Phrases with "wasteful"

Oscar Wilde When wasteful wars shall statues overturn, And broils root out the work of masonry, Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn The living record of your memory. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. by Oscar Wilde [1889]

D. H. Lawrence And they say it’s wasteful as well. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

But he loved her, Denzil, forgave all her follies, her lavish spending and wasteful splendour. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

George Gissing But there’s John, he ain’t a wasteful man; no one can’t say it of him. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

H. G. Wells Lord! how far those pretty wasteful hands of women reach! All these poor broken and starving beasts he finds and slaughters are, from the point of view of our world, just furs. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Miles Franklin Most people are satisfied with a world run in a wasteful insanitary fashion. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

I’m probably not so wasteful as a working-man generally is; still, I haven’t laid by enough to make it a matter of indifference to me whether my income went on or not. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Bullwinkle was not a wasteful eater. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Jack London On the other hand, these food articles are all bought at small retail, the most expensive and wasteful method of purchasing. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

The river itself was very low, but the huge and wasteful river-bed showed that there were times when its appearance must be entirely different. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

H. G. Wells I have called it Tono–Bungay, but I had far better have called it Waste. I have told of childless Marion, of my childless aunt, of Beatrice wasted and wasteful and futile. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

The standard of reputability requires that dress should show wasteful expenditure; but all wastefulness is offensive to native taste. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

A house of today is still almost as ill-ventilated, badly heated by wasteful fires, clumsily arranged and furnished as the house of 1858. Memories and Studies by William James

H. G. Wells The whole thing seems to me at times a cruel and wasteful wilderness of muddle. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Reincarnation is prompt and practical, and unaccompanied by wasteful and delusive hope. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Sinclair Lewis They spoke of seriousness and industry till Knute, who might once have desired to know lads like Washburn, felt ashamed of himself as a wicked, wasteful old man. Young Man Axelbrod by Sinclair Lewis

It was a crime against the state, and to be wasteful of time was, in a manner, to rob the exchequer. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Edgar Allan Poe There were meats enough to have feasted the Anakim. Never, in all my life, had I witnessed so lavish, so wasteful an expenditure of the good things of life. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Sir Walter Scott The Major’s directions had been imperfectly obeyed in regard to laying in provisions; and the dragoons, in spite of all warning and authority, were likely to be wasteful in using them. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Wilkie Collins She was possessed by some feverish excitement which made her distressingly loud when she laughed, and sinfully wasteful and capricious in what she ate and drank at lunch. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Andrew Lang Leaving the Arthurian cycle, Mr. Morris entered on his especially sympathetic period — the gloom and sad sunset glory of the late fourteenth century, the age of Froissart and wicked, wasteful wars. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

T. E. Lawrence From his teaching we began to learn the technique of fighting in matters we had been content to settle by rude and wasteful rules of thumb. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

William Shakespeare When wasteful war shall statues overturn, And broils root out the work of masonry, Nor Mars his sword, nor war’s quick fire shall burn The living record of your memory. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Jack London We elect to be absurd and to return to the truly crude and wasteful methods of our forefathers. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Surely, when I was in college—and there rose up within me a memory of the crass, wasteful follies that used to be called “pranks” in my time, and considered perfectly natural in young men. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

An article may be useful and wasteful both, and its utility to the consumer may be made up of use and waste in the most varying proportions. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

We had nearly got through our provisions too, as well as our work; for our officer had been very wasteful of them, and the tea, flour, sugar, and molasses were all gone. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Robert Green Ingersoll They have been wasteful and careless. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Arthur Machen It had moved in and out in the most wasteful and absurd manner, and on each bank there had grown a twisted brake of trees and bushes and rank water plants. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Any consumer who might, Diogenes-like, insist on the elimination of all honorific or wasteful elements from his consumption, would be unable to supply his most trivial wants in the modern market. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Arnold Bennett And while Miss Insull and Samuel combined pounds, shillings, and pence, whispering at great speed, she bent over the delicate, intimate, wasteful handiwork, drawing the needle with slow exactitude. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

But dress has subtler and more far-reaching possibilities than this crude, first-hand evidence of wasteful consumption only. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

He is on the whole expensive, or wasteful and useless — for the industrial purpose. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

But, like all compulsory legislation, that of Nature is harsh and wasteful in its operation. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

George Eliot And I shouldn’t like to be a man — to cough so loud, and stand straddling about on a wet day, and be so wasteful with meat and drink. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Andrew Lang Under his care all the crops flourished exceedingly, but the master proved to be wasteful and ungrateful, and Rubezahl soon left him, and went to be shepherd to his next neighbour. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He had an advantage, too, over his wasteful predecessors: their gems did not improve the taste or the wholesomeness of their wine, while his tulip was quite delicious with his red herring. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells It will be too obviously dangerous and wasteful to put them out of employment. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

He had sobered, however, people thought, and it might be his mission, notwithstanding his wild and wasteful young days, to pay off the debts of the estate. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton She is so wasteful of her strength and her nerves, and so unwilling to listen to reason. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

So that however wasteful a given expenditure may be in reality, it must at least have some colorable excuse in the way of an ostensible purpose. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Ah! you — you — worthless, wasteful old devil. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

No, the Victorian epoch was not the dawn of a new era; it was a hasty, trial experiment, a gigantic experiment of the most slovenly and wasteful kind. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Edith Wharton He was filled with a sudden loathing of all the wasteful luxury, the vanity and selfishness and greed, out of which this poor pale flower of compassion had sprung. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Elizabeth Gaskell The fire was always kept up to a wasteful size, and the dancing blaze and the partial light of candles left much in shadow that was best ignored in such a disorderly family. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

These thro’ the country took their wasteful course, The fields to forage, and to gather force. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Rafael Sabatini His nature was inherently indolent, and he had the wasteful extravagant tastes that usually go with indolence. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini