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In pride, in reas'ning pride, our error lies;
  All quit their sphere and rush into the skies.
    Pride still is aiming at the bless'd abodes,
      Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 124)

Thus unlamented pass the proud away,
  The gaze of fools and pageant of a day;
    So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow
      For others' good, or melt at others' woe.
      - Alexander Pope,
        Memory of an Unfortunate Lady (l. 4)

Charity feeds the poor, so does pride; charity builds an hospital, so does pride. In this they differ: charity gives her glory to God; pride takes her glory from man.
      - Francis Quarles

Spiritual pride is the most dangerous and the most arrogant of all sorts of pride.
      - Samuel Richardson

There is a certain noble pride through which merits shine brighter than through modesty.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Is this that haughty, gallant, gay Lothario?
      - Nicholas Rowe, The Fair Penitent
         (act V, sc. 1, l. 37),
        taken from Massinger's "Fatal Dowry"

All other passions do occasional good; but when pride puts in its word everything goes wrong.
      - John Ruskin

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
      - John Ruskin,
        True and Beautiful--Morals and Religion--Conception of God
         (p. 426)

The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.
      - George Santayana

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

Are you really proud of me?
      - Rebecca Sealfon

All pride is willing pride.
      - William Shakespeare

How pomp is followed!
      - William Shakespeare

I do hate a proud man, as I hate the engendering of toads.
      - William Shakespeare

Pride hath no other glass to show itself but pride.
      - William Shakespeare

Who cries out on pride that can therein tax any private party? Doth it not flow as hugely as the sea?
      - William Shakespeare

Why, who cries out on pride
  That can therein tax any private party?
    Doth it not flow as hugely as the sea
      Till that the weary very means do ebb?
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at II, vii)

O, this life
  Is nobler than attending for a check,
    Richer than doing nothing for a robe,
      Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk:
        Such pain the cap of him that makes him fine
          Yet keeps his book uncrossed.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Belarius at III, iii)

She bears a duke's revenues on her back,
  And in her heart she scorns our poverty.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Margaret, Queen to King Henry at I, iii)

He is so plaguy proud that the death-tokens of it
  Cry 'No recovery.'
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at II, iii)

He that is proud eats up himself. Pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle; and whatever praises itself but in the deed, devours the deed in the praise.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Agamemnon at II, iii)

I do not hate a proud man, as I do hate the engendering of toads.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ajax at II, iii)

It may do good; pride hath no other glass
  To show itself but pride, for supple knees
    Feed arrogance and are the proud man's fees.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at III, iii)

I have ventured,
  Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders,
    This many summers in a sea of glory,
      But far beyond my depth. My high-blown pride
        At length broke under me, and now has left me,
          Weary and old with service, to the mercy
            Of a rude stream that must for ever hide me.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii)

O world, how apt the poor are to be proud.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Olivia at III, i)

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