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

Five, or six, ten people shall be made temporarily wretched because one person, unconsciously perhaps, yet supremely, egotistic and selfish, has never learned to control his disposition and bridle his tongue.
      - James H. Aughey

Discourse ought to be as a field, without coming home to any man.
      - Francis Bacon

Speech of a man's self ought to be seldom and well chosen. I knew one was wont to say in scorn, "He must needs be a wise man, he speaks so much of himself." There is but one case wherein a man may commend himself with good grace, and that is in commending virtue in another, especially if it be a virtue whereunto himself pretendeth.
      - Francis Bacon

If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.
      - Arnold Bennett (Enoch Arnold Bennett)

EGOTIST, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.
      - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are excellent.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

He who discommendeth others obliquely commendeth himself.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

And though all cry down self, none means
  His own self in a literal sense.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Egotism is the tongue of vanity.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

The awkwardness and embarrassment which all feel on beginning to write, when they themselves are the theme, ought to serve as a hint to author's that self is a subject they ought very rarely to descant upon.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is a hard and nice subject for a man to speak of himself: it grates his own heart to say anything of disparagement, and the reader's ear to hear anything of praise from him.
      - Abraham Cowley

The unfortunate are always egotistical.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Only by the supernatural is a man strong--only by confiding in the divinity which stirs within us. Nothing is so weak as an egotist--nothing is mightier than we, when we are vehicles of a truth before which the state and the individual are alike ephemeral.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The pest of society is egotists.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are dull and bright, sacred and profane, coarse and fine egotists. It is a disease that, like influenza, falls on all constitutions. In the distemper known to physicians as chorea, the patient sometimes turns round, and continues to spin slowly in one spot. Is egotism a metaphysical varioloid of this malady?
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take egotism out, and you would castrate the benefactors. Luther, Mirabeau, Napoleon, John Adams, Andrew Jackson.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson's Journal,
        June, 1863

I now know all the people worth knowing in America, and I find no intellect comparable to my own.
      - Sarah Margaret Fuller (used pseudonym Marchioness Ossoli),
        Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli

It is natural to man to regard himself as the object of the creation, and to think of all things in relation to himself, and the degree in which they can serve and be useful to him.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What hypocrites we seem to be whenever we talk of ourselves! Our words sound so humble, while our hearts are so proud.
      - Augustus William Hare

The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people.
      - Lucille S. Harper

It is a false principle that because we are entirely occupied with ourselves, we must equally occupy the thoughts of others. The contrary inference is the fair one.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

To speak highly of one with whom we are intimate is a species of egotism. Our modesty as well as our jealousy teaches us caution on this subject.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Every real master of speaking or writing ores his personality as he would any other serviceable material; the very moment a speaker or writer begins to use it, not for his main purpose, but for vanity's sake, as all weak people are sure to do, hearers, and readers feel the difference in a moment.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Seldom do we talk of ourselves with success. If I condemn myself, more is believed than is expressed; if I praise myself, much less.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames


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