Phrases with "universal"

Andrew Lang But anthropologists continually tell us, with truth, that the idea of death as a universal ordinance is unknown to the savage. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

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

At one and the same time, they shew that love of expensiveness, so universal among the Greeks, and an inclination to the Dutch frugality. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

H. G. Wells Certain sorts of fun seem to be universal and perennial. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

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]

The universal breathless tension in the atmosphere had been by no means dissipated when the mirage-like vision of the red harbor faded. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

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]

Jules Verne This material, which consists of the ramicles of a certain palm-tree growing very abundantly on the river banks, is in universal use in the district. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

The great and universal motive to honest industry, that of bettering one’s lot, was lost upon him. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

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]

It is easy to understand that, under such conditions, the almost universal mode of passenger transit is by chairs and bearers. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

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

Olaf Stapledon For instance, the date of his birth is a universal character belonging to all events that happened before one set of events and after another. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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]

Wilkie Collins At the end, he threw up his hands again, and blinked inquiringly all round him, in mute appeal to universal nature. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Maria Edgeworth Do not be so unjust as to imagine that he has any of the presumption which is sometimes the chief characteristic of a man of universal genius. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

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]

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]

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]

Charles Stur His table was covered with every delicacy the season could afford, his wines were of the very best, and there was a quiet but effective manner about him, which gained universal esteem. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

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

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]

Olaf Stapledon All the same, in the Platonic theory the world of universal forms, which was the reality behind appearances, was evidently in some sense a spiritual reality. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Thomas Carlyle The manifold, inextricably complex, universal struggle of these constitutes, and must constitute, what is called the progress of society. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

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]

John Locke To conclude this argument of universal consent, I agree with these defenders of innate principles — that if they are innate, they must needs have universal assent. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

John Locke Yet, after all, universal consent (were there any in moral principles) to truths, the knowledge whereof may be attained otherwise, would scarce prove them to be innate; which is all I contend for. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

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

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

Andrew Lang A miracle is counter to universal experience, no event is counter to universal experience, therefore no event is a miracle. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Ralph Waldo Emerson Thus, he said, universal justice was satisfied. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

William Morris As to the floor: a little time ago it was the universal custom for those who could afford it to cover it all up into its dustiest and crookedest corners with a carpet, good, bad, or indifferent. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

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]

Olaf Stapledon The more advanced clerics, however, had agreed that if ever the universal system of “radio-bliss” was established, this difficulty might be overcome. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Green Ingersoll They forgot in a little while what they had suffered, and they forgot to apply the principle of universal liberty — of toleration. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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]

Confidence was destroyed, and a universal panic seized upon the dealers. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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

Andrew Lang They strove to forget that though dreams in sleep are universal and countless, “dreams” in waking hours are extremely rare — unique, for instance, in Lord Brougham’s own experience. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon Elsewhere the masters had persuaded their workers that the new ideas were false and base, and certain to lead to universal poverty and misery. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

It is certainly not true that there is in the mind of man any universal standard of beauty with respect to the human body. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells I do not care if I am up against the universal All. I am pleading the cause of a woman, a woman I lurve, sorr — a noble woman — misunderstood. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

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

Samuel Johnson According to these schemes, universal plenty is to begin and end in universal misery. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Victor Hugo Come now, do I keep an inn, or do I not? Why should I trade with these travellers? The universal distress sends its spatterings even as far as my poverty. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

That universal language, a human cry, which everywhere and always quickened the pulse, stirred pity to its depths. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

In language nervous, clear, and simple, the Monk expatiated on the beauties of Religion. He explained some abstruse parts of the sacred writings in a style that carried with it universal conviction. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

John Locke And to be commanded we do consent, when that society, whereof we be a part, hath at any time before consented, without revoking the same after by the like universal agreement. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

Thomas Paine All the European governments (France now excepted) are constructed not on the principle of universal civilisation, but on the reverse of it. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

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

Algernon Blackwood Yet no one of my senses in particular conveyed the great impression; it seemed wrought of them all in combination — a large, synthetic, universal report sent forth by the natural things about me. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

John Galsworthy But at that moment it gave way to the more universal blackness. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

T. E. Lawrence The word was hailed with universal joy, and they looked at me: but I was not able to share their hopes, all at once. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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

