An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


I am the greatest. Not only do I knock em out, I pick the round!


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


Some movie stars wear their sunglasses even in church. They're afraid God might recognize them and ask for autographs.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


The last time I saw him he was walking down lover's lane holding his own hand.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


When science discovers the center of the universe a lot of people will be disappointed to find they are not it.


Bernard Baily


It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so.


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence into contempt.


Henry Bolingbroke (1678-1751, British politician)


Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.


Emily Bronte (1818-1848, British novelist, poet)


I have lived long enough to satisfy both nature and glory.


Julius Caesar (101-44 BC, Roman emperor)


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


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


It is my PRIDE, my damned, native, unconquerable Pride, that plunges me into Distraction. You must know that 19 -- 20ths of my Composition is Pride. I must either live a Slave, a Servant; to have no Will of my own, no Sentiments of my own which I may freely declare as such; -- or DIE -- perplexing alternative!


Thomas Chatterton (1752 -1770, British poet)


If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


Of all the marvelous works of God, perhaps the one angels view with the most supreme astonishment, is a proud man.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


It ain't bragging if you can do it.


Dizzy Dean


Pride the first peer and president of hell.


Daniel Defoe (1661-1731, British author)


There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Pride perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


My family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering.


W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911, British librettist)


Nothing so obstinately stands in the way of all sorts of progress as pride of opinion. While nothing is so foolish and baseless.


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


There was one who thought himself above me, and he was above me until he had that thought.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility.


Paul Keating


Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us,  something is out of tune.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom -- one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise.


John Keats (1795-1821, British poet)


Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Pride is for the most part the same in everybody -- the only difference is in the method and manner of showing it.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


Do your duty in all things. You could not do more; you should not wish to do less.


Robert B. Lee


There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.


Oscar Levant (1906-1972, American pianist, actor)


What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.


Oscar Levant (1906-1972, American pianist, actor)


A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Has God forgotten all I have done for Him?


Louis XIV (1638-1715, French king from 1643-1715)


To be proud and inaccessible is to be timid and weak.


Jean Baptiste Masillon


The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick, or a self-destroying or ever murderous obsession.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.


Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971, American theologian, historian)


Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


You cannot hold your head high with your hand out.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Exclusiveness is a characteristic of recent riches, high society, and the skunk.


Austin O'Malley


At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Pride is still aiming at the best houses: Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell; aspiring to be angels, men rebel.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


The nobler the blood the less the pride.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Pride is the mask of one's own faults.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


Where there are no tigers, a wild cat is very self-important.


Korean Proverb (Sayings of Korean origin)


It is nothing for one to know something unless another knows you know it.


Persian Proverb (Sayings of Persian origin)


It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Pride, like laudanum and other poisonous medicines, is beneficial in small, though injurious in large quantities. No man who is not pleased with himself, even in a personal sense, can please others.


Frederick Saunders


Man, proud man, drest in a little brief authority, most ignorant of what he's most assured, glassy essence, like an angry ape, plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven, as make the angels weep.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals.


Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979, American Roman Catholic clergyman, broadcaster)


Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith; and He that hath fellowship with a proud man shall be like unto him.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 13:1


I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Luke 16:3


Whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Swallow your pride occasionally, it's not fattening.


Frank Tyger


Pride and poverty don't get along, but often live together.


Author Unknown


Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.


Author Unknown


Pride makes us esteem ourselves; vanity desires the esteem of others.


Author Unknown


Swallowing your pride seldom leads to indigestion


Author Unknown


Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.


Author Unknown


We should be ashamed of our pride, but never proud of our shame.


Author Unknown


The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.


Booker T. Washington (1856-1915, American black leader and educator)


We rise in glory as we sink in pride."


Andrew Young (1932-, Civil rights activist, protestant minister, public official)


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