quotations about humility
Life is a long lesson in humility.
J.M. BARRIE, The Little Minister
It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
JANE AUSTEN, Emma
He that places himself neither higher nor lower than he ought to do, exercises the truest humility.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, attributed, Manipulus Florum
True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
RICK WARREN, The Purpose Driven Life
And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin
Is pride that apes humility.
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, The Devil's Thoughts
Humility is a virtue when you have no other.
EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.
MARTIN LUTHER, Martin Luther Christmas Book
Humility has nothing to do with depreciating ourselves and our gifts in ways we know to be untrue. Even "humble" attitudes can be masks of pride. Humility is that freedom from our self which enables us to be in positions in which we have neither recognition nor importance, neither power nor visibility, and even experience deprivation, and yet have joy and delight. It is the freedom of knowing that we are not in the center of the universe, not even in the center of our own private universe.
DAVID F. WELLS, Losing Our Virtue
I must reduce myself to zero. So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him.
MAHATMA GANDHI, An Autobiography
It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am.
MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Muhammad Ali
The eminent person who takes no notice of his own perfection is twice eminent.
BALTASAR GRACIAN, Oraculo Manual y Arte de Prudencia
A great man is always willing to be little.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "Compensation", Essays
Every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
BIBLE, Luke 18:14
Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice; and yet everybody is content to hear.
JOHN SELDEN, Table Talk
If you see any thing in yourself which may make you proud, look a little further, and you will find enough to make you humble.
WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine
Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues: hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, attributed, Christian Spirit
Pride juggles with her toppling towers,
They strike the sun and cease,
But the firm feet of humility
They grip the ground like trees.
G.K. CHESTERTON, The Ballad of the White Horse
What the world needs is more geniuses with humility. There are so few of us left.
OSCAR LEVANT, attributed, The Educator's Book of Quotes
Humility is a grace that shines in a high condition but cannot, equally, in a low one because a person in the latter is already, perhaps, too much humbled.
SAMUEL RICHARDSON, Pamela