• WordNet 3.6
    • n obstinance resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
    • n obstinance the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
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  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “The passion of hatred is so long lived and so obstinate a malady that the surest sign of death in a sick person is their desire for reconciliation.”
  • William Hogarth
    William Hogarth
    “You know I won't turn over a new leaf I am so obstinate, but then I am no less obstinate in being your affectionate Husband.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.”
  • Proverb
    “Fools and obstinate men make lawyers rich.”
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    “Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.”
  • Lord Longford
    Lord Longford
    “The male sex still constitute in many ways the most obstinate vested interest one can find.”


In literature:

I was harsh, obstinate, and cruel.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
They haggled a good deal over the price, owing to Maggie's obstinate attempts to ruin her own market.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
His character, besides, was despotic, obstinate, and tenacious; and as little inclined to yield to circumstances as to men.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
But he anxiously concealed all his good qualities and took an obstinate pleasure in being hard and disagreeable.
"In the World War" by Count Ottokar Czernin
This variety of lichen is very obstinate and of long duration.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The Obstinate One of course belonged with the party of Senator Hanway.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Surely Professor Hardwigg did not intend the old woman and myself to become martyrs to his obstinate will.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Reading their advertisements, he is astonished that the English patient should be so obstinate as to refuse health on such easy terms.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
She is one of the new little females who are obstinately determined to earn an honest living.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
If he obstinately persists in his course, he is lost.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas

In poetry:

Weeds are of such obstinate growth,
They elude the most diligent hand;
And, if they were not to be check'd,
Would quickly run over the land.
"To A Young Gentleman" by Matilda Betham
Each calling, "Come! be mine! be wise!"
Stands obstinately in his place,
How can these two come face to face,
Till light spring from their meeting eyes?
"The Egoists" by Edith Nesbit
But what HAS poor Will done? I prithee explain;
I'm out of all patience, don't mock me again.
The obstinate bird, with his wonderful trill,
Still made the same answer, and that, "Whip-poor-Will."
"The Whippoorwill And I" by Horatio Alger Jr
Well, well, I can hear you, don't have any fears,
I can hear what is constantly dinned in my ears.
The obstinate bird, with his wonderful trill,
Still made but one answer, and that, "Whip-poor-Will."
"The Whippoorwill And I" by Horatio Alger Jr
But, children, there's a chance you may
With Obstinate Persistence
Incline to Fawn, or Cream or Grey,
Then you can't Make the Distance.
You'll keep your Soul; but I'm afraid
You'll have to learn some Nicer Trade.
"Politics for Tots: Lesson 2~ “The Party”" by C J Dennis
Then he gawped at me with a look o' surprise and puzzle,
(Is the fish o' the sea afeard o' we or us'ns afeard o' they?)
And seein' the anchor hangin' close to his muzzle
He gave a gulp and swallered it up in a solemn and obstinate way.
"The Deep Sea Gudge" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Stop us if you've heard this one: An unpopular Democratic president facing tough economic times overcomes those difficulties to win reelection by pinning the nation's problems on an obstinate Republican-led Congress.
The pumps wouldn't throw out the obstinate wipes because the clogs obviously were getting worse and worse, binding inside the pump.
Obstinate Outliers, GPS Trackers and Insufficient Audits.
"They become obstinate and they keep pushing for what they want and offer no concessions until they start losing on the ground.".
Call it tradition, obstinance or even a lack of resources, but the plan of action for many in the old guard of upscale dining has been to resist action, to hold tightly to the past.
Hank Williams Jr prides himself on being obstinate, opinionated and politically incorrect.
The opulent and the obstinate stand side-by-side on Coast Boulevard, where these ramshackle residences are the region's oldest surviving examples of late-Victorian beach cottage architecture PAT SHERMAN PHOTOS.
Blindly, obstinately, each day, as though in the end It would relieve her to know the particulars.
Call him arrogant, obstinate and bald, but don't dare accuse Billy Corgan of lacking civic pride.
The path to success in the music business is covered in an array of obstinate obstacles and littered with the remains of those who tried and failed.

In science:

Thus, the obstinate reader could still check the computations below, up to and including Theorem 4.17, by hand.
Formulas for the arithmetic geometric mean of curves of genus 3