pride goeth before a fall

pride goeth before a fall

Having too much pride or confidence will cause one to make mistakes that lead to a setback or failure. The phrase is adapted from a verse in the book of Proverbs in the Bible: "Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." A: "He's so unwilling to delegate any responsibility to anyone else that I'm sure he's going to end up crumbling beneath all the pressure." B: "Well, pride goeth before a fall."
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Because he can't help it (he has no message discipline); because the Church does not fight back - and because pride goeth before a fall.
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And both Catholics and Bible-reading Protestants incorporated the Bible's language into their own lives and daily language, and many of the stock phrases we use today - e.g., "fight the good fight," "render unto Caesar," "pride goeth before a fall" - are evidence of that.
But, as is oft repeated, but perhaps not oft enough in academic circles, "pride goeth before a fall."