Most people are proud, not of those things which arouse respect, but of those which are unnecessary, or even harmful: fame, power, and wealth.
There is no worse scoundrel than he who, when he looks around himself at other people, can always find an even worse scoundrel than himself; and therefore, can be quite satisfied with himself.
A person who loves himself has the advantage of having very few competitors.
There is no wisdom in he who thinks that he is wise.
A selfish person is always limited. And one is connected with the other: he is selfish because he is limited; he is limited because he is selfish.
A proud person initially causes other people to think that he has more importance than he actually has, but when this influence disappears, as it always does, he becomes only the object of jokes.