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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #85 --- Boasting

Updated on September 30, 2015

More Quotations about Boasting

The man who boasts that he always says what he thinks may be only a third class liar.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., March 2, 1909.

Many a man boasts that he will fight to the last, when in reality he is the last in the fight.

---Charles Hazelrigg, The Oklahoma Christian, Guthrie, Okla., Aug. 30, 1900.

He knows no good who boasts he does no harm.

---Henry F. Cope, St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 26, 1905.

When you boast of the good deed you did, the good deed diminishes in importance.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Amarillo Daily Globe, Amarillo, Texas, April 8, 1924.

He who boasts of a good deed shows that he is not used to them.

---Elijah Powell Brown, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Dec. 28, 1899.

The boaster is like a geyser, whose spouting runs all back to its original source without attracting more than passing curiosity.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., May 2, 1918.

The boaster makes so much noise that he can’t hear the truth about himself.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Oct. 13, 1919.

The hardest boaster is the easiest liar.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., May 2, 1922.

The boaster delights in echoes.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Oct. 7, 1921.

The boaster thinks an echo is nature’s sweetest music.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Dec. 14, 1922.

When you see a man riding the horse of self-sufficiency, with his feet in the stirrups of boastfulness, you can make up your mind he’s riding for a fall.

---Hazen Conklin, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Nov. 16, 1914.

Men who boast that you “can’t tell them anything” usually speak the truth. They can’t use their ears and their mouths at the same time.

---Hazen Conklin, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., March 24, 1916.

Boasting is only begging for praise.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Clackamas County Record, Oregon City, Ore., Jan. 26, 1903.

The man who boasts of his virtues has to boost them up in order that they may be seen.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., Nov. 12, 1898.

When a man boasts of his broadmindedness he is usually trying to hide his shallow-headedness.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Polk County News, Columbia, N.C., April 9, 1903.

Whoever boasts of his goodness or culture advertises that he has neither.

---John Wesley Holland, Medina Tribune, Medina, N.Y., Dec. 26, 1929.

None is more apt to boast than he who has least reason for it.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 25, 1928.

Put activity back of your boasting and you will not need to boast.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 20, 1929.

We seldom win by boasting.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 16, 1932.

It is a good plan to spend more time boosting than boasting; it makes boasting unnecessary.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 18, 1932.

Those who are always boasting of their virtues are usually blind to their own faults.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 15, 1932.

One of the signs of weakness is a boasting of strength.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 28, 1932.

They who always boast deceive only themselves.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 1, 1933.

No amount of boasting ever takes the place of actual achievement.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 27, 1935.

The weakness of boasting is the fact that our audience soon learns the truth.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 6, 1936.

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

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 11, 1936.

There is nothing of which we can be boastful if it reveals our weaknesses

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 18, 1940.

Boasting of saying what you think is often an excuse for not thinking what you say.

—Henry F. Cope, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Jan. 1, 1911.

If you have the right to boast, you don’t have to.

—Wesley S. Izzard, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, July 12, 1955.

We heard a man bragging the other day that he never in his life had taken up the boasting habit.

---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., Feb. 4, 1944.

One trouble with the fellow who boasts that he’s a self-made man is that he always acts as if he might have made a real fortune had he only taken a patent out on himself.

---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., June 1, 1944.

The trouble with the fellow who boasts about knowing all the angles is that he also will throw you a curve if possible.

---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., June 19, 1950.

We are never impressed by the chap who boasts he knows all the answers. New questions are constantly coming up.

---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 20, 1954.

I doubt if boasting ever pays. I knew a man who loved to boast of his achievements. One day he was telling a man how many birds he had killed, and the number of fish he had caught and so on. After a bit this stranger spoke up and said, “You know who I am?” My friend said, “No, I never saw you before.” With a grin on his face the man said, “I happen to be the game warden. You have confessed to enough law breaking to bring a fine of three hundred dollars.” My friend was not impressed and said to him, “Do you know who I am?” Of course the man didn’t and said so, so my friend said, “Well, I am the biggest liar in West Virginia.”

