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MODESTY
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[ Also see Apologies Bashfulness Blushes Boasting Character Chastity Decency Delicacy Diffidence Humility Innocence Maidenhood Meekness Pretension Prudery Purity Refinement Reserve Self-praise Shame Women ]

When one remains modest, not after praise but after blame, then is he really so.
  [Ger., Wenn jemand bescheiden bleibt, nicht beim Lobe, sondern beim Tadel, dann ist er's.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Hesperus (12)

The modest man has everything to gain, and the arrogant man everything to lose; for modesty has always to deal with generosity, and arrogance with envy.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Everything that is exquisite hides itself.
      - Joseph Roux

Modesty once extinguished knows not how to return.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Praise thyself never.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Can it be chat modesty may more betray
  Our sense than woman's lightness?
      - William Shakespeare

'T is modesty that makes them seem divine.
      - William Shakespeare

Can it be
  That modesty may more betray our sense
    Than woman's lightness? Having waste ground enough,
      Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary
        And pitch our evils there?
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Angelo at II, ii)

I met the youthful lord at Laurence' cell
  And gave him what becomed love I might,
    Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Juliet at IV, ii)

Let us be careful to distinguish modesty, which is ever amiable, from reserve, which is only prudent.
      - William Shenstone

Modesty is policy, no less than virtue.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Modesty is a kind of shame or bashfulness proceeding from the sense a man has of his own defects compared with the perfections of him whom be comes before.
      - Bishop Robert South

A modest person seldom fails to gain the goodwill of those he converses with, because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Modesty never rages, never murmurs, never pouts when it is ill-treated.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Nothing can atone for the want of modesty, without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.
      - Sir Richard Steele

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
      - Jonathan Swift

Give place to your betters.
  [Lat., De locum melioribus.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (III, 2, 37)

He saw her charming, but he saw not half
  The charms her downcast modesty conceal'd.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Autumn
         (l. 229)

How beautiful is modesty! It winneth upon all beholders; but a word or a glance may destroy the pure love that should have been for thee.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Modesty antedates clothes and will be resumed when clothes are no more.
  Modesty died when clothes were born.
    Modesty died when false modesty was born.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Memoranda (vol. III, p. 1513),
        in Paine's "Biography of Mark Twain"


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