Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.
Swallow your pride occasionally, it's non-fattening!
It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
~Andrew J. Holmes, Wisdom in Small Doses
What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
Most of us retain enough of the theological attitude to think that we are little gods.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
It wasn't until quite late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know!"
Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self.
~Charles Haddon Spurgeon
If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.
There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us.
~Laurence J. Peter
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
~Malcolm S. Forbes
There are a billion people in China. It's not easy to be an individual in a crowd of more than a billion people. Think of it. More than a BILLION people. That means even if you're a one-in-a-million type of guy, there are still a thousand guys exactly like you.
~A. Whitney Brown, The Big Picture
We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm.
Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.
~Edward Frederick Halifax
Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
~Frank Leahy, Look, 10 January 1955
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
It is always the secure who are humble.
~Gilbert Keith Chesterton
In all that surrounds him the egotist sees only the frame of his own portrait.
Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.
When science discovers the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to find they are not it.
To have a thing is little, if you're not allowed to show it, to know a thing, is nothing unless others know you know it.
Blushing is the color of virtue.
Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.
~Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, 1951
When someone sings his own praises, he always gets the tune too high.
~Mary H. Waldrip
Don't look for more honor than your learning merits.
With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims
Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out, and strike it, merely to show that you have one.
People that put themselves above others will fall longer and harder.
A man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it.
~Father Strickland, 1863 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole!)
Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with.
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
The man who thinks he can live without others is mistaken; the one who thinks others can't live without him is even more deluded.
Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.
If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings.
He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
~George Eliot, Adam Bede, 1859
I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.
~James McNeill Whistler
You shouldn't gloat about anything you've done; you ought to keep going and find something better to do.
Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.
Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly overvalued by others.
Modesty is the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.
Modesty: The art of encouraging people to find out for themselves how wonderful you are.
Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.