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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 ]

When a beautiful woman yields to temptation, let her consult her pride, though she forgets her virtue.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Oh! Why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
  Like a swift-fleeting meteor, a fast flying cloud,
    A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
      Man passes from life to his rest in the grave.
      - William Knox, Mortality,
        Lincoln's favorite hymn

There are proud men of so much delicacy that it almost conceals their pride, and perfectly excuses it.
      - Walter Savage Landor

It seems that nature, which has so wisely disposed our bodily organs with a view to our happiness, has also bestowed on us pride, to spare us the pain of being aware of our imperfections.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, serves also to moderate it.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

He whose pride oppresses the humble may perhaps be humbled, but will never be humble.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

There are no friends more inseparable than pride and hardness of heart, humility and love, falsehood and impudence.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Where pride begins, love ceases.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

If he could only see how small a vacancy his death would leave, the proud man would think less of the place he occupies in his lifetime.
      - Ernest Wilfrid LeGouve

When pride and presumption walk before, shame and loss follow very closely.
      - Louis XI

Pride and weakness are Siamese twins.
      - James Russell Lowell

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.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

Vanity is a confounded donkey, very apt to put his head between his legs, and chuck us over; but pride is a fine horse, that will carry us over the ground, and enable us to distance our fellow-travelers.
      - Captain Frederick Marryat

To be proud and inaccessible is to be timid and weak.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

Pride looks back upon its past deeds, and calculating with nicety what it has done, it commits itself to rest; whereas humility looks to that which is before, and discovering how much ground remains to be trodden, it is active and vigilant. Having gained one height, pride looks down with complacency on that which is beneath it; humility looks up to a higher and yet higher elevation. The one keeps us on this earth, which is congenial to its nature; the other directs our eye, and tends to lift us up to heaven.
      - James McCosh

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
      - Thomas Merton

Men say, "By pride the angels fell from heaven." By pride they reached a place from which they fell!
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller)

Pride is both a virtue and a vice.
      - Theodore Parker

Pride counterbalances all our miseries, for it either hides them, or, if it discloses them, boasts of that disclosure. Pride has such a thorough possession of us, even in the midst of our miseries and faults, that we are prepared to sacrifice life with joy, if it may but be talked of.
      - Blaise Pascal

The proud man is forsaken of God.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Ask for what end the heavenly bodies shine,
  Earth for whose use? Pride answers, 'Tis for mine
    For me kind nature wakes her genial power,
      Suckles each herb, and spreads out every flower.
      - Alexander Pope

Of all the causes that conspire to blind
  Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind,
    What the weak head with strongest bias rules,
      Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
      - Alexander Pope

Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defence, and fills up all the mighty void of sense.
      - Alexander Pope

The never-failing vice of fools.
      - Alexander Pope

What the weak head with strongest bias rules,
  Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (l. 203)


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