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  • "It is some fundamental certainty which a noble soul has about itself something which is not to be sought, is not to be found, and perhaps, also, is not to be lost. The noble soul has reverence for itself. "
  • ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, 1844 – 1900
  • "There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity. "
  • ~ Nathaniel Branden, American psychologist, 1935 –
  • "Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty. "
  • ~ Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, 1808 – 1889

Insane World

Pride is often regarded as either a sin, in religious terms, or as undesirable conceit, in secular terms. “Pride goeth before a fall” is a common platitude. Pride is often contrasted with the virtue of humility.

Living Sanely

Pride is a way you think about yourself, as opposed to vanity, which is a concern with what others think about you. Pride is really the same as self-respect, and both are about substance — what you know to be true, while vanity is about appearances — what appears to be true to other people. Pride is the ultimate bedrock of staying sane in an insane world, because your opinion of yourself is the most important reason to adhere to your own vision of right and wrong. The reward — sometimes the only reward — for doing the right thing, especially in an insane world, is a reinforcement of self-respect.

Pride is what keeps you doing the right thing when no one is looking, and what keeps you trying when you might be tempted to give up. You’re in complete control of self-respect, which depends only on your own actions; you have far less control in matters of vanity, because you can’t control how others perceive you.

Pride should never be manifested as arrogance. Pride is a private emotion; arrogance is the public display of vanity. The people with the deepest sense of pride are often kind and humble in their interaction with others.


On being proud, not vain.

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