will find yourself humiliated. Be modest. The proverb comes from the Old Testament." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).
: Proverbs 16:18 : Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (King James Version)
: Herman Melville "rendered essentially the modern version in 'The Piazza Tales' (1856)." From "Wise Words and Wives' Tales: The Origins, Meanings and Time-Honored Wisdom of Proverbs and Folk Sayings Olde and New" by Stuart Flexner and Doris Flexner (Avon Books, New York, 1993).
A six-year-old should be able to understand the idea that when you get to thinking you can do everything you want to or you're better than other people, you'd better watch out, because you're going to start making mistakes and something bad will happen. Just translate this explanation into whatever vocabulary you normally use with your child.
Pride goes before a fall is a paraphrase of an ancient Hebrew proverb, designed to warn that excessive pride will often cause one to fall or fail. Another variant on this quotation is Pride comes before the fall.
If you are too proud and overconfident, you will make mistakes leading to your defeat. (Biblical.) Sue: I'm the best student in my history class. I'm sure I can pass the exam without studying very hard. Sam: Be careful. Pride goes before a fall, you know.