The following quotes are all about bragging! Not to be confused with confidence, these quotes are all on the subtle brags, the humble brags and the straight-out funny brags!
Bragging usually involves talking up one’s self or accomplishments in order to attract attention or make them appear better than others.
Bragging is often a sign of insecurity – which doesn’t really help matters as it’s not a very endearing quality.
So why do people do it? Well, often it’s because they think it will make them feel better in the moment. Unfortunately, it just makes them look narcissistic and a little sad.
What is a humble brag?
A reasonable new term, a humble brag is when someone talks about themselves and tries to make it seem like they’re not bragging by adding a sentence at the end that downplays their achievement (or talent), such as “my child is so good at everything that I’m struggling to keep up with their social and sporting calendar” or “It’s so hard to find a suitable date when you earn over $200K per year/look like I do/are a celebrity” 😊
It’s basically a brag that someone is dying to express out loud, and they are trying to mask it with a seemingly minor complaint to downplay it.
With the rise of social media, bragging (and particularly humble bragging) has never been more rampant. We all know those #humblebraggers and those passive aggressive captions and status updates!
The following quotes are entertaining and eye opening about those who brag:
Tell me what you brag about, and I’ll tell you what you lack. Spanish Proverb
“People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.” Stephen Hawking
“Bragging about yourself violates norms of modesty and politeness – and if you were really competent, your work would speak for itself.” Adam Grant
“The dog who barks the loudest is not always the best watcher, neither are braggadocios the most valiant.” William Scott Downey
“He who is humble is confident and wise. He who brags is insecure and lacking.” Lisa Edmondson
“Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass.” William Shakespeare
“Braggarts are insecure and need attention and bragging often has the opposite effect on most people when you’re trying to gain their respect and increase your influence.” Mark Goulston
“Social media is a superimposing place where people are usually bragging.” Brandon Stanton
“Don’t brag. It is not the whistle that moves the train.” D. V. Rangarajan
“Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.” John Steinbeck
“It’s as difficult to be rich without bragging as it is to be poor without complaining.” Chinese Proverbs
“I know words. I have the best words.” Donald Trump
“He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.” Leonardo da Vinci
“Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“Bragging often precedes begging.” B. C. Forbes
“A person is bound to lose when he talks about himself; if he belittles himself, he is believed; if he praises himself, he isn’t believed.” Michel de Montaigne
“A session of boasting won’t attract any real friends. It will set you up on a pedestal, however, making you a clearer target.” Richelle E. Goodrich
“If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself.” Henry David Thoreau
“If I cannot brag of knowing something, then I brag of not knowing it; at any rate, brag.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Don’t show off every day, or you’ll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent.” Baltasar Gracian
Bragging or Just Confident Quotes?
“There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.” Johnny Unitas
“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” Muhammad Ali
“If you done it, it ain’t bragging.” Walt Whitman
“I don’t fight for bragging rights. I’ve proved myself.” Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Funny Bragging Quotes
“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” Ernest Hemingway
“The person who has nothing to brag about but their ancestors is like a potato; the best part of them is underground.” Sir Thomas Overbury
“Rich enough that I don’t have to tell em I’m rich.” Drake
“You have to do a little bragging on yourself even to your relatives-man doesn’t get anywhere without advertising.” John Nance Garner
“The really tough thing about humility is you can’t brag about it.” Gene Brown
“That’s the beauty of being above board – you can brag about your winnings.” Dan Bilzerian
“Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley.” Ann Landers
“The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it.” Criss Jami
“Every man who praises himself brushes the lustre from his best efforts.” Ellen G. White
We thought the following quote was the perfect last quote for this series:
“It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.” Judith Martin
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