Photo: via Reddit

Quotations The Best Quotes About Modesty  

425 votes 154 voters 21.9k views

List Rules Must be a famous or well-known quote. Vote for the Modesty sayings that strongly resonate with you, and downvote any you didn't like.

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

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

This list includes notable modesty quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest modesty quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite modesty sayings get to the bottom of the list.
list ordered by

35 7
Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue. Joseph Addison

24 5
Modesty is the conscience of the body. Honoré de Balzac

23 6
Modesty is the beauty of women.

23 7
No truly great person ever thought themselves so. William Hazlitt

18 4
A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself. Jean de La Bruyère

15 2
To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness. Benjamin Franklin

10 1
Do not make yourself so big, you are not so small.

10 1
Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke when he was boasting, The less you speak of your greatness, the more shall I think of it. William Shakespeare

11 2
Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty. Louisa May Alcott

12 3
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.

9 1
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues. Oliver Goldsmith

8 1
So rare is the union of beauty with modesty. Juvenal

9 2
No sex, age, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one vastly beneath the rank of man. Bruce Barton

10 3
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires. Khalil Gibran

8 2
He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle. Aneurin Bevan

8 2
He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about. Winston Churchill

6 1
The height of cleverness is being able to conceal it. François de La Rochefoucauld

6 1
Modesty forbids what the law does not. Seneca the Younger

5 1
The modest person is usually admired, if people ever hear of them. Edgar Watson Howe

4 0
That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind. Frank Moore Colby

4 0
"Let fools believe what fools believe." Janet Morris

4 0
The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig-leaf. Mark Twain

4 0
Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

4 0
Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable. Richard Steele

6 3
I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. But I am too busy thinking about myself. Edith Sitwell

6 3
When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing. Tacitus

5 2
We wound our modesty and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them. William Shakespeare

4 1
Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked. Richard Brinsley Sheridan

4 1
We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds. Jean Rostand

4 1
Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

3 0
Act as though you cannot fail but keep a humble spirit.

4 2
I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it. Ernest Hemingway

3 1
Ornaments were invented by modesty. Joseph Joubert

3 1
No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

3 1
Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered. Harriet Martineau

3 1
Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person Horace

3 1
"Volunteer for what?" Janet Morris, Chris Morris

2 0
"And personally, I've lost my thirst for vengeance." Janet Morris

2 0
It's always well to be the smartest thinker, but is won't get you very far unless you're the plainest talker.

3 2
Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive. Bernard Mandeville

5 5
Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a real confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others. William Hazlitt

4 4
Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville. Jesse Jackson

3 4
"I'm just a weapon of the god." Janet Morris, Chris Morris