If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself.
Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility.
It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church.
Since every man who lives is born to die, and none can boast sincere felicity, with equal mind, what happens, let us bear, nor joy nor grieve too much for things beyond our care.
We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.
We rise in glory, as we sink in pride:Where boasting ends, there dignity begins.
Man is always looking for someone to boast to;
woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.
Be bold and boast, just like the cock beside the hen.
Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.
He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another.
Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed.
Therefore tho others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy; nor fear them.
We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?
We should face reality and our past mistakes in an honest, adult way.
Boasting of glory does not make glory, and singing in the dark does not dispel fear.
We can't allow multinational oil companies boasting of record profits to gouge consumers... We must do what we can to fix this problem.
When boasting ends, there dignity begins.
Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield, Nature's, not honour's law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away.
Pride in boasting of family antiquity, makes duration stand for merit.
Judaism boasts of no exclusive revelation of eternal truths that are indispensable to salvation, of no revealed religion in the sense in which that term is usually understood.
Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.
None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors.
The record does not show that Adam and Eve were ever married.
There is a certain class of people who prefer to say that their fathers came down in the world through their own follies than to boast that they rose in the world through their own industry and talents. It is the same shabby-genteel sentiment, the same vanity of birth which makes men prefer to believe that they are degenerated angels rather than elevated apes.
A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business.
You have no enemies, you say? Alas, my friend, the boast is poor.
He who has mingled in the fray of dutythat the brave endure, must have made foes.If you have none, small is the work that you have done.You've hit no traitor on the hip.You've dashed no cup from perjured lip.You've never turned the wrong to right.You've been a coward in the fight.
Our attitude toward our own culture has recently been characterized by two qualities, braggadocio and petulance. Braggadocio -- empty boasting of American power, American virtue, American know-how -- has dominated our foreign relations now for some decades. Here at home -- within the family, so to speak -- our attitude to our culture expresses a superficially different spirit, the spirit of petulance. Never before, perhaps, has a culture been so fragmented into groups, each full of its own virtue, each annoyed and irritated at the others.
Don't place too much confidence in the man who boasts of being as honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night.
Friendship should be a private pleasure, not a public boast.
I loathe those braggarts who are forever trying to invest themselves with importance by calling important people by their first names in or out of print. Such first-naming for effect makes me cringe.