Phrases with "vital"

George Meredith There is an exotic fostering of the senses for women, not the strengthening breath of vital common air. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

D. H. Lawrence He wanted change, deep, vital change of living. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Radclyffe Hall Why always in that particular dress? Elizabeth had looked so young and vital in that dress. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

George Meredith And sure enough his patient came, showing the grand fat fellow we may be when we carry more of the deciduously mortal than of the scraggy vital upon our persons. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

H. G. Wells So a reasonable compromise between the vital and conflicting claims of the freedom of movement and the freedom of seclusion might be attained. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Charles Dickens The settlement of this apparently trivial question is, we assure you, a matter of vital importance. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Henry Handel Richardson He saw it now, and was dying of it: dying of a mortal wound to the most vital part of him — his pride . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Walter Scott The body lay as that of one whose last draught of vital air had been drawn, and who must never more have concern with the nether sky. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Henry Adams Never had so modern and so vital a riddle been put before Western society, but society shut its eyes. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Meredith She stood him in the white ray of the primal vital heat, to bear unwithering beside her the test of light. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Jack London It was a matter of vital importance that brought me there that night. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

And Aristotle tells us, that Timon’s nurse in Cilicia every year for two months lay in a cave, without any vital operation besides breathing. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Wilkie Collins A splendid creature, with the vital thermometer at temperate heart — a calm, meditative, equable person. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

His system as a system has crumbled, but his vital comprehension of our life remains forever. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Health is a vital necessity for the successful conduct of life. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

George Meredith Nay, into the vaults, were you to grow pale and need my vital warmth—down to the vaults! Speak—or no: look! That will do. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

D. H. Lawrence And yet he was somewhere indomitable and separate, like a quick, vital rat. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

I had not vainly sought the storied precincts of Rome — I had discovered a medicine for my many and vital wounds. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence No highest good of the community, however, would give him the vital fulfilment of his soul. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton For him the war was “the blue and the grey,” the rescue of lovely Southern girls, anecdotes about Old Glory, and the carrying of vital despatches through the enemy lines. The Spark by Edith Wharton

Algernon Blackwood Yet it was not vital enough in her to stand alone. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I tell you that last night there was stolen from Cornelius Blunn’s room a casket containing political documents of the most vital importance to the future of the world. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

She went to the table and began to gather together the silks and worsteds, as if the arrangement of her workbasket were a matter of vital importance, to be achieved at any sacrifice of politeness. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

But recollect the doctrine already enunciated in the language of Virchow, that an animal, like a tree, is a sum of vital unities, of which the cell is the ultimate element. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Jack London That it should be as vital as possible, it required no more than that the woman should be Maud Brewster, who now charmed me in person as she had long charmed me through her work. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Comparatively speaking, the injury was a trivial one, as the bullet had penetrated no vital organ. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

He will take a good deal of killing even there, unless the bullet finds its way to a vital part, or is of the diabolical kind called “explosive. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Algernon Blackwood Its value for him lay, not in far-fetched evidence that supported it, but in the deep belief which made it a vital asset in an honest inner life. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

R. D. Blackmore But it is a long lane that has no turning; and turns are the essence of one very vital part. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Meredith They have no true cohesion, for they have no vital principle. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Aristocracy is the individual asserting a vital distinction between itself and “the muck o’ the world. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Anna Katherine Green If that errand was a vital one, he would soon hear her steps; indeed, he was hearing her steps now — he was sure of it. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

H. G. Wells For the still vital Catholic Church had always been given to the blessing of implements, shops, boats, bridges, automobiles, flags, guns, battleships, new buildings and the like. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

The deadly weapon, hissing from the grove, Impetuous on the back of Sulmo drove; Pierc’d his thin armor, drank his vital blood, And in his body left the broken wood. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Henry James It was a strange opposition, of the like of which she had never dreamed — an opposition in which the vital principle of the one was a thing of contempt to the other. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Henry David Thoreau If I have got to drag my trap, I will take care that it be a light one and do not nip me in a vital part. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

A mercantile correspondent gave him the information of the probable failure of a house in a distant part of Spain, where his speedy presence might be of vital consequence. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

John Morley Still it was not a very active or vital element of belief with him even then, but rather of the nature of the sublimest of poetic figures. Voltaire by John Morley

At the bank no one had ever seen me without my smoked glasses, and these I knew made a vital difference to how I looked. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

He said something about an intermittent suspension of the conscious vital faculties, but it was all very obscure. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

