Humility Quotes

Most popular humility quotes

Too humble is half proud.


Humility: The Quiet Virtue.
Life is a long lesson in humility.


Pride sings and dances; humility sighs.
Don't be so humble - you are not that great.


Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights.
Humility, like darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.
It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.


The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust.
The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
A Master who cannot bow to a disciple cannot bow to Buddha.


Humility is so shy.  If you begin talking about it, it leaves.
Humility, that low sweet root,
From which all heavenly virtues shoot.
Humility is like oxygen to the soul. You won't get too far without it!
Nothing is so hard to do so gracefully as getting off your high horse.
And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin
Is pride that apes humility.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
Those who travel the high road of humility are not troubled by heavy traffic.
Personally, I think humility is like underwear—essential, but indecent if it shows.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
— The Bible—Matthew 23:12


It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Discourses on humility are a source of pride in the vain and of humility in the humble.
Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us.
Humility has its origin in an awareness of unworthiness, and sometimes too in a dazzled awareness of saintliness.
Humility must always be doing its work like a bee making its honey in the hive: without humility all will be lost.
Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself.
True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.
In 1969 I published a small book on Humility.  It was a pioneering work which has not, to my knowledge, been superseded.
Real excellence and humility are consequently not incompatible one with the other; on the contrary, they are twin sisters.


The moment that humility becomes self-conscious, it becomes hubris.  One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time.
Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
The primary condition for being sincere is the same as for being humble: not to boast of it, and probably not even to be aware of it.


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.
In artful boasting, one states all the information necessary to impress people, but keeps the facts decently clothed in the language of humility.
Humility is often only a feigned submissiveness by which men hope to bring other people to submit to them; it is a more calculated sort of pride.
Humility makes us charitable toward our neighbor.  Nothing will make us so generous and merciful to the faults of others as seeing our own faults.


It is difficult to be humble.  Even if you aim at humility, there is no guarantee that when you have attained the state you will not be proud of the feat.
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.


I like people admitting they were complete stupid horses' asses. I know I'll perform better if I rub my nose in my mistakes. This is a wonderful trick to learn.


Genuine humility does not arise from the sense of our pitiable kinship with the dust that is unworthy of us but from the realization of an awful nearness to a magnificence of which we are unworthy.
You aspire to great things?  Begin with little ones.  You desire to erect a very high building?  Think first of the foundation of humility.  The higher one intends it, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
All politicians are humble, and seldom let you forget it. They go around the country boasting about their humility. They are proud of their humility. Many are downright arrogant about their humility and insist that it qualifies them to be President.