Inevitable Arrogance

Sunday, September 23, 2012 – Inevitable Arrogance

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. ~ John F. Kennedy

Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. ~ Sun Tzu

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance. ~ Samuel Butler

Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

I feel coming on a strange disease – humility. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

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

If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect. ~ Ted Turner

Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way. ~ Chris Lowe

Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves. ~ Willa Cather

No doubt it is true that there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner repented than over all the saints who consistently remain holy, and the rare, sudden gentlenesses of arrogant people have infinitely more effect than the continual gentleness of gentle people. Arrogance turned gentle melts the heart. ~ Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. ~ Mark Twain

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. ~ Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Women scheme when they are weak, they lie out of fear. Men scheme when they are strong, they lie out of arrogance. ~ Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot

Men know everything – all of them – all the time – no matter how stupid or inexperienced or arrogant or ignorant they are. ~ Andrea Dworkin

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. ~ George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. ~ Anatole France

Arrogance is in everything I do. It is in my gestures, the harshness of my voice, in the glow of my gaze, in my sinewy, tormented face. ~ Coco Chanel

I am incapable of mediocrity. ~ Serge Gainsbourg

I’m not a snob. Ask anybody. Well, anybody who matters. ~ Simon Le Bon

In some situations, if you say nothing, you are called dull; if you talk, you are thought impertinent and arrogant. It is hard to know what to do in this case. The question seems to be, whether your vanity or your prudence predominates. ~ William Hazlitt

Your arrogance doesn’t cheapen me. ~ Toba Beta

A solid answer to everything is not necessary. Blurry concepts influence one to focus, but postulated clarity influences arrogance. ~ Criss Jami

Arrogance is perhaps the most socially acceptable form of sin in the church today. In this culture of abundance, one of the only ways Satan can keep Christians neutralized is to wrap us up in pride. Conceit slips in like drafts of cold air in the winter. We don’t see it, but outsiders can sense it. ~ David Kinnaman

Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause. ~ Baruch Spinoza

The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people. ~ John Stuart Mill

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind. ~ Albert Camus

Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way. ~ Chris Lowe

Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent. ~ Marya Mannes

To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood. ~ George Santayana


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