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  • The Trials are a test of my mettle.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • But I will say, too, that for every man who showed no fear or hesitance, there were three or four or five others whose mettle was as unashamedly wan and mortal as yours or mine.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I’d never dreamed the centaur would look at me that way, as if I had something to prove to him, as if my mettle were untested.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I want more mettle, if you please, lady.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • The bigger the obstacle, the better the opportunity to prove the cadet’s mettle.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Why, now I see there’s mettle in thee; and even from this instant do build on thee a better opinion than ever before.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Bring forth men-children only; For thy undaunted mettle should compose Nothing but males.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • The St. George’s Hill men, however, were better led or of a better mettle.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • A judge of horses and a sportsman, he had lately procured himself a large, fine, mettlesome, Donets horse, dun-colored, with light mane and tail, and when he rode it no one could outgallop him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • For all her fighting words she gave no overpowering aid-not yet; father and son must prove their mettle still.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • The instant Haley touched the saddle, the mettlesome creature bounded from the earth with a sudden spring, that threw his master sprawling, some feet off, on the soft, dry turf.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • ’Of course they had a right,’ General Peckem snapped with cold and calculated severity, resolving right then and there to test the mettle of his new colonel under fire.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Still he must have had fire and mettle in his day, if we may judge from the name he bore of Gunpowder.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • The cook, placed upon her mettle, served a delicious repast—a luscious tenderloin broiled a point.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • She’d believed that, having proved her mettle as a district court judge for the past five years, this time around the appointment might be easier.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Show your mettle.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • They mistook the mettle of their sons.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • You are gentlemen of brave mettle: you would lift the moon out of her sphere, if she would continue in it five weeks without changing.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • He was quick mettle when he went to school.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • The army in butternut were now seasoned fighters, their generals had proven their mettle, and everyone knew that when the campaign reopened in the spring, the Yankees would be crushed for good and all.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But when it is a question of putting an idea into practical shape, you have to apply to a man of different mettle.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • I am one that would rather go with sir priest than sir knight: I care not who knows so much of my mettle.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • As soon as Rocinante found himself free, though by nature he was not at all mettlesome, he seemed to feel lively and began pawing—for as to capering, begging his pardon, he knew not what it meant.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • To his ears, when an animal felt the urge to mate, it said "Gregor Mendel", recalling the father of genetics, and when it was time to show its mettle, "Charles Darwin", the father of natural selection, and what we took to be bleating, grunting, hissing, snorting, roaring, growling, howling, chirping and screeching were but the thick accents of foreigners.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Both you and Fadawar proved your mettle, but you are undoubtedly the victor.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Think how a stallion fed on clover and barley, mettlesome, thundering in a stall, may snap his picket rope and canter down a field to bathe as he would daily in the river— glorying in freedom!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • For example, I cannot credit that the mettlesome poet Byron would have contentedly sat down with Bartleby to examine a law document of, say five hundred pages, closely written in a crimpy hand.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • What though care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Your horses perhaps are mettlesome.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • And there passed before his mind a whole series of these mettlesome, vigorous, selfconfident men, who always and everywhere drew his inquisitive attention in spite of himself.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Not hard work, and not the mettle it takes to sail a ship aloft across continents and oceans.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • ——And you, good yeomen, Whose limbs were made in England, show us here The mettle of your pasture—let us swear That you are worth your breeding.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He seemed afraid to talk, he only whipped up smartly his three lean, but mettlesome, bay horses.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • His mettle was roused.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • It will make a bit of a panic in the particular town named, but it will put everyone whose name begins with C on his guard, and it’ll put A.B.C. on his mettle.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Goode smiled benignly, as though this tiny skirmishhad been a way for him to evaluate Cotton’s mettle.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • The arrival of this unexpected heir soon taking wind in the court still makes good for the Sol and keeps the court upon its mettle.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I will pray, Pompey, to increase your bondage: if you take it not patiently, why, your mettle is the more.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Bathsheba, in spite of her mettle, began to feel unmistakable signs that she was inherently the weaker vessel.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But in prison, Selby showed his mettle.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A harsh, thin cackle behind the curtains put the hillman on his mettle for a second shot.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Easy Company’s boss was Captain Dave Severance, a tall, lean Wisconsin native; a ramrod Marine of exceptional judgment who had shown his mettle in battle, who expressed his authority through calm understatement and unflinching example.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Such is my spirit when I am on my mettle.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Anger is like A full hot horse, who being allow’d his way, Self-mettle tires him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • Not but what he could feel with mettlesome youth which, caring nought for the mows of dotards or the gruntlings of the severe, is ever (as the chaste fancy of the Holy Writer expresses it) for eating of the tree forbid it yet not so far forth as to pretermit humanity upon any condition soever towards a gentlewoman when she was about her lawful occasions.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He is an honest and a mettle gentleman, and I would have ye bear in mind who says it.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Now, sir, young Fortinbras, Of unimproved mettle hot and full, Hath in the skirts of Norway, here and there, Shark’d up a list of lawless resolutes, For food and diet, to some enterprise That hath a stomach in’t; which is no other,— As it doth well appear unto our state,— But to recover of us, by strong hand, And terms compulsatory, those foresaid lands So by his father lost: and this, I take it, Is the main motive of our preparations, The source of this our watch, and the chief headů
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • I needed the symbol of something worthy of encounter on the road, to test the resonance and mettle of my own humanity.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Street bands are on their mettle in Golden Square; and itinerant glee-singers quaver involuntarily as they raise their voices within its boundaries.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But Lily was not easily disconcerted; competition put her on her mettle, and she reflected that Selden’s coming, if it did not declare him to be still in Mrs. Dorset’s toils, showed him to be so completely free from them that he was not afraid of her proximity.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
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