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pride Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about pride
  1. #1
    “It is deeply satisfying to win a prize in front of a lot of people.”
  2. #2
    “I was, after all, Susanna English, and our family had never needed anyone’s help to gain entrance anywhere.”
  3. #3
    “Miss Polly did not usually make hurried movements; she specially prided herself on her repose of manner.”
  4. #4
    “I hope one day I live in a world where the personal fight for mental stability is viewed with pride and public cheers instead of shame. I hope it for you too.”
  5. #5
    “Slavery, as we shall afterwards show, dishonors labor; it introduces idleness into society, and with idleness, ignorance and pride, luxury and distress. It enervates the powers of the mind, and benumbs the activity of man.”
  6. #6
    “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.”
  7. #7
    ″‘Can you raise your back, or purr, or throw out sparks?’ said the tom cat.

    ‘No.’
    ‘Then you have no right to express an opinion when sensible people are speaking.‘”
  8. #8
    “The men were congratulating one another, talking about what they had accomplished; trying to piece together the sequence of events. They were the victors, happy, proud, full of themselves.”
  9. #9
    “Well, here he was; he had had the accident; he was alone; and he had saved himself. Those old-timers were rather womanish, some of them, he thought. All a man had to do was keep his head, and he was all right. Any man who was a man could travel alone.”
  10. #10
    ″‘How did you become a chicken in the first place?’ Seth asked.
    ‘Pride made me careless,’ Grandma said. ‘A sobering reminder that none of us are immune to the dangers here, even when we imagine we have the upper hand.‘”
  11. #11
    “The Wolf strikes again!”
  12. #12
    “When I began to talk with him, I could not help thinking that he was not really wise, although he was thought wise by many, and still wiser by himself.”
  13. #13
    “He was bound for the old claim on the left fork of Henderson Creek, where the boys were already. They had come over across the divide from the Indian Creek Country, while he had come the round-about way to take a look at the possibilities of getting out logs in the spring from the islands in the Yukon. ”
  1. #14
    “Hubris probably had something to do with it. Hall had become so adept at running climbers of all abilities up and down Everest that he got a little cocky, perhaps.”
  2. #15
    “He said, ‘Ignorance and power and pride are a deadly mixture, you know’
    ‘Sure are,’ I said. ‘Like matches in the hand of a three-year-old. Or automobiles in the hands of a sixteen-year-old. Or faith in God in the mind of a saint or a maniac. Or a nuclear arsenal in the hands of a movie character. Or even jumper cables and batteries in the hands of fools.‘”
  3. #16
    “He whom the flame of jealousy encompasseth, turneth at last, like the scorpion, the poisoned sting against himself.”
  4. #17
    “Is not wounded vanity the mother of all tragedies? Where, however, pride is wounded, there there groweth up something better than pride.”
  5. #18
    “It doesn’t seem far-fetched to speculate that because Hall had talked Hansen into coming back to Everest, it would have been especially hard for him to deny Hansen the summit a second time.”
  6. #19
    “Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.”
  7. #20
    “Ye are only bridges: may higher ones pass over upon you! Ye signify steps: so do not upbraid him who ascendeth beyond you into HIS height!”
  8. #21
    “Apollyon looked down on Christian with eyes hooded with pride. ‘No prince worthy of his title releases his subjects easily, and I am no different. I am not ready to let you loose as yet; but since you have complained about your service and wages, let me encourage you to go back home. I personally promise that what our country can afford I will give you.’ Christian shook his head. ‘I can’t do that. You see, I have already yielded myself to another – even to the King of princes. How can I in all fairness go back with you?‘”
  9. #22
    “How sweet to be able to disdain, when most of us are glad to say, ‘Thank you!’ I seem to hear it. ‘No sir- I’m your better.‘”
  10. #23
    “Just because you are quiet doesn’t mean that you are without pride. Privately thinking you’re better than others is still pride. It’s still dangerous.”
