

H. G. Wells The key to the progressive thought of our time is the frank realization of this immense variety in reaction and the repudiation of the rigid universal solutions of the past. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells Railways, road traffic, all the normal communications have been dislocated by a universal running about. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

He who traces nothing of God in his own soul, will never find God in the world of matter—mere circlings of force there, of iron regulation, of universal death and merciless indifference. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

H. G. Wells There was also a universal decline in the little comforts and accessories of life to which the world had grown accustomed. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

He took great pleasure in assisting them in the improvement they so industriously laboured for, and as he was a man of universal knowledge, he was capable of being very useful to them in that respect. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

George Gissing As a mere consequence of her birth, Arabella Tomalin had despised and distrusted womanhood; the sentiment is all but universal in low-born girls. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Gilfillan A universal howl of rage and pain burst from the aggrieved dunces, on whose naked sides the hot pitch had fallen. Life of Alexander Pope by George Gilfillan

The universal instinct honours beauty. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I saw an American in London once who thought himself an Englishman because he wore leg-of-mutton whiskers, declaimed against universal suffrage and republics, and had an appetite for high game. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Jack London Certainly he had found them without the almost universal beche-de-mer English of the west South Pacific. Nor had they knowledge of tobacco, nor of gunpowder. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Arnold Bennett She stood transfixed by intense shame, staring painfully at a pillar, to avoid the universal assault of eyes. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Isabella Bird The creeds which they profess are “Socialism” and “Universalism,” and at stated periods they assemble to hear political harangues, and address invocations to universal deity. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Friedrich Schiller He continued wrapped in this fatal security until the dreadful moment in which he was destined, from being the object of universal homage and envy, to become that of the deepest commiseration. The Sport of Destiny by Friedrich Schiller

They could not every day sit so grim and taciturn; and it was impossible, however ill-tempered they might be, that the universal scowl they wore was their everyday countenance. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

A Calabrian peasant named Coloni, born in 1753, lived so long that he had what he considered a glimpse of the dawn of universal peace. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Wilkie Collins They made him among them a sort of universal genius, as well as I could understand it. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Suddenly I wasn’t thinking of Daisy and Gatsby any more, but of this clean, hard, limited person, who dealt in universal scepticism, and who leaned back jauntily just within the circle of my arm. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jeremy Bentham The universal code of all secular books would be the most valuable, and almost the only one necessary for all; if not as a book of law, at least as a book of morals. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H. G. Wells Vague and foolish dreams of universal peace tempt the desires of men and weaken their wills. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Edmund Burke You lay down metaphysic propositions which infer universal consequences, and then you attempt to limit logic by despotism. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Now, say all decent logicians, from a universal to a particular valet consequentia, all scissors were bad: ergo, some scissors were bad. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Arnold Bennett Janet had everything: a kind disposition, some brains, some beauty, considerable elegance and luxury for her station, fine shoulders at a ball, universal love and esteem. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

James Joyce Find these and you find the qualities of universal beauty. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

T. H. Huxley These are wonderful truths, the more so because the zoologist finds them to be of universal application. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Some people fear a universal sacking of the city, especially in the event of the triumph of the federalist party. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Anton Chekhov The daylight, afraid of disturbing the universal tranquillity, scarcely pierced through the lowered blinds, and lay on the soft rugs in pale, slumbering streaks. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Henry James He remembered how many of his cigars he had smoked with Mr. Flack and how universal a participant he had made him. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Let each acknowledge his debt to God, and be content to have paid it in a season of universal sorrow. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

As usual on these occasions, I find myself alone on the deck, never suffering from the universal prostrator of landsmen. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

H. G. Wells The Oscar II is better known in history as the Peace Ship of Henry Ford. It is a gleam of tragic comedy amidst the universal horror. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

John Locke And seek in vain for certain and universal knowledge of unperceived qualities in substances. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

His reputation as a poet was increasing, and his compositions were read with universal approbation. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

It must be remembered that I am writing of past years, when holidays were not so universal for any class, clerk or master, as they are at present. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

Henry James The precious piece of furniture which on the Atlantic voyage is trusted never to flinch among universal concussions was emblazoned simply with his title and name. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

Tobias Smolle When they first entered the prison, they were undoubtedly the handsomest couple mine eyes ever beheld, and their appearance won universal respect even from the most brutal inhabitants of the jail. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope At present the feeling in Canada against the Northern States is so strong and so universal that England has little to fear on that head. North America by Anthony Trollope

Men assembled tumultuously in the squares and public places, and, as the regulations were made known, they were received with universal groans and hisses. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Meredith It was one universal croak—ahi! And Mr. Pericles could, affirm that Purgatory would have no pains for him after the torments he had recently endured. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Sinclair Lewis Mary! Let’s feed!” So for the first time Neil sat down and ate with his new friends: that most ancient and universal symbol of equality. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Gerard was dismayed at finding so many enemies, and looked wistfully into his little sister’s face: her eyes were brimming at the harsh words showered on one who but yesterday was the universal pet. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

In short, poor Zeenab, the most miserable and neglected of human beings, all of a sudden found herself the object of universal attention and admiration. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

H. G. Wells So that a universal social collapse followed, as it were a logical consequence, upon world-wide war. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

John Morley They turned to the diviner mind, and exercised themselves with the weightiest and most universal circumstances of the destiny of mankind. Voltaire by John Morley

