“Whereas McCain supported the war in Iraq from the start, supported the surge, supports the notion of preemptive war, sings about bombing Iran with a worrisome petulancy and wants us to stay in Iraq for 100 years if necessary.”
“A stammering voice in a thick brogue protested with the petulancy of intoxication.”
“The frequentation of courts checks this petulancy of manners; the good-breeding and circumspection which are necessary, and only to be learned there, correct those pertnesses.”
“Hamilton replied, “without petulancy, but with decision,” that he was not conscious of it, but since Washington thought so, “we must part.””
“This at least puts a singular character upon this book, and represents it with such reverend awe and majesty that it is the highest petulancy not to pay it a sacred respect.”
“It is dangerous venturing with rudeness and petulancy upon holy things, and then framing of excuses.”
“And the reasons why I am singled out for the object of his petulancy and spleen are too manifest to need repetition.”
“Had this man, in their days, treated this doctrine with his present scoffing petulancy, he had scarce been rector of St George, Botolph”
“Even at an age when prejudice and petulancy are apt to get the better of a man's judgment,”
“When, therefore, the Prince nevertheless believes that his betrothal to Nathalie has provoked the Elector's severity, he shows thereby that he has absolutely no comprehension of the dignity and necessity of the code of war, that consequently his violation of the ordinance could not have been caused by boyish petulancy, but by a grievous error, which, as an error, could be forgiven in a man.”
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