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280 Awesome Quotes on Humility

Humility, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue of being humble and not holding any excessive feeling of pride, which centres on low self-preoccupation or unwillingness to put oneself forward. To be modest doesn’t mean to have low self-esteem. Humble people can have great talent, yet they’re incredibly self-aware of their abilities and keep everything in perspective. When you’re humble, the results speak for themselves. When you’re humble, you’re not afraid to ask for help, praise others, and even accept compliments. If you’re truly humble, people will notice and gravitate towards you.

Even though many people may think of humility as becoming weak, unworthy, and valueless, genuine humility is a powerful soul force that can bring a person into a place of purpose, vision, power, and wealth when unleashed.

Below is my collection of 280 insightful and inspiring quotes on humility to remind you to stay humble. There is the correct humility quote to inspire everyone to stay humble here!

280 Humility Quotes

“An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in their understanding of things.” – Bryant H. McGill

“Humility is a great quality of leadership which derives respect and not just fear or hatred.” – Yousef Munayyer

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman

“I truly believe we are all equal as human beings.” – Conor McGregor

“The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“If you’re not humble, life will visit humbleness upon you.” – Mike Tyson

“If your sentence starts with “I could be wrong”, it’s a good sign you should shut your mouth or ask a question.” – Shane Parrish

“Humility is the ability to give up your pride and still retain your dignity.” – Vanna Bonta

“We are all stumblers, and the beauty and meaning of life are in the stumbling.” – David Brooks

“Many people believe that humility is the opposite of pride, when, in fact, it is a point of equilibrium. The opposite of pride is actually a lack of self esteem. A humble person is totally different from a person who cannot recognize and appreciate himself as part of this worlds marvels.” – Rabino Nilton Bonder

“I’ve done what I could, let those who can do better.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“True humility is contentment.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.” – James E. Faust

“If you plan to build a tall house of virtues, you must first lay deep foundations of humility.” – Augustine

“Humility is not a character trait to develop, it’s the natural by-product of being with Jesus.” – Louie Giglio

“Whenever the world throws rose petals at you, which thrill and seduce the ego, beware. The cosmic banana peel is suddenly going to appear underfoot to make sure you don’t take it all too seriously, that you don’t fill up on junk food.” – Anne Lamott

“Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” – Thomas Merton

“Be careful, ever so careful, in trumpeting your own achievements, and always talk less about yourself than about other people. Modesty is generally preferable.” – Robert Greene

“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.” – Michel de Montaigne

“One of the most important things about leadership is that you have to have the kind of humility that will allow you to be coached.” – Jim Yong Kim

“All streams flow to the ocean because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.” – Lao Tzu

“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.” – Augustine of Hippo

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell

“My opponent is my teacher. My ego is my enemy.” – Renzo Gracie

“When I look at a person, I see a person – not a rank, not a class, not a title.” – Criss Jami

“Greatness loves gratitude.” – Robin Sharma

“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

“Humility is not a trait I often associate with America.” – Mira Nair

“Humility is the surest sign of strength.” – Thomas Merton

“Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others” – Gordon B. Hinckley

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“The virtue of pride, which was once the beauty of mankind, has given place to that fount of ugliness, Christian humility.” – Max Ernst

“If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it’s possible that I’m a little too awesome.” – Barack Obama

“Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence.” – Robert A. Millikan

“Humility wins. Love conquers.” – Robin Sharma

“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.” – D. H. Lawrence

“Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.” – Confucius

“Have more humility. Remember you don’t know the limits of your own abilities. Successful or not, if you keep pushing beyond yourself, you will enrich your own life–and maybe even please a few strangers.” – A. L. Kennedy

“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

“Humility, like gratitude, is not so much a technique as it is a way of life.” – Ed Latimore

“Never, ‘for the sake of peace and quiet,’ deny your own experience or convictions.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself.”

“Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass.” – William Shakespeare

“The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” – Augustine of Hippo

“We can choose to humble ourselves by conquering enmity toward our brothers and sisters, esteeming them as ourselves, and lifting them as high or higher than we are.” – Ezra Taft Benson

“Pride is about my glory; humility is about God’s glory.”

“Whenever I’m around some who is modest, I think, ‘Run like hell and all of fire.’ You don’t want modesty, you want humility.” – Maya Angelou

“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” – John C. Maxwell

“Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don’t.” – Tom Hiddleston

“Nobody has ever expected me to be president. In my poor, lean lank face nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Be humble in your confidence yet courageous in your character.” – Melanie Koulouris

“Something beautiful can happen to people when their world falls apart: humility, nobility and wisdom emerge just when our knees hit the floor.” – Marianne Williamson

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” – Lao Tzu

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” – Ann Landers

“Pride is concerned with who is right while humility is concerned with what is right.” – Ezra Taft Benson

“Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.” – William Safire

“You are going to die.” – Shay Carl

“There is beauty and humility in imperfection.” – Guillermo del Toro

“Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale.” – Adlai Stevenson

“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

“True humility is being able to accept criticisms as graciously as we accept compliments.” – Sabrina Newby

“The soft overcomes the hard. The slow overcomes the fast.” – Lao Tzu

“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.” – Diogenes

“I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do.” – Socrates

“Stay true in the dark and humble in the spotlight.” – Harold B. Lee

“Humility consists in not esteeming ourselves above other men, and in not seeking to be esteemed above them.” – Francis de Sales

“Humility is clearer-eyed than ego — and that’s important because humility always works harder than ego.” – Ryan Holiday

“Never curse a fall. The ground is where humility lives.” – Yasmin Mogahed

“An angel fell from Heaven without any other passion except pride, and so we may ask whether it is possible to ascend to Heaven by humility alone, without any other of the virtues.” – John Climacus

“When we feel humiliated, the best reaction is humility.” – Simon Sinek

“If anything is good for pounding humility into you permanently, it’s the restaurant business.” – Anthony Bourdain

“The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.” – Aaron Lauritsen

“Uncertainty is a sign of humility, and humility is just the ability or the willingness to learn.” – Charlie Sheen

“I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” – Helen Keller

“Endless effort, endless humility, endless modesty.” – Rain

“Self-confidence is very important. But without compassion and humility, it’s just arrogance” – Anonymous

“I want to establish that I’m a “dumb sh*t” who doesn’t know much relative to what I need to know.” – Ray Dalio

“Often the problem turns out to be you.” – Shane Parrish

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” – Augustine of Hippo

“Let us be absolutely clear about one thing: we must not confuse humility with false modesty or servility.” – Paulo Coelho

“Power is dangerous unless you have humility.” – Richard J. Daley

“Some ask if lowering one’s pride is conceding defeat. I think not. Humility is a sign of inner strength and wisdom.” – Haemin Sunim

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.” – Dr. Paul Farmer

“Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” – Imam Ali

“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.” – Colin Powell

“The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.” – Vincent de Paul

“The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.” – Mother Teresa

“Humility is royalty without a crown.” – Spencer W. Kimball

“I don’t want to see you. I don’t like you. I don’t like your face. You look like an insufferable egotist. You’re impertinent. You’re too sure of yourself.” – Ayn Rand

“Humility requires discipline of the tongue.” – Joyce Meyer

“Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue.” – Saint Augustine

“Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Be humble, hungry and the hardest worker in the room.” – Dwayne Johnson

“A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.” – Albert Einstein

“Humility is nothing else but a right judgment of ourselves” – William Law

“Humility isn’t denying your strengths; it’s being honest about your weaknesses.” – Rick Warren

“Humility is the essence of love and intelligence; it is not an achievement.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” – C.S Lewis

“Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself.” – Blaise Pascal

“To a person who has true humility, words are vows.” – Filipino proverb

“People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” – George Herbert

“Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.” – Henry David Thoreau

“I hear my friends and my mom tell me I’m special, but honestly, I still don’t get it.” – LeBron James

“Learn to laugh at yourselves as one must laugh!.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us in our daily conduct.” – Andy Murray

“Some persons are always ready to level those above them down to themselves, while they are never willing to level those below them up to their own position. But he that is under the influence of true humility will avoid both these extremes. On the the one hand, he will be willing that all should rise just so far as their diligence and worth of character entitle them to; and on the other hand, he will be willing that his superiors should be known and acknowledged in their place, and have rendered to them all the honors that are their due.” – Jonathan Edwards

“Humility is absolutely necessary for true learning.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” – Mark Twain

“Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.” – Patrick Süskind

“Even if you believe you are right, consider the possibility that you could be wrong.” – Joyce Meyer

“Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God.” – Radhanath Swami

“Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it.” – E. D. Hulse

“Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.” – Alexander Pope

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Realize that you are simultaneously everything and nothing – and decide what you want to be.” – Ray Dalio

“Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility.” – Jonathan Edwards

“Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.” – Andrew Murray

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington

“Chickens don’t praise their own soup.” – Martinican proverb

“Where there is humility, there is more success, and lasting success.” – Patrick Lencioni

“Part of humility is taking responsibility for my sin and asking forgiveness even when it doesn’t feel good. God wants to heal and restore your relationships, but it’s not easy.” – Chip Ingram

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

“True humility—the basis of the Christian system—is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues.” – Edmund Burke

“Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.” – Richard Dawkins

“Spoil not an act of kindness by speaking of it.” – Proverb

“Humility has to do with trying to be a vessel of purposes you’re content to understand as not your own.” – David Milch

“The greatest wisdom consists in knowing one’s own follies.” – Madeleine De Souvre Sable

“I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.” – John Ruskin

“There is no birth of consciousness without pain.” – Carl Jung

“We have to allow ourselves to realize that we are complete fools; otherwise, we have nowhere to begin.” – Chögyam Trungpa

“A great man is always willing to be little.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.” – Pope Francis

“’Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker

“The best of people is the one who humbles himself the more his rank increases.” – Prophet Muhammad

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.” – Carl Jung

“Think good thoughts. Speak good words. Take good actions.” – Rhonda Byrne

“A lot of people think that to be a motherfucker is to be a person who is the dominant figure. But I actually think that true motherfuckerhood … really has to do with being humble.” – Cheryl Strayed

“Great leaders don’t need to act tough. Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness.” – Simon Sinek

“Even when it speaks, humility listens.” – Thomas Merton

“Pride is the problem, humility is the answer.” – Joyce Meyer

“No one may pride himself at being more than an individual, and no one despondently think that he is not an individual.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” – Socrates

“You can have no greater sign of confirmed pride than when you think you are humble enough.” – William Law

“He who tries to shine dims his own light.” – Lao Tzu

“Humility and patience are the surest proofs of the increase of love.” – John Wesley

“Humility is the key to moral excellence. It is the noblest quality a person can possess. […] It is the mother of all possibilities.” – Venerable Master Hsin Yun

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” – Albert Einstein

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” – Ernest Holmes

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.” – Yogi Berra

“He who sacrifices a whole offering shall be rewarded for a whole offering; he who offers a burnt-offering shall have the reward of a burnt-offering; but he who offers humility to God and man shall be rewarded with a reward as if he had offered all the sacrifices in the world.” – The Talmud

“Just knowing you don’t have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn – and those are all good things.” – Dick Van Dyke

“It is the desire for success that prevents humility; and without humility how can there be understanding?.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“For the Christian, humility is absolutely indispensable. Without it there can be no self-knowledge, no repentance, no faith and no salvation.” – Aiden Wilson Tozer

“Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble.” – La Rochefoucauld

“Only humility knows how to appreciate and admire the good qualities of others.” – Sri Chinmoy

“The point is urgency. Appreciation. Humility. The present moment.” – Ryan Holiday

“Humility is not something that comes naturally. But it is a cardinal virtue that should be pursued more than any other.” – Joyce Meyer

“There is nothing I can do to undo what I did. I can only say again how sorry I am to those I let down and then strive to go forward with a greater sense of humility and purpose, and with gratitude to those who stood with me during a very difficult chapter in my life.” – David Petraeus

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi

“A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility.” – Lawrence G. Lovasik

“To lead the people, walk behind them.” – Lao Tzu

“When it comes to true humility in the face of history, nothing beats complete silence.” – Lev Grossman

“The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it.” – Mignon McLaughlin

“Stand in utter humility at the sight of your true potential for mastery.” – Robin Sharma

“Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else.” – Madeleine L’Engle

“Humility is the proper estimate of oneself.” – Charles Spurgeon

“I always say be humble but be firm. Humility and openness are the key to success without compromising your beliefs.” – George Hickenlooper

“Sometimes you have to lose something to gain something better. A door has to shut before a new door can open.” – Joel Osteen

“Accept everything which happens, even if it seem disagreeable, because it leads to this, the health of the universe.” – Marcus Aurelius

“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.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“A Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by being always ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and ennoble the most sacred message that has come to our world.” – Ellen G. White

“Audacity gets you to shoot for big goals and humility gives you the open-mindedness to take in the best thinking available to you to get you to those goals.” – Ray Dalio

“What if, for starters, instead of constantly trying to prove how much smarter we are than others, we look for the intelligence in what others do.” – Neil Strauss

“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.” – Albert Einstein

“Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker

“True humility is when you can surprise yourself more than others; the rest is either shyness or good marketing.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” – Anthony Bourdain

“The measure of who we are is how we react to something that does not go our way.” – Gregg Popovich

“Self-praise is no recommendation.” – Romanian proverb

“Ego kills knowledge, as knowledge requires learning, and learning requires humility.” – Rolsey

“We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.” – Thomas Huxley

“Arrogance repels. Humility inspires.” – Robin Sharma

“Humility is the most beautiful virtue that we can develop.” – Joyce Meyer

“Humility, I have learned, must never be confused with meekness. Humility is being open to the ideas of others.” – Simon Sinek

“Grateful yet ambitious. Wordly yet wise. Strong yet loving.” – Robin Sharma

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” – C. S. Lewis

“Modesty is a lubricant for unpleasant intrusions.” – Norman Mailer

“Humility is the greatest quality that a man can have, and arrogance is undoubtedly the worst.” – Maulana W. Khan

“One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time.” – Madeleine L’Engle

“”Thank you” is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” – Criss Jami

“Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot.” – Thomas Moore

“Humility is preserved when I give credit where credit is due – to God.” – Mother Angelica

“Blushing is the color of virtue.” – Diogenes

“Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will.” – Zig Ziglar

“What are the things that you can’t see that are important? I would say justice, truth, humility, service, compassion, love. You can’t see any of those, but they’re the guiding lights of a life.” – Jimmy Carter

“The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.” – St. Augustine

“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.” – Augustine of Hippo

“Perfection is impossible without humility. Why should I strive for perfection, if I am already good enough?.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it?” – Carl Jung

“We’re all the stars of our own movies, but cutting back on the number of “Do you know who I am?” thoughts made my life infinitely smoother.” – Dan Harris

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“Everyone praises their own work (or possession), no matter how inferior it is.” – Russian proverb

“True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us.” – Tryon Edwards

“A humble person is more likely to be self confident… a person with real humility knows how much they are loved.” – Cornelius Plantinga

“People search for certainty. But there is no certainty.” – Richard P. Feynman

“… talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.” – Patrick Süskind

“Never be proud but show humility towards others, true wisdom lies in being humble.” – Shri Radhe Maa

