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63 examples of  bookish  in sentences

63 examples of bookish in sentences

I admit a bookish quirk maybe, a love of the shelf, a weakness for morocco, especially if it is stained with age.

Mine was the alcove farthest from the door, where are the mustier volumes that fit a bookish student.

I never heard you talk so deep and bookish.

Paul stood motionless quite a minute after she had vanished, nor did he awaken from his reverie, until aroused by an appeal from Captain Truck, to sustain him, in some of his matter-of-fact opinions concerning England, against the visionary and bookish notions of Mr. Howel.

When he leaves school and graduates in a wider world, where men must depend on their own judgement and their own energy, he is often a little disconcerted to find that some of his less bookish fellows easily outgo him in quickness of understanding and resource.

Mrs. Wilson continued "She must read and write, I suppose?" "Why, faith," said the Marquess, "I am not fond of a bookish sort of a woman, and least of all a scholar.

As if honest or bookish men could not err; or truth were to be established by the vote of the multitude: yet this with most men serves the turn.

Consequently, in speaking of flowers and birds, he sometimes makes those mistakes to which the bookish man is more prone than the child who first hears the story of Nature from her own lips.

Free play to childish vitality; punishment the natural inconvenience consequent on wrong-doing; the incitement of the desire to learn; the training of sense-activity rather than reflection, in early years; the acquirement of the power to learn rather than the acquisition of learning,in short, the natural and scientifically progressive rather than the bookish and analytically literary method was the end and aim of "ร‰mile.

Like "The Antiquary," it is bookish rather than natural.

The poet's mother, a woman of sweet and tender disposition, had much to do in moulding the future Laureate's character; while from his father, a man of fine culture, he received not only much of his education, but his bent towards a recluse, bookish career.

He was only beginning to collect when we had parted at school, if 'collect' is not too sacred a word: beginning to buy more truly expresses that first glutting of the bookish hunger, which, like the natural appetite, never passes in some beyond the primary utilitarian stage of 'eating to live,' otherwise 'buying to read.'

I do not propose to solemnly enumerate and laboriously describe these good things, because I hardly think they would serve to distinguish Narcissus, except in respect of luck, from other bookmen in the first furor of bookish enthusiasm.

Nature had given him the dainty and dreamy form of the artist, to which habit had added a bookish touch, ending in a tout ensemble of gentleness and distinction with little apparent affinity to a scene like that in the 'Traveller's Rest.'

You see, G. hasn't been brought up in a bookish atmosphere and that makes such a difference.

Now and then there is the ambitious boy, and then again there is your studious boy; there is your bookish boy; there is your shy boy who does not get into the games.

Till Charles went to Shrewsbury he had never had another playfellow, for his brother Cuthbert was reserved and bookish; and the friendship between the two had grown with age.

That night, however, he was blissful with ignorance, and having made a pyre of his bookish tormentors, he fell in with the jollity of the others.

At Christ's Hospital, where he was brought up, he was the idol of those among his schoolfellows, who mingled with their bookish studies the music of thought and of humanity; and he was usually attended round the cloisters by a group of these (inspiring and inspired) whose hearts, even then, burnt within them as he talked, and where the sounds yet linger to mock ELIA on his way, still turning pensive to the past!

He spoke to everybody he met, in the train, in the steamboat, or in hotels, in fluent if rather "bookish" German, in correct but somewhat halting French, or, if it was a Roman Catholic priest he had to deal with, in sonorous Latin.

Methinks, if such good fortune ever befell a bookish man, I should choose this lodge for my own residence, with the topmost room of the tower for a study, and all the seclusion of cultivated wildness beneath to ramble in.

I could not but look with pity on this young family, doomed by the absurd prudence of their mother to ignorance and meanness: but when I recommended a more elegant education, was answered, that she never saw bookish or finical people grow rich, and that she was good for nothing herself till she had forgotten the nicety of the boarding-school.

Bookish families are usually the happiest, at least if we rightly estimate the term.

An educational system to cover an Empire is not a thing that can be got for the asking, it is not even to be got for the paying; it has to be grown; and in the beginning it is bound to be thin, ragged, forced, crammy, text-bookish, superficial, and all the rest of it.

"Jackson may think of his bookish notions sometimes; but he knows what kind of old men we are.

Headlong Hall The novels of Thomas Love Peacock still find admirers among cultured readers, but his extravagant satire and a certain bookish awkwardness will never appeal to the great novel-reading public.

He was a bookish boy, wanting in boyishness, and never played games, but spent his time in reading, not boyish books, indeed, but books in which never boy before took interesthistories, theological works, and, in preference, parliamentary speeches of the great orators, which he would afterwards rewrite from memory.

Our bookish and wordy education tends to repress this valuable gift of nature.

'We bookish people have our connotations for the life we do not live.

Wilcox says, "Words ending in ish, generally express a slight degree; as, reddish, bookish."Practical Gram., p. 17.

But who will suppose that foolish denotes but a slight degree of folly, or bookish but a slight fondness for books?

And, with such an interpretation, what must be the meaning of more bookish or most foolish?

In the miscellaneous prose and poetry of this period there is lacking the free, exulting, creative impulse of the elder generation, but there are a soberer feeling and a certain scholarly choiceness which commend themselves to readers of bookish tastes.