George Meredith Being about to do wrong, she grasped at this eagerly, and brooded on the little of vital and truthful that there was in the man and how he corrupted the boy. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Then came Hippocrates, the eighteenth from Aesculapius, and of him we have manuscripts; to him we owe ‘the vital principle. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Conan Doyle But if he gained favour with his fellows, there was another quarter, one which had become even more vital to him, in which he lost it. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Bram Stoker She was a secretive person and took few into her confidence, unless it was of vital necessity — and then only in matters required by the circumstance. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H. G. Wells People in general still knew practically nothing of vital processes. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Anthony Trollope And now, having learned, as she had learned, that money was of vital importance to her husband, she was dismayed at what seemed to her to be parental parsimony. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope All this was of vital importance to Rome. Sicily and Africa were the granaries from which Rome was supplied with its bread. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Algernon Blackwood These two, myself a vital link between them, smiled across the centuries at one another. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

D. H. Lawrence Yet one remained vital within one’s own existence, whatever the off-shoots. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton It was not so much the obvious fact that a great practical injury was really done to him; that the telegram might have altered all his plans in matters of vital moment. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

George Meredith She depended no more on her own vital sincerity. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

D. H. Lawrence The real and vital part is covered up. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Olive Schreiner But there are points, comparatively small, even very small, in number, yet of vital importance to human life, in which sex does play a part. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

George Gissing Perhaps occasion could again have stung him into jealousy, but Adela was no longer a vital interest in his existence. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Now it’s vital we should learn how long those devils have been gone, and I’ll have to question the doctor, although it seems very cruel. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

If we can stimulate the patient’s vital power, which is just now at the lowest ebb, and if we can induce natural sleep, why, there may still be a favourable result. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

John Hill Burton To make the vital statistics serviceable, in relation to the influence of trades, habits of life, places of residence, &c. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

The knell of that over-rated institution will not sound until it is felt to conflict with some more vital matter than mere personal inequities in industrial economy. The Revolutionist’s Handbook and Pocket Companion by George Bernard Shaw

After all he had the vital role. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

H. G. Wells It is of vital importance to keep these two questions distinct, if we are to get at last to a basis for effective action. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

The lines have fallen on me, and they’re cutting right into my vital places. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

It was therefore vital that Ida should either marry well or become a money-earning personage. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Common non-dialectical men have already this certainty as a result of the generous vital enthusiasm about the universe with which they are born. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Anthony Trollope She may have made that thing so vital to her that it cannot be got under and conquered; whereas, without any fault or heartlessness on his part, occupation has conquered it for him. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith She observed travelling sparks in the embers of Italy, and crushed them under her heel, without reflecting that a vital heat must be gathering where the spots of fire run with such a swiftness. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Elizabeth Gaskell Next to the serious vital anxiety as to the nature of her father’s doubts, this was the one circumstance of the case that gave Margaret the most pain. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Olaf Stapledon For it was known clearly by now that in this field their temperament and talents could make a vital contribution to the common life. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

I had to remind myself how often the trivial was the vital before I got rid of the prick in my conscience. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

He might have succeeded, if he had not had to reckon with yet another irreconcilable; Time was a vital element in the situation, and Time was against him. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

He could feel the rocking of his body to some slow, dense current, and the awful pressure of the depths crushed the flesh inward upon his vital organs, squeezing out the very life. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

It is vital that no one should know I am at work. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

G. K. Chesterton The vital mistake that is made about the French Revolution is merely this—that everyone talks about it as the introduction of a new idea. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Henry Adams Whatever else stops, the woman must go on reproducing, as she did in the Siluria of Pteraspis; sex is a vital condition, and race only a local one. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Theodore Dreiser Then it came to dollar raises, for Castile soap was not such a vital commodity. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells It had no vital centre, no formal head; it was a thing of the mind, unquenchable by military operations. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning There’s little difference, in their view, Betwixt our Tuscan trees that spring As vital flames into the blue, And dull round blots of foliage meant, Like saturated sponges here, To suck the fogs up. Last Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1862]

The belief that whatever is acquired by sires is inherited by sons, and the ignoring of purely inner variations, are weak points; but to have brought in the environment as vital was a master stroke. Memories and Studies by William James

Geoffrey Chaucer And yet moreover in hise armes two The vital strengthe is lost and al ago. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

H.P. Lovecraft I also rose, and both of us stood motionless for a time, straining our ears as the uncanny rhythm seemed more and more to take on a vital quality. The Transition of Juan Romero by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

H. G. Wells Meanwhile the submarine defences of New York, Panama, and the other more vital points could be put in some sort of order. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

With a great affection or a great aim gone, the practical life may go on loosely, indifferently, mechanically, but it takes no grip on outer things, it has no vital interest, it gravitates to nothing. Signa by Ouida

H. G. Wells This kept them going for a time, and then arose a prolonged controversy between rival schools of planning for the reconstruction of that strangely vital city. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim At the first vital test she had failed him utterly and completely. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Jacques Futrelle Yet, what happened to him? Why wouldn’t he say something? “All things must be imagined before they can be achieved; therefore imagination is one of the most vital parts of the scientific brain. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

H.P. Lovecraft I was perhaps his closest friend — finding him an inexhaustible mine of vital theoretical topics, while he relied on me for advice in whatever matters he did not wish to refer to his parents. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

D. H. Lawrence Vaguely she knew she was out of connexion: she had lost touch with the substantial and vital world. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

There are other criticisms in the article in question, but, as this seems the most vital one, I will for the present, at any rate, leave them untouched. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Ann Radcliffe Excess of misery may be said to blast the vital powers of feeling, and by a natural consequence consumes its own principle. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Anthony Trollope She was older now and felt that she should take no step in a matter so vital to him without his consent. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood He expected at any rate a vital clue. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Oscar Wilde True art must have the vital energy of life itself, must take its colours from life’s good or evil, must follow angels of light or angels of darkness. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Jack London I, too, took position, marvelling that it was possible I had spitted him heart-high and yet missed any vital spot. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

H. G. Wells But it is doubtful if at any time he realized that a world pax means a world control of all the vital common interests of mankind. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Olaf Stapledon And in the subtlety of their self-knowledge and their awareness of each other the spirit of Man became more vital and more lucid. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Had he dreamed it was Léon he would not have replied, but fluttered off into the shadows and so missed a piece of vital news. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Arcoll, who alone knew how vital Laputa was to the success of the insurrection, immediately decided to suspend all other operations and devote himself to shepherding the leader away from his army. Prester John by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope But there was a question more vital than that of expense. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The masters say, that they know a master in music, only by seeing the pose of the hands on the keys; — so difficult and vital an act is the command of the instrument. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Arnold Bennett It is vital that I should look well and that no detail of my appearance should jar. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Henry Adams This problem needed to be solved in one generation of American women, and was the most vital of all problems of force. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

H. G. Wells I have been talking of real intellectual forces and foreshadowing the emergence of a vital reality. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

The interests of the two men clashed, and at a vital moment. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Gissing The feat she had performed when mere vital instinct guided her, she would have failed in when attempting it with the full understanding of its danger. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Each successive initiation marks a vital stage in a man’s development, and the rites connected therewith are age-old and uncanny. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Anthony Trollope But on this occasion there was a matter of vital import to give an interest of its own to her visit to town. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The love for Mercy which he dared not acknowledge was as vital a feeling in him as the faith in her which he had been free to avow. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Louis Pasteur The vital energy is not immediately suspended in their cells, and the latter are deprived of air. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Thomas Wolfe She threw herself into it, not as a spectator, but as a vital and inspired participant. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

It offers physical explanations of vital phenomena, or frankly confesses that it has none to offer. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Algernon Blackwood Only, the blood must be freshly spilled and strong with the vital emanations that attract this peculiar class of elemental creature. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Rudyard Kipling The vital question was England’s attitude. Souvenirs of France by Rudyard Kipling

But it has no vital foundation at all. The Revolutionist’s Handbook and Pocket Companion by George Bernard Shaw

D. H. Lawrence And he was exasperated, feeling something counteracting physical magnetism, feeling a will stronger with her than his own, intervening in what was becoming a vital necessity to him. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Rice Burroughs Eyes, ears, arms and legs were pierced; every inch of the poor writhing body that did not cover a vital organ became the target of the cruel lancers. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson Their love had had no stamina in it, no vital power. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

She remembered the vital necessity of getting back to the house before Aurora, and of avoiding the shower. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

It is coloured and vital to the highest degree. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

H. Rider Haggard I make no apology for detailing it at length, as every experienced hunter will know how vital a proper supply of guns and ammunition is to the success of an expedition. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

George Meredith They were mutually haunted by sound of the gloomy query at the nostrils of each when drawing the vital breath. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Henry Adams He was studying the laws of motion, and had struck two large questions of vital importance to America — inertia of race and inertia of sex. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

It was, besides, vital that the heir to the throne should be protected from the slightest possibility of contamination from the outside world. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Jules Verne It was of vital importance that before the decisive moment arrived they should put themselves beyond the reach of the savages, so as to put them off their track. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle Some dim perception that the matter was vital rose in my mind. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

H. G. Wells And here they were, as a body, doing that very thing! Let them think what the census and all that modern organization of vital statistics of which it was the central feature stood for. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Wilkie Collins For one awful moment, the sinking vital forces rallied, and hurled back the hold of Death. Her eyes shone radiant with the divine light of maternal love; an exulting cry of rapture burst from her. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Tobias Smolle That Scotchman who carries the knapsack shall not breathe this vital air another day, if my name be Weazel. My dear, I ask you ten thousand pardons; you are sensible, I could mean no harm to you. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Henry Adams Not a word could they get from him, either in the Cabinet or out of it, of suggestion or information on matters even of vital interest. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Gissing It was a dwelling sacred to love and art, and none were welcome across its threshold save those to whom the consecration was of vital significance. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Think! Upon the only two occasions when it is vital for you to produce proof — you cannot do it. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He could even see a qualified but vital assent to it in the faces of most of the little party. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Galen discovered that the arteries were not merely air-pipes, but that they contained blood as well as vital air or spirit. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

James Joyce Masked memories passed quickly before him: he recognized scenes and persons yet he was conscious that he had failed to perceive some vital circumstance in them. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Bronislaw Malinowski In fact we read that man possesses several “souls” or vital principles. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Gissing That Irene Derwent should become his wife was not a vital matter; he could contemplate quite coolly the possibility of marrying some one else, or, if it came to that, of not marrying anyone at all. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

H. G. Wells Outwardly he buttons — it is expected of him — but in his more vital privacies, in the matter of braces for example, he still turns to string. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

George Gissing Just think how vital it is, this washing question. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Wilkie Collins It is of the most vital importance that these instructions (strange as they may seem to you) should be implicitly obeyed to the very letter. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

It is of vital importance for you to find out your first wife’s antecedents. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

These young men are to have some very serious vital facts to deal with. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Henry James He had from that moment a charge of shot in him, and it slowly worked its way to a vital part. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

George Meredith The State that makes it a vital principle to concern itself with the helpless poor, meets instead of waiting for Democracy; which is a perilous flood but when it is dammed. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Frances Hodgson Burnett If it is a son there will be a Head of the House of Coombe.” “On the new planet one ceases to feel the vital importance of ‘houses,’” Coombe half reflected aloud. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

And yet moreover in his armes two The vital strength is lost, and al i-go. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Thomas Hardy He observed his own inconsistencies in dwelling upon accidents in Tess’s life as if they were vital features. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle It’s a vital international problem that you have to solve. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Edith Wharton We’ve kept ‘The Vital Thing’ going for eighteen months — but, hang it, it ain’t so vital any more. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Wilkie Collins They no longer struck cold on my skin; the customary vital warmth had returned to them. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

As you have no doubt guessed, she and I are part of a circus — an integral and vital part — what you might call the primum mobile. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Henry David Thoreau Fire, too, was awakened thus early to put the vital heat in him and get him off. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Anthony Trollope Was not the matter which had been so far discussed of vital importance for both of them? And, glorious as she was above all other women, the offer which he had made must have some weight with her. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Some part, big and vital in him, she had no hold over; nor did she ever try to get it, or even to realise what it was. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells And he would be wearing a mail undervest or suchlike protection of his more vital parts. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Her vital ardour had sunk below the mark from which it could rise again, and was now ebbing as water runs from a little crack in a pitcher. The Wife of Flanders by John Buchan

H. G. Wells Never was there such a boiling over and waste of vital energy. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Really vital people, whether they have money or whether they haven’t, multiply almost as automatically as animals. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Jack London Their policy is to print nothing that is a vital menace to the established. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Wilkie Collins His antagonist’s bullet had passed near enough to the side of his neck to tear the flesh, and had missed the vital parts, literally, by a hair’s-breadth. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Goldwin Smith The Olney physicians, instead of husbanding his vital power, had wasted it away secundum artem by purging, bleeding, and emetics. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

H.P. Lovecraft He refused; intimating that it was of the most vital importance for him to complete the reading of the diary and promising an explanation in due course of time. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

