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mania as in:  mania surrounding the big event

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  • World Cup mania has spread across the continent.
  • It was the most irrational financial bubble since Tulip Mania.
  • The Admiral knows that claiming responsibility for Emby's absence would play right into the mania that Roland is creating.   (source)
    mania = extreme enthusiasm
  • He came home with a mania for running.   (source)
  • "You have a mania for simplifying everything," answered the Englishman, irritated.   (source)
    mania = enthusiasm so strong it is like a mental disorder
  • Ever since he retired, what was once a mere pastime of my father's has now become a full-time mania that can be summed up in one word: time-shares.   (source)
    mania = thing over which there is extreme enthusiasm
  • The only score we would have been totally happy with would have been 100 to 0. And right there in the middle of it all, in the midst of this perfect season mania, was Stargirl, popping up whenever the ball went through the net, no matter which team scored, cheering everything and everybody.   (source)
    mania = extreme enthusiasm
  • Everyone demented with the mania of owning things.   (source)
  • Frindle-mania was over.   (source)
  • And that was the Bay Bridge over his right shoulder, flashing a million cars a minute that never heard of Marvin Lundy and his baseball mania.   (source)
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  • As I began looking around Birmingham, I noticed a mania had infected the whole town and swept through the entire state.   (source)
  • That mania, to start with, for doing things in private.   (source)
    mania = enthusiasm (for something) that is so strong it is like a mental disorder
  • His manias make a startling combination.   (source)
    manias = extremely strong enthusiasms for particular things
  • My drunkenness is always sad, and when I am thoroughly drunk my mania is to relate all the lugubrious stories which my foolish nurse inculcated into my brain.   (source)
    mania = extreme enthusiasm
  • In search of something to occupy their hungry mouths, the captives were seized by a mania for smoking.   (source)
  • It looks like religious mania, and he will soon think that he himself is God.   (source)
    mania = enthusiasm so strong it is like a mental disorder
  • The attendant thinks it is some sudden form of religious mania which has seized him.   (source)
  • If so, we must look out for squalls, for a strong man with homicidal and religious mania at once might be dangerous.   (source)
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mania as in:  the mania of manic depression

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  • Impulsive acts accompanying mania often lead to problems.
    mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement and rapidly changing ideas
  • I reached for some explanation and strange words came to mind, words I'd learned only minutes before: paranoia, mania, delusions of grandeur and persecution.   (source)
    mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement, rapidly changing ideas, and overactivity
  • As December progressed, the Bird's mania deepened.   (source)
    mania = mood disorder characterized by excitement
  • For some reason — impending mania, perhaps — this really irritated me.   (source)
  • There are a lot of names: depression, catatonia, mania, anxiety, agitation.   (source)
    mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement, rapidly changing ideas, and overactivity
  • Religious mania-thinks she's God's instrument, something of that kind!   (source)
  • It almost seems as though the captain had been seized with some kind of mania before he had got well into blue water, and that this had developed persistently throughout the voyage.   (source)
  • ...this would seem to qualify them to know something about those intricacies involved in the question of moral responsibility; whether in a given case, say, the crime proceeded from mania in the brain or rabies of the heart.   (source)
    mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement
  • And it reads like rage growing to mania!   (source)
    mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement, rapidly changing ideas, and overactivity
  • But apart from temporary aberration, the doctor diagnosed mania, which premised, in his words, to lead to complete insanity in the future.   (source)
    mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement
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  • But Dad's mania for the machine had carried him beyond the reach of reason.   (source)
    mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement, rapidly changing ideas, and overactivity
  • I was sitting in Psychology 101 when the professor read the symptoms aloud from the overhead screen: depression, mania, paranoia, euphoria, delusions of grandeur and persecution.   (source)
  • Armstrong said: "And the motive?"
    "Religious mania. What do you say, doctor?"   (source)
    mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement
  • "Religious mania, that's the ticket…."
