Phrases with "want"

What is it, then, that you want?” “I want to give my heart to the man who gives me his. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Paine It is drawn even from the bitterness of want and misery. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

D. H. Lawrence Then he asked her: “You want to go to bed soon?” “Soon,” she said. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

We want to return to India as soon as possible. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

H. Rider Haggard That must be the new boat, the Garth Castle, and I want to see over her. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Samuel Johnson I never was in any house of the Islands, where I did not find books in more languages than one, if I staid long enough to want them, except one from which the family was removed. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Wilkie Collins They told us about Our Father up in Heaven. I said a wrong thing — I said, ‘I don’t want him up in Heaven; I want him down here. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing But I dare say I shan’t want one long. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Andrew Lang And as she was afraid that no housewife would want to engage a girl with such a pretty face, she determined to make herself as ugly as she could. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins He confesses that he has been suffering from want of sleep at night. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

And then I thought no, we wouldn’t do that, for I am not likely to want ever to come back here again. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

I fancy it arises, somewhat, from a want of, clear thinking on the subject. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

There’s a female cousin somewhere in England, but it is his American background that I want to know about. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Henry James What I want to speak of is what you’ll GET— don’t you see? — from such an opportunity to take hold. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

D. H. Lawrence They want it all through the eye, and finished — so! Just curiosity, impertinent curiosity. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett He continued after an interval, now clutching her arm, “Your mother’s been telling me you don’t want to go in the shop. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Eliot Seth had said to Adam, “Can I help thee with anything in here to-night? I don’t want to make a noise in the shop. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Father was a man that, even when he was drunk, never let out what he didn’t want other people to know. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

I want to know who made you and why you are so unlike me. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

Robert Green Ingersoll Some of the colonies did not forget it, and I want to give credit where credit should be given. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Ford Madox Ford I don’t want to interfere in your affairs. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Andrew Lang Renzolla took the sack without one word of thanks, and returned to the palace, leaving the kind fairy very indignant over her want of gratitude. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing I want — if I can — to help you. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

When we get back, I want to introduce you to a few of my friends. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope All I want now to make me quite happy is to have you once again as my own, own mother. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

E. T. A. Hoffmann What on earth could I do if I didn’t want her to die away in despair? Last evening I told her I would give my consent to her dearest wishes, and would come and fetch you today. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Jane Austen I may be discovered by those who want to see me. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Wilkie Collins It made me rather angry; and (perhaps for that reason) I think I can repeat it word for word:—‘We are four old people in this house, and we don’t want a fifth. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

I want you to tell me how long you think my father has been dead?” “Several hours,” replied the medical man. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Kenneth Grahame But to want to talk about it, or even think about it, till you really need — ” “No, you don’t understand, naturally,” said the second swallow. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Sinclair Lewis None! No courage! But all I want — Will you dine with me once a month or so? Let me go Dutch —” “Oh, my dear!” “— and sometimes take me to the theater? Then I won’t feel solitary. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

I want you to believe that if I am here, like this, to-day, it is not from fear. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

They want their dogmas and religious sentiments embodied in a man, just as they do their romantic fancies. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Henry Fielding As to the mere necessaries of life, however, it is pretty difficult to deprive us of them; this I am sure of, no one can want them long. Amelia by Henry Fielding

I don’t want hard work, you don’t want hard worknobody wants it who knows what it means. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

George Gissing But my sister — my dear sister —’ ‘I didn’t want to distress you. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I’m an economical soul, and if I’m going to be hanged I want a good stake for my neck. Greenmantle by John Buchan

I want no excuses, remember; I only want to know what occurred, and what was said — word for word, remember. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

They want to scatter them throughout the city at night. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Francis Bacon Certainly if a man would give it a hard phrase, those that want friends, to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Henry James But you don’t want to keep smelling a flower all day, even the sweetest; that ‘s the shortest way to get a headache. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Wilkie Collins When I banged to the door of that big cupboard of mine, it was because I didn’t want you to see something on the shelves. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

