Quotations on Humility

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The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Fortune, Humility, Youth)

I really have a great deal of humility in that department, and a great deal of respect for people who spend their lives learning how to make these amazing preparations.
- Ted Allen
(Keywords: People, Humility, Learning, Respect)

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Clouds, First, Humility, Will)

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Men, Angels, Humility, Pride)

Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Appearance, Humility, Nothing, Opinion)

Tell him, on the contrary, that he needs, in the interest of his own happiness, to walk in the path of humility and self-control, and he will be indifferent, or even actively resentful.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Happiness, Humility, Interest, Needs, Self, Will)

O be very sure That no man will learn anything at all, Unless he first will learn humility.
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Keywords: First, Humility, Man, Will)

The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Time, Truth, Friend, Enemy, Humility, Prejudice)

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
- Richard Dawkins
(Keywords: Winning, Chess, Computer, Humanity, Humility, Needs, World)

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Keywords: Blood, Followers, Friends, Humility, Man)

I beg the Most High to allow me the favour of the double reward, but if God only finds me worthy of one reward, I will accept it in all humility.
- King Hassan II
(Keywords: God, Humility, Reward, Will)

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.
- Arthur Helps
(Keywords: Beauty, Cosmetics, Humility, Modesty, Purity, Spirit, Temper, Temperance)

It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.
- Dee Hock
(Keywords: Wisdom, Trust, Ability, Humility, Judgment, Perspective, Reward, Tolerance)

There will be, I think, an attempt to grasp again the surprise and accidents of nature and a more intimate and sympathetic study of its moods, together with a renewed wonder and humility on the part of such as are still capable of these basic reactions.
- Edward Hopper
(Keywords: Nature, Accidents, Humility, Moods, Study, Will, Wonder)

Mankind is like dogs, not gods - as long as you don't get mad they'll bite you - but stay mad and you'll never be bitten. Dogs don't respect humility and sorrow.
- Jack Kerouac
(Keywords: Gods, Dogs, Humility, Mankind, Respect, Sorrow)

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.
- Milan Kundera
(Keywords: Fear, Delight, Exaggeration, Humility, Limits, Ridicule)

A disease and its treatment can be a series of humiliations, a chisel for humility.
- Laurel Lee
(Keywords: Disease, Humility, Treatment)

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.
- C. S. Lewis
(Keywords: Wife, Christian, Eating, Humility, Listening, Lying, Man, Pride, Reading, Sleep, State, Temperance, Thankfulness)

Assuredly, Loving Souls, you should go to God with all humility and respect, humbling yourselves in His presence, especially when you remember your past ingratitude and sins.
- Alphonsus Liguori
(Keywords: God, Humility, Ingratitude, Past, Respect)

A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility.
- Lawrence G. Lovasik
(Keywords: Superiority, Honesty, Humility, Sarcastic)

It's wonderful to be back. Back among the mountains that remind us of our vulnerability, our ultimate lack of control over the world we live in. Mountains that demand humility, and yield so much peace in return.
- Alex Lowe
(Keywords: Peace, Control, Humility, Mountains, Vulnerability, World, Yield)

Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humility, and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.
- David Mallet
(Keywords: Virtue, Affliction, Honor, Humility, Patience)

Join me in my quest for a greater understanding of our existence. Join me in my desire for a greater self. Join me as I seek the humility to love and understand my fellow man.
- Bryant H. McGill
(Keywords: Love, Desire, Existence, Humility, Man, Quest, Self, Understanding)

True love is quiescent, except in the nascent moments of true humility.
- Bryant H. McGill
(Keywords: Love, Humility, Moments)

The job is to ask questions-it always was-and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.
- Arthur Miller
(Keywords: Absence, Answers, Humility, Job, Questions)

Fullness of knowledge always means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance; and that is always conducive to humility and reverence.
- Robert Millikan
(Keywords: Knowledge, Humility, Ignorance, Understanding)

