John Wooden Page

“Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.”

- John Wooden

Source/Notes: They Call Me Coach - They Call Me Coach
Johnny Unitas Page

“There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.”

- Johnny Unitas

Bible Page

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

- Bible

Source/Notes: Philippians 2:3
Aesop Page

“Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.”

- Aesop

Source/Notes: Aesop's Fables: The Frog and the Ox
Abraham Cahan Page

“Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.”

- Abraham Cahan


John Dewey Page

“Genuine ignorance is... profitable because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch-phrases, cant terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish waterproof to new ideas.”

- John Dewey

Alexander Pope Page

“Some to conceit alone their taste confine, And glittering thoughts struck out at ev'ry line; Pleas'd with a work where nothing's just or fit; One glaring chaos and wild heap of wit.”

- Alexander Pope

Louisa May Alcott Page

“Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.”

- Louisa May Alcott

Socrates Page

“If men learn this [writing], it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks.... And it is no true wisdom that you offer your disciples, but only its semblance, for by telling them of many things without teaching them you will make them seem to know much, while for the most part they know nothing, and as men filled, not with wisdom, but with the conceit of wisdom, they will be a burden to their fellows.”

- Socrates

Source/Notes: Quoted by Plato in Phaedrus, 275a
George Bernard Shaw Page

“Woman's dearest delight is to wound Man's self-conceit, though Man's dearest delight is to gratify hers.”

- George Bernard Shaw


Louisa May Alcott Page

“You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.”

- Louisa May Alcott

Source/Notes: Little Women By Louisa May Alcott - With 200+ Illustrations, Summary and Free Audio Book Link, Kiddy Monster Publication - ISBN: 9789879990025
Max Beerbohm Page

“The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity.”

- Max Beerbohm

Cicero Page

“Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.”

- Cicero

Alexandre Dumas Page

“Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.”

- Alexandre Dumas


William Hazlitt Page

“We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit.”

- William Hazlitt

Source/Notes: Liber Amoris & Related Writings (2008 edition), Carcanet Press Limited - ISBN: 9781857548570
Jerome K. Jerome Page

“Conceit is the finest armour a man can wear.”

- Jerome K. Jerome