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
A certain amount of distrust is wholesome, but not so much of others as of ourselves; neither vanity nor Conceit can exist in the same atmosphere with it.suzanne curchod
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 the most contemptible and one of the most odious qualities in the world. It is vanity driven from all other shifts, and forced to appeal to itself for admiration.william hazlitt
When one has had all his Conceit taken out of him, when he has lost all his illusions, his feathers will soon soak through, and he will fly no more.Oliver Wendell Holmes
Try notto despise yourselftoomuchit's onlya Conceit.P(atrick) J(oseph Gregory) Kavanagh
There is an upstart crow, 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 Johannes Factotum, is in his own Conceit the only Shake-scene in a country.Robert Greene
How then can the curious drawer watch, and as it were catch these lovely graces, witty smilings, and those stolen glances which suddenly like lightning pass, and another countenance taketh place, except to behold and very well note and Conceit to like.nicholas hilliard
I’ll ha’e nae hauf-way hoose, but aye be whaur
Extremes meet – it’s the only way I ken
To dodge the curst Conceit o’ bein’ right
That damns the vast majority o’ men.
This century has been so rich in discovery and so packed with technical innovation that it is tempting to believe that there can never be another like it. That Conceit betrays the poverty of our collective imagination.john maddox
'No, not one little song,' replied the Rat firmly, though his heart bled as he noticed the trembling lip of the poor disappointed Toad. 'It's no good, Toady; you know well that your songs are all Conceit and boasting and vanity; and your speeches are all self-praise and and well, and gross exaggeration and and ' 'And gas,' put in the Badger, in his common way.Kenneth Grahame
From my point of view, a great deal of openly expressed piety is insufferable Conceit.robert a. heinlein
Rhyme, the rack of finest wits, That expresseth but by fits, True Conceit, Spoiling senses of their treasure, Cozening judgement with a measure, But false weight. Wresting words from their true calling; Propping verse, for fear of falling To the ground. Jointing syllables, drowning letters, Fastening vowels, as with fetters They were bound!Ben Jonson
The need for sociability induce man to be in touch with his fellow men. However, this need might not ("ne saurait", Fr.) find its full (or complete) satisfaction in the conventional (or superficial, - "conventionnel", Fr.) and deceitful world, in which (or where) everyone is mainly (or mostly) trying to assert oneself in front of others ("devant les autres", Fr.), to appear, and hoping to find in society ("mondaine", Fr.) relationships some advantages for his interest and vanity (or vainglory or Conceit", Fr.).african spir
It was Mr. Greenaway's Conceit, and a terrifically promising one, that in this " Tempest " Mr. Gielgud's Prospero should also be a mirror image of Shakespeare at the end of his career, with a further association to the actor himself, nearing the end of his career as an actor.
For what are they all in their high Conceit, When man in the bush with God may meet?ralph waldo emerson
Some who are far from atheists, may make themselves merry with that Conceit of thousands of spirits dancing at once upon a needle's point.ralph cudworth
The belief that we can manage the Earth and improve on Nature is probably the ultimate expression of human Conceit, but it has deep roots in the past and is almost universal.