The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.
- Thomas S. Monson
(Keywords: Courage, Cheerfulness, Disappointment, Humility, Living, Principles, Trouble)

In such a state, humility is the virtue of men, and their only defense; to walk humbly with God, never doubting, whatever befall, that His will is good, and that His law is right.
- Paul Elmer More
(Keywords: God, Men, Virtue, Defense, Humility, Law, Right, State, Will)

Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.
- Robin Morgan
(Keywords: Power, Knowledge, Act, Humility, Information, May, Tyranny)

Humility is a great quality of leadership which derives respect and not just fear or hatred.
- Yousef Munayyer
(Keywords: Leadership, Quality, Fear, Hatred, Humility, Respect)

What you're doing is putting into professional play the way that you relate to other people, the way that you analyze and relate to a written text, the way that you would persuade anybody to do anything. It has to do with listening, with humility and a sense of yourself.
- Trevor Nunn
(Keywords: People, Humility, Listening, Play, Sense)

Philanthropic humility is necessary if a giver is to do more good than harm, but it is not sufficient - philanthropic prudence is also needed.
- Marvin Olasky
(Keywords: Harm, Humility, Prudence)

Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.
- William Penn
(Keywords: Knowledge, Clothes, Humility, Ignorance, Poor, Pride)

It becomes us in humility to make our devout acknowledgments to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for the inestimable civil and religious blessings with which we are favored.
- James K. Polk
(Keywords: Blessings, Humility, Religious, Universe)

If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.
- Francis Quarles
(Keywords: Love, God, Heart, Strength, Virtue, Desire, Humility, Man, Reason)

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.
- John Ruskin
(Keywords: Doubt, First, Hesitation, Humility, Man, Opinion, Understanding)

I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.
- John Ruskin
(Keywords: First, Humility, Man)

I've done my best to work from a place of humility - always looking over your shoulder saying, "Does this suck?" and I think that's a good way to work. The other way to work is where you start to think, "I'm on fire, I'm amazing!" and I don't think that's the way to work.
- David O. Russell
(Keywords: Work, Fire, Humility, Saying)

The best loved by God are those that are rich, yet have the humility of the poor, and those that are poor and have the magnanimity of the rich.
- Saadi
(Keywords: God, Humility, Poor)

Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.
- George Santayana
(Keywords: Religion, Courage, Dignity, Grace, Humility, Man)

Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling: here wild anger, there the sweetest pain; here consuming hatred, there the childlike smile of serene humility.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Religion, Anger, Hatred, Humility, Pain, Smile)

Making people laugh is magic. I feel like if you have humility, then you can do anything in comedy.
- Amanda Seyfried
(Keywords: People, Comedy, Humility, Magic)

Uncertainty is a sign of humility, and humility is just the ability or the willingness to learn.
- Charlie Sheen
(Keywords: Ability, Humility, Uncertainty)

Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers.
- Swami Sivananda
(Keywords: Cowardice, Humility, Spiritual, Weakness)

Judge yourself; if you do that you will not be judged by God, as St. Paul says. But it must be a real sense of your own sinfulness, not an artificial humility.
- Johannes Tauler
(Keywords: God, Humility, Sense, Will)

Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying.
- Johannes Tauler
(Keywords: Wisdom, Knowledge, Dying, Humility, Man, School, Silence, Spirit)

But when one believes that you've been appointed by God for a particular mission in history, you have to be very careful about that, how you speak about that. Where is the self-reflection in that? Where is the humility in that?
- Jim Wallis
(Keywords: God, History, Humility, Mission, Self)

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.
- Simone Weil
(Keywords: Genius, Thought, Virtue, Humility, Nothing, Supernatural)

In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.
- Simone Weil
(Keywords: Power, Virtue, Attention, Humility, Nothing, Order)

It's all about humanity, humility, and integrity.
- Debra Wilson
(Keywords: Humanity, Humility, Integrity)



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