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  • She always has grandiose plans, but nothing ever comes of them.
  • You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
    Charles Bukowski
  • Nick’s turnaround is so sudden and so grandiose, it feels like . it feels like he must want something.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Martin straightened, then began to speak in a grandiose tone.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • As the student brought it up to me, Hemme smiled in genuine amusement, certain that the more grandiose my preparations were, the greater my embarrassment would be in the end.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Nero had always loved threats and grandiose statements.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Even his grandiose delusions about creating some new medical marvel haven’t harmed anyone.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At the back are two grandiose entranceways with carvings around them and ornate insets above the doors, inscribed in curvy, solemn lettering: GIRLS and BOYS.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • You’d imagine him like the young Rembrandt, flooded with grandiose commissions, his studios resplendent with jewels and battle axes, goblets and furs, leopard skins and costume armor, all the power and sadness of earthly things.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He made a sweeping, grandiose gesture with his hands.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner

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  • He possessed grand, some would say grandiose, spiritual ambitions.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Kabul fell prey to men who looked like they had tumbled out of their mothers with Kalashnikov in hand, Mr. Markos, vandais all of them, gun-toting thieves with grandiose, self-given titles.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • From that, in answer to my questions, he came round to his grandiose plans again.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Logan Rourke’s driveway was not as grandiose as some of the others they’d passed, but it was immaculate.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Selfish and grandiose though Beck’s obsession may have been, it F i wasn’t frivolous.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • But they were friends of many years’ standing and their careers had been parallel, first at the University and then as teachers: he could not risk a grandiose phrase with her.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I think that she is filled with herself , she does not just have a large ego but one which is positively grandiose.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • All the wealth of Peru would have been insufficient to maintain her in the grandiose style she fancied for herself.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Alice’s ideas were usually a little grandiose for me, and I could see it in her eyes now — the tendency to take things too far kicking into action.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • By suggesting that the commanding general of Spearhead required his participation, Ira was making a grandiose—and tortured—grasp at camouflaging his humiliation.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • In the meantime, let there be no halt, no hesitation, no pause in the grandiose onward march of minds.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • To Farmer the building looked "faintly grandiose," looming above the shacks of Cange.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I tell my students if they want to bring technology into it, they have to take this into account, this tendency toward grandiose deeds, toward pursuing a dream.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He admitted the claim was grandiose and that value judgments were actually impossible for him to make since no person could be an impartial judge of his own cause.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • "They need me here more," Zeitoun said, trying not to sound too grandiose.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Let us add a quantity of fine, amusing, and varied streets, like the Rue de Rivoli, and I do not despair of Paris presenting to the eye, when viewed from a balloon, that richness of line, that opulence of detail, that diversity of aspect, that grandiose something in the simple, and unexpected in the beautiful, which characterizes a checker-board.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He felt a growing, if somewhat grandiose, sympathy, and looked at her as much as to say: "You poor thing."
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • People actually referred to him in that grandiose way, even in his presence.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • They walked downtown in the light of mother-of-pearl, to the Majestic, and found their way to seats by the light of the screen, in the exhilarating smell of stale tobacco, rank sweat, perfume and dirty drawers, while the piano played fast music and galloping horses raised a grandiose flag of dust.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Numberless memorial tablets have been composed with the grandiose complacency of the following cuneiform of Sargon of Akkad, destroyer of the ancient cities of the Sumerians, from whom his own people had derived their civilization.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • It all seemed like a parody of what faith was supposed to be—quiet and heart-settling, not grandiose and dramatic—which is why I always eventually changed the channel.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The intrepid traveler was laid to rest in a grandiose funeral.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Creating grandiose romantic fantasies around the mundane exchange of seminal fluids?
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • BRADY moves to the witness stand in grandiose style.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • His dream had become a little less grandiose of late.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • Such grandiose pronunciamentos [Pg072] well indicate and explain the temper of the era.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He sounded now incredibly like one of those lawyers summing up, tyrannical and grandiose.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • [with grandiose calm] If I let you do it, will you promise to brag of it afterwards to her?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Miss Petrocelli, representing the State, has presented this case in very broad and grandiose terms.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Monster
  • It was necessary to promote on a much more grandiose style than in the democracies the illusion that the masses actually rule.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • No, the real plague had nothing in common with the grandiose imaginings that had haunted Rieux’s mind at its outbreak.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • But when he was back at his bench the grandiose aspirations faded and he was the sniffing, snuffling beagle, the impersonal worker.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Nothing grandiose; I just wanted to have a job where I could make a real difference in people’s lives, and make a comfortable living.
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • Or loyal, for free, for fun, to some grandiose practical joke he’d cooked up, all for her embarrassment, or terrorizing, or moral improvement?
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • As he builds the assassination scheme in his head, layer by layer, everything from the location to its grandiosity is designed to make him the star performer in an epic scripted tale.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Such grandiose declarations were commonplace during Ceausescu’s reign, for his master plan—to create a nation worthy of the New Socialist Man—was an exercise in grandiosity.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Within a year he married a rugged young widow with a tidy farm who like all the other Dutch had been charmed by his air of travel, and his grandiose speech, particularly when he did Hamlet in the manner of the great Edmund Kean.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • At the same time, she had a flamethrower tongue that she would turn on people at the oddest times, usually in some grandiose, earth-scorching retaliation for a slight or breach of etiquette that none of the other freshmen had even perceived.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • In that pool of physical specimens what was precious—far more precious than an inch, or ten pounds, or one tenth of a second—was Taylor’s peculiar energy and mind: relentless, manic, with grandiose ambitions and private standards of performance.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • We are the continuers, we are the inheritors, I said, thinking of my sons and daughters; and if the feeling is so grandiose as to be absurd and one conceals it by jumping on to a bus or buying the evening paper, it is still a curious element in the ardour with which one laces up one’s boots, with which one now addresses old friends committed to different careers.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
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