Phrases with "weakness"

Ann Radcliffe La Luc would have accompanied her for the purpose of again soliciting the King in behalf of his son, had not the extreme weakness and lassitude to which he was reduced made travelling impracticable. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Algernon Blackwood My own dreadful weakness was laid bare. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

F. Scott Fitzgerald You’re bored with Zurich and you can’t find time for writing here and you say that it’s a confession of weakness for a scientist not to write. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope As he thought of this he did not by any means accuse himself of inconstancy or of weakness of heart. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Adam Lindsay Gordon Dagobert: Our lances round thee have hover’d, Have seen where thy fellows bide; Thy weakness we have discover’d, Thy nakedness we have spied. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Bram Stoker This was the moment when Fate declared that the Pretender should show his latent weakness of character. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

A man of delicacy carries his notions of modesty still further, for neither weakness nor sensibility will gratify him — he looks for affection. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Anthony Trollope Will was determined not to exhibit his weakness before the father as he had done before the daughter. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith I observe that weakness in him, I mean, his clinging to youthfulness, less and less; but I do see it, I cannot be quite in error. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

My weakness consists in not having a discriminating eye for the incidental — for the externals — no eye for the hod of the rag-picker or the fine linen of the next man. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

The vitality of this broken-down invalid, whose physical weakness contrasted strangely with his mental energy, bore down upon the grave man-servant like an avalanche, and carried him whither it would. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

G. K. Chesterton First of all, as has been said, Shaw has neither the kind of justice nor the kind of weakness that goes to make a true problem. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The weakness of this profession is its attraction for the man a little crippled and broken. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I don’t blame him — he can’t help it; but to see him made a tool of! He twists him round his finger, abuses his weakness to insult — to accuse. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Meredith Without knotting his mind to acknowledge or deny the burden, for he could do neither, he stood silent, staring at her, not so much in weakness as in positive mental division. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Anthony Trollope There is none of the human softness necessary for love; none of the human weakness needed for sympathy. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells And I inherit an immense instinct for human weakness from my mother. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Wilkie Collins When he touched her, in the act of forcing her back from me, Eunice’s raging strength became utter weakness in an instant. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

If this square-built, hard-headed man could be possessed of such a weakness as vanity, he was certainly vain of his hardness. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Now, on the contrary, he seemed, as it were, the personification of weakness and despondency. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Leslie Stephen The weakness already conspicuous in the Essay on Man mars the effect of the Ethic Epistles. His work tends to be rather an aggregation than an organic whole. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Willa Cather When Vickie took it from the box, such a wave of fright and weakness went through her that she could scarcely get out of the post-office. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Robert Louis Stevenson A weakness both of the body and mind fell on him like the beginnings of sleep; the cords of his activity were relaxed, his eyes clung to her. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Out of weakness strength could not come. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Lady Valeria told Bothwell about those last sad days: how the strong frame had been burnt up with fever, the broad chest racked with pain; how patiently weakness and suffering had been endured. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Gissing The recollection of her sufferings, blended with her physical weakness and uncertainty of mind, was too much for Carne. She burst into tears. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Charles Dickens Madame Dor humours my weakness for being always neat, and devotes her time to removing every one of my specks and spots. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

H. G. Wells There are bedrooms, and a sort of hospital accommodation for cases of weakness and ill-health. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Bram Stoker They journeyed to Laskoe near Cracow, where the weakness of the English scholar became more evident and his form of madness more developed. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H. G. Wells That has always been the weakness of the progressive liberal. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry Handel Richardson But this was a weakness Miss Day did not pamper; herself strong-minded, she could afford to disregard Miss Chapman’s foibles. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

If there was madness in the man, there was a fiercer madness in the minister, for in the last minutes David’s weakness had fallen from him like rags, and he had quickened to a flaming zeal. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

She had none of that sloth of purpose, or weakness of feeling, that leads to hesitation and regret. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Radclyffe Hall To her it appeared like a weakness in Stephen; she divined the bruised humility of spirit that now underlay this desire for isolation, and she did her best to frustrate it. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Robert Louis Stevenson Indeed, I thought myself but an eyesore to the girl, and a reminder of a moment’s weakness that she now abhorred to think of. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

It is extraordinary how quickly we regained so much of our strength; but I suppose people recover sooner from the effects of privation than from the weakness of disease. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Wilkie Collins His weakness was so great, that his eyelids closed at his first effort to look round him. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Jeremy Bentham By the strength or weakness of the faculties of those who happen to consider them. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope It is not the kind of weakness I have seen in him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope In any trouble, such as was this about the necklace, there would come over his face a look of weakness which betrayed the want of real inner strength. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

