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

The miller imagines that the corn grows only to make his mill turn.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

A man--poet, prophet, or whatever be may be--readily persuades himself of his right to all the worship that is voluntarily tendered.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Conceit is the most contemptible and one of the most odious qualities in the world. It is vanity driven from all other shifts, and forced to appeal to itself for admiration.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

We judge of others for the most part by their good opinion of themselves; yet nothing gives such offense or creates so many enemies, as that extreme self-complacency or superciliousness of manner, which appears to set the opinion of every one else at defiance.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Conceit is just as natural a thing to human minds as a centre is to a circle. But little-minded people's thoughts move in such small circles that five minutes' conversation gives you an arc long enough to determine their whole curve. An arc in the movement of a large intellect does not differ sensibly from a straight line.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

I say that conceit is just as natural a thing to human minds as a centre to a circle.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Talk about conceit as much as you like, it is to human character what salt is to the ocean; it keeps it sweet and renders it endurable. Say rather it is like the natural unguent of the seafowl's plumage, which enables him to shed the rain that falls on him and the wave in which he dips. When one has had all his conceit taken out of him, when he has lost all his illusions, his feathers will soon soak through, and he will fly no more.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Every man, however little, makes a figure in his own eyes.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

The world knows only two, that's Rome and I.
      - Ben Jonson, Sejanus (act V, sc. 1)

A man who is always well satisfied with himself is seldom so with others, and others as little pleased with him.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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

Strong conceit, like a new principle, carries all easily with it, when yet above common-sense.
      - John Locke (1)

And so we plough along, as the fly said to the ox.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The empty vessel giveth a greater sound than the full barrel.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie)

The art of making much show with little substance.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Those who differ most from the opinions of their fellow-men are the most confident of the troth of their own.
      - Sir James Mackintosh

A strong conceit is rich; so most men deem:
  If not to be, 'tis comfort yet to seem.
      - John Marston

In men this blunder still you find,
  All think their little set mankind.
      - Hannah More, Florio (pt. I)

It is the admirer of himself, and not the admirer of virtue, that thinks himself superior to others.
      - Plutarch

Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless but impairs what it would improve.
      - Alexander Pope

We go and fancy that everybody is thinking of us. But he is not; he is like us--he is thinking of himself.
      - Charles Reade

Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up.
      - John Ruskin,
        True and Beautiful--Morals and Religion--Function of the Artist

I am not in the roll of common men.
      - William Shakespeare

One whom the music of his own vain tongue doth ravish like enchanting harmony.
      - William Shakespeare


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