The Fondness of Pride

‘The heart of man is strangely proud. If men commend us, we think we have reason to distinguish ourselves from others, since the voice of discerning men hath already made the separation. If men do not commend us, we think they are stupid, and undertand us not; or envious, and hold their tongues in spite. If we are praised by many, then Vox populi, vox Dei, “Fame is the voice of God.” If we be praised but by few, then Satis unus, satis nullus; we cry, “These are wise, and one wise man is worth a whole herd of the people.” But if we be praised by none at all, we resolve to be even with the world, and speak well of nobody, and think well only of ourselves.’

— Jeremy Taylor, Sermon XXXIII: ‘Deceitfulness of the Heart’


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