    "It's crazy-everything's crazy."   (source)
  • He said in the famous "acid" tone that Counsel knew so well: "Do I understand you to assert that women are not subject to homicidal mania?"   (source)
    mania = mood disorder characterized by excitement
  • But they immediately drew the deduction that the crime could only have been committed through temporary mental derangement, through homicidal mania, without object or the pursuit of gain.   (source)
  • But the doctor detected mania, above all, in the fact that the prisoner could not even speak of the three thousand roubles, of which he considered himself to have been cheated, without extraordinary irritation, though he could speak comparatively lightly of other misfortunes and grievances.   (source)
    mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement
  • He talked at length and with erudition of "aberration" and "mania," and argued that, from all the facts collected, the prisoner had undoubtedly been in a condition of aberration for several days before his arrest, and, if the crime had been committed by him, it must, even if he were conscious of it, have been almost involuntary, as he had not the power to control the morbid impulse that possessed him.   (source)
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  • Today the crowd has a new kind of energy, a last day mania.†   (source)
  • "Yeah, I've heard it's become a bit of a mania with him," said Sirius, nodding.†   (source)
  • Briony tried to recall similar moments when the symptoms of mania might have been observed.†   (source)
  • Her mother pointed at an empty Cheese-o-mania bag on the counter.†   (source)
  • I ought to have known mania when I saw it.†   (source)
  • She enjoyed the WWF Wrestling Mania shows, where Hulk Hogan and Mr. Perfect, whose necks were wider than their heads, wore spangled Lycra leggings and beat each other up brutally.†   (source)
  • I picked up the male, gripped the thick, —citil-zlike handle used to move him, and his arms and legs twitched mania lly.†   (source)
  • "That's the mania I was talking about," I said.†   (source)
  • "I myself," says Dr. DuPont, "tend to place prostitution in the same class as the homicidal and religious manias; all may be considered, perhaps, as an impulse to play-act which has run out of control.†   (source)
  • The craving for pork was growing into a mania in every city in the country.†   (source)
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  • We know that Carrie was the victim of her mother's religious mania.†   (source)
  • "Mania, la bendicion," I say, the way I used to as a child before going off to school.†   (source)
  • Used to his manias, Aureliano paid no attention to him.†   (source)
  • He realised that he had failed to discuss her mania for that sect in Skelleftea with her mother.†   (source)
  • The farthest rooms in the house were allocated to Jean's mania for photography.†   (source)
  • And now Jackie has brought Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece to America, where "Mona Mania" is about to break out.†   (source)
  • Oh, Mania, darn it!†   (source)
  • Bernadine and Bill, of course, enlisted in their era's "try everything" mania and pushed it to the limit.†   (source)
  • I was nervous, but no one noticed; the Camp was in the midst of holiday mania.†   (source)
  • "A mania," he speculated.†   (source)
  • Good at anagramming—dragon maggot mania.†   (source)
  • Difficult stuff to deal with, religious mania.†   (source)
  • Mania shrieked.†   (source)
  • Leonardo's motley team had taken over an entire wing with their mania.†   (source)
  • Synesthesia isn't simply the result of religious mania, if that's what you're thinking, Joe.†   (source)
  • A friend asked me if my tango-mania wasn't a little ambitious.†   (source)
  • Though the inspector had no such convenient pulpit for reply, certain trenchant remarks of his on persecution, contempt of authority, bigotry, religious mania, the law of slander, and the probable effects of direct action in opposition to Government sanction achieved a wide circulation.†   (source)
  • Wander-mania.†   (source)
  • I could hear canned goods crashing as he struggled in his mania.†   (source)
  • Strange, she thought as he spoke, his voice almost for the first time that day had lost its hysteric threat, its mania, its cruelty, had become edged instead with the tenderness, familiar, soothing, which was so naturally a part of him and which all day long she had been certain was past recapture.†   (source)
  • JEAN: You've got colour mania today.†   (source)
  • The three of them had soaked themselves in The Meaning of Love and The Kreutzer Sonata and had a mania for preaching chastity.†   (source)
  • Followed by mania, some delirium if your dose was high enough, then exhaustion.†   (source)
