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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 ]

Pride seems to be equally distributed; the man who owns the carriage and the man who drives it seem to have it just alike.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves were they in their places.
      - William Shenstone

The Lords of creation men we call.
      - Emily Anne Shuldham, Lords of Creation

Pride's chickens have bonny feathers, but they are an expensive brood to rear. They eat up everything, and are always lean when brought to market.
      - Alexander Smith

When a proud man thinks best of himself, then God and man think worst of him.
      - Horace (Horatio) Smith (a/k/a Paul Chatfield)

Pride is of such intimate connection with ingratitude that the actions of ingratitude seem directly resolvable into pride as the principal reason of them.
      - Bishop Robert South

Pride is the common forerunner of a fall. It was the devil's sin, and the devil's ruin; and has been, ever since, the devil's stratagem, who, like an expert wrestler, usually gives a man a lift before he gives him a throw.
      - Bishop Robert South

There is none so homely but loves a looking-glass.
      - Bishop Robert South

John Bunyan had a great dread of spiritual pride; and once, after he had preached a very fine sermon, and his friends crowded round to shake him by the hand, while they expressed the utmost admiration of his eloquence, he interrupted them, saying: "Ay! you need not remind me of that, for the devil told me of it before I was out of the pulpit!"
      - Robert Southey

Pride, in some particular disguise or other--often a secret to be proud himself--is the most ordinary spring of action among men.
      - Sir Richard Steele

There is no one passion which all mankind so naturally give in to as pride, nor any other passion which appears in such different disguises. It is to be found in all habits and all complexions. Is it not a question whether it does more harm or good in the world, and if there be not such a thing as what we may call a virtuous and laudable pride?
      - Sir Richard Steele

It is funny the two things most men are proudest of is the thing that any man can do and doing does in the same way, that is being drunk and being the father of their son.
      - Gertrude Stein

If a man has a right to be proud of anything, it is of a good action done as it ought to be, without any base interest lurking at the bottom of it.
      - Laurence Sterne

Spite of all the fools that pride has made,
  'Tis not on man a useless burthen laid;
    Pride has ennobled some, and some disgraced;
      It hurts not in itself, but as 'tis placed;
        When right, its views know none but virtue's bound;
          When wrong, it scarcely looks one inch around.
      - Benjamin Stillingfleet

If it were ever allowable to forget what is due to superiority of rank, it would be when the privileged themselves remember it.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Though Diogenes lived in a tub, there might be, for aught I know, as much pride under his rags, as in the fine-spun garments of the divine Plato.
      - Jonathan Swift

Pride, though it cannot prevent the holy affections of nature from being felt, may prevent them, from being shown.
      - Jeremy Taylor

You who are ashamed of your poverty, and blush for your calling, are a snob; as are you who boast of your pedigree, or are proud of your wealth.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

The sin of pride is the sin of sins; in which all subsequent sins are included, as in their germ; they are but the unfolding of this one.
      - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench

Deep is the sea, and deep is hell, but pride mineth deeper; it is coiled as a poisonous worm about the foundations of the soul.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

It is the nature of man to be proud, when man by nature hath nothing to be proud of. He more adorneth the creature than he adoreth the Creator; and makes not only his belly his god, but his body. I am ashamed of their glory whose glory is their shame. If nature will needs have me to be proud of something, I will be proud only of this, that I am proud of nothing.
      - Arthur Warwick

What a lesson, indeed, is all history and all life to the folly and fruitlessness of pride! The Egyptian kings had their embalmed bodies preserved in massive pyramids, to obtain an earthly immortality. In the seventeenth century they were sold as quack medicines, and now they are burnt for fuel! The Egyptian mummies, which Cambyses or time hath spared, avarice now consumeth. Mummy is become merchandise.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Earthly pride is like the passing flower, that springs to fall, and blossoms but to die.
      - Henry Kirke White

What is pride? a whizzing rocket
  That would emulate a star.
      - William Wordsworth


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