But you see tomorrow there’ll be more than one lot here, and I want to be clean away before they come. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

William Makepeace Thackeray I don’t want to lend you the money, I want to buy something with it. Dr. Birch and his young friends by William Makepeace Thackeray [1849]

Edith Wharton She was kindness itself: she doesn’t want you to close the gallery, Lewis . False Dawn by Edith Wharton

Jane Austen I want you to talk about me to Mr Elliot. I want your interest with him. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Wilkie Collins Why can’t we go on together? What do you want to say good-night here for?” “Because I want to be left by myself. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Wilkie Collins The want of ready money was the practical necessity of Sir Percival’s existence, and his lawyer’s note on the clause in the settlement was nothing but the frankly selfish expression of it. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

The police will want to question us all. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Yes, he did not want to leave it. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Gertrude Stein Once he came and brought with him Gertrude Atherton. He said so sweetly, I want the two Gertrudes whom I love so much to know each other. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Anthony Trollope You try her, and you’ll find that she’ll want a deal of blowing. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing I want to ask you if you can find a better place for it. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Wilkie Collins My dear boy, the subject on which I want to speak to you is — Miss Silvester.” Arnold started. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Elio Come, come, I want you to sing us “Ho perduto” before we sit down to picquet. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

He wanted publicity no more than Mason did, for above all things he didn’t want Larose to know he had resumed relations with Mason. Larose looked a nasty man to cross. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

D. H. Lawrence Well, what I want to say is, won’t you let us cry the whole thing off? I can’t marry you, and really, I won’t do such a thing if it seems to me wrong. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy I don’t want any victuals, so don’t wait dinner for me. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

The want of veneration, too, made him dead at heart to the electric delight of admiring what is admirable; it dried up a thousand pure sources of enjoyment; it withered a thousand vivid pleasures. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

H. G. Wells We want to learn from you and we want to be friendly with you if it is possible. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Arthur Morrison I do’ want no more damn jaw. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

John Galsworthy But I don’t want you to clear me if you have to sell the Gainsborough.” “You must leave that to me. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

His conversation was about as edifying as listening to a leak dropping in a tin dish-pan at the head of the bed when you want to go to sleep. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

George Meredith He was not only indolent, he was opposed to the acquisition of knowledge through the medium of books, and would say: “But I don’t want to!” in a tone to make a logician thoughtful. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

He did not want to raise an enemy for himself in the mate. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

I want you for best man, maybe; and besides, I would like to talk to you about some things they want me to do in the settlements, and you were always a long-headed fellow: so pray don’t refuse. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

So it was as well perhaps that he kept silence until he said, as he had come prepared to say, ‘Well, I want to put that beyond a doubt — her happiness — if I’m good enough. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Charles Dickens That is what I want now!’ ‘I thought so,’ returned the same man. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

William Morris This unmanly heedlessness, so injurious to civilisation, so unjust to those that are to follow us, is the very thing we want to shake people out of. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

D’ ye want it? Ye were aye fond o’ ‘t. The Herd of Standlan by John Buchan

We don’t want murder done, and there will be murder if he doesn’t take himself off pretty quick. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Charles Kingsley Perfect!” “Yes — don’t want us — may as well sit here a minute. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Willa Cather But for the present I don’t want anything very stimulating. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

H. G. Wells I want it for my own sake as well as his. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Is there somebody else you want me to give away? Just say who it is and I’ll tell you anything you want. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Mark Twain It keeps me in a sweat, constant, so’s I want to hide som’ers. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

You want a local punt, and above all a local man (you could stow him in your fo’c’sle), and to go to work seriously. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

The particular weekly that you want is not taken in; the dinner is execrable, and the ventilation a farce. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

H. G. Wells I don’t want to have my illusions restored. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

I want to get my divorce this year. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Virginia Woolf I didn’t want to come, but I couldn’t stay and face another meal with her. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Charles Dickens Well! On that account I want to join the party, and to bring May and her mother. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