  • The proprietress was a smiling mama santa, tormented by a mania for opening and closing doors.†   (source)
  • It should rush quickly past the initial stages of euphoria and mania.†   (source)
  • If this was the onset of mania, it was coming too slowly for my liking.†   (source)
  • Her strange somnambulism seemed suspicious to her, as did her new mania for taking food to her room.†   (source)
  • "You're a mania," Jason decided, the word coming to him from his studies at Camp Jupiter long ago.†   (source)
  • But then Mania's mind came back to the fact she had dinner guests.†   (source)
  • I don't want to end up like my mom—reduced to a mania, chewing on my regrets forever.†   (source)
  • Mania said it didn't mean she'd been seeing him, but Father wasn't listening.†   (source)
  • Then Mania asked about the trip to New York City.†   (source)
  • The weddin' beads that Pa gave her," Mania said, her voice choking a little.†   (source)
  • Lots of times Mania came out there to the barn shed and sat on the milking stool just to watch us.†   (source)
  • Mania came up while Grandpa was talking.†   (source)
  • We went home for breakfast, and I remember how Papa kept patting Mania's hand.†   (source)
  • I could hardly wait to run home and tell Mania.†   (source)
  • Mania and them had expected we would all sit up with Granny that night.†   (source)
  • Mania and Aunt Loma grudgingly admired the postcard salesmanship.†   (source)
  • I just don't understand it," she told Mania.†   (source)
  • "How could Pa have run of with That Woman!" she whispered to Mania.†   (source)
  • Ever since she passed, it's been like Mania's lost holt of the reins.†   (source)
  • Gosh, no wonder Mania wanted me to hide that Bible!†   (source)
  • It wasn't till Sunday morning that Mania got really worried about him.†   (source)
  • There's no way she could of guessed that Mania would say, "No, let Love go on to New York.†   (source)
  • Mary Toy was curled up in Papa's lap in the swing, and Mania sat content beside them.†   (source)
  • Because I hated the whole lot of them: my parents, with their pure-blood mania, convinced that to be a Black made you practically royal...my idiot brother, soft enough to believe them...that's him.†   (source)
  • Paul suddenly remembered other examples of this odd mania: the way people had mobbed the Baltimore docks each month when the packet bearing the new installment of Mr Dickens's Little Dorrit or Oliver Twist was due (some had drowned, but this did not discourage the others); the old woman of a hundred and five who had declared she would live until Mr Galsworthy finished The Forsyte Saga, and who had die†   (source)
  • A look I can only describe as Dauntless mania enters his eyes, but rather than recoil from it, as I might have a few weeks ago, I catch it, like it's contagious.†   (source)
  • And, yes, there was a big bag with the beautiful word Cheese-o-mania written in golden script on the front of it.†   (source)
  • It would have been faster, but Denna's mania was growing stronger, and all her extra energy was more of a hindrance than a help.†   (source)
  • After gathering a small mountain of firewood, her mania was fading, leaving her in a content, almost dreamy lethargy.†   (source)
  • January comes to an end, and with it the Mona Lisa's stay in Washington, D.C. On February 4 another high-security motorcade drives the painting to New York, where "Mona Mania" reaches even greater heights.†   (source)
  • "You look like a jailer, Mama," Alba would say, alarmed at this mania for insuring the future by embittering the present.†   (source)
  • In those days windowpanes were brought from France by ship and the animal's mania for crashing into them became a problem, until Clara thought of painting cats on the glass.†   (source)
  • Like her father's mania—and all the other angry ghosts of her past—Orion could teach her nothing.†   (source)
  • Back on Ithaca, after I saw my mom's ...remnant, her mania ...When I was wounded, you kept me from slipping away, Pipes.†   (source)
  • One day he read in the encyclopedia about the advantages of a balanced diet, and so began his mania for vitamins, which was to last for the rest of his life.†   (source)
  • Esteban Trueba concluded that her mania for clay was fine as a form of amusement for a proper young lady, but that if it became a business, the name of Trueba would be brought down to the level of those merchants who sold nails in the hardware stores and fried fish in the market.†   (source)
  • Even worse: a mania.†   (source)
  • Miss Love was just sorry as could be when neither Papa nor I nor Aunt Loma could talk Mania into going.†   (source)
  • All of a sudden I couldn't stand the suspense any longer — the waiting for Miss Alice Ann to get to Mania.†   (source)
  • Instead, I found myself saying, in a small voice, "If it'll make you feel better, Mania, I'll give up the campin' trip."†   (source)
