Triviality and over-childishness and naivety.—H. Sweet. Agrippa himself was primarily a paradox-monger. Many of his successors were in dead earnest, and their repetition of his ingenuities becomes banal in the extreme. Bercher himself can by no means be acquitted of this charge of banality.—Times.
His style, which is pleasant and diffuse without being distinguished, is more suited to the farm and the simple country life than to the complexities of the human character.—Times. His character and that of his wife are sketched with a certain distinction.—Times. And set to look back over the whole is to feel that in one case only has she really achieved that perfection of intimism which is her proper goal.—Times. The reference to the English nonconformists was a graceful amend to them for being so passionate an Oxonian and churchman.—Morley. And in her presentation of the mode of life of the respectable middle classes, the most meticulous critic will not easily catch her tripping.—Times.
My landlady entered bearing what she called 'her best lamp' alit.—Corelli.
But every year pleaded stronger and stronger for the Earl's conception.—J. R. Green.
The silence that underlaid the even voice of the breakers along the sea front.—Kipling.
I met a lad who took a paper from a package that he carried and thrust it into my unwilling hand. I suspected him of having laid in wait for the purpose.—R. G. White.
I am not sure that yours and my efforts would suffice separately; but yours and mine together cannot possibly fail.
Black bodies, reflecting none or but a few rays—Burke. You altered the succession to theirs, as well as to your own crown.—Burke. They and we, and their and our ancestors, have been happy under that system.—Burke.
And then it is its panache, its careless a-moral Renaissance romance.—Times. But she is perfectly natural, and while perfectly amoral, no more immoral than a bird or a kitten.—Times.
There was no social or economic jealousy between them, no racial aversion.—Times. Concessions which, besides damaging Hungary by raising racial and language questions of all kinds, would...—Times. The action of foreign countries as to their coastal trade.—Times. Her riverine trade.—Westminster Gazette.
What she was pleased to term their superior intelligence, and more real and reliable probity.—C. Brontë (Villette, 1853).
I have heretofore designated the misuse of certain words as Briticisms.—R. G. White.
The sordor and filths of nature, the sun shall dry up.—Emerson.
Merely nodding his head as an enjoinder to be careful.—Dickens.
Oppositely, the badness of a walk that is shuffling, and an utterance that is indistinct is alleged.—Spencer.
Again, as if to intensate the influences that are not of race, what we think of when we talk of English traits really narrows itself to a small district.—Emerson.
The inner, religiously moral perfectioning of individuals.—Times. She liked the quality of mind which may be broadly called sensibleness.—Times.
M. Delcassé, speaking extemporaneously but with notes, said...—Times. And now, Mdlle St. Pierre's affected interference provoked contumacity.—C. Brontë. It is often a very easy thing to act prudentially, but alas! too often only after we have toiled to our prudence through a forest of delusions.—De Quincey.
The series of administrative reforms planned by the Convention had been partially carried into effect before the meeting of Parliament in 1654; but the work was pushed on.—J. R. Green. That the gravity of the situation is partially appreciated by the bureaucracy may be inferred from...—Times.
Of all societies ... not even excepting the Roman Republic, England has been the most emphatically ... political.—Morley. The Minister was obliged to present the Budget before May each year, excepting in the event of the Cortes having been dissolved.—Times. The sojourn of belligerent ships in French waters has never been limited excepting by certain clearly defined rules.—Times. Excepting the English, French, and Austrian journalists present, no one had been admitted.—Times.
By suspending conscription and restoring the immovability of the Judges.—Times.
An ordinary reader, if asked what was the main impression given by the Short History of the English People, would answer that it was the impression of picturesqueness and vividity.—Bryce.
Dr. John and his mother were in their finest mood, contending animatedly with each other the whole way.—C. Brontë. Where the gate opens, or the gateless path turns aside trustedly.—Ruskin. 'That's not a very kind speech,' I said somewhat vexedly.—Corelli. However, I determinedly smothered all premonitions.—Corelli. I saw one or two passers-by looking at me so surprisedly that I came to the conclusion...—Corelli. I stared bewilderedly up at the stars.—Corelli.