Their poetry is impersonal, bookish, literary.

De Quincey was a shy, bookish man, of erratic, nocturnal habits, who impresses one, personally, as a child of genius, with a child's helplessness and a child's sharp observation.

Now for all the years to come he could hear the bell sound its warning and feel no qualm; never again need sit confined in a stuffy room, breathing chalk dust, and compel his errant mind to bookish abstractions.

310, n. 3; bookish men, good company for, iii. 306; Charles's, Prince, saying about them, ii. 214; consultations on Sundays, ii. 376; honesty: see under LAW; knowledge of great lawyers varied, ii. 158; multiplying words, iv.

'A bookish man should always have lawyers to converse with,' iii. 306. LAY.

The old chap looks bookish; but he is not a priest; and, as to the girl, she is trim-built enough; I fancy the face is no great matter, however, or she would not take so much pains to hide it.

When he tells us that "one impulse from a vernal wood may teach you more of man, of moral evil and of good, than all the sages can," such a proposition cannot be seriously taken as more than a half-playful sally for the benefit of some too bookish friend.

When this essay was written Bullock and Penkethman were acting together in a play called 'Injured Love', produced at Drury Lane on the 7th of April, Bullock as 'Sir Bookish Outside,' Penkethman as 'Tipple,' a Servant.

This WILL. looks upon as the Learning of a Gentleman, and regards all other kinds of Science as the Accomplishments of one whom he calls a Scholar, a Bookish Man, or a Philosopher.

Another, of a quite contrary Character, subscribes herself Xantippe, and tells me, that she follows the Example of her Name-sake; for being married to a Bookish Man, who has no Knowledge of the World, she is forced to take their Affairs into her own Hands, and to spirit him up now and then, that he may not grow musty, and unfit for Conversation.

This bookish inclination determined my father to bind me apprentice to my brother James, a printer in Boston, and in a little time I became very proficient.

She says: "We always had books, and were bookish people.

Pupils of high school age know the meaning of many words which are too "bookish" for daily use by them.

In our care to manage worldly business, you must part with this Bookish contemplation, and prepare your self for action; to thrive in this Age is held the blame of Learning: You must study to know what part of my Land's good for the Plough, and what for Pasture; how to buy and sell to the best advantage; how to cure my Oxen when they're o'er-grown with labour.

Stand still becalm'd, and let an aged Dotard, a hair-brain'd Puppy, and a Bookish Boy, that never knew a Blade above a Pen-knife, and how to cut his meat in Characters, cross my design, and take thine own Wench from thee, in mine own house too?

In our care To manage worldly business, you must part with This bookish contemplation, and prepare Your self for action; to thrive in this age, Is held the blame of learning; you must study To know what part of my land's good for th' plough, And what for pasture; how to buy and sell To the best advantage; how to cure my Oxen When they're oregrown with labour.

Follow your brother, And get ye out of doores, and seeke your fortune, Stand still becalm'd, and let an aged Dotard, A haire-brain'd puppie, and a bookish boy, That never knew a blade above a penknife, And how to cut his meat in Characters, Crosse my designe, and take thine owne Wench from thee, In mine owne house too?

As I past by his chamber I might see him, But he is so bookish.

Yet they could tell the time of day by the sun, and steer through the silent night by the stars; and each of them hadas Emerson, a very bookish person, has saida dial in his mind for the whole bright calendar of the year.

Their pursuits are not indeed entirely sedentary, since at times they have to climb tall ladders, but of exercise they must always stand in need, and as for air, the exclusively bookish atmosphere is as bad for the lungs as it is for the intellectuals.

There are nearly eleven hundred brief character-sketches in Dunton's book, of all sorts and kinds, but with a preference for bookish people, divines, both of the Establishment and out of it, printers and authors.

He blushed with the fear that his talk was bookish, and felt grateful to Clotilde for seeming to understand his speech.

That 'awakening,'" I went on, after a moment of wondering why the distant stream of the valley was called "the Looking-glass," and learning only that such was its name, "was when after the bookish torpor of his mindyou remember he called books his opiateshe felt the beauty of the spring and the marvel of human service come back on him like a flood.

Pity he's only a bookish man.

But the household was bookish.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a dry and dusty volume of Blue-Bookish lore, While I nodded nearly napping, suddenly there came a yapping, As of some toy-terrier snapping, snapping at my study door.

Lady Findon, the second wife, fat, despotic, and rich, rather noisy, and something of a character, a political hostess, a good friend, and a still better hater; two sons, silent, good-looking and clever, one in the brewery that provided his mother with her money, the other in the Hussars; two daughters not long 'introduced'one prettythe other bookish and rather plain; so ran the catalogue.

Lord Findon was puzzled, but submissive; the bookish sister Theresa, now a woman of thirty, welcomed anything that would bring her back to the London Library and the British Museum.

Battlefield tactics do not exist; when a whole nation goes to ground there can be none of the "victories" of the old bookish days.

The fresh-hearted young girl who nowadays plays a good game of tennis, and takes a high place in the Classical or Mathematical Tripos, and is book learnรจd, without being bookish, and . . . .