Arrogance Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Arrogance Quotes from Mikhail Gorbachev, Conor McGregor, Benoit Mandelbrot, Graydon Carter, Theodore Bikel. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

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Sometimes it’s difficult to accept, to recognise one’s own mistakes, but one must do it. I was guilty of overconfidence and arrogance, and I was punished for that.
Mikhail Gorbachev
My success isn’t a result of arrogance – it’s a result of belief.
Conor McGregor
An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something.
Benoit Mandelbrot
Arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence. Not a pretty cocktail of personality traits in the best of situations. No sirree. Not a pretty cocktail in an office-mate and not a pretty cocktail in a head of state. In fact, in a leader, it’s a lethal cocktail.
Graydon Carter
All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.
Theodore Bikel
You’ve got to know what your ‘thing’ is, and you’ve got to call it a ‘thing,’ whether it’s meanness, nastiness, un-forgiveness, arrogance, ego, resistance, rebelliousness or defiance. Everybody’s got a ‘thing,’ and once you call your ‘thing’ a ‘thing,’ we can give it a place to be or dismiss it.
Iyanla Vanzant
The arrogance of liberal progressives is that they’re just a lot smarter and better angels than the Stalins and the Chavezes and the Castros of the world, and if we give them all the control, and they control your life, they’re going to do a great job of it. Well, it just isn’t true.
Ron Johnson
The arrogance of power must be undermined.
David Dellinger
Ineos is a friendly organisation. Very few people leave. It’s collegiate. There’s not much politics, and we like decent people. We don’t like arrogance or bullies.
Jim Ratcliffe
I take offence if I’m called arrogant, because I’ve been brought up in a family that does not endorse arrogance.
Shruti Haasan
Success can breed all kinds of other behavior and cause companies to behave a certain way that isn’t necessarily the ingredients for achieving more success. For instance, with success comes arrogance, and that’s typically the death of success.
Bob Iger
Whenever I go out with a girl for a meal, I’m recognised, and I hear, ‘That’s Chad’s girl,’ before anyone even approaches for a picture. I can’t take arrogance and rude behaviour, and I really get a lot of it.
Chad le Clos
I think there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance.
Andrew Scheer
French arrogance is no longer in fashion in Italy.
Matteo Salvini
Watching President Obama apologize last week for America’s arrogance – before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices of Americans – helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions.
Rick Santorum
The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.
Cyrano de Bergerac
Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God.
Radhanath Swami
We did not find it difficult to deal with Bush and his administration, because it is similar to regimes in our countries – both types include many who are full of arrogance and greed.
Osama bin Laden
Here’s what I had: I had the arrogance of saying I’d like to be in a ‘good’ movie, so in fact, when I was hot, I turned down a lot of stuff because I didn’t think I wanted to watch it.
Ali MacGraw
What you see of me on TV and all of that, that is me – that’s truly how I feel. I’m just multiplying it. It’s that arrogance, that confidence, the belief that I’m the best, and there’s a true attitude that I don’t care what others think.
Baron Corbin
Politicians have an arrogance that I just do not understand. I’ve seen more constructive debates in high school.
Paolo Nutini
The Labour Party has become consumed by collective bile towards… the Liberal Democrats. That portrays a rather nasty arrogance.
Nick Clegg
False modesty can be worse than arrogance.
David Mitchell
Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.
Rick Pitino
Honest discussions – even and perhaps especially on topics about which we disagree – can help us resist hypocrisy and arrogance. They can also help us live up to the basic ideals, such as liberty and justice for all, on which our country was founded.
David Price
The arrogance of the Left always fascinates me.
Mike Gallagher
I know many people on the left are suspicious of words like Americanization. To them, it can sound like a cover for white privilege and warmongering. It suggests arrogance and groupthink. But these connotations are not fixed. It is in our power to reshape them by recalling the best of America.
Eric Liu
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
Politicians need a better understanding of global ecology. We need to be freed from our species-specific arrogance. No evidence exists that we are ‘chosen’, the unique species for which all the others were made. Nor are we the most important one because we are so numerous, powerful and dangerous.
Lynn Margulis
God is still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate, to me, is outrageous.
Jim Inhofe
I was a young, new, hot star, and I had this unbelievable arrogance. As time went on, the strident narcissism and arrogance slowly diminished. But I was definitely there. I’m older now. And a big crybaby.
Chevy Chase
I had a great deal of arrogance and a great deal of bravado, but I think the bravado was brought on by a huge insecurity.
Brian Molko
Most of us think of pride as self-centeredness, conceit, boastfulness, arrogance, or haughtiness. All of these are elements of the sin, but the heart, or core, is still missing. The central feature of pride is enmity – enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen.
Ezra Taft Benson
What am I missing to be the best in the world? Honestly, nothing in terms of quality, just consistency, and that’s not arrogance.
Memphis Depay
I like to think that my arrogance, impetuosity, impatience, selfishness and greed are the qualities that make me the lovable chap I am.
Richard Hammond
BJP’s flawed policies and arrogance have done nothing for the country so far and will not offer anything in the future either.
Mayawati
To declare the Cold War over, and declare democracy has won out over totalitarianism, is a measure of arrogance and wrong-headedness.
Alexander Haig
When someone has that combination of arrogance and ignorance – that drives me crazy.
Susan Lucci
I can say, with a little arrogance, that I could be an actor, a cameraman, a writer, but composers are the most mysterious people.
Milos Forman
The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.
Samuel Butler
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
Sun Tzu
Colonialism bred an innate arrogance, but when you undertake that sort of imperial adventure, that arrogance gives way to a feeling of accommodativeness. You take pride in your openness.
Wole Soyinka
There are so many ways to heal. Arrogance may have a place in technology, but not in healing. I need to get out of my own way if I am to heal.
Anne Wilson Schaef
I’m good at what I do. I’m really, really good at what I do, and I’m not saying this with any level of arrogance.
Punit Renjen
What annoys the hell out of me is the arrogance of some people. They don’t even listen to our music, they decided in advance that they don’t like it.
Billie Joe Armstrong
It was only after five years in the army, when I was having to do a very boring job in a very boring place, that I thought: ‘Why not try writing a novel?’ partly out of youthful arrogance and partly because there had been a long line of writers in my mother’s family.
Antony Beevor
In order to be an actor you really have to be one of those types of people who are risk-takers and have what is considered an actor’s arrogance, which is not to say an arrogance in your personal life. But you have to be the type of person who wants the ball with seconds left in the game.
Bryan Cranston
The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
Stephen Jay Gould
I want people to hear the honesty in my singing, and that I’m not hiding behind anything. It’s raw. It’s not for any arrogance or ego. It’s just pure feelings.
Tom Odell
I would like to see us get this place right first before we have the arrogance to put significantly flawed civilizations out onto other planets, even though they may be utterly uninhabited.
Patrick Stewart
Part of what makes you great as a young player can hurt you at the end of your career, in terms of you need a certain amount of ego, a certain amount of arrogance to be able to play well and to push yourself and trick yourself into thinking you’re better than you really are.
David Cone
You know when you’re young, you have this unbelievable stupidity and arrogance and ignorance all mixed in?
Christopher Guest
It is not the case that I can predict your views knowing that you are a white male. I cannot predict your views if you are a black female, and it is height of both arrogance and condescension to think that somebody can be type casted on the base of.
Heather Mac Donald
I’ve always felt that Donald Trump was a Dickensian character because he is so ridiculous. With his hair and his arrogance, he is certainly Dickensian in his absurdity.
Miriam Margolyes
The pivotal scene in ‘AK,’ where Jackie Shroff ‘s character Singaperumal parades around his room in the buff, is a metaphor for his false sense of prde and arrogance.
Thiagarajan Kumararaja
Science moves with the spirit of an adventure characterized both by youthful arrogance and by the belief that the truth, once found, would be simple as well as pretty.
James D. Watson
Everybody has their detractors. Some people say arrogance, or whatever they may say. I only have one thing in mind, and that’s doing a great job for the country.
Donald Trump
Some people confuse confidence with arrogance. There’s no doubt in the business world there are a few big egos and I think arrogance can get in the way. But if you have the confidence to go to your higher superior and say this is wrong, it can make a difference.
Ben Fogle
The directors are selective in their choice of actors and sometimes, those choices smack of arrogance.
Rituparna Sengupta
The definition of swagger, in my opinion, is you have to have that arrogance, that confidence that you are the best out there at all times.
Keyshawn Johnson
You have to be confident when you’ve got someone in front of you who wants to beat you and take the title from you. But I think people mistake my confidence for arrogance or cockiness.
Amir Khan
I think it’s important that the rest of the world know that we’re not all the same and that we don’t all have the sort of arrogance it feels like they’re perceiving from our leaders.
James Denton
I wanted to do it my way with my career, and I had this arrogant notion that people weren’t just interested in my music but me as a person. That was my bit of arrogance, I guess. That’s something I learned from Madonna. I was a fan right from the first time I heard ‘Holiday.’
Pink
With the arrogance of youth, I thought, ‘I don’t drink, don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs, so why would I get cancer?’ The week I spent waiting for the result of the biopsy to see if it was malignant felt like the longest of my life.
Jameela Jamil
Most individuals have always thought themselves not big enough or significant enough to have an effect on the whole planet, a notion which conversely made them think they could afford big arrogance and big greed over its resources.
Lynette Fromme
If you aren’t humble, whatever empathy you claim is false and probably results from some arrogance or the desire to control. But true empathy is rooted in humility and the understanding that there are many people with as much to contribute in life as you.
Anand Mahindra
What I say on a record and what I say off a record is two different things. And that’s always been the case. There’s a difference between confidence on a record and arrogance.
LL Cool J
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
I’m Billy the Kid, the fastest draw. It’s not arrogance. It’s the truth.
David Geffen
People care when service is sluggish and comes from an arrogance and complacency that often besets those who know they can never lose their jobs.
Barkha Dutt
Despite our very recent appearance on the planet, humanity combines arrogance with increasing material demands, even as we become more numerous. Our toughness is a delusion. Have we the intelligence and discipline to vigilantly guard against our tendency to grow without limit?
Lynn Margulis
Everyone knows about Amitabh Bachchan being a legendary actor, and I had this sense of arrogance that I can make him do what I want. But what he did on locations completely blew me away. I realised that I understand the quality of performances even more after seeing him perform.
Ram Gopal Varma
As an artist you have to have a certain amount of arrogance.
Kim Weston
There is this tremendous amount of arrogance and hubris, where somebody can look at something for five minutes and dismiss it. Whether you talk about gaming or 20th century classical music, you can’t do it in five minutes. You can’t listen to ‘The Rite of Spring’ once and understand what Stravinsky was all about.
Penn Jillette
I am shy. People misconstrue it as arrogance.
Himesh Reshammiya
For folks in Washington to believe that they are smart enough to pick the next energy technology is, in my judgment, the height of arrogance. For me or any of my peers to pick energy-technology X as the solution to solving America’s energy problems is just a fool’s errand.
Mike Pompeo
Arrogance – I have very little tolerance for that.
Rita Moreno
Somebody does know how stuff works, and knowledge is power. Thus, as we become enslaved by our ever-more sophisticated technology, we are at the mercy of those with The Knowledge, and their arrogance is growing. Beware geeks bearing gifts.
Miranda Devine
What moves me is neither ethnocentric pride nor sectarian arrogance. I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures. But it is mine.
Theodore Bikel
You know I need that cockiness, the self-belief, arrogance, swagger, whatever you want to call it, I need that on the golf course to bring the best out of myself. So you know once I leave the golf course, you know that all gets left there.
Rory McIlroy
The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.
Edmund Burke
I see myself capable of arrogance and brutality… That’s a fierce thing, to discover within yourself that which you despise the most in others.
George Stevens
I sometimes have an over-confidence that can be viewed as arrogance.
James Corden
I don’t join the New Atheists. So, for example, I wouldn’t have the arrogance to lecture some mother who hopes to see her dying child in Heaven – that’s none of my business, ultimately. I won’t lecture her on the philosophy of science.
Noam Chomsky
There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.
Ed Woodward
Let there be an end to the arrogance of the big powers who miss no opportunity to put the rights of the people in question. Africa’s absence from the club of those who have the right to veto is unjust and should be ended.
Thomas Sankara
I get why people didn’t like me, or don’t like me, because I have an arrogance.
Graeme Souness
There is something so biologically implausible that your attitude is going to cure a disease. There’s a tremendous arrogance to imagine that your mind is all that powerful.
Marcia Angell
As an artist you have to have a certain amount of arrogance.
Kim Weston
Honest discussions – even and perhaps especially on topics about which we disagree – can help us resist hypocrisy and arrogance. They can also help us live up to the basic ideals, such as liberty and justice for all, on which our country was founded.
David Price
The insular arrogance of the English character is a commonplace joke.
Goldwin Smith
The biggest crime in England is to rise above your station. It’s fine to be a pop star. ‘Oh, it’s great, lots of fun, aren’t they sweet, these pop stars! But to think you have anything to say about how the world should work? What arrogance!’
Brian Eno
The arrogance of secular Jews regarding the ultra-Orthodox community and their attempt to impose on it a different lifestyle is inappropriate.
Ayelet Shaked
I never thought I was doing any great work. I never thought I would last. In the beginning, I was terrible. I never used to speak to people. I used to start crying. I was extra sensitive. I would run away home and feel miserable. I didn’t know how to behave then. I was touchy. People interpreted it as arrogance.
