I think of them most warmly, as I do my natural parents, but to neither would I ascribe the business of having reared me, for it seems clear that it was the purposeful society that did so, and really nothing and no one else.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
No real revelation in all this: in modern times most of the mischief ascribed to the military has been wrought with the advice and consent of civil authority.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I did not ascribe any intentions to these men.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
To him ascribe all sin.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Lost Souls
She didn’t hesitate with her response: it was the tendency of people to ascribe mystery or some saintly qualities to the simple work they did.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
When we gaze at the magnificence of an ancient monument and ascribe its achievement to one man, we are guilty of spiritual embezzlement.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
They ascribe the known difficulty one people have to understand another to corruptions and dialects.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
Vera, judging only by her husband and generalizing from that observation, supposed that all men, though they understand nothing and are conceited and selfish, ascribe common sense to themselves alone.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Anything large and impressive, if it was reasonably new in appearance, was automatically claimed as having been built since the Revolution, while anything that was obviously of earlier date was ascribed to some dim period called the Middle Ages.
George Orwell -- 1984
I’ve heard many characteristics ascribed to him, but ’pliable’ has never been one of them.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
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I then thought that my father would be unjust if he ascribed my neglect to vice or faultiness on my part, but I am now convinced that he was justified in conceiving that I should not be altogether free from blame.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
A stirring noise within its cylinder he ascribed to the unequal cooling of its surface; for at that time it had not occurred to him that it might be hollow.
H.G. Wells -- The War of the Worlds
The young man often recalled this impression afterwards, and even ascribed it to presentiment.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
He knew she would not understand how many truly fine things he ascribed to her when he thought of her as gallant.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
Does not the great and holy Rabbi Yochanan son of Zakkai teach us, ’If thou hast learnt much Torah, ascribe not any merit to thyself, for thereunto wast thou created’?
Chaim Potok -- The Chosen
The pain in his stomach he ascribed to a halibut chowder his wife had given him for supper the night before.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
This had been ascribed to a fictional "sandtrout" in Fremen folk stories.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
June made a pffff sound with her lips while August shook her head, and it washed over me for the first time in my life just how much importance the world had ascribed to skin pigment, how lately it seemed that skin pigment was the sun and everything else in the universe was the orbiting planets.
Sue Monk Kidd -- The Secret Life of Bees
The personal appearance of Eliza, the character ascribed to her, are sketches drawn from life.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
I would not ascribe vice to him; I would not say he had betrayed me; but the attribute of stainless truth was gone from his idea, and from his presence I must go: THAT I perceived well.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
"There, you always ascribe base, vile motives to me," she said with tears of wounded pride and fury.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
They have more or less the same properties as those which Democritus ascribed to atoms.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
Catherine had seasons of gloom and silence now and then: they were respected with sympathising silence by her husband, who ascribed them to an alteration in her constitution, produced by her perilous illness; as she was never subject to depression of spirits before.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
But the mother seemed not to notice the subject; of the poems, or if she did, to ascribe the love scenes to her Yoyo’s great imagination.
Julia Alvarez -- How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
He ascribed his brother’s indifference at first to the disparity of their age and education.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
"Mercy—" moaned Mrs. Archer, evidently perceiving the uselessness of trying to ascribe the actions of foreigners to a sense of delicacy.
Edith Wharton -- The Age of Innocence
The Hours did not go through any of those rosy performances, which foolish poets have ascribed to them at such times; neither did the clocks go any faster, or any slower, than at other seasons.
Charles Dickens -- Hard Times
But the night before the unhappy day of my departure she wept, she moaned, she sighed, and she withdrew leaving me filled with perplexity and amazement, overwhelmed at the sight of such strange and affecting signs of grief and sorrow in Luscinda; but not to dash my hopes I ascribed it all to the depth of her love for me and the pain that separation gives those who love tenderly.
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
And we are therefore compelled, in order to preserve our belief that we are Christian, to ascribe to Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, our own human intentions, and to say that because He created white and black, He gives the Divine Approval to any human action that is designed to keep black men from advancement.
Alan Paton -- Cry, the Beloved Country
He remembered, moreover, that he was in the house of a Jew, a people who, besides the other unamiable qualities which popular report ascribed to them, were supposed to be profound necromancers and cabalists.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
But people on the stage are not so modest as all that; and I think that I shall not be far from the truth if I ascribe her action simply to fear.
