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EGOTISM
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[ Also see Boasting Ego Narcissism Personality Pride Self-love Self-praise Self-righteousness Snobs ]

An egotist will always speak of himself, either in praise or in censure, but a modest man ever shuns making himself the subject of his conversation.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Avoid making yourself the subject of conversation.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

He who thinks he can find in himself the means of doing without others is much mistaken; but he who thinks that others cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We often boast that we are never bored; but yet we are so conceited that we do not perceive how often we bore others.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not to talk of ourselves at all.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Let the degree of egotism be the measure of confidence.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The more anyone speaks of himself the less he likes to hear another talked of.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The average person thinks he isn't.
      - Rev. Larry Lorenzoni

All the walks of literature are infested with mendicants for fame, who attempt to excite our interest by exhibiting all the distortions of their intellects and stripping the covering from all the putrid sores of their feelings.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Byron owed the vast influence which he exercised over his contemporaries at least as much to his gloomy egotism as to the real power of his poetry.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

The passages in which Milton has alluded to his own circumstances are perhaps read more frequently, and with more interest, than any other lines in his poems.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

We never could clearly understand how it is that egotism, so unpopular in conversation, should be so popular in writing.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw.
      - Willie Mays

When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed, his praises never.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

It is never permissible to say, I say.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Egotism is true modesty. In religious enquiry each of us can speak only for himself.
      - Cardinal John Henry Newman,
        in Aldous Huxley's "Proper Studies"

Christian piety annihilates the egoism of the heart; worldly politeness veils and represses it.
      - Blaise Pascal

Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself.
      - Blaise Pascal

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
      - Colin Powell

It astounds us to come upon other egoists, as though we alone had the right to be selfish, and to be filled with eagerness to live.
      - Jules Renard

The personal pronoun "I" should be the coat of arms of some individuals.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Here is the egotist's code: everything for himself, nothing for others.
      - Joseph Sanial-Dubay

Egotism erects its center in itself; love places it out of itself in the axis of the universal whole. Love aims at unity, egotism at solitude. Love is the citizen ruler of a flourishing republic, egotism is a despot in a devastated creation. Egotism sows for gratitude, love for the ungrateful. Love gives, egotism lends; and love does this before the throne of judicial truth, indifferent if for the enjoyment of the following moment, or with the view to a martyr's crown--indifferent whether the reward is in this life or in the next.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

We like so much to talk of ourselves that we are never weary of those private interviews with a lover during the course of whole years, and for the same reason the devout like to spend much time with their confessor; it is the pleasure of talking of themselves, even though it be to talk ill.
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

The egotist is next door to a fanatic.
      - Samuel Smiles


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