It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of
her father, for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked, and she was left alone.
Make no banaar's boast of
skill; Hold thy peace above the kill.
While other towns boast of the magnificence of their arsenals and dock-yards, and the splendour of their shops and markets, Haarlem's claims to fame rest upon her superiority to all other provincial cities in the number and beauty of her spreading elms, graceful poplars, and, more than all, upon her pleasant walks, shaded by the lovely arches of magnificent oaks, lindens, and chestnuts.
And yet, if the truth must be told, this wretch, who had stolen what was the boast of man, and the dowry of a woman, did not consider himself as a thief.
A shipowner loves a profitable ship; the seaman is proud of her; a doubt of her good looks seldom exists in his mind; but if he can boast of
her more useful qualities it is an added satisfaction for his self-love.
By these and similar exploits, he made himself the pride and boast of
his people, and became popular among them, notwithstanding his death-denouncing fiat.
men, whose very signs and expressions are less intelligible to us than those of the domesticated animals; men, who do not possess the instinct of those animals, nor yet appear to boast of
human reason, or at least of arts consequent on that reason.
As to the decision of civil causes, or proceedings against criminals, their precedents are so few, that they have little reason to boast of
any extraordinary skill in either.
It was, in fact, neither the moment nor the occasion for an Indian to boast of his exploits; and it is probably that, had Heyward neglected to inquire, not another syllable would, just then, have been uttered on the subject.
What right have Christian whites to boast of their learning, when a savage can read a language that would prove too much for the wisest of them all
You boast of
consciousness, but you are not sure of your ground, for though your mind works, yet your heart is darkened and corrupt, and you cannot have a full, genuine consciousness without a pure heart.
There are, too, some persons of distinguished families who, because they are so, disdain to be on an equality with others, for those esteem themselves noble who boast of
their ancestors' merit and fortune: these, to speak truth, are the origin and fountain from whence seditions arise.
And if pride was not forbidden," said Thwackum, "I might boast of
having taught him that duty which he himself assigned as his motive.
We know what the land's like--first-rate, yet there's not much of a crop to boast of
But he continued to boast of
Saddam's imminent victory as American artillery rounds reverberated around Baghdad.