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Pride

  • ... the best of all good friends is pride.

  • The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it.

  • Supreme pride is supreme / renunciation. I did not want / to be the dead star / that absorbs borrowed light to revive itself.

    • Rosario Castellanos,
    • "Foreign Woman," in Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, eds., Women Poets of the World ()
  • ... all the vices are seasoned with pride just as the virtues are seasoned and enlivened by charity.

  • 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.

  • Pride never sleeps. The principle at least is always awake. An intemperate man is sometimes sober, but a proud man is never humble.

    • Hannah More,
    • "Insensibility to Eternal Things," Practical Piety ()
  • Pride is a tricky, glorious, double-edged feeling.

    • Adrienne Rich,
    • "If Not With Others, How?" Blood, Bread, and Poetry ()
  • My pride had been starched by a family who assumed unlimited authority in its own affairs.

  • 'The whole of this unfortunate business,' said Dr. Lyster, 'has been the result of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.'

  • When you've just made the most complete fool of yourself, you feel the need of a specially high horse to ride.

  • Pride is what you can afford or think you can afford.

  • Swallowing your pride isn't lethal. It might upset your stomach for a few minutes, but the ultimate result may be the life of your dreams. And that's a result that's worth every rejection you encounter.

  • The self-made man is often proud of a poor job.

    • Ethel Watts Mumford,
    • in Oliver Herford, Ethel Watts Mumford, and Addison Mizner, The Complete Cynic ()
  • Pride is never sinful when it is Justice.

  • Pride was my wilderness, and the demon that led me there was fear.

  • Wounded vanity knows when it is mortally hurt; and limps off the field, piteous, all disguises thrown away. But pride carries its banner to the last; and fast as it is driven from one field unfurls it in another ...

  • A woman who could bend to grief, / But would not bow to shame.

  • Pamper'd vanity is a better thing perhaps than starved pride.

  • Miss Potune a Lady of my acquaintance praises me dreadfully. I repeated something out of Deen Swift and she said I was fit for the stage, and you may think I was primmed up with majestick Pride ...

  • It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that there is no passion so deeply rooted in human nature as that of pride.

  • Pride is a sweetmeat, to be savoured in small pieces; it makes for a poor feast.

  • 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 even murderous obsession.