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50 Quotes on Pride

Quotes about pride, both the good and the bad sides.

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  1. “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.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. “I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.” ― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
  3. “Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I'd rather boast about the ones I've read.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
  4. “I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.” ― Michel de Montaigne
  5. “I would always rather be happy than dignified.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  6. “Too many people spend money they buy things they don't impress people that they don't like.” ― Will Rogers
  7. “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.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  8. “Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.” ― Emily Brontë
  9. “It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.” ― John Ruskin
  10. “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  11. “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." — C.G. Jung
  12. “Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.” ― Andrew Murray, Humility
  13. “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.” ― Sophocles, Antigone
  14. “All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don't you take it away from yourself.” ― Michael Crichton, The Lost World
  15. “We are rarely proud when we are alone.” ― Voltaire
  16. “Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” ― Ann Landers
  17. “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.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  18. “Leave your pride, ego, and narcissism somewhere else. Reactions from those parts of you will reinforce your children's most primitive fears.” ― Henry Cloud
  19. “It is easy to tell the toiler/How best he can carry his pack/But no one can rate a burden's weight/Until it has been on his back” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  20. “Hair is gray and the firers are burning. So many dreams on the shelf. You say I wanted you to be proud of me. I always wanted that myself.” ― Tori Amos
  21. “Pride makes us long for a solution to things – a solution, a purpose, a final cause; but the better telescopes become, the more stars appear.” ― Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot
  22. “The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.” ― Hubert Humphrey
  23. “He that is proud eats up himself: pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle.” ― William Shakespeare
  24. “Ignorance and power and pride are a deadly mixture, you know.” ― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
  25. “My rule of thumb for hitchhiking is: stick it up straight and proud and make if visible to all drivers.” ― Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title
  26. “The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.” ― Hubert Humphrey
  27. “Pride is the mother of arrogance.” ― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
  28. “The proud wish God would agree with them. They are not interested in changing their opinions to agree with God's.” ― Ezra Taft Benson
  29. “Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.” ― Thomas Jefferson
  30. “Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.” ― Bryce Courtenay
  31. “Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying.” ― St. Vincent de Paul
  32. “Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.” ― George Eliot, Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life
  33. “One sticks to an opinion because he prides himself on having come to it on his own, and another because he has taken great pains to learn it and is proud to have grasped it: and so both do so out of vanity.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
  34. “He understood well enough how a man with a choice between pride and responsibility will almost always choose pride--if responsibility robs him of his manhood.” ― Stephen King, The Running Man
  35. “When you feel nervous, recall your pride.” ― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
  36. “Pride and curiosity are the two scourges of our souls. The latter prompts us to poke our noses into everything, and the former forbids us to leave anything unresolved and undecided.” ― Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection
  37. “The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  38. “Because he could not afford to fail, he could not afford to trust.” ― Joseph J. Ellis, His Excellency: George Washington
  39. “Wealth is a gift from God, and pride is bequeathed to us from the devil.” ― Douglas Wilson
  40. “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.” ― Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile
  41. “Boys were so proud - you always had to let them think they were good at things.” ― Diane Zahler, The Thirteenth Princess
  42. “Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts—not to hurt others.” ― George Eliot, Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life
  43. “The tyrant is a child of Pride/Who drinks from his sickening cup/Recklessness and vanity,/Until from his high crest headlong/He plummets to the dust of hope.” ― Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
  44. “The devil...the prowde spirite...cannot endure to be mocked.” ― Thomas Moore
  45. “Humility and pride will forever battle whenever or wherever love is concerned.” ― Jeremy Aldana
  46. “There is no one who would not rather appear to know than to be taught.” ― Quintilian
  47. “You’re not born with a walk like that. You have to earn it.” ― Donna Ball, A Year on Ladybug Farm
  48. “The only way I could endure being a coward was if I was the only one who knew it.” ― Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline
  49. “Pride is all very well, but a sausage is a sausage.” ― Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms
  50. “Pride is a wound, and vanity is the scab on it. One's life picks at the scab to open the wound again and again. In men, it seldom heals and often grows septic.” ― Michael Ayrton, The Maze Maker
  51. “Learning to live on less pride has been a great investment in my future.” ― Katerina Stoykova Klemer

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