Pride, even the slightest thought of it, is a very grave matter. 1 Any ulterior motive derives from pride. Every thought is a complete structure. 2 [With pride, therefore,] one causes a serious blemish Above and “repels the feet of the Shechinah,” as it is written “Every one who is proud in heart is an abomination to God.” (Proverbs 16:5) 3