presumptuous folly

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  • And if she suddenly should enter now, How would she thy presumptuous folly humble! Cited from Faust, by Goethe
  • And yet when he spoke these words, they were not scouted as presumptuous folly: to most Frenchmen they seemed sober truth and practical good sense. Cited from The Life of Napoleon I (Volume 1 of 2), by John Holland Rose
  • It was a great error to subject a soldier to the authority of a priest, and a most presumptuous folly in the priest to undertake a commission so foreign to his profession. Cited from General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VI, by Kerr
  • We were there received very honourably, even beyond our expectations, the whole city believing we had perished on the ocean, as indeed all the rest of our companions did, through the presumptuous folly of our commander. Cited from History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III, by Robert Kerr
  • "But what hath Gessler to do with that presumptuous folly of the King of Babylon?" Cited from Heroes Every Child Should Know, by Hamilton Mabie
  • The worst disasters which Rome suffered in this war were due not to the storms and still less to the Carthaginians, but to the presumptuous folly of its own citizen-admirals. Cited from The History of Rome (Volumes 1-5), by Theodor Mommsen
  • And on that grave where English oak and holly And laurel wreaths entwine, Deem it not all a too presumptuous folly, This spray of Western pine! Cited from Complete Poetical Works, by Bret Harte
  • And on that grave where English oak and holly And laurel wreaths intwine, Deem it not all a too presumptuous folly,-- This spray of Western pine! Cited from Dickens in Camp, by Bret Harte
  • But when I remembered my own brutal bull of Bashan performance, my face, there in the dark, was on fire with shame; and I cursed the ignorant, presumptuous folly I had been guilty of in roaring out that abominable "Vicar of Bray" ballad, which had now become as hateful to me as my trousers or boots. Cited from A Crystal Age, by W. H. Hudson