“There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every
one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which
hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are
guilty themselves.”

“The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue
opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. …it was
through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every
other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

“Greed will certainly make a man want money, for the sake of a better
house, better holidays, better things to eat and drink. But only up to
a point. What is it that makes a man with $10,000 a year anxious to
get $20,000 a year? It is not the greed for more pleasure. $10,000
will give all the luxuries that any man can really enjoy. It is Pride—
the wish to be richer than some other rich man, and (still more) the
wish for power. For, of course, power is what Pride really enjoys:
there is nothing make a man feel so superior to others as being able
to move them about like toy soldiers.

“…Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and
every family since the world began. Other vices may sometimes bring
people together: you may find good fellowship and jokes and
friendliness among drunken people or unchaste people. But pride always
means enmity—it is enmity. And not only enmity between man and man,
but enmity to God.

— C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Chapter 8

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