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Boasting

  • It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

  • ... bluster will scarcely produce a mouse.

    • Abigail Adams,
    • to her daughter (1791), Letters of Mrs. Adams ()
  • ... those Women who boast the Affections of their Admirers, have a greater share of Vanity than Love ...

    • Eliza Haywood,
    • "Love-Letters on All Occasions" (1730), in Alexander Pettit et al., eds, Fantomina and Other Works ()
  • Nothing can be more true, than that the greatest Boasters have the least of what they pretend to.

    • Eliza Haywood,
    • "Love-Letters on All Occasions" (1730), in Alexander Pettit et al., eds, Fantomina and Other Works ()
  • 'Tis the ignorant who boast.

    • Carmen Sylva,
    • in Carmen Sylva and Alma Strettell, Legends From River and Mountain ()
  • A positive way / To create animosity: / Extoll at great length / Our children's precocity.

    • Mary Alkus,
    • "Parental Prerogative," in The Rotarian ()