  • Why come Granny hadn't given all that to Mania when I was born — or when Mania was expecting the baby that died or when Mary Toy came?†   (source)
  • Wearin' mournin', for heaven's sake, and — " Just the thought of it made Mania mad, but she tried to be fair.†   (source)
  • Everybody knew that underneath Mania's linen duster she had on mourning clothes, but she looked smart and stylish all the same.†   (source)
  • Mania was usually still eating, so he'd bend down and wait while she wiped her mouth, then smack her one, and that's all there was to it.†   (source)
  • But despite Mania had a lot to worry about, there was a smile on her plain face and a light in her blue eves that we hadn't seen in weeks.†   (source)
  • Unlike Mania, he didn't worry about folks thinking bad of him, but he always made sure they thought well of him.†   (source)
  • He was too upset about Mania losing her trip, I reckon, and anyhow he believed in a boy fighting his own battles.†   (source)
  • Thinking with my mouth again, I said, "Mania, how could Cold Sassy be any more scandalized than it is already?"†   (source)
  • Mania and I were still out there on the porch, waiting for Papa, when here came Loma and Camp — her carrying the b7by, him carrying Granny's big mirror with Saint Cecilia painted on it.†   (source)
  • Two weeks from today, hon. As Mania cut a bite of roast beef, looking pitiful, Papa reached across the table and put his hand on her hand that held the knife.†   (source)
  • She put up tomatoes and corn out of Granny's garden, made cucumber pickles, sewed new dining room curtains, made big black hats with black plumes for Mania and Aunt Loma, and got her horse broke to the bridle and bit.†   (source)
  • Standing in the shade of the Cold Sassy tree, I watched their train pull out, then drove Jack home, turned him into the pasture with Miss Love's horse, filled their feed boxes and the watering trough, fed the chickens, and got the 'Coy family Bible offthe desk in the hall like Mania told me to.†   (source)
  • Mania started crying.†   (source)
  • But since the revolution, what with all the general uplift, speeches, demonstrations, she's become a bit touched in the head, she's got religious mania.†   (source)
  • A close passing look had revealed it to be a Stromberg Carlson, which she assumed to be Swedish until Bronek—a simple-seeming but canny fellow Polish prisoner who worked as a handyman in the Commandant's house and was a chief purveyor of gossip and information—told her it was an American machine, captured from some rich man's joint or foreign embassy to the west and transported here to take its place amid the mountainous tonnage of booty assembled with frenzied mania for pelf from all the plundered habitations of Europe.†   (source)
  • There was a technological and a logistical necessity embedded in the new directive, the impetus of which derived not from any sudden preservative concern on the part of the Germans for the Slavs and other "Aryan" non-Jewish deportees, but from an overriding obsession—springing from Hitler and amounting now to mania in the minds of Himmler, Eichmann and their cousin overlords in the SS chain of command—to finally get on with the Jewish slaughter until every Jew in Europe had perished.†   (source)
  • But now I recollect how these prodigious snores (product of a deviated septum, they had been his lifelong bane, and their cannonade through open windows on summer evenings had been known to arouse neighbors) became during the last night part of the very fabric of my insomnia and formed a turbulent counterpoint to the hectic drift of my thought: to a fleeting but bitter seizure of guilt, to a spasm of erotic mania that swooped down on me like some all-devouring succubus, and finally to a wrenching, sweet, nearly intolerable memory of the South which kept me awake through the whitening hours of dawn.†   (source)
  • A deadly logic is one of the special characteristics of acute mania.†   (source)
  • I imagine that the family history has become a mania with him.†   (source)
  • The task became a kind of mania with him.†   (source)
  • This egotism grew upon him, until it beqame at last an undoubted mania.†   (source)
  • Her curiosity was a disease, almost a mania.†   (source)
  • What was this mania of hers for marriage?†   (source)
  • He succumbed to the Japanese baseball mania.†   (source)
  • People could not tell whether it was a sport, a mania or a systematic pursuit.†   (source)
  • There may be persecution mania, too, and if so he may possibly associate M. Poirot with it.†   (source)
  • That he is a madman in an advanced stage of mania goes without saying.†   (source)
  • Their constant outward-looking, their mania for radios, cars, and a thousand other trinkets made them dream and fix their eyes upon the trash of life, made it impossible for them to learn a language which could have taught them to speak of what was in their or others' hearts.†   (source)
