Quotes About Pride


They are proud in humility, proud in that they are not proud. -- Burton

Pride ruined the angels. -- Emerson

Pride requires very costly food—its keeper's happiness.—Colton.

Pride, of all others the most dangerous fault,
Proceeds from want of sense, or want of thought.

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.—Sterne.

There is this paradox in pride,—it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.—Colton.

In reality, there is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, stifle it, mortify it as much as you please, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself.—Franklin.

Men say, "By pride the angels fell from heaven." By pride they reached a place from which they fell!—Joaquin Miller.

Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy.—Franklin.


Pride like an eagle builds amid the stars.
_Night Thoughts, Night V_. DR. E. YOUNG.

Why, who cries out on pride,
That can therein tax any private party?
Doth it not flow as hugely as the sea?
_As You Like It, Act ii. Sc. 7_. SHAKESPEARE.

'T is pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul;
I think the Romans call it stoicism.
_Cato, Act i. Sc. 4_. J. ADDISON.

Of all the causes which 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.
_Essay on Criticism, Pt. II_. A. POPE.

Where wavering man, betrayed by venturous pride
To chase the dreary paths without a guide.
As treacherous phantoms in the mist delude,
Shuns fancied ills, or chases airy good.
_The Vanity of Human Wishes_. DR. S. JOHNSON.

Pride (of all others the most dang'rous fault)
Proceeds from want of sense or want of thought.
_Essay on Translated Verse_. W. DILLON.

Oft has it been my lot to mark
A proud, conceited, talking spark.
_The Chameleon_. J. MERRICK.

Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk.
_Cymbeline, Act iii. Sc. 3_. SHAKESPEARE.

Ask for whose use the heavenly bodies shine;
Earth for whose use? Pride answers,
'T is for mine!
_Essay on Man, Pt. I_. A. POPE.


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