Humility Quotes

What we call 'morals' is simply blind obedience to words of command. - Henry Havelock Ellis


True humility is contentment. - Henri Matisse


We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. - Sir Rabindranath Tagore


The chief executive who knows his strengths and weaknesses as a leader is likely to be far more effective than the one who remains blind to them. He also is on the road to humility, that priceless attitude of openness to life that can help a manager absorb mistakes, failures, or personal shortcomings. - John Adair


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. - Sir Arthur Helps


May God's grace give you the necessary humility. Try not to think, much less speak, of 'their' sins. One's own are a much more profitable theme! And if on consideration, one can find no faults on one's own side, then cry for mercy: for this 'must' be a most dangerous delusion. (Letters to an American Lady) - C. S. Lewis


Genuine ignorance is, profitable because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch-phrases, can't terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish waterproof to new ideas. - John Dewey


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


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


The humble and meek are thirsting for blood. - Joe Orton


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


A man who is at the top is a man who has the habit of getting to the bottom. - Joseph E. Rogers


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


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


What makes humility so desirable is the marvelous thing it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the closest possible intimacy with God. - Monica Baldwin


Many people believe that humility is the opposite of pride, when, in fact, it is a point of equilibrium. The opposite of pride is actually a lack of self esteem. A humble person is totally different from a person who cannot recognize and appreciate himself as part of this worlds marvels - Rabino Nilton Bonder


Study the best and highest things that are; but of yourself humble thoughts retain. - Joe Davis


With all humility, I think, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." Infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one's neighbor as one's self. If you want to hit a bird on the wing, you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself, and equally, you must not be thinking about your neighbor: you must be living in your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing. - Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr.


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


The people who abandon Jihad fall a victim to humility and degradation.-Abu Bakr


The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.-Thomas S. Monson


The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it.-Mignon McLaughlin


The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune.-Joseph Addison


The word majesty was now dropped; but, with the deepest respect and humility, I was addressed as the count. What could I do? I accepted the title, and from that moment I was known as Count Peter.-Adelbert von Chamisso


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


There is greatness in the fear of God, contentment in faith of God, and honour in humility.-Abu Bakr


There is no disease more conducive to clinical humility than aneurysm of the aorta.-William Osler


There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.-Alfred Austin


There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.-Henri Frederic Amiel


There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.-Saint Augustine


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


Therefore, a person should first be changed by a teacher's instructions, and guided by principles of ritual. Only then can he observe the rules of courtesy and humility, obey the conventions and rules of society, and achieve order.-Xun Zi


To be a preacher requires two apparently contradictory qualities: confidence and humility.-Timothy Radcliffe


Too many people in government seem to think they are above regular folks, and I said I would expect humility in the way each member of my team served- that they would recognize that the taxpayer is boss.-Mark Sanford


True humility is contentment.-Henri Frederic Amiel


True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.-Ralph W. Sockman


True love is quiescent, except in the nascent moments of true humility.-Bryant H. McGill


Uncertainty is a sign of humility, and humility is just the ability or the willingness to learn.-Charlie Sheen


If I had any humility I would be perfect.-Ted Turner


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


If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility.-Paul Keating


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


If we learn not humility, we learn nothing.-John Jewel


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


In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.-Simone Weil


It ain't the heat, it's the humility.-Yogi Berra


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


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


It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.-Saint Augustine


It's all about humanity, humility, and integrity.-Debra Wilson


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


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


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


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


Life is a long lesson in humility.-James M. Barrie


Making people laugh is magic. I feel like if you have humility, then you can do anything in comedy.-Amanda Seyfried


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


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

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