  • Getting a persecution mania, Alvah?†   (source)
  • Merlin used to call it Games-Mania.†   (source)
  • He has a mania for shooting people.†   (source)
  • He was remaining for a few days to gather his belongings— the clutter of four years, letters, books, old manuscript, worthless rubbish of every description, for he seemed to inherit Eliza's mania for blind accumulation.†   (source)
  • Greatly to our relief instead of scolding and forbidding, mother and, I think, father recognised our mania; and put it on a legal basis; bought us nets and setting boards; and indeed she went with Walter Headlam down to the St Ives public house and bought us rum.†   (source)
  • He carefully avoided issues like the tariff, internal improvements, the Know-Nothing mania, or prohibitionism, each of which would alienate important groups of voters.†   (source)
  • The first sign of the fester was when our chivalry turned into Games-Mania—all that nonsense about who had the best tilting average and so forth.†   (source)
  • Poirot, rather maliciously, I thought, assigned me the outside place as 'I had the mania for the fresh air' and himself occupied the seat next to our fair neighbour.†   (source)
  • This goaded her daughter's bitter curiosity almost past endurance, for, despite her angry mockery, the mania for property had bitten into her and Hugh Barton as well: secretly they respected Eliza's shrewdness and got her advice on property into which he was putting all his surplus earnings.†   (source)
  • Tiene mania de fusilar gente.†   (source)
  • She could only use patience and self-restraint, poor tools when matched against the heartfelt mania of love to which the ancient race was martyred.†   (source)
  • He was goaded to actual fury at times when he saw how carefully she saved bits of old string, empty cans and bottles, paper, trash of every description: the mania for acquisition, as yet an undeveloped madness in Eliza, enraged him.†   (source)
  • She waited for it to come, with the feverish intensity of a sudden mania; she counted the days; she watched the rare trucks on the road beyond the lawn.†   (source)
  • Remy continued: "What is the sense of this new mania of theirs?†   (source)
  • Her name was Victoria, and she had a perfect mania for going to church.†   (source)
  • Literary patronage was, however, with her as much a mania as was the love of gorgeous clothes.†   (source)
  • My religious mania, or whatever it was, is over.†   (source)
  • If I remember correctly, all of my guests were a little afflicted with the speed mania.†   (source)
  • Preserving was almost a mania with Mrs. Bergson.†   (source)
  • I can't understand this modern mania for curates.†   (source)
  • It is clear that your nationalist mania loathes the world-conquering cosmopolitanism of the Church.†   (source)
  • Those that have brains are hysterical, devoured with a mania for self-analysis.†   (source)
  • About half-way through the term a mania ran through the school for a game called Nibs.†   (source)
  • By what trick of mania could not he let her be as good to him as Mrs Basil was?†   (source)
  • As a result of this, little Stanislovas conceived a terror of the cold that was almost a mania.†   (source)
  • You still have a mania for under-furnishing.†   (source)
  • Then the horrid fact was disclosed that the new head had a mania for general information.†   (source)
  • There is positively a mania among some of them for sending it to England.†   (source)
  • Say, wife, it seems to be his mania to carry packets of woollen stockings into houses!†   (source)
  • —mad!" repeated Monte Cristo; "and what was his mania?"†   (source)
  • She is so finiky about her pleasures; and, besides, she has a mania for prawns.†   (source)
  • "It's all this mania for opposition," he went on.†   (source)
  • Take the speed mania.†   (source)
  • I am not in favour of this modern mania for turning bad people into good people at a moment's notice.†   (source)
  • What struck down this man to whom abstractions and scientific laws were more than kindly flesh was the mania of hate which overcame the unmilitaristic America to which he had emigrated in protest against Junkerdom.†   (source)
  • Violence of temper approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men of the family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been intensified by his long residence in the tropics.†   (source)
  • Now something such an one was Claggart, in whom was the mania of an evil nature, not engendered by vicious training or corrupting books or licentious living, but born with him and innate, in short "a depravity according to nature."†   (source)
  • So he asked about other things, until finally, with the passing days, it seemed to become a mania with him.†   (source)
