Quotes of Humility

“ He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. ”

- Confucius

“ The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. ”

- Confucius

“ The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. ”

- Confucius

“ Modesty is the citadel of beauty. ”

- Demades

“ I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... But I am too busy thinking about myself. ”

- Edith Sitwell

“ Humility is no substitute for a good personality. ”

- Fran Lebowitz

“ Life is a long lesson in humility. ”

- James M. Barrie

“ The loss of one's dignified bearing is often sudden. ”

- Jerry Van Amerongen

“ Be modest! It is the kind of pride least likely to offend. ”

- Jules Renard

“ In America, they want you to accomplish these great feats, to pull off these David Copperfield-type stunts. You want me to be great, but you don't ever want me to say I'm great? ”

- Kanye West

“ You couldn't be that good and not know it, somewhere in your secret heart, however much you'd been abused into affecting public humility. ”

- Lois McMaster Bujold

“ Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth. ”

- Madam Guizot

“ Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. ”

- Mark Twain

“ I am no more humble than my talents require. ”

- Oscar Levant

“ If I only had a little humility, I'd be perfect. ”

- Ted Turner

“ If you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet, and you can find a lot of people there who don't like you. ”

- Tina Fey

“ It well becomes a young man to be modest. ”

- Titus Maccius Plautus

“ In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ A great man is always willing to be little. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will. ”

- Zig Ziglar

“ True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. ”

- Socrates

“ Mastery begins with humility. ”

- Robin Sharma

“ Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. ”

- Miyamoto Musashi

“ We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. ”

- Rabindranath Tagore

“ The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. ”

- Criss Jami

“ Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up. ”

- Jesse Jackson

“ To lead the people, walk behind them. ”

- Lao tzu

“ Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. ”

- Thomas Merton

“ It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. ”

- Augustine of Hippo

“ Perfection is impossible without humility. Why should I strive for perfection, if I am already good enough? ”

- Leo Tolstoy
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