Pride Quotes

Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals. -Fulton J. Sheen

Shame is pride’s cloak. -William Blake

No one has a greater asset for his business than a man’s pride in his work. -Hosea Ballou

Women love the lie that saves their pride, but never an unflattering truth. -Gertrude Franklin Atherton

Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay. -Francaois de la Rochefoucauld

There is this paradox in pride — it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so. -Charles Caleb Colton

Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Human pride is not worthwhile; there is always something lying in wait to take the wind out of it. -Mark Twain

A man may and ought to pride himself more on his will than on his talent. -Honore de Balzac

Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there. -Unknown

Pride is the mask we make of our faults. -Hebrew Proverb

Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold. -Thomas Jefferson

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you. -C.S. Lewis

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of coloured ribbon. -Napoleon Bonaparte

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. -Kahlil Gibran

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks. -Joe Paterno

Pride is a powerful narcotic, but it doesn’t do much for the auto-immune system. -Stuart Stevens

To find yourself jilted is a blow to your pride. Do your best to forget it and if you don’t succeed, at least pretend to. -Moliere

Let pride go afore, shame will follow after. -George Chapman

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 Coltoz

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    • Lee
    • September 17, 2010

    Hello Shawn, thank you for all these thought provoking quotes on pride. Pride can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you are proud of, if you are proud of someone you love because of what they have achieved through hard work and perseverance, then it is a worthy pride; the same if you are proud of your accomplishments because you helped someone during their time of struggle or you brought about something amazing to enrich their life, sure be proud.

    In all these instances there was love combined with pride and I believe that the two go together.

    LOVE & PRIDE: two principles of the life force. Love & pride as opposite streams of the life force, together constitute life. They are opposite principles. The salvation of life lies in binding the opposite principles into a holistic harmony. Indians call the principles as Prikriti and Purusha facets of life and nature. Chinese represent it in Yin and Yang symbolisms. Almost all great civilizations of yore recognized the interplay of the negative
    and positive energies of nature that drive life and natural processes forward to a recondite objective. End indeed is incomprehensible. But means are within the reach of human experience.

    Truth is that love sans pride is impotent and insipid while pride sans love is hollow and directionless. Interplay of love and pride makes life what it is worth of – potent, tasteful, fertile and purposeful. Pride is incomplete without love and love is incomprehensible without pride. Love is all for pride, while pride is the very oxygen by which love survives

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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    • Sakshi
    • September 18, 2010

    Hi !

    The thought i have adobted in my life and which keeps me happy :

    Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. -Kahlil Gibran

    : ) Keep Smiling

    • santosh
    • September 18, 2010

    I am alive coz of these good motivational thoughts.pls email us these thoughts.u ar a great works .

    • raymond
    • September 19, 2010

    still here Shawn,great quotes,keep them coming,best wishes Ray.

      • karin
      • September 19, 2010

      Waiting patiently for ur next motivation quote!!!…keep u with ur excellent work!!!!!….thank you so much!!!!!

    • Sellesia
    • September 20, 2010

    Dear Shawn,
    Good quotes. Kept me motivated whenever I’m feeling down. Keep up the good work.
    Cheers, Sellesia

    • Karen
    • September 20, 2010

    Shawn, Still here and reading, but so busy there is little time to comment. Will try to do better

      • shawn
      • September 20, 2010

      Thanks Karen; I know what you mean about being busy. I hope to see you back here from time to time.

    • Vanessa
    • September 20, 2010

    Hi Shawn

    read your quotes everyday and they keep me going. Love them please keep them coming

    • September 20, 2010

    In my field of work…PRIDE KEEPS ME ALIVE….THANK YOU!

      • shawn
      • September 20, 2010

      Hey, there’s 2 kinds of pride and the meanings are sometimes misunderstood; one is good pride…pride in your work, a healthy respect for the things you do…and then there’s the egotistical pride…the kind that says “I’m better than you”. In the context of this post, it’s reflecting the “bad pride”. Thanks, 🙂

    • Usha
    • September 20, 2010

    Hi Shawn,
    I am Usha from India. I read your thoughts everyday. I am really happy to read your thoughts, hence saving every thoughts in my inbox . Thanks and Keep on sending inspirations,creative, Motivational thoughts . Take care.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Usha, India

    • Jimmy Jimenez
    • July 25, 2011

    I really like your thoughts about pride. But can you explain to me if someone’s taking initiative collecting financial support for wife’s hospitalization without my knowledge, and suddenly I rejected and refused the financial offer, is that pride?

    Please enlighten me oh how do i explain my rejection to financial assistance, which i never ask them to do for me.



    1. Reply

      Jimmy, think of it this way: those people who tried to do a good thing are now being denied the blessings (good karma, etc…whatever you want to call it) of doing their charitable act. Almost like their very progression…and yours…are being stifled and choked off.

      I think you already know the answer. Sorry for your situation. I do hope it improves; accepting the donation might be the first step.

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