be moderate; allay thy ecstasy; In measure rain thy joy; scant this excess; I feel too much thy blessing; make it less, For fear I surfeit!
William Shakespeare -- The Merchant of Venice
"Gentlemen," I said at last, as the party ascended the steps, "I delight to have allayed your suspicions."
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Black Cat
I hadn’t witnessed anything at Danbury to allay my fear of childbirth, but for the first time I had some tiny insight on the mother-child relationship.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
Henri isn’t my father, but I always say he is to allay suspicion.
Pittacus Lore -- I Am Number Four
…in Charlotte, North Carolina, came to naught not only because of her sullen taunts, as I pumped away athwart her aging loins, that I was "slower’n a broke-kneed turtle," nor only because I was desensitized by the oceans of beer I had drunk to allay my initial anxiety, but additionally, I confess, because during the befuddled preliminaries a combination of delaying tactics and fear of disease had caused me somehow to don two condoms—a fact which I discovered to my dismay when she…
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
The medical team’s main concerns—damage to my spinal cord, airway, veins, and arteries—have been allayed.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
He said and did things then that filled me with a fear that no words of Saruman could allay.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
To allay it, I shall today search the entire ship carefully from stem to stern.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
The tumult of Elizabeth’s mind was allayed by this conversation.
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
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Her anxieties, that their life together is a temporary blessing, that soon it will come loose again in strips and tatters, are allayed.
Khaled Hosseini -- A Thousand Splendid Suns
The first week went by without any sign of the Ra’zac, which allayed some of Eragon’s fears.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
I exclaimed: and indeed there was something in the hasty and unexplanatory reply which, instead of allaying, piqued my curiosity more than ever.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
But the fever, allayed for an instant, gradually resumed possession of him.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
The other suspicion was allayed.
Jack London -- White Fang
Her resentment, which to other and older people might be as laughable as its cause, was in no whit allayed and softened by time seemingly.
Lucy Maud Montgomery -- Anne Of Green Gables
If by your art, my dearest father, you have Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.
William Shakespeare -- The Tempest
The truth lies atween you: you’re both right and both wrong, as I allays say.
George Eliot -- Silas Marner
The ladies knew better how to allay it.
Jane Austen -- Emma
Even if he had been certain that all the progressives were fools like him, it would not have allayed his uneasiness.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
If there was any danger of friction or collision from the ill-regulated zeal of so many young operators, her gentle "Come! come!" or "I wouldn’t, now," was quite sufficient to allay the difficulty.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
She was bien souffrante, and she was filled with vague dread, which only her husband’s presence could allay.
Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
But it was especially the aspect of the three chief officers of the ship, the mates, which was most forcibly calculated to allay these colourless misgivings, and induce confidence and cheerfulness in every presentment of the voyage.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
Later, as the company sits drinking wine before dinner, Helen pours into their cups a few drops of a drug described as nepenthes, which allays pain and makes men forget their sorrows.
Homer -- The Odyssey
He took the old man’s right hand by the wrist and held it, to allay his fear.
Homer -- The Iliad
Still, she felt her pulse, and finding it throb violently she remembered that the best method of dispelling such illusions was to drink, for a draught of the beverage prepared by the doctor to allay her fever seemed to cause a reaction of the brain, and for a short time she suffered less.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
During the last day and night new fears had come, but new feelings had helped to allay those fears.
Richard Wright -- Native Son
It allays a feverish thirst that had parched me for many days.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Birthmark
He would have withdrawn from the feast had not the noise of voices allayed the smart.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
Whether his meditations were so intense as to be disturbed by the dog’s winking, or whether his feelings were so wrought upon by his reflections that they required all the relief derivable from kicking an unoffending animal to allay them, is matter for argument and consideration.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
As it crossed the bridge, with a slow, suspicious motion, I withdrew, and hastily rejoined my little party, which was preparing to garrison our fortress in warlike array, but with considerable trepidation, which my presence served in a measure to allay.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
But now I trust to God the term is come that my pain shall be allayed, that I shall pass out of this world so as it was promised me long ago.
Thomas Malory -- Le Morte D’Arthur
The measure of Count Fenring’s friendship may be seen first in a positive thing: he allayed the Landsraad’s suspicions after the Arrakis Affair.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
She noted—with that acute sense of hers—that she had succeeded in completely allaying Sir Andrew’s fears.
Baroness Orczy -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
But made into a gruel it allayed the children’s craving for a time and put something into their distended, empty bellies.
Pearl S. Buck -- The Good Earth
This furious music allayed his dread and, leaning against the windowledge, he let his eyelids close again.
James Joyce -- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The frock was of light silk, and clung to her with wet, and her feet were protected merely by thin slippers; add to this a deep cut under one ear, which only the cold prevented from bleeding profusely, a white face scratched and bruised, and a frame hardly able to support itself through fatigue; and you may fancy my first fright was not much allayed when I had had leisure to examine her.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
Bethink yourself wherein you may have offended him: and at my entreaty forbear his presence until some little time hath qualified the heat of his displeasure; which at this instant so rageth in him that with the mischief of your person it would scarcely allay.
William Shakespeare -- King Lear
They were of sobering tendency; they allayed agitation; they composed, and consequently must make her happier.
Jane Austen -- Persuasion
Alex, it is too much to expect that your mutual suspicions will be allayed by something so small as this.
Tom Clancy -- The Hunt for Red October
Evening meditation and morning work somewhat allayed her fears, and having decided that she wouldn’t be vain enough to think people were going to propose when she had given them every reason to know what her answer would be, she set forth at the appointed time, hoping Teddy wouldn’t do anything to make her hurt his poor feelings.
Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women
—When the Prince of Eternity kissed the Princess of the World, her resistance was allayed.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
But this priviledge, is allayed by another; and that is, by the priviledge of Absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man onely.
Thomas Hobbes -- Leviathan
His company allayed my grief, and made my habitation comfortable; and when I reflected that the solitary life to which I had been so long confined, had made me to look further towards Heaven, by making me the instrument under Providence, to save the life, and for ought I know, the soul of this poor savage, by bringing him to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, it caused a secret joy to spread through every part of my soul; and I frequently rejoiced, that ever I was brought to this place,…
Daniel Defoe -- Robinson Crusoe
Somehow we must needs find a way to allay their concerns and the concerns of those like them, for even if I am king, I will have to give them a fair hearing if I am to retain the support of the clans.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
"Be calm, Dmitri Fyodorovitch," said the investigating lawyer evidently trying to allay Mitya’s excitement by his own composure.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
That’s the fault I have to find wi’ you, Bessy; if you see a stick i’ the road, you’re allays thinkin’ you can’t step over it.
George Eliot -- The Mill on the Floss
Then something in his manner puzzled people and failed to allay the distrust which his profession naturally inspired.
E.M. Forster -- A Passage to India
He hath indeed,—almost natural: for, besides that he’s a fool, he’s a great quarreller; and, but that he hath the gift of a coward to allay the gust he hath in quarrelling, ’tis thought among the prudent he would quickly have the gift of a grave.
William Shakespeare -- Twelfth Night
"Not more than a drought of St Dunstan’s fountain will allay," answered the priest; "something there is of a whizzing in my brain, and of instability in my legs, but you shall presently see both pass away."