Quotes for
the Journey:

Pride


  

When people are wrapped
up in themselves, they make
a pretty small package.

John Ruskin

   

There is perhaps not one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride.  Disguise it, struggle with it, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself.       -Benjamin Franklin

   

Pride is the only disease known to humans that makes everyone sick except the one who has it.        -Buddy Robinson

   
There is a paradox in pride:  it makes some people ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.       -Charles Caleb Colton
   

Pride attaches undue importance to the superiority of one's status in the eyes of others; and shame is fear of humiliation at one's inferior status in the estimation of others.  When one sets one's heart on being highly esteemed, and achieves such rating, then he or she is automatically involved in fear of losing status.       -Lao-Tzu

   
Half of the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important.

T.S. Eliot
    
Pride will have a fall.        -English proverb
  
Never preen yourself that you are prideless:  for pride is more invisible than an ant's footprint on a black stone in the dark of night.     -Jami

  
Intelligent people who are proud of their intelligence are like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.      -Simone Weil
   
Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.  But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, "Something is out of tune."      -Carl Jung
  
Pride may be allowed to this or that degree, else we cannot keep up our dignity.  In gluttony there must be eating, in drunkenness there must be drinking:  'tis not the eating, nor 'tis the drinking that is to be blamed.  So with pride.     -John Selden
   
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.       -Jane Austen
  
When you're thinking, please remember this: excessive pride is a familiar sin, but we may just as easily frustrate the will of God through excessive humility.      -Ken Follett
  
Pride is the chalice into which all human sins are poured: it glitters and jingles and its arabesque lures your gaze, while your lips involuntarily touch the seductive beverage.      -Vladimir Odoevsky
   
Pride and curiosity are the two scourges of our souls. The latter prompts us to poke our noses into everything, and the former forbids us to leave anything unresolved and undecided.      -Michel de Montaigne
  
Pride is an amazing thing--how many people have lived frustrated, lonely lives because of pride?  We're fortunate to live in a world that fosters something like pride less than it has been fostered in the past, but many people still cling to their pride as if it were their sole meaningful possession on earth, the only thing that keeps them going.

The problem with pride is that it's focused on who we are or what we think we are, even though usually we have little or nothing to do with our own circumstances.  Think of the people who have been born into the upper class, and how strongly they hold on to the pride that their social class has instilled in them.  Their pride, though, is misplaced--they have done nothing to get where they are, and their pride in themselves is deceitful and probably quite harmful.  Their pride is based on a system or systems that were created and forged by others before them, and they're merely reaping the benefits of the work of others.  Enjoying the benefits is one thing, but being proud of them--there's no place for that.

This sort of pride leads people to make poor decisions, to limit their lives in an unlimited world.  They won't have anything to do with certain people because those people don't measure up to their standards.  The rich won't socialize with the poor, the full-timers won't socialize with the part-timers, the beautiful won't be seen with the ugly (what will people think?).

Pride goes before the fall, we read in Proverbs.  We've all heard it.  Actually, though, this would be much more simply said "pride causes the fall."  I have never met an extremely proud person around whom I've been comfortable, for I see them sabotaging their own lives over and over again, limiting themselves to whatever's "acceptable" to them in their circumstances.  I see them treat other people as inferiors, completely ignoring the fact that every person they mistreat was created by the same God who created them.  I've seen them insult and ridicule and hold others in disdain, all for the sake of maintaining their own pride.  You see, they're fooling themselves into thinking that they have power, but they'll find out that the power they have is limited to times when things are going well.  Once things start going poorly, they'll see just how powerless they truly are--their pride has kept them from seeing aspects of their lives that they need to work on, has kept them from seeing gaps in their knowledge and ability.

Pride is blinding, and there is none so poor as the one who is not able to see things as they truly are.  Physical blindness is not nearly as debilitating as spiritual or mental blindness, and the proud people of the world cannot claim to see.  Humility is the opposite of pride, and the humble have a very good vision of just where they stand in the world.  Give me a poor humble person to be with before a rich proud person any day.  With the humble person, I'll learn of the world and of other people and of life; with the proud person, I'll learn only about that person and what makes him or her so "great."  And I won't even believe the person.

People who live in situations that generally foster pride but who hold on to their humility are among the most admirable people I know.  Everything is working on them to make them proud, yet they keep a healthy perspective, and they give credit where credit is due, and they don't take it all for themselves.  They still see, and they see clearly.  A man who had made millions in asphalt recently sold his business and split the profits with the people who had worked for him over the years, turning some into instant millionaires.  He had made millions himself, and he was willing to give it away to others.  He had resisted pride, and he and others were much happier for it.

Be proud of your accomplishments, but then move on to the next task--that's where you're needed.  Never let pride overwhelm you and rob you of your ability to see the world and your place in it clearly.  Learn of life, and prepare yourself for any future by filling in your own gaps and strengthening yourself in your weak areas.

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