Because it was a night for self-congratulation—a celebration of the IMW for its successes—no matter who showed up.
Most refreshing was the general lack of self-congratulation, even among the most accomplished writers.
Let Jourdan Dunn be the first of many—not an island, or badge of self-congratulation.
But there was plenty of complacency and self-congratulation on display.
Also missing, thankfully, is the sense of entitlement and self-congratulation one finds in the Bay Area.
There was naturally in Aunt Polly's heart a certain amount of self-congratulation at the way in which things were going.
I should not have been so ready with my self-congratulation had I seen the dogs that we were to have.
Their conversation degenerated again and again into a strain of self-congratulation that would have irked an eavesdropper.
I was not, however, left in peace to enjoy my pleasant mood of self-congratulation.
Anything seemed more suitable to the fancy of such a despicable creature than the self-congratulation of the pioneer.