The individual or the group which organizes any society, however social its intentions or pretensions, arrogates an inordinate portion of social privilege to itself.
They're innocent movies, and they're fun movies and there were no pretensions about 'em.
In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.
If they wish to alleviate the sufferings of the exploited classes, let them live up to their pretensions, let them abandon the academy and go out there and work politically and economically and in a humanitarian spirit.
Criticism, whatever may be its pretensions, never does more than to define the impression which is made upon it at a certain moment by a work wherein the writer himself noted the impression of the world which he received at a certain hour.
But as the clerical pretensions are more exacting than all others, being put forward with an assertion that no answer is possible without breach of duty and sin, so are they more galling.
To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem.. Ridiculous.
To a superior race of beings the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem equally ridiculous.
I have to say that my husband and my children are so tough, there really is no space for pretension.
For with all our pretension to enlightenment, are we not now a talking, desultory, rather than a meditative generation?
Pretensions to moral superiority are devastatingly destructive.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labour in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Nearly everywhere monarchs raised themselves further above the level of the greatest nobles and buttressed their new pretensions to respect and authority with cannons and taxation.
Fighting battles is like courting girls: those who make the most pretensions and are boldest usually win.
What is a harp but an over-sized cheese-slicer with cutlural pretensions?