Modesty Quotes

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Strive not with your superior in argument but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.

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Modesty is the clothing of talent.
A whale is harpooned only when it sprouts.
Of lies, false modesty is the most decent.


One is vain by nature, modest by necessity.

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Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.


A modest man is usually admired—if people ever hear of him.
Silence, along with modesty, is a great aid to conversation.

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The second sweetest set of three words in English is "I don't know".
Generosity always wins favor, particularly when accompanied by modesty.

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He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
Great artists are modest almost as seldom as they are faithful to their wives.


I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.
The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig-leaf.
I feel it is time that I also pay tribute to my four writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Pocket all your knowledge with your watch, and never pull it out in company unless desired.
It's going to be fun to watch and see how long the meek can keep the earth once they inherit it.
Modesty is to merit what shade is to figures in a picture; it gives it strength and makes it stand out.
A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.

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modesty deserves a mention.
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never fail to draw attention.


Nothing is more amiable than true modesty, and nothing is more contemptible than the false.  The one guards virtue, the other betrays it.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.


You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.