Phrases with "words"

Now he saw these incidents in a different light, and he recalled Lord Avelard’s words the evening before. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Sweetwater shifted his attention to Helen. Working around by her side, he managed to drop these words into her ear: “She talks most, but she doesn’t feel her responsibilities any more than you do. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James You’ll be too weird for words, but the words will nevertheless come. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

I treated these vain bombastic words with the contempt which they deserved — but said, I only wanted Sumunter to take me on, or otherwise to leave me to my fate. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

William Morris This leads to the second matter on this head, the lateral spacing of words (the whites between them); to make a beautiful page great attention should be paid to this, which, I fear, is not often done. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

Virginia Woolf She tried to go on with what she was saying; no words came. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

H.P. Lovecraft After a moment he thought of words whose mental substance he flung into the abyss: “I accept. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

Without words they all understand one another; and no one wants to hinder or insult the other. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Joseph Furphy I know it’s been asked before; in fact, I met with it in an English magazine, where the writer uses the very words you quoted just now. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Percy Bysshe Shelley Our words are dead, our thoughts are cold and borrowed. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Mrs Verloc heard the words again in a ghostly fashion, and then the dreary shadow of the Belgravian mansion descended upon her shoulders. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Virginia Woolf But by some inscrutable law of my being sovereignty and the possession of power will not be enough; I shall always push through curtains to privacy, and want some whispered words alone. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson Farther words from me are, I conceive, superfluous. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Wild as my words may sound in your ears, you will listen to them, for they shall be few; you will listen to them, for you are too good to condemn any one that ever loved you, unheard. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Nathaniel Hawthorne If any trust could be put in the language of the stranger’s countenance, a set of words different from those to which he subsequently gave utterance had risen to his lips. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Stronger words he never wrote. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle These words resolved themselves, as I approached, into prayers — shrill, voluble prayers, pattered forth with the intense earnestness of one who sees impending an imminent danger. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

John Galsworthy She knew nearly for certain! It was most unlikely; circumstances had changed! Irene’s words still rang in her head: “I have left Soames. Where should I go?” But she kept silence about that. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

For such minds Professor Royce’s words will always be the truest: ‘The very presence of ill in the temporal order is the condition of the perfection of the eternal order. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

But at the first words he uttered the comte roused himself from the kind of lethargy in which he had sunk. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The words came out with a jerk—harsh, staccato. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Wilkie Collins No words can describe to you her fortitude, her noble endurance —’ Mrs Langley’s voice faltered as she pronounced the last words. The Twin Sisters by Wilkie Collins [1851]

These words were spoken loud in the hearing of Zee’s father — in the hearing of the child who steered. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

William Morris Now if thou dost as thou swearest, words can but little thanks, yet deeds may. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell And I ne’er asked for it, because good words is scarce, and bad words is plentiful. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope There were but few more words spoken then. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Bram Stoker And let me say that I am at a loss for words to thank you for your goodness to my poor dear. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Ford Madox Ford I don’t believe they exchanged two words for the last five years of my father’s life. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

The best leaders make their words valuable and precious. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Anthony Trollope Poor Feemy! those vain words that “after Tuesday week she would have nothing more to make her unhappy,” sounded strangely in her ears. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Wilkie Collins But he could not get beyond “My dear Mother.” The writing of those three words seemed to have suddenly paralyzed him. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Hero’s looks yielded, but her words made war: Women are won when they begin to jar. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Bram Stoker Then he began promising me things, not in words but by doing them. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Trollope He would think over the matter, endeavouring to ascertain what it was that had made his father’s manner and words so painful to him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

I recalled his words to him, and he said he may not have liked the name of Barbara then, but he loved it now. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Anthony Trollope She thought that he was behaving with an unwarrantable degree of freedom in saying anything of the kind; but she did not know how to tell him either by words or looks that such was the case. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Edith Wharton During this exchange of words the two speakers had drifted unconsciously toward one of the benches. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Ford Madox Ford And, indeed, his wife’s flight had left him almost completely without emotions that he could realize, and he had not spoken more than twenty words at most about the event. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Thomas Carlyle Richter says of Luther’s words, “His words are half-battles. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Charles Dickens His words had given me a start. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Victor Hugo My words were like velvet; but they were useless. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Bram Stoker She repeated her questions; habit reasserted itself, and he spoke without thinking the words which were in his heart. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Edgar Allan Poe Turning to the number which designated the oval portrait, I there read the vague and quaint words which follow: “She was a maiden of rarest beauty, and not more lovely than full of glee. The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Henry Lawson The pass said that we were John Smith, drover, and that we were available for return by ordinary passenger-train within two days, we think — or words in that direction. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Bram Stoker There was no place for words in his sublime misery. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson She could not sleep, nor could she get Maurice’s words out of her mind. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

