Phrases with "whatever"

O Lord! I am sure he was not a liberal man, whatever else he might be. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

D. H. Lawrence Emperor, Pope, Tyrant, King: whatever may be. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

He could do as he pleased: whatever way he went his father would be behind him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But whatever has been done has been accomplished in such a manner that it would take a year to discover anything, and before then the time will have arrived. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Jacques Futrelle Having satisfied his sudden fears for the safety of the paper, whatever it was, the señor placed it in another envelope and sealed it again with elaborate care. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Nothing whatever had come out during the trial to connect Jake with the woman. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

H. G. Wells We’ve got to do whatever is in us, to save ourselves and the world. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Let them last for ever! She was surrounded by Whigs, she was free to do whatever she wanted, she had Lord M.; she could not believe that she could ever be happier. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Oscar Wilde Now, whatever music sounds like I am glad to say that it does not sound in the smallest degree like German. There are forms of patriotism that are really quite degrading. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle My only request to Mortimer, therefore, made on the score of old friendship, was that he should continue this pittance, I promising that should I prosper I would return whatever he should disburse. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

I must get my messages upon the wires at once, whatever it may cost. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

It already exists at the poet’s end of the aether-waves, whatever may be happening at the other end. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope And you think there is no danger?” “None whatever — if I may believe the doctor. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George MacDonald Again I was bitten; and now the thing, whatever it was, began to pay me regular visits at intervals of three days. Lilith by George MacDonald

George Gissing I’m not hateful to you, even now; you can’t really despise me, for you know that whatever I do is for no mean purpose. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Ford Madox Ford Are you, or aren’t you, overdrawn at your bank? I’ll make that up, whatever you damn well do to stop it. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Anthony Trollope I thought Mr Slide and the People’s Banner had gone over to the other side, Bunce?” “Mr Slide is pretty wide-awake whatever side he’s on. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim The liquid, whatever it might be, was descending. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

But whatever wrong I have committed against you — and that wrong was done by my marriage — I have not forfeited the right to my child’s affection. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Samuel Johnson Every provocation was revenged with blood, and no man that ventured into a numerous company, by whatever occasion brought together, was sure of returning without a wound. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Sinclair Lewis Can’t we all get up a boating party, and fish, or whatever you do, and have a picnic supper afterwards?” “Now you’re talking!” Dr. Gould affirmed. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins We tried all sorts of subjects, and were obliged to drop every one of them, because Mr. Smart would promise to make us a present of whatever we talked about. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Rudyard Kipling Mythan is the name of the amusement, and, whatever may be its demerits, it is clean. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim All I can say is that, whatever you did, I personally am convinced that you did it for the best—and I thank you. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

But I wonder you didn’t tell Alice; she ought to ’a known something about it—oughtn’t she, before you married her, or whatever you call it. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jane Austen But Marianne, who saw his agitation, and could easily trace it to whatever cause best pleased herself, was perfectly satisfied, and soon talked of something else. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Rafael Sabatini But whatever view he takes will be no matter. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Olaf Stapledon Yet we have, I believe, in our own immediate experience something in virtue of which we are entitled to affirm that, whatever the issue of the cosmical process, there is great good in it. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Oscar Wilde Your friend Lord Henry Wotton can’t have taught you much about psychology, whatever else he has taught you. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Algernon Blackwood I have been living in the world, you see, these many years, and — well, my imagination has collapsed or dried up or whatever you like to call it. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

He brought to C——n the welcome and congratulations of the General, and those Spanish offers of service and devotion which sound agreeably, whatever be their true value. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

A. E. W. Mason He was only aware that the elaborate stage-management in which Hanaud delighted was working out to the desired climax, whatever that climax might be. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had always declared her wish to keep it a secret, and she had not mentioned it to any one, whatever other people might have done. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Meredith I say that to M. Beauchamp’s credit; for Raoul has met him, and, whatever his personal feeling may be, must know your friend is a man of honour. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Edmund Burke There is something so overruling in whatever inspires us with awe, in all things which belong ever so remotely to terror, that nothing else can stand in their presence. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Isabella Bird I found that it was expected that I should persuade the lady to consent to have the abscess, or whatever it is, reopened. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The moment of parting with the young men, his hostess’s cousins, was pathetic in the extreme; on no account, whatever friendly pretext Fabrizio might find, would they consent to take any money. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

G. K. Chesterton I’m certain your friend has gone Spiritualist, and Snowdrop is the name of a spirit, or a control, or whatever they call it. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

He had told me about it over and over again, and, whatever I might think of him, I knew that he had told me the truth. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

