My teacher Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Katz, the late dean of Telshe, constantly stressed the distinction between the positive attribute of taking pride in one's values and heritage, and the negative trait of arrogance.
A young student walking with his shoulders stooped once passed in front of Rabbi Katz' house. He called the student over and admonished him to walk straight. Why? A person's posture reveals his self-concept, and someone engaged in Torah study should demonstrate appreciation for the great value of that pursuit.
(Gateway to Happiness, p.127)
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