My words flowed spontaneously — my utterance was firm and quick. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

H. Rider Haggard So waste no words and make not niddering threats against greater folk,” and he slouched back to his horse. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

M. P. Shiel Yvonne was outside the station in a carriage, and almost her first words were, ‘There is a telegram for you at the chateau. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Maria Edgeworth Horace presented these most gracefully to Lady Cecilia and Helen, and was charmed with Lady Cecilia’s parting compliments, which finished with the words “Quite chivalrous. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Handel Richardson The few ordinary words meant in reality something quite different. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

John Morley We find no bastard attempts to reproduce in words deep and complex effects, which can only be adequately presented in color or in the combinations of musical sound. Voltaire by John Morley

Kenneth Grahame The varying shades and currents of emotion may indeed be put into words by those specially skilled that way; they often are, at considerable length. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

She had taken to reading Emerson of late, and often quoted his words that “the only way of escape in all the worlds of God was performance. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Jules Verne The sailor had only heard the last words uttered by the reporter. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Leon Trotsky Almost every one I talked with took my words as a joke. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I would wait and see them come home, and, if possible, hear what their last words were when they said good night. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Wilkie Collins I heard the whispering voice telling me how to speak the words that warned and condemned her: “Wake! you who have taken him from me! Wake! and meet your doom. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

I have no words to tell how the sight of those bars revolted me. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Virginia Woolf Her words peppered the audience as with a shower of hard little stones. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

H.P. Lovecraft He knew me at once, and began pouring out a meaningless, half-incoherent torrent of words in my direction. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Anthony Trollope There had been no words about the tea-making, and Lady Ball had been silent also. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Other words used in variable meanings, in most cases more or less dishonestly, are: class, totalitarian, science, progressive, reactionary bourgeois, equality. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard However, I got the words of it afterwards, and here is a translation of its burden, so far as it admits of being translated at all. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Jane Austen There was everything in the world against their being serious but his words and manner. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Wilkie Collins We only heard, this morning, one or two unconnected words — something about a woman, and then more that appeared to allude to some person’s death. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Edith Wharton His downcast eyes seemed to pursue the vision which Millner’s words evoked; and the words, to their speaker, took on a new sound as that candid consciousness refracted them. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Henry Handel Richardson By chance she lighted on the Fourteenth Chapter of St John, and the familiar, honey-sweet words fell on her heart like caresses. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Dickens There’s a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am a Angel. That young man hears the words I speak. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell It is so wonderfully beautiful that no words can describe it. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Somehow the fact that he should have put my suspicions into words made them more formidable, and I knew again the odious feeling of the hunted. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

The words of the sermon flowed peacefully through his head, an indistinct burbling sound, almost unheard. Burmese Days by George Orwell

George Eliot I withdraw any words that have offended you. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

E. F. Benson How wonderful the light is! how good everything smells!” He was speaking with a sort of purr of sensuous enjoyment, though the words were clear and unblurred. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Caroline Lamb The words were evidently made at the moment; and breathed from the heart. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

H. G. Wells As Azuma-zi presently stood behind the engine and glared at the back of the hated Holroyd, the noises of the machinery took a new rhythm, and sounded like four words in his native tongue. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Virginia Woolf The words exactly hit the mark, “A most excellent person he was”; but a little conceited. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

H. G. Wells When at last I paused, he replied — in words that are also significant of certain weaknesses of the present Russian state of mind. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

G. K. Chesterton I do not know that in the strict use of words you could altogether call it a compromise, still it has something of that character. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell The legend was wrought into the boy’s mind, and he would crave, yet tremble, to hear it told over and over again, while the words were intermingled with caresses and questions as to his love. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

G. K. Chesterton When people say that you can prove anything by logic, they are not using words in a fair sense. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Think, Signora, of what you are refusing! The being you see before you is not a doll of the court, he is a man!” He was on his knees as he uttered these words with an air which made them tell. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Henry Handel Richardson And he did not even stay to excuse himself to himself: he went headlong to her, with burning words on his lips. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Light words and lighter laughter and all the studied arts of coquetry could henceforward avail nothing. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Anna Katherine Green The detective, with no words for this touching spectacle, stretched out his hand and with a reverent and fatherly touch pressed down the lids over the unseeing eyes. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

