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  • I am much too self-aware to be egotistical.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I get kicked upstairs to Oranienburg and I have to endure the intolerable embarrassment of seeing them put Liebehenschel in my place—Liebehenschel, that insufferable egotist with his bloated reputation for efficiency.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • There, what egotists men all are: all, all egotists!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • You look like an insufferable egotist.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • I may be deemed superstitious, and even egotistical, in regarding this event as a special interposition of divine Providence in my favor.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • But you will forgive me if I seem too egotistical.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He gets more exasperating and egotistical as the days go by.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • He listened with secret, egotistical mirth to the husky breathing of the two doctors.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The best of us are not exempt from egotistical thoughts.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Totally egotistical and indifferent, Rosalie twisted in her chair so that her back was to him.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn

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  • They are godless through and through, gross egotists, despicable materialists.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The bald egotistical swine.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • And to all these questions poor Kitty, forced to put on a pleasant face, responded in a stifled voice whose dolorous accent her mistress did not however remark, solely because happiness is egotistical.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Now, as I am not egotistical, we will return to our comrades and draw lots for her.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She searched her mind for some proper egotistical humility and almost happily arrived at the sacrifice—herself.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He was certainly an intensely egotistical and unfeeling man, but the sight of his victim, his first victim, bloody and pitiful at his feet, may have released some long pent fountain of remorse which for a time may have flooded whatever scheme of action he had contrived.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • During the four years since his puppyhood he had lived the life of a sated aristocrat; he had a fine pride in himself, was even a trifle egotistical, as country gentlemen sometimes become because of their insular situation.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • If hereafter any highly cultured, poetical nation shall lure back to their birth-right, the merry May-day gods of old; and livingly enthrone them again in the now egotistical sky; in the now unhaunted hill; then be sure, exalted to Jove’s high seat, the great Sperm Whale shall lord it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Three of them scrambled egotistically for the honor of pulling her into the boat, managing, among them, to bruise her knee and hip against the side.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The Norwegian and Swedish lads were much more self-centred, apt to be egotistical and jealous.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • He was in one of those moments of egotistical, exclusive, supreme, enjoyment when the artist beholds nothing in the world but art, and the world in art.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Pity, Jane, from some people is a noxious and insulting sort of tribute, which one is justified in hurling back in the teeth of those who offer it; but that is the sort of pity native to callous, selfish hearts; it is a hybrid, egotistical pain at hearing of woes, crossed with ignorant contempt for those who have endured them.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And I may say, mademoiselle, that but for the egotistical vanity of a killer, that is just what would have happened.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Conscience makes egotists of us all.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Homais dilated in Amphytrionic pride, and the affecting thought of Bovary vaguely contributed to his pleasure by a kind of egotistic reflex upon himself.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Drouet had ability in this fine himself when the game was worth the candle, but he was too much the egotist to reach the polish which Hurstwood possessed.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • But Maggie’s face, made more childlike by the gathering tears, touched him with a tenderer, less egotistic feeling.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The mild, blue-eyed young Ohio boy was a complete egotist, as all children are egotists.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • The change made him somewhat egotistical, as also the fact that there was a woman in love with him.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • It was ridiculous, and egotistical, to think that I could affect anyone that strongly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • If she was egotistic about her tiny learning, they were at least as much so regarding theirs.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He is petty, selfish, vain, egotistical; he is spoilt; he is a tyrant; he wears Mrs. Ramsay to death; but he has what you (she addressed Mr. Bankes) have not; a fiery unworldliness; he knows nothing about trifles; he loves dogs and his children.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • If every confectioner went buzzing about the world banging against everything that came in his way and egotistically calling upon everybody to take notice that he was going to his work and must not be interrupted, the world would be quite an unsupportable place.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • You want your Emily, every time she has an urge to write a poem, to just sit down and say a prayer till her nasty, egotistical urge goes away?
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Circumstances have made it seem rather egotistic in me to urge the subject; but that is not my fault: it is because there is a fight being made against it by the other medical men.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Senator Benton, declared the Missouri Register, is "a demagogue and a tyrant at heart …. the greatest egotist in Christendom…… Wherever he goes, whatever he does, he shows but one characteristic—that of a blustering, insolent, unscrupulous demagogue."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Though she referred frequently to the incidents of her own career she never lingered upon them; she was as little of a gross egotist as she was of a flat gossip.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • M. Vinteuil would have liked nothing better, but he carried politeness and consideration for others to so fine a point, always putting himself in their place, that he was afraid of boring them, or of appearing egotistical, if he carried out, or even allowed them to suspect what were his own desires.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • And if the conference was peaceful, it was simply a matter of following the assassin — by then inevitably buoyed by the success of his tactics as well as by whatever the client delivered — and taking an unsuspecting supreme egotist in Tian an men Square.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • As I told you before, say nothing egotistical.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • By nature he was imperious as well as egotistical.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • I know that sounds really egotistical but I feel it.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard  --  A Stolen Life
  • Ah, happiness is such an egotistical thing!
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • ’But soon, too soon,’ said Bernard, ’this egotistic exultation fails.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • From my egotistical position, there was no way Homer could cook anything that tasted good in this caveman kitchen.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • The Devil is an egotist, And is not apt, without a why or wherefore, "For God’s sake," others to assist.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • In my dealings with criminals in the past one thing had become obvious, that all were incurable optimists, as well as egotists.
    Louis L’Amour  --  The Broken Gun
  • But Totski himself, though an egotist of the extremest type, realized that he had no chance there; Aglaya was clearly not for such as he.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • I doubt that I shall ever bring up underneath any precise label, and yet some people would think it egotistical that I insisted upon being a class to myself.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
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