Leon Trotsky My belated critics have long since taken my Brest-Litovsk proposal from the context of its time and place and turned it into a universal formula in order to reduce it more easily to absurdity. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells They will hold God to be complex and of an endless variety of aspects, to be expressed by no universal formula nor approved in any uniform manner. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Ralph Waldo Emerson This universal soul, he calls Reason: it is not mine, or thine, or his, but we are its; we are its property and men. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

The popular belief is all but universal that sick persons should feed on noxious substances. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The wood-louse dropped, and rolled into a ball, Touch’d by some impulse occult or mechanic; And nameless beetles ran along the wall In universal panic. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Walter Scott In the obscure and brief communications which I have had by a secure hand, they do but anticipate their own utter ruin, and ours — so general is the depression, so universal the despair. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

I got outside London. It became tangible instead of being a frame almost as universal as sea and sky. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

A day will come, and perhaps quickly, wherein you will have occasion to remember that axiom:—‘Gold is universal power; and they alone are kings who are all-powerful. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Andrew Lang This method is almost uniform, and, as far as cremation and the cairn go, is universal in the Iliad and Odyssey whenever a burial is described. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

The lips were thin and brimful of malice; the small black bead-like eyes glittered with the fire of a universal hate. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

And this opinion was so universal that the friend I have been telling you of remembered his conversation with Davidson simply because of the statement about Davidson’s wife. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

It is simply a theory of universal poisoning, nullified in practice by the infinitesimal contrivance. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The old man felt the system of universal nature which he had so long studied and adored, slide from under him, and he stood among the dead, and lifted his voice in curses. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

When called to account for his conduct, “Really, sir,” he said, “er-er-oom — bad cold!” Uprose a universal sneeze. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Rudyard Kipling I suggest, subject to correction — there are only two elementary smells of universal appeal — the smell of burning fuel and the smell of melting grease. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

H. G. Wells The infantile habit of assuming the fixity of the Thing that Is was almost universal in their day. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

John Locke This hinders our certain knowledge of universal truths concerning natural bodies: and our reason carries us herein very little beyond particular matter of fact. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Robert Louis Stevenson Somewhat as in the early days of the French Revolution, men must have looked for an immediate and universal improvement in their condition. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Carlyle Towards the same sad cesspool will these waste currents of human ruin ooze and gravitate as heretofore; except in draining the universal quagmire itself there is no remedy. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

Arthur Morrison The ship laboured slowly ahead, through a universal blackness that seemed to stifle. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Every item of his experience, small or great, every idea in his mental storehouse, had now to be considered with reference to its bearing on the new universal principle. Memories and Studies by William James

An universal rush of the young ladies immediately took place. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

G. K. Chesterton The enthusiastic water drinker must regard a rainstorm as a sort of universal banquet and debauch of his own favourite beverage. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

No one knows what is become of you, and your absence creates universal astonishment and despair. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

I thought it was meant for our universal mother!” “No, it was Iphigenia.” “I stand corrected. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Ralph Waldo Emerson There shall be nothing brutal in it, but it shall honor the man and the woman, as much as the most diffusive and universal action. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Not the less I owe thee justice; for that is a universal debt. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

There is a universal brushing-up amongst the passengers; some shaving, some with their heads plunged into tubs of cold water. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Algernon Blackwood He accepted it as a simple, natural, universal thing. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle There are my father and mother at Bedford. I know that they are dead, and yet in this tremendous universal tragedy I can feel no sharp sorrow for any individuals, even for them. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Benjamin Disraeli I know that there are well-disposed persons that tremble at this reasoning, because, although they admit its justice, they allege it leads to universal suffrage. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

H. G. Wells There was also a young American from one of these newfangled Western universities where they teach things like salesmanship and universal history. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Olaf Stapledon This account raises the whole question of the status of universal characters, such as redness, cowishness, justice. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

John Galsworthy The Jameses alone, unable to withstand a custom almost universal in Park Lane, are now and then unfaithful. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Robert Green Ingersoll There was one feeling among them that rises to their eternal honor like a white shaft to the clouds — they were in favor of universal education. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Borrow Shortly before our arrival off Tarifa, universal hunger seemed to prevail amongst us. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Sigmund Freud A universal phenomenon noticeable here is the fact that the representation of quenching the thirst is immediately followed by disappointment in the inefficacy of the imagined refreshment. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Walter Scott In short, the spirit of the age was little disposed to spare error, however venerable, or countenance imposture, however sanctioned by length of time and universal acquiescence. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

H. G. Wells It was his business to discover the way to end this universal state of siege and evoke a new way of living, but it was not his business to understand these probably not very intelligent war devices. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Helen Zimmern This sequel to Harry and Lucy was far from finding universal favor. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Olaf Stapledon Is not the theory that denies particulars merely playing with words? What we actually experience is particular examples of universal characters. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

It would have been enough to drive a fine nature into the madness of universal suspicion — into any sort of madness. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Who in that hour spared one thought to his neighbor? Perhaps in scenes of universal horror, nothing is more horrid than the unnatural selfishness they engender. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Arthur Conan Doyle But as to the horror with which universal death appears to inspire you, I would put it to you that it is somewhat exaggerated. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Anthony Trollope You can do many things that your mother and grandmother couldn’t do; but absolute freedom — what you may call universal suffrage — hasn’t come yet, I fear. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Aphrodite is born in the first spasm of universal dissolution — then the snakes and swans and lotus — marsh-flowers — and Gudrun and Gerald — born in the process of destructive creation. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Nikolai Gogol The universal silence was only broken here and there by the bark of a dog; only the drunken Kalenik still wandered about the empty streets seeking for his house. A May Night by Nikolai Gogol