Quotation Explorer - 'Self-Importance'

One of the characteristics of modern political life is its professionalization, such that it attracts mainly the kind of people with so great an avidity for power and self-importance that they do not mind very much the humiliations of the public exposure to which they are inevitably subjected. - Theodore Dalrymple
Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration? - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance. - Jean Anouilh
Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all. - Thomas Szasz
Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it - what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone. - Carlos Castaneda
Men can such the heady juice of exalted self-importance from the bitter weed of failure--failures are usually the most conceited of men. - D. H. Lawrence
For how long will insult hurt a person? For as long as he covets self-importance. For as long as one covets temporary [non eternal] things. - Dada Bhagwan
Because we have viewed other animals through the myopic lens of our self-importance, we have misperceived who and what they are. Because we have repeated our ignorance, one to the other, we have mistaken it for knowledge. - Tom Regan
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