Humility quotes
IMMODEST, adj. Having a strong sense of one's own merit, coupled with a feeble conception of worth in others. There was once a man in Ispahan Ever and ever so long ago, And he had a head, the phrenologists said, That fitted him for a show. For his modesty's bump was so large a lump (Nature, they said, had taken a freak) That its summit stood far above the wood Of his hair, like a mountain peak. So modest a man in all Ispahan, Over and over again they swore -- So humble and meek, you would vainly seek; None ever was found before. Meantime the hump of that awful bump Into the heavens contrived to get To so great a height that they called the wight The man with the minaret. There wasn't a man in all Ispahan Prouder, or louder in praise of his chump: With a tireless tongue and a brazen lung He bragged of that beautiful bump Till the Shah in a rage sent a trusty page Bearing a sack and a bow-string too, And that gentle child explained as he smiled: "A little present for you." The saddest man in all Ispahan, Sniffed at the gift, yet accepted the same. "If I'd lived," said he, "my humility Had given me deathless fame!" Sukker Uffro

- Ambrose Bierce
Life is a long lesson in humility.

- James M. Barrie
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.

- Tagore, Rabindranath
Before honor is humility.

- Bible
Too much humility is pride.

- Proverb, German
Humility like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.

- Thoreau, Henry David
Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight.

- Kundera, Milan
There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance.

- Ray, John
They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.

- Burton, Robert
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
Modesty is the citadel of beauty.

- Demades
The cross is the invincible sanctuary of the humble.

- Cass, Eli
True love is the parent of humility.

- Channing, William Ellery
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.

- Mccloy, John (Jay)
Without humility there can be no humanity.

- Buchan, John
There are few efforts more conducive to humility than that of the translator trying to communicate an incommunicable beauty. Yet, unless we do try, something unique and never surpassed will cease to exist except in the libraries of a few inquisitive book lovers.

- Hamilton, Edith
A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity.

- Ruckett
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

- Flaubert, Gustave
Only those who feel little in the eyes of God, can hope to be mighty in the eyes of men.

- Arndt, Ernest Moritz
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

- Augustine, St.

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