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A list of the best humility quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous humility quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic humility quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about humility?" and "What are inspirational humility quotes?"

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    Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.

    François de La Rochefoucauld More
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    A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.

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    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 More
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    The more humble a man is before God the more he will be exalted; the more humble he is before man, the more he will get rode roughshod.

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    A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity.

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    "And as for death -- we get what we expect."

    Janet Morris More
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    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. -- Philippians 2:3

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    Humility is the ladder to divine understanding.

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

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    If you are right, take the humble side -- you will help the other fellow. If you are wrong, take the humble side -- and you will help yourself.

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    I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.

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    Mental toughness is many things. It is humility because it behooves all of us to remember that simplicity is the sign of greatness and meekness is the sign of true strength. Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.

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    Be it ever so humble, there's no opinion like one's own.

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    I confess that altruistic and cynically selfish talk seem to me about equally unreal. 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 with your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing.

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    new! 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 Wendell Holmes, Jr. More
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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More
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    Before honor is humility.

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    The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

    Charles de Gaulle More
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    Painful for a person is rebellious independence, only in loving companionship with his associates does a person feel safe: Only in reverently bowing down before the higher does a person feel exalted.

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    Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.

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    When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.

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    Humility is no substitute for a good personality.

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    Janet Morris, Chris Morris More
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    When we become aware of our humility, we've lost it.

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    Humility like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.

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    We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.

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    Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.

    Baruch Spinoza More
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    Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.

    William S. Burroughs More
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    They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.

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    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.

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    Too humble is half proud.

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    Too much humility is pride.

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    No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday.

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    The humble are in danger when those in power disagree.

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    If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.

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    He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.

    Friedrich Nietzsche More
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    Don't be humble, you're not that great.

    Golda Meir More
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