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Egotism

Baxter, Ted
TV anchorman who sees himself as most important news topic. [TV: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in Terrace, II, 70]
cat
symbol of egotism because of its aloofness and independence. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 49]
Milvain, Jasper
sees himself as extremely important in literary world. [Br. Lit.: New Grub Street, Magill I, 647–649]
narcissus
symbol of self-centeredness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Narcissus
falls in love with his reflection in pond. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Handbook, 745; Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
Number One
portraying politician Crawford; self-gain as tour de force. [Am. Lit.: Number One]
Patterne, Sir Willoughby
epitome of vanity and self-centeredness, tries to dominate all around him. [Br. Lit.: The Egoist in Magill I, 241]
Patterne, Sir Willoughby
his egotism spelled his defeat. [Br. Lit.: The Egoist, Magill I, 241-242]
Skimpole, Horace
egocentric, wily fraud. [Br. Lit.: Bleak House]
Templeton
self-centered rat. [Children’s Lit.: Charlotte’s Web]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Perhaps the most successful of all chairman-managers was both a businessman and an egotist, however.
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"If radical adjustments are not effected, if our children are brought up as pure egotists -- forgetful of the plight of vast hordes of people throughout the world, and even in our own affluent nations -- if economic, social, political perspectives are not revised to harmonize with what it means to be fully human, then there is little hope for humanity.
Instead of skipping past tidbits like these, Vidal underlines them, reiterating a great truth about history: it unfolds not according to the careful reasoning of statesmen but through the deeds of teeth-clicking egotists like Roosevelt and religiously political (or politically religious) men like McKinley.
Every Welsh MEP voted with the rest of Parliament for this filibustering group of egotists.
In fact, the groups led by the greatest egotists chose the worse candidate for the job.
So there you have them - this year's collection of egotists, eccentrics, and nutters.
People regularly decry politicians, particularly in the National Assembly, but if they are all snouts in the trough, self-serving egotists, we have to ask, who put them there?
Desmond Morris - he's a zoologist, so he knows about these things - says this year's inmates are "naive egotists" and an "unusually unpleasant bunch of weirdos".
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So to the trustees,accept your defeat like a man (or woman)and have the sense to realise that this is the result the Wrexham people wanted and not what a minority of egotists believed they wanted.