Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pride vs Humility

Pride looks back upon its past deeds, and calculating with nicety what it has done, it commits itself to rest; whereas humility looks to that which is before, and discovering how much ground remains to be trodden, it is active and vigilant. Having gained one height, pride looks down with complacency on that which is beneath it; humility looks up to a higher and yet higher elevation. The one keeps us on this earth, which is congenial to its nature; the other directs our eye, and tends to lift us up to heaven.

-- James McCosh (1811 - 1894), prominent philosopher of the Scottish School of Common Sense,  president of Princeton University (1868 - 1888), Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895) p. 485

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