Henry Bolingbroke: Pride

King Henry IV, by unknown artist. See source w...

“Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence into contempt. ”
Henry Bolingbroke.

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Francois De La Rochefoucauld: Neither last nor first

It is more often from pride than from ignorance that we are so obstinately opposed to current opinions; we find the first places taken, and we do not want to be the last. -Francois De La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)

Frederick Saunders: Pride

Pride, like laudanum and other poisonous medicines, is beneficial in small, though injurious in large, quantities. No man who is not pleased with himself, even in a personal sense, can please others. -Frederick Saunders, librarian and essayist (1807-1902)

Sydney J Harris: Patriotism

“Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, “the greatest”, but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is.” –Sydney J. Harris, journalist and author (1917-1986)