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  • Certainly Nil admirari is no less misogynistic than The Unsex’d Females, but

    'Manlius to Peter Pindar':Satire, Patriotism, and Masculinity in the 1790s

  • There I was in my berth on the Orient Express, stark beneath the coverlet, with sunlit autumn countryside going past the window, and near at hand two people were talking, Kralta and an Englishman, and I knew he was a public school man because although they spoke in German he used occasional slang, and there was no mistaking his nil admirari drawl.

    Watershed

  • He hadn't raised his voice, but just for a moment the cool nil admirari air had slipped a trifle.

    THE NUMBERS

  • Yes, decidedly he had style, and watching him in the firelight it sent a tremor through me yet again to think that this splendid brave, with his paint and feathers so at odds with his nil admirari airs and crooked smile, was ... who he was.

    Isabelle

  • "Bishop, Dean, and bawling Boys" (Nil admirari p. 56).

    'Manlius to Peter Pindar':Satire, Patriotism, and Masculinity in the 1790s

  • But Dr Johnson has much of the nil admirari in smaller concerns.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • You may easily get this book from The Hague: read it, for it will both divert and astonish you, and at the same time teach you nil admirari; a very necessary lesson.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • And the essence of cool, as any fourteen year old could tell you, is nil admirari.

    The Age of the Essay

  • Very many men now-a-days besides the archdeacon adopt or affect to adopt the nil admirari doctrine; but nevertheless, to judge from their appearance, they are just as subject to sudden emotions as their grandfathers and grandmothers were before them.

    Barchester Towers

  • I maintained that Horace was wrong in placing happiness in Nil admirari, for that I thought admiration one of the most agreeable of all our feelings; and I regretted that I had lost much of my disposition to admire, which people generally do as they advance in life.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

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