Pride is a lofty view of one's self or one's own. Pride often manifests itself as a high opinion of one's nation (national pride), ethnicity (ethnic pride), or appearance and abilities (vanity). Pride is considered a negative attribute by most major world religions, but some philosophies consider it positive. The opposite of pride is humility.
- And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass.
- Leviticus 26:19 (King James Version).
- His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
- Job 41:15 (King James Version) (on the Leviathan).
- Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
- Proverbs 16:18 (King James Version).
- Let pride go afore, shame will follow after.
- George Chapman, Eastward Ho, Act iv, Sc. 1.
- Pryde will have a fall;
For pryde goeth before and shame commeth after.
- John Heywood, Proverbes, Part i, Chapter x.
- In pride, in reas'ning pride, our error lies;
All quit their spere, and rush into the skies!
Pride still is aiming at the blessed abodes,
Men would be Angels, Angels would be Gods.
Aspiring to be Gods if Angels fell,
Aspiring to be Angels men rebel.
- 'Tis pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul:
I think the Romans call it Stoicism.
- Joseph Addison, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act I, sc. iv.
- Never to blend our pleasure or our pride
With sorrow of the meanest thing that feels.
- [William Wordsworth]], Hart-leap Well, Part ii.
- As if true pride
Were not also humble!
- Robert Browning, In an Album.
- In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
- Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter.
- Benjamin Franklin, Letter on the Stamp Act, July 1, 1765, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, "By jove! I'm being humble", and almost immediately pride—pride at his own humility—will appear.
- Free at last, they took your life - they could not take your pride.
- Remember that pride is the worst viper that is in the heart, the greatest disturber of the soul's peace and sweet communion with Christ; it was the first sin that ever was, and lies lowest in the foundation of Satan's whole building, and is the most difficultly rooted out, and is the most hidden, secret and deceitful of all lusts, and often creeps in, insensibly, into the midst of religion and sometimes under the disguise of humility.
- Jonathan Edwards, To Deborah Hatheway, Letters and Personal Writings (Works of Jonathan Edwards Online Vol. 16) , Ed. George S. Claghorn