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AnonymousTemper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.

—  Anonymous

Mignon McLaughlinThe proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

William BlakeShame is pride's cloak.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

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

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Baruch SpinozaNone are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.

—  Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677, Dutch philosopher

Eric HofferNationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Christopher HitchensIt's a big mistake to think that your own cause, or your own country, or your own side has God in its corner. For one thing, it commits the sin of pride.

—  Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011, British-American journalist & writer

Charles Caleb ColtonOf 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, English cleric & writer

Khalil GibranGenerosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

—  Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese-American poet & philosopher

Will DurantIf you wish to be loved, be modest; if you wish to be admired, be proud; if you wish both, combine external modesty with internal pride.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Frank TygerSwallow your pride occasionally, it's not fattening.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Thomas JeffersonPride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Lyndon JohnsonWhile you're saving your face, you're losing your ass.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]

John KeatsI 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, English poet

William ShakespeareSmall things make base men proud.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Henry VI, p. II

Georg Christoph LichtenbergDiogenes, filthily attired, paced across the splendid carpets in Plato's dwelling. Thus, said he, do I trample on the pride of Plato. Yes, Plato replied, but only with another kind of pride.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims


American proverbPride is said to be the last vice the good man gets clear of.

—  American proverb



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