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Quotations: Pride Is Problem

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Pride Is the Problem of Ego

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

“The cause of all sins in every case lies in the person’s excessive love of self.” —Plato, Laws


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“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

“And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” —Matthew 19:17

“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:” —Luke 18:9

“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.” —Luke 18:19

“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” —Mark 10:8

“And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.” —II Samuel 22:28

“As for the pleasure in hubris, its cause is this: naive men think that by ill-treating others they make their own superiority the greater.” —Aristotle, Rhetoric

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” —Romans 3:10

“As the proud hate humility: so doth the rich abhor the poor.” —Ecclesiasticus 13:20

“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” —Proverbs 18:12

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” —Ecclesiastes 7:8

“Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” —Proverbs 16:19

“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” —Matthew 9:13

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” —James 4:6

“But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” —James 2:9

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” —Isaiah 64:6

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” —II Corinthians 10:5

“Conceit is a trait of an immoral person while modesty of a serious one.” —Filo, fragment

“Don’t do anything to make people applaud. That shuts the cage door tighter.” —Rumi

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” —James 1:17

“Excessive vanity proves the undoing of many experts.” —S. W. Erdnase, The Expert at the Card Table

“Extol not thyself in the counsel of thine own heart; that thy soul be not torn in pieces as a bull [straying alone.]” —Ecclesiasticus 6:2

“Fame sometimes hath created something of nothing.” —Thomas Fuller, 1608-1661

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” —I John 2:16

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” —Romans 7:18

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” —Romans 12:3

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” —II Timothy 3:2 Timothy 3:6

“For no mortal ever attains to blessedness. One may be luckier than another when wealth flows his way, but blessed never.” —Euripides, Medea

“For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.” —Psalms 59:12

“For there is no respect of persons with God.” —Romans 2:11

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” —Romans 10:3

“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” —I Corinthians 4:7

“Guilt is really the reverse side of the coin of pride. Guilt aims at self-destruction, and pride aims at the destruction of others.” —Bill W., As Bill Sees It, p. 140

“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” —Matthew 10:39

“He that is proud eats up himself: pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle.”―William Shakespeare

“He who soars not suffers no fall.” —Taoist saying

“Human anger is fueled by the selfish self, futilely striving for happiness by pursuing what it wants, avoiding what it fears, and asserting, promoting, and defending itself.” —Ron Leifer

“Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself.” —Charles H. Spurgeon

“I believe the first test of a truly great man is humility.” —John Ruskin

“’I have done that,’ says my memory. ‘I cannot have done that’–says my pride, and remains resolute. At last–memory yields.” —Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

“If thou hast wit and learning, add to it wisdom and modesty.” —Benjamin Franklin

“If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.” —Max Ehrmann

“If you help others purely for the sake of helping, with no thought of personal gain and without wishing to be recognized for the help you give, you can be called trully virtuous.” —Jatakamala

“It belongs to small-mindedness to be unable to bear either honor or dishonor, either good fortune or bad, but to be filled with conceit when honored and puffed up by trifling good fortune, and to be unable to bear even the smallest dishonor and to deem any chance failure a great misfortune, and to be distressed and annonyed at everything. Moreover the small-minded man is the sort of person to call all slights an insult and dishonor, even those that are due to ignorance or forgetfulness. Small-mindedness is accompanied by pettiness, querulousness, pessimism and self-abasement.” —Aristotle, Virtues and Vices

“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” —Philippians 2:3

“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” —I Peter 5:5

“Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.” —Psalms 131:1

“Man delights to ruin man.” —Seneca

“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” —Proverbs 20:6

“None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.” —Benjamin Whichcote

“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” —I

“Not flattered by praise, not hurt by blame.” —Buddhist saying

“O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servants always a haughty mind.” —Ecclesiasticus 23:4

“One does not hate so long as one continues to rate low, but only when one has come to rate equal or higher.” —Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

“One is the way to gain, the other is the way to nirvana; knowing this fact, students of Buddha should not take pleasure in being honored, but should practice detachment.” —Dhammapada, 5:16

“One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.” —Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche,1844-1900: German philosopher

“Praise is well, compliment is well, but affection-that is the last and most precious reward that any man can win, whether by character or achievement.” —Mark Twain

“Pride and excess bring destruction for man.” —Xun Zi

“Pride flees from the man who penetrates into the self as the light of a campfire before the rays of the sun.” —Buddhist saying

“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

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” —Proverbs 16:18

“Pride is hateful before God and man: and by both doth one commit iniquity.” —Ecclesiasticus 10:7

“Pride is instruction in shame as the problem.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride is knowing better than others.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride is shame for others.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride is the cover for shame.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride is the cover for the fears of failure and rejection.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride is the enemy that leads to false identification and future evil.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride is the flower of ego.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride is the opposite side of shame.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride is the right hand of Satan at work.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride is the two sides of the one coin of ego balanced on one side.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” —Thomas Merton

“Pride promotes the false identity of self as right knowings and doings and the false problem of self as wrong knowings and doings.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pride says you are the right instead of the truth that either your choices or your angels are responsible.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” —Proverbs 21:24

“Riches I need not, nor man’s empty praise.” —translated from ancient Gaelic poem

“Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.” —Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

“So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” —Luke 17:10

“So through identification you have pleasure and pain.” —J. Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom, p. 95

“Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?” —Ezekiel 14:3

“Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.” —Psalms 62:9

“Swallow your pride occasionally, it’s nonfattening!” —Anonymous

“The cause of all sins in every case lies in the person’s excessive love of self.” —Plato, Laws

“The cause of the pleasure felt by those who insult is the idea that, in ill-treating others, they are more fully showing superiority. That is why the young and the wealthy are given to insults; for they think that, in committing them, they are showing their superiority.” —Aristotle, Rhetoric

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” —Proverbs 8:13

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” —William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

“The Lord only is righteous, and there is none other but he,” —Ecclesiasticus 18:2

“The more cultured and sophisticated a person is, the better they disguise their despising of others while they reap their pride from it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” —Norman Vincent Peale

“The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.” —Whitney Young (1921-1971)

“The tyrant is a child of pride.” —Sophocles

“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” —Acts 10:34

“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.” —George Bernard Shaw

“There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” —Proverbs 30:12

“There is a lot to be said for the person who doesn’t say it himself.” —Maurice Switzer

“There is an excess in spiritual searching that is profound ignorance.” —Rumi

“Therefore let no man glory in men.” —I Corinthians 3:21

“These possessions of a simpleton being the three I choose and cherish: to care, to be fair, to be humble.” —Lao Tzu

“Those who suffer from an exaggerated sense of their own ability and accomplishment are continually subject to frustration, disappointment, and rage when reality intrudes and the world doesn’t validate their idealized view of themselves.” —The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

“Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” —Psalms 31:20

“Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.” —Psalms 138:6

“Victory is plesant, not only to those who love to conquer, but to all; for there is produced an idea of superiority, which all with more or less eagerness desire.” —Aristotle, Rhetoric

“We are rarely proud when we are alone.”―Voltaire

“We take refuge in pride because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves.” —Kakuzo Okakura

“What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.” —James Russell Lowell, 1819-1891

“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;” —Romans 3:9

“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” —Proverbs 11:2

“Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.” —Isaiah 65:5

“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” —Philippians 3:19

“Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.” —Psalms 101:5

“You should not honor men more than truth.” —Plato, The Republic

“Zeus detests above all the boasts of a proud tongue.” —Sophocles, Antigone

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