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Samuel Butler

We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.

Character | Superiority |

Charles Alexander Eastman, first named Ohiyesa

The first American mingled with her pride a singular humility. Spiritual arrogance was foreign to his nature and teaching. He never claimed that his power of articulate speech was proof of superiority over “dumb creation”; on the other hand, speech to him is a perilous gift. He believes profoundly in silence - the sign of perfect equilibrium. silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The an who preserves his selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence - not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree, not a ripple upon the surface of the shining pool - his, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life.

Absolute | Arrogance | Balance | Body | Character | Conduct | Existence | Humility | Life | Life | Mind | Nature | Power | Pride | Silence | Speech | Spirit | Superiority |

Claude-Adrien Helvétius

To be loved, we should merit but little esteem; all superiority attracts awe and aversion.

Awe | Character | Esteem | Little | Merit | Superiority |

Mark Twain, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.

Character | Inferiority | Man | Right | Superiority | Wrong |

Tyron Edwards

Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.

Censure | Falsehood | Praise | Self | Self-praise | Superiority | Wisdom |

Romain Gary, born Roman Kacew

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.

Dignity | Humor | Man | Superiority | Wisdom |

Henri Bergson, aka Henri-Louis Bergson

It is… by the superiority of its morality that a religion wins over souls and reveals them to a certain conception of things.

Morality | Religion | Superiority |

E. B. White, fully Elwyn Brooks White

Nationalism has two fatal charms for its devotees: it presupposes local self-sufficiency, which is a pleasant and desirable condition, and it suggests, very subtly, a certain personal superiority by reason of one's belonging to a place which is definable and familiar, as against a place which is strange, remote.

Reason | Self | Self-sufficiency | Superiority | Wisdom |

Erich Fromm, fully Erich Seligmann Fromm

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as “moral indignation,” which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue. The “indignant” person has for once the satisfaction of despising and treating a creature as “inferior,” coupled with the feeling of his own superiority and rightness.

Envy | Hate | Indignation | Superiority | Virtue | Virtue |

Alfred Adler

Striving for superiority is the fundamental law of human life, a something without which life would be unthinkable.

Law | Life | Life | Superiority |

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, fully Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

Do not pursue what is illusory - property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade and can be confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life - don't be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness; it is after all, all the same: the bitter doesn't last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing.

Life | Life | Misfortune | Position | Property | Superiority | Afraid |

Baltasar Gracián

Most do violence to their natural aptitude, and thus attain superiority in nothing.

Aptitude | Nothing | Superiority |

Baltasar Gracián

Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.

Mediocrity | Superiority |

Bernard Berenson

The artist, depicting man disdainful of the storm and stress of life, is no less reconciling and healing than the poet who, while endowing Nature and Humanity, rejoices in its measureless superiority to human passions and human sorrows.

Humanity | Life | Life | Man | Nature | Superiority |

Charles Caleb Colton

There is a difference between the two temporal blessings - health and money; money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed; health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied; and this superiority of the latter is still more obvious when we reflect that the poorest man would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all his money for health.

Blessings | Health | Man | Money | Superiority |