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Quotations about Humility

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.
~William Temple
Swallow your pride occasionally, it's non-fattening!
~Author Unknown
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.
~Abraham Lincoln
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
~Benjamin Franklin
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!"
~Somerset Maugham
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.
~Ted Turner
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.
~Winston Churchill
Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave.
~Wilson Mizner
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
~Niccolo Machiavelli
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.
~Author Unknown
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.
~J. Petit-Senn
Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.
~Barry Switzer
When science discovers the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to find they are not it.
~Bernard Baily
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.
~Charles Neaves
Blushing is the color of virtue.
~Diogenes
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.
~Jewish Proverb
With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
~Arthur Schopenhauer
None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.
~Benjamin Whichcote
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
~Fran├žois 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.
~Lord Chesterfield
People that put themselves above others will fall longer and harder.
~Gina Lindley
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.
~Peter Marshall
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
~Friedrich Nietzsche
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.
~Hasidic Saying
Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.
~Dwight Morrow
If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings.
~Welsh Proverb
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.
~David Packard
Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.
~William Safire
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.
~William Hazlitt
Modesty is the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.
~Oliver Herford
Modesty: The art of encouraging people to find out for themselves how wonderful you are.
~Source Unknown
Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
~Adlai Stevenson