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The Best Quotes About Modesty

Updated June 14, 2019 872 votes 178 voters 23.0k views

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

    Horace
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    Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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    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
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    "Volunteer for what?"

    Janet Morris, Chris Morris
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    We wound our modesty and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.

    William Shakespeare
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    Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.

    Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    Ornaments were invented by modesty.

    Joseph Joubert
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    No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.

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

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    So rare is the union of beauty with modesty.

    Juvenal
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    We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds.

    Jean Rostand
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    "And personally, I've lost my thirst for vengeance."

    Janet Morris
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    Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.

    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville.

    Jesse Jackson
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    "I'm just a weapon of the god."

    Janet Morris, Chris Morris