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  • They made up the story to aggrandize the threat.
  • She is not given to self-aggrandizement.
  • I couldn’t have done it without you would not work; it sounded both self-aggrandizing and condescending.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Anyway, I know it’s a bit self-aggrandizing.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars

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  • The aggrandizement which they have brought to the nineteenth century has not Waterloo as its source.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • If the aim was the aggrandizement of France, that might have been attained without the Revolution and without the Empire.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Alexander the Sixth, in wishing to aggrandize the duke, his son, had many immediate and prospective difficulties.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • She knew that his mother neither behaved to him so as to make his home comfortable at present, nor to give him any assurance that he might form a home for himself, without strictly attending to her views for his aggrandizement.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The retaining of it represented, on the other hand, an impulse to egocentric self-aggrandizement.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • But these extravagant numbers were surely a form of self-aggrandizement, and reckless to the point of irresponsibility.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement

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  • His childish idea was, in fact, a pushing to the extremity of mathematical precision what is everywhere known as Grimm’s Law—an aggrandizement of rough rules to ideal completeness.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I had never dreamed that anyone would accept me so simply, so completely, without question or the least hint of personal aggrandizement.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • This treatment had led to his becoming a sort of regrater of other men’s gallantries, to his own aggrandizement as a Corinthian, rather than to the moral profit of his hearers.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • And this spectacular ancient aggrandizement with its remains of art and many noble signs I could appreciate even if I didn’t want to be just borne down by the grandeur of it.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Or lastly (which experience seems to make probable), have we a satisfaction in aggrandizing our families, even though we have not the least love or respect for them?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • In a warming hut an hour west of Banff, where they sat after Mortenson had been dragged by a team of huskies on a cursory loop through the woods by himself, Mortenson spent the better part of the following afternoon listening to the man’s self-aggrandizing epic about how a plucky contractor, armed only with grit and determination, had conquered the Banff housing market.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Mr. Rife, what’s your opinion of the people who say you’re just doing this as a self-aggrandizing publicity stunt?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Nabby, appraising the politicians she encountered in New York, including Governor George Clinton, surmised there were few for whom personal aggrandizement was not the guiding motivation.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In these small communities, which are never agitated by the desire of aggrandizement or the cares of self-defence, all public authority and private energy is employed in internal amelioration.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The principal efforts of the men of those times were required to strengthen, aggrandize, and secure the supreme power; and on the other hand, to circumscribe individual independence within narrower limits, and to subject private interests to the interests of the public.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • I have often hoped that, without any desire whatever for mere personal aggrandizement, the powers above may yet grant me the genius to become at once the Roosevelt and the Longfellow of the great and universally growing movement for public health measures is your cigar too mild, Doctor?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • It is wholly untrue, and unjust to ourselves, the pretence that the Annexation has been a measure of spoliation, unrightful and unrighteous—of military conquest under forms of peace and law—of territorial aggrandizement at the expense of justice, and justice due by a double sanctity to the weak.
    John O’Sullivan  --  Annexation (Texas)
  • They would not pay their requisitions to advance their plans for personal aggrandizement.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • We have seen that the tendency of republican governments is to an aggrandizement of the legislative at the expense of the other departments.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Isolation aggrandizes everything.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "Look at those phrases," he said, "which so amuse us in their speech and books; at their reckless exaggeration and contempt for congruity; and then compare the character and history of the nation—its blunted sense of moral obligation and duty to man; its open disregard of conventional right where aggrandizement is to be obtained; and I may now say, its reckless and fruitless maintenance of the most cruel and unprincipled war in the history of the world.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • This came to him soon and he used it well; for the Orsini, perceiving at length that the aggrandizement of the duke and the Church was ruin to them, called a meeting of the Magione in Perugia.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Besides this, he saw the arms of Italy, especially those by which he might have been assisted, in hands that would fear the aggrandizement of the Pope, namely, the Orsini and the Colonnesi and their following.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • It never occurred to him that by this action he was weakening himself, depriving himself of friends and of those who had thrown themselves into his lap, whilst he aggrandized the Church by adding much temporal power to the spiritual, thus giving it greater authority.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • The American people may like the federal government at the same time that some State rulers—supported by strong factions want power and personal aggrandizement.