  • Nowadays, with our modern mania for morality, every one has to pose as a paragon of purity, incorruptibility, and all the other seven deadly virtues—and what is the result?†   (source)
  • Someone told me just now that he is a bit touched on the subject of lawyers, that he has a mania for making speeches and intends to pass the examinations.†   (source)
  • They would have been nicer still if they hadn't, all of them, had what appeared to me to be the mania that what they called influences were working against them.†   (source)
  • It was a busy world, with all sorts of activities taking place concurrently; and every now and then, one of them would become the rage, a mania that conquered all else.†   (source)
  • She had once visited a spinster—poor, silly, and unattractive—whose mania it was that every man who approached her fell in love.†   (source)
  • WHAT NEW ACQUISITION of the Berghof was it, then, that rescued our friend of many years from his mania for solitaire and led him into the arms of another, nobler, if ultimately no less strange passion?†   (source)
  • Those idealistic powers of resistance to illness and death, whose defeat by the overwhelming forces of base nature so pained Herr Settembrini, were absolutely alien to litre Naphta; and his method for coping with the deterioration of his body was not sorrow and gloom, but scornful high spirits and an unparalleled aggressiveness, a mania for intellectual doubt, negation, and confusion, all of which severely aggravated the other man's melancholy and daily intensified their intellectual arguments.†   (source)
  • Mingling with them were cavaliers of Herr Albin's sort: seventeen-year-olds with monocles; a young Dutchman with lots of diamonds, a pink face, and a mania for philately; various Greeks, with slicked-down hair and almond eyes, who tended to reach for things at meals; two almost inseparable dandies, nicknamed "Max and Moritz," who were reputed to be great breakers of house rules.†   (source)
  • They all felt it—most bitterly, of course, the gentleman in question, who twirled his sweeping moustaches while he searched for a counterblow, giving his foe time to engage in further attacks against classical models, against the rhetorical literary tradition of European education and schooling, with its mania for grammatical form, which only served the interests of bourgeois class domination and had long since become an object of ridicule among the masses.†   (source)
  • The stones did not go near them, but influenced by their instinctive mania for imitation, they instantly seized all the cocoanuts within their reach, and sent a perfect hail of them down upon us.†   (source)
  • He was wishing to get the better of his attachment to herself, she just recovering from her mania for Mr. Elton.†   (source)
  • Though Frascati's and the Salon were open at that time in Paris, the mania for play was so widely spread that the public gambling-rooms did not suffice for the general ardour, and gambling went on in private houses as much as if there had been no public means for gratifying the passion.†   (source)
  • In 1789, Jefferson wrote from Paris to one of his friends:—"There is no country where the mania for over-governing has taken deeper root than in France, or been the source of greater mischief."†   (source)
  • The guest was now the master of Wuthering Heights: he held firm possession, and proved to the attorney — who, in his turn, proved it to Mr. Linton — that Earnshaw had mortgaged every yard of land he owned for cash to supply his mania for gaming; and he, Heathcliff, was the mortgagee.†   (source)
  • This short dialogue reveals that in my mania for the Nautilus, I was turning into the spitting image of its commander.†   (source)
  • Suddenly he became conscious of the germ of the mania of the "collector;" he had taken the first step; why should he not go on?†   (source)
  • A mania prevailed, a bubble burst, four stock-brokers took villa residences at Florence, four hundred nobodies were ruined, and among them Mr Nickleby.†   (source)
  • And could I look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?†   (source)
  • It is a mania.†   (source)
  • He for his part had tossed away all cheap inventions where ignorance finds itself able and at ease: he was enamoured of that arduous invention which is the very eye of research, provisionally framing its object and correcting it to more and more exactness of relation; he wanted to pierce the obscurity of those minute processes which prepare human misery and joy, those invisible thoroughfares which are the first lurking-places of anguish, mania, and crime, that delicate poise and transition which determine the growth of happy or unhappy consciousness.†   (source)
  • But so many and such varieties of people did the same, through Mr Dorrit's participation in his elder daughter's society mania, that it was hardly an exceptional case.†   (source)
