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I became distracted with myself and my vainglorious attempt to act as a symbolic bridge between the children of Yamacraw and the outside world.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
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vainglorious vainglory
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  • I became distracted with myself and my vainglorious attempt to act as a symbolic bridge between the children of Yamacraw and the outside world.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But I was glad I didn’t speak, because to Father Huismans the words were not vainglorious.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • We streaked with idiot vainglory through the frosty countryside, and as the afternoon faded and evening fell, so did the mercury; at about five o’clock the Clipper halted somewhere far from home out in the pinewoods and I became aware of the sudden descent of windy, vicious cold.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "I don’t mean to be vainglorious," Uncle Monty began, using a word which here means "braggy,"
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room

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  • My thoughts were further distracted by the excessive pride of Mr. and Mrs. Hubble, who were surpassingly conceited and vainglorious in being members of so distinguished a procession.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • ’But have you really done all this work yourselves?’ she continued, when we had been forgiven for terrifying her with our vainglorious salute.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • And the consciousness that the insult was not yet avenged, that his rancor was still unspent, weighed on his heart and poisoned the artificial tranquillity which he managed to obtain in Turkey by means of restless, plodding, and rather vainglorious and ambitious activity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I hear mass every day; I share my substance with the poor, making no display of good works, lest I let hypocrisy and vainglory, those enemies that subtly take possession of the most watchful heart, find an entrance into mine.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • You could call it vainglory.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • With no perceptible trace of the vainglorious about him, rather with the off-hand unaffectedness of natural regality, he seemed to accept the spontaneous homage of his shipmates.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd

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  • The party stood for a moment exchanging vainglorious remarks with Devil’s Row.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Your efforts to instil either vainglory or false modesty into the patient will therefore be met from the Enemy’s side with the obvious reminder that a man is not usually called upon to have an opinion of his own talents at all, since he can very well go on improving them to the best of his ability without deciding on his own precise niche in the temple of Fame.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • "Well, I must say it does look smart on me," commented Hortense, her vainglorious soul yearning for it.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Stately and aloof among vainglorious tiring-maids, a queen in robes that murmured on the marble floor, she trod the gallery of a crumbling palace.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Observers have described Charlestonians as vainglorious, obstinate, mercurial, verbose, xenophobic, and congenitally gracious.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And was this imprisonment God’s way of curbing his pride, tempering his vainglorious dreams? As the prisoners awoke, with their rantings and threats, Zeitoun prayed.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • It was not and is not money these seething millions want, but love and sympathy, the pulse of hearts beating with red blood;—a gift which to-day only their own kindred and race can bring to the masses, but which once saintly souls brought to their favored children in the crusade of the sixties, that finest thing in American history, and one of the few things untainted by sordid greed and cheap vainglory.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • By these ends they measure all their designs, and manage them so, that it is visible that the appetite of fame or vainglory does not work so much on there as a just care of their own security.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • A desperate gleam, baleful and vainglorious, flashed over his face.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • I know that tale as well, but Daeron made too much of it in that vainglorious book of his.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • I know the lad well from much consorting, and I am sure he is not boastful or vainglorious.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • All free nations are vainglorious, but national pride is not displayed by all in the same manner.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Do we not find Satan like a lapwing crying before us with enticement and vainglory, to draw our mind far away from the God of our salvation?
