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Men of real merit, and whose noble and glorious deeds we are ready to acknowledge, are yet not to be endured when they vaunt their own actions.
      - Aeschines

The less people speak of their greatness the more we think of it.
      - Francis Bacon

Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of hope.
      - Bernard Berenson

Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished; but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
      - Charles Buxton

One man affirms that he has rode post a hundred miles in six hours; probably it is a lie; but supposing it to be true, what then? Why, he is a very good post-boy; that is all. Another asserts, and probably not without oaths, that he has drunk six or eight bottles of wine at a sitting; out of charity I will believe him a liar; for if I do not, I must think him a beast.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke when he boasted, "The less you speak of your greatness, the more I shall think of it." Mirrors are the accompaniments of dandies, not heroes. The men of history were not perpetually looking in the glass to make sure of their own size. Absorbed in their work they did it, and did it so well that the wondering world saw them to be great, and labeled them accordingly.
      - Rev. S. Coley

No more delay, vain boaster, but begin.
      - John Dryden

There is this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed; nature never pretends.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for someone to complain to.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

I know them, yea,
  And what they weigh, even to the utmost scruple;
    Scambling, out-facing, fashion-mong'ring boys,
      That lie, and cog, and flout, deprave, and slander,
        Go antickly, and show outward hideousness,
          And speak off half a dozen dangerous words,
            How they might hurt their enemies, if they durst;
              And this is all.
      - William Shakespeare

It will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass.
      - William Shakespeare

We wound our modesty, and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.
      - William Shakespeare

A gentleman, nurse, that loves to hear himself talk and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at II, iv)

Fools carry their daggers in their open mouths.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The honor is overpaid when he that did the act is commentator.
      - James Shirley

Commonly they use their feet for defence, whose tongue is their weapon.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Boasting and bravado may exist in the breast even of the coward, if he is successful through a mere lucky hit; but a just contempt of an enemy can alone arise in those who feel that they are superior to their opponent by the prudence of their measures.
      - Thucydides

Where boasting ends, there dignity begins.
      - Edward Young

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