I lick my lips, already thirsty, and hunch beneath the paltry shade of the Jack tree to consider my predicament.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
There was no way an eighty-six-year-old man could have stopped them from getting away with their paltry loot.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
I went through the laundry basket in the bathroom, managing to raise a paltry quarter load of washing, and spent some minutes checking the instructions to the machine.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
A man answered, "Well, he was walking all the way from Grand Rapids to Flint, it looks like he provided a pretty paltry meal for every mosquito on the way."
Christopher Paul Curtis -- Bud, Not Buddy
It is a great distance to go to learn such paltry tricks.
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
"Just because you’re a paltry few billion years—"
Madeleine L’Engle -- A Wrinkle in Time
It seemed like such a waste to have spent all that time and effort for so paltry a salary.
Scott Pratt -- An Innocent Client
And as night falls, Werner pulls little Jutta wordlessly back through the close-set neighborhoods of Zollverein, two snowy-haired children in a bottomland of soot, bearing their paltry treasures to Viktoriastrasse 3, where Frau Elena stares into the coal stove, singing a French lullaby in a tired voice, one toddler yanking her apron strings while another howls in her arms.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
The paltry magic of your statue cannot contain me.
Rick Riordan -- The Blood of Olympus
When she glared back at him with her paltry defiance, he twisted harder, digging his fingers into her arm.
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
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"She’s a romantic soul, our Iona, but flowers are paltry considering the insult."
Nora Roberts -- Dark Witch
Hated him for being young, for being excellent, for having made their victories look paltry and weak.
Orson Scott Card -- Ender’s Game
But, in my opinion, it is a paltry device, a very mean art.
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
These infinitesimal distinctions between man and man are too paltry for an Omnipotent Being.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
And that insipid, paltry creature attending her from DUTY and HUMANITY!
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
It made our jar of molasses seem rather paltry.
Anne Frank -- The Diary of a Young Girl
How paltry and mean my actions sounded, even to myself.
Daphne du Maurier -- Rebecca
… (Correcting himself—contemptuously): —They are paltry enough!
Edmond Rostand -- Cyrano de Bergerac
I’d soon be cutting into my paltry stash of U.S. dollars.
Homer Hickam -- October Sky
How strange and paltry it seemed at the time, and now, looking back, what an abundance of good protein had been sacrificed in our honor.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
I had eleven carries for forty-seven yards, and my longest run was a paltry eight yards.
Carl Deuker -- Gym Candy
About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring That she did give me, whose posy was For all the world like cutlers’ poetry Upon a knife, ’Love me, and leave me not.’
William Shakespeare -- The Merchant of Venice
The favorite of a great lady will not be allowed to be inconvenienced for such a paltry sum as he owes you.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
My voice had an accent of forced bravery in it and I was ashamed of my paltry stratagem.
James Joyce -- Dubliners
To love a man for his virtues is paltry and human, it tells you; to love him for his flaws is divine.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
’Here are proper fish!’ he exclaimed, ’none of your paltry fry.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
Certainly not for no little paltry sawbuck.
William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying
No doubt M. Danglars has sacrificed them to the selfish consideration of gaining some thousands of paltry francs.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
’Not a large sum for a paltry secret, that may be nothing when it’s told!’ cried Monks impatiently; ’and which has been lying dead for twelve years past or more!’
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
The price tag of twenty million euro was paltry when compared with the prize of obtaining the Grail, and with the Vatican’s separation payment to Opus Dei, the finances had worked nicely.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
Luma had spent hours looking for quality leather soccer shoes that were affordable under the team’s paltry budget, so that her players didn’t have to play in the cheap, uncomfortable plastic shoes she knew the YMCA would likely purchase for them if given no guidance.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Black Cat
So insignificant at that moment seemed to him all the interests that engrossed Napoleon, so mean did his hero himself with his paltry vanity and joy in victory appear, compared to the lofty, equitable, and kindly sky which he had seen and understood, that he could not answer him.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Now, when any vicious simpleton excites my disgust by his paltry ribaldry, I cannot flatter myself that I am better than he: I am forced to confess that he and I are on a level.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
For be a man’s intellectual superiority what it will, it can never assume the practical, available supremacy over other men, without the aid of some sort of external arts and entrenchments, always, in themselves, more or less paltry and base.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
My love would have been devoted — would have trod your paltry whimpering under foot!’
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
Why, thou say’st true; it is a paltry cap, A custard-coffin, a bauble, a silken pie; I love thee well in that thou lik’st it not.
William Shakespeare -- The Taming of the Shrew
If we refused, or rather used up, such paltry information as we get, the oracles would distinctly inform us how this might be done.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
For my part I have long since renounced those paltry entertainments which constitute the glory of modern Italy, and are purchased so dearly by sovereigns.
Voltaire -- Candide
’tis a paltry king in his ways with men of letters, and one who commits very barbarous cruelties.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Her love for him had been paltry and weak, easily crushed by her own pride; and she, too, had worn a mask in assuming a contempt for him, whilst, as a matter of fact, she completely misunderstood him.
Baroness Orczy -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
God gave me that freedom; but man put God’s image in the scales with the paltry sum of three hundred dollars.
Harriet Jacobs -- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Bitter memories were more and more covered up by the incidents—paltry in his eyes, but really important—of his country life.
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
Galbatorix cannot be mad enough to believe he can destroy us with such a paltry force!
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
The wall is a paltry play by administrators to boost the top students’ self-esteem-a tired mantra here and at urban schools everywhere.
Ron Suskind -- A Hope in the Unseen
I have cared for them, instructed them, watched over them, and know all their little cares and joys, for years; and how can I ever hold up my head again among them, if, for the sake of a little paltry gain, we sell such a faithful, excellent, confiding creature as poor Tom, and tear from him in a moment all we have taught him to love and value?
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
He seemed to her paltry, weak, a cipher—in a word, a poor thing in every way.
Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary
It’s galling too, of course, for a young man of gifts and overweening pride to know that if he had, for instance, a paltry three thousand, his whole career, his whole future would be differently shaped and yet not to have that three thousand.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
I am not going to be sat upon by Farfrae, or any of the rest of the paltry crew!