E. F. Benson Does she not call herself Rudolph da Vinci?” “A very self-satisfied little woman, whatever she calls herself,” said Susan with unusual severity, “and she’s not going to dine with me. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Henry James You’re to have it on the spot, whatever it is. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Life was rushing back into it; power, spirit, imagination, whatever name sad incompetence found for it, was reanimating the willing flesh. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

George Gissing He had his body well under control; six hours of sleep he found sufficient to keep him in health, and temptations to personal ease, in whatever form, he resisted as a matter of principle. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell I hope I am thankful; and if I could always keep up my spirits and never feel lonely, or long for companionship, or friendship, or whatever they call it, I should do very well. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Gissing In your attitude towards her, do not consult me at all; whatever your heart approves, I shall find good and right. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

And whatever he did for himself, he believed that he was serving Essex. His scheming imagination and his indefatigable pen were at work. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

George Gissing Her opinions were uttered with calm assurance, whatever the subject. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Gissing For, whatever Clem might be hiding, it seemed to him beyond doubt that she was genuinely attracted by his personal qualities. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell I think now that it was the recollection of what had gone before; the miserable thought that possibly his words had brought on this attack, whatever it might be, that so unmanned the minister. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Edith Wharton It was evident that she identified herself whole-heartedly with his sentimental troubles, of whatever nature and by whomsoever they were caused. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I haven’t the slightest doubt that, whatever his mission over here may be, it is going to be disastrous for us. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

H. G. Wells We have to evoke, parallelise and converge upon whatever disposition to service and cooperation lies in them. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Maria Edgeworth I do every thing openly — every thing handsomely, I hope — whatever may be my faults. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Hardy But whatever you do, don’t zay too much to Tess of his fancy for her, and this chance she has got. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

I grew reckless, and felt a disposition to acquiesce in whatever fate might have in store for me. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Charles Dickens This was a polite way of begging for a contribution towards the expenses of some music in the Saint’s honour, so we gave him whatever it may have been, and his messenger departed: well satisfied. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Henry James In France you must never say nay to your mother, whatever she requires of you. The American by Henry James [1877]

That shall be your signal and wherever you are and at whatever time, you shall find ample help about you. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Some funds have been furnished to them, weekly I believe, from the Trades Union League — or whatever they call the thing — but it seems a mere nothing compared with what they used to earn. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

But whatever it was, it gave me enough trouble, though I do not want to complain of it, for why are we here, if not to help and comfort the miserable. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

We go halves with Chinky whatever she parts. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

D. H. Lawrence The others were all outsiders, instinctively, whatever they might be socially. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

They had nothing whatever to say. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

But whatever it was that made the germ idea of Robinson Crusoe take root in Defoe’s mind, he worked it out as an artist. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

John Stuart Mill Were this remedied, whatever differences there might still be in individual tastes, there would at least be, as a general rule, complete unity and unanimity as to the great objects of life. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Standing on this vantage ground, whatever beauty of form and motion and whatever commendable mental traits he may possess are conventionally acknowledged and magnified. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Wilkie Collins But, whatever change there might be in his expression, Rose did not seem to notice it. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

But whatever a man’s fortune be at the box, he neither knows whom to thank, nor whom to challenge. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

E. Phillips Oppenheim One does not speak of a ‘cock-and-bull story,’ whatever that may mean, to an officer bearing arms, nor, if one values one’s life, does one accuse him of having told a falsehood. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Whatever may be my fate, whatever may come later, I want you always to remember that. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

But it does constitute unblinkable evidence that, whatever its moral quality, Socialism is not going to come. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

And it did — she half angrily admitted — it did help her, please, encourage, whatever the right word was, to see her name printed at the top of a column. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Andrew Lang She did not use it when she was asleep, and on whatever object in the room he put it that thing began to speak, and spoke out its thoughts and feelings just as well as the lady to whom it belonged. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson There was no mystery about it all, and nothing whatever to fear either in the past or the future; but certain possibilities interested her. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Henry Adams Yet the spectacle was no laughing matter to him, whatever it might be to the public. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

G. K. Chesterton As the scheme, whatever it was, on which you set your heart did not include the appearance of Mr. Wayne, it will survive his removal. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Andrew Lang If you are invited to play at a feast, accept willingly, but beware of asking a fixed price; say you will take whatever they may feel inclined to give. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The time cannot be far distant when even the least unsuccessful of such attempts will no longer be accepted, because no such attempts whatever will be any longer required. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

