Quotes and Sayings about Humility



"I really have a great deal of humility in that department, and a great deal of respect for people who spend their lives learning how to make these amazing preparations."
- Ted Allen
(Related: People, Humility, Learning, Respect)

"There is no respect for others without humility in one's self."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Humility, Respect, Self)

"True humility is contentment."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Contentment, Humility)

"Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life."
- George Arliss
(Related: Life, Wisdom, Humility)

"Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Clouds, First, Humility, Will)

"Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Being, Desire, First, Humility)

"There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Heart, Humility)

"It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Men, Angels, Humility, Pride)

"Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Soul, Virtue, Appearance, Humility)

"Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast."
- Jane Austen
(Related: Appearance, Humility, Nothing, Opinion)

"There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder."
- Alfred Austin
(Related: Gardening, Nature, Class, Humility)

"Tell him, on the contrary, that he needs, in the interest of his own happiness, to walk in the path of humility and self-control, and he will be indifferent, or even actively resentful."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Happiness, Humility, Interest, Needs, Self, Will)

"There is greatness in the fear of God, contentment in faith of God, and honour in humility."
- Abu Bakr
(Related: Faith, God, Fear, Greatness, Contentment, Humility)

"The people who abandon Jihad fall a victim to humility and degradation."
- Abu Bakr
(Related: People, Humility)

"Life is a long lesson in humility."
- James M. Barrie
(Related: Life, Humility)

"Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests."
- Max Beerbohm
(Related: Virtue, Guests, Humility)

"It ain't the heat, it's the humility."
- Yogi Berra
(Related: Humility)

"Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: Humility, Self, Worship)

"Without humility there can be no humanity."
- John Buchan
(Related: Humanity, Humility)

"O be very sure That no man will learn anything at all, Unless he first will learn humility."
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Related: First, Humility, Man, Will)

"The word majesty was now dropped; but, with the deepest respect and humility, I was addressed as the count. What could I do? I accepted the title, and from that moment I was known as Count Peter."
- Adelbert von Chamisso
(Related: Humility, Now, Respect, Word)

"Pride works frequently under a dense mask, and will often assume the garb of humility."
- Adam Clarke
(Related: Humility, Pride, Will)

"The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Time, Truth, Friend, Enemy, Humility, Prejudice)

"Power is dangerous unless you have humility."
- Richard J. Daley
(Related: Power, Humility)

"Obedience to the word in humility of mind never confuses."
- John Nelson Darby
(Related: Humility, Mind, Obedience, Word)

"Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Winning, Chess, Computer, Humanity, Humility, Needs, World)

"The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague."
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Related: Humility)

"Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Blood, Followers, Friends, Humility, Man)

"Humility is truth."
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Related: Truth, Humility)

"Pride perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Humility, Pride)

"I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Errors, Humility)

"We must admit with humility that, while number is purely a product of our minds, space has a reality outside our minds, so that we cannot completely prescribe its properties a priori."
- Carl Friedrich Gauss
(Related: Humility, Reality, Space)

"With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive."
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Related: Humility)

"Humility is a necessary veil to all other graces."
- William Gurnall
(Related: Humility)

"Humility is not my forte, and whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters."
- Margaret Halsey
(Related: Time, People, Humility)

"I beg the Most High to allow me the favour of the double reward, but if God only finds me worthy of one reward, I will accept it in all humility."
- King Hassan II
(Related: God, Humility, Reward, Will)

"There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance."
- Arthur Helps
(Related: Beauty, Cosmetics, Humility, Modesty, Purity, Spirit, Temper, Temperance)

"It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Wisdom, Trust, Ability, Humility, Judgment, Perspective, Reward, Tolerance)

"There will be, I think, an attempt to grasp again the surprise and accidents of nature and a more intimate and sympathetic study of its moods, together with a renewed wonder and humility on the part of such as are still capable of these basic reactions."
- Edward Hopper
(Related: Nature, Accidents, Humility, Moods, Study, Will, Wonder)

"If we learn not humility, we learn nothing."
- John Jewel
(Related: Humility, Nothing)

"If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility."
- Paul Keating
(Related: Humility, Pride)

"Mankind is like dogs, not gods - as long as you don't get mad they'll bite you - but stay mad and you'll never be bitten. Dogs don't respect humility and sorrow."
- Jack Kerouac
(Related: Gods, Dogs, Humility, Mankind, Respect, Sorrow)