Robert Green Ingersoll These doctrines have been taught in the name of religion, in the name of universal forgiveness, in the name of infinite love and charity. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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]

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

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]

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

Walter Scott There lingers here in these dungeons, for I cannot say he lives — a blind old man, to whom for three years every thing beyond his prison has been a universal blot. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Amherst was at a distance, winter approaching, the outlook of a universal blackness. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Charles Kingsley Never to see it, never more, For down to Acheron’s dread shore, A living victim am I led To Hades’ universal bed. The Stage as it was Once by Charles Kingsley

F. Scott Fitzgerald He saw HER before he saw anything else in the room, except the bright vermilion spot of the operation itself, breaking the universal whiteness of the scene. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

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]

Thomas Wolfe And there seemed to be only one rule, universal and infallible — to buy, always to buy, to pay whatever price was asked, and to sell again within two days at any price one chose to fix. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

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

Olaf Stapledon You are apt for action, I for contemplation; you for responding to the minute particular that claims your service, I (Oh fatally) for the universal and the far-flung. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

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

Olaf Stapledon It is by creative imagination that the child first grasps the universal numerical identity of twice two and four, or the universal redness of all red things and all shades of red. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

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

H. G. Wells A world peace-organization cannot evade universal relationships. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The universal intellect of Bacon shrank to the paltry pursuit of place. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Miles Franklin Perhaps there are two divisions of egotism, one the absorption in self as self, the other the analysis of self as part of a universal complex force, and I am an analyst rather than the normal egotist. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Robert Green Ingersoll Castillo — and I want you to recollect it — was the first minister in the world that declared in favor of universal toleration. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. G. Wells He was absorbed in his effort to understand this universal ominous drift towards a conflict. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

It is only thus for the general, and not for the universal benefit, that Nature acts, and Necessity speeds on her awful course. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

T. H. Huxley Geology at present provides us with most valuable topographical records, but she has not the means of working them into a universal history. Essays by T. H. Huxley

When they saw the handsome young man, no longer able to support himself on his bruised legs, make a last effort to reach the scaffold, a great shout rose like a cry of universal desolation. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

His epoch-making discovery of the law of universal gravitation was not promulgated until 1687, though the first glimpse of it had come to him so early as 1665. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

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

The total and universal want of manners, both in males and females, is so remarkable, that I was constantly endeavouring to account for it. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Helen Zimmern This might be Edgeworthian, but it was not human nature; and the incident gave universal offense. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

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]

This feeling of universal misery assumed concentration and shape, when I looked on my wife and children; and the thought of danger to them possessed my whole being with fear. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Each was equally clever in their common profession; each was a universal favourite, yet each hated the other. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

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

In the course of a few years, he became desperately addicted to the study of alchymy, and thought of nothing but the philosopher’s stone, the elixir of life, and the universal alkahest. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells Nobody could tell him what the conspiracy was about, or whether it was as non-existent as the secret of the Freemasons. They were just a peculiar people, to their own and the universal discomfort. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

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]

Ford Madox Ford At any rate might it not be an omen that she would miss some universal and necessary experience! . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Olaf Stapledon God himself was subordinate to the form of the Good. This introduction of perfection and striving toward perfection is irrelevant to the problem of universal characters. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H. G. Wells Our hope for the human future does not lie in crowd psychology and the indiscriminating rule of universal democracy. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

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]

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

Ann Radcliffe A fever was on her spirits, and an universal lassitude prevailed over her frame; which became the more effectual, from her very solicitude to conquer it. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Abraham Merri But at the middle of the bridge the leader stopped, waved back his men, and came toward us alone, palms outstretched in the immemorial, universal gesture of truce. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

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]

Olaf Stapledon Kant apparently failed to see that what I can and cannot will to become a universal law depends in the last resort not on sheer rationality but on my active dispositions or needs. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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

I say, it shal be universal and total, this is to say, a man shal be verray repentaunt for alle his synnes, that he hath doon in delyt of his thought, for delit is ful perilous. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

