Phrases with "whims"

George Gissing His business was a failure, partly because he dealt with a too rigid honesty, partly because of his unstable nature, which left him at the mercy of whims and obstinacies and airy projects. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

William Hazlitt There is no contending with a person on whom nothing makes any impression but his own purposes, and who is bent on his own whims just in proportion as they seem to want common-sense. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Radclyffe Hall She was restless, self-indulgent and not over sincere, a creature of whims and ephemeral fancies; yet for Stephen and Mary she appeared to evince a liking which was more than just on the surface. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

I cannot undertake to answer for her—the whims and fancies of young ladies are sometimes so odd and unexpected. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Edgar Allan Poe I have said that the whims of my friend were manifold, and that Fe les menageais:— for this phrase there is no English equivalent. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Edith Wharton Susy’s heart tightened with memories of Como. They wandered on, laughing and dawdling, and yielding to the drifting whims of aimless people. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

H. G. Wells One of ‘is whims is to pretend to ‘ave a bath every morning. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The grandeur of decoration and furnishing had been too solid to depreciate through decay, and its owner had been of no fickle mind led to waver in taste by whims of fashion. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

West found the spectacle of Roque’s parental anxieties in conflict with his children’s whims diverting, although he fancied a little of it would suffice him for a great while. In Normandy by Ella D'Arcy [1904]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was more difficult to sacrifice her whims than her comforts; but all had been given up when and where required by the sweet lordly baby, who reigned paramount in his very helplessness. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Charles Dickens Such whims are only impressive as we originate them, I think; they are not to be communicated. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Henry Handel Richardson Mahony urged compliance with the whims of the mother-to-be, even should they seem extravagant. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Jonathan Swif The printer has been here with some of the new whims printed, and has taken up my time. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Willa Cather It was the first time she had had an opportunity to observe the whims of the public which singers live by interesting. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

And whims and fantasies without end. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

My mother, who knew all his whims and habits by heart, generally tried to keep the unlucky book hidden, so that sometimes whole months passed without the Court Almanack falling beneath his eye. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

D. H. Lawrence Far better be a slave outright, in contact with all the whims and impulses of a human being, than serve some mechanical routine of modern work. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Catherick had her whims and fancies about it at times, and used now and then to lay claim to the child, as if she wanted to spite me for bringing it up. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Edgar Allan Poe A man of whims conceives the purpose of quitting his wife and residing incognito, for twenty years, in her immediate neighborhood. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

I don’t care for her twittering little birds, and she doesn’t care for my whims and fancies. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They fall in with my whims so charmingly. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Jane Austen Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

She is a creature of whims and fancies, and must be ridden on the curb. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

John Galsworthy Looking from him to his own father — thin, quick, twisting, dark, as full of whims as a bog is of snipe — Michael was impressed. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Meredith Her whims Bid her demand the flower, which I let drop. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Julian Hawthorne My being a bachelor (and at the age of forty, I think I may add a confirmed one) enables me to indulge these and other whims conveniently and without embarrassment. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

As a matter of fact, Braddock need not have been afraid, for Lucy — knowing her step-father’s whims and violent tempertook care that the sanctity of the place should remain inviolate. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton But trimming his course to suit the whims of rich relations had never been his way — perhaps because he had never had any rich relations. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

George Meredith The whims of animals do not affect men unless they are professionally tamers. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Machen The four farmers thought nothing of it; sheepdogs in the country are dogs to look after sheep, and their whims and fancies are not studied. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Arthur Conan Doyle But how could f account for the to me equally obvious power which he wielded over the governess? She had no whims to be humoured. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry Handel Richardson Just a walking bundle, said Nannan, of whims and crotchets. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing The photographer was a man of whims and idealisms; his wife had a strong vein of worldly ambition. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The sick have to be studied, especially when suffering from whims and fancies. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Theodore Dreiser He knew his whims and idiosyncrasies, and considered himself very much in the light of a father confessor. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Gaston Leroux On the other hand, Moncharmin was sometimes troubled with a suspicion of Richard himself, who occasionally took fanciful whims into his head. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Henry James They were both high and lame, and, whims for whims, he preferred them to any he had met in a like relation. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Virginia Woolf One cannot perpetuate suffering, or increase the breed of these lustful animals, who have no lasting emotions, but only whims and vanities, eddying them now this way, now that. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Henry Kingsley The whims and oddities of a village; which one has seen with one’s own eyes, and heard with one’s own ears, are not nonsense. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Jules Verne Her mouth would be charming if she ever smiled, but exposed as she is to the ridiculous whims and fancies of a capricious mistress, her lips rarely relax from their ordinary grave expression. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Wilkie Collins Ah! I remember when I had my whims and fancies too, and when I looked well in anything I wore, just as you do. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Instead of this I find myself with a blank year of waiting before me, and with my chances of coming into possession of this fortune entirely dependent upon the whims and caprices of a young lady. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Remember, after all, she is little more than a girl, and girls are the slaves of all sorts of whims and fancies. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Kate Chopin Adele is full of whims at such times. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope Ayala, she knew, had been troublesome in Kingsbury Crescent. She was sure, she said, Ayala’s whims would of their nature be more troublesome to such a woman as Mrs Dosett than Lucy’s obstinacy. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan But the work-girls and the shop-girls and all the tradesmen’s wives in Saint Martéjoux knew him, and made him pay for their whims and their coquetry, and had to put up with his love-making. The Confession by Guy de Maupassan

H. Rider Haggard Now that you have grown up, you prefer to gratify your whims rather than help me to realize the object of my life by a simple course of action that could do no one any harm. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

The fibs that she must invent, the reasons she must find for conforming to my whims would tax the ingenuity of some of us! . A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

Wilkie Collins I had taken Anne to the north with me, having my whims and fancies, occasionally, about my child, and getting, at such times, jealous of Mrs. Clements’ influence over her. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

D. H. Lawrence And the fatherly young “miss” of an adolescent brother laughs indulgently at all the whims of these two young ones: the father laughs and thinks it all adorable and expects us to adore. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Walter Scott But, Jean, my dear, those who are not quite honest must be brought to bed all the same as those who are, and we are not to endanger the poor thing’s life by contradicting her whims at present. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He glanced at it as he folded it up, in the vague hope that perhaps this man of whims had assessed his pictures at a higher rate than he had named. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

James Joyce Poppy Narancy, Gial-lia, Chlora, Marinka, Anileen, Parme. And ilk a those dames had her rainbow huemoures yet for whilko her whims but he coined a cure. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

George Elio I must have no whims and follies — no nonsense. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Charles Dickens Poverty has its whims and shows of taste, as wealth has. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Mark Twain However, we can not alter our established customs to please the whims of guides; we can not show partialities this late in the day. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

The servants did not care to trouble themselves about her whims or wishes, nor to put her rooms in order. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

John Galsworthy The ancestral ‘junk,’ fringed and dotted by Eastern whims brought home, gave to the large sitting-room the same castled air of immutable possession. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Still, at times the whims characteristic of sickness would awaken her to some consciousness. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Oscar Wilde Dorian’s whims are laws to everybody, except himself. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]