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PRIDE
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[ Also see Arrogance Boasting Conceit Contempt Dignity Egotism Humility Meekness Ostentation Presumption Self-conceit Self-love Self-praise Self-respect Selfishness Shame Snobs Vanity ]

The pride of woman, natural to her, never sleeps until modesty is gone.
      - Joseph Addison

There is no passion which steals into the heart more imperceptibly, and covers itself under more disguises, than pride.
      - Joseph Addison

'Tis pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul: I think the Romans call it stoicism.
      - Joseph Addison

When pride thaws, look for floods.
      - Philip James Bailey

As proud as Lucifer.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Country Town)

How can there be pride in a contrite heart? Humility is the earliest fruit of religion.
      - Hosea Ballou

Many men nourish a pride which urges them to conceal their struggles and show themselves only as conquerors.
      - Honore de Balzac

When one of those skirt-bearing animals has set herself up above all by permitting herself to be deified, no power on earth can be as proud as she.
      - Honore de Balzac

There is much proud humility and humble pride in the world.
      - James Lendall Basford

I think half the troubles for which men go slouching in prayer to God are caused by their intolerable pride. Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges. We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Some people are proud of their humility.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

When a man's pride is subdued it's like the sides of Mount Aetna. It was terrible during the eruption, but when that is over and the lava is turned into soil, there are vineyards and olive trees which grow up to the top.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

When flowers are full of heaven-descended dews, they always hang their heads; but men hold theirs the higher the more they receive, getting proud as they get full.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVI, v. 18)

Ay, do despise me, I'm the prouder for it;
  I like to be despised.
      - Isaac Bickerstaffe (Bickerstaff),
        The Hypocrite (act V, sc. 1)

It is pride which fills the world with so much harshness and severity. We are rigorous to offenses as if we had never offended.
      - Hugh Blair

Pride is like the beautiful acacia, that lifts its head proudly above its neighbor plants--forgetting that it too, like them, has its roots in the dirt.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Snobbery is the pride of those who are not sure of their position.
      - Berton Braley

Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith.
      - Garth Brooks

Measure not thyself by thy morning shadow, but by the extent of thy grave; and reckon thyself above the earth by the line thou must be contented with under it.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

In beginning the world, if you don't wish to get chafed at every turn, fold up your pride carefully, put it under lock and key, and only let it out to air upon grand occasions. Pride is a garment all stiff brocade outside, all grating sackcloth on the side next to the skin.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The haughty woman who can stand alone, and requires no leaning-place in our hearts, loses the spell of her sex.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

They are proud in humility, proud in that they are not proud.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 3, subsect. 14)

Yes--the same sin that overthrew the angels,
  And of all sins most easily besets
    Mortals the nearest to the angelic nature:
      The vile are only vain; the great are proud.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Pride is a vice not only dreadfully mischievous in human society, but perhaps of all others, the most insuperable bar to real inward improvement.
      - Elizabeth Carter


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