  11. #24
    “But inside himself he was proud of the Wart for staying out after a hawk, and prouder still to see that he had got it.”
  12. #25
    ″‘You act like I think I’m some big shot,’ Kendra said, ‘I think you’re projecting. I know I’m just a girl. Without the help of all the fairies I would have died last summer.’
    ‘False humility is more insulting than open pride!’ the fairy sniffed.”
  13. #26
    “A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches. I have done my best to make Nwoye grow into a man, but there is too much of his mother in him.”

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  1. #27
    “Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements.”
  2. #28
    “Even as a little boy he had resented his father’s failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was agbala. That was how Okonkwo first came to know that agbala was not only another name for a woman, it could also mean a man who had taken to title.”
  3. #29
    “Pausing, he set down his things and began throwing punches to warm himself up. Wow, he hadn’t realized how fast his right had gotten! His left was pretty good too. He was a machine!”
  4. #30
    “Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice.”
  5. #31
    “He would like to show his drawings to his dad, but he didn’t dare. When he was in first grade, he had told his dad that he wanted to be an artist when he grew up. He’d thought his dad would be pleased. He wasn’t.”
  6. #32
    It was how the face was acting—also studying the crowd. Fixed in concentration. Liesel felt herself pausing as she found the only face looking directly into the German spectators. It examined them with such purpose that people on either side of the book thief noticed and pointed him out.
  7. #33
    “Now the anger that arose in Wang Lung’s heart was an anger he had not known in al his life before, although as things had prospered with him and as men came to call him rich, he...had grown full of small sudden angers, and he was proud even in the town. But this anger now was the anger of one man against another man who steals away the loved woman, and when Wang Lung remembered that the other man was his own son, he was filled with a vomiting sickness.”
  8. #34
    “I have the keenest mind that has ever been turned to unlawful pursuits . . . ”
  9. #35
    “We should forfeit our right to be offended. That means forfeiting our right to hold on to anger. When we do this, we’ll be making a sacrifice that’s very pleasing to God. It strikes at our very pride. It forces us not only to think about humility, but to actually be humble.”
  10. #36
    “A man’s alter ego is nothing more than his favorite image of himself.”
  11. #37
    “There was no pain in their eyes and no knowledge of the agony of their body. There was only joy in them, and pride, a pride holier than it is fit for human pride to be.”
  12. #38
    “There are no words to contain all my wisdom. I am so cunning, crafty and clever, so filled with deceit, guile and chicanery, such a knave, so shrewd, cagey as well as calculating, as diabolical as I am vulpine, as tricky as I am untrustworthy…”
  13. #39
    “He wasn’t quite good enough for me.”
  1. #40
    No hunter of the sky should end his days as prey. Better to die on the wing than pinned to the ground.
  2. #41
    “There is enchantment in a uniform, especially one that marks the wearer as a person of rare skills, courage or achievement.”
  3. #42
    “If she was proud of me, I was so proud of her that I carried my head high as I emerged from the dark cedars and shut the Cutters` gate softly behind me. Her warm, sweet face, her kind arms, and the true heart in her; she was, oh, she was still my Ántonia!”
  4. #43
    “I didn’t feel sad or happy. I didn’t feel proud or ashamed. I only felt that in spite of all the things I’d done wrong, in getting myself here, I’d done right.”
  5. #44
    “And besides – he’s so proud of being a man – it’d be so painful and humiliating for him to know that he owed anything to me. It’d completely wreck our relationship.”
  6. #45
    “Not that Miss Emily would have accepted charity. ”
  7. #46
    “When she got to be thirty and was still single, we were ... vindicated.”
  8. #47
    Where others have failed, I will not fail.
  9. #48
    “She carried her head high enough—even when we believed that she was fallen. ”
  10. #49
    ″‘They think so much of themselves!’ said his mother. ‘Small creatures always do. The bantam is the proudest cock in my little yard.‘”
  11. #50
    “There’s not one wise man among twenty that will praise himself.”
  12. #51
    “Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
  13. #52
    ″‘See what a fine fisherman is my son! He will be a chief one of these days.’ Only Tavana Nui would be silent. His son had not gone.”
  1. #53
    “Then Beren looking up beheld the eyes of Luthien, and his glance went also to the face of Melian; and it seemed to him that words were put into his mouth. Fear left him, and the pride of the eldest house of Men returned to him;”
  2. #54
    “From then on, I took an even greater pride in my work. I’d bring the most difficult locks home and time myself. Then I’d cut the time in half and practice until I got there. I’d keep at it until I couldn’t feel my fingers.”
  3. #55
    “But hunger is pride’s master.”
  4. #56
    “Actually, the real game of Bigger and Better that Jesus is playing with us usually isn’t about money or possessions or even our hopes. It’s about our pride. He asks if we’ll give up that thing we’re so proud of, that thing we believe causes us to matter in the eyes of the world, and give it up to follow Him. He’s asking us, ‘Will you take what you think defines you, leave it behind, and let Me define who you are instead?‘”
  5. #57
    The proud heart feels not terror nor turns to run and it is his own courage that kills him.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Hektor
    concepts
    deathcouragepride
  6. #58
    “You ought to be brave for two reasons- the first is that you are a Gascon, and the second is that you are my son. Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.”
  7. #59
    “There are people who laugh at a horse that would not dare to laugh at the master of it...”
  8. #60
    “With a little more heart, he might have been contented with this new conquest; but the principal features of his character were ambition and pride.”
  9. #61
    ″‘You! I’ve just awarded you the prize for the hundred-meter dash. Does it make you happy? […] No dodging, please. You have the prize — here, I’ll write it out: ‘Grand prize for the championship, one hundred-meter sprint.‘” He had actually come back to my seat and pinned it on my chest. ‘There! Are you happy? You value it — or don’t you?’ Mr. Dubois had looked surprised. ‘It doesn’t make you happy?’
    ‘You know darn well I placed fourth!’
    ‘Exactly! The prize for first place is worthless to you . . . because you haven’t earned it. But you enjoy a modest satisfaction in placing fourth; you earned it.‘”
  10. #62
    “Perhaps that was the beginning of it. Mafatu, the boy who had been christened Stout Heart by his proud father, was afraid of the sea.”
  11. #63
    “It was obvious to everyone that Mafatu was useless upon the sea. He would never earn his proper place in the tribe. Stout Heart- how bitter the name must taste upon his father’s lips!”
  12. #64
    ″ It also is becoming obvious that those who avoid the painful encounter with the unseen are doomed to live a [prideful], boring, and superficial life.”
  13. #65
    “Av’rice, envy, pride, Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all On fire.”
  1. #66
    “It is difficult to recognize pride as a sin when it is held up on every side as a virtue, urged as profitable, and rewarded as an achievement.”
  2. #67
    “Fear is a hunter. But brave warriors, we brush away fear with a flick of the wrist. We laugh in the face of fear, kick it like a stone across the street.”
  3. #68
    “If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.”
  4. #69
    “Books! What have such as I, who am a warrior of the wilderness, though a man without a cross, to do with books? I never read but in one, and the words that are written there are too simple and too plain to need much schooling...”
  5. #70
    “Deceitfulness, and arrogance, and pride,
    Quickness to anger, harsh and evil speech,
    And ignorance, to its own darkness blind,--
    These be the signs, My Prince! of him whose birth
    Is fated for the regions of the vile.”
  6. #71
    “Thus it is with proud silly people, who think themselves above everyone else, and are too proud to ask or take advice.”
  7. #72
    “In the early ages of the world, according to the scripture chronology, there were no kings; the consequence of which was there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion.”
  8. #73
    “we have
    more than ever
    the selfish wants of power
    the disregard for the
    weak
    the old
    the impoverished
    the helpless.
    we are replacing want with
    war
    salvation with
    slavery.”
