"From a spiritual point of view, he who is proud of his intelligence, talent or voice, and never thanks God for them is a robber; he has taken gifts from God and never recognized the Giver." Source: Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Way to Happiness, St. Pauls, 1998.
"Complete self-confidence is not merely a sin; complete self-confidence is a weakness. Believing utterly in one’s self is a hysterical and superstitious belief." Source: G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Moody Publishers, 2009.
" Daughter, words could never describe the suffering of these wretched little souls. There are three principal vices: The first is selfishness, which in turn gives birth to the second, self-conceit. From this conceit comes the third, pride, with treacherous injustice and cruelty as well as other evil filthy sins generated by these. So also, [...]
"Do you know where this tree of death is rooted? In the height of pride, which is nourished by their sensual selfishness. Its core is impatience and its offshoot is the lack of any discernment. These are the four chief vices, which together kill the souls of those I have called trees of death, since [...]
"He who gives himself importance by boasting is actually showing the credentials of his own worthlessness. Pride is an attempt to create an impression that we are what we actually are not." Source: Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Way to Happiness, St. Pauls, 1998.
"They who drink the juice of the Ethiopian herb Ophiusa imagine that they see serpents and horrors everywhere; and those who drink deep of pride, envy, ambition, hatred, will see harm and shame in everyone they look upon. The first can only be cured by drinking palm wine, and so I say of these latter: [...]
"The egoist… interprets sacrifice as the diminishing of himself." Source: Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Way to Happiness, St. Pauls, 1998.
"The ego has a peculiar way of disguising the real reasons for its love. It can pretend to be interested in another’s welfare while actually it is seeking its own pleasure." Source: Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Way to Happiness, St. Pauls, 1998.
"The source of this pride is their selfish love for themselves. Everything here is the exact opposite of what I have told you about true obedience. How can these wretches, bereft of charity, be otherwise than in pain? They are forced to bow the head of their will while pride holds it high. Their every [...]
"Pride and the seven capital sins, are, above all, spiritual; and if we do not repulse them in our mind, we are lost. It is the mind that directs life, it is the starting-point of our actions. Watch, then, over your thoughts, over your imagination which suggests them." Source: St. Peter Julian Eymard, The [...]