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[ Also see Boasting Pretension Pride Self-love Self-praise Self-righteousness Selfishness Snobs Vanity ]

Nature has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of a man's own making.
      - Joseph Addison

This self-conceit is a most dangerous shelf
  Where many have made shipwreck unawares;
    He who doth trust too much unto himself
      Can never fail to fall in many snares.
      - William Alexander, Earl of Stirling

Conceited men often seem a harmless kind of men, who, by an overweening self-respect, relieve other from the duty of respecting them at all.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 12)

The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 16)

Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. XII, v. 16)

It is a fact which escapes no one, that, generally speaking, whoso is acquainted with his worth has but a little stock to cultivate acquaintance with.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The certain way to be cheated is to fancy one's self more cunning than others.
      - Pierre Charron

An eagerness and zeal for dispute on every subject, and with every one, shows great self-sufficiency, that never-failing sign of great self-ignorance.
      - 1st Earl of Chatham, William Pitt

Drawn by conceit from reason's plan
  How vain is that poor creature man;
    How pleas'd in ev'ry paltry elf
      To grate about that thing himself.
      - Charles Churchill

Be very slow to believe that you are wiser than all others; it is a fatal but common error. Where one has been saved by a true estimation of another's weakness, thousands have been destroyed by a false appreciation of their own strength.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

None are so seldom found alone, and are so soon tired of their own company, as those coxcombs who are on the best terms with themselves.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Success seems to be that which forms the distinction between confidence and conceit. Nelson, when young, was piqued at not being noticed in a certain paragraph of the newspapers, which detailed an action wherein he had assisted. "But never mind," said he, "I will one day have a gazette of my own."
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Conceited people are never without a certain degree of harmless satisfaction wherewith to flavor the waters of life.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

Everything without tells the individual that he is nothing; everything within persuades him that he is everything.
      - Xavier Doudan

One's self-satisfaction is an untaxed kind of property, which it is very unpleasant to find depreciated.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Mill on the Floss (bk. V, ch. IV)

For what are they all in their high conceit,
  When man in the bush with God may meet?
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Good-Bye (st. 4)

The weakest spot in every man is where he thinks himself to be the wisest.
      - Nathaniel Emmons

There is scarcely any man, how much soever he may despise the character of a flatterer, but will condescend in the meanest manner to flatter himself.
      - Henry Fielding

We reproach people for talking about themselves but it is the subject they treat best.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

A man who is proud of small things shows that small things are great to him.
      - Madame Delphine Gay de Girardin

A school of art or of anything else is to be looked on as a single individual, who keeps talking to himself for a hundred years, and feels an extreme satisfaction with his own circle of favorite ideas, be they ever so silly.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Man believes himself always greater than he is, and is esteemed less than he is worth.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No wonder we are all more or less pleased with mediocrity, since it leaves us at rest, and gives the same comfortable feeling as when one associates with his equals.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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