And nevertheless, whatever the weakness o’ the instrument, the Lord has wrocht through him to produce a confession —” “Ay. Just so,” said Mark dryly. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Thomas Hardy If I had gone for love o’ you, if I had ever sincerely loved you, if I loved you still, I should not so loathe and hate myself for my weakness as I do now! . Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

If you know anything about me at all, you may know that I have a weakness for music of any kind, so long as it’s good of its kind. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Anthony Trollope Sir Harry at this time was vacillating with more of weakness than would have been expected from a man who had generally been so firm in the affairs of his life. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Edgar Allan Poe And she knew all this, but did not upbraid; she seemed conscious of my weakness or my folly, and, smiling, called it fate. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James Give it to those who deserve it more,” said Nick. “I don’t understand, I don’t understand,” Mr. Carteret whimpered, the tears of weakness in his eyes. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Charles Dickens There were tears in Mr Chester’s eyes, but he dashed them hurriedly away, as though unwilling that his weakness should be known, and regarded her with mingled admiration and compassion. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Mary Webb For he took his own atmosphere with him wherever he went, and before his footsteps weakness fled and beauty folded. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

David Hume No conclusions can be more agreeable to scepticism than such as make discoveries concerning the weakness and narrow limits of human reason and capacity. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Olaf Stapledon At this juncture Paul displayed rather interestingly the weakness of his kind by futile rebellion, and an attempt to pursue a heroic career for which he was unsuited. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing The pain at her heart gave her more trouble, and she had days of such physical weakness that she could do little work. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Edith Wharton It was clear that Mr. Spence was not troubled by the repercussion of his actions in the consciousness of others; and this looked like a weaknessunless it were, instead, a great strength. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Gustave Flauber Salammbo was invaded by a weakness in which she lost all consciousness of herself. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Charles Dickens He had a weakness in the region of the knees, and a trustfulness in his long face, which appealed even to five-feet nine for encouragement and support. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

His body seemed to have not only the weakness of a jelly, but its translucency. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Andrew Lang Many fell before the magic sword, and the prince laboured on in spite of weakness and fatigue till he was almost worn out. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The year ‘15 only made matters worse by showing the weakness of the cause. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

A. E. W. Mason She would give no exhibition of weakness before any one of the detested three, and with an effort she recovered herself when she was on the very point of swooning. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Sinclair Lewis Save for a weakness about his j’s and w’s, he spoke the twangy Yankee English of the land. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Her own bodily weakness had not permitted her to nurse him; she had passed days and nights in anguish of expectancy. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Leslie Stephen Having this innate weakness of pomposity and exaggeration, it naturally expired, and became altogether ridiculous, with the generation to which it belonged. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray But, for a premeditated crime, consider what singular improvidence the person showed who had determined on committing it; what folly and what weakness there is in the execution of it. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Jane Austen My understanding is at length restored, and teaches no less to abhor the artifices which had subdued me than to despise myself for the weakness on which their strength was founded. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

It has been suggested that this constitutional weakness may be inherited; and here I think you can help me. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

In each an element of weakness is the pride of a peasant priest. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Edith Wharton It was her weakness — or her strength: she wondered which? “Poor, poor little chap. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

George Gissing For in the child’s weakness he felt an infinite pathos; a being so entirely helpless, so utterly dependent upon others’ love, standing there amid a world of cruelties, smiling and trustful. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

It is a weakness of inferior minds when it is not the cunning device of those who, uncertain of their talent, would seek to add lustre to it by the authority of a school. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

She had the soul of a conqueror, for not a flicker of weakness or disappointment marred her air. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Wilkie Collins Such is my weakness for Mr. Cosway. But that don’t matter if Mr. Stone would like to take his place. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope Whatever may be the weakness of the American literary taste in this respect, it is I think a weakness which we share. North America by Anthony Trollope

In these visits Ida learned to know a great deal about the ways and manners of the agricultural poor, all the weakness and all the nobility of the rural nature. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Your weakness in this affair from first to last has been positively deplorable. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

William Makepeace Thackeray You are a Hungarian; you served in the Seven Years’ War. You left the army on account of weakness of the loins. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He stood in the swaying room, holding on to one of the fixed chairs, bitterly resenting the sudden access of weakness which made him half long for, half dread her coming. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

He was vain of the negative force of a nature which had never known the weakness of the affections, or the strength which may be born of that very weakness. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope His weakness in that respect was now fully understood, and his temper but seldom tried. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard Of course, his being so pronounced a coward was a great drawback to him, but now that we knew his weakness we could more or less guard against it. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Richard Burton They conceal their weakness by pretending that the Sultan hesitates to wage a war of extermination with the thieves of the Holy Land. It is easy to understand this respect for brigands. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

