Phrases with "worth"

Victor Hugo Besides, what did the service she rendered him cost her? A service is worth what it costs. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith Tresten stares at her, owns she is worth a struggle. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

It might be true, and if this was the case it would not be worth while to risk gaol by breaking into an empty house. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

If Richard James Wilberforce’s name to a cheque ain’t worth something, I don’t know whose is, and so you may take it from me. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

William Godwin Short as was the time in which Mary composed her Answer to Burke’s Reflections, there was one anecdote she told me concerning it, which seems worth recording in this place. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There’s sixty thousand poundth’ worth of jewelth there. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Guy de Maupassan Tell him from me to buy to-morrow ten thousand francs’ worth of Moroccan stock which is at seventy-two, and I predict that before three months are passed he will have made eighty thousand francs. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Anatole France Oh, I know very well that all this is not worth the trouble that a woman takes in giving herself to a man; but it is a trouble that is worth something, because my trouble is myself, my life. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Edmund Burke It may be worth while to examine how darkness can operate in such a manner as to cause pain. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

You gentlemen may laughperhaps some of you come from London way — but it seems to me that a witness like that is worth a gallon of arguments. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Henry David Thoreau Though it prevents my hoeing them, it is of far more worth than my hoeing. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

I’ve put in a solid five weeks now on it myself and yet I cannot say that I’ve struck anything worth mentioning at all. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Anthony Trollope It has often been my lot, I doubt not, to be so cheated; but then I have been cheated with a grace that has been worth all the money. North America by Anthony Trollope

James Anthony Froude His life will be a failure, which he will not dare to offer as a fit account of himself, or as worth a serious regard. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The only person to whom they are really worth the money is the person to whom they belong. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

There were other books so obscure that it hardly seems worth mentioning them, and magazine stories of which I remember nothing except that the old homestead always seemed to have a mortgage on it. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Joseph Furphy Will I have a try?” “Not worth while, Jack,” I replied. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anthony Trollope But it would be worth while to avoid it, seeing how much he has in his power. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Down she went in twenty fathoms before you could have dealt for whist, with fifty thousand pounds worth of gold aboard, it was said, in one form or another. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Elizabeth Von Arnim They firmly believe that it is thus their presents are brought, and it is such a charming idea that Christmas would be worth celebrating for its sake alone. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Anthony Trollope There are certain luxuries which a man will find to be expensive; but, for all that, they may be worth their price. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Was the wreck worth more than we supposed? A sudden heat was kindled in my brain; the bids were nearing Longhurst’s limit of five thousand; another minute, and all would be too late. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H. G. Wells Love! to have YOU is worth them all together. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

And so it fel upon a day, For soth as I yow telle may, Sir Thopas wold out ryde; He worth upon his steede gray, And in his hond a launcegay, A long sword by his syde. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Virginia Woolf This farce is worth no more formal celebration. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Jules Verne They were not men to mind the wind tearing at their hair, nor the rain wetting them to the skin, and a blow from a hammer is worth just as much in bad as in fine weather. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

It’s like this,” he went on, “the bikes worth forty quid if it’s worth a penny, but I had arranged to sell it to a chap at Mitcham for thirty. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

He’ll jump at it if I will make it worth his while. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Tobias Smolle We met with no adventures upon the road worth reciting. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

How they got out of the State goodness only knows, and where they are now it’d be worth almost a king’s ransom to find out. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

They had given him up as if indeed he had been too far, too hopelessly separated from themselves, to be worth an appealing word, a glance, or a sign. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

It would have been as much as the life of the Committee or its German masters was worth to lay a hand on us, for we clung together like leeches and we were not in the habit of sticking at trifles. Greenmantle by John Buchan

His name in literature was so considerable that Filippo Villani thought it worth while to write his life. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Is liberal, not extravagant; reported to be worth about 5000 pounds per year, and appearances give color to this statement. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Business is business, I know, or I’d have never had anything to do with it, but when we’re all going to be set up for life with plenty of cash, any risk is worth taking. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle Parkman is worth reading, if it were only for his account of the Indians. Perhaps the very strangest thing about them, and the most unaccountable, is their small numbers. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

But I have heard this greatly disputed; and it seems now generally agreed, that one good horse-shoe is worth about 2 1/4 Spital sermons. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn If the story is true of the £300, pray give dear Ellen £20, and insist on her drinking £5 worth of wine yearly to be paid out of the £300 a year. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Dick had got over a hundred thousand for it, but it had been worth more. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

