A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on performance and pride

The man who does not take pride in his own performance performs nothing in which to take pride.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas Vernor Smith on anxiety, army, belief, bitterness, chance, day, death, disaster, dreams, endurance, foolishness, freedom, friendship, glory, government, heart, hope, ignorance, laughter, life, losing, patience, peace, people, pity, powe

No man made great by death offers more hope to lowly pride than does Abraham Lincoln; for while living he was himself so simple as often to be dubbed a fool. Foolish he was, they said, in losing his youthful heart to a grave and living his life on married patience; foolish in pitting his homely ignorance against Douglas, brilliant, courtly, and urbane; foolish in setting himself to do the right in a world where the day goes mostly to the strong; foolish in dreaming of freedom for a long-suffering folk whom the North is as anxious to keep out as the South was to keep down; foolish in choosing the silent Grant to lead to victory the hesitant armies of the North; foolish, finally, in presuming that government for the people must be government of the people and by the people. Foolish many said; foolish many, many believed. This Lincoln, whom so many living friends and foes alike deemed foolish, hid his bitterness in laughter; fed his sympathy on solitude; and met recurring disaster with whimsicality to muffle the murmur of a bleeding heart. Out of the tragic sense of life he pitied where others blamed; bowed his own shoulders with the woes of the weak; endured humanely his little day of chance power; and won through death what life disdains to bestow upon such simple souls - lasting peace and everlasting glory.

Thomas Vernor Smith

Source: Illinois Senate, Feb 12,’35, Lincoln's 126th birthday —Smith, Lincoln, Living Legend, pp. 3-5

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A Quote by Thomas Percy on pride


King Stephen was a worthy peere, His breeches cost him but a croune; He held them sixpence all too deere, Therefore he call'd the taylor loune. He was a wight of high renowne, And those but of a low degree; Itt 's pride that putts the countrye doune, Then take thine old cloake about thee.

Thomas Percy (1728 - 1811)

Source: Take thy old Cloak about Thee.

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on hunger and pride

Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue of Canons V. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Chatterton on death, pride, and slavery

It is my PRIDE, my damn'd, native, unconquerable Pride, that plunges me into Distraction. You must know that 19/20th of my Composition is Pride. I must either live a Slave, a Servant; to have no Will of my own, no Sentiments of my own which I may freely declare as such; - or DIE - perplexing alternative!

Thomas Chatterton (1752 - 1770)

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A Quote by Spencer W. Kimball on beginning, humility, losing, and pride

When one becomes conscious of his great humility, he has already lost it. When one begins boasting of his humility, it has already become pride-the antithesis of humility.

Spencer W. Kimball (1895 - 1985)

Source: Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p.232-233

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A Quote by Sophocles on crime, evil, good, men, mistakes, pride, and yielding

. . . all men make mistakes. But a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.

Sophocles (496 - 406 BC)

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A Quote by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert on ancestry, atoms, family, and pride

I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule. Consequently, my family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering.

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836 - 1911)

Source: The Mikado

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A Quote by Sir Walter Scott on fatherhood, joy, motherhood, and pride

A mother's pride, a father's joy.

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

Source: Rokeby. 1813, Canto iii. Stanza 15.

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A Quote by Sholom Aleichem on hunger and pride

The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger.

Sholom Aleichem (1859 - 1916)

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