John Locke This, I think, may confidently be affirmed, That there are universal propositions, which, though they be certainly true, yet they add no light to our understanding; bring no increase to our knowledge. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Medicine has, too, a theoretical side which reaches the knowledge of particulars by universal reasoning and by inductive method. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Arthur Conan Doyle A lonely death may be terrible, but a universal one, as painless as this would appear to be, is not, in my judgment, a matter for apprehension. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Where, then, was Miss Liebenheim, the granddaughter? That was the universal cry; for she was beloved as generally as she was admired. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It is the secret which endows the man who knows it with such a universal power as no man has ever enjoyed since the world was made. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Henry David Thoreau The impression made on a wise man is that of universal innocence. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The universal panacea is all but won. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

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

John Morley That power was Austria. One force of this kind is enough to secure a universal adjustment of all the others in their natural places. Voltaire by John Morley

Sir Walter Scott On Hackston refusing the command, it was by universal suffrage conferred on John Balfour of Kinloch, called Burley, who was Hackston’s brother-inlaw. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Fanny Fern Your sentiments are excellent, but I hope you are not so unsophisticated as to expect ever to see them put in universal practice. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

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

D. H. Lawrence And amid this universal under-shadow, there was a scattered intrusion of lights. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan A will, a long time made, which had been left in the hands of a notary in Rennes, made him universal legatee. The Orphan by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope An anti-democratic bias is taking possession of men’s minds, causing a reaction against that tendency to universal suffrage in everything which prevailed before the war began. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Doubtless, there is a universal justice emanating from reason alone; but this justice, to be admitted among us, must be mutual. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ralph Waldo Emerson The universal reading, the cheap press, were unknown. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Charles Dickens Anastatia Weedle. ANASTATIA (a pretty girl, in a bright Garibaldi, this morning elected by universal suffrage the Beauty of the Ship). The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

The universal party that had been so triumphantly planned for Innes was no more heard of; a universal party for Rouse was something that was apparently not contemplated. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

This universal inefficiency of what he called “the shore gang” he ascribed in general to the want of responsibility and to a sense of security. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Gissing In spite of restricted space, the Cartwrights found it impossible to relinquish the habit of universal hospitality. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Robert Green Ingersoll The Baptists of Rhode Island also, led by Roger Williams, were in favor of universal religious liberty. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Olaf Stapledon Purpose implies lack, and the universal mind is complete, perfect. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Philip Sidney His reason is, because poesy dealeth with [Greek text], that is to say, with the universal consideration, and the history [Greek text], the particular. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

H. G. Wells The presence of ventilating shafts and wells along the hill slopes — everywhere, in fact except along the river valleyshowed how universal were its ramifications. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

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]

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]

I know not how it comes to have such universal applause. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

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]

John Stuart Mill The subjection of women to men being a universal custom, any departure from it quite naturally appears unnatural. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

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

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]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle The thing was universal and beyond our human knowledge or control. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson For knowledge will brighten the sunshine; right is more beautiful than private affection; and love is compatible with universal wisdom. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

G. K. Chesterton This, I think, is the one universal power behind the Æsthetic and Pre-Raphaelite movements, which all agreed in two things at least: strictness in the line and strength, nay violence, in the colour. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

H. G. Wells The chief of the aeronautic establishment near West Point was Cabot Sinclair, and he allowed himself but one single moment of the posturing that was so universal in that democratic time. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

H. G. Wells I am inclined to think this disingenuousness is a universal weakness. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Goldwin Smith This genial intercourse and mutual aid Cheers what were else an universal shade, Calls Nature from her ivy-mantled den, And softens human rock-work into men. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

When the mare died, a universal lamentation ensued throughout the encampment. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

H. G. Wells The universal fact of gravitation, for example, which pervades all being, received its complete recognition scarcely two hundred years ago. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Andrew Lang The universal superstition about names is at the bottom of this custom. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Henry David Thoreau Nature is a personality so vast and universal that we have never seen one of her features. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Olaf Stapledon For this alone (according to the theory) is a self-complete system of universal characters. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Nikolai Gogol But he read a more dreadful punishment in the faces of his fellow-countrymen: universal scorn. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

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]

A long peace has plunged them into an universal sloth. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Sir Thomas Browne There is no catholicon or universal remedy I know, but this, which though nauseous to queasy stomachs, yet to prepared appetites is nectar, and a pleasant potion of im mortality. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Luckily for Antonia’s ignorance which her Aunt’s lecture would soon have dispelled, an universal murmur through the Church announced the Preacher’s arrival. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Washington Irving He has been a universal favorite also with the fair sex, who have a vast admiration for erudite parrots that can quote poetry. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Leo Tolstoy These smiles and glances seemed to reveal to each, not only the soul of the other, but some vital and universal mystery. My Dream by Leo Tolstoy

