it is presumptuous

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  • It is presumptuous in any musician to think that he can have anything to say after Beethoven has finished. Cited from How to Listen to Music, 7th ed., by Henry Edward Krehbiel
  • As regards the second, namely the height of degree, it is presumptuous to desire the episcopal office. Cited from Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae), by Thomas Aquinas
  • The nature of Paris is so complex and unstable that one feels it is presumptuous to try to define it. Cited from Musicians of To-Day, by Romain Rolland
  • It is presumptuous to determine that these are the necessary conditions of all mental causation, when mental effects are experienced unsusceptible of being referred to them. Cited from English literary criticism, Various, C.E. Vaughan
  • "Whatever you may think of Mr. Smith's doctrines, it is presumptuous to set yourself up as too good to go to church." Cited from The Elect Lady, by George MacDonald
  • "You have acted with so much honour and prudence, that it is presumptuous to offer you advice; but what mean you to do with the wounded man?" Cited from The Old English Baron, by Clara Reeve
  • It is presumptuous to put off, till brighter evidences and clearer offers of mercy, the acceptance of grace to-day. Cited from A Brief Memoir of Eliza Southall, by Eliza Southall
  • Now it is presumptuous to think oneself perfect, but it is not presumptuous to tend to perfection. Cited from Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae), by Thomas Aquinas
  • It is humiliating to confess -- or it is presumptuous to boast, I am not sure which -- but a woman is never so fully an artist as a man. Cited from The Pagans, by Arlo Bates
  • Ouida does a public service by insisting that it is presumptuous of the crowd to judge the conduct of men of genius, whose life is pitched in quite a different key, and runs very frequently in the melancholy minor mode. Cited from Without Prejudice, by Israel Zangwill
  • "Dost say that it is presumptuous to win a convert to the banner of Our Lord Mahomet?" quoth he. Cited from The Sea-Hawk, by Rafael Sabatini
  • Many excellent people think that it is presumptuous to meddle with such high questions at all, and that, though there doubtless is an explanation, our faculties are not sufficiently enlarged to comprehend that explanation. Cited from Misc Writings and Speeches, Lord Macaulay V2 of 4
  • But it is easy to be wise after the event, and we admit that it is presumptuous for anyone to criticise hastily any matter that is being tossed about on the troubled sea of Oriental politics. Cited from Roumania Past and Present, by James Samuelson
  • It is presumptuous to seek to comprehend the purposes of God in creation, to consider ourselves participants in his plans, to imagine that things exist simply for our sake -- there are many things which no man sees and which are of advantage to none. Cited from History Of Modern Philosophy, by Richard Falckenberg
  • But you will say, perhaps, it is presumptuous to say that Englishmen have brought the cholera on themselves, that it is God's judgment, and that we cannot explain His inscrutable Providence. Cited from Sermons on National Subjects, by Charles Kingsley