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

None are more haughty than a common place person raised to power.

None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.

Nothing in the world is more haughty than a man of moderate capacity when once raised to power.

Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.