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Pride comes before a fall

This page is about the saying "Pride comes before a fall"

Possible meaning:
If we are too proud about ourselves or something, we will probably meet with failure or disaster. When we are too self-important or conceited, something is sure to happen to make us look foolish.

Note:
pride (noun) = an excessively high opinion of oneself or one's importance | A variation of this proverb is: "Pride goes before a fall."

Origin: This proverb is a contraction (some would say misquotation) from the Bible (Proverbs 16:18): "Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall."

Quick Quiz

If it is true that "pride comes before a fall", then pride

a. is more important than falling

b. is more important than destroying something

c. will lead us into trouble

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Contributor: Josef Essberger