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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 ]

Content thyself to be obscurely good.
  When vice prevails and impious men bear away,
    The post of honor is a private station.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act IV, sc. 4)

Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.
      - George Arliss

The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

Wellnigh the whole substance of the Christian discipline is humility.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

My favored temple is an humble heart.
      - Philip James Bailey

Lowliness is the base of every virtue,
  And he who goes the lowest builds the safest.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus (sc. Home)

Nothing can be further apart than true humility and servility.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. V, v. 5)

By humility and the fear of the Lord, are riches, and honour, and life.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXII, v. 4)

Some one called Sir Richard Steele the "vilest of mankind," and he retorted with proud humility, "It would be a glorious world if I were."
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The humble soul is like the violet, which grows low, hangs the head downward, and hides itself with its own leaves.
      - Fredrika Bremer

Humility leads to the highest distinction, because it leads to self-improvement.
      - Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie

The true way to be humble is not to stoop till you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that shall show you what the real smallness of your greatest greatness is.
      - Phillips Brooks

"He that humbleth himself shall be exalted." This great law of the kingdom of God is, in the teaching of Christ, inscribed over its entrance-gate.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Without humility there can be no humanity.
      - John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

Humility is the Christian's greatest honor; and the higher men climb, the farther they are from heaven.
      - Burder

Humanity cannot be degraded by humiliation.
      - Edmund Burke

True humility--the basis of the Christian system--is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues.
      - Edmund Burke

True love is the parent of a noble humility.
      - William Ellery Channing

Humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue.
      - St. John Chrysostom

He saw a cottage with a double coach-house,
  A cottage of gentility!
    And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin
      Is pride that apes humility.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Devil's Walk

He that places himself neither higher nor lower than he ought to do exercises the truest humility.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

We cannot think too highly of our nature, nor too humbly of ourselves. When we see the martyr to virtue, subject as he is to the infirmities of a man, yet suffering the tortures of a demon, and bearing them with the magnanimity of a God, do we not behold a heroism that angels may indeed surpass, but which they cannot imitate, and must admire.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.
      - Confucius

Shall we speak of the inspiration of a poet or a priest, and not of the heart impelled by love and self-devotion to the lowliest work in the lowliest way of life?
      - Charles Dickens


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