Abasing: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Familiar Quotations Abasing ndash; AbjectionIn the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning.ndash;Jean BaudrillardThe abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it.ndash;Jean Baudrillard Use in Literature AbasingJohn watched the change, and, though a lord of creation, abased himself to take compassion on the weaker vessel, and was seized with a great desire to lighten the homely tasks that tried her strength of body and soul.ndash;Louisa May Alcott in A Modern Cinderella.There is he who hopes to excel through the abasement of his neighbor, and only longs that from his greatness he may be brought low.ndash;Dante Alighieri in Divine Comedy: Purgatory (tr Norton).But where, my Lord, Shall we find rest for our disquiet minds? There dwell untamed thoughts that hardly stop, To such abasement of disdained rags.ndash;Shakespeare Apocrypha in The Puritain Widow.XX The Child, Gradasso, Iroldo, Bradamant, Prasildo, Brandimart, and many more, All, cheated by this new illusion, pant To slay the English baron, angered sore; But he abased their pride and haughty vaunt, Who straight bethought him of the horn be bore.ndash;Ludovico Ariosto in Orlando Furioso.I bless His Majesty, and abase myself, because I am still more deeply in His debt; and I believe that He makes my desire to serve Him grow, and my love revive.ndash;Teresa of Avila in Life of St Teresa of Jesus.Yet this would be done with a demure abasing of your eye, sometimes, as the Jesuits also do use.ndash;Francis Bacon in Essays of Francis Bacon.But now the duke and the cardinal, who had none but their own minions about them, seemed to take pleasure in abasing her.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Catherine de Medici (tr Katherine Prescott Wormeley).His huge tail wagged incessantly, he panted thirstily with excitement, he frisked round and round my chair, he abased himself and kissed my feet and hands, he rubbed his stately head fondly against my knee.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Vendetta.To abase wealth was, according to Madame de Portenduere's ideas, to elevate the nobility and rob the bourgeoisie of their importance.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Ursula (tr Katharine Prescott Wormeley).
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