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  • Nick's turnaround is so sudden and so grandiose, it feels like ...it feels like he must want something.†   (source)
  • As the student brought it up to me, Hemme smiled in genuine amusement, certain that the more grandiose my preparations were, the greater my embarrassment would be in the end.†   (source)
  • At the same time, she had a flamethrower tongue that she would turn on people at the oddest times, usually in some grandiose, earth-scorching retaliation for a slight or breach of etiquette that none of the other freshmen had even perceived.†   (source)
  • In that pool of physical specimens what was precious—far more precious than an inch, or ten pounds, or one tenth of a second—was Taylor's peculiar energy and mind: relentless, manic, with grandiose ambitions and private standards of performance.†   (source)
  • Alice's ideas were usually a little grandiose for me, and I could see it in her eyes now — the tendency to take things too far kicking into action.†   (source)
  • Nero had always loved threats and grandiose statements.†   (source)
  • I think that she is filled with herself , she does not just have a large ego but one which is positively grandiose.†   (source)
  • I fault the media for perpetuating these grandiose dreams.†   (source)
  • Nothing grandiose; I just wanted to have a job where I could make a real difference in people's lives, and make a comfortable living.†   (source)
  • The intrepid traveler was laid to rest in a grandiose funeral.†   (source)
  • I tell my students if they want to bring technology into it, they have to take this into account, this tendency toward grandiose deeds, toward pursuing a dream.†   (source)
  • He had always been a heavy, healthy boy, had played like other children, and fought as they did, made friends and enemies and secret pacts and grandiose plans.†   (source)
  • Such grandiose declarations were commonplace during Ceausescu's reign, for his master plan—to create a nation worthy of the New Socialist Man—was an exercise in grandiosity.†   (source)
  • To Farmer the building looked "faintly grandiose," looming above the shacks of Cange.†   (source)
  • By suggesting that the commanding general of Spearhead required his participation, Ira was making a grandiose—and tortured—grasp at camouflaging his humiliation.†   (source)
  • He admitted the claim was grandiose and that value judgments were actually impossible for him to make since no person could be an impartial judge of his own cause.†   (source)
  • Creating grandiose romantic fantasies around the mundane exchange of seminal fluids?†   (source)
  • As he builds the assassination scheme in his head, layer by layer, everything from the location to its grandiosity is designed to make him the star performer in an epic scripted tale.†   (source)
  • At the back are two grandiose entranceways with carvings around them and ornate insets above the doors, inscribed in curvy, solemn lettering: GIRLS and BOYS.†   (source)
  • BRADY moves to the witness stand in grandiose style.†   (source)
  • People actually referred to him in that grandiose way, even in his presence.†   (source)
  • How grandiose.†   (source)
  • Or loyal, for free, for fun, to some grandiose practical joke he'd cooked up, all for her embarrassment, or terrorizing, or moral improvement?†   (source)
  • Even his grandiose delusions about creating some new medical marvel haven't harmed anyone.†   (source)
  • He sounded now incredibly like one of those lawyers summing up, tyrannical and grandiose.†   (source)
  • They walked downtown in the light of mother-of-pearl, to the Majestic, and found their way to seats by the light of the screen, in the exhilarating smell of stale tobacco, rank sweat, perfume and dirty drawers, while the piano played fast music and galloping horses raised a grandiose flag of dust.†   (source)
  • His dream had become a little less grandiose of late.†   (source)
  • You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.   (source)
  • Selfish and grandiose though Beck's obsession may have been, it F i wasn't frivolous.†   (source)
  • It sounded grandiose, and he tried to think of a better way to say it.†   (source)
  • As Fred Clumly, merely mortal, nothing more than—without any grandiose overtones—a man.†   (source)
  • Only a mind released from all passion could roll out such unashamedly grandiose prose.†   (source)
  • One made of sticks and stones and rivers and mountains the grandiose affirmation of human heads.†   (source)
  • Kabul fell prey to men who looked like they had tumbled out of their mothers with Kalashnikov in hand, Mr. Markos, vandals all of them, gun-toting thieves with grandiose, self-given titles.†   (source)
  • In Russia, whatever the endeavor, if the setting is glorious and the tenor grandiose, it will have its adherents.†   (source)
