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The Best Quotes About Modesty

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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?"

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    Modesty is the conscience of the body.

    Honoré de Balzac
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    Modesty is the beauty of women.

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    No truly great person ever thought themselves so.

    William Hazlitt
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    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
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    To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.

    Benjamin Franklin
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    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
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    Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.

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

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    Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.

    Oliver Goldsmith
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    Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.

    Joseph Addison
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    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
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    I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.

    Khalil Gibran
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    Modesty forbids what the law does not.

    Seneca the Younger
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    He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle.

    Aneurin Bevan
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    He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.

    Winston Churchill
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    The height of cleverness is being able to conceal it.

    François de La Rochefoucauld
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    The modest person is usually admired, if people ever hear of them.

    Edgar Watson Howe
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    I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. But I am too busy thinking about myself.

    Edith Sitwell
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    When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.

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

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    "Let fools believe what fools believe."

    Janet Morris
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    The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig-leaf.

    Mark Twain
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    That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind.

    Frank Moore Colby
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    Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.

    Richard Steele