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  • In all Thénardier's outpourings, the words and gestures, the fury blazing in his eyes, this explosion of an evil nature brazenly exposed, the mixture of bravado and abjectness, arrogance, pettiness, rage, absurdity; the hodgepodge of genuine distress, and lying sentiment, the shamelessness of a vicious man rejoicing in viciousness, the bare crudity of an ugly soul -- in this eruption of all suffering and hatred there was something which was hideous as evil itself and still as poignant as truth.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")
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  • Nothing, however, can be more arrogant, though nothing is commoner than to assume that of Gods there is only one, and of religions none but the speaker's.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")
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  • It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.
    (Joseph Heller, "Catch-22")
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  • The capitan...one of those tall, arrogant, acerbically handsome niggers that most of the planet feels inferior to. Also one of those very bad men that not even postmodernism can explain away.
    (Junot Díaz, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao")
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  • You arrogant, overpublicized, showy old bat, what are you waiting for? Aren't you the king of all bogeymen? The legend children fear will devour them if they misbehave? Come on Vlad, live up to your reputation! If you can't burn to death one Egyptian vampire chained to a wall how did you ever drive the Turks from Romania?
    (Jeaniene Frost, "At Grave's End")
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  • From the very beginning- from the first moment, I may almost say- of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.
    (Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice")
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  • Every time I think you've reached the limits of arrogance, you show me new heights. Truly, your egotism is like the Universe-ever expanding.
    (Ilona Andrews, "Magic Strikes")
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  • At sixteen, he was cursed with all the certainty of youth, unleavened by any trace of humor or self-doubt, and wed to the arrogance that came so naturally to those born blond and strong and handsome.
    (George R.R. Martin, "A Clash of Kings")
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  • He had possessed the arrogance of a tall member of a short race, with no obligation save to be tall.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender is the Night")
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  • In rare moments of self-doubt, Dexter had once worried that a lack of intellect might hold him back in life, but here was a job where confidence, energy, perhaps even a certain arrogance were all that mattered, all qualities that lay within his grasp.
    (David Nicholls, "One Day")
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  • I was not really angry: I felt for him all the time, and longed to be reconciled; but I determined he should make the first advances, or at least show some signs of an humble and contrite spirit, first; for, if I began, it would only minister to his self-conceit, increase his arrogance, and quite destroy the lesson I wanted to give him.
    (Anne Bronte, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall")
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  • Freedom from Envy and from Arrogance.
    (Anne Bradstreet, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall")
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  • I think Bush has more on his plate than he bargained for, although I'd still vote for him again over Kerry. But Bush has a bit of arrogance about him that's starting to tick me off. And that smirk on his face just irritates the heck out of me.
    (Mitch May)
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  • America's way of dealing with everyone as an emperor needs someone who pushes back and limits, even a little bit, America's arrogance.
    (Mohammed Habib)
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  • indifference bordering on arrogance.
    (Roger Maris)
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