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Henry David Thoreau: “Humility, like darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.”


Editor's 1-Minute Essay: Humility



Robert Burton: “They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.”

Charles de Gaulle: “The graveyards are full of indispensable men.”

Baruch Spinoza: “Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.”

Muhammad Ali: “When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble… I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”

Unknown: “Humility is the ladder to divine understanding.”

Golda Meir: “Don't be humble, you're not that great.”

Ruckett: “A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity.”

François de La Rochefoucauld: “Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.”

John Ruskin: “The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “One that does not think too highly of himself is more than he thinks.”

Blaise Pascal: “If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.”

Friedrich Nietzsche: “He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.”

C.S Lewis: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”

Sir James Matthew Barrie: “Life is a long lesson in humility.”

William Penn: “Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.”

Thomas Merton: “Pride makes us artificial; humility makes us real.”

Chinese Proverb: “Be like the bamboo the higher you grow the deeper you bow.”

Bryant H. McGill: “An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in their understanding of things.”

Confucius: “Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.”

Mother Teresa: “If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”

Henry David Thoreau: “Humility, like darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.”

Theodore Roosevelt: “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”

Charles Spurgeon: “Humility is the proper estimate of oneself.”

Harold B. Lee: “Stay true in the dark and humble in the spotlight.”

Filipino Proverb: “To a person who has true humility, words are vows.”

St Augustine: “If humility does not precede all that we do, our efforts are fruitless.”

Rick Warren: “Humility isn’t denying your strengths; it’s being honest about your weaknesses.”

Melanie Koulouris: “Be humble in your confidence yet courageous in your character.”

Ezra Taft Benson: “We can choose to humble ourselves by conquering enmity toward our brothers and sisters, esteeming them as ourselves, and lifting them as high or higher than we are.”



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