From Vanity to Virtue: 60 Pride Quotes to Overcome the Vice that leads to Downfall

Patrick Paul L
8 min readApr 1, 2024

Pride goes before a fall is one maxim which is as old as time itself. But why do we still fall prey to this vice, if this timeless warning has been etched in the very ground we walk on ever since we were born? This perhaps is because it is self serving and excites the senses and ego of the person unfortunate to be caught in its snares.

Pride comes in different forms, like feeling good about what you’ve done or thinking you’re better than everyone else. Having a little pride can make you feel good and confident, but too much pride can make you blind to your mistakes. Let’s take a closer look at why it’s crucial to overcome pride and hear some stories about people who learned this the hard way.

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Understanding Pride

Pride is when you believe too much in yourself and maybe not enough in others. It’s okay to be proud of what you’ve done, but when you start thinking you’re better than everyone else, that’s a problem. In old stories, pride often led to big problems for the characters, and the same thing happens in real life.

The Story of Icarus

You might have heard the story of Icarus. His dad made him wings out of feathers and wax. He warned Icarus not to fly too close to the sun because the wax would melt, but Icarus didn’t listen. He got too proud of himself and flew too high. The sun melted the wax, and he fell into the sea.

Lessons from History

Throughout history, many leaders have been ruined by their pride. Emperor Nero from ancient Rome is one example. He was powerful but too proud. His people didn’t like him because he thought he was better than them. Eventually, they rebelled, and he lost everything.

Modern Examples

Even today, pride causes big problems. Take Elizabeth Holmes, who started a company called Theranos. She said her technology could change healthcare, but it couldn’t. She was too proud to admit it, and her company fell apart.

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How to Beat Pride

If you want to avoid the problems pride brings, you need to be humble. That means knowing you’re not perfect and being okay with asking for help. It’s important to listen to others and learn from them. That’s how you grow as a person.

Pride can be dangerous if you let it take over. We’ve seen it ruin people in stories and in real life. But by staying humble, we can avoid those problems. Humility helps us see ourselves and others more clearly, and it leads to real growth and success.

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60 Pride Quotes

1) “Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying.”–Vincent de Paul

2) “Pride and weakness are Siamese twins.”– James Russell Lowell

3) “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

4) “Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concern with what is right”– Extra Taft Benson

5) “The proud man is forsaken by God.”– Plato

6) “Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.”–William Penn

7) “The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God.”–Soren Kierkegaard

8) “Pride eradicates all vices but itself”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

9) “If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride”–Gilbert K. Chesterton

10) “Pride is a powerful narcotic, but it doesn’t do much the auto-immune system”–pride quotes

11) “The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility…According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, 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.”– C. S. Lewis

12) “Nothing is more short-lived than pride.” – Ben Jonson

13) “He that is down needs fear no fall. He that is low, no pride; He that is humble, ever shall have God to be his Guide.” –John Bunyan

14) “Pride goes before destruction.” – Aesop

15) “Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.”–Petrarch

16) “A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. It’s all a matter of pride.”– Nancy Lopez

18) “Cast out pride and vanity; have no thought of trying to rule over others or of outdoing them.” – Wallace D. Wattles

19) “Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.”–Bryce Courtenay

20) “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

21) “Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you”–Andrew Murray

22) “Pride is an admission of weakness, it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals”–Fulton J Sheen

23) “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I 've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything-all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure-these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important”–Steve Jobs

24) “What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.” ~ Oscar Levant

25) “Where pride begins, love ceases.” ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater , Pride quotes love

26) “At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.” ~ Alexander Pope

27) “There was one who thought himself above me, and he was above me until he had that thought.” – Elbert Hubbard

28) “Riches are not forbidden, but the pride of them is.” – Saint John Chrysostom

29) “We are faced with having to learn again about interdependency and the need for rootedness after several centuries of having systematically and proudly-dismantled our roots, ties, and traditions. We had grown so tall we thought we could afford to cut the roots that held us down, only to discover that the tallest trees need the most elaborate roots of all.” –Paul L Wachtel

30) “One who knows himself is never disturbed by what you think about him.” – Osho

31) “Understand: You should be radiating confidence, not arrogance or disdain.” – Robert Greene

32) “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

33) “Persons in a position of power, which dictates making decisions affecting the lives of people, very easily succumb to the sin of pride”– Kenneth A. Penman

34) “Pride is the most deeply entrenched sin—the one to which we’re the most blind. It’s the basis of all deception”–Pride quotes

35) “Detect pride in yourself so that it will not bring about your fall” –Thomas J. Sica,

36) “Help me lay my ego at your feet and step away from a heart filled with pride. Let me only boast of you. Amen”–Karen Moore,

37) “Measureless pride needs to be extinguished sooner than a raging fire”– Heraclitus,

38) “You will learn that unless you swallow your pride, you will likely harbor bitterness”– Killian Muli

39) “If you need to forgive, drop your pride and do it. If you need forgiveness, drop your pride and ask for it”– Matt Stephen,

40) “Pride is so busy trying to get everyone else to see it that it can never get the time to see itself. Since pride is the most superior part of everything, the only one it will honor or respect is itself”–Doreen A. Martin

41) “Only when we can see pride for what it is around us and within us, will we be able to tell truth from fiction in most things”– Michal H. Hall

42) “At the heart of this vulnerability lies the willingness of people to abandon their pride and their fear—to sacrifice their ego for the collective good of the team”– Andrew Kerr,

43) “Being a humble man does not mean you are without pride in yourself or respect, nor without confidence’– Charles D. Dangerfield,

44) “Acknowledge your pride and admit your role in the problem. Humility always forces me to the positive side”– Doug Fields,

45) “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

46) “The beginning of pride is in heaven. The continuance of pride is on earth. The end of pride is in hell”–Pride quotes

47) “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and of course as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you”–CS Lewis

48) “If I fail it is only because i have too much pride and ambition”–Julius Caesar

49) “It was pride that changed angels into devil’s, it is humility that makes men as angels”–Saint Augustine

50) “Most of the troubles in the world is caused by people wanting to be important”–T.S Elliot

51) “Pride makes artificial and humility make us real”–Thomas Merton

52) “Charity feeds the poor, so does pride, charity builds a hospital, so does pride. In this they differ; charity gives her glory to God; pride takes her glory from man”–Francis Quarles

53) “Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt”–Benjamin Franklin

54) “Humility is the ability to give up your pride and still and still retain your dignity”–Vanna Bonta

55) “The proud wish God would agree with them. They are not interested in changing their opinions to agree with God’s–Ezra Taft Benson

56) “Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need”–Khalil Gibran

57) “Pride is founded not on the sense of happiness, but on the sense of power”–William Hazlitt

58) “When pride and presumption walk before, shame and loss follow very closely”–Louis XI of France

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Patrick Paul L

I am a self-help and productivity blogger and a student of life.