My friend escaped the fine that his boasting about led to, but I doubt if boasting is ever a good thing on any grounds. In the first place it always shows an inferiority complex. No one needs to ask if we are so afflicted, our boasting gives it away. In the second place, boasting makes us the most unpopular guys who ever came to town. No one likes a boaster. In the third place, boasting is a show on our “raising,” as we say in the hill country. It looks like our folks didn’t bring us up right. We do not want to reflect on our parents, so cut out boasting.

While boasting never pays off, we know that modesty does. Everyone likes the modest man. All of our great sports leaders are modest in victory. In fact, all worthwhile people are modest. It is the sign of greatness always, as boasting is the sign of weakness. I think it would pay us to develop the sense of modesty as it would help us to be more popular, and certainly more deserving of the good gifts life has to offer.

---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Aug. 2, 1948.

To hear some people boast, one would think they were proud of their weaknesses. The right attitude toward bad habits is one of shame and remorse. This indicates we are still sound at heart, but once a man begins to boast of his evil habits then the last spark of divinity in him is going out. Woodrow Wilson once said, “The man who boasts of his evil habits is probably boasting of his best.” In other words, all good had gone, and the man has slipped so low that his evil habits were better than anything else about him.

I remember back in my boyhood days. I was around the old stable where the horses where kept for hire. Often some men would boast of their evil ways. Sometimes it was for fun, but quite often, one could see they were mighty proud they had sunk so low. This is in contrast to the best kind of people. They too have to fight against the vices of life, but though they fail to win against these vices, they would never think of boasting about them.

If we discover we are not men enough to break bad habits, then let us be certain we shall not go out and boast over our lack of manhood. We can at least keep the spark of manhood alive by showing shame and remorse. This will keep the door open toward a brighter day at least.

---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Nov. 3, 1948.

The more real power a person has the less boasting is needed. The less real power he has, the more he seeks to complement it by boasting. The real athlete very seldom boasts or even speaks of his exploits on the field. … Saints never speak of their holiness. … The man who has a right to boast about anything does not have to boast.

Where power is unreal, boasting is used to give the impression of power. The empty wagon always makes the most noise. A person may boast of the college he attended, by which he seeks to have the college reflect on his knowledge, rather than allowing his knowledge to reflect on the college. Also he believes that by telling a person where he went to school, one will draw conclusions from the college, rather than from his knowledge, or want of it.

There are also people who boast about being self-made men, and of possessing wealth. Such boasters always prove that they become rich very much to their own surprise. They usually start conversations by telling how they started as a poor boy, without a cent. The only time they even begin to appreciate poverty is when they begin to be rich. The boasting self-made man always confuses “having” something with “being” something.

Human beings in a modern age which knows no humility, strive for a false superiority, either directly or indirectly. Directly, those who have an undue sense of superiority become the dictator type. They are overbearing, loud, critical, proud, and constantly use the pronoun “I.” Vain people like to prove themselves right, especially in arguments. What is important is not the truth of things but their being right.

Indirect quests for superiority manifest themselves in the dreamers. Unable to achieve superiority in real life, they live in a world of fantasy in which they believe themselves superior.

Humility is a virtue by which we recognize ourselves as we really are, not as we would like to be in the eyes of the public; not as our press notices say we are, but as we are in the sight of God when we examine our conscience.

---Fulton J. Sheen, Knickerbocker News, Albany, N.Y., July 14, 1962.

Many people give to boasting time which should be devoted to apologies.

---Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, March 20, 1900.

The man who never boasts of what he is going to do has fewer excuses to make.

---Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Mont., May 10, 1937.

They boast best who boast least.

---Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 7, 1913.

The man who boasts that he works with his head instead of his hands is respectfully reminded that the woodpecker does the same.

---Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, March 5, 1917.

When we hear a fellow loudly proclaim that he is as good as anybody, we suspect that he has begun to have his doubts about it.

---Pocatello Tribune, Pocatello, Idaho, Aug. 24, 1929.


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