G. K. Chesterton One considerable family connected with the family business, merely in the way of business, may be worth mentioning for quite other reasons. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Gissing But the stock, I guarantee, is worth two hundred. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells And he is worth what you can give him. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Jonathan Swif I have settled Dr. King in the Gazette; it will be worth two hundred pounds a year to him. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

I’ll put the finishing touch to you, my young officer, providing you’re worth the trouble. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Anthony Trollope Corn was in such plenty — Indian-corn, that is, or maize — that it was not worth the farmer’s while to prepare it for market. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope In one breath she tries to bribe me to give you up, and in the next she wants to convince me that you are not worth keeping. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He may be worth my affection, but I know that that Mahomet M. M. is not. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

But they said that you were killed, and I thought then — then — it was not worth while; it would have broken my father’s heart. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Rudyard Kipling But isn’t it good? Isn’t it thundering good? Wasn’t it worth the whiskey? I did it. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jane Austen Poor Brandon! he is quite smitten already, and he is very well worth setting your cap at, I can tell you, in spite of all this tumbling about and spraining of ankles. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Andrew Lang But, in the present state of the fashion, a really rare uncut Elzevir may be worth hundreds of pounds, while a cropped example scarcely fetches as many shillings. The Library by Andrew Lang

William Morris And in good sooth I thank thee for thy heedful care of me, and wish I were better worth it. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Rafael Sabatini It shows the worth of your vigilance. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

He noticed that Verrall’s pony was a beautiful Arab, a mare, with proud neck and arching, plume-like tail; a lovely milk-white thing, worth several thousands of rupees. Burmese Days by George Orwell

On this assumption Halliday concluded that Penn could not speak out, and bothered himself for hours as to whether it would be worth while to ask the secretary questions. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

George Meredith Remembering those men who had looked at her admiringly, “Am I worth looking at?” she said; and it gave her some pleasure to think that she had it still in her power to destroy a thing of value. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Arnold Bennett If you read a lot of poetry, it’s worth buying. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ha! William, they advance upon us; and, by my soul! it is a sight that is worth coming over the seas to see. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Walter Scott If I could transfer thy long visage to canvass, I should have both my revenge and my money; for a correct resemblance would be worth not a penny less than the original has cost me. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

John Lewis Burckhard Of hardware, the most current articles are razors, of that quality which, in Germany, from whence they come, may be worth three pence each; at Cairo, they are sold wholesale for twelve paras apiece. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

I wonder what it’s worth now?” “Yes, but you and Father are worth more, too,” remarked Stella acutely. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

E. F. Benson Not worth repeating, but it amused Georgie and me. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Radclyffe Hall But the book seemed scarcely worth troubling to read, so that presently Stephen laid it aside and sat staring into the flickering logs that hummed and burnt blue because it was frosty. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Four hundred pounds worth of jewellery seems to him an excellent haul. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A diamond cross, worth all the rest of her presents put together, flashed soft lights from a background of dull velvet. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

They are supposed to be one of the finest collections in the world, and are worth a quarter of a million pounds. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

These birds were worth a lot of money, and this fellow Holt has pushed off, all in a minute so to speak, burying and burning before he went. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Edith Wharton Since we took up Xingu I might almost say — were it not for your books — that nothing else seems to us worth remembering. Xingu by Edith Wharton [1916]

But it is worth noticing that the caravan-dwellers don’t even save money by living there, for they are paying about the same rents as they would for houses. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Anthony Trollope I have told you everything now; and if, after this, you can think me worth having, I can only promise that I will endeavour, at some future time, to do my duty to you as your wife. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Arthur Morrison But the police knew the worth of such talk, and the search went on. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

T. E. Lawrence After the capture of Akaba the price became respectable; while after we blew up Jemal Pasha they put Ali and me at the head of their list; worth twenty thousand pounds alive or ten thousand dead. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Wilkie Collins Call it a freak or fancy; worth trying perhaps as a bold experiment, and worth nothing more. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Kate Chopin She did not deem it worth while to go in search of any of the fashionable acquaintances from whom she had withdrawn herself. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Hawthorne’s comparatively passive endurance was of infinitely greater worth than any active irruption into the outer world would have been. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Theodore Dreiser This soap is worth anywhere at this moment eleven dollars and seventy-five cents a case. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

The booty was worth at least £5,000 if it was worth a shilling — he must have £100 cash when the cart stopped at Blicks’s door. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Isabella Bird He is a brave fellow, and with a large amount of the mingled simplicity and cunning of a savage has a great deal of thought, information, and ability, and a talk with him is worth having. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Wilkie Collins There were two witnesses of the assault, and it’s worth a hundred pounds to me if it’s worth a farthing. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

