Priding: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Use in Literature PridingMather prided himself on what he had done.ndash;Brooks Adams in The Emancipation of Massachusetts.Felix de Vandenesse, amiable, intellectual, and modest, had none of the characteristics on which de Marsay prided himself, and owed his success to diametrically opposed qualities. He had been warmly recommended to Mme.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in A Distinguished Provincial at Paris (tr Ellen Marriage).These changes, on which the inhabitants prided themselves, were due to the impetus given by Gaubertin, who within a day or two had received the cross of the Legion of honor, in anticipation of the coming birthday of the king.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Sons of the Soil (tr Katharine Prescott Wormeley).James prided himself upon his forbearance, and it was rarely indeed that he betrayed more than a hint of the superiority which he felt toward his parent.ndash;Rex Beach in The Auction Block.He wished much to converse with me in French, in the speaking of which language it seemed he prided himself, but I refused, and told him to speak the language of the country, or I would hold no discourse with him.ndash;George Borrow in The Bible in Spain.It was, however, evident that the owner chiefly prided himself on his flowers, of which there were numerous beds.ndash;George Borrow in The Bible in Spain.Jennings prided himself upon what he called his goodness of heat, and was always speaking of his humanity.ndash;William Wells Brown in Clotelle; or The Colored Heroine.Indeed, the veteran valet prided himself on his happy adoption of his master's dress and manner.ndash;Edward Bulwer-Lytton in The Disowned, vol 4.In secret he prided himself on possessing the artistic faculty, and yet, except in the nursery, he had never drawn a line, or later on spoilt canvas and daubed himself in oils under the idea that he was an embryo Millais or Turner.ndash;Rosa Nouchette Carey in Herb of Grace.He prided himself on his impenetrability before Dona Rita; on the happiness without a shadow of those four days.ndash;Joseph Conrad in The Arrow of Gold.
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