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.
Conceit is the finest armor that a man can wear. Upon its smooth, impenetrable surface the puny dagger-thrusts of spite and envy glance harmlessly aside. Without that breast-plate the sword of talent cannot force its way through the battle of life, for blows have to be borne as well as dealt.jerome k. jerome
For there isanupstartcrow, beautified with our feathers, that with his tiger's heart wrapped in a player's hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you; and being an absolute Iohannes fac totum, is in his own Conceit the only Shake-scene in a country.Robert Greene
I'm not conceited. Conceit is a fault, and I have no faults.david lee roth
One of our great poets is sunk in his reputation, because he could never forgive any Conceit which came in his way; but swept like a drag-net, great and small. There wasplentyenough, butthedisheswereill-sorted; whole pyramids of sweetmeats, for boys and women; but little of solid meat for men.john dryden
I'll hae nae hauf-way hoose, buyaye be whaur Extremes meetit's the only way I ken To dodge the curst Conceit o' bein'richt That damns the vast majority o'men.Grieve
He suffers from one great literary defect, which is often found in lonely geniuses: he never knows when to stop. Lonely people are apt to fall in love with the sound of their own voice, as Narcissus fell in love with his reflection, not out of Conceit but out of despair of finding another who will listen and respond.wystan hugh auden
No dogma taught by the present civilization seems to form so insuperable an obstacle in the way of a right understanding of the relations which culture sustains to wildness, as that which declares that the world as made especially for the uses of men. Every animal, plant, and crystal controverts it in the plainest terms. Yet it is taught from century to century as something ever new and precious, and in the resulting darkness the enormous Conceit is allowed to go unchallenged.john muir
Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but impairs what it would improve.
Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, Brags of his substance, not of ornament: They are but beggars that can count their worth.william shakespeare
How am I glutted with Conceit of this! Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please, Resolve me of all ambiguities, Perform what desperate enterprise I will? I'll have them fly to India for gold, Ransack the ocean for orient pearl, And search all corners of the new found world For pleasant fruits and princely delicates.Christopher Marlowe
I entirely agree with you, as to the ill tendency of the affected doubts of some philosophers, and fantastical Conceit of others. I am even so far gone of late in this way of think, that I have quitted several of the sublime notions I had got in their schools for vulgar opinions. And I give it you on my word, since this revolt from metaphysical notions to the plain dictates of nature and common sense, I find my understanding strangely enlightened, so that I can now easily comprehend a great many thing which before were all mystery and riddle.
I firmly believe that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and self-seeking and every thing that is contrary to God's law, the Holy Ghost will come and fill every corner of our hearts; but if we are full of pride and Conceit and ambition and self-seeking and pleasure and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God; and I believe many a man is praying to God to fill him when he is full already with something else.dwight l. moody
The first Degree of Folly, is to Conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise Counsel.Benjamin Franklin
Mead's anthropology had many other red, white and blue- blooded virtues. One was the common anthropological Conceit, out of which she made a career, to the effect that the ultimate value of studying other cultures was the use we could make of them to reconstruct our own – a heady kind of intellectual imperialism, as if the final meaning of others' lives was their significance for us.Margaret Mead
Wiser in his own Conceit than seven men that can tender a reason.
Expression is the dress of thought, and still appears more decent as more suitable. A vile Conceit in pompous words express'd, is like a clown in regal purple dress'd.Alexander Pope
Is it not monstrous that this player here, But in a fiction, in a dream of passion, Could force his soul so to his own Conceit That from her working all his visage wann'd.william shakespeare
Less at thine own things laugh ; lest in the jest Thy person share, and the Conceit advance, Make not thy sport abuses: for the fly That feeds on dung is colored thereby.George Herbert