I had intended that the recitation of Friday last should be followed by a few parting words to my class and any friends who might happen to be in the lecture-room. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

H.P. Lovecraft The words and beliefs expressed ten weeks before seemed bodied forth in the darkness beyond the small circle of candle light, and I sickened at the hollow, altered voice of my host. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Idle words to cover up a stark situation. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

His words always stirred one’s feelings, but it was hard to tell when he was serious and when joking. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Henry Handel Richardson What should you say, Maurice, if I told you now, that I intended to take your advice?” “You are going away?” The words jerked out gratingly, of themselves. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Eliot NEAR sunset that evening an elderly gentleman was standing with his back against the smaller entrance-door of Stoniton jail, saying a few last words to the departing chaplain. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Ford Madox Ford The words conveyed little to her. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

While Malignon was gently closing the door, she stood still for a moment, with the emotion that checked the words on her lips undetected. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

The words stared me in the face —‘At the request of Jean Francois du Bruel and Claudine Chaffaroux, his wife ——’ Here was the explanation of the whole matter. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

You want me to join you, I suppose? I’ll see you damned!” So cold was the stare which met this outburst that I became ashamed of my words while they were yet upon my lips. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Anthony Trollope Certainly we have said some very sharp things of them — words which, whether true or false, whether deserved or undeserved, must have been offensive to them. North America by Anthony Trollope

Charles Kingsley The meaning of the very words “expression” and “composition” prove the truth of my assertion. On English Composition by Charles Kingsley

Silence is of different kinds, and breathes different meanings; no words could inspire a pleasanter content than did M. Paul’s worldless presence. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Cecil sought to soothe him, but his words rushed on with the impetuous course of the passionate memories that arose in him. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

In thy mind turn these words o'er. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Anthony Trollope The girls did not dare to speak after words so serious from the father to the son. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson An epithet or metaphor drawn from Nature ennobles Art; an epithet or metaphor drawn from Art degrades Nature. Gray is too fond of words arbitrarily compounded. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

And this dismal ceremony kept coming before him with the same chants, the same words repeated, and the same faces appearing. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

William Morris But tell me again: was she fierce and rough in words with thee? for what she said to thee thou hast not yet told me. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Some words of hope —‘streams in the desert, and’ — died on his lips, and he crawled from the bed to a cupboard. At the Article of Death by John Buchan

Gertrude Stein If you keep on doing newspaper work you will never see things, you will only see words and that will not do, that is of course if you intend to be a writer. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Gissing Barmby was talking to Jessica Morgan. She caught his words now and then. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope It may be that I am too prone to hope; but surely, if that were altogether beyond hope, you would have found words to tell me so by this time. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I am very anxious not to speak harsh words of the Americans; but when questions arise as to pecuniary arrangements, I find myself forced to acknowledge that great precaution is at any rate necessary. North America by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The last I saw of him he was pouring out that glorious flood of words — his deformed body, poised on the overthrown chair, his face lifted in rapture to some fantastic heaven of his own making. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Andrew Lang No words can paint the fury of her captor at her disappearance. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was to conceal this — which had been as violent as an unexpected blow in the face — that he had moved to the dog, stroked it, said those false sentimental words — the play-actor in him again. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Gissing For some reason, Miriam could not utter the words that one part of her prompted. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Rudyard Kipling Mere words of admiration are impertinent, but the exquisite quality of the French soul has been the marvel to me throughout. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

But what of that? They had behind them, to my mind, the terrific suggestiveness of words heard in dreams, of phrases spoken in nightmares. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

The words had been spoken jestingly, but in the suspicious mood that possessed him he sensed far more than humour behind them. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Caramba! that I should have lived to hear such words from a pig like you. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Babalatchi went on: “At the first hour of the morning he sat up — he so weak — and said plainly some words that were not meant for human ears. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It would be soothing to hear her voice, and to turn to her for words of sympathy in this his hour of darkness. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Charles Dickens When my lips had parted, and had shaped some words that were without sound, I forced myself to tell him (though I could not do it distinctly), that I had been chosen to succeed to some property. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Gissing She sought them out particularly for kind words during tea-time. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

