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 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.
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 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’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
The first Degree of Folly, is to Conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise Counsel.Benjamin Franklin
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
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
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.
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
Why should the thirst for knowledge be aroused, only to be disappointed and punished? My volition shrinks from the painful task of recalling my humiliation; yet, like a second Prometheus, I will endure this and worse, if by any means I may arouse in the interiors of Plane and Solid Humanity a spirit of rebellion against the Conceit which would limit our Dimensions to Two or Three or any number short of Infinity .
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