Franklin's Pride Admitted
"There is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, andn will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility."
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - page 144.
I'm only a third through this book, but Franklin has a moment of insight into himself here.
His method of self-improvement is shot through with pride and presumption...