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Humility -- the quality of being humble -- is elusive. Yes, we still want to be confident in ourselves. Yes, we should still be able to be proud inside when we work hard to accomplish something good. It is not a black and white thing though - many shades of gray. Perhaps it means not crowing about yourself too much, and recognizing that other people are also doing great things, and acknowledging that you are not always right or the best at something. There is always someone who is even better. Ultimately, I think it means yes, we should love ourselves and our accomplishments, but never if it means putting the needs of others before ourselves or if it belittles others or if we have thoughts that we might be better than others. We're all on this planet the same and all striving and all doing our best and each fighting our own battles.

We have assembled the best quotes on humility and being humble we could find. We hope you like them and that they are helpful to you. Definitely pondering them will help one get a better understanding of humility than our attempt at a definition (-:

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.

--Albert Einstein

Never let success go to your head, and never let failures go to your heart.

--Anthony Joshua

When I look at a person, I see a person -- not a rank, not a class, not a title.

--Criss Jami

I know it makes no sense, but believe me it is true: to be soft is to be strong, to be humble is to be great, and to be generous is to be wealthy.

--Richelle E. Goodrich

True humility means giving joy to others.

--Sri Chinmoy

Being humble is cooler than being famous.

--Robin Sharma

He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.

--Leonardo da Vinci

A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity.

--Ruckett

Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free.

--Jeff Wilson

Your own rags are better than another's gown.

--Hausa

Better yourself before others.

--Darren Bateman

When we presume that we are better than people who need structure and guidance, we lack one of the most crucial ingredients for change: humility.

--Marshall Goldsmith

My strength is my humility. When you are humble, people like you.

--Mohammad Azharuddin

Humility is truth.

--Desiderius Erasmus

Humility is the oil that smoothes and soothes relationships.

--Richard Warren

To have humility is to experience reality, not in relation to ourselves, but in its sacred independence. It is to see, judge, and act from the point of rest in ourselves. Then, how much disappears, and all that remains falls into place.

--Dag Hammarskjold

Longer Version:

To have humility is to experience reality, not in relation to ourselves, but in its sacred independence. It is to see, judge, and act from the point of rest in ourselves. Then, how much disappears, and all that remains falls into place.

In the point of rest at the center of our being, we encounter a world where all things are at rest in the same way. Then a tree becomes a mystery, a cloud a revelation, each man a cosmos of whose riches we can only catch glimpses. The life of simplicity is simple, but it opens to us a book in which we never get beyond the first syllable.


Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

--C. S. Lewis

Longer Version:

Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. Humility is thinking more of others.


Humility and Gratitude are the twin characteristics of happiness.

--Richard C. Edgley

Practice humility and patience.

--Saint Vincent de Paul

Cease to be a disobedient child in the school of experience, and begin to learn, with humility and patience, the lessons that are set for your ultimate perfection.

--James Allen

Humility enforces where neither virtue nor strength can prevail, nor reason.

--Francis Quarles

May any praise of your character come from others instead of yourself.

--Joyce Rachelle

True humility scarcely ever utters words of humility.

--Saint Francis de Sales

True humility is more like self-forgetfulness than false modesty.

--C. S. Lewis

True humility is absolute obedience and dependence on God. It puts Him first, others second, and ourselves third in all things.

--John Bevere

Compassion directed toward oneself is true humility.

--Simone Weil

Love's humility is love's true pride.

--Bayard Taylor

God hath sworn to lift on high Who sinks himself by true humility.

--John Keble

Humble living does not diminish. It fills. Going back to a simpler self gives wisdom.

--Rumi

Be humble, or you'll stumble.

--Dwight L. Moody

While the mind seeks praise, the heart disguises its intelligence.

--Freequill

It's easy to reach the top. You have to bow.

--Ljupka Cvetanova

Humble new beginnings do exist, but to begin, you must be humble. Nothing ever stays the same.

--Melody Carstairs

Be humble. Not stupid.

--Andrew-Knox B Kaniki

Pride is cyanide.