  • He was possessed with a mania for patronizing Yankee ingenuity, and seeing his friends fitly furnished forth.†   (source)
  • They say old maids have a mania for matchmaking, and though I don't feel that weakness in myself as yet, I know a little person who is very unhappy with her father.†   (source)
  • She jumped up with a start; but sometimes he had to wait, for Charles had a mania for chatting by the fireside, and he would not stop.†   (source)
  • The mania for centralization and government regulations dates from the time when jurists began to take a share in the government, in the time of Philippele-Bel; ever since which period they have been on the increase.†   (source)
  • 'If you had never yielded to this fatal mania, Pancks,' said Clennam, more in commiseration than retaliation, 'it would have been how much better for you, and how much better for me!'†   (source)
  • Some are affected with the mania of which you spoke just now, that of living again in their grandchildren.†   (source)
  • That one imagines that he owns the Pont-Neuf, and he prevents people from walking on the cornice outside the parapet; that other has a mania for pulling person's ears; etc., etc. CHAPTER IX.†   (source)
  • But it was a mania of his.†   (source)
  • After this Amy subsided, till a mania for sketching from nature set her to haunting river, field, and wood, for picturesque studies, and sighing for ruins to copy.†   (source)
  • A stout Frenchman, who knew the Emperor, came to indulge his mania for dancing, and Lady de Jones, a British matron, adorned the scene with her little family of eight.†   (source)
  • "He seems to have a mania for diamonds," said Morcerf, smiling, "and I verily believe that, like Potemkin, he keeps his pockets filled, for the sake of strewing them along the road, as Tom Thumb did his flint stones."†   (source)
  • As to Miss Fanny, she had become the victim of an insatiate mania for what she called 'going into society;'and would have gone into it head-foremost fifty times between sunset and sunrise, if so many opportunities had been at her disposal.†   (source)
  • It was a want, a mania, a pleasure carried to such an extent that if she said she had the day before walked on the right side of a road, one might know she had taken the left.†   (source)
  • While the cooking mania lasted she went through Mrs. Cornelius's Receipt Book as if it were a mathematical exercise, working out the problems with patience and care.†   (source)
  • He showed him many others, even to doing errands for him at Rouen; and the book of a novelist having made the mania for cactuses fashionable, Leon bought some for Madame Bovary, bringing them back on his knees in the "Hirondelle," pricking his fingers on their hard hairs.†   (source)
  • "Do not say that, Debray," returned Beauchamp, laughing, "for here is Chateau-Renaud, who, to cure you of your mania for paradoxes, will pass the sword of Renaud de Montauban, his ancestor, through your body."†   (source)
  • Madame Bovary senior found nothing to censure except perhaps this mania of knitting jackets for orphans instead of mending her own house-linen; but, harassed with domestic quarrels, the good woman took pleasure in this quiet house, and she even stayed there till after Easter, to escape the sarcasms of old Bovary, who never failed on Good Friday to order chitterlings.†   (source)
  • It might give her marriage mania time to cool.†   (source)
  • Once the Navy freed me from the sexually stifling atmosphere in which I'd been growing up, the madness of that mania clamped me in a terrible grip.†   (source)
  • [10] Even Sweet, though he bases his New English Grammar upon the spoken language and thus sets the purists at defiance, quickly succumbs to the labelling mania   (source)
  • The prevalence of speed contests [Pg203] of various sorts, always to the intense interest of the proletariat, has brought such words as /speeder/, /speeding/, /speed-mania/, /speed-maniac/ and /speed-limit/ into daily use, and /speeded/ harmonizes with them better than the stronger /sped/.†   (source)
  • They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
    They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
    They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
    Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of
    owning things,
    Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of
    years ago,
    Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.†   (source)
  • This Eighteenth Century snuff-taking and malicious, is like Voltaire, who nevertheless must know, if he happens to think of it, that not yet in the Twentieth Century, not for all its speed mania, has any one come near to equalling the speed of a prose tale by Voltaire.†   (source)
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