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  • I don’t recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
  • She was fired for insolence.
  • You’d better not be insolent. I can have you fired at a moment’s notice, you know.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • devise, say, a fitting reward for the hindrance and insolence of Gandalf the Grey.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • But the insolence of his Normans—" How are you getting on now, my dear?"
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • ...being taken by the insolent foe,
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • The marquises in insolent attitudes seated on each side of the stage.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I was offended, took it far too much to heart and was insolent and beastly to her, which, in turn, made her unhappy.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • He found the Tican workmen to be uniformly insolent.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Wherever he went in camp, he would encounter insolent and lingeringly cruel stares.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage

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  • Malfoy gave Professor Lupin an insolent stare,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • You’re going to listen, and no more insolence from you!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • You’re insolent, woman. You’ll get no charity here.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • The Captain stared at him grimly, insolently, showing what he thought of Maine men.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Keen but crooked noses, with insolent nostrils.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • ...insolent noisemaker, we are less afraid to be drowned than thou art.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • "I will not suffer," said the Baron, "such meanness on her part, and such insolence on yours;"
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • But he had more brains and more inner dignity and outer insolence and humor than any man that he had ever known.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • A junior, Rollo was insolent, a troublemaker.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  •   "You’re the god of war," Percy spoke up. "Don’t you want endless carnage?"
      Mars’s infrared goggles glowed brighter. "Insolent, aren’t you? Perhaps I have fought you before. I can understand why I’d want to kill you. ... I don’t fight without reason."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • I go in my own room, the one Dona Laura had special made for me so I could be with my santos at peace and not have to bear the insolence and annoyance of young girls with no faith in the spirits.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • He considered Randy an insolent young loafer, an example of decadence in what once might have been a good family, and...
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Who, queasy with his insolence already,
    Will their good thoughts call from him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • The fact that the bartender had been a little slow and insolent hadn’t necessarily been a reason to break his nose.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • I turned around, fixing my gaze on him. For a moment, he stared back, insolent, his eyes seemingly huge behind his glasses. But as I kept on, steady, unwavering, he finally caved and turned to stare out the window. Twelve-year-olds, I thought. So easy to break.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Paul’s insolence Father Breuninger had chalked up to being part of an adolescent stage.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • ALAN moves away from him, insolently takes up a packet of DYSART’s cigarettes from the bench, and extracts one.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • A big, robust guy with blond hair and a relatively insolent grin, Shane was supersmart.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The insolence of office,
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Not only, sir, this your all-licens’d fool,
    But other of your insolent retinue
    Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth
    In rank and not-to-be-endured riots.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • "Why, that lousy, insolent son of a . . ."
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • ...made me an insolent bow.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Besides being shiftless now they look at you sometimes with open insolence, and as far as depending on them goes, why that’s out.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "Normally, I’d take an eye for such insolence," the Commandant muses.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And, if I had to guess, I’d say this particular piece of insolence was the main reason Ambrose eventually tried to kill me.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Please forgive my insolence, but it is another thing that makes me feel somewhat desperate.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Because I’ve just seen one in your courtyard, along with those insolent protestors.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Her insolent behavior contradicts her quiz scores.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Mr. Granger looked up sharply, but Uncle Hammer eyed him insolently, a smile still on his lips.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • "Hi, Pop," came an insolent voice.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Then Erik turned his full attention back to Tino, standing insolently before him.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • You insolent girl.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • a Southron’s home is threatened the spirit of resistance is irrepressable," and one of the Confederacy’s numerous gentleman privates—men who enlisted in the ranks despite their wealth and social status—a thirty-two-year-old Virginia planter, declared two weeks before he was killed at Malvern Hill that to drive "the insolent invader . from the soil polluted by their footsteps . has something of the glorious in it, that appeals to other feelings than those of patriotism and duty."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • And she failed to realize that in the intervening seconds there had registered somewhere in the precincts of Sholom Weiss’s unmagnanimous brain her stupid contradiction of him, and its insolence.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • They aren’t letting me walk with them today because I have been insolent, but they don’t want me too far behind either.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Insolence will not be tolerated, not one bit.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • His eyes raked me slowly from head to toe, traveling with a sort of insolent appreciation over the thin peony-sprigged cotton dress I wore, and lingering with an odd look of amusement on my legs.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Without even looking back, I knew that she was about to suffer for her insolence.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • No you don’t, I thought, staring her insolently in the eye.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It was Bean, already in his flash suit, looking insolent.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
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