George Gissing In avowing his weakness for aristocratic companionship he told a truth which explained many singularities in what would otherwise have been a career of commonplace dishonesty. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Anthony Trollope As she put it to herself, his love had got the better of his conscience during the weakness of his latter days. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

No victory is possible save as the resultant of a totality of virtues, no defeat for which some vice or weakness is not responsible. Memories and Studies by William James

Similarly he derides all movements based on a recognition of the claims of weakness to consideration and aid. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

I lamented my weakness in having assented to Doctor Bryerly’s and my cousin’s advice. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne She still had food for many weeks and her organs were of marvelous strength, defying all weakness and weariness. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Edgar Allan Poe Man doth not yield him to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through the weakness of his feeble will. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope She had flattered herself that she could play it; but the very moment the cards went against her, she discovered her own weakness and threw them away. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Wilkie Collins Conscious of her own weakness — even while giving way to it — she felt the necessity of turning his attention from herself. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

George Meredith He thinks it weakness to forgive an injury. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope She had often regretted her weakness in allowing him to do so; but she could not regret it now. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Her love for him he judged by his own feeling, making allowance, of course, for the weakness of women in affairs such as this. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James The weakness of this principle in him was that almost any accident attestedly bad enough was stronger. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

There was that elongation in his thoughtful face, and that tendency to weakness in his interesting legs, which tell so forcibly of a great mind and romantic disposition. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

John Locke For there is not any object of sensation or reflection which does not carry with it the idea of one: but the weakness of this kind of argument we have already shown sufficiently. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edith Wharton Tears of weariness and weakness were dimming her eyes and beginning to run over, but she dared not wipe them away lest he should observe the gesture. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Theodore Dreiser Intensely pleased with this confession of weakness on the part of the mother, he went to Berenice, but by his usual method of indirect direction. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing It was a noble speech, and nobly delivered; the voice was uncertain at times, but it betrayed no weakness of resolve, no dread of what might follow. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

I have a boy’s weakness for a yarn, and Macgillivray knew this and played on it. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Wilkie Collins She knows his weakness of old; she volunteered to carve it for him. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

With a weakness most culpable, he lent his aid in inundating the country with paper money, which, based upon no solid foundation, was sure to fall, sooner or later. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

If she had once shown him her weakness he would have overwhelmed her daily with the burden of his regrets. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Rudyard Kipling You never get over your weakness for romance,’ Death answered, and a covert smile spread through the Office. ‘Thank Heaven, I don’t. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

George Gissing Then, if you had had a weakness for the society of second-rate actresses and ballet-girls, one might have explained a great deal of expenditure, but such a hypothesis is of course out of the question. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arnold Bennett At bottom she knew well that her weakness was the stronger. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

William Makepeace Thackeray Thus, had it not been for the weakness of a woman, I should have been born to the possession of those very estates which afterwards came to me by merit, as you shall hear. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

I never heard anything till, a long time afterwards, Mr. Burns, unable to contain himself any longer, intruded upon me with his ridiculously angry lamentations at my weakness and good nature. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Hot tears of rage and weakness wet the bandage on my eyes, and the sobs which came from me were not only those of weariness. Prester John by John Buchan

And why? Simply because I am not enough of a Vagabond. The dear despots of the fireside have a weakness for lawless characters. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

But no!—this was not a drinking man’s face; nor could he detect the weakness of alarm, or even the weakness of surprise, on these features, in those steady eyes. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Meredith And, my dear Miss Dale, I throw myself on your charity, with all my weakness bare, let me add, as I could do to none but you. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

After having attained the discreet age of forty-five without being a victim to the tender passion, Mr. Whitelaw might reasonably have supposed himself exempt from the weakness so common to mankind. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith The ardour of his temperament suffused the directness of his intelligence to produce it, and the two qualities made his weakness and strength. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

The officer awaited a sign of weakness on Dominique’s part. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

George Gissing She was pretty, he admitted, but then of such a feeble, characterless type; doubtless her understanding corresponded with the weakness of her outward appearance. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle For with men there is ever the chance that some trait of weakness or of want of courage may give you an advantage over them, but with fierce beasts there is no such hope. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry Handel Richardson Was it not a weakness and a strength of her sex to see good where no good was?—a kind of divine frailty, a wilful blindness, a sweet inability to discern. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Tell him that I have studied my own heart as well as one can, and I know its weakness as well as I do its needs. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Rudyard Kipling The scandal of the business never struck him; for he was a nice old man, with a weakness for flirtations. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

H. G. Wells She was no longer buoyantly well, she was full of indefinable apprehensions of weakness and failure. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Gissing She knew the weakness of her position, and inclined ever more to make an ally of the man who had overcome her in battle and carried her off in his arms. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

On reading them one shrinks from dwelling longer upon an old man’s weakness and a brave man’s fears. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

G. K. Chesterton It was not in the least what is called the ordinary fault or weakness of the artist. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

D. H. Lawrence And through the weakness of the unfresh, stagnant men she had bred, she kept her power, as her years rolled on, seventy to eighty, and from eighty on the new lap, towards ninety. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Or — the thought could come now that I was at home, and had escaped the dangers lying in wait for me on the road to my duty — he had made use of my weakness to gain his own ends. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Jeremy Bentham Beware of those who, by the vehemence of their assertions, by the confidence of their predictions, make up for the weakness of their reasons. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

E. F. Benson Your sickness and weakness are leaving you, because they were born only from night mists which the sun has scattered. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

D. H. Lawrence A sense of weakness and injury, at last an intolerable sense of wrong, turning to a fiendish madness. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

The extreme faintness had passed and ashamed now of my weakness I pulled myself together and sat up. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

H. G. Wells She surprised him a little, but even this sudden weakness seemed adorable. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Sidney Colvin The weakness and nervous prostration of the patient were at first excessive, and he could bear to see nobody but Brown, who nursed him affectionately day and night. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Thomas Hardy His cheeks and eye-orbits were deep concaves — rather, it might be, from natural weakness of constitution than irregular living, though there were indications that he had led no careful life. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Anthony Trollope Had there been a word of weakness in the short letter she might have founded upon it some hope. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

God raises my weakness and gives me courage to endure the worst. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Gertrude Stein And then they both agreed that they have a weakness for Hemingway because he is such a good pupil. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Victor Hugo Never, covering her frailty by her charms, and her weakness by her omnipotence, has she claimed absolution more imperiously. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

I do not speak of other errors, of harsh and un-Christian conduct towards his congregation, of lack of judgment, and of a weakness in doctrine, whilk, if not actual heresy, is its near neighbour. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Walter Scott Thou might’st have ridden Pixie, but he is something spirited, and them art a timid horsewoman, and ever wert so — the only weakness I have known of thee. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Olaf Stapledon His weakness lies in his obsession with the physical and with the commonplace. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle Both Holmes and I had a weakness for the Turkish bath. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

You were good enough to indulge that weakness at your own price, and for your own profit. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The whole figure and air, good and amiable otherwise, might be called flabby and irresolute; expressive of weakness under possibility of strength. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Perhaps this is always connected with great weakness of intellect, and coldness of character in men. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Sweetest of all her charms is a woman’s weakness to a manly heart. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

That chivalrous turn of mind which was hereditary in the race of Lenoble predisposed these men to pity loneliness and beauty, weakness and sorrow. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

It is a case of weakness and languor. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

This was not my deed of blood, I knew — but it was surely my weakness in first tasting the paste that had led to it, and morally I felt I was responsible for it all. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

The great majority of them he thought weak, and he had no time for weakness of any kind. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

The man’s body was the most obedient satellite of his mind, and I don’t believe he had any weakness of the flesh. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Gissing The weakness is partly due to our poverty, partly to our ignorance. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Gissing The increasing paleness of her cheek, the constant cough, these she could not prevent his observing, but any reference which he made to these signs of weakness was at once put aside and made light of. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Meredith You know, Clara, and you should know me in my weakness too, I do not claim servitude, I stipulate for affection. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

The day of his departure she spent chiefly in her own room, to conceal, as far as she was able, a weakness she was ashamed of but could not conquer. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

I knew not what to do, for it appeared to me that, do what I would, we would never succeed; and in my weakness of body and mind I actually cried like a child over the whole affair. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Wilkie Collins I was certain that I had spoken — and yet, I had not heard myself speak! As well as my weakness would let me, I called to the nurses in my loudest tones. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Guy de Maupassan The police, thinking his weakness feigned, pulled him up by main force and set him between the crutches. The Beggar by Guy de Maupassan

Maria Edgeworth And here it was flagrant wickedness in the editor, and only weakness and imprudence in the writer of the real letters. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Nathaniel Hawthorne Shall I have it?” “I have a weakness which I fear I cannot overcome,” replied the Count, turning away his face. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Jack London It may be a weakness of mine that I have an incisive way of speech; but I threw all restraint to the winds and cut and slashed until the whole man of him was snarling. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