You’ve only got to say you want him for a friend of yours, a jockey, who’ll break him in better than any of Spavin’s people could do it. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

E. F. Benson Anyhow, you don’t want any more rubbish to be dumped. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

We want all night to get away good with the dollars. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Willa Cather Oh, she would make these people sorry enough! There would come a time when they would want to make it up with her. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

He has to give evidence at the inquest, and I want to take some notes. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Wilkie Collins What would Walter Hartright have said in this emergency? Poor, dear Hartright! I am beginning to feel the want of his honest advice and his willing help already. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Gissing Now I want you to tell me just what you think about everything—everything. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I want several thousand pounds. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

I want him so, but he is dead on one side of the wall, and I am on the other. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Sinclair Lewis Oh, Dad, you don’t want to persecute me, do you?” “No, I want to save you. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

I want to know if you can come for another spin today? I’ll telephone to Mrs. Strain and find out. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Then you’re both gentlemen, and I like that,” observed Captain Wicks. “And then I’ll tell you I’m tired of this cabbing cruise, and I want to get to work again. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Willa Cather I want you to tell him many things for me, yet they can all be summed up in this: I want him to grow wholly into his best and greatest self, even at the cost of what is half his charm to you and me. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I want the car to take me down to the warehouse every morning, but it can be back here for you at ten o’clock, and I shall not need it again all day. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Jeremy Bentham From the want of food, for instance, result the pains of hunger; from the want of clothing, the pains of cold; and so forth. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Arnold Bennett Gerald did not stir; he was an excellent sleeper: one of those organisms that never want to go to bed and never want to get up. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

I’ll see after your luck, and I’ll give you a hint whenever it can serve you; and any time you want to see me you have only to come down here, and call my face to mind, and wish me present. Sir Dominick’s Bargain by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hobbes The want of means to know the law totally excuseth: for the law whereof a man has no means to inform himself is not obligatory. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

There’ll be an inquest over Fenton now, and I don’t want to appear as a witness. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Wilkie Collins If I happen to want a witness standing in the doorway, I’ll ring the bell; for the present I can do without you. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

D. H. Lawrence And he! He did not want her to watch any more, to see any more, to understand any more. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson I want you to sew my lovely poppies over the collar and facings of the jacket, just spacing them a little and making a dainty irregularity. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

George Meredith I came into the City to look at a warehouse they want to mount double guard on. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Arnold Bennett He thought: “She’ll want some handling — I can see that!” He too, as well as she, imaginatively comprehended the dreadful tragedy of George Cannon’s false imprisonment. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Add that you expect to be away only two or three months and that you really want the five hundred pounds by the time of your return. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

But I can see there is something you want to say to me. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

I want you to draw my money and Jim’s out of the bank; it’s all in my name. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Thomas Paine Hemp flourishes even to rankness so that we need not want cordage. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

I want to talk to you about it. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

H. G. Wells In this small book I want to set down as compactly, clearly and usefully as possible the gist of what I have learnt about war and peace in the course of my life. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Only I want you to tell me first whether I’m here or not. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I don’t want to see a newspaper, don’t want to know anything that happens. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Edith Wharton I want to tell you everything now. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Rudyard Kipling Besides I want to touch up my “Gubby Dance” a little more. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

George Gissing It seems as if it ‘ud be a good thing, don’t it, Sidney? I know you don’t want her to go, but what’s to be done? What is to be done?’ Her wailing voice caused the baby to wail likewise. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Robert Burns Wow, but your letter made me vauntie! And are ye hale, and weel, and cantie? I kenn’d it still your wee bit jauntie Wad bring ye to: Lord send you ay as weel’s I want ye, And then ye’ll do. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

H. G. Wells I could laugh and scream, and yet I want to cry, Harry, because I’m leaving you. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Anthony Trollope I’m that sort of a fellow that, if I didn’t want it, I’d take her without a shilling. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