In whatever way you walk, at whatever hour, the birds are sweetly calling in the way-side oleanders and the wild sage-bushes and the cedar-tops. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Robert Green Ingersoll This was written by a poor, despised heathen: “In whatever house the husband is contented with the wife and the wife with the husband, in that house will fortune dwell. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Meredith Merthyr had leaned upon it too often to doubt the strength of it, whatever its purity might be. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

There was no question of being able to ignore them; he had to make an open confession of his act, whatever the consequences might be. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle Suppose that I was caught in a mantrap, whatever that might be, and was then attacked by a bloodhound. The Heiress of Glenmahowley by Arthur Conan Doyle

Samuel Johnson From juvenile follies who is free? But, whatever the “Biographia” chooses to relate, the son of Young experienced no dismission from his college, either lasting or temporary. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

The pigment may be laid down in longitudinal strips or horizontal bars, and in this way a colour-scheme can be formed matching whatever seaweed the prawn shelters in. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Living so much abroad and at sea, an English sailor, of whatever rank, has few opportunities for making friends at home. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Wilkie Collins It was easy so to arrange the edge of the drapery as to observe, without exciting suspicion, whatever was going on in the next room. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

And what is to become of me once I am parted from you?” “Swear to escape, whatever may happen to you. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

She would be honest at whatever cost. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

John Morley Their thoughts move in the obscurity of things quick but unborn, and by instinct they push upwards in whatever direction the darkness seems breaking. Voltaire by John Morley

John Stuart Mill England is the country in which social discipline has most succeeded, not so much in conquering, as in suppressing, whatever is liable to conflict with it. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

But the surgeon was wide awake, and all alive about it, whatever it was. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

No, whatever else he might do, he would never do that. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

He is our chief, whatever else he be. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Daniel Defoe These they employ as they please; call them by name; and command their appearance in whatever shape they think fit. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

D. H. Lawrence And Woman was immortal, whatever happened, whoever turned towards death. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Oh no! Nor cold; whatever else he might have been. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope He believed himself inferior to none in powers of body and mind, and that he could accomplish whatever he perseveringly attempted. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Bram Stoker Until it sets tonight, that monster must retain whatever form he now has. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

H. G. Wells But whatever they thought of him, people in Iping, on the whole, agreed in disliking him. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Virginia Woolf They could not improve upon that, whatever they might say; and his own position became more secure. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

D. H. Lawrence It had given his soul an absolute direction, whatever he said about relativity. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Sophie did not fascinate me, whatever she might do by others. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

It fills one with regret to find Petrarch impatient of a liberty of speech, which, whatever its abuses may be, cannot be suppressed, without crushing the liberty of human thought. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

John Lewis Burckhard He who first sees the stranger from afar, and exclaims: “There comes my guest,” has the right of entertaining him, whatever tent he may alight at. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

E. Phillips Oppenheim It has nothing whatever to do with you. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

George Eliot And you’re a man of family, my lad — dash it! You’re a Lingon, whatever else you may be, and I’ll stand by you. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Well, whatever you may say, I do think we ought to go and buy something, too. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

What? you scorn us? O ugly filth, detested Trull, whatever is all abomination. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’ve always hated obstrics, or whatever you call them. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Rudyard Kipling There’s your skylight, or your north light, or whatever window you call it, and plenty of room to thrash about in, and a bedroom beyond. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith We hang on Willoughby, who hangs on whatever it is that supports him: and there we are in a swarm. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Arnold Bennett Down in the flat, whatever was done or said in one room could be more or less heard in all the others, owing to the prevalence of doors. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Isabella Bird At seven o’clock the tea-bell rings, but the tables are comparatively deserted, for from half-past nine to half-past ten people can order whatever they please in the way of supper. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Maria Edgeworth Lady Anne’s, on the contrary, were all in favour of the present fashion, whatever it might be, and ran smoothly with the popular stream. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Adams He thought it a mistake; but his opinion did not prove that it was one, since, in all probability, whatever he did would be more or less a mistake. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Anthony Trollope In whatever guise he may have appeared before Lady Desmond, he would not go to his mother with a fainting heart. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Should you hold otherwise, then surely we can debate the matter in whatever way or time may please you best. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

He glanced in astonishment at mine, which, whatever its usual serenity, certainly must have borne marks of deep emotion. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Olaf Stapledon Anyhow the mystic's experience, whatever it is, cannot be communicated to others, who do not themselves have such experience. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing And, indeed, there seemed much reason for believing that Martin, whatever the extent of his secret doubts, was by temperament armed against agnosticism. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope And, at whatever cost, search should be made for Mr. Allan; and Mr. Allan should, if found, be brought to England, if money could bring him. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather In his eyes, and in the eyes of the admiring middle-aged men who visited there, whatever Mrs. Forrester chose to do was “lady-like” because she did it. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Jules Verne Besides, it is of the utmost importance that she should meet us to the very day, at whatever place may be ultimately selected. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

R. D. Blackmore To-night you have liberty to splice the main-brace, or whatever your expression is for getting jolly drunk; in the morning you will be sobriety itself, sad, and wise, and aching. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu A copy of the written statement of Paul Davies, whatever it was worth, duly witnessed, was already in his hands; the sworn depositions of the same person, made in his last illness, were also there. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

James Anthony Froude Something, whatever that something may be, binds him to choose one and avoid the other. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Robert Green Ingersoll We should all remember that the intellect has no knees, and that whatever the attitude of the body may be, the brave soul is always found erect. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing In looking back, the time seemed very brief, for, whatever change had been made in her, the love which was her life’s life had known no shadow of change. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells I can walk round a man, whatever weapon he has, choose my point, strike as I like. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

George Gissing We must keep it close, whatever we do. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

D. H. Lawrence He felt he must get out, whatever happened. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Raydon was convinced that a would-be purchaser can always knock something off the price asked for whatever he wishes to buy, if only he is not too keen. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Arthur Machen Then Reynolds said: “But I haven’t asked you about this formula, or whatever you may call it—all these vowels, here. Change by Arthur Machen

George Gissing Rather than have her mixed up in such a thing as this, I would have told any lie, at whatever cost to myself; but she wouldn’t let me. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

No, whatever happened, the Prince would not relax; he had absorbed the doctrines of Stockmar too thoroughly. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

His fate, whatever it was, would be ignored, because the country, for all its rotten state, was not judged ripe for interference. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Here whatever is hard interferes with the space its neighbors occupy. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

George Meredith He had already wedded her morally, and much that he did, as well as whatever he debated, came of Diana; more than if they had been coupled, when his downright practical good sense could have spoken. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Thomas Paine We form one common floor of public good, and, whatever is our charge, it is paid for our own interest and upon our own account. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

John Locke And therefore, being uneasy in the want of whatever is judged necessary to their happiness, as soon as any good appears to make a part of their portion of happiness, they begin to desire it. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Maria Edgeworth Dr. Cambray was pleased, but not surprised; for he had seen in his young friend other instances of this adherence to whatever he had once been convinced was right. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Anatole France They own themselves that virtue is against nature, and going further on that opinion they cannot condemn an action of whatever kind, for what is common to it and virtue alike. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

I am not a girl as you can see, and I can bear whatever news you bring. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

My intention was to row out a few miles and endeavour to get into such a position that whatever course the vessel steered she could not help but see us. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

James Joyce Ireland was dedicated to it or whatever that. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

The tune, whatever it was, was like a fresh wind to blow aside his depression. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Sinclair Lewis My bank will be sending you — at your home address — a check for one hundred dollars, every month, and I’d like you to keep me informed on whatever that enlightened pair get away with. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Into whatever houses I enter I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, keeping myself aloof from every voluntary act of injustice and corruption and lust. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Charles Dickens In humoring my mistake, Miss Havisham, you punished — practised on — perhaps you will supply whatever term expresses your intention, without offence — your self-seeking relations?” “I did. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Henry James This had come before, whatever it was, without their trying, and nothing came now but the intenser consciousness of their quest and their subterfuge. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

John Galsworthy Or perhaps just idealism, the desire to have and be the best of whatever bunch there was about! Thus Michael, loyally. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Theodore Dreiser But you may depend upon it that your interests will be properly taken care of, and that whatever is done will be done with your full knowledge and consent. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I have gone into the business, and must carry it through, whatever happens. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Virginia Woolf She could not deny that the surface of her feeling was absolutely unruffled by anything in William’s character; on the contrary, she felt certain that she could deal with whatever turned up. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Every one dislikes or professes to dislike shams, hypocrisies, phantoms,—by whatever tiresomely reiterated epithet he may be pleased to address things that are not what they pretend to be. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

John Locke If therefore it be a proposition which they are persuaded, but do not know, to be true, whatever they may call it, it is not seeing, but believing. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Andrew Lang The singers have been induced to make their own selections, and put forward, as Mr. Browning says, their best foot, anapaest or trochee, or whatever it may be. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

But, I say, Miss Hallijohn, whatever is it that the other one has done? Murder, they say. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

G. K. Chesterton I was as morbid as a boy; I half thought she despised me; and I wanted half to prove her wrong and half to do whatever she thought right. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

