despite (oneself)

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despite (oneself)

Despite one not wanting or intending to. I enjoyed our walk but had to sit down despite myself because my knee started bothering me.
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despite yourself

used to indicate that you did not intend to do the thing mentioned.
1995 Ginu Kamani Junglee Girl Sahil chuckled, despite himself.
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"I wanted to sit next to her and stroke her hair, despite myself," Callie reflects.
But, despite everything I've learned in the 14 years since I began covering North Korea, despite myself, I feel hopeful again now ahead of Tuesday's summit between President Donald Trump and Kim.
All that said this was a serious speech by a serious politician and, despite myself, I cannot help but be impressed by both the ambition and the coherence of her appeal.
Still, National Poetry Month has a way of grabbing you whether you want to participate or not, and soon I found myself reading poetry in schools, small-town libraries and senior centers almost despite myself. And you know what?
When I trust God to hold my fife in perfect tension, to guide me in a sometimes winding path with a little fun, creativity, and companionship thrown in, I will find that my work and my fife accomplish God's purpose-sometimes despite myself.
Despite myself - and the fact that we gathered at Gatwick Airport at 4.30am on the day of our departure - I found myself being slowly sucked in.
They ended up giving back my anxious soul at the end of those few seconds during which they discussed my fate in front of me, my days and years yet to come, my fate despite myself. And they departed for other destinations.
[Lethem] wants to kiss our hand, and, despite myself, I want to kiss him back." ANNE TRUBEK
I had forgotten how much fun they were to catch, and despite myself I was soon yelling "Fish on!" every time I hooked up.
Sometimes, despite myself, I'd imagine him in a Gaza cellar, bound, perhaps wired with explosives to thwart a rescue attempt.
I'm trying to make up for lost time, I've been dragged to gigs and actually enjoyed them despite myself.
The prose, lyrical and brutal by turn, as befits a tale of predominantly peaceful people living in a gorgeous landscape, in which a monster has been turned loose, at times becomes clunky, e.g., a description of the wind whining "like an injured dog;" midnight descending "with the cold stealth of a nocturnal predator;" a woman being struck with a "fist like a sledgehammer making nice with the bridge of my nose;" a cop being told "I want you to drop everything" and then asking, on the next page, "This a priority?" That said, I was drawn into the unfolding tale, with suspense and tension building to a slambang denouement, and almost despite myself found it a satisfying read.
I have five children who were all in elementary school when I was divorced, and I raised them on my own - despite myself being uneducated, now they are all educated and employed." "Divorce is not about women vs.
But I also liked the whiteness of his skin and the faint lines on his forehead, his plumpness, his shyness and the eyes, the milkiness of the whites, and his manners, his etiquette, despite myself.