E. F. Benson And I want to know what to do about a hundred things. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Wilkie Collins No! don’t tell me I’m talking strangely again — I can’t bear it; I want you to humour me and be kind to me about this. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Sinclair Lewis Well, I want to do that just as much as ever. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Ivan Turgenev He did not want to see Platosha. The good old lady came twice to his locked door, put her ear to the keyhole, and only sighed and murmured her prayer. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

He was doomed, and surely God did not want his body to be tormented by such a devil as Manuel before death. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Kate Chopin He tells me he doesn’t want his marriage to interrupt wholly that pleasant intimacy which has existed between you and me. Short stories by Kate Chopin

E. Phillips Oppenheim He’s got some ‘87 that he bought from me that must want drinking and some ‘84 that would be getting a little thin. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry Handel Richardson They would laugh in their sleeves; put it down to want of pluck. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton These dinner-party nights were killing old Lavinia, and she did so want to keep alive; she wanted to live long enough to wait on Mrs. Jaspar to the last. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Now how much dost thou want for thy horned cattle?” “Well,” quoth Robin, “they are worth at least five hundred pounds. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

And he realised that he did not want it, that the fruit was ashes before he put his mouth to it. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Robert Green Ingersoll Now tell it fair, Mr. Herford, I want you to tell the ladies in your congregation that you believe in a God that allowed women to be given to the soldiers. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Oscar Wilde I want it to be what The Morning Post calls a suitable alliance, and I want you both to be happy. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

They had at the same time been attacked by pestilence, which carried off the greater part of the troops, and many died from want of food and necessaries. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Thomas Wolfe You told me once, Fox, that I did not want them, that I only thought I did. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

What I want is strength; strength to get up and leave this intolerable room, and go about the business that I have to do. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Willa Cather Now that I’m with you, I want to be with you; that’s all. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

And what seemed queer in that dusky half-light was the want of sound. Journey of Little Profit by John Buchan [1898]

Jack London Then he spoke with decision: “Louis, what’s in that bag? I want to know. Lost Face by Jack London

George Gissing I want you to write to him, and to ask him to meet you here. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

E. F. Benson I want to enter into every side of life here. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Anthony Trollope As for doctoring, if I want any I shall send for Fillgrave.’ Such were his last words as the carriage, with a rush, went off from the door. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

It looks as if you were hiding something up in the House which you don’t want me to see. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Henry James Because I have expressed myself, Charlotte; I must tell you the whole truth — I have! Of course I want to marry her — and here is the difficulty. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Thomas Hardy I love Cytherea Graye with all my soul, and I want to see her happy even more than I do you. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

I don’t want another fellow to cut in and win the cup after I’ve made all the running. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

H. G. Wells All the polishes and things in such tins — you’ll want to cuddle ’em, George! See the notion? ‘Sted of all the silly ugly things we got. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Joseph Furphy I swear we did n’t want no lessons. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Benjamin Disraeli What is the use of a diamond necklace if you cannot help a friend into parliament? But all I want to know now is that you will throw no difficulties in his way. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

H. G. Wells He’ll want brandy badly enough. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Anthony Trollope Why shouldn’t the man want five hundred pounds with his wife? Mr. Barry would want much more with you, and would be entitled to ask for much more. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

D. H. Lawrence But I’m damned if I want to be a lover any more. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

I told him plainly that I considered this want of memory very extraordinary. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

I want him for a hunting-friend. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

D. H. Lawrence I want ter feel as I’ve had summat: a bit o’ suetty dumplin’ an’ a pint o’ hale, summat ter fill th’ hole up. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy Yeobright rested his elbow on the table and shaded his face with his hand; and the mother looked as if she wondered how a man could want more of what had stung him so deeply. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

If it had come to that she would have been most likely fished out, what with her natural want of luck and the good many people on the quay and on board. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Adela would be acting, and he didn’t want to see her in her eighteenth-century costume, or any more at all. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Nathaniel Hawthorne His caprices had their origin in a mind that lacked the support of an engrossing purpose, and in feelings that preyed upon themselves for want of other food. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

