- In August, 1822, paragraphs from newspapers, laudatory of other candidates, and depreciatory of Mr. Adams, were shown to him, on which he remarked, " The thing is not new. - "Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams.", Josiah Quincy.
- He preferred, we can plainly see, to think of himself, not as the great humourist, but as the great sentimentalist; and though the word " sentiment" had something even in his day of the depreciatory meaning which distinguishes it nowadays from " pathos," there can be little doubt that the thing appeared to Sterne to be, on the whole, and both in life and literature, rather admirable than the reverse. - "Sterne", H.D. Traill.
- Up one flight of stairs, up two flights of stairs, and up three flights of stairs did he climb, until on the fourth landing he pushed open a door and found himself in a small room, which formed for the nonce the " little place" about which he was wont at the club to make depreciatory allusions, so skilfully introduced that the listener was left in doubt as to whether the major was the happy possessor of a country house and grounds, or whether he merely owned a large suburban villa. - "The Firm of Girdlestone", Arthur Conan Doyle.