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
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
The ideas survived and they can now be said to be in agreement with reason. They survived because prejudice, passion, Conceit, errors, sheer pigheadedness, in short because all the elements that characterize the context of discovery, opposed the dictates of reason and because these irrational elements were permitted to have their way. To express it differently: Copernicanism and other "rational" views exist today only because reason was overruled at some time in their past. (The opposite is also true: witchcraft and other "irrational" views had ceased to be influential only because reason was overruled at some time in their past.)paul karl feyerabend
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
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
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.
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
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
If a man would pursue Philosophy, his first task is to throw away Conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a Conceit that he already knows. (72)epictetus
'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
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
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
Pride comes before a fall- although in [Henry Kissinger's] case it's more Conceit than pride.muhammad reza pahlavi
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
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
Ce que l'on Conceit bien s'énonce clairement, Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément.
An overspeaking Judge is a no well-timed cymbal. It is no grace to a Judge first to find that which he might have heard in due time from the Bar, or to show quickness of Conceit in cutting off evidence or counsel too short, or to prevent (anticipate) information by questions, though pertinent.
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