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English politician, writer and poet 1672-1719+1
Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
English naturalist 1627-1705+1
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
French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer 1740-18140
''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.
A farmer is dependent on too many things outside his control; it makes for modesty.Source: Jasmine (2007) 12
Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
French essayist and philosopher 1533-15920
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.
French writer and philosopher 1712-17780
Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
English writer 1667-17450
As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
British writer and artist 1670-17330
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 perform'd from that Motive.Source: The Fable of the Bees Remark C, p. 65
Louisa May Alcott
American Author 1832-18880
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
German writer and poet 1749-18320
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
American writer 1820-19040
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.
False modesty can be worse than arrogance.
British writer, social criticus 1802-18760
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.
French fashion designer 1936-20080
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
British poet 1887-19640
I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. But I am too busy thinking about myself.