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HUMILITY
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O be very sure
  That no man will learn anything at all,
    Unless he first will learn humility.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Vanini (l. 327)

The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it.
      - Mignon McLaughlin

Don't be so humble--you are not that great.
      - Golda Meir

The grace which makes every other grace amiable.
      - Alfred Mercier

Be very sure that no man will learn anything at all unless he first will learn humility.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
      - Thomas Merton

One may be humble out of pride.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Of Presumption
         (bk. II, ch. XVII)

Fairest and best adorned is she
  Whose clothing is humility.
      - James Montgomery, Humility

Nearest the throne itself must be
  The footstool of humility.
      - James Montgomery, Humility

Humility, that low, sweet root,
  From which all heavenly virtues shoot.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Loves of the Angels--Third Angel's Story
         (st. 11)

Humility is eldest-born of Virtue, and claims the birthright at the throne of heaven.
      - Arthur Murphy

He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Sense shines with a double lustre when it is set in humility. An able and yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.
      - William Penn

Highest when it stoops.
      - Robert Pollok

I was not born for Courts or great affairs;
  I pay my debts, believe, and say my pray'rs.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires
         (l. 268)

There is nothing so clear-sighted and sensible as a noble mind in a low estate.
      - Jane Porter

If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble; for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, so it is beloved of none but by itself; the voice of humility is God's music, and the silence of humility is God's rhetoric. Humility enforces where neither virtue nor strength can prevail nor reason.
      - Francis Quarles

The fullest and best ears of corn hang lowest toward the ground.
      - Edward Reynolds

The grace that makes every grace amiable is humility.
      - Samuel Richardson

I believe the first test of a truly great man is humility.
      - John Ruskin

Modest humility is beauty's crown.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.
      - John Selden

I have sounded the very base-string of humility.
      - William Shakespeare

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.
      - George Bernard Shaw

We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
      - George Bernard Shaw


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