A feeling of weakness came over him. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Adrian also could swim — but the weakness of his frame prevented him from feeling pleasure in the exercise, or acquiring any great expertness. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Sir Walter Scott His words became more distinct, his manner more earnest and energetic; it seemed as if religious zeal was triumphing over bodily weakness and infirmity. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

John Bunyan And let all know, tho’ weakness was their chance, Yet sometimes one could sing, the other dance. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

So much the worse for myself if I have a weakness for any one, but so much the worse for others if I revenge myself upon them for it. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Hardy My two arch-enemies you know — my weakness for womankind and my impulse to strong liquor. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

The fever was better now; but the weakness it had left was dangerous. “Jerry’s Gazette.” by Ellen Wood [1869]

The weakness that he had been storing up during the past two days had come over him, as it were, in the lump. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Edgar Allan Poe Man doth not yield himself to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through the weakness of his feeble will. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

The contractor was a bachelor; he had a weakness for the niece to whom he is indebted. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

George Gissing Reflecting on the conversation, she was annoyed with herself for having been led by her familiar weakness to admit that she had changed her way of thinking. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Gissing I see now that our “perfect day” was marred by my weakness at the end. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

It may have been miserable weakness — I think it was. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing Though a daughter of the abhorred Ebrimut, Veranilda was of Amal blood, and, despite what seemed her weakness and her errors, it soon appeared that she cherished fervidly the glory of the Gothic name. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

His weakness still imparts anxiety to this feeling, his ignorance prevents entire intimacy; but we begin to respect the future man, and to endeavour to secure his esteem, even as if he were our equal. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

H.P. Lovecraft Despite the seeming cumbrousness of these explanations, they came finally to supersede all others in my mind — largely because of the greater weakness of any rival theory. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

But the ill-written scrawl in which she had replied had been full of the suggestion of her own weakness and misery. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Rudyard Kipling Michele was sweating with fear, but he kept his weakness under, and went down into the town, past the house where the Sub–Judge had barricaded himself. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

But the charm of his manner was none the less because of this latent weakness of character, and he was better liked than many better men. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. Rider Haggard For he knew well that Gudruda had this weakness — she was a jealous woman. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing He had to do with a disease which required the most decisive of measures, and any weakness on his part would be culpable. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The half acknowledged weakness in his nature unconsciously flung itself upon her strength, a strength which had been tried. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Wilkie Collins I was ashamed of my weakness and my want of spirit. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

T. E. Lawrence The day, now at its zenith, was very hot; and my weakness had so increased that my head hardly held up against it. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Rudyard Kipling Strickland knew Youghal’s weakness for men with titles and letters after their names and high official position. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was a witch, of perhaps nineteen, he judged, alert and dreamy and with the tell-tale white line over her upper lip that was a weakness and a delight. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jack London The shaking, happily, they took for the weakness of age. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Jeremy Bentham If weakness alone ought to awaken compassion, the appearance of a suffering individual ought to act in this direction with a double force. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

The title illustrates the childish weakness of the criminal classes for nicknames, together with their pitiable baldness of invention. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Everything, it was obvious, hinged upon the Queen; but Bacon perceived that in this very fact lay, not the strength, but the weakness of Essex’s situation. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

She shook the weakness off her with the resolute scorn for it of her nature, and succeeded in its banishment. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Arnold Bennett She had finished sobbing, and lay looking at the wall, away from Sophia, who stood irresolute near the bed, ashamed for her companion’s weakness and incapacity. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Thomas Hardy In the road under her eyes stood Henchard. She appeared so bright and pretty that, as it seemed, he was experiencing the momentary weakness of wishing for her notice. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

John Galsworthy He had quite a weakness for old Forsyte, and his Morland’s saved. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Willa Cather His eyebrows and long lashes were a pale corn-colour — made his blue eyes seem lighter than they were, and, he thought, gave a look of shyness and weakness to the upper part of his face. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Rudyard Kipling Scattered in the ranks of the volunteers are a fair number of old soldiers, for the Company has a weakness for recruiting from the Army for its guards who may, in time, become stationmasters. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith His weakness cast a net on her. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Meredith The Countess had a not unfeminine weakness for champagne, and old Mr. Bonner’s cellar was well and choicely stocked. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Olaf Stapledon Consequently their policy was guided not only by fluctuations in their power in relation to the enemy but also by the strength or weakness of their own progressives. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope I acknowledge the weakness of a great desire to be loved — of a strong wish to be popular with my associates. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Alexander Pope Heaven forming each on other to depend, A master, or a servant, or a friend, 250 Bids each on other for assistance call, Till one man’s weakness grows the strength of all. An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope [1734]

Henry James It was a more amiable weakness than his brother’s, and he has always behaved very well. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]