The Owl of Ignorance

DickWarrenGuest post by Dick Warn

Elizabeth Cutter Morrow (1873-1955, American poet) said, “My friend and I have built a wall between us thick and wide: The stones of it are laid in scorn and plastered high with pride.”

John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic) said, “In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.”

Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979, Roman Catholic clergyman) said, “Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals.”

And William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor and author) said, “I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.”

In the end, pride in our accomplishments is not what truly matters, it is the many ways we have chosen to deal with other people and our respect for all living creatures. We are all part of something so much bigger than ourselves, and no single person is more important than another. We are all important.

The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride.

Dick Warn


Dick Warn is the author of The Miracle Minute, a weekly email sent free to readers around the world. His latest book, Mystical Mentor can be previewed at


Posted on May 9, 2014, in Personal Growth and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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