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Pride Quotes

Memory says, I did that. Pride replies, I could not have done that. Eventually memory yields. Friedrich Nietzsche, from the book Lies my Teacher Told Me. By James W. Loewen (1995)
When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality. Samuel Johnson
To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it for when we fail our pride supports us when we succeed, it betrays us. Charles Caleb Colton
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. Kahlil Gibran
Be modest It is the kind of pride least likely to offend. Jules Renard
Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is the shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that will determine our destiny. There is pride in that, even arrogance, but there is also experience and truth. In any event, it is the only way we can live. Robert F. Kennedy, 1966 speech to South African young people
The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation. William Hutton
When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity. Dale Carnegie
Five enemies of peace inhabit with us--avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. Francesco Petrarch
The pride of youth is in strength and beauty, the pride of old age is in discretion. Democritus
To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports; when we succeed; it betrays us. C. C. Colton
All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Berliner John Fitzgerald Kennedy
By ignorance is pride increased; those must assume who know the least. Gay
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, never admitting that there is a shade less honor in the second field than in the first, or in the third than in the second. Helen Hunt Jackson
To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail our pride supports us; when we succeed, it betrays us. Charles Caleb Colton
The typical American of today has lost all the love of liberty, that his forefathers had, and all their disgust of emotion, and pride in self- reliance. He is led no longer by Davy Crocketts he is led by cheer leaders, press agents, word mongers, uplifters. Henry Louis Mencken
But pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty. George Eliot, Middlemarch, Ch 8
There is this paradox in pride - it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so. C. C. Colton
There is a diabolical trio existing in the natural man, implacable, inextinguishable, co-operative and consentaneous, pride, envy, and hate; pride that makes us fancy we deserve all the goods that others possess; envy that some should be admired while we are overlooked; and hate, because all that is bestowed on others, diminishes the sum we think due to ourselves. C. C. Colton
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment. Rabindranath Tagore
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