Arrogance Sayings and Quotes

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

Arrogance diminishes wisdom.     

Arabian Proverb

Don't be arrogant, because arrogance kills curiosity and passion.     

Mina Bissell

Arrogance is knowledge minus wisdom.     

Celso Cukierkorn

Arrogance is blind to the stumbling block.     

Toba Beta

Arrogance is a roadblock on the highway of wisdom.     

American Proverb

An arrogant bug is a cocky roach.     

American Proverb

Don't confuse confidence with arrogance. Arrogance is being full of yourself, feeling you're always right, and believing your accomplishments or abilities make you better than other people. People often believe arrogance is excessive confidence, but it's really a lack of confidence. Arrogant people are insecure, and often repel others. Truly confident people feel good about themselves and attract others to them.     

Christie Hartman

Arrogance is a self-defense tactic to disguise insecurities.     

Caroll Michels

The arrogance of some people makes even their virtues appear vices.     


Arrogant people are non-learners. They invest their energies in maintaining a cozy feeling of complacency, and complacency is the biggest single enemy to the process of continuously learning from experience. Arrogant people are exactly the sort of people who are destined to have one year's experience 20 times rather than 20 years' worth of experience.     

Peter Honey

Confidence is a nice suit. Arrogance is the same suit with suspenders, Italian loafers, and gold cuff links.     

Tim Schneider

Arrogance is a kingdom without a crown.     

American Proverb

It's only arrogance if you're wrong.     

Simone De Beauvoir

Arrogance is a creature. It does not have senses. It has only a sharp tongue and the pointing finger.     

Toba Beta

Arrogance is an illusion of superiority one perpetrates upon their self. Some may ultimately find their way through the illusion, but only after many losses.     

Debra Crown

Arrogance makes you stronger from outside, but even weaker from inside.     

Ujas Soni

Arrogance really comes from insecurity, and in the end our feeling that we are bigger than others is really the flip side of our feeling that we are smaller than others.     

Desmond Tutu

The opposite of humility is arrogance--the belief that we are wiser or better than others. Arrogance promotes separation rather than community. It looms like a brick wall between us and those from whom we could learn.     

John Marks Templeton

Arrogance likes to appear humble in public.     

Toba Beta

Ignorance is a horrible thing. But arrogance, the belief that knowing a little more than the ignorant makes you wise, is more horrible still.     

James Rozoff

How great some people would be if they were not arrogant.     

The Talmud

Arrogance is trying to convince others you're more than who they know you are.     

Bianca Frazier

Never mistake arrogance for intellect.     

D.B. Harrop

Arrogance is shown in one's respect to the truth.     

Lionel Suggs

Arrogance is a weed that grows mostly on a dunghill.     

Arab Proverb

Abundance breeds arrogance.     

Argentine Proverb

Arrogance - The best leaders inspire by example. When that's not an option, brute intimidation works pretty well, too.     

Larry Kersten

An arrogant man will still feel immortal, even on his death bed.     

Melchor Lim

You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that's fine, but what you should never lose is the respect for the others.     

Steffi Graf

Arrogance leads to disaster, sometimes it's better not to be your own master.     

Luke Garner

Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasions to change.     

Frank Lloyd Wright

An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person's main task in life becoming a better person.     

Leo Tolstoy

A little arrogance in the hands of the extremely capable is well earned - and in most case, deserved.     

Siddharth Katragadda

Arrogance is a mixture of impertinence, disobedience, indiscipline, rudeness, harshness, and a self-assertive nature.     


Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.     

Marya Mannes

Arrogance and rudeness are training wheels on the bicycle of life -- for weak people who cannot keep their balance without them.     

Laura Teresa Marquez

Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The worst kind of arrogance is arrogance from ignorance.     

Jim Rohn

Your heart is the center of humility, your mind could be the source of arrogance.     

Tariq Ramadan

Arrogance cometh before reality.     

Wes Fesler

Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy the interposition of a great deity. More humble and I believe true to consider him created from animals.     

Charles Darwin

Arrogance is the conjoined twin of ignorance.     

Andy Hargreaves

Arrogance is not the prerogative of the gifted.     

Andy Hargreaves

If arrogance were shoes, he'd never go barefoot.     

Tamora Pierce

It is the great arrogance of the present to forget the intelligence of the past.     

Ken Burns

Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand.     


Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.     

Sun Tzu

The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.     

Edmund Burke

The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance     

Albert Einstein

People express their arrogance in their failed expectations.     

Travis Luedke

Without the compassionate understanding of the fear and trepidation that lie behind courageous speech, we are bound only to our arrogance.     

David Whyte

That arrogance of youth and that kind of ignorant confidence can get you through a whole lot of things, and then life does its stuff, and you get smashed around and beaten up. You get full of doubts, and you end up making a person out of those bits and pieces.     

Robyn Davidson

It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for.     

William F. Buckley Jr.

I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.     

Mark Twain

I've often said, the only thing standing between me and greatness is me.     

Woody Allen

I could smell an arrogance, it was my cheap fragrance.     

Toba Beta

Because arrogance is born in personal vanity, arrogant people are driven without mercy. They can never get enough power to fill the soul's needs or enough respect to overcome the fear that they deserve less than they are getting.     

Lewis B. Smedes

Arrogance is an unhealthy ego in need of repair.     

Thomas Faranda

Ah, how the seeds of cockiness blossom when soiled in ignorance.     

Steve Alten

There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. 'Good pride' represents our dignity and self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.     

John C. Maxwell

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.      

William Pollard

There but for the grace of God, goes God.      

Herman J. Mankiewicz

Humility brings advantage; arrogance provokes disadvantage.      

Chinese Proverb

Honesty, truthfulness, integrity, unselfishness—these are always there. And whenever a leader violates these basic principles, through arrogance or through ignorance, there's a derogation of duty.     

Jimmy Carter

If Othello were CEO of Enron and Oedipus Rex in charge of WorldCom, they might well have made the same mistakes as Jeff Skilling and Bernie Ebbers. In tragedies both ancient and modern, leaders fall because of arrogance.      

Davis L. Dotlich and Peter C. Cairo

They say my people love me and I would be naive to deny it.      

Hastings Banda

Pointe Noire may be the capital, but I'm the head of state, and I'm going to rule from Brazzaville.      

Fulbert Youlou

The Amhara is to rule, not to be ruled.      

Amhara Proverb

Among the walnuts only the empty one speaks.      

Moroccan Proverb

May my outer head not spoil my inner head.      

Yoruba Proverb

Charity... is a form of condescension.      

Christopher Hitchens

What I do mind is the pitying glance, or the heavy sigh, that is deployed these days. I am not ready to be patronized, or condescended to, unless by someone of some eminence who has earned that right. And even then I regard it as a sign of weakness rather than strength.     

Christopher Hitchens

The unspoken agreement to concede the black community to the sway of the pulpit is itself a form of racist condescension.     

Christopher Hitchens

Arrogance is the camouflage of insecurity.     

Tim Fargo

Confidence is when you believe in yourself and your abilities, arrogance is when you think you are better than others and act accordingly.     

Stewart Stafford

Confidence must be monitored so that it does not spoil or rot and turn to arrogance.     

John Wooden

Arrogance and rudeness are training wheels on the bicycle of life for weak people who cannot keep their balance without them.     

John Cho

Arrogance and self-awareness seldom go hand in hand.     


I'm not being arrogant. It's just that after being barked at by so many ill-bred dogs, every now and then I take a kick at one for the dog's own good.     

Reinhard Von Lohengrim

In a world too often governed by corruption and arrogance, it can be difficult to stay true to one's philosophical and literary principles.