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HUMILITY
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[ Also see Apologies Arrogance Bashfulness Dignity Docility Meekness Modesty Obedience Patience Pride Remorse Resignation Self-righteousness ]

I am well aware that I am the 'umblest person going . . . let the other be where he may.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (vol. I, ch. XVII)

'Umble we are, 'umble we have been, 'umble we shall ever be.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (vol. I, ch. XVII)

Humility and resignation are our prime virtues.
      - John Dryden

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.
      - Dwight David Eisenhower

The street is full of humiliations to the proud.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is in vain to gather virtues without humility; for the Spirit of God delighteth to dwell in the hearts of the humble.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

To be humble to our superiors is duty; to our equals, courtesy; to our inferiors, generosity.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

The most essential point is lowliness.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

They that know God will be humble; they that know themselves cannot be proud.
      - Rev. John Flavel (2)

After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.
      - Benjamin Franklin

In humility imitate Jesus and Socrates.
      - Benjamin Franklin

The loveliest, sweetest flower that bloomed in paradise, and the first that died, has rarely blossomed since on mortal soil. It is so frail, so delicate, a thing, it is gone if it but look upon itself; and she who ventures to esteem it hers proves by that single thought she has it not.
      - Elizabeth Fry

show me someone not full of herself and i'll show
  you a hungry person
      - Nikki Giovanni,
        Poem for a Lady Whose Voice I Like

The doctrines of grace humble man without degrading him and exalt him without inflating him.
      - Charles Hodge (2)

Humility is the first of the virtues--for other people.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Humble things become the humble.
  [Lat., Parvum parva decent.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 7, 44)

May exalting and humanizing thoughts forever accompany me, making me confident without pride, and modest without servility.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on.
      - Immanuel Kant

God hath sworn to lift on high
  Who sinks himself by true humility.
      - John Keble,
        Miscellaneous Poems--At Hooker's Tomb

Humility is the altar upon which God wishes that we should offer Him His sacrifices.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Whatever obscurities may involve religious tenets, humility and love constitute the essence of true religion; the humble is formed to adore, the loving to associate with eternal love.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

God's sweet dews and showers of grace slide off the mountains of pride, and fall on the low valleys of humble hearts, and make them pleasant and fertile.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

If thou wouldst find much favor and peace with God and man, be very low in thine own eyes; forgive thyself little, and others much.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

I am no more humble than my talents require.
      - Oscar Levant

Humbleness is always grace, always dignity.
      - James Russell Lowell


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