  • Savannah spurned all suitors—urban developers with grandiose plans and individuals (the "Gucci carpetbaggers," as Mary Harty called them) who moved to Savannah and immediately began suggesting ways of improving the place.†   (source)
  • However grandiose some of our individual ambitions may have been, nobody on Hall's team ever really considered going for the summit without bottled oxygen.†   (source)
  • But in the Count's considered opinion, the reason that dueling prevailed among Russian gentlemen stemmed from nothing more than their passion for the glorious and grandiose.†   (source)
  • Another of Lawton's forebears, Spencer Shotter, amassed a fortune in the naval-stores business at the turn of the century and built one of the most grandiose estates in the South on the grounds of Greenwich Plantation, immediately adjacent to Bonaventure Cemetery.†   (source)
  • It all seemed like a parody of what faith was supposed to be—quiet and heart-settling, not grandiose and dramatic—which is why I always eventually changed the channel.†   (source)
  • Perhaps she feared the grandiose love that had stood so many tests would not be able to withstand the most dreadful test of all: living together.†   (source)
  • Such grandiose declarations were commonplace during Ceausescu's reign, for his master plan—to create a nation worthy of the New Socialist Man—was an exercise in grandiosity.†   (source)
  • He never forgot the grandiose, terrible sight of that tiny child entering the world, coated with all her bloody membranes, between the shrieks of her mother and the cries of the women bustling around her.†   (source)
  • So it was that he found himself sitting behind a desk for the first time in his life, with a personal secretary at his disposal and a grandiose portrait of the Founding Father at some valiant battle hanging behind him.†   (source)
  • In any case, she was stupidly off guard and vulnerable when he put out the first signals, as he had before, and she failed to read their portent: the euphoric telephone call from Pfizer, the voice too high-pitched and excited, the announcement of incredible victories in the offing, a grandiose "breakthrough," a majestic scientific discovery.†   (source)
  • Hiss's delivery tended to run in quick spurts separated by nearly interminable pauses—pauses in which there was almost audible a thudding tread of thought, the clotted Gothic ratiocination—and during such hiatuses Sophie would stare at the walls, all unadorned save for that work of supremely grandiose Kitsch she had seen before, a multipasteled Adolf Hitler in heroic profile, clad like a Knight of the Grail in armor of Solingen stainless steel.†   (source)
  • —and comfortable, darkly grandiose as a gentlemen's club in the warm, obstructed light of a summer afternoon.†   (source)
  • A growl, a belch of gasoline, and deathless Aphrodite stirs on her way, descends to the city limits, drawn down not in a chariot pulled by sparrows, grandiose gold sinking aslant the burnt-out factory chimneys, the heavy air trembling at the heart to the pulse of countless wingbeats, but laboring stop by stop, as she always comes.†   (source)
  • All the wealth of Peru would have been insufficient to maintain her in the grandiose style she fancied for herself.†   (source)
  • Within a year he married a rugged young widow with a tidy farm who like all the other Dutch had been charmed by his air of travel, and his grandiose speech, particularly when he did Hamlet in the manner of the great Edmund Kean.†   (source)
  • We are the continuers, we are the inheritors, I said, thinking of my sons and daughters; and if the feeling is so grandiose as to be absurd and one conceals it by jumping on to a bus or buying the evening paper, it is still a curious element in the ardour with which one laces up one's boots, with which one now addresses old friends committed to different careers.†   (source)
  • It was necessary to promote on a much more grandiose style than in the democracies the illusion that the masses actually rule.†   (source)
  • No, the real plague had nothing in common with the grandiose imaginings that had haunted Rieux's mind at its outbreak.†   (source)
  • Numberless memorial tablets have been composed with the grandiose complacency of the following cuneiform of Sargon of Akkad, destroyer of the ancient cities of the Sumerians, from whom his own people had derived their civilization.†   (source)
  • As in the actual experience of every living being, so in the grandiose figure of the living cosmos: in the abyss of sleep the energies are refreshed, in the work of the day they are exhausted; the life of the universe runs down and must be renewed.†   (source)
  • On a grandiose scale he enacts the hero-life—performs the hero-deeds, slays the monster—but it is all with the freedom of a work done only to make evident to the eye what might have been accomplished equally well with a mere thought.†   (source)
