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The true snob never rests: there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon.
Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.
No people are more often wrong than those who will not allow themselves to be wrong.
None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.
How haughtily he cocks his nose, To tell what every schoolboy knows.
Nothing in the world is more haughty than a man of moderate capacity when once raised to power.
Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasions to change.
For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner … on an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies. … That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that.
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.