conceit

A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on charm, conceit, danger, genius, goodness, modesty, power, and talent

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Mrs. March to her daughter Amy, in Little Women, pt. 1, ch. 7, 1868.

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A Quote by William Lamb, Lord Melbourne on conceit, discovery, hope, power, remedies, time, truth, women, and worth

Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. wThis is the first step towards becoming either estimable or agreeable; and until it be taken there is no hope. wThe sooner the discovery is made the better, as there is more time and power for taking advantage of it. Sometimes the great truth is found out too late to  apply to it any effectual remedy.w Sometimes it is never found at all; and these form the desperate and inveterate causes of folly, self-conceit, and impertinence.

Lord Melbourne (1779 - 1848)

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on conceit, control, country, creation, divinity, evil, god, good, kindness, mind, pain, people, power, and world

And don't tell me God works in mysterious ways", Yossarian continued "There's nothing mysterious about it, He's not working at all. He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you people talk about, a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of Creation? What in the world was running through that warped, evil, scatalogical mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements? Why in the world did He ever create pain?

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch22

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A Quote by Clive Staples (Jack) Lewis on christianity, conceit, devil, evil, god, greed, humility, lies, mind, morality, opposites, pride, teachers, vices, and virtue

The vice I am talking about is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea-bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.

Jack Lewis (1898 - 1963)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on conceit, duty, kindness, men, respect, and self-respect

Conceited men often seem a harmless kind of men, who, by an overweening self-respect, relieve others from the duty of respecting them at all.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on conceit, mind, and nature

Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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A Quote by George Eliot on conceit, people, and pity

I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: The Mill on the Floss, Bk v. 4

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A Quote by Edward O. Sisson on admiration, character, conceit, danger, desires, idealism, losing, respect, self-esteem, self-respect, vanity, and worth

Self-respect is the very cement of character, without which character will not form nor stand; a personal ideal is the only possible foundation for self-respect, without which self-respect degenerates into vanity or conceit, or is lost entirely, its place being taken by worthlessness and the consciousness of worthlessness; and that is the end of all character. It is often said that if we do not respect ourselves no one else will respect us; this is rather a dangerous way to put it; let us rather say that if we are not worthy of our own respect we cannot claim the respect of others. True self-respect is a matter of being and never of mere seeming. As Paulsen says, "It is vanity that desires first of all to be seen and admired, and then, if possible, really to be something; whereas proper self esteem desires first of all to be something, and' then, if possible, to have its worth recognized."

Edward O. Sisson

Source: The Essentials of Character, The Macmillan Company, 1915

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on conceit, conversation, and wit

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by Channing Pollock on conceit, confidence, desires, greed, life, and self-confidence

Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.

Channing Pollock (1880 - 1946)

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