--Constance Friday

Respect is sweeter when you earn it; you lose respect when you demand respect.

--Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

Shy people don't say they are shy. Humble people don't say they are humble. If someone does, read again.

--Sotero M Lopez II

The ego is such a clever thing it even possesses a set of humble clothes.

--Rasheed Ogunlaru

When it feels like we need to choose between being right and being humble- pick both.

--Bob Goff

The more holy, the more humble.

--Charles H. Spurgeon

The world's big things only can be done by paying attention to their humble beginnings.

--Laozi

Never forget the favors done for you. Always forget the favors you've done for others.

--Omar Suleiman

The ocean humbles you. You can go and win a world title, but you're never going to beat the ocean.

--Stephanie Gilmore

Self-confidence may be mistaken for egotism if it is not accompanied by humility of the heart.

--Napoleon Hill

It is always the secure who are humble.

--G. K. Chesterton

A genuinely humble person humbles himself even before those who should be humbled by his presence.

--Michael Ugwu Eneja

Perhaps, a sin that humbles you is better than a good deed that makes you arrogant.

--Hamza Yusuf

The best route is to stay humble and stay true to yourself.

--Rich the Kid

Good things come in small packages.

--Aesop

Humility is not disgraceful, and carries no loss of true pride.

--Ernest Hemingway

A sign of a lover of wisdom is his delight in not running his mouth about things he doesn't know.

--Criss Jami

He is as full of valor as of kindness. Princely in both.

--William Shakespeare

Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself.

--Charles H. Spurgeon

The greatest wisdom consists in knowing one's own follies.

--Madeleine De Souvre Sable

Nothing is more deceitful, said Darcy, than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.

--Jane Austen

One that does not think too highly of himself is more than he thinks.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sense shines with double lustre when set in humility.

--William Penn

Longer Version:

Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.


A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.

--James Keller

Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.

--William Arthur Ward

We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.

--Kavita Ramdas

Sometimes it takes a lowly, title-less man to humble the world. Kings, rulers, CEOs, judges, doctors, pastors, they are already expected to be greater and wiser.

--Criss Jami

After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.

--Benjamin Franklin

One learns to ignore criticism by first learning to ignore applause.

--Robert Brault

Less is more.

--Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Pride divides the men, humility joins them.

--Socrates

I pray for humility because that comes from inside out. And what humility does for one, is it reminds us that there are people before me. I have already been paid for. And what I need to do is prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who has yet to come, but who may be here and needs me.

--Maya Angelou

Trustful people are the pure at heart, as they are moved by the zeal of their own trustworthiness.

--Criss Jami

The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.

--Louisa May Alcott

Humility, like gratitude, is not so much a technique as it is a way of life.

--Ed Latimore

We can't bring anything to us unless we are grateful for what we already have.

--Rhonda Byrne

Often the problem turns out to be you.

--Shane Parrish

Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself. T.S.

--Eliot

All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.

--Lao Tzu

I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.

--Carl Jung

Just remember, when someone has an accent, it means that he knows one more language than you do.

--Sidney Sheldon

On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.

--Michel de Montaigne

Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.

--Andrew Murray

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.

--Rachel Carson

In humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart.

--Thomas Merton

There is beauty and humility in imperfection.

--Guillermo del Toro

Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.

--William Safire

Modesty is a lubricant for unpleasant intrusions.

--Norman Mailer

Humility wins. Love conquers.

--Robin Sharma

Arrogance repels. Humility inspires.

--Robin Sharma

Work hard, stay humble.

--Unknown Author

Never curse a fall. The ground is where humility lives.

--Yasmin Mogahed

A true genius admits that he or she knows nothing.

--Albert Einstein

There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.

--Nelson Mandela

Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.

--Henry David Thoreau

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.

--Abraham Lincoln

Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.

--Martin Luther

To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.

--Criss Jami

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.

--Alexander Pope

Don't seek praise. Let your effort speak for itself.

--Unknown Author

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.

--Mother Teresa

Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying.

--Saint Vincent de Paul

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

--Socrates

Longer Version:

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.


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