  • From that, in answer to my questions, he came round to his grandiose plans again.†   (source)
  • [with grandiose calm] If I let you do it, will you promise to brag of it afterwards to her†   (source)
  • It is impossible to say what grandiose shadows slowly spread over his redoubtable serenity.†   (source)
  • But when he was back at his bench the grandiose aspirations faded and he was the sniffing, snuffling beagle, the impersonal worker.†   (source)
  • But they were friends of many years' standing and their careers had been parallel, first at the University and then as teachers: he could not risk a grandiose phrase with her.†   (source)
  • One small group of records contained the closing scenes of a grandiose opera overflowing with melodic genius, written by one of Herr Settembrini's compatriots, an old Southern master of musical drama, who had composed it in the second half of the previous century on commission from an Oriental prince, as part of solemn ceremonies at the dedication of a work of technology that would bring nations closer together.†   (source)
  • He felt a growing, if somewhat grandiose, sympathy, and looked at her as much as to say: "You poor thing."†   (source)
  • For only see—here was this grandiose letter with its "very happy to see you," which seemed to indicate that perhaps, after all, they did not think so badly of him.†   (source)
  • In the most ticklish situation he had managed— with good grace and quite impromptu—a vindication of drink; he had, moreover, just in passing, brought the conversation around to "civilization," of which, to be sure, little was evident in Mynheer Peeperkorn's primitive, menacing pose; and finally, by asking his question, had relaxed that grandiose pose—it would have been quite inappropriate to respond with a raised, clenched fist.†   (source)
  • Besides it was coupled with the most stirring and grandiose illusions in regard to Clyde's local material and social condition—illusions which had little to do with anything he had done to build up, but were based rather on conjecture and gossip over which he had no control.†   (source)
  • They were the people who, having moved the Cranston Wickwire Company from Albany, and the Finchley Electric Sweeper from Buffalo, and built large factories on the south bank of the Mohawk River, to say nothing of new and grandiose houses in Wykeagy Avenue and summer cottages at Greenwood, some twenty miles northwest, were setting a rather showy, and hence disagreeable, pace to all of the wealthy residents of this region.†   (source)
  • "In the meantime," he went on, a little grandiosely, now feeling the tang of great affairs upon him, "I want to thank you, Fred.†   (source)
  • Let us add a quantity of fine, amusing, and varied streets, like the Rue de Rivoli, and I do not despair of Paris presenting to the eye, when viewed from a balloon, that richness of line, that opulence of detail, that diversity of aspect, that grandiose something in the simple, and unexpected in the beautiful, which characterizes a checker-board.†   (source)
  • In the meantime, let there be no halt, no hesitation, no pause in the grandiose onward march of minds.†   (source)
  • However, the stamp of its power is there also, and the Titanic sink of Paris realizes, among monuments, that strange ideal realized in humanity by some men like Macchiavelli, Bacon and Mirabeau, grandiose vileness.†   (source)
  • No doubt, historically, uprisings have their beauty; the war of the pavements is no less grandiose, and no less pathetic, than the war of thickets: in the one there is the soul of forests, in the other the heart of cities; the one has Jean Chouan, the other has a Jeanne.†   (source)
  • But this model itself, a marvellous sketch, the grandiose skeleton of an idea of Napoleon's, which successive gusts of wind have carried away and thrown, on each occasion, still further from us, had become historical and had acquired a certain definiteness which contrasted with its provisional aspect.†   (source)
  • Bonaparte had become an almost fabulous monster, and in order to paint him to the imagination of the people, which, as we lately pointed out, resembles the imagination of children, the party of 1814 made him appear under all sorts of terrifying masks in succession, from that which is terrible though it remains grandiose to that which is terrible and becomes grotesque, from Tiberius to the bugaboo.†   (source)
  • it is a strange thing that this grandioseness and this burlesque should be amicable neighbors, that all this majesty should not be thrown into disorder by all this parody, and that the same mouth can to-day blow into the trump of the Judgment Day, and to-morrow into the reed-flute!†   (source)
  • Such grandiose pronunciamentos [Pg072] well indicate and explain the temper of the era.†   (source)
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