It is safe to assume, too, that a bird of such high power must exhaust its vital force rapidly, and that there must be constant renewal. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Bram Stoker But in a case like his masculine mis-doing does not count; it is only where a woman’s credit is at stake that secrecy is a vital necessity. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H. G. Wells It was as if something extravagantly vital had come out of his father and laid a warmly passionate hand upon his heart. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Wilkie Collins Here, again, it might be of vital importance to me to see Mr. Dexter, and to clear up, if I could, what the dignity of the Court had passed over without notice. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Arnold Bennett It was an attack on vital principles. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence Together they seemed to sift the vital fact from an experience. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon Even at that early age we observe two themes of mental growth which together constitute the vital motif of the career of the first human species, and the key to your present plight. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon Their vital centres annihilated, they were extinguished, as a lit room ceases when the lamp is shattered. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Ralph Waldo Emerson Only so, can that amount of vital force accumulate, which can make the step from knowing to doing. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Anthony Trollope She did not hear, therefore, of the suggestion made by Mr. Moss that some vital part of him had been reached. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Caroline Lamb Physician nor medicine could avail—the hand of death had struck the flower—the vital spark was extinguished. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Bram Stoker Even more, we have seen amongst us that he can even grow younger, that his vital faculties grow strenuous, and seem as though they refresh themselves when his special pabulum is plenty. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

He perceived that the marriage would endanger the friendship between Germany and Russia, which was vital to his foreign policy, and he announced that it must not take place. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Abraham Merri The throbbing, singing notes were like tiny, warm, vital blows that whipped my blood into ecstasy of life. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells They may find quite different ways in getting a vital drive out of sex. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

It was of vital importance to her to be on familiar terms with Maurice de Crespigny, to be able to enter his house when and how she would. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Louis Pasteur The increased weight of the yeast is always due to the action of two distant modes of vital energy — activity, namely, in presence and activity in absence of air. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

His vital forces returned to him, bringing with them the old excitements of adventure and jealousies of ambition. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Unknowingly, Richard’s mind might hold precisely that still vital junction and communion with the dead which might offer a mode of passage. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Willa Cather His mind, unable to cope with vital matters near at hand, worked feverishly and deftly at sorting and grouping these images. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

D. H. Lawrence Already a vital conflict had set in, which frightened them both. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Kate Chopin Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. Short stories by Kate Chopin

E. F. Benson For the nearer I get to it, the more living, the more vital and young I become. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

Every hour, every moment, was of vital importance. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H.P. Lovecraft He grew steadily paler and more emaciated even than before, and lacked some of his former assurance when repeating to Dr. Willett his old, old story of vital research and future revelations. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There will be a secondary one of conditions but nothing will alter the vital principle. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

But the last form of the battle between the animistic and the physical views of life is seen in the contention whether the physical analysis of vital phenomena can be carried beyond this point or not. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Wilkie Collins I was wrong in my estimate of the reserve of vital power left in him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

H. G. Wells It is an assumption of vital importance to him and he must cling to it. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins There is no positive disease; there is only a chronic feebleness — a fatty degeneration — a want of vital power in the organ itself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had a trick, too, of suddenly sinking his voice to a whisper as if he had come upon something of vital importance, though the information was usually commonplace enough. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

When plants are not actually romping with excess of vital force, as during the height of the wet season, they grow with the haste of summer. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Here he makes the vital spirit, being humid, a breath; when it is extinguished he likens it to smoke. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

H.P. Lovecraft Connected with each tomb was a chapel in which priests and relatives offered food and prayer to the hovering ka or vital principle of the deceased. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Jack London So long as you exist, there is a vital need for hell-fire in the Cosmos.” There was movement in the doorways. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

The way to treat such persons is to discover to them more usual and useful ways of throwing their stores of vital energy into gear. Memories and Studies by William James

G. K. Chesterton We are not quite at ease with him, as we are at ease with Pickwick or Pendennis. We know the vital things about him; and they are very vital. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Odour seems in a sense a vital part of a personality. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Virginia Woolf As often as he crossed the pane, I could fancy that a thread of vital light became visible. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Anthony Hope A document has come into the count’s hands which is of vital importance to your Majesty.” “The Count of Hentzau, my lord, has incurred my heaviest displeasure. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Edith Wharton The wound she had inflicted had gone to the most vital spot; she had prevented his being magnanimous, and the injury was unforgivable. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton