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Definition make undue claims to having
  • Resign, the powers you Jaave arrogated.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • Far be it from me to arrogate to myself the attributes of the Deity.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "No, indeed," replied Monte Cristo with a smile, "I do not arrogate to myself the right of so doing."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The human and fallible should not arrogate a power with which the divine and perfect alone can be safely intrusted.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Not poets alone, nor artist, nor that superior order of mind which arrogates to itself all refinement, feel this, but dogs and all men.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • And if there were nothing else that bewrayed their madnesse; yet that very arrogating such inspiration to themselves, is argument enough.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • First, that 'no social organization can or ought to arrogate to itself power to dispose of the civic and political rights of its members.'
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Kindly ask your mother to do me the honor of advancing the same tolerance for my absence now that your family arrogated for so long in regard to its own.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • There came a time when he took over from the priest, who in murky and misanthropic eras of the past was permitted to arrogate the education of youth to himself.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • She arrogated to herself the right because Edward's affairs were in such a frightful state and he lied so about them that she claimed the privilege of having his secrets at her disposal.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • To be sure, the people will make mistakes—they will get no better government than they deserve—but that is far better than the representative of the people arrogating for himself the right to say he knows better than they what is good for them.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • It was consoling, under the hovering terror of to-morrow's separation, to feel that he really recognized her now as his wife Tess, and did not cast her off, even if in that recognition he went so far as to arrogate to himself the right of harming her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • A few years ago, the Rajah would have taken the hint, for the Political Agent then had been a formidable figure, descending with all the thunders of Empire when it was most inconvenient, turning the polity inside out, requiring motor-cars and tiger-hunts, trees cut down that impeded the view from the Guest House, cows milked in his presence, and generally arrogating the control of internal affairs.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • ...and sacred feast, Shall spend their days in joy unblamed; and dwell Long time in peace, by families and tribes, Under paternal rule: till one shall rise Of proud ambitious heart; who, not content With fair equality, fraternal state, Will arrogate dominion undeserved Over his brethren, and quite dispossess Concord and law of nature from the earth; Hunting (and men not beasts shall be his game) With war, and hostile snare, such as refuse Subjection to his empire tyrannous: A mighty...
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • ...not this that she is depending on to keep body and soul together: it is as though she were living on the actual blood itself like a vampire, not with insatiability, certainly not with voracity, but with that serene and idle splendor of Rowers arrogating to herself, because it fills her veins also, nourishment from the old blood that crossed uncharted seas and continents and battled wilderness hardships and lurking circumstances and fatalities, with tranquil disregard of whatever...
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • And who are you, then, that arrogate to yourself this tyrannical right over free and rational beings?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • To arrogate, is to Dishonour.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It is the older man who moves first, though they meet in the center of the tent, where they embrace and kiss before Henry is aware that be has moved, was going to move, moved by what of close blood which in the reflex instant arrogates and reconciles even though it does not yet (perhaps never will) forgive, who stands now while his father holds his face between both hands, looking at it.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • which it is acquired; that is to say, by Wisdome, Humility, Clearnesse of Doctrine, and sincerity of Conversation; and not by suppression of the Naturall Sciences, and of the Morality of Naturall Reason; nor by obscure Language; nor by Arrogating to themselves more Knowledge than they make appear; nor by Pious Frauds; nor by such other faults, as in the Pastors of Gods Church are not only Faults, but also scandalls, apt to make men stumble one time or other upon the suppression of...
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan

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