And of Lord Arglay and of the Stone she could not think, only she hoped that, whatever happened, neither of them would be lost to her for ever. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

What if it should fail me in the steps of the process, whatever that was, by which the life of my Lilian might be saved! The shades of evening were now closing in. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Elizabeth Gaskell What can you do?’ ‘Be always the same John Thornton in whatever circumstances; endeavouring to do right, and making great blunders; and then trying to be brave in setting to afresh. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

I’ll do whatever you want — tomorrow. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Eleanor seemed to like the doctor very much, and Brat, knowing nothing whatever about him, was straightway convinced that he was not good enough for her. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

George Gissing I know nothing whatever about her, except what you told me on our walk to the station, so cannot be sure whether she is likely to take any real interest in my ideas. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Bronislaw Malinowski But in whatever mode the child has come, “the recognized husband accepts it as his own without demur. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Eliot They mean renouncing whatever is opposed to the reliance others have in us — whatever would cause misery to those whom the course of our lives has made dependent on us. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Ford Madox Ford Sporting or whatever it is?’ And Father Consett breathed: ‘Ah! . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Though the sky was quite overcast, and rain threatened to fall nearly all night, yet none whatever came. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Elizabeth Gaskell But whatever poverty there might be in the house, there was full luxuriance in the little square wall-encircled garden, on two sides of which the parlour and kitchen looked. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Edith Wharton The chief thing, of course, is that you should stay with her, whatever happens. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

But, whatever may have been the monarch’s feelings, he so far suppressed them as to receive his guest with princely courtesy, and to express his satisfaction at personally seeing him in his capital. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Hard times or prosperous times make little difference; wherever you go, at whatever time, the crowd has got there before you. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Algernon Blackwood She knew one thing only that he looked adorable and glorious, a being brought by the wise powers of life, whatever these might be, into the keeping of her love and care. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Thomas Hardy And whatever you do, Jack, don’t say a word about this other girl. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Henry James It became natural in this way that, Miss Garland having her mornings free, Rowland should propose to be the younger lady’s guide in whatever explorations she might be disposed to make. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

But whatever it was, I was ready for it, for my whole being had found a new purpose. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Walter Scott Madge, infirm of purpose, and easily reconciled to the present scene, whatever it was, began soon to talk with her usual diffuseness of ideas. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Thomas Paine Whether in heaven or in hell, or in whatever state man may be supposed to exist hereafter, the good and the bad are the only distinctions. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Kenneth Grahame Of course, you will stop and take your mid-day meal with me? My hole is close by; it is some time past noon, and you are very welcome to whatever there is. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Walter Crane The ancient art of the East was all frankly pattern-work, whatever the subject pictured. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Andrew Lang But whatever they did, the result was always the same. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant I declared at once that I meant to come in at whatever time I liked, for Mme. Kergaran had fixed twelve o’clock at night as the limit. My Landlady (La Patronne) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

But, after a time, you can leave with money, position, or power — whatever you desire, and then can lead your own life, however profligate it may be. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Ralph Waldo Emerson Every book we read, every biography, play, romance, in whatever form, is still English history and manners. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Well, whatever the business may be, we shall soon know it all. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edmund Burke I cannot conceive how any man can have brought himself to that pitch of presumption, to consider his country as nothing but carte blanche, upon which he may scribble whatever he pleases. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

D. H. Lawrence There was no mistake that the woman was in some way in love with him: whatever force we give to the word love. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope You may tell him from me — for I cannot write to him myself — that he may do whatever is best for him. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

John Stuart Mill No society in which these liberties are not, on the whole, respected, is free, whatever may be its form of government; and none is completely free in which they do not exist absolute and unqualified. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Baldwin Spencer They have nothing whatever to do with regulating marriage, nor are they hereditary in either the paternal or maternal line. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

With the hood up and the curtains and our big rug, I’ll be as warm as toast, whatever happens. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

John Galsworthy Isn’t it pleasant to know that whatever you do you can none of you be destitute?” “But can’t I borrow the money?” Jolyon shook his head. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

It was in vain that Rashleigh alleged the fact that they would have been equally liable to the attacks of the aborigines in whatever direction they had proceeded. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Bram Stoker At whatever cost, it must be carried out. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

He discovered that he had a ‘lover’s lips’ — whatever that may be. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Each time the ringmaster shouted his call of “Men up!” he lumbered ferociously for Betty with the cardboard wienerwurst or the photograph of the bearded lady or whatever the favor chanced to be. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gaston Leroux And, whatever you do, don’t try to enter my house: I’m not always there . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

I know nothing whatever about the case. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]