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I should show my subservience.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  serving in a less important role — sometimes implying excessive submissiveness
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  • I should show my subservience.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Our people are used to being subservient because under the wali no criticism was tolerated.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I obeyed this peremptory order with hardly more than a twitch of subdued rebelliousness, for if I had learned anything during my years at the university it was that the scientific hierarchy requires a high standard of obedience, if not subservience, from its acolytes.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It couldn’t transfer to the town; and for someone like Ferdinand, especially after his time in the southern mining town, the child’s gesture of respect would have seemed old-fashioned and subservient.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River

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  • It was one of the few tangents in their relationship where she felt unable to adopt a subservient point of view.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Merely subservient.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • They went first to Trustworthy Bank, and then to Faithful Savings and Loan, and then to Subservient Financial Services, each time inquiring for Mr. Poe.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • Not subservient to the Laws of an angel who couldn’t care less about us.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • You’ll take your spectacular talent and make it obedient Originality and subservience together.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • They had accepted that subservient role.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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  • Here, as elsewhere, he was surrounded by an atmosphere of subservience to his wealth, and being in the habit of lording it over these people, he treated them with absent-minded contempt.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There now’s a patched professor in Queen Nature’s granite-founded College; but methinks he’s too subservient.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The thirteen clans are subservient to Hrothgar, but each clan chief wields enormous power; they choose the new dwarf king when the old one dies.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It was at this period I learned that the destiny which seemed subservient to every wish formed by Napoleon, had bestowed on him a son, named king of Rome even in his cradle.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Madam Lestrange," murmured Tom, and as Hermione paused he inclined his head subserviently.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • She thought of that, worried about it for a few days, and then wrote a column using that as a premise, to show that politicians who toadied to the Russians in order to keep the peace would inevitably end up subservient to them in everything.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • She would order us to serve her ice water in tall glasses and send us to the candy store for Devil Dogs and Montclair cigarettes, which we fetched with great dispatch and offered to her with proper subservience.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • This was the easier, in that she was perfect mistress of that diplomatic art which unites the utmost subservience of manner with the utmost inflexibility as to measure.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • His attitude became one of good-humored subservience and tacit adoration.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He has created the heavens and the earth with the truth; He makes the night cover the day and makes the day overtake the night, and He has made the sun and the moon subservient; each one runs on to an assigned term; now surely He is the Mighty, the Great Forgiver.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • It must amuse him, this fake subservience.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • I was his first wife, but I would not be obedient to him, so God cast me out and made for Adam a new wife, one fashioned of his own body that she might ever be subservient.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • And thinking of Kamala’s words, he was never subservient to the merchant, forced him to treat him as an equal, yes even more than an equal.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • the voice was carefully subservient.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • For the Lilliputians think nothing can be more unjust, than for people, in subservience to their own appetites, to bring children into the world, and leave the burthen of supporting them on the public.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • It will be subservient to the law of literature, which formerly received the law from it.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • They were shifty, cheerful, subservient men who were comfortable only with each other and never met anyone else’s eye, not even Yossarian’s eye at the open-air meeting they called to reprimand him publicly for making Kid Sampson turn back from the mission to Bologna.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She need not have disturbed herself, for the waiter, with the uncanny swiftness of his kind, had long sensed my position as inferior and subservient to hers, and had placed before me a plate of ham and tongue that somebody had sent back to the cold buffet half an hour before as badly carved.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The masters are not pleased, unless they obtain a greater degree of subservience than that; and they are generally accommodated.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Claggart made a gesture of subservience, and proceeded.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • I thought our judgments were given us merely to be subservient to those of neighbours.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The Norman, who by the virtue of three more diamonds had become the most subservient of men, put Candide and his attendants on board a vessel that was just ready to set sail for Portsmouth in England.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • For Aziz, too, the caves speak through their aftermath—of the perfidy of the English, of the falseness of his subservience, of his need to assert responsibility for his own life.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • It wasn’t about subservience or projecting a false image, it was about rendering true service.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The foreigner came here poor, beggarly, cringing, and subservient, ready to doff his cap to the meanest native of the household.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Was she supposed to imbibe it from my quiet subservience? I don’t think so.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • For it is a thing that dependeth not on Nature, but on the scope of the Writer; and is subservient to every mans proper method.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The threat to keep us subservient did not abate.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • No matter what unintelligible causes he ascribes to his incommunicable feelings, whoever rejects reality rejects existence-and the feelings that move him from then on are hatred for all the values of man’s life, and lust for all the evils that destroy it, A mystic relishes the spectacle of suffering, of poverty, subservience and terror; these give him a feeling of triumph, a proof of the defeat of rational reality.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The knight who was holding Alder grabbed his walkie-talkie and handed it to Kagan with a subservient bow.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • I could not make subservience an automatic part of my behavior.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • He was supposed to treat me politely in spite of my subservient position, and I was supposed to be grateful.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Did he see himself, a white-haired decrepit man, bending his hitherto inflexible theories to appointed circumstances; making his facts and figures subservient to Faith, Hope, and Charity; and no longer trying to grind that Heavenly trio in his dusty little mills?
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Of course there’s "empty rhetoric," that is, rhetoric that has emotional appeal without proper subservience to dialectical truth, but we don’t want any of that, do we?
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • We may remember Daniel Webster for his subservience to the National Bank throughout much of his career, but we have forgotten his sacrifice for the national good at the close of that career.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • He became a glorified floor-walker, greeting the men with new poise, no longer coyly subservient to pretty women.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I did not tell you so, because I vainly thought I could conquer my weaker feelings, and render every consideration subservient to my duty to you.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The policy was supported by the Dutch Reform Church, which furnished apartheid with its religious underpinnings by suggesting that Afrikaners were God’s chosen people and that blacks were a subservient species.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Lydgate was no Puritan, but he did not care for play, and winning money at it had always seemed a meanness to him; besides, he had an ideal of life which made this subservience of conduct to the gaining of small sums thoroughly hateful to him.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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