Theophrastus, Characters 24
“Arrogance is a kind of contempt for others apart from yourself.”
ἔστι δὲ ἡ ὑπερηφανία καταφρόνησίς τις πλὴν αὑτοῦ τῶν ἄλλων
Cicero, Philippic 5.30
“I know the man’s insanity, his arrogance. I know the ruinous plans of the friends he has entrusted himself to.”
Novi hominis insaniam, adrogantiam; novi perdita consilia amicorum, quibus ille est deditus.
Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannos 873
“Arrogance grows tyrants”
ὕβρις φυτεύει τύραννον·
Plutarch, Solon 14.2
“Solon says that he at first was hesitating to enter politics because he dreaded the greed of one party and the arrogance of the other.”
ἀλλ᾿ αὐτός φησιν ὁ Σόλων ὀκνῶν τὸ πρῶτον ἅψασθαι τῆς πολιτείας καὶ δεδοικὼς τῶν μὲν τὴν φιλοχρηματίαν, τῶν δὲ τὴν ὑπερηφανίαν.
Lucian, Wisdom of Nigrinus 23
“I believe that ass-kissers are much worse than those they flatter and that they are nearly totally to blame for the arrogance they create in others.”
Ἐγὼ μέντοι γε πολὺ τῶν κολακευομένων ἐξωλεστέρους τοὺς κόλακας ὑπείληφα, καὶ σχεδὸν αὐτοὺς ἐκείνοις καθίστασθαι τῆς ὑπερηφανίας αἰτίους·
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 436-438
“Don’t imagine I am silent because
Of self-regard or arrogance—I having been eating
My own heart with my thoughts
As I see myself abused in this way.”
μήτοι χλιδῇ δοκεῖτε μήτ᾿ αὐθαδίᾳ
σιγᾶν με· συννοίᾳ δὲ δάπτομαι κέαρ
ὁρῶν ἐμαυτὸν ὧδε προυσελούμενον.
Isocrates, On the Peace 119
“If you go through these things and those like them, you will discover that a lack of control and arrogance are the cause of our suffering while careful thought has produced our success.”
ἢν γὰρ ταῦτα καὶ τὰ τοιαῦτα διεξίητε πρὸς ὑμᾶς αὐτούς, εὑρήσετε τὴν μὲν ἀκολασίαν καὶ τὴν ὕβριν τῶν κακῶν αἰτίαν γιγνομένην, τὴν δὲ σωφροσύνην τῶν ἀγαθῶν.
Seneca, De Ira 31
“So, either arrogance or an ignorance of affairs makes people inclined to rage.”
Itaque nos aut insolentia iracundos facit aut ignorantia rerum
Cicero, De Inventione 43
“Hatred emerges from arrogance; arrogance comes from pride.”
Ex arrogantia odium, ex insolentia arrogantia
Seneca the Elder, Suasoriae 6.3
“You will see eyes burning with cruelty and arrogance at the same time. You won’t see the face of a man but one of civil war”
Videbis ardentes crudelitate simul ac superbia oculos; videbis illum non hominis sed belli civilis vultum
Publilius Syrus, 109
“Arrogance’s bragging turns quickly to shame”
Cito ignominia fit superbi gloria.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 33
“Accept without being arrogant; give in without reluctance.”
Ἄτύφως μὲν λαβεῖν, εὐλύτως δὲ ἀφεῖναι