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Miles Franklin – Proud that I am an Australian

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I am proud that I am an Australian, a daughter of the Southern Cross, a child of the mighty bush. I am thankful I am a peasant, a part of the bone and muscle of my nation, and earn my bread by the sweat of my brow, as man was meant to do. I rejoice I was not born a parasite, one of the blood-suckers who loll on velvet and satin, crushed from the proceeds of human sweat and blood and souls.

Miles Franklin  

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Jean Paul – Excellences discovered with difficulty

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Charms which, like flowers, lie on the surface and always glitter, easily produce vanity; whereas other excellences, which lie deep like gold and are discovered with difficulty, leave their possessors modest and proud.

Jean Paul   (1763-1825)

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David Hume – Vanity is closely allied to virtue

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David HumeVanity is so closely allied to virtue, and to love the fame of laudable actions approaches so near the love of laudable actions for their own sake, that these passions are more capable of mixture than any other kinds of affection; and it is almost impossible to have the latter without some degree of the former.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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William Hazlitt – Obstinate silence

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William HazlittObstinate silence implies either a mean opinion of ourselves, or a contempt for our company; and it is the more provoking, as others do not know to which of these causes to attribute it – whether humility or pride.

William Hazlitt  

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Leo Tolstoy – To get power and retain it

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Leo TolstoyIn order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, and cruelty.

Leo Tolstoy   (1828-1910)

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Yoshida Kenko – It is a great error to be superior

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Yoshida KenkoIt is a great error to be superior to others….It is such pride as this that makes a man appear a fool, makes him abused by others, and invites disaster. A man who is truly versed in any art will of his own accord be clearly aware of his own deficiency; and therefore, his ambition being never satisfied, he ends by never being proud.

Yoshida Kenko   (1284 – 1350)

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