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Find oneself   /faɪnd wˌənsˈɛlf/   Listen
Find oneself

Accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation.  Synonym: find.

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"Find oneself" Quotes from Famous Books

... at before the two Houses of Parliament, on a solemn Fast Day, by an eminent Divine of the Westminster Assembly, was, I should say, a ten times greater trial of a man's equanimity in those days than it would be in these to waken one morning and find oneself the subject of a scathing onslaught in the columns of the leading newspaper. It was positively the worst blast from the black trumpet of the wind-god AEolus then possible for any inhabitant of England; and not even that poor company of suitors to whom, in Chaucer's poem, fickle ...
— The Life of John Milton Vol. 3 1643-1649 • David Masson

... education. Mary's attendant resented bitterly any rival in her certainly well-filled sphere, and Margarita was far beyond her one-time mentor now, and regarded her with the affectionate tolerance of a princess for her old nurse. This was hard on the devoted Barbara, for she adored Margarita, and to find oneself gently sliding to the foot of the pedestal, when one has not so long ago been occupied in moulding the statue, cannot be very enlivening, though one be ...
— Margarita's Soul - The Romantic Recollections of a Man of Fifty • Ingraham Lovell

... some eighty or one hundred consecutive hours, and this can only be effected by means of the sleeping-car. Take this distance, from New York to St. Paul, as an instance. It is about 1450 miles, and it can be accomplished in sixty-four hours. Of course one cannot expect to find oneself as comfortably located as in an hotel; but, all things considered, the balance of advantage is very much on the side of the sleeping-car. After a night or two one becomes accustomed to the noise and oscillation; the little peculiarities incidental to turning-in in rather a promiscuous manner with ...
— The Great Lone Land - A Narrative of Travel and Adventure in the North-West of America • W. F. Butler

... had given one a strange feeling of nakedness, and yet of a freedom from the tyranny of things, to find oneself so meagrely ...
— Snake and Sword - A Novel • Percival Christopher Wren

... and on this he sat and slept, propped as well as might be in a corner. It is difficult to say which would be worse—a fall from the stool by daylight into the embers of a wood fire, or the shuddering slimy waking about midnight, after a nod more vigorous than the rest, to find oneself plunged in eight cold inches ...
— Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland • George Forrest Browne

... told you my lungs were my weak point. I am turned down—and I am going abroad. It's not very pleasant to find oneself staying on in London, going to a little dinner party here and there where all the men are oldish, when all of ...
— The Summons • A.E.W. Mason

... there congregated in Gordon's study all the old faces of his first year, with one or two new ones. Nowhere so easily as at a Public School does one find oneself drifting apart from an old acquaintance; not for any real reason, not for any quarrel, but merely because circumstances seem to will it so. But when the thought of House matches returned, the old lot came back together to fight their battles over again, and to dream of the silver ...
— The Loom of Youth • Alec Waugh

... under the trees is spread a breakfast that suits the hour and climate. There are perhaps few more grateful feelings than on a summer's morning to come out of the fierce heat and dust and glare of field-exercises, or a march from the Malakand or Nowshera, and to find oneself in these cool ...
— The Story of the Guides • G. J. Younghusband

Words linked to "Find oneself" :   mature, grow, maturate

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