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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #60 --- Boasting

Updated on May 1, 2011

Quotations on Boasting

The boasters are the friends of self but the boosters are the friends of humanity.

—Bryan W. Collier, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 1, 1920.

Boasting never made a man successful–it frequently hinders his progress in life.

—Phil Conley, Daily Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., July 5, 1950.

Some men who pose as big guns can boast only of the caliber of their bores.

—Benjamin Arstein, San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 30, 1911.

The man who boasts that his life is an open book may not be aware that even the most alert proofreader is not infallible.

—Benjamin Arstein, San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas, March 8, 1911.

Valiancy is never boastful. Boasting is usually the coward's bluff.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, June 17, 1929.

Even when you are boasting you may be terror stricken.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 21, 1932.

People who are always boasting seldom have time for much performance.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 19, 1936.

No athlete was ever victorious because he did his boasting in advance.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 1, 1940.

The difference between boasting and lying is about the same as the difference between a deadhead and a deadbeat.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American-Press, Lake Charles, La., July 13, 1921.

A big percentage of the boasting is done by cowards.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., Aug. 26, 1936.

The more one knows about himself the less he has to boast about.

—Dewey O. Miller, The Wesleyan Youth, Marion, Ind., April 1963.

A clever commentator says that when he hears some folk blow and brag, he is reminded of the story of the flea who said to the elephant, “Boy, how we shook that bridge when we crossed.” Boasting is seldom associated with real greatness.

—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, March 7, 1938.

Vanity degrades. Boastfulness depreciates the moral character. You notice every day the exhibitions of vanity, boastfulness and pomposity. ... That spirit leads to exaggeration and to the use of such superlative expressions that we lose sight of the positive and of the comparative; and by and by, the words lose their power of the highest expression and cannot make any effect on our dulled senses. We lose the moral sense to such an extent that things which appeared hurtful to us one time now seem entirely acceptable.

—Beverley E. Warner, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Jan. 25, 1904.

You can take most of a man's boasts of good qualities as advertisements for missing ones.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 22, 1905.

He knows no good who boasts he does no harm.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Dec. 17, 1905.

People who are always crowing are often chicken hearted.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., May 20, 1906.

The guy who boasts of having the key to everything can’t even find the lock.

—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., Aug. 22, 1966.

A man boasting of his honesty is generally a rogue–of his courage generally a coward; of his riches, generally not wealthy–of his democracy, generally an aristocrat–of his intimacy with great men, generally despised by him who may chance to know him–of his wit, popularity and high standards, always a fool.

Catholic Telegraph, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 6, 1838.

The man who boasts that he never changes his mind just advertises the fact that he hasn't any to change.

Humboldt Star, Winnemucca, Nev., March 1, 1918.

The man who breaks himself of a bad habit is never so successful in breaking himself of boasting about it.

New York Times, New York, N.Y., April 28, 1912.

Maybe the fellow who boasts that he is just as good as he used to be, didn't used to be as good as he thinks he was.

Pocatello Tribune, Pocatello, Idaho, Dec. 16, 1936.

He who boasts loudest of his achievements is generally most forgetful of those whose aid made such achievements possible.

The Sunny South, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 26, 1901.

The chap who boastfully talks about manfully meeting the issues of life usually creates a lot of extra issues to meet because of his love for them.

Utah Farmer, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 25, 1935.

Many a man who boasts of being the soul of honor needs half soling.

Weekly Press, Beaver, Utah, Jan. 1, 1915.

Boasters are cousins to liars!

Youth's Companion, Boston, Mass., Oct. 25, 1860.


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