I can easily dispose of six hundred thousand francs’ worth to Monsieur. I am certain yours are the most beautiful. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

I am well off, and my estate should be worth about 40,000. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells It is unusual, I know, nowadays to do things like this — mainly because there is so little in life that is worth being violent about. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Many other anecdotes are related, which even though they may be a little exaggerated, are nevertheless worth preserving, as shewing the spirit of that singular period. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Frances Hodgson Burnett A white little soul hidden away in peace, and sitting smiling over her sewing of small garments is worth making a pilgrimage to. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anne Bronte Receive, coldly and dispassionately, every attention, till you have ascertained and duly considered the worth of the aspirant; and let your affections be consequent upon approbation alone. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Rudyard Kipling I’ve been a matter of eight or ten years in it, and my views aren’t worth much. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anna Katherine Green What do you think, Mr. Gryce? Is it worth looking into?” “It is worth my looking into. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

G. K. Chesterton It is worth while to dwell upon this preliminary point of the ground of Browning’s obscurity, because it involves an important issue about him. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Ford Madox Ford It’s as much as my job is worth . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Wilkie Collins The first moth that I had snared was a large one, and a specimen well worth securing. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Rudyard Kipling Ivry woman that was not a witch was worth the runnin’ afther in those days, an’ ivry man was my dearest frind or — I had stripped to him an’ we knew which was the betther av the tu. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson So often that it’s literally not worth mentioning. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

M. P. Shiel They say ‘one love is worth the other’; but unthankfulness is ever the world’s repayment. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

You couldn’t stop till the next mob starts, I suppose? I’d make it worth your while. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Henry Fielding Indeed, I was greatly surprised how he came to be worth that little sum, and no less at his being acquainted with my own wants. Amelia by Henry Fielding

George Gissing Oh! that wasn’t worth talking about, said Turpin; but the lady insisted, and money changed hands. Miss Rodney's Leisure by George Gissing

William Blades Originally worth at least £800, it was then worth half, and, of course, I energetically drew the attention of the minister in charge to it, as well as to another grand Folio by Rood and Hunte, 1480. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Edith Wharton But with the potentate it would have been only a question of matching values; of convincing him of the material worth of what was offered. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Charles Dickens Argued with the jury on substantial worldly grounds — the only grounds ever worth taking into account — it was a plain case, and had not a weak spot in it. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Also, the man had said it would be worth a half-note to anyone who would give him the numbers on their registration plates or tell him anything interesting about them. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Elizabeth Gaskell Disheartened and angry, he went home at night, declaring it was time lost; that dressmaking was at all events a troublesome business, and not worth learning. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Jules Verne Notwithstanding, the thing was well worth while trying, and a part of Pencroft’s large checked handkerchief was soon reduced to the state of a half-burnt rag. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

And it was a theory with him that what was worth printing was invariably worth paying for, so he returned the manuscript to its author in the sincere hope that it might yet meet its deserts. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Anthony Trollope If, after the promises she had made to him, she would not wait for him without farther words and farther vows, she would not be worth the having. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne Was it worth while to rear this massive edifice to be a desert in the heart of the town and populous only for a few hours of each seventh day? Oh, but the church is a symbol of religion. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

It is as evidence of the sincerity of the religious sentiment in the minds of a semi-savage people,20 that I have thought the incident worth telling. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

G. K. Chesterton It’s worth knowing all this, you know. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Arnold Bennett Nobody appeared to consider it worth while to discuss the possible reasons for his sudden arrival. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The goal towards which I have been working for years is worth while. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Sir Richard Burton I have spun a trifle of yarn which I will carry to the market street and sell it and buy with what it may be worth some victual for thee. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Theodore Dreiser It was only when he could get nothing but insults that death seemed worth while. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Handel Richardson She did, however, tell him that his help would be worth a great deal more to her if he talked less and did not always look for an answer to what he said. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

William Makepeace Thackeray It was, however, a great comfort to get the passport, and the pocket-book, which must be worth about ninepence. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

H. G. Wells That, at any rate, is the sort of thing one hears demanded, and if only because the demand rests upon implications that reach far beyond the region of language, it is worth considering here. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Henry James He took the liberty of suggesting to Newman a slight modification in the composition of a certain fish-sauce; he thought it would be worth mentioning to the cook. The American by Henry James [1877]

