1. I would always rather be happy than dignified.
2. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.
3. I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.
4. I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.
5. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.
6. Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast about the ones I’ve read.
7. Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
8. Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.
9. I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.
10. All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.
11. As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.
12. Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.
13. When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.
14. I’m so proud of you that it makes me proud of me. I hope you know that.
15. Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.
16. It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.
17. I was like, Am I gay? Am I straight? And I realized…I’m just slutty. Where’s my parade?
18. 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.
19. Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.
20. The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God.
21. Thus with my lips have I denounced you, while my heart, bleeding within me, called you tender names.
It was love lashed by its own self that spoke. It was pride half slain that fluttered in the dust. It was my hunger for your love that raged from the housetop, while my own love, kneeling in silence, prayed your forgiveness.
22. There are two circumstances that lead to arrogance: one is when you’re wrong and you can’t face it; the other is when you’re right and nobody else can face it.
23. Being different is a revolving door in your life where secure people enter and insecure exit.
24. You wear your honor like a suit of armor… You think it keeps you safe, but all it does is weigh you down and make it hard for you to move.
25. Your pride for your country should not come after your country becomes great; your country becomes great because of your pride in it.
26. You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.” (Elizabeth Bennett)
27. Greed, envy, sloth, pride and gluttony: these are not vices anymore. No, these are marketing tools. Lust is our way of life. Envy is just a nudge towards another sale. Even in our relationships we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us. In a dog-eat-dog world we lose part of our humanity.
28. Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.
29. Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride – where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.
30. I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.
31. Curiosity is only vanity. We usually only want to know something so that we can talk about it.
32. You differ from a great man in only one respect: the great man was once a very little man, but he developed one important quality: he recognized the smallness and narrowness of his thoughts and actions. Under the pressure of some task that meant a great deal to him, he learned to see how his smallness, his pettiness endangered his happiness. In other words, a great man knows when and in what way he is a little man. A little man does not know he is little and is afraid to know. He hides his pettiness and narrowness behind illusions of strength and greatness, someone else’s strength and greatness. He’s proud of his great generals but not of himself. He admires an idea he has not had, not one he has had. The less he understands something, the more firmly he believes in it. And the better he understands an idea, the less he believes in it.
33. We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything.
34. Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.
35. Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.
36. But he understood at last what Dumbledore had been trying to tell him. It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew — and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents — that there was all the difference in the world.
37. I find I am much prouder of the victory I obtain over myself, when, in the very ardor of dispute, I make myself submit to my adversary’s force of reason, than I am pleased with the victory I obtain over him through his weakness.
38. Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains?
39. For I am—or I was—one of those people who pride themselves in on their willpower, on their ability to make a decision and carry it through. This virtue, like most virtues, is ambiguity itself. People who believe that they are strong-willed and the masters of their destiny can only continue to believe this by becoming specialists in self-deception. Their decisions are not really decisions at all—a real decision makes one humble, one knows that it is at the mercy of more things than can be named—but elaborate systems of evasion, of illusion, designed to make themselves and the world appear to be what they and the world are not. This is certainly what my decision, made so long ago in Joey’s bed, came to. I had decided to allow no room in the universe for something which shamed and frightened me. I succeeded very well—by not looking at the universe, by not looking at myself, by remaining, in effect, in constant motion.
40. Rowan considered for a moment, and then said, “I have known many kings in my life, Dorian Havilliard. And it was a rare man indeed who asked for help when he needed it, who would put aside pride.
41. We are rarely proud when we are alone.
42. The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.
43. Lucifer spoke thus. Pride took him from heaven, though he sat at God’s right hand.’ Her voice grew faint, the hint of a whisper. ‘In the end pride is the only evil, the root of all sins.’
‘Pride is all I have.
44. Don’t pretend to be what you’re not, instead, pretend to what you want to be, it is not pretence, it is a journey to self realization.
45. Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
46. There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.
47. You need to take pride in what God has given you.
48. Pride had kept her running when love had betrayed her.
49. There is something brittle in me that will break before it bends. Perhaps if the [the enemy] had brought a smaller army I might have had the sense to run. But he overdid it.
50. The girl wore her scars the way some women wore their finest jewelry.
51. As Aristotle said, ‘Excellence is a habit.’ I would say furthermore that excellence is made constant through the feeling that comes right after one has completed a work which he himself finds undeniably awe-inspiring. He only wants to relax until he’s ready to renew such a feeling all over again because to him, all else has become absolutely trivial.
52. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
53. Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
54. In a way, I was incrediibly proud of her (not that I had any intention of letting it show while I was beating the crap out of her).
55. The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.
56. Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and reread them…digest them. Let them go into your very self. Peruse a good book several times and make notes and analyses of it. A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books he has merely skimmed. Little learning and much pride comes from hasty reading. Some men are disabled from thinking by their putting meditation away for the sake of much reading. In reading let your motto be ‘much not many.
57. Time and time again does the pride of man influence his very own fall. While denying it, one gradually starts to believe that he is the authority, or that he possesses great moral dominion over others, yet it is spiritually unwarranted. By that point he loses steam; in result, he falsely begins trying to prove that unwarranted dominion by seizing the role of a condemner.
58. Simply minding one’s own business is more offensive than being intrusive. Without ever saying a word one can make a person feel less-than.
59. And not only the pride of intellect, but the stupidity of intellect. And, above all, the dishonesty, yes, the dishonesty of intellect. Yes, indeed, the dishonesty and trickery of intellect.
60. We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it.