I was drunk in public in 1948; I was a public nuisance in 1956; and then I was in jail for two days on illegal discharging of a firearm when I killed Caroline Clayton’s rat snake in 1974.
John Green -- An Abundance of Katherines
The thing has become an absolute public nuisance.
Oscar Wilde -- The Importance of Being Earnest
THE CRIER: (Loudly) Whereas Leopold Bloom of no fixed abode is a wellknown dynamitard, forger, bigamist, bawd and cuckold and a public nuisance to the citizens of Dublin and whereas at this commission of assizes the most honourable….
James Joyce -- Ulysses
You have not, of course, seen the disgraceful illustrations which the gutter Press—This man is a public nuisance; he knows that I am a resident perfectly well, and yet he goes on worrying me to buy his vulgar views.
E.M. Forster -- A Room With A View
I would willingly have gone oc spoiling his life through inertia—one has nothing to do, one belongs nowhere and becomes a public nuisance without realizing it.
E.M. Forster -- A Passage to India
…having folded his arms, and set in comfortably to address his depreciation of them Mails to any of the bystanders who would listen, several voices, out of pure sympathy with the sufferer, confirmed him; one voice saying to Clennam, ’They’re a public nuisance, them Mails, sir;’ another, ’I see one on ’cause pull up within half a inch of a boy, last night;’ another, ’I see one on ’cause go over a cat, sir—and it might have been your own mother;’ and all representing, by implication, that if he…
Charles Dickens -- Little Dorrit
Now along came this tramp, this public nuisance who used to scrounge a living round the streets of Ithaca— notorious for his belly, a ravenous, bottomless pit for food and drink, but he had no pith, no brawn, despite the looming hulk that met your eyes. Arnaeus was his name, so his worthy mother called him at birth, but all the young men called him Irus for short because he’d hustle messages at any beck and call. Well he came by to rout the king from his own house and met…
Homer -- The Odyssey
…was, I am told, a queer antiquarian society, which had done some service in past times, and which straightway set up its pipe against their destruction, as it has done with many other buildings, which most people looked upon as worthless, and public nuisances; and it was so energetic, and had such good reasons to give, that it generally gained its point; and I must say that when all is said I am glad of it: because you know at the worst these silly old buildings serve as a kind of foil…