  9. #74
    ″...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.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    characters
    TeiresiasCreon
    concept
    pride
  10. #75
    “Oh, it is hard to give in! But it is worse to risk everything for stubborn pride.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Creon
    concept
    pride
  11. #76
    “If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”
  12. #77
    “It was the Lunas who carried the charter from the Mexican government to settle the valley. That took courage.”
  13. #78
    “Nothing as basic, or as serious, as the possibility of an animal escaping. Wu found it offensive to think that anyone would believe him capable of contributing to a system where such a thing could happen.”

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  1. #79
    “We haven’t re-created the past here. The past is gone. It can never be re-created. What we’ve done is reconstruct the past—or at least a version of the past. And I’m saying we can make a better version.”
  2. #80
    “The more unscrupulous I was, the greater my reputation was likely to be, for men are so blind that they even take pride in their blindness.”
  3. #81
    “You see I think everything’s terrible anyhow, she went on . . . Everybody thinks so—the most advanced people. And I know. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything . . . Sophisticated—God, I’m sophisticated!”
  4. #82
    “I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.”
  5. #83
    “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”
  6. #84
    “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.”
  7. #85
    “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
  8. #86
    “From the very beginning—from the first moment, I may almost say—of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish distain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of the disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world on whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”
  9. #87
    “We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.”
  10. #88
    I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.
  11. #89
    “Beware of pride and arrogance, Charles, for they may betray you.”
  12. #90
    ″‘There are some upon this earth of yours,’ returned the Spirit, ‘who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us.‘”
  13. #91
    Now, there were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which they both took a mighty pride. One was Jim’s gold watch that had been his father’s and his grandfather’s. The other was Della’s hair. Had the queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty’s jewels and gifts.
  1. #92
    Now, there were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which they both took a mighty pride. One was Jim’s gold watch that had been his father’s and his grandfather’s. . . . Had King Solomon been the janitor, with all his treasures piled up in the basement, Jim would have pulled out his watch every time he passed, just to see him pluck at his beard from envy.
  2. #93
    With that chain on his watch Jim might be properly anxious about the time in any company. Grand as the watch was, he sometimes looked at it on the sly on account of the old leather strap that he used in place of a chain.
  3. #94
    “Isn’t it a dandy, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. You’ll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now.”
  4. #95
    Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.
  5. #96
    This made me reflect, how vain an attempt it is for a man to endeavor to do himself honor among those who are out of all degree of equality or comparison with him.
  6. #97
    “Her love for him had been paltry and weak, easily crushed by her own pride.”
  7. #98
    Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride - where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.
  8. #99
    I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit.
  9. #100
    “German youth, do not forget that you are a German.”
  10. #101
    “Your doctor Wu does not even know the names of the things he is creating. He cannot be bothered with such details as what the thing is called, let alone what it is.”
  11. #102
    “He became possessed of a great pride in himself, which communicated itself like a contagion to his physical being. It advertised itself in all his movements, was apparent in the play of every muscle, spoke plainly as speech in the way he carried himself.”
  12. #103
    “[Pride and power] are the same except that pride leaves the lights on and power can do it in the dark.”
  13. #104
    “O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
    Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.”
  14. #105
    “The burden of restoring the nation’s pride and prominence in the wake of the Paris exposition had fallen upon Chicago.”
  15. #106
    “In defense of her wounded pride he would have torn the offender to pieces with his own hands. And here that offender was he himself.”
  16. #107
    “But since in fact we see that avarice, anger, envy, pride, sloth, lust and stupidity commonly profit far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude, justice and thought, and have to choose, to be human at all... why then perhaps we /must/ stand fast a little --even at the risk of being heroes.”
  17. #108
    “I watched him even then as he fell, his face undefeated, his eyes still proud.”
  18. #109
    “Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”
  19. #110
    “The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”
  20. #111
    “My pride is hurt. And my pride is about all I’ve got left to me....You’re tearin’ my guts out, Claire.′

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