"Bush promised a foreign policy of humility and a domestic policy of compassion. He has given us a foreign policy of arrogance and a domestic policy that is cynical, myopic and cruel."
- Joe Klein
(Related: Policy, Arrogance, Compassion, Foreign policy, Humility)

"Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Fear, Delight, Exaggeration, Humility, Limits, Ridicule)

"Humility is nothing else but a right judgment of ourselves."
- William Law
(Related: Humility, Judgment, Nothing, Right)

"Humility is no substitute for a good personality."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: Humility, Personality)

"A disease and its treatment can be a series of humiliations, a chisel for humility."
- Laurel Lee
(Related: Disease, Humility, Treatment)

"What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left."
- Oscar Levant
(Related: Humility, Needs, World)

"A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride."
- C. S. Lewis
(Related: Wife, Christian, Eating, Humility, Listening, Lying, Man, Pride, Reading, Sleep, State, Temperance, Thankfulness)

"Assuredly, Loving Souls, you should go to God with all humility and respect, humbling yourselves in His presence, especially when you remember your past ingratitude and sins."
- Alphonsus Liguori
(Related: God, Humility, Ingratitude, Past, Respect)

"A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility."
- Lawrence G. Lovasik
(Related: Superiority, Honesty, Humility, Sarcastic)

"It's wonderful to be back. Back among the mountains that remind us of our vulnerability, our ultimate lack of control over the world we live in. Mountains that demand humility, and yield so much peace in return."
- Alex Lowe
(Related: Peace, Control, Humility, Mountains, Vulnerability, World, Yield)

"Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humility, and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish."
- David Mallet
(Related: Virtue, Affliction, Honor, Humility, Patience)

"Join me in my quest for a greater understanding of our existence. Join me in my desire for a greater self. Join me as I seek the humility to love and understand my fellow man."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Love, Desire, Existence, Humility, Man, Quest, Self, Understanding)

"True love is quiescent, except in the nascent moments of true humility."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Love, Humility, Moments)

"The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it."
- Mignon McLaughlin
(Related: Humility, Man, Will)

"And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born it compels humility: what we began is now its own."
- Margaret Mead
(Related: Baby, Now)

"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real."
- Thomas Merton
(Related: Humility, Pride)

"The job is to ask questions-it always was-and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility."
- Arthur Miller
(Related: Absence, Answers, Humility, Job, Questions)

"Fullness of knowledge always means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance; and that is always conducive to humility and reverence."
- Robert Millikan
(Related: Knowledge, Humility, Ignorance, Understanding)

"The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility."
- Thomas S. Monson
(Related: Courage, Cheerfulness, Disappointment, Humility, Living, Principles, Trouble)

"Fairest and best adorned is she Whose clothing is humility."
- James Montgomery
(Related: Humility)

"Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot."
- Thomas Moore
(Related: Humility)

"In such a state, humility is the virtue of men, and their only defense; to walk humbly with God, never doubting, whatever befall, that His will is good, and that His law is right."
- Paul Elmer More
(Related: God, Men, Virtue, Defense, Humility, Law, Right, State, Will)

"Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility."
- Robin Morgan
(Related: Power, Knowledge, Act, Humility, Information, May, Tyranny)

"Humility is a great quality of leadership which derives respect and not just fear or hatred."
- Yousef Munayyer
(Related: Leadership, Quality, Fear, Hatred, Humility, Respect)

"What you're doing is putting into professional play the way that you relate to other people, the way that you analyze and relate to a written text, the way that you would persuade anybody to do anything. It has to do with listening, with humility and a sense of yourself."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: People, Humility, Listening, Play, Sense)

"Philanthropic humility is necessary if a giver is to do more good than harm, but it is not sufficient - philanthropic prudence is also needed."
- Marvin Olasky
(Related: Harm, Humility, Prudence)

"There is no disease more conducive to clinical humility than aneurysm of the aorta."
- William Osler
(Related: Disease, Humility)

"Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire."
- William Penn
(Related: Knowledge, Clothes, Humility, Ignorance, Poor, Pride)

"Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom."
- William Penn
(Related: Humility, Man, Sense, Worth)

"It becomes us in humility to make our devout acknowledgments to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for the inestimable civil and religious blessings with which we are favored."
- James K. Polk
(Related: Blessings, Humility, Religious, Universe)

"If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Love, God, Heart, Strength, Virtue, Desire, Humility, Man, Reason)

