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  • Even with a much more concealing mask, she would have recognized the upstart.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • I move toward the young upstart, and he retreats.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • The upstart pretensions of a young woman without family, connections, or fortune.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I never like upstarts.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • Mindful of being a teenaged upstart in the company of such seasoned track deities as Jesse Owens and Glenn Cunningham, Louie curbed his coltish impulses and began growing a mustache.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • In medical school I have been befriended by an upstart neurologist, who believes I am acting out a great lifelong falsehood.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • As much as I dislike certain upstart demigods, it would not do for Olympus to fall.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • You desire my throne for your husband, the upstart Osiris.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • This is an age of upstarts.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • High time he came back to engage these upstarts.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • I think he’s an irresponsible upstart who’s been grossly overrated.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • They were mistaken; the upstart’s experiments succeeded-partly because, in the beginning years, he labored eighteen hours a day.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Gaea hates you above all others except perhaps for that upstart Jason Grace.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • A black shroud fell over her vision and she lost consciousness, giving Redd the only advantage she needed to put an end to the upstart princess.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Curse that upstart! I was here first!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • She says to Miss Barry, I hear a certain upstart from the lanes walked away from the post office exam.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • There are always some honest men in every nation, though heaven knows, too, that they are scarce among the Maquas, to look down an upstart when he brags ag’in the face of reason.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I have quite a horror of upstarts.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • You’ve always been an upstart, and you’ve always been against me.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • MRS BELLINGHAM: Tan his breech well, the upstart!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Bibbit, you tell this young upstart McMurphy that I’ll meet him in the main hall at high noon and we’ll settle this affair once and for all, libidos a-blazin’.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • I will not step down to be the dotard chamberlain of an upstart.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • The Council! I make the rules, not you! I rule, not you! I won’t let you do this, you upstart, demon-loving slime—
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Kill this upstart for me, the Emperor was saying.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • If you were not of the right background and religion and social class and you came out of law school in that era, you joined some smaller, second-rate, upstart law firm on a rung below the big names downtown, or you simply went into business for yourself and took "whatever came in the door", that is, whatever legal work the big downtown firms did not want for themselves.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • What would a lord say—yes, or any other person of whatever condition —if he caught an upstart peasant with a dagger on his person?
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Now here were these foreigner upstarts unmasking religion! My old friend Ork sat shaking his head in dismay, saying nothing, brooding, no doubt, on the dark metaphysical implications.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • He had learnt by personal inquiry at the time that it was to Donald Farfrae—that treacherous upstart—that she had thus humiliated herself.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • And you must understand, the young upstarts are present all the while, and I have to keep the peace between them.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • That was when he took the risk of talking for five minutes, man to man, with the accursed upstart whom he did not remember ever having seen, and who had come into his life to his great sorrow.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Yonder stretch the wide acres of Bildad Reasor; he died in war-time, but the upstart overseer hastened to wed the widow.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • On the contrary, they were happy that up until then it had let them grow in peace, and he hoped that it would continue leaving them that way, because they had not founded a town so that the first upstart who came along would tell them what to do.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Who was this ill-bred upstart, that he should criticize the leading Mohammedan landowner of the district?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • As an instance of the latter, he mentioned the case of a young upstart squire named d’Urberville, living some forty miles off, in the neighbourhood of Trantridge.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The old man Prokofitch was the only one who did not like him; he handed him the dishes at table with a surly face, called him a ’butcher’ and ’an upstart,’ and declared that with his great whiskers he looked like a pig in a stye.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Remark of Dr. Baldwin’s, concerning upstarts: We don’t care to eat toadstools that think they are truffles.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • The Appalachians might pale in size if leveled against the upstart Rockies, but to the Cardinal children they seemed abundantly tall enough.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • This upstart chief was ruining my day, spoiling the proud feeling with wrongheaded remarks.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Was it possible she was beginning to like this young upstart who had this car?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Why, any upstart who has got neither blood nor position.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It was just all the upstarts who had turned the world on its head and unsettled the ways of decent living.
    Flannery O’Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • Complicated garnish of iron-work entwines itself over the flights of steps in this awful street, and from these petrified bowers, extinguishers for obsolete flambeaux gasp at the upstart gas.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He couldn’t stand the upstart Sheng.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • These upstarts—the Clarks, the Haydocks—had no dignity.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The newspapers laughed the wretched upstart and swindler to scorn.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Norris, the unyielding bitter-ender; Adams, the irritating upstart; Webster, the businessmen’s beneficiary; Benton, the bombastic bully—of such stuff are our real-life political heroes made.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • At the height of Napoleon’s unexampled conquests, there were Americans who had fought at Bunker Hill who looked forward to the possibility that the Atlantic might prove no barrier against the ultimate schemes of this French upstart from the revolutionary chaos who seemed in act of fulfilling judgment prefigured in the Apocalypse.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Indignation lent him a scathing eloquence, and it was clear that if others had followed his example, and acted as he talked, society would never have been weak enough to receive a foreign upstart like Beaufort—no, sir, not even if he’d married a van der Luyden or a Lanning instead of a Dallas.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • In the French revolution of July 1830, and in the English reform agitation, these aristocracies again succumbed to the hateful upstart.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • The upstart West had the new Santa Anita Handicap, but the East, seat of racing’s elite governing bodies and home to all of America’s venerable old races and stables, had prestige.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
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