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‘Life’ as a noun

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Life’ as a noun.


I’m going to be married, and lead a new life.

From ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, by Charles Dickens.


It appears that I must have fainted for the first and the last time in my life.

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


His life had been saddened up to the present by the refusal of the press to publish his reminiscences.

From ‘Psmith, Journalist’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


“With her constitution she should have lived to a good old age: her life was shortened by trouble.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


“Then spare my life for the love of Heaven, as I spared yours,” rejoined the girl, clinging to him.

From ‘Oliver Twist’, by Charles Dickens.


“Everything in life that’s any fun, as somebody wisely observed, is either immoral, illegal or fattening.”

From ‘The Girl in Blue’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


His pictures of Heligoland in all kinds of weathers, his ships in distress, and his wrecks ashore, breathe life.

From ‘Household Words’, by Charles Dickens.
Of Heinrich Gätke (1814-1897), German ornithologist and artist. Much of his work was destroyed by bombing in 1944.


By his own account he must have lived his life among some of the wickedest men that God ever allowed upon the sea.

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.


He was shortly after seized by an attack of virulent smallpox, from the effects of which he suffered during the rest of his life.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.
Of Josiah Wedgwood, founder of the modern pottery industry.


“It’s likely to be a very cheap funeral,” said the same speaker; “for upon my life I don’t know of anybody to go to it.”

From ‘A Christmas Carol’, by Charles Dickens.


My tongue was loosened at that. “No accident!” I told him. “When she came to this place, she came weary of her life, to end it here.”

From ‘The Moonstone’, by Wilkie Collins.


“He has been so unlucky as to lose your friendship,” replied Elizabeth with emphasis, “and in a manner which he is likely to suffer from all his life.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

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I could scarcely see my way down the ladder.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

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