Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. The flesh whines agains service but screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition. It will devise subtle, religiously acceptable means to call attention to the service rendered. If we stoutly refuse to give in to this lust of the flesh, we crucify it. Every time we crucify the flesh, we crucify our pride and arrogance.
~ Richard Foster, in Celebration of Discipline (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1978) page 130.
Pride is to character, like the attic to the house—the highest part, and generally the most empty.
~ Sydney Howard Gay
Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If every one else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.”
~ C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity, NY: Touchstone, Simon & Schuster, 1996, page 110
The truth is this—pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.
~ Andrew Murray
Pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
~ John Ruskin
Man was created on the sixth day. If ever he is filled with pride, it can be said to him: A flea preceded thee in creation.
~ Talmud, Sanhedrin, 37