Gaston Leroux -- The Phantom of the Opera
By that her eye was instantly caught and long retained; and the perusal of the highly strained epitaph, in which every virtue was ascribed to her by the inconsolable husband, who must have been in some way or other her destroyer, affected her even to tears.
Jane Austen -- Northanger Abbey
The report of his undeniable delirium at sea was likewise popularly ascribed to a kindred cause.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
 An image of Christ upon the cross, ascribed to Nicodemus, still venerated at Lucca.
Dante Alighieri -- Dante’s Inferno
They altered the idiom, but they could say whatever they wanted to say quickly; there were none of the babuisms ascribed to them up at the club.
E.M. Forster -- A Passage to India
Then he said: "I hope I am not trespassing over a duty ascribed to someone else present here, but then I had heard no proposals for anyone to give a toast in thanks to our host, the most honourable and kind Lord Darlington."
Kazuo Ishiguro -- The Remains of the Day
The famous blink ascribed to Kennedy’s steady nerves was, as in many such events throughout history, facilitated by his ability to see the other man’s cards.
Tom Clancy -- The Hunt for Red October
It was in favor of liberty of conscience, and in behalf of the Baptists, Quakers, and other sectaries that had been under persecution, ascribing the Indian wars, and other distresses that had befallen the country, to that persecution, as so many judgments of God to punish so heinous an offense, and exhorting a repeal of those uncharitable laws.
Benjamin Franklin -- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Why is it every time there’s a killing of consequence, we ascribe it to Cain?
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Identity
Yes, despite the Dansker’s pithy insistence as to the Master-at-arms being at the bottom of these strange experiences of Billy on board the Indomitable, the young sailor was ready to ascribe them to almost anybody but the man who, to use Billy’s own expression, "always had a pleasant word for him."
Herman Melville -- Billy Budd
He deprecated polygamy, but he saw no reason to inveigh against the prevalent fondness for the tangatse berry, to which were ascribed medicinal properties, but which was chiefly popular because its effects were those of a mild narcotic.
James Hilton -- Lost Horizon
For having strictly examined all the persons of greatest name in the courts of princes, for a hundred years past, I found how the world had been misled by prostitute writers, to ascribe the greatest exploits in war, to cowards; the wisest counsel, to fools; sincerity, to flatterers; Roman virtue, to betrayers of their country; piety, to atheists; chastity, to sodomites; truth, to informers: how many innocent and excellent persons had been condemned to death or banishment by the…
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
She doubted Mrs. Van Osburgh’s reluctance, but was aware of Miss Farish’s habit of ascribing her own delicacies of feeling to the persons least likely to be encumbered by them.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
I do not believe that names are destiny or that my father somehow divined my future, but in later years, friends and relatives would ascribe to my birth name the many storms I have both caused and weathered.
Nelson Mandela -- Long Walk to Freedom
Which else to several spheres thou must ascribe, Moved contrary with thwart obliquities; Or save the sun his labour, and that swift Nocturnal and diurnal rhomb supposed, Invisible else above all stars, the wheel Of day and night; which needs not thy belief, If earth, industrious of herself, fetch day Travelling east, and with her part averse From the sun’s beam meet night, her other part Still luminous by his ray.
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
One of the Ooryas half apologized for his rudeness overnight, saying that he had never known his mistress of so bland a temper, and he ascribed it to the presence of the strange priest.
Rudyard Kipling -- Kim
For men contend with the living, not with the dead; to these ascribing more than due, that they may obscure the glory of the other.
Thomas Hobbes -- Leviathan
The collapse which Bloom ascribed to gastric inanition and certain chemical compounds of varying degrees of adulteration and alcoholic strength, accelerated by mental exertion and the velocity of rapid circular motion in a relaxing atmosphere, Stephen attributed to the reapparition of a matutinal cloud (perceived by both from two different points of observation Sandycove and Dublin) at first no bigger than a woman’s hand.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
Now that the first flush of his anger had paled he was disinclined to ascribe to her more than an indiscreet friendship with Wildeve, for there had not appeared in her manner the signs of dishonour.
Thomas Hardy -- The Return of the Native
To say the truth, every physician almost hath his favourite disease, to which he ascribes all the victories obtained over human nature.