Quotes: modesty

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  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph Addison
    English politician, writer and poet 1672-1719
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    Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
  • 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.
  • Marquis de Sade
    Marquis de Sade
    French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer 1740-1814
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    ''Sex'' is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other.
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    French essayist and philosopher 1533-1592
    Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    After mature deliberation of counsel, the good Queen to establish a rule and immutable example unto all posterity, for the moderation and required modesty in a lawful marriage, ordained the number of six times a day as a lawful, necessary and competent limit.
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    French writer and philosopher 1712-1778
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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    Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan Swift
    English writer 1667-1745
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    As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
  • Bernard Mandeville
    Bernard Mandeville
    British writer and artist 1670-1733
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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.
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    American Author 1832-1888
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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.
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    German writer and poet 1749-1832
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    Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate; they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color.
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    Christian Nevell Bovee
    American writer 1820-1904
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    Every trait of beauty may be referred to some virtue, as to innocence, candor, generosity, modesty, or heroism. St. Pierre To cultivate the sense of the beautiful, is one of the most effectual ways of cultivating an appreciation of the divine goodness.
  • Harriet Martineau
    Harriet Martineau
    British writer, social criticus 1802-1876
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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.
  • Yves Saint-Laurent
    Yves Saint-Laurent
    French fashion designer 1936-2008
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    I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.
  • Dame Edith Sitwell
    Dame Edith Sitwell
    British poet 1887-1964
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    I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. But I am too busy thinking about myself.
  • Paul Goodman
    Paul Goodman
    American writer, poet, criticus 1911-1972
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    It rarely adds anything to say, ''In my opinion'' - not even modesty. Naturally a sentence is only your opinion; and you are not the Pope.
  • André Maurois
    André Maurois
    French writer (ps. of Émile Herzog) 1885-1967
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    Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise - and pass by.
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