Ogden Nash :
A young person is a person with nothing to learn One who already knows that ice does not chill and fire does not burn . . . It knows it can spend six hours in the sun on its first day at the beach without ending up a skinless beet, And it knows it can walk barefoot through the barn without running a nail in its feet. . . . Meanwhile psychologists grow rich Writing that the young are ones’ should not undermine the self-confidence of which.
[Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. “Fortunately,” Versus, 1949.]
They are not devious, and they fear lies as they fear fire. They don’t tell lies even in the most trivial matters. To lie to someone is to insult them, and the liar is diminished in the eyes of the person he lies to. Civilized people don’t put on airs; they behave in the street as they would at home, they don’t show off to impress their juniors.
From a letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886
― Anton Chekhov, A Life in Letters
It ar’n’t that I loves the fox less, but that I loves the ‘ound more.
– R S Surtees
Suburban foxes are not simply tame towards men. They are also damn supercilious. One pads amongst the azaleas in our garden at night, staring through the lounge windows to watch the News at Ten.
With curious art the brain, too finely wrought.
Preys on herself, and is destroyed by thought.
And he was so proud that should he meet
The Twelve Apostles in the street,
He’d turn his nose up at them all,
And shove his Saviour from the wall.
Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.”
― Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality
“Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.”
Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter.Lullabies, dreams and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes and drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes. That’s the Irish for you!
In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.
In the terms of ‘Mental Illness’ Isn’t stable a place they put horses that wish to run free?”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich
It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses
Perhaps a sin that humbles you is better than a good deed that makes you arrogant”
― Hamza Yusef
– Dorothy Parker
“With the arrogance of youth, I determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and blessed, and the work goes on.”
― William Morris, The Well At The World’s End: Volume I
― Isabel Allende, Zorro
Wealth is both an enemy and a friend.
― Bertrand Russell, Mortals and Others 1: American Essays 1931-35
“The line between confidence and arrogance is very fine, Josh,” Flamel said quietly. “And the line between arrogance and stupidity even finer. Sophie,” he added, without looking at her.”
― Michael Scott, The Sorceress
― Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty
No tears, Celia, now shall win
My resolv’d heart to return;
I have search’d thy soul within,
And find nought, but pride, and scorn;
I have learn’d thy arts, and now
Can disdain as much as thou.
Some power, in my revenge, convey
That love to her I cast away.
BY THOMAS CAREW
― Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity
“I know it’s not clothes that make women beautiful or otherwise, nor beauty care, nor expensive creams, nor the distinction of costliness of their finery. I know the problem lies elsewhere. I don’t know where. I only know it isn’t where women think.”
― Marguerite Duras, The Lover
“Our society is afflicted by a spirit of thoughtless arrogance unbecoming those who have been so magnificently blessed. How grateful we should be for the bounties we enjoy. Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief….
Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy, there is concern for the rights and property of others. Without appreciation, there is arrogance and evil.
Where there is gratitude, there is humility, as opposed to pride.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
I don’t like your generation, Miss Gray. I don’t like your arrogance, your selfishness, your selfishness, your violence, THE CURIOUS SELECTIVITY OF YOUR COMPASSION. You pay for nothing with your own coin, not even for your ideals. You denigrate and destroy and never build. You invite punishment like rebellious children, then scream when you are punished. The men I knew, the men I was brought up with, were not like that. " P.D. James.
"A Dictionary of Kashmiri Proverbs & Sayings: Explained and Illustrated from …"
Arrogance and rudeness are training wheels on the bicycle of life — for weak people who cannot keep their balance without them.
Laura Teresa Marquez
foto – raleigh sunrise 2010
"The proverbs of Wales: a collection of Welsh proverbs, with English Translations"
And walk not on the earth with conceit and arrogance. Verily, you can neither rend nor penetrate the earth, nor can you attain a stature like the mountains in height.
foto – raleigh tree
The antiquity of proverbs
Small mouth, big words. (Pashto)
Arrogance is the obstruction of wisdom.
foto – mist near grafton 2009
"Proverb lore; many sayings, wise or otherwise, on many subjects, gleaned from many sources"
Spain : " A little bird must have a little nest " — a lesson in contentment, a warning against pretension and undue importance.
The nest of a blind bird is made by God," is a beautiful lesson of resignation and faith.
foto – brolgas after the flood ulmarra may 2009