Quotes and Sayings about Arrogance
"The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages."
- Cyrano de Bergerac
(Related: Nature, Men, Apples, Arrogance, Sun)
"This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power."
- Joe Biden
(Related: Power, Arrogance, Example)
"All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Power, Strength, Arrogance, Choice, Justice)
"What moves me is neither ethnocentric pride nor sectarian arrogance. I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures. But it is mine."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Arrogance, Culture, Pride)
"There is a marvelous turn and trick to British arrogance; its apparent unconsciousness makes it twice as effectual."
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
"It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
"The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Age, Arrogance, Youth)
"The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Arrogance, Ignorance, Pride, Vanity)
"The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall."
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: Arrogance, Rome)
"Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism; the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young."
- Henry S. Canby
"Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves."
- Willa Cather
(Related: Arrogance, Conceit, Man)
"There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children, unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to "Americanize" him."
- Charles Horton Cooley
(Related: Arrogance, Children, Credit, Neglect, Nothing)
"I think it's important that the rest of the world know that we're not all the same and that we don't all have the sort of arrogance it feels like they're perceiving from our leaders."
- James Denton
(Related: Arrogance, Leaders, Rest, World)
"It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to."
- Edgar Z. Friedenberg
(Related: Nature, Time, Arrogance, Romantic, Want)
"Most individuals have always thought themselves not big enough or significant enough to have an effect on the whole planet, a notion which conversely made them think they could afford big arrogance and big greed over its resources."
- Lynette Fromme
(Related: Thought, Arrogance, Effect, Greed)
"I'm Billy the Kid, the fastest draw. It's not arrogance. It's the truth."
- David Geffen
(Related: Truth, Arrogance)
"The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos."
- Stephen Jay Gould
(Related: Arrogance, Cosmos)
"This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Ideas, Arrogance, Nothing, Quest)
"When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Poetry, Power, Arrogance, Concern, Diversity, Existence, Limitations, Man, Richness)
"Bush promised a foreign policy of humility and a domestic policy of compassion. He has given us a foreign policy of arrogance and a domestic policy that is cynical, myopic and cruel."
- Joe Klein
(Related: Policy, Arrogance, Compassion, Foreign policy, Humility)
"We did not find it difficult to deal with Bush and his administration, because it is similar to regimes in our countries - both types include many who are full of arrogance and greed."
- Osama bin Laden
(Related: Arrogance, Countries, Greed)
"We had every problems starting a big top could have. The tent fell down on the first day. We had problems getting people into the shows. It was only with the courage and arrogance of youth that we survived."
- Guy Laliberte
(Related: People, Courage, Arrogance, Day, First, Problems, Youth)
"Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way."
- Chris Lowe
(Related: Arrogance, Ego, Stupidity, Will)
"An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something."
- Benoit Mandelbrot
(Related: Arrogance, First, Present)
"Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent."
- Marya Mannes
(Related: Talent, Successful, Arrogance)
"The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing, and it fortifies you."
- James A. Michener
(Related: Arrogance, Artist)
"Once again, Pat Robertson leaves us speechless with his insensitivity and arrogance."
- Ralph Neas
"You must not forget that you have been given worldly means to use and employ against human arrogance and wrong."
- Knute Nelson
(Related: Arrogance, Forget, Wrong)
"You say that your hope is in God, and he will, I am sure, stand by you. But you must not forget that you have been given worldly means to use and employ against human arrogance and wrong; it is necessary to see such things with a broad mind in order to oppose them."
- Knute Nelson
(Related: God, Hope, Arrogance, Forget, Mind, Order, Will, Wrong)
"Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Arrogance, Merit)
"If you're a director, your entire livelihood and your entire creativity is based on your self-confidence. Sometimes that's dangerously close to arrogance."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Creativity, Arrogance, Self)
"The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled."
- Ross Perot
(Related: Arrogance, Debt, Public)
"This administration in Washington... clearly believes that government is not only the answer to every need but it's the most qualified to make essential decisions for every American in every area. That mix of arrogance and audacity that guides the Obama administration is an affront to every freedom-loving American."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Government, American, Arrogance, Decisions, Freedom, Washington)
"Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow."
- William Pollard
(Related: Success, Arrogance, Innovation, Learning, Tomorrow, Will, Yesterday)
"Honest discussions - even and perhaps especially on topics about which we disagree - can help us resist hypocrisy and arrogance. They can also help us live up to the basic ideals, such as liberty and justice for all, on which our country was founded."
- David E. Price
(Related: Arrogance, Country, Help, Hypocrisy, Ideals, Justice, Liberty)
"Watching President Obama apologize last week for America's arrogance - before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices of Americans - helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions."
- Rick Santorum
(Related: Values, America, American, Americans, Arrogance, Deep, Freedom, President, Traditions)
"There are so many ways to heal. Arrogance may have a place in technology, but not in healing. I need to get out of my own way if I am to heal."
- Anne Wilson Schaef
(Related: Technology, Arrogance, Healing, May)
"We must not demonstrate any arrogance, and we must refrain from any irrational or undemocratic behavior."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: Arrogance, Behavior)
"The insular arrogance of the English character is a commonplace joke."
- Goldwin Smith
(Related: Character, Arrogance, English)
"There's a certain arrogance to an actor who will look at a script and feel like, because the words are simple, maybe they can paraphrase it and make it better."
- Mary Steenburgen
(Related: Actor, Arrogance, Will, Words)
"I see myself capable of arrogance and brutality... That's a fierce thing, to discover within yourself that which you despise the most in others."
- George Stevens
"I would like to see us get this place right first before we have the arrogance to put significantly flawed civilizations out onto other planets, even though they may be utterly uninhabited."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Arrogance, First, May, Right)
"We have a president who stole the presidency through family ties, arrogance and intimidation, employing Republican operatives to exercise the tactics of voter fraud by disenfranchising thousands of blacks, elderly Jews and other minorities."
- Barbra Streisand
(Related: Family, Arrogance, Elderly, Exercise, Fraud, Presidency, President, Republican)
"Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance."
- Sun Tzu
(Related: Inferiority, Arrogance)
"Science moves with the spirit of an adventure characterized both by youthful arrogance and by the belief that the truth, once found, would be simple as well as pretty."
- James D. Watson
(Related: Science, Truth, Belief, Adventure, Arrogance, Pretty, Spirit)
"As an artist you have to have a certain amount of arrogance."
- Kim Weston
(Related: Arrogance, Artist)
"Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change."
- Frank Lloyd Wright
(Related: Change, Life, Arrogance, Humility, Reason)