Vanity is the fear of appearing original: it is thus a lack of pride, but not necessarily a lack of originality.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 243, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Daybreak, p. 168, trans. by R.J. Hollingdale, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (1982). Dawn, "Fourth Book," aphorism 365, "Vanity," (1881).)
When we retreat to the country, we are hiding not from people, but from our pride, which, in the city and among people, operates unfairly and immoderately.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 17, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 25, "Nauka" (1976).)
All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, Ich bin ein Berliner.
(John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, June 26, 1963, West Berlin, Germany. quoted in Kennedy, pt. 5, ch. 21, Theodore C. Sorenson (1965).
The words recall Cicero: Civis Romanus sum"I am a Roman citizen." (In Verrem, speech 5).)
Our conjectures pass upon us for truths; we will know what we do not know, and often, what we cannot know: so mortifying to our pride is the base suspicion of ignorance.
(Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Dec. 14, 1756, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 86, London (1774).)