Bragging Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old bragging quotes, bragging sayings, and bragging proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Bragging is not an attractive trait, but let's be honest. A man who catches a big fish doesn't go home through an alley.

Ann Landers

The feller that brags about how cheap he heats his home always sees the first robin.

Kin Hubbard

He who is humble is confident and wise. He who brags is insecure and lacking.

Lisa Edmondson

If you done it, it ain't bragging.

Walt Whitman

Tell me what you brag about and I'll tell you what you lack.     

Spanish Proverb

He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.

Leonardo da Vinci

It's not bragging if you can back it up.     

Muhammad Ali

A braggart is recognized by his headgear.

Namibian Proverb

You have to do a little bragging on yourself even to your relatives-man doesn't get anywhere without advertising.     

John Nance Garner

The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it.     

Criss Jami

Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass.     

William Shakespeare

You have to give yourself credit, not too much because that would be bragging.

Frank McCourt

If I cannot brag of knowing something, then I brag of not knowing it; at any rate, brag.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself.

Henry David Thoreau

The dog who barks the loudest is not always the best watcher, neither are braggadocios the most valiant.

William Scott Downey

The only way to cure an egotist from bragging is by surgery--amputation at the neck.     

Evan Esar

Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.

John Steinbeck

Mankind in general seem to take about as much pride in bragging of their faults as of their virtues.

H. W. SHAW

Bragging is an ailment, Bragging is a blight; Bragging is an attribute Of a silly wight.

RALPH M. THOMSON

Don't brag. It is not the whistle that moves the train.     

D. V. Rangarajan

With a braggart, it's no sooner done than said.

Evan Esar

Now I'm not too keen about bragging on myself but you must admit I was the best.

Kim S. Jones

It ain't bragging if you can do it.     

Dizzy Dean

Blow your own horn loud. If you succeed, people will forgive your noise; if you fail, they'll forget it.     

William Feather

Great boast, small roast.     

Chinese Proverb

There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People never have confidence in a Big Talker. They know his statements must be cut down, but they can never tell how much.     

Edgar Watson Howe

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.

Mark Twain

It's as difficult to be rich without bragging as it is to be poor without complaining.     

Chinese Proverbs

Every man who praises himself brushes the luster from his best efforts.

Ellen Gould White