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The Best Quotes About Humility

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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 humility quotes from that same writer.

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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.

    Ruckett
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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.

    Alexander Pope
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    Before honor is humility.

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

    François de La Rochefoucauld
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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.

    Josh Billings
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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
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    Humility like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.

    Henry David Thoreau
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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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    "And as for death -- we get what we expect."

    Janet Morris
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    A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.

    Edgar Watson Howe
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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.

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

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

    Ludwig van Beethoven
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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.

    Francis Quarles
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    Too much humility is pride.

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

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

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

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    Too humble is half proud.

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    They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.

    Robert Burton
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    Humility is no substitute for a good personality.

    Fran Lebowitz
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    The humble are in danger when those in power disagree.

    Phaedrus
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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.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.