“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“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

“We can’t bring anything to us unless we are grateful for what we already have.” – Rhonda Byrne

“An actor should always let humility outweigh ambition.” – Anna Kendrick

“Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn. To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and small.” – Jordan Peterson

“Have the humility to learn from those around you.” – John C. Maxwell

“Christian humility does not consist in denying what there is of good in us; but in an abiding sense of ill-desert, and in the consciousness that what we have of good is due to the grace of God.” – Charles Hodge

“The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility.” – T. S. Eliot

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

“Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.” – Kobe Bryant

“There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?.” – Carl Sagan

“Humility, gentleness, and helpfulness go so much further and open doors you cannot imagine.” – Ann Tran

“Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free.” – Jeff Wilson

“Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.” – Jane Austen

“There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.” – Blaise Pascal

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

“Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.” – Rick Pitino

“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

“Life is a long lesson in humility.” – James M. Barrie

“Without humility, there can be no humanity.” – John Buchan

“Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying.” – Saint Vincent de Paul

“There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.” – Augustine of Hippo

“To be a leader means to have humility, to have respect and to serve the people that we are leading. And that type of character, that type of integrity not only brings real fulfillment to our own hearts, but also has a great effect on the lives of all the people around us.” – Radhanath Swami

“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” – Winston Churchill

“True humility is staying teachable, regardless of how much you already know.” – Anonymous

“Only a person who has passed through the gate of humility can ascend to the heights of the spirit.” – Rudolf Steiner

“Every person that you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden

“Mastery begins with humility.” – Robin Sharma

“Humility is no substitute for a good personality.” – Fran Lebowitz

“Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually the most ambitious and envious.” – Baruch Spinoza

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

“It takes a big person to do something small.” – Joel Osteen

“The greatest patience is humility.” – Atiśa Dīpa kara Śrījñāna

“In reality, humility means nothing other than complete honesty about yourself.” – William Countryman

“Be like the bamboo the higher you grow the deeper you bow.” – Chinese proverb

“I have nothing to declare except my genius.” – Oscar Wilde

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” – Jesse Jackson

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Don’t seek praise. Let your effort speak for itself.” – Unknown

“The faculty to think objectively is reason; the emotional attitude behind reason is that of humility.” – Erich Fromm

“No matter how good you think you are as a leader, my goodness, the people around you will have all kinds of ideas for how you can get better. So for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better – because your job is to try to help everybody else get better.” – Jim Yong Kim

“Work hard, stay humble.”

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3-4

“Reminding ourselves each day that we will die, helps us treat our time as a gift.” – Ryan Holiday

“Humility is becoming a lost art, but it’s not difficult to practice. It means that you realize that others have been involved in your success.” – Harvey Mackay

“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.” – Michelle Obama

“Confidence is important but ego is something false. Humility is the way to build confidence.” – Frank Shamrock

“If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect.” – Ted Turner

“Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride.” – Jonathan Swift

“Honesty is grounded in humility and indeed in humiliation, and in admitting exactly where we are powerless.” – David Whyte

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Humility of heart is the first step to salvation.” – Zac Poonen

“There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us.” – Laurence J. Peter

“I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ and the brightest evidences that He is indeed our Master.” – John Newton

“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

“Working together on solving something requires a high level of humility and a high level of self-awareness.” – Paul Polman

“If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble; for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, so it is believed of none but by itself; the voice of humility is God’s music, and the silence of humility is God’s rhetoric. Humility enforces where neither virtue nor strength can prevail nor reason.” – Francis Quarles

“Think not that humility is weakness; it shall supply the marrow of strength to thy bones. Stoop and conquer; bow thyself and become invincible.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it.” – Criss Jami

“Humility is really important because it keeps you fresh and new.” – Steven Tyler

“Don’t talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave.” – Wilson Mizner

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