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It is the President’s prerogative to grant pardons.
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  • It is the President’s prerogative to grant pardons.
  • My prerogative right now is to just chill and let all the other overexposed blondes on the cover of Us Weekly (magazine) be your entertainment.
    Britney Spears
  • It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.
    Neil Gaiman
  • suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males

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  • The great prerogative and rite of love,
    Shakespeare, William  --  All’s Well that End’s Well
  • When Alexandra went to finishing school, self-doubt could not be found in any textbook, so she knew not its meaning; she was never bored, and given the slightest chance she would exercise her royal prerogative: she would arrange, advise, caution, and warn.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • And if she wanted to hide in the kitchen every time Eleanor came over, Park thought, that was her prerogative.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Your rescue of Ben Parish during the fall of Camp Haven, for example, defied logic and ignored the first prerogative of all living things: to continue living.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • (As the guy who held the patent on laurel wreaths, that was my prerogative.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • If you’re still bent on nailing this to Elliot …. that’s your prerogative.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush

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  • We Reds insult the king and the nobles if we can get away with it, but I think that’s our prerogative.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • The prerogative of the gods and of the movies….
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • That’s your prerogative.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • She was never bored, and given the slightest chance she would exercise her royal prerogative: she would arrange, advise, caution, and warn.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Under law the Quest for Ultimate Truth is quite clearly the inalienable prerogative of your working thinkers.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Before, saying no had been my prerogative.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • It is almost impossible for a man who enjoys freedom with all its prerogatives, to realize what it means to be deprived of that freedom.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Upon which impeachment of what to her was her most essential sex-prerogative, she made their lives unendurable.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • ’The prerogative of a man is to command.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She’s rubbing our noses in it, letting us know exactly who she is, making us watch her as she silently reads, flaunting her prerogative.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The grandeur of houses is assured by the integrity of prerogatives.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But, wrangling pedant, this is The patroness of heavenly harmony: Then give me leave to have prerogative; And when in music we have spent an hour, Your lecture shall have leisure for as much.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • He put his boots on the stove—first-corner’s prerogative— then back to Tsezar’s bunk.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Saying ’Cousin Toby, my fortunes having cast me on your niece, give me this prerogative of speech’:— SIR TOBY.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Uttered I here a command, the which none but a king might hold privilege and prerogative to utter, would such commandment be obeyed, and none rise up to say me nay?
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • As if loveliness were not the special prerogative of woman — her legitimate appanage and heritage!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Their mother is Athene, the goddess of wisdom, and, although they are often ready to play the buffoon to amuse you, such conduct is the prerogative of the truly wise.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Its fate was singular: the assemblies did not adopt it, as they all thought there was too much prerogative in it, and in England it was judg’d to have too much of the democratic.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • He was driven to use the prerogatives of his profession.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • And yet how otherwise had I achieved A name so glorious as by burying A brother? so my townsmen all would say, Where they not gagged by terror, Manifold A king’s prerogatives, and not the least That all his acts and all his words are law.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • But the task would exceed our prerogatives; and, as history, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness, it is probable that Louis de Saint Veran will be viewed by posterity only as the gallant defender of his country, while his cruel apathy on the shores of the Oswego and of the Horican will be forgotten.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Unhappy woman, she has been too long and too persistently denied her legitimate prerogative to listen to his objurgations with any other feeling than the derision of the desperate.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • VLADIMIR: Your Worship wishes to assert his prerogatives?
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • But the King of France is placed in the midst of an ancient body of lords, acknowledged by their own subjects, and beloved by them; they have their own prerogatives, nor can the king take these away except at his peril.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • He being thus lorded, Not only with what my revenue yielded, But what my power might else exact,—like one Who having, into truth, by telling of it, Made such a sinner of his memory, To credit his own lie,—he did believe He was indeed the Duke; out o’ the substitution, And executing th’ outward face of royalty, With all prerogative.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • All others are hers by natural prerogative.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Nevertheless, it is your undoubted prerogative to confer on whom you please this crown, by the delivery of which to the lady of your choice, the election of to-morrow’s Queen will be formal and complete.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He was asserting his traditional prerogative as a chief and was challenging the authority of the magistrate.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • They seemed to regard it as their rightful prerogative; they acted as if the purpose of the procedure were not to try a case, but to give them jobs, as if their jobs were to recite the appropriate formulas with no responsibility to know what the formulas accomplished, as if a courtroom were the one place where questions of right and wrong were irrelevant and they, the men in charge of dispensing justice, were safely wise enough to know that no justice existed.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • "Well, it ain’t a local prerogative," Augustus said.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Now, where he went, he had information unavailable to me, but he had to have advantages and prerogatives, I reckon, in exchange for sacrifices.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Their morals have been irreproachable, their manners candid as spring water; their minds have been presented to him as unbaked pieces of dough which it would be his prerogative to mould and form.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The traditional idea of initiation combines an introduction of the candidate into the techniques, duties, and prerogatives of his vocation with a radical readjustment of his emotional relationship to the parental images.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Our prerogative Calls not your counsels; but our natural goodness Imparts this; which, if you,—or stupified Or seeming so in skill,—cannot or will not Relish a truth, like us, inform yourselves We need no more of your advice: the matter, The loss, the gain, the ord’ring on’t, is all Properly ours.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • The prospect of forced retirement from "the most exclusive club in the world," the possibilities of giving up the inter-esting work, the fascinating trappings and the impressive prerogatives of Congressional office, can cause even the most courageous politician serious loss of sleep.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • It will either be said that equity lies of his side, or some words in the law will be found sounding that way, or some forced sense will be put on them; and, when all other things fail, the king’s undoubted prerogative will be pretended, as that which is above all law, and to which a religious judge ought to have a special regard.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • …watched him ride across the square on the gaunt black stallion, erect in his faded gray, the hat with its broken plume cocked a little yet not quite so much as the beaver of the old days, as if (Grandfather said) even with his martial rank and prerogatives he did not quite swagger like he used to do, not because he was chastened by misfortune or spent or even war-wearied but as though even while riding he was still bemused in that state in which he struggled to hold clear and free…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • He has almost lost the light that can lead him back to his prerogatives.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The emperor protects his prerogatives by protecting his own.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I was wholly vaunting the prerogative of the short-story writer.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
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