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.
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
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
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
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
Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but impairs what it would improve.
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
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’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
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
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
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
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