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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
 
Self-Conceit
 
  Should the world applaud, we must thankfully receive it as a boon; for if the most deserving of us appear to expect it as a debt, it will never be paid. The world, it has been said, does as much justice to our merits as to our defects, and I believe it; but, after all, none of us are so much praised or censured as we think; and most men would be thoroughly cured of their self-importance if they would only rehearse their own funeral, and walk abroad incognito the very day after that on which they were supposed to have been buried.
Charles Caleb Colton: Lacon.    
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  Wouldst thou not be thought a fool in another’s conceit, be not wise in thy own: he that trusts to his own wisdom proclaims his own folly: he is truly wise, and shall appear so, that hath folly enough to be thought not worldly wise, or wisdom enough to see his own folly.
Francis Quarles.    
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  Self-conceit, peevishness, and incompliance of humour in things lawful and indifferent.
John Tillotson.    
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