Olaf Stapledon The spirit of Man could not but yearn towards a divinity beyond himself, towards the universal Spirit that was his own essence, yet infinitely more than himself. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Helen Zimmern On her return to Edgeworthstown she wrote:— My last visit to universal London confirms to my own feelings your eulogium. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

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]

Isabella Bird The members are elected for two years by universal suffrage, that is, by the votes of all the free male citizens of America who have attained the age of 21. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

H. G. Wells But Planck is not as absolute in his insistence upon causation as a universal external fact, as a Victorian man of science would have been. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

M. R. James Assistance was procured, and an universal consternation was experienced upon the discovery that he had been the object of a brutal and a murderous attack. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Ann Radcliffe The nuptials were again deferred; the castle was a scene of universal confusion. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Olaf Stapledon Then according to the theory under discussion, error consists in asserting that a certain system of universal characters belongs to a certain object when in fact it does not. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

William Cowper But all are under One. One spirit—His Who bore the platted thorns with bleeding brows— Rules universal nature. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Henry James It’s a big proposition as it stands, but I mean to make it bigger: the most universal society-paper the world has seen. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Ralph Waldo Emerson There he stands, newly born on the planet, a universal beggar, with all the reason of things, one would say, on his side. The Conservative by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Robert Green Ingersoll Good spirits were supposed to be the authors of good phenomena, and evil spirits of the evil — so that the idea of a devil has been as universal as the idea of a god. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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]

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]

Walter Scott Their cries of defiance and resistance were heard resounding above the groans of the wounded, the shouts of the triumphant assailants, and the universal tumult of the night-battle. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

H. Rider Haggard As he did so, the great white sea of faces around us turned red and then white again, and a deep breath went up like a universal sigh. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

The universal monosyllable conveyed all his meaning, and not only told his opponent that he lied, but that he erred egregiously if he thought that any one was such a nincompoop as to believe him. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

John Galsworthy It was a human sound, and yet inhuman, pushed out by animal subconsciousness, by intimate knowledge of universal death and change. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Charlotte Perkins Gilman You see the improvements at first introduced were such universal benefits that there could not be any serious complaint. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

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

Charles Dickens He is among us!” “Among us!” from the universal throat again. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

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]

When I came into our own study, I found him engaged in preparing a bulletin, (which word was just then travelling into universal use,) reporting briefly the events of the day. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The universal does not attract us until housed in an individual. The Method Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

John Ruskin Not by universal suffrage, nor by votes purchasable with beer, is such government to be had. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

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

We shall greet Happiness by multitudes, but we can only greet Him by starry systems and a universal love. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Ralph Waldo Emerson These propositions have a much more extensive and universal sense when applied to human life, than when confined to technical use. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

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

The verdict is universal and irreversible that the English preceded the German philosopher, by at least ten years, in the invention of fluxions. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

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]

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]

William Makepeace Thackeray Although the good soul’s money was very quickly spent, I was not long in getting more; for I had a hundred ways of getting it, and became a universal favourite with the Captain and his friends. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Elizabeth Gaskell Hester was alone with the shop-boy; few people came in during the universal Monkshaven dinner-hour. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

The chief effect, so far, is universal idleness in man and beast, — the soldiers and their quadrupeds excepted. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Sinclair Lewis Dave had given verdict, “What these mouthy youngsters that hang around the pool-room need is universal military training. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton Since she had been brought up to be ornamental, she could hardly blame herself for failing to serve any practical purpose; but the discovery put an end to her consoling sense of universal efficiency. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

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

The warrior stood committed to universal destruction. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

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]

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]

Andrew Lang The universal idea is that such visions may be ‘clairvoyant. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells It was like the stroke of some disease it was like the water vanishing out of the blood of a living creature; it was a sudden, universal coagulation of intercourse . The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Theodore Dreiser He had learned of universal manufacturing companies — one that made cars, another elevators, another binders, another windmills, another engines. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

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

George Meredith Women have not, and opinion is universal that they never will have, a conception of the value of time. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Isabella Bird The members of these assemblies, the governors of the States, and the mayors and municipal officers of the cities, are all elected by universal suffrage. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

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]