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C.S. Lewis:

There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves.

And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.

The vice I am talking of is Pride. . . .

. . . In fact, if you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, “How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?”

The point is that each person’s pride is in competition with every one else’s pride.

It is because I wanted to be the big noise at the party that I am so annoyed at someone else being the big noise.

—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952), chapter 8.

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7 thoughts on “Why I Find Your Pride So Annoying”

  1. Ryan Parish says:

    Dallas Willard, a fellow admirer of C.S. Lewis, said something very similar and likewise striking: (to paraphrase) being formed by Jesus will lead to my becoming the kind of person who is neither surprised nor bothered when I do not get my way. This humility is so tragically rare in the world but so wonderfully available in Jesus!

  2. Ben says:

    Pride and vanity have a habit of sneaking up on you as well. You have to always be on guard.

  3. Amazing how the flesh in one man can anger the flesh in another.

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