It is poverty and pollution and wretched self-complacency
. But my happiness should justify existence itself!"
By all that I have ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed; that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency
on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary.
When Charmolue had installed himself in a magisterial manner in his own, he seated himself, then rose and said, without exhibiting too much self-complacency
at his success,--"The accused has confessed all."
Such tranquil stupidity, such supernatural gravity, such self- righteousness, and such ineffable self-complacency
as were in the countenance and attitude of that gray-bodied, dark-winged, bald-headed, and preposterously uncomely bird!
By this pregnant speech the farrier had re-established his self-complacency
, and waited with confidence to hear himself named as one of the superlatively sensible men.
IT is no part of mine to narrate the adventures of John Nicholson, which were many, but simply his more momentous misadventures, which were more than he desired, and, by human standards, more than he deserved; how he reached California, how he was rooked, and robbed, and beaten, and starved; how he was at last taken up by charitable folk, restored to some degree of self-complacency
, and installed as a clerk in a bank in San Francisco, it would take too long to tell; nor in these episodes were there any marks of the peculiar Nicholsonic destiny, for they were just such matters as befell some thousands of other young adventurers in the same days and places.
After a few moments' chat, John Dashwood, recollecting that Fanny was yet uninformed of her sister's being there, quitted the room in quest of her; and Elinor was left to improve her acquaintance with Robert, who, by the gay unconcern, the happy self-complacency
of his manner while enjoying so unfair a division of his mother's love and liberality, to the prejudice of his banished brother, earned only by his own dissipated course of life, and that brother's integrity, was confirming her most unfavourable opinion of his head and heart.
It's rather a strong check to one's self-complacency
to find how much of one's right doing depends on not being in want of money.
What arts she employed to soothe and blind him I know not, but she succeeded both in allaying his wrath, and hoodwinking his discernment, as was soon proved by the alteration in his mien and manner; she must have managed to convince him that I neither was, nor ever had been, a rival of his, for the fortnight of fury against me terminated in a fit of exceeding graciousness and amenity, not unmixed with a dash of exulting self-complacency
, more ludicrous than irritating.
I came forward...." (Berg stood up and showed how he presented himself, with his hand to his cap, and really it would have been difficult for a face to express greater respect and self-complacency
than his did.) "Well, he stormed at me, as the saying is, stormed and stormed and stormed!
Don Quixote pursued his journey in the high spirits, satisfaction, and self-complacency
already described, fancying himself the most valorous knight-errant of the age in the world because of his late victory.
But what will not be forgotten, and what will and should continue to obsess our imaginations, is this revelation of the possibilities of the universe, this destruction of our ignorant self-complacency
, and this demonstration of how narrow is the path of our material existence and what abysses may lie upon either side of it.