Quotes About Pride

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Pride is the Most Deadly Spiritual Virus

"Temper gets us into problems and pride keeps us there."

Stephen R. Covey


"Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right."

Ezra Taft Benson


"We are too prone to accept the activities in which we engage as accomplishments of our own, not giving the slightest amount of credit to the One who blessed us with health, strength, opportunities, inspiration, and the ability to achieve. We feel that we individually made the accomplishment through our own superior brain power or physical strength. What conceited fools we mortals are!"

Milton R. Hunter, BYU Speeches, Dec. 15, 1964, p. 3


"Pride is a very misunderstood sin, and many are sinning in ignorance."

Ezra Taft Benson - LDS Speaker's Sourcebook, Aspen Books 1991, page 340


"Having faith in the plan of salvation includes steadfastly refusing to be diverted from our true identities and responsibilities. In the brief season of our existence on earth we may serve as a plumber, professor, farmer, physician, mechanic, bookkeeper, or teacher. These are useful activities and honorable designations; but a temporary vocation is not reflective of our true identities. Matthew was a tax collector, Luke a physician, and Peter a fisherman. In a salvational sense, 'so what!'"

Neal A. Maxwell


"When we become satisfied with what we have accomplished, we begin to deteriorate... Let us not meet the fate of the bricklayer, who from a high scaffold stepped back to admire his work."

N. Eldon Tanner, "Walking in Obedience to the Commandments," Ensign, Feb. 1972, 2


"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

Albert Einstein


"Pride is the most deadly spiritual virus."

Boyd K. Packer - May 1989 Ensign, page 59


"The more I see of life, brethren, the more I see why there is such a scriptural stress on submissiveness, meekness, and humility. The dangers flowing from an excess of ego are so constant and real. If we would but place an ego screen over all our thoughts, words, and actions before they hurt others or embarrass us! If we are steadily becoming more and more 'the man of Christ,' the mesh in that ego screen will become finer and finer, and fewer and fewer things will slip through to harm."

Neal A. Maxwell, "I Will Arise and Go to My Father," - Ensign, Sept. 1993, 66


"We must resolve to overcome as much as possible the sin of human pride. Pride causes us to become overly concerned as we compare ourselves with others about how intelligent we think we are, the brands of our clothing, to what organizations we belong, on which side of town we live, how much money we have, what our race or nationality is, what kind of car we drive, what church we attend, and on, and on, and on. Someone calculated that no less than 30 times throughout the Book of Mormon, the cycles of prosperity and peace were destroyed, principally by human pride. Your opportunities, your relative prosperity, and our stratified society make overcoming inappropriate pride a genuine challenge."

Joe J. Christensen, New Era, Jan. 1998