Maria Edgeworth He saw, heard, and understood nothing, till he reached Paris. It has been said that the traveller without sensibility may travel from Dan to Beersheba, without finding any thing worth seeing. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

T. H. Huxley One fact with which it is positively inconsistent is worth as much, and as powerful in negativing the hypothesis, as five hundred. Essays by T. H. Huxley

M. P. Shiel Fifty of ’em aren’t worth one Rolls, I think. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Besides, he told himself, there was nothing to be gained by quarrelling, for Jones was a most efficient colleague, and with all his pompous manners, was always worth listening to. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Willa Cather But a nice little girl like that — she’s worth the whole litter. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Henry Adams An administrator, organizer, manager, with mediaeval qualities of energy and will, but no education beyond his special branch, would probably be worth at least ten times as much. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Jonathan Swif Could you have guessed the “Shower in Town” to be mine? How chance you did not see that before your last letter went? but I suppose you in Ireland did not think it worth mentioning. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Oh, grant us a good hour, and take us to Thy mercy! But to the last those young days will be remembered and worth remembering; for be we what else we may, young mortals we shall never be again. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It seemed my only chance of seeing you; and the sight was worth a journey. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Anyone would guess he’d be carrying a bit of money with him, and he’d be worth holding up, any night. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Daniel Defoe There I think I carried off a piece of bone-lace, worth six or seven pounds, and a paper of thread. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Thomas Hardy Jude agreed with her that it would not be worth while to insist upon her right to stay a week, but to take immediate steps for removal. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

William Dampier A quart jar there is worth sixpence. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

I consider that, with the chenille swallow, it is worth thirty shillings. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Willa Cather Some day the land itself will be worth more than all we can ever raise on it. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

The other thing, the current thing, why! it’s worth as much as the chastity of a monkey kept in a cage by itself!” I put my foot in a chair, and urged my case upon him. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Sir Walter Scott My loss is not much worth speaking about; but Sir Arthur’s engagements are, I understand, very deep, and my heart aches for him and the poor young lady who must share his distress. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Ford Madox Ford Where did you get this job lot? Ashford market: thirty pounds: it’s worth more . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Lewis Carroll Why, the smoke alone is worth a thousand pounds a puff!’ Alice thought to herself, ‘Then there’s no use in speaking. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

At half past four the Italian told me that I could stop working, but that it was not worth going out, as we began at five. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim You can murder an American official, if you think it worth while,” he added. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Horrid bore — dreadful bosh; but anything is worth bearing if money is to be made of it — good, sure, sterling money. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Robert Louis Stevenson This is always supposing Mr. Balfour, that your evidence is worth so very great a measure of both risk and fash. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

R. D. Blackmore Surely you will not refuse to hear what made me so anxious about this bauble, which now will be worth ten times as much. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Henry David Thoreau It is worth going to see Where you might be. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

It was a considerable stake to play for, and well worth a trifling risk. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I think it is worth preserving, don’t you?’ ‘Dear Cecily,’ I responded, ‘you have a frugal mind. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Charles Dickens But he’s worth a dozen men, and I let him say of me whatever he likes in consequence — he knows that. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Arthur Morrison Come, that’s worth it, ain’t it? Eight hundred an’ odd quid — in a leather pocket-book! An’ I’ll go you halves. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Jack London Therefore your dogmatic assertions and rash generalizations on things historical and sociological are not worth the breath you waste on them. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Henry David Thoreau We should never cheat and insult and banish one another by our meanness, if there were present the kernel of worth and friendliness. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Sinclair Lewis Pays pretty good but gets his money’s worth and then some. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins When the bills are due, you will see for yourself if my ‘talk! talk!’ is worth something, or if it is not. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Trollope But Lord Castlewell felt as he went home that this girl was worth more than other girls. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

No luxury was worth the procuring unless it were to add to her comfort or enjoyment. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle Jewels worth half a million missing. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

She even told herself that, after all, she was now receiving far more than ten pounds’ worth of comfort and quiet. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Life itself, as soon as it gets beyond mere vegetation, is notoriously full of irony: and no imitation of it which dispenses with the seasoning can be worth much. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then it’s worth livin’ again. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Thomas Carlyle Blamable Idolatry is Cant, and even what one may call Sincere–Cant. Sincere–Cant: that is worth thinking of! Every sort of Worship ends with this phasis. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Hardy If she were worth her salt she would have too much pride to be intimate with a youth in your unassured position, to say no worse. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Charles Dickens But she was worth the trouble. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

