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A proud man has many crosses. They who are often at the looking-glass seldom spin. A proud look makes foul work in a fine face. He who swells in prosperity will shrink in adversity. Pride frustrates its own desire; it will not mount the steps of the throne, because it has not yet the crown on. Pride would be acknowledged victor before it has won the battle. Pride will not act unless it be allowed that it can succeed; and it will do nothing rather than not do it brilliantly. The proud are most provoked by pride. A proud heart in a poor breast Gives its owner little rest. A proud man is always a foolish man. Arrogance is the obstruction of wisdom. Of all the causes which conspire to blind Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind, What the weak head with strong bias rules, Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools. Pope The nobler the blood the less the pride. Arrogance is a weed that grows mostly on a dunghill. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Prov 8:13 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom. Prov 11:2 By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom. Prov 13:10 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them. Prov 14:3 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility. Prov 15:33 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow. Prov 15:25 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished. Prov 16:5 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. Prov 16:19 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Prov 16:18 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility. Prov 18:12 By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life. Prov 22:4 A man's pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor. Prov 29:23 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin. Prov 21:4 He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered. Prov 28:25 The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Eccl 7:8 By pride cometh contention. Prov 13:10 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. Psalms 138:6 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. Psa 25:9 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Psalms 37:11 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. Prov 3:34 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. Prov 26:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. Mat 23:12 I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. Ruskin God walks with the humble; he reveals himself to the lowly; he gives understanding to the little ones; he discloses his meaning to pure minds, but hides his grace from the curious and the proud. Thos. a Kempis The street is full of humiliations to the proud. Emerson Should you ask me, What is the first thing in religion? I should reply, The first, second, and third thing therein -- nay, all -- is humility. Augustine After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser. Franklin Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues. Confucius Humility is the first lesson we learn from reflection, and self-distrust the first proof we give of having obtained a knowledge of ourselves. Zimmermann It is in vain to gather virtues without humility; for the spirit of God delights to dwell in the hearts of the humble. Erasmus To be humble to superiors, is duty; to equals, is courtesy; to inferiors, is nobleness; and to all, safety; it being a virtue that, for all its lowliness, commandeth those it stoops to. Sir T. More True dignity abides with him only, who, in the silent hour of inward thought, can still suspect, and still revere himself, in lowliness of heart. Wordsworth If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail. Quarles Humility is not a weak and timid quality; it must be carefully distinguished from a groveling spirit. There is such a thing as an honest pride and self-respect. Though we may be servants of all, we should be servile to none. E. H. Chapin Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil's reach as humility. Jonathan Edwards The richest pearl in the Christian's crown of graces is humility. Good Humility is the eldest born of virtue, and claims the birth- right at the throne of heaven. Murphy By humility I mean not the abjectness of a base mind, but a prudent care not to overvalue ourselves. Crew Humility is to have a right estimate of one's self -- not to think less of himself than he ought. The higher a man is in grace, the lower will he be in his own esteem. Spurgeon Humility is the truest abstinence in the world. It is abstinence from self-love and self-conceit, from vaunting our own praise and exploits, from ambition and avarice, the strongest propensities of our nature, and consequently is the noblest self-denial. Delany True humility makes way for Christ, and throws the soul at his feet. J. Mason Pride is increased by ignorance; those assume the most who know the least. Gay If a proud man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is that he keeps his at the same time. Swift As thou desirest the love of God and man, beware of pride. It is a tumor in the mind, that breaks and ruins all thine actions; a worm in thy treasury, that eats and ruins thine estate. It loves no man, and is beloved of none; it disparages another's virtues by detraction, and thine own by vainglory. It is the friend of the flatterer, the mother of envy, the nurse of fury, the sin of devils, the devil of mankind. It hates superiors, scorns inferiors, and owns no equal. In short, till thou hate it, God hates thee. Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence into contempt. Bolingbroke Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages. Johnson Pride may be allowed to this or that degree, else a man cannot keep up his dignity. In gluttony there must be eating, in drunkenness there must be drinking; 'tis not the eating, and 'tis not the drinking that must be blamed, but the excess. So in pride. Selden Pride, as it is compounded of the vanity and ill nature that dispose men to admire themselves, and contemn other men, retains its vigor longer than any other vice, and rarely expires but with life itself. Without the sovereign influence of God's grace, men very rarely put off all the trappings of their pride till they who are about them put on their winding- sheet. Clarendon Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself. Johnson Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but it is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it. Franklin "Pride was not made for man"; a conscious sense of guilt and folly, and their consequence, destroys the claim, and to beholders tells, here nothing but the shape of manhood dwells. Waller 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. Colton Pride is the master sin of the devil. E. H. Chapin Pride is the first peer and president of hell. Defoe As Plato entertained some friends in a room where there was a couch richly ornamented, Diogenes came in very dirty, as usual, and getting upon the couch, and trampling on it, said, "I trample upon the pride of Plato." Plato mildly answered, "But with greater pride, Diogenes!" Erasmus Pride often defeats its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence, into contempt. Bolingbroke The proud are ever most provoked by pride. Cowper A beggar's rags may cover as much pride as an alderman's gown. Spurgeon When pride and presumption walk before, shame and loss follow very closely. Louis the Eleventh The disesteem and contempt of others is inseparable from pride. It is hardly possible to overvalue ourselves but by undervaluing our neighbors. Clarendon You who are ashamed of your poverty, and blush for your calling, are a snob; as are you who boast of your pedigree, or are proud of your wealth. Thackeray O world, how apt the poor are to be proud! Shakespeare Deep is the sea, and deep is hell, but pride mineth deeper; it is coiled as a poisonous worm about the foundations of the soul. Tupper A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. H. W. Beecher More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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