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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #57 --- Egotism

Updated on March 8, 2011

Quotations on Egotism

A man is a manly man when he institutes in his life not only unselfishness, generosity and love, but also modesty and humility. There is no hope for a man with expansion of the head.

Egotism is fatal to manliness. The man afflicted with egotism has no concern for the comfort and well being of his fellow men. Their motto is "I'm it and you're nit." The bigness of the egotist is just the bigness of a balloon and when you puncture it, collapse of the structure is inevitable. The other kind of bigness is like divine bigness. The ideals are the ideals of the man of Galilee. It cannot be punctured. It is a permanent and indestructible structure.

Let us dedicate our lives to clean living and high thinking. Let us take for our motto: "They shall not pass." With this motto in the battle against hatred, stupidity, selfishness and sin, the Christian will inevitably emerge from the battle victorious.

A man who can stand invincible in the strife for truth and righteousness is the Christly man, a man possessing the virtues of courage, morality, unselfishness, generosity, kindness and humbleness. May your contribution and mine to the world be one manly man.

—Carl C. Gregory, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 29, 1924.

Egotism, which is another word for vanity, self-love, bigheadedness, shows itself in a number of interesting ways. It shows itself in some people in what seems to be over-modesty. There are people who say they cannot take a prominent part in anything, cannot be active when others are looking on. The reason is too great self-consciousness, too great concentration on self–in short, too much selfishness. Great leaders are not self-conscious. They are forgetful of self; they are not selfish.

—Grove H. Patterson, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., April 23, 1931.

The chief thing that makes a person impossible is a swollen ego. Nothing else stultifies and chloroforms the more human functions so thoroughly as egotism.

And egotism is very deceptive. The first person it deceives is its possessor. It is a well known fact that the most self-centered of human beings is the last to admit he is self-centered.

Egotists do not always boast and strut. They are quite as prone to decry themselves, indulge in lavish self-depreciation and parade their failure and inefficiency. The constant factor in all egotists is that they think and talk unceasingly of themselves.

—Frank Crane, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 4, 1916.

Nothing so coarsens us, so takes the edge off our finer instincts, as egotism.

—Frank Crane, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., April 10, 1916.

Do not hesitate to think well of yourself. That is not egotism. Egotism is due to your thinking poorly of yourself–it is a form of fear and inferiority. The egotist is merely thinking, trying to overcome his fear and inferiority by boasting of his virtues.

—Earl Riney, Church Management, Cleveland, Ohio, April 1956.

One formula which appears to be almost infallible, is never to trust the man who is suspicious of all his brethren, who is constantly finding sins in others, carefully conceals his own shortcomings and who talks much and prays loudly and at great length. ... The holier-than-thou attitude never belonged to an honest man. Smugness–a complacency in one's own virtues--is also open to suspicion.

The individual much given to talk and who always has a ready remedy for any evil is not always dishonest, but nearly always he is weak, egotistical and lacking in the capacity to think straight; hence a dangerous person to be entrusted with power. ...

The demagogue is usually voluble and frequently quite gifted in expression, but it does not require much discernment to discover that his vocalizing is trained to him. A cold examination of his most moving utterances will generally reveal that they are condensed platitudes. He knows that the mob may miss a thought, but that it can be depended upon to applaud a platitude or a cadence. ...

We have so many excessive talkers because idle hands and minds encourage them by listening. They make the basis for what passes as "news" more accurately described as rumor and gossip. Without advertising they die; so maybe it is a mercy to let them talk.

—Marvin Sanford, The Llano Colonist, New Llano, La., July 9, 1936.

Success breeds success–for a certain time until it leads to swellheadedness and overconfidence. At this stage it will breed failure quicker than anything else. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty–and possession of the heights.

—Grantland Rice, New York Tribune, New York, N.Y., Dec. 23, 1921.

Egotism begins with a big eye.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 2, 1926.

There are some people who are egotistical enough to believe that everyone they talk with believes everything they say.

—Bill Spottswood, Richardson Echo, Richardson, Texas, Dec. 10, 1926.

Egotism is the poorest possible way to express our real worth.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 23, 1938.

Egotism is next to godlessness.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 23, 1938.

One thing worse than being a snob is to think one has a right to be.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 4, 1933.

Love is the antithesis of hate and hate is egotism turned inside out.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Nov. 11, 1929.

The ego is the part of us which grows the most the less it has to feed on.

—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 11, 1928.

In the book of life, egotism is the joke section.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 27, 1923.

Egotism is a drug which dwarfs the soul from growing.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Feb. 18, 1927.

It's hard for a swelled head to follow the straight and narrow.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Dec. 8, 1927.

Few things swell unless there is something wrong with them; heads are no exception.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Jan. 22, 1927.

A swelled head needs the lance of knowledge.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Oct. 13, 1927.

An egotist is not a man who thinks too much of himself; he’s a man who thinks too little of other people.

—Nat Campbell, El Paso Times, El Paso, Texas, July 16, 1956.

When you begin to think you are indispensable, visit a cemetery and count the graves.

—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Feb. 29, 1948.

An egotist, we take it, is somebody who ought to put his vanity on a diet.

—Jack Haney, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., May 14, 1926.

The reason why some people talk so much about themselves is because they know so little about everything else.

River Press, Fort Benton, Mont., Dec. 22, 1943.

Egotism is a phase of selfishness, and ... kindles an unholy ambition to conquer and overcome others. Egotism is potential despotism. ... The mental attitude that makes [one] an egotist destroys consideration of others because it is only of himself that he thinks.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 8, 1929.

The egotist's strenuous endeavor to get into the spotlight is an unwitting confession that he is not worthy of the prominence it gives.

Some men have been damned by faint praise. More have been damned by their praise of themselves.

Of the two, the latter is most destructive. Certainly it is best evidence that he who indulges it meets the obscurity into which he is likely to be banished. B

ecause of the very nature of things, the spotlight chaser is a hypocrite. He is consciously professing to be something that he is not. He realizes well enough that he not only misrepresents himself, but is perfectly willing that others unwittingly misrepresent him, in that they give him credit for which he is not in the least responsible.

Egotism is a phase of selfishness. He who is possessed of it hopes to capitalize the good qualifications attributed to him by those who do not know him well. He hopes to realize material wealth by exchanging for it something he does not possess.

Egotism includes practically every other sin. That is because, as just said, it is a phase of selfishness. The fact that the egotist wants to appropriate to himself everything within reach that is calculated to enhance his importance or magnify his merits is unquestioned evidence of his selfish disposition.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, April 7, 1929.


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