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The sight filled a measure of pride which would have made him drunk with vainglory but for the thought, princely as the property was, it did not any longer belong to his countrymen; the worship in the Temple was by permission of strangers; the hill where David dwelt was a marbled cheat—an office in which the chosen of the Lord were wrung and wrung for taxes, and scourged for very deathlessness of faith.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • If, on the one hand, it should be observed that the expenses incurred in the prosecution of the ambitious enterprises and vainglorious pursuits of a monarchy are not a proper standard by which to judge of those which might be necessary in a republic, it ought, on the other hand, to be remarked that there should be as great a disproportion between the profusion and extravagance of a wealthy kingdom in its domestic administration, and the frugality and economy which in that particular…
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …human powers, and by warning us of the many weak points where we are open to the attack of the great enemy of our race; it proves to us that we are in danger of being weak, when our vanity would fain soothe us into the belief that we arc most strong; it forcibly points out to us the vainglory of intellect, and shows us the vast difference between a saving faith and the corollaries of a philosophical theology; and it teaches us to reduce our self-examination to the test of good works.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Preening and pruning himself effulgendy and strutting vaingloriously about the platform as he picked up momentum, he gave the men the colors of the day again and shifted nimbly into a rousing pep talk on the importance of the bridge at Avignon to the war effort and the obligation of each man on the mission to place love of country above love of life.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The brazen insensitive spirit of the boys he envied but could not imitate: they would howl loudly under punishment, in order to mitigate it, and they were vaingloriously unconcerned ten minutes later.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Vainglorious as he was, Porthos could not afford to have a baldric wholly of gold, but had at least half.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He exclaimed with an accent which smacked at the same time of the vainglory of the mountebank at fairs, and the humility of the mendicant on the highway:— "A pupil of Talma!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • <5> For certes *many a predication *preaching is often inspired Cometh oft-time of evil intention;* by evil motives* Some for pleasance of folk, and flattery, To be advanced by hypocrisy; And some for vainglory, and some for hate.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • the teeth of the Crafty, the Unstable, the Audacious, the Vainglorious, and your Murderous Beast?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • "Well," says Watt, "it’s to be hoped they line out of their prayerbooks a certain passage for the common people about pride and vainglory.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But that’s rather good, by the way—not to be vainglorious."
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • But that’s rather good, by the way—not to be vainglorious."
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Vaingloriously, we try to substitute ourselves for this faith, creating thus for the rest of the world a reality which we believe after their fashion, while, actually, it doesn’t exist.
    Luigi Pirandello  --  Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • ) who cast out of the Church, such as S. John himself thought fit to be received into it, out of a pride he took in Praeeminence; so early it was, that Vainglory, and Ambition had found entrance into the Church of Christ.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Make no vainglorious boasts, I beg you.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • I had long since ceased to reflect on the vainglory of the words.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Consequently he had appeared to believe all that the vainglorious Musketeer had told him, convinced that no friendship will hold out against a surprised secret.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Sancho followed on Dapple, together with all the members of the pastoral gathering, eager to see what would be the upshot of his vainglorious and extraordinary proposal.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • There is inobedience, vaunting, hypocrisy, despite, arrogance, impudence, swelling of hearte, insolence, elation, impatience, strife, contumacy, presumption, irreverence, pertinacity, vainglory and many another twig that I cannot tell nor declare….
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • …of all victories to be crowned by his own glorious death, a sort of priestly motive led him to dress his person in the jewelled vouchers of his own shining deeds; if thus to have adorned himself for the altar and the sacrifice were indeed vainglory, then affectation and fustian is each more heroic line in the great epics and dramas, since in such lines the poet but embodies in verse those exaltations of sentiment that a nature like Nelson, the opportunity being given, vitalizes into…
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • …to come very modestly clothed; but the Anemolians, lying more remote, and having had little commerce with them, understanding that they were coarsely clothed, and all in the same manner, took it for granted that they had none of those fine things among them of which they made no use; and they, being a vainglorious rather than a wise people, resolved to set themselves out with so much pomp that they should look like gods, and strike the eyes of the poor Utopians with their splendour.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Do you now feel what it is to be justified by our Saviour’s death, and reject all weak and idle dependence on good works, that spring from man’s pride and vainglory?"
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The party stood for a moment exchanging vainglorious remarks with Devil’s Row.
    Crane, Stephen  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • He was an active, irritable, fuming, vainglorious little man, and elevated in his own opinion, by being the proxy of Mr.
    Irving, Washington  --  Astoria or Anecdotes  of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains
  • Hubble, who were surpassingly conceited and vainglorious in being members of so distinguished a procession.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Great Expectations
  • Vainglorious as he was, Porthos could not afford to have a baldric wholly of gold, but had at least half.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Three Musketeers
  • They came in vaunting and vainglorious style; displaying five Cheyenne scalps, the trophies of their vengeance.
    Irving, Washington  --  The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West
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