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • And although his intention was not to aggrandize the Church, but the duke, nevertheless, what he did contributed to the greatness of the Church, which, after his death and the ruin of the duke, became the heir to all his labours.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Abbe de Mably says: NEIGHBORING NATIONS are naturally enemies of each other, unless their common weakness forces them to combine in a CONFEDERATE REPUBLIC and their constitution prevents the differences that closeness causes, extinguishing that secret jealousy that makes all states want to aggrandize themselves at the expense of their neighbors.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The national idea, with the flag as totem, is today an aggrandizer of the nursery ego, not the annihilator of an infantile situation.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The view of aggrandizing my family, of ennobling yourself, is what I proceed upon.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • A foreign power might help an ambitious man make his own aggrandizement the price of his treachery to his constituents.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Mr. Burr loves nothing buthimself; thinks of nothing but his own aggrandizement…… In the choice of evils, let them [the Federalists in Congress] take the least.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • IN EUROPE, French armies had been sweeping across Italy and Austria, in a campaign of French aggrandizement led by young General Napoleon Bonaparte, who appeared invincible.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Would they not be likely to prefer a conduct better adapted to their own immediate aggrandizement?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • An ambitious man might make his own aggrandizement, by the aid of a foreign power, the price of his treachery to his constituents.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • This would be the more likely to take place, as the delinquencies of the larger members might be expected sometimes to proceed from an ambitious premeditation in their rulers, with a view to getting rid of all external control upon their designs of personal aggrandizement; the better to effect which it is presumable they would tamper beforehand with leading individuals in the adjacent States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • If the aim of the European wars at the beginning of the nineteenth century had been the aggrandizement of Russia, that aim might have been accomplished without all the preceding wars and without the invasion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • On returning to France, to the bosom of the great, strong, magnificent, peaceful, and glorious fatherland, I should have proclaimed her frontiers immutable; all future wars purely defensive, all aggrandizement antinational.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • To the People of the State of New York: THE THIRD charge against the House of Representatives is, that it will be taken from that class of citizens which will have least sympathy with the mass of the people, and be most likely to aim at an ambitious sacrifice of the many to the aggrandizement of the few.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It is too true, however disgraceful it may be to human nature, that nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it; nay, absolute monarchs will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it, but for the purposes and objects merely personal, such as thirst for military glory, revenge for personal affronts, ambition, or private compacts to aggrandize or support their particular families or partisans.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • That same jealousy which a husband cherisheth for the honor of his wife, the resentment which the son hath for the love of his father, a good vassal should feel for the glory of his king; he should pine away for the zeal of this house, for the aggrandizement of his service.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • …class of men in every State to resist all changes which may hazard a diminution of the power, emolument, and consequence of the offices they hold under the State establishments; and the perverted ambition of another class of men, who will either hope to aggrandize themselves by the confusions of their country, or will flatter themselves with fairer prospects of elevation from the subdivision of the empire into several partial confederacies than from its union under one government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The mystagogue (father or father-substitute) is to entrust the symbols of office only to a son who has been effectually purged of all inappropriate infantile cathexes—for whom the just, impersonal exercise of the powers will not be rendered impossible by unconscious (or perhaps even conscious and rationalized) motives of self-aggrandizement, personal preference, or resentment.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • If that plan should not be adopted, and if the necessity of the Union should be able to withstand the ambitious aims of those men who may indulge magnificent schemes of personal aggrandizement from its dissolution, the probability would be, that we should run into the project of conferring supplementary powers upon Congress, as they are now constituted; and either the machine, from the intrinsic feebleness of its structure, will moulder into pieces, in spite of our ill-judged efforts…
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • And as if it were not enough to have aggrandized the Church, and deprived himself of friends, he, wishing to have the kingdom of Naples, divides it with the King of Spain, and where he was the prime arbiter in Italy he takes an associate, so that the ambitious of that country and the malcontents of his own should have somewhere to shelter; and whereas he could have left in the kingdom his own pensioner as king, he drove him out, to put one there who was able to drive him, Louis, out in…
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Which errors, had he lived, were not enough to injure him had he not made a sixth by taking away their dominions from the Venetians; because, had he not aggrandized the Church, nor brought Spain into Italy, it would have been very reasonable and necessary to humble them; but having first taken these steps, he ought never to have consented to their ruin, for they, being powerful, would always have kept off others from designs on Lombardy, to which the Venetians would never have…
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
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