Fullalove’s worth came too true: it was the swordfish and the whale: it was a fight of hammer and anvil; one hit, the other made a noise. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Sinclair Lewis I’ll make it worth your while, manager. Let’s Play King by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle And that grey coat on me is worth five hundred pounds; that was for you also. The Lonely Hampshire Cottage by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells The vision of a world at peace and liberated for an unending growth of knowledge and power is worth every danger of the way. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Take the Colossus of Rhodes, for instance, that’s worth something. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

George Meredith Your administration of Justice is worth all your battles there. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

When thus trained, “Ariel” is supposed to be worth half a napoleon. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

The Baltic must be freezing, for wild fowl were coming in plentifully, though too thin to be worth shooting. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

I have here ten million francs’ worth of shares in the European Credit belonging to Cayrol. We will give the cashier a joint receipt for them. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

The first half of the chain is in my hands, and the second half will be worth nothing without it. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Jules Verne But it has also its histories, which are worth something more. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

No, there would be a lot of risk stirring the muddy waters and it isn’t worth it. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Stone was delighted, as all the years he had known Larose, as he had impressed upon the Chief Commissioner of Police, Larose’s ideas had always been worth considering. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

I am worth my weight in gold, parole d’honneur!” “Monsieur, I cannot open the door till you have told me your name. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Mark Twain I liked the nigger for that; I tell you, gentlemen, a nigger like that is worth a thousand dollars — and kind treatment, too. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Perhaps he did not think them worth notice. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

I don’t care to hear the new songs, they are so poor and frivolous: the old ones are worth a king’s ransom. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

George Meredith He read the letter, dizzy with pain, and with the frankness proper to inflated spirits after loss of blood, he owned to himself that it was not worth much as a prize. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Though he died from lack of nourishment and exhaustion under a bush by the wayside, his emaciated body would still be worth twenty thousand francs. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

But at some time or other somebody had been there who knew what books are worth reading and what are not. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

M. P. Shiel It is true that I am rather above being punished by the law for them, but my name would be quite blighted, and my life nothing worth to me. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

George Gissing And here, you see, I’ve made five pounds at a stroke—five pounds! Suppose I make that every now and then, it’s worth the trouble, you know—it mounts up. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Henry James Now he’d wait again — dear Bid was thoroughly worth it. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Margaret Oliphant Now after he had passed this curious probation, whatever it was, what a life opened before him! He did not even know how important it was, how much worth living. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Guy de Maupassan I intended buying ten thousand francs’ worth of the stock; instead, I will take twenty thousand and you can have half. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

But this is a mean request; your orders will be worth little if they do not hold you to them, wherefore embark. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Fanny Fern Goodness knows you weren’t worth bringing back; but when I set out to have my own way, Mr. Skiddy, Mount Vesuvius shan’t stop me. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Anthony Trollope He knew well that Crocker, as a public servant, was not worth his salt. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Meredith I doubt her thinking men worth the trouble. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

While on the subject of superstition, it may be worth mentioning what long ago struck me as a singular instance of the effect of supernatural impression on the uncultivated mind. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Henry James She even resented a little her kinswoman’s not having reasoned that she and the girls would come in any event, and not thought them worth staying in for. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

The vessel belongs to the order; it is worth seventeen millions of livres; you will see that it is claimed; here are the bills of landing. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Radclyffe Hall It never occurred to her for one moment that she would not get her own way in the end; it hardly seemed worth worrying about. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Andrew Lang But, on the whole, a book brought out merely for the sake of display, is generally a book ill “got up,” and not worth reading. The Library by Andrew Lang

Daniel Defoe My mother was convicted of felony for a certain petty theft scarce worth naming, viz. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Anthony Trollope The joint property of the two was, however, at its present market price, worth £12,000 —£10,000 would make him a free man. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

The usual trade medium is a metal rod; two of these are worth a franc if of brass, while three of copper represent two francs. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Thomas Hardy I had a good mind to tell you then, but fancying it would go off in a few days, I thought it was not worth while. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Theodore Dreiser Her criticism of Lester’s relationship with Jennie was not that she was not worth while, but that conditions made it impolitic. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

In this way the trouble and risk of keeping his things through the voyage are avoided, and the clothes are usually sold for more than they would be worth on shore. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

George Gissing Why, it ought to be worth five or six hundred to me at least. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Sinclair Lewis Well, old Paulski, I guess we’ve seen everything that’s worth while. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling And soa he went on, backin’ an’ fillin’ an’ workin’ up t’ awd lass wal she felt as if her life warn’t worth nowt if she didn’t hev t’ dog. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]