Tabu
I think scientific arrogance really does give a great degree of distrust. I think people begin to think that scientists like to believe that they can run the universe.
Robert Winston
I think sometimes drive and ambition of individuals should not be confused as arrogance, and sometimes Cristiano gets that tag on him.
Andre Villas-Boas
Showrunning is an arrogant job. You have to be arrogant and hold yourself strong in order for people to hear you. Confidence partners with arrogance. The only person you have to trust is yourself. The only instinct you can trust is your own.
Julie Plec
There is a danger that threatens everyone in the church, all of us. The danger of worldliness. It leads us to vanity, arrogance and pride.
Pope Francis
We must not demonstrate any arrogance, and we must refrain from any irrational or undemocratic behavior.
Chen Shui-bian
This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
Franz Grillparzer
Bush promised a foreign policy of humility and a domestic policy of compassion. He has given us a foreign policy of arrogance and a domestic policy that is cynical, myopic and cruel.
Joe Klein
Americans must outgrow the unbecoming arrogance that leads us to assert that America somehow owns a monopoly on goodness and truth – a belief that leads some to view the world as but a stage on which to play out the great historical drama: the United States of America versus the Powers of Evil.
Feisal Abdul Rauf
There is a marvelous turn and trick to British arrogance; its apparent unconsciousness makes it twice as effectual.
Catherine Drinker Bowen
Stand-up came out of three things. Frustration, necessity and arrogance. I didn’t have a great career ahead of me in anything. Someone literally said to me, ‘You should try stand-up,’ and took me to a venue.
Eric Bana
I was a young, new, hot star, and I had this unbelievable arrogance. As time went on, the strident narcissism and arrogance slowly diminished. But I was definitely there. I’m older now. And a big crybaby.
Chevy Chase
You say that your hope is in God, and he will, I am sure, stand by you. But you must not forget that you have been given worldly means to use and employ against human arrogance and wrong; it is necessary to see such things with a broad mind in order to oppose them.
Knute Nelson
When people unfortunately use religion to facilitate their envy, arrogance and hate, communalism surfaces.
Radhanath Swami
As a Christian, I’m passionately opposed to American pretensions that we have special standing with God; to political office-seekers who play on our religious differences; and to the religious arrogance that says, ‘Our truth is the only truth.’
Parker Palmer
When I first met Tony Blair in 1996, he was open and idealistic, keen to bring a breath of fresh air to government. But something happened – was it just the arrogance of power? – that narrowed Labour’s vision from purposeful reform and investment, to peevish and petulant pragmatism.
Rory Bremner
Whatever that thing is that white people like in blacks, I don’t have it. Maybe it’s my arrogance or my self-assurance or the way I carry myself, but whatever it is, I don’t have it.
Paul Mooney
I am guilty of stupidity, arrogance, and greed.
Steve Madden
Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way.
Chris Lowe
There are many paths to God. What really bothers me – and what I think is the height of arrogance and stupidity – is when one group believes their way is the only way. That really gets my dander up.
Leslie Jordan
You definitely need self-belief and confidence, but there is a very fine line between that and arrogance. I would like to think I sit on the other side of that.
Todd Cantwell
On the evidence we have, the meritocratic ideal ends up being just as undemocratic as the old emphasis on inheritance and tradition, and it forges an elite that has an aristocracy’s vices (privilege, insularity, arrogance) without the sense of duty, self-restraint and noblesse oblige that WASPs at their best displayed.
Ross Douthat
I think that there’s something in the American psyche, it’s almost this kind of right or privilege, this sense of entitlement, to resolve our conflicts with violence. There’s an arrogance to that concept if you think about it. To actually have to sit down and talk, to listen, to compromise, that’s hard work.
Michael Moore
There is a ‘patrician arrogance’ to James Taylor that accounts in part for his popularity while it at the same time explains the critical resistance to his work.
Jon Landau
Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ambition and passion; and between arrogance and conviction – in short, between an old today and a new tomorrow.
Heinrich Rohrer
What makes the Stones’ arrogance so divine is that we all believe that long ago and far away they weren’t rich and famous but poor and struggling, just like us.
Jon Landau
Obamacare represents a shocking display of political arrogance. It’s about time Washington started listening to Americans’ common sense voices.
Fred Upton
When I read ‘The Water Diviner,’ I was having the same kind of visceral reaction that I would normally have acting in something. I believed that I was the only person that could tell this story the way it needed to be told. That’s the real arrogance of a director!
Russell Crowe
The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled.
Ross Perot