Quotes: humility

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  • John Ray
    John Ray
    English naturalist 1627-1705
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    There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance.
  • Rabindranath Tagore
    Rabindranath Tagore
    Indian mystic and poet 1861-1941
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    We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
  • Alice Walker
    Alice Walker
    American Author, Critic 1944-
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    'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.



  • Carroll Quigley
    Carroll Quigley
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    ...human beings have religious needs. They have a need for a feeling of certitude in their minds about things they cannot control and they do not fully understand, and with humility, they admit they do not understand...
    Source: Oscar Iden Lecture Series, Lecture 3: The State of Individuals (1976)
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
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    A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    English poet and critic 1772-1834
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    And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility.
  • Jackie Mason
    Jackie Mason
    American stand-up comedian and actor 1931-
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    By these things examine thyself. By whose rules am I acting; in whose name; in whose strength; in whose glory? What faith, humility, self-denial, and love of God and to man have there been in all my actions?
  • Leo Tolstoy
    Leo Tolstoy
    Russian writer 1828-1910
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    Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the state, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment and its wars.
  • Robert M. Lindner
    Robert M. Lindner
    American author and psychologist 1914-1956
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    Conformity, humility, acceptance... with these coins we are to pay our fares to paradise.
  • St. Augustine of Hippo
    St. Augustine of Hippo
    Roman African Christian theologian and philosopher 354-430
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    Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    Frank Lloyd Wright
    American architect 1869-1959
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    Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    Frank Lloyd Wright
    American architect 1869-1959
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    Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasions to change.
  • Alan Cohen
    Alan Cohen
    American businessman 1954-
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    Humility is born of the spirit, humiliation of the ego.
  • William S. Burroughs
    William S. Burroughs
    American writer and artist 1914-1997
    William S. Burroughs
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    Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.
  • Fran Lebowitz
    Fran Lebowitz
    American journalist 1951-
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    Humility is no substitute for a good personality.
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