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Humility quotes and quotations

Humility is like underwear; essential, but indecent if it shows.
Helen Nielsen

The beloved of the Almighty are: the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnanimity of the rich.
Saadi

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

Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
John (Jay) McCloy

Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.
George Arliss

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

Modesty is the citadel of beauty.
Demades

The higher a man is in grace, the lower he will be in his own esteem. - Charles Hadden Spurgeon,
Charles Hadden Spurgeon

Give place to your betters.
Terence

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

One may be humble out of pride.
Michel de Montaigne

We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
Alexander Pope

He saw a cottage with a double coach-house, A cottage of gentility! And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin Is pride that apes humility.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I am well aware that I am the 'umblest person going . . . let the other be where he may.
Charles Dickens

When we become aware of our humility, we've lost it.
Author Unknown

Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

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

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.
Alexander Pope

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
George Bernard Shaw

Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self. It is no humility for a man to think less of himself than he ought, though it might rather puzzle him to do that.
Charles Hadden Spurgeon

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

'Umble we are, 'umble we have been, 'umble we shall ever be.
Charles Dickens

show me someone not full of herself and i'll show you a hungry person
Nikki Giovanni

I am no more humble than my talents require.
Oscar Levant

If I only had a little humility, I'd be perfect.
Ted Turner

Don't be so humble--you are not that great.
Lord Lytton

One may be humble out of pride.
Michael Eyquen de Montaigne

Fairest and best adorned is she Whose clothing is humility.
James Montgomery

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

Nearest the throne itself must be The footstool of humility.
James Montgomery

Humility, that low, sweet root, From which all heavenly virtues shoot.
Thomas Moore

I was not born for Courts or great affairs; I pay my debts, believe, and say my pray'rs.
Alexander Pope

Lowliness is the base of every virtue, And he who goes the lowest builds the safest.
Philip James Bailey

Humble things become the humble.
Horace

God hath sworn to lift on high Who sinks himself by true humility.
John Keble

O be very sure That no man will learn anything at all, Unless he first will learn humility.
Lord Lytton