"To be a preacher requires two apparently contradictory qualities: confidence and humility."
- Timothy Radcliffe
(Related: Confidence, Humility)

"Humility is a grace that shines in a high condition but cannot, equally, in a low one because a person in the latter is already, perhaps, too much humbled."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Grace, Humility)

"The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Doubt, First, Hesitation, Humility, Man, Opinion, Understanding)

"I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility."
- John Ruskin
(Related: First, Humility, Man)

"I've done my best to work from a place of humility - always looking over your shoulder saying, "Does this suck?" and I think that's a good way to work. The other way to work is where you start to think, "I'm on fire, I'm amazing!" and I don't think that's the way to work."
- David O. Russell
(Related: Work, Fire, Humility, Saying)

"The best loved by God are those that are rich, yet have the humility of the poor, and those that are poor and have the magnanimity of the rich."
- Saadi
(Related: God, Humility, Poor)

"The beloved of the Almighty are: the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnanimity of the rich."
- Saadi
(Related: Humility, Poor)

"Too many people in government seem to think they are above regular folks, and I said I would expect humility in the way each member of my team served- that they would recognize that the taxpayer is boss."
- Mark Sanford
(Related: Government, Boss, People, Humility)

"Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace."
- George Santayana
(Related: Religion, Courage, Dignity, Grace, Humility, Man)

"Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling: here wild anger, there the sweetest pain; here consuming hatred, there the childlike smile of serene humility."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Religion, Anger, Hatred, Humility, Pain, Smile)

"Making people laugh is magic. I feel like if you have humility, then you can do anything in comedy."
- Amanda Seyfried
(Related: People, Comedy, Humility, Magic)

"Uncertainty is a sign of humility, and humility is just the ability or the willingness to learn."
- Charlie Sheen
(Related: Ability, Humility, Uncertainty)

"Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers."
- Swami Sivananda
(Related: Cowardice, Humility, Spiritual, Weakness)

"True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be."
- Ralph W. Sockman
(Related: Humility, Respect, Self, Self respect, Thinking)

"Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self."
- Charles Spurgeon
(Related: Humility, Right, Self)

"When someone saves your life and gives you life, there's gratitude, humility; there's a time you've been so blessed you realize you've been given another chance at life that maybe you did or didn't deserve."
- Pat Summerall
(Related: Life, Time, Gratitude, Chance, Humility)

"Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Humility, Pride, Vanity)

"We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility."
- Rabindranath Tagore
(Related: Humility)

"Judge yourself; if you do that you will not be judged by God, as St. Paul says. But it must be a real sense of your own sinfulness, not an artificial humility."
- Johannes Tauler
(Related: God, Humility, Sense, Will)

"Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying."
- Johannes Tauler
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Dying, Humility, Man, School, Silence, Spirit)

"If I had any humility I would be perfect."
- Ted Turner
(Related: Humility)

"If I only had a little humility, I'd be perfect."
- Ted Turner
(Related: Humility)

"Humility is really important because it keeps you fresh and new."
- Steven Tyler
(Related: Humility)

"One thing that golf teaches you is humility."
- Robert Wagner
(Related: Golf, Humility)

"But when one believes that you've been appointed by God for a particular mission in history, you have to be very careful about that, how you speak about that. Where is the self-reflection in that? Where is the humility in that?"
- Jim Wallis
(Related: God, History, Humility, Mission, Self)

"Humility is the gateway into the grace and the favor of God."
- Harold Warner
(Related: God, Grace, Humility)

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less."
- Rick Warren
(Related: Humility, Thinking)

"Humility is attentive patience."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Humility, Patience)

"Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Genius, Thought, Virtue, Humility, Nothing, Supernatural)

"In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Power, Virtue, Attention, Humility, Nothing, Order)

"It's all about humanity, humility, and integrity."
- Debra Wilson
(Related: Humanity, Humility, Integrity)

"I feel coming on a strange disease - humility."
- Frank Lloyd Wright
(Related: Disease, Humility)

"Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change."
- Frank Lloyd Wright
(Related: Change, Life, Arrogance, Humility, Reason)

"Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues."
- Kong Fu Zi
(Related: Humility)

"Therefore, a person should first be changed by a teacher's instructions, and guided by principles of ritual. Only then can he observe the rules of courtesy and humility, obey the conventions and rules of society, and achieve order."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Society, Courtesy, First, Humility, Order, Principles, Ritual, Rules)