We don’t want to have London turned upside down for anyone, no matter who it is. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Virginia Woolf It was from Edward. And Edward, she mused, is in love with Kitty, but I don’t know that I want her to marry him, she thought, taking up her needle. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

To the professions of friendship repeatedly made me by the boarders, I answered, ‘I want a brother. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Henry James I want to go right home SOME time. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They don’t want to make an arrest too soon. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I want to give a party where there’s a brawl and seductions and people going home with their feelings hurt and women passed out in the cabinet de toilette. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry Kingsley I want you to look like yourself and help me, Charles. We must get away together out of this house. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

The mother was overcome with a desire to weep, but she did not want her son to see her tears, and suddenly mumbled: “Oh, dear! — I forgot —” and walked out to the porch. Mother by Maksim Gorky

George Meredith Do you want to make her humble and crouch to you?’ ‘I want to see Harrington,’ said Harry. ‘He will not return to-night from Fallow field. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Wilkie Collins Hush! I want to ask you something. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Olaf Stapledon At first he seemed reluctant to talk, and I assumed that he did not want to tell me about his disgrace. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

James Joyce I want to show you the new beauty Rock has for a bailiff. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Willa Cather Who else would have bought it, I want to know? We’d have had to pack it around at Harvey Houses, selling it at a dollar a bowl, like the poor Indians do. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Jules Verne Our friends will want something when they come back. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

We don’t want them at this table. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

E. Phillips Oppenheim And all the time there was the strange light, or was it want of light, in those haunting eyes. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

I’ll tell you why I want you to go to church with us, Gerard. John Treverton is sure to be there. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Willa Cather I want to get into position before daylight, so he won’t know fresh troops are coming in. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

I don’t want to influence you one way or another; I only give you notice of what is coming in order that you may adjust your mind and not be taken by surprise. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Is it really gruesome to want to know what that difficulty is and how much like the rest of our difficulties it was? But at your age you daren’t trust your own motives, and you’re probably right. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Rudyard Kipling But the pain do count, don’t ye think, Liz? The pain do count to keep ‘Arry where I want ’im. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Rudyard Kipling I want to be a Power before I die. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Gissing We don’t want to choke the world with people, most of them rickety and wheezing; let us be healthy, and have breathing space. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Oscar Wilde What we want are unpractical people who see beyond the moment, and think beyond the day. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Rudyard Kipling What I want to know is —’ The voice died as Badalia’s had died, but from a different cause. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

I want to have a chat with you. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Virginia Woolf She did not want Mrs. Ramsay now. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

But does not he want you? I have been keeping you a long time?’ ‘Thank you, as he is awake, I should like to go back. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

E. F. Benson I want to show Miss Bracely, and I’m sure she will be grateful for it, the sort of entertainment that has contented us at Riseholme for so long. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

John Galsworthy I don’t want the thing; I’d cut the entail tomorrow. To Let by John Galsworthy

Stackpole told the Head that I would be a good Shylock: Fawcett to my amazement didn’t want to play the Jew: he found it difficult even to learn the part, and finally it was given to me. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Wilkie Collins And I want to ask your advice. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

But what I want to point out to you is this. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Suppose the old man didn’t want her? He had been always good to her, but now he was aged and ailing, and under the thumb of his cook, people said. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

And when I want a hint he can generally furnish it to me. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

H. G. Wells You want to go on as a sort of world secretary. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Eliot I did not want to know WHY it ran; I had perfect confidence that there were good reasons for what was so very beautiful. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

There’s absolutely nothing to show — What does he want here?” “Probably either me or you,” Sir Giles answered. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

As long as Archie was in the next room, out of harm’s way, John did not want his company. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Anthony Trollope What does he want with two houses? Prebendal stalls are for older men than he — for men who have earned them, and who at the end of their lives want some ease. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Dead! I tell you we can’t get away if we want to. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton