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Golda MeirDon't be so humble, you are not that great.

—  Golda Meir, 1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister

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William BlakeI myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

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Oscar LevantWhat the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

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Oscar LevantI am no more humble than my talents require.

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

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Mignon McLaughlinThe proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Laurence J PeterHumility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Blaise PascalDo you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Lao-TzuBe the chief but never the lord.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Winston ChurchillMr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

     (on the new Prime Minister Clement Attlee,1946)

Benjamin FranklinTo be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

ConfuciusThe superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Mark TwainNever be haughty to the humble, never be humble to the haughty.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

TalleyrandIf you wish to be popular in society consent to be taught many things you already know.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

William WordsworthThe flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.

—  William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, English poet

Lord ChesterfieldModesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Lord ChesterfieldNever seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Charles Caleb ColtonThe greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

G. K. ChestertonHumility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Will DurantIf you wish to be loved, be modest; if you wish to be admired, be proud; if you wish both, combine external modesty with internal pride.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Frank TygerModesty is the triumph of mind over flattery.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Sigmund FreudWhoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Jim RohnHumility is a virtue; timidity is a disease.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Arthur ClarkeAstronomy, as nothing else can do, teaches men humility.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

John WoodenTalent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach


Bible Quotes

Gospel of LukeAll those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

—  Gospel of Luke ‐ 14:11

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Gospel of MatthewBlessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

—  Gospel of Matthew ‐ 5:5

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Funny Quotes

Phyllis DillerYou know what keeps me humble? Mirrors!

—  Phyllis Diller, 1917 - 2012, American comedian


Ancient Greek

EpicurusLive in obscurity.

Λάθε βιώσας.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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Bias of PrieneFor whatever good you do, praise the gods not yourself.

Ό,τι αν αγαθόν πράσσης, θεούς. μη σεαυτόν αιτιώ.

—  Bias of Priene, 625-540 BC, Greek philosopher, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece










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