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  • She wasn’t content just to win. She wanted to see me grovel.
  • Hoping for mercy, she dropped to the floor and groveled.
  • The spirit that does not soar is destined to grovel.
    Benjamin Disraeli
  • Art rises when men rise, and grovels when men grovel.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  An Unsocial Socialist

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  • "...get up, Linton! Get up!" he shouted. "Don’t grovel on the ground there up, this moment!"
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • An instant later he leaped at her, as she lay groveling at his feet.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He shuffled forward on his knees, groveling, his hands clasped in front of him as though praying.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Mustapha Mond tried to make him get up; but Bernard persisted in his grovelling; the stream of words poured out inexhaustibly.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • But before death (nobody spoke of such things, yet everybody knew of them) there was the routine of confession that had to be gone through: the grovelling on the floor and screaming for mercy, the crack of broken bones, the smashed teeth, and bloody clots of hair.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • A hideous grovelling slave who flatters when he’s kicked but treasures it all up and hopes to get his own back by egging on that horrible Tisroc to plot his son’s death.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy

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  • I want you to tell me that you’re disgusted with me and that you’re going to leave so that I can beg and grovel on my knees for you to stay.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Even now, Miro could touch certain spots on a body that would cause a victim to grovel with pain.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • No more begging, no more groveling.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • It burned him to plead for his job, but groveling to el Gerente was still preferable to work in the bean fields.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Groveling, however, might not hurt.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And a lot of my fantasies involve the ways in which Mia grovels for my forgiveness.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Belly to earth, he began to grovel toward her while his grimace widened into an expression of sheer idiocy.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "Do not grovel," he said.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I feel pretty god-awful about that, but there’s no point in groveling over it.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • If she were bound for the gallows, she would most certainly not spend the last moments of her life in groveling submission.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Dog goes down on his stomach, groveling about in the grass.
    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  --  Shiloh
  • When I pulled into my driveway, I expected him to be there, ready to grovel and beg and provide me with even the smallest bit of an explanation, but he wasn’t here.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I learned later that Piedmont liked his subordinates to grovel a bit before they presented a proposal, shuffle a bit before they offered a suggestion, and lie prone on their faces before they dared proffer a bit of advice.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "I think you mean groveling," I said.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She would be abject, she would cling and grovel.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Let it be for now," Fin said quietly, "and use some of this famous time and space to learn how to do a proper grovel."
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • I’m gonna go do some groveling."
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Occasionally, when they are too grovelling, it makes a man mad and then he kicks them.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • An instant later he leaped at her, as she lay groveling at his feet.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • For two and a half years, he’d been forced to grovel before sadists and imbeciles as he tried to protect his men.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Are you to be happy while I grovel in the intensity of my wretchedness?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Ellsworth Toohey said that the essence of exaltation was to be scared out of your wits, to fall down and to grovel.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Do you see those grovelling and wandering eyes?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • You may fancy a glimpse of the abyss where I grovelled!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was a brick wall surmounted with a huge boost from a mentor and some sincere groveling.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • We were in shaky transit that summer from the groveling status of Lower Middlers to the near-respectability of Upper Middlers.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Insensate cruelty to those you can whip, and groveling submission to those you can’t.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Now please, drag him off before he wakes up and starts groveling?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • The two creatures fell to the ground, groveling in the dirt, and I prayed like crazy that I really was invisible.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • It grovelled helpless on the ground, even while his intellectual faculties retained their pristine strength, or had perhaps acquired a morbid energy, which disease only could have given them.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The waiter groveled and generally looked terrified.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • He groveled on the ground and then springing up went careering off through some bushes.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Thinking of the conversation with Al, how he had groveled, still made him hot and cold by turns.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • And the preacher paced like a tiger, whipping the people with his voice, and they groveled and whined on the ground.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • In the final test, I faced that thousand-yard barren desert once again and began my journey, wriggling and scuffling through the dusty ground, my head well down, camouflage branches firm in my hat, groveling my way between the boulders.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The colour went from their six faces like enchantment; some leaped to their feet, some clawed hold of others; Morgan grovelled on the ground.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • White Fang crawled slowly, cringing and grovelling in the abjectness of his abasement and submission.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • ’Juries,’ said Mr. Bumble, grasping his cane tightly, as was his wont when working into a passion: ’juries is ineddicated, vulgar, grovelling wretches.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • With some you postured and with some you groveled and with some you were imperious.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
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