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A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.
      - Joseph Addison

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
      - Joseph Addison

The first of all virtues is innocence; the next is modesty. If we banish modesty out of the world, she carries away with her half the virtue that is in it.
      - Joseph Addison

True modesty avoids everything that is criminal; false modesty everything that is unfashionable.
      - Joseph Addison

Virtue which shuns, the day.
      - Joseph Addison

Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Love knows nothing of modesty.
      - Honore de Balzac

Modesty is the conscience of the body.
      - Honore de Balzac

No age, sex, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one is vastly beneath the rank of man.
      - Bernard Barton

You little know what you have done, when you have first broke the bounds of modesty; you have set open the door of your fancy to the devil, so that he can, almost at his pleasure ever after, represent the same sinful pleasure to you anew.
      - Richard Baxter

The gravest events dawn with no more noise than the morning star makes in rising. All great developments complete themselves in the world and modestly wait in silence, praising themselves never, and announcing themselves not at all. We must be sensitive, and sensible, if we would see the beginnings and endings of great things. That is our part.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Wrap thyself in the decent veil that the arts or the graces weave for thee, O human nature! It is only the statue of marble whose nakedness the eye can behold without shame and offence!
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden so well as her own reserve.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Modesty is the only sure bait when you are fishing for praise.
      - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

He takes the greatest ornament from friendship, who takes modesty from it.
  [Lat., Maximum ornamentum amicitiae tollit, qui ex ea tollit verecudiam.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Amicitia (XX)

Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Rhetorical Invention (bk. II, sec. LVI)

True modesty is a discerning grace
  And only blushes in the proper place;
    But counterfeit is blind, and skulks through fear,
      Where 'tis a shame to be asham'd t' appear:
        Humility the parent of the first,
          The last by vanity produc'd and nurs'd.
      - William Cowper

Modesty is the citadel of beauty and virtue.
      - Demades

Immodest words admit of no defence;
  For want of decency is want of sense.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon,
        Essay on Translated Verse (l. 113)

Modesty is of the color of virtue.
      - Laertius Diogenes

The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension. He does not make a speech; he takes a low business tone, avoids all brag, is nobody, dresses plainly, promises not at all, performs much, speaks in monosyllables, hugs his fact. He calls his employment by its lowest name, and so takes from evil tongues their sharpest weapon.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The woman and the soldier who do not defend the first pass will never defend the last.
      - Henry Fielding

The modesty's a candle to thy merit.
      - Henry Fielding, Tom Thumb the Great
         (act I, sc. 3, l. 8)

Modesty in women has two special advantages,--it enhances beauty and veils uncomeliness.
      - Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle

The crimson glow of modesty o'erspread
  Her cheek, and gave new lustre to her charms.
      - Thomas Franklin


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