No words can describe how delightful Muirne was—she took the branch; and as to Tuiren, a man could not look at her without becoming angry or dejected. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

The words agitated Mrs. Dodd with many thoughts, but she whispered as calmly as she could, “Let us think of nothing now but this precious life. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

At his last words she wrung her hands together in her lap. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

George Eliot They’ll stuff you with words — no lack of words — but words are wind. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Gissing I have no interest of any kind in Mr. Mutimer.’ The words were spoken hurriedly and with a ring almost of hostility. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Virginia Woolf The sudden bursts of laughter and then one voice (Minta’s) speaking alone, reminded her of men and boys crying out the Latin words of a service in some Roman Catholic cathedral. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Happen such crack-jaw words come easy to a scholar like your ladyship. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jules Verne Fragoso turned round when he heard the words pronounced in pure Brazilian, and not in the mixed idiom of the natives. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

The groom on the grey was murmuring to himself, and to David’s amazement it was Latin. “Ibant obscuri sola sub nocte per umbram,” were the words he spoke. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Unconscious of the bearing of the thing, the mother’s gaze was, riveted on Rybin. He said something; she heard his voice, but the words did not reach the dark emptiness of her heart. Mother by Maksim Gorky

And as I lay and tossed about, the voice in my ears seemed more distinct, and I began to understand the words he had muttered. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

She could play Mendelssohn and Beethoven — plaintive sonatas; tender songs, that had no need of words to expound the mystic meaning of the music. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope But she no longer felt herself divided from her child, and had ceased to believe in the necessity of those terrible words which Mrs Prime had used. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard It is ill to speak such words as these of the parting of lord and thrall. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

George Meredith If it were new to me to find myself interrogating the mind of my beloved, relying on his courage, taking many proofs of his devotion, I might pause to reperuse my words here, without scruple, written. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Wilkie Collins I can’t give it words as you do; but I can come to the point. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry James What I want of you is three simple words that you can utter in three simple seconds. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her words sounded like a warning. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

The words came slow and faint but very clear. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Anthony Trollope But when you come to abuse me I cannot quite take your words as calmly as though there had been—no, shall I say, antecedents? Now about this money. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Eliot She wanted to speak, but the floodgates could not be opened for words alone. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Wilkie Collins We were then passing a street in the neighborhood of Portman Square. I was on the point of speaking again, when the words were suspended on my lips. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

H. G. Wells Never have sane words been so mocked at, and never were saner words uttered. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

To use the words of the learned and indefatigable Horst,35 “the world seemed to be like a large madhouse for witches and devils to play their antics in. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Those words ‘all right,’ seemed to be enough to assure her that the cloud was gone. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Another hurried exchange of words and a meaning look which did not escape the sharp eye of the watchful messenger, and the man turned and gave the parcel into Sweetwater’s hands. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Handel Richardson How to begin, how reduce to a few plain words his subtle tangle of thought and feeling, was the problem. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins I had no opportunity of discovering whether her purpose of the morning had changed or not, until she wished Sir Percival good-night — and then her own words informed me that it was unaltered. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins At the same moment Hester Dethridge’s slate was passed stealthily between her eyes and the note — with these words traced on it. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Rudyard Kipling She could not stand the poky little lodgings, and she missed her servant Abdullah more than words could tell. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

James Joyce Stephen felt his heart filled by Fleming’s words and did not answer. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

H. Rider Haggard Then he spoke in a thick voice: “I did not think to live to hear such words from the lips of Eric Brighteyes. They are well earned, yet it is unmanly of thee, lord, thus to taunt one who loves thee. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

F. Scott Fitzgerald Dick remained in his seat wearing an odd expression; then he crashed into words with a harsh ineptness. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

James Joyce Stephen, shielding the gaping wounds which the words had left in his heart, said very coldly: — I am not thinking of the offence to my mother. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins At the first words of greeting that passed between us I perceived a change in her manner, which ran in the opposite extreme. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Rudyard Kipling Sahib,” Imam Din turned to Strickland, “our Sahib answered to those false words as a horse of blood answers to the spur. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Edith Wharton With his last gust of words the flame had died out, leaving him chill and humbled. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Anthony Trollope She nodded her head, heard a few more words from Lady Drummond, and then, with a pretty apology and a statement made so that all should hear her, that her aunt wanted her, followed the maid up-stairs. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I was still absorbed in choosing my cigar, when I heard these words behind me — spoken in a foreign accent and in a woman’s voice: “Leave me directly, sir! I wish to have nothing to say to you. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Guy de Maupassan They sat around him to listen to him; they greeted him with words of applause, and called him Scheherazade. Romantin did not come back. A Queer Night in Paris (Une Soirée) by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope I will not pick my words for you. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

