Every man is his own chief enemy.
I’m not a snob. Ask anybody. Well, anybody who matters.
~ Simon Le Ban
We are becoming a nation of neither children nor adults. Rather we all exist in some age zone between childhood and adulthood. We’re a nation of adolescents – preoccupied with ourselves, sexualized, moody and impulsive, seeking freedom without responsibility.
~ Joshua Meyrowitz
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 against 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: The Path to Spiritual Growth
(San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1978) page 130.
If you do not raise your eyes, you will think you are the highest point.
~ Antonio Porchia
To be specific, the self-sins are these: self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love and a host of others like them. They dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our natures to come to our attention till the light of God is focused upon them. The grosser manifestations of these sins, egotism, exhibitionism, self-promotion, are strangely tolerated in Christian leaders even in circles of impeccable orthodoxy. They are so much in evidence as actually, form any people, to become identified with the gospel. I trust it is not a cynical observation to say that they appear these days to be a requisite for popularity in some sections of the Church visible. Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice.
~ A.W. Tozer, in The Pursuit of God, Chapter 3 – Removing the Veil
A man is called selfish, not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting the neighbor’s.
~ Richard Whately
None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.
~ Benjamin Whichcote