- Forgetting that their pride of spirit,
Their exultation in their trial,
Detracts most largely from the merit
Of all their boasted self-denial.
- Byron, “Granta” (1806), Poetical Works, Volume 1
- Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strengthor the rich boast of their riches,
but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight.
- A man who cannot climb a tree will boast of never having fallen out of one.
- Ludwig Klages, Rhythmen und Runen (Leipzig: 1944), p. 466
- If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
- To those who are given to virtue, the boast of titles is wholly alien and distasteful.
- To be vain is rather a mark of humility than pride. Vain men delight in telling what honours have been done them, what great company they have kept, and the like, by which they plainly confess that these honours were more than their due, and such as their friends would not believe if they had not been told: whereas a man truly proud thinks the greatest honours below his merit, and consequently scorns to boast.
- Jonathan Swift, “Thoughts on Various Subjects”