No words could be more appropriate to be the last words of one who was so soon to be in his own person such an instance of their truth. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

The words were distinctly audible by snatches. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope Every word that his brother said was in truth an insult,—being, as they were, the first words spoken after so long an interval. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Meredith He says, ‘It’s hard for an old man’—these are his words ‘it’s hard for an old man to hear his daughter called . Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Everett lectures without any book or paper before him, and continues from first to last as though the words came from him on the spur of the moment. North America by Anthony Trollope

Nothing is easier than to admit in words the truth of the universal struggle for life, or more difficult — at least I have found it so — than constantly to bear this conclusion in mind. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The words were scarce out of his mouth, before I rose, and rushed out with a shout that electrified him. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Louisa May Alcott I owe it all to you and Mother and Beth,” said Jo, more touched by her father’s words than by any amount of praise from the world. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Guy de Maupassan He seemed more spirited, and his words and tones were more manly. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

George Eliot The words of hatred and contempt — the first he had ever heard in his life — seemed like scorching missiles that were making ineffaceable scars on him. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Bring me in safety to my mother, she had said; and these words now presented themselves distinctly to her memory. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Zona Gale Since one mind dwells in us all, we have no need of words of cheer. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

George Eliot She would not reply to words which showed how completely any conception of herself and her feelings was excluded from her son’s inward world. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

John Galsworthy The words “How amusing!” floated back, and a soft echoing snigger. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

We heard jeers, mockery, threats — words of wonder and words of contempt. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Wilkie Collins He would doubtless discover it for himself, by a plain process of inference, before she said many words more, frame them as carefully as she might. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle I wanted to say to you how sorry I am about the stupid mistake I made in thinking that you were Sir Henry. Please forget the words I said, which have no application whatever to you. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Elizabeth Von Arnim What, precisely, had these words meant? And to which of the three had they been addressed? They none of them had an idea. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Anthony Trollope As I read the pages which I have written, I feel that words which I intended for blessings when I prepared to utter them have gone nigh to turn themselves into curses. North America by Anthony Trollope

These words show that the power of speech especially makes men renowned. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

They had penetrated the thin disguise of clothes, and it was then that I silently wished in Portia’s words that “God might grant them a fair departure. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Forget herself! I looked at you to see how these insulting words would affect you. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Benjamin Disraeli I will write: I cannot speak now; it is impossible; but beware of him; you are so young’” “I have no words now to thank you, dear Miss Fane, for this. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Gissing The words were spoken with an entire absence of womanish consternation; the voice trembled a little, but for all that there was calm courage in its sound. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Leon Trotsky This does not mean that I repeated his words and gestures a bit late, but that I learned from him to arrive independently at the same decision. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Francis Bacon The syllogism consists of propositions, propositions consist of words, words are symbols of notions. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Now tell us in your own words exactly what you mean. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

The General, finding that he could not have his words translated, ceased to speak in Italian, and recurred to his accustomed French; he became eloquent. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Now, when old Falieri saw the angelic maiden, he was quite taken aback by her wonderful beauty, and was scarcely able to stammer out a few unintelligible words as he sued for her hand. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

There was even some hint of a flirtation between her and the real Brian,‘— these last words were spoken with intense bitterness — ‘and I thought it was time I should claim my own. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Charles Dickens The very first words I heard them interchange as I became conscious, were the words of my own thought, “Two One Pound notes. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Charles Dickens You trust a great deal too much to your Snitcheys, I think, and I hope you may never find my words come true. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Rudyard Kipling And words come out of literature — even if you make no other use of it. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

He found it physically difficult to bring any words out. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

It is summed up in four frightful words which people nowadays are chary of uttering, but which were bandied about quite freely in my childhood. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Warned by the last words of the young king, he came out just in time to salute him on his passage, and to follow him with his eyes till he had disappeared in the corridor. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Rudyard Kipling He knew his words would sink deep. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

What had happened during this interval? I had a confused memory of having seen Clifton’s face at my bedside, but I was sure that no words had passed between us. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green