by Thomas More
Utopia Pride Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Book.Page) based on the 1989 Cambridge University Press edition
And in fact I have no doubt that every man's perception of where his true interest lies [...] would long ago have brought the whole world to adopt Utopian laws, were it not for one single monster, the prime plague and begetter of all others—I mean Pride. (2.109)
Can we really boil down all of Europe's problems to this one quality? Hythloday seems to think so. Is that realistic?
Pride is a serpent from hell that twines itself around the hearts of men […] to hold them back from choosing a better way of life. (2.110)
What's the effect of making pride a force outside of human control? Why might Hythloday use this kind of language?