Humility Quotes


There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

The soul is healed by being with children.

Children    Healing    Humility    Inspiration    Love    Openness    Society

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

Les Essais

Michel de Montaigne

Les Essais

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.

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.

These are the few ways we can practice humility:
To speak as little as possible of one's self.
To mind one's own business.
Not to want to manage other people's affairs.
To avoid curiosity.
To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
To pass over the mistakes of others.
To accept insults and injuries.
To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.
To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
Never to stand on one's dignity.
To choose always the hardest.

Acceptance    Bossy    Cheerful    Curiosity    Difficulty    Dignity    Dislike    Forgiveness    Forgotten    Gentle    Gossip    Humble    Humility    Injury    Insult    Kind    Mistakes    Provocation    Quiet    Rejection    Selfish

If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.

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?

A great man is always willing to be little.

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

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.

Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha
Choices    Focus    Humility    Judgement    Judgemental    Self    Tolerance

As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.

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.

It's okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn't give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don't like what they are saying. Learn to recognize good writing when you read it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.

A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.

To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it's like you have 4 legs instead of 2. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.

No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.

Endurance    Experience    Faith    Fortitude    Humility    Pain    Patience    Sorrow    Suffering    Trial

To learn which questions are unanswerable, and
not to answer them
: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.

The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness

Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess:
Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity.
Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples' affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends.
Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.
Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains -- they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.
I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn't agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.
Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint -- it is so hard to live with some of them -- but a harsh old person is one of the devil's masterpieces.
Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.
Amen

Aging    Humility    Old age    Patience    Prayer

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.

Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

...talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.

In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.

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.

There are two circumstances that lead to arrogance: one is when you're wrong and you can't face it; the other is when you're right and nobody else can face it.

Arrogance    Cocky    Cognition    Confidence    Conviction    Ego    Haters    Humility    Minority    Offense    Pride    Right    Superiority    Wrong

Life is a long lesson in humility.

Every person that you meet knows something you don't; learn from them.

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize."
[
Modernism's Patriarch
(
Time Magazine
, June 10, 1996)]

A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

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

Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.

God    Humility    Life    Peace    Prayer

The main condition for the achievement of love is the overcoming of one's narcissism. The narcissistic orientation is one in which one experiences as real only that which exists within oneself, while the phenomena in the outside world have no reality in themselves, but are experienced only from the viewpoint of their being useful or dangerous to one. The opposite pole to narcissism is objectivity; it is the faculty to see other people and things
as they are
, objectively, and to be able to separate this
objective
picture from a picture which is formed by one's desires and fears.

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

The Wild Years

Ernest Hemingway

The Wild Years

In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there's no danger that we will confuse God's work with our own, or God's glory with our own.

Walking on Water

Madeleine L'Engle

Glory    God    Humility    Weakness    Work

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

Son, never trust a man who doesn’t drink because he’s probably a self-righteous sort, a man who thinks he knows right from wrong all the time. Some of them are good men, but in the name of goodness, they cause most of the suffering in the world. They’re the judges, the meddlers. And, son, never trust a man who drinks but refuses to get drunk. They’re usually afraid of something deep down inside, either that they’re a coward or a fool or mean and violent. You can’t trust a man who’s afraid of himself. But sometimes, son, you can trust a man who occasionally kneels before a toilet. The chances are that he is learning something about humility and his natural human foolishness, about how to survive himself. It’s damned hard for a man to take himself too seriously when he’s heaving his guts into a dirty toilet bowl.

Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.

Learning
To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life.

I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.

Demian

Hermann Hesse

Demian

I imagine that the intelligent people are the ones so intelligent that they don't even need or want to look 'intelligent' anymore.

If pain doesn't lead to humility, you have wasted your suffering.

I believe that the first test of a great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.

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

He didn't mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn't matter.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams Bianco

The Velveteen Rabbit

The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of truth.

Dust    Gandhi    Humble    Humility    Mohandas    True    Truth

The faculty to think objectively is
reason
; the emotional attitude behind reason is that of
humility
. To be objective, to use one's reason, is possible only if one has achieved an attitude of humility, if one has emerged from the dreams of omniscience and omnipotence which one has as a child. Love, being dependent on the relative absence of narcissism, requires the developement of humility, objectivity and reason.
I must try to see the difference between
my
picture of a person and his behavior, as it is narcissistically distorted, and the person's reality as it exists regardless of my interests, needs and fears.

As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don't think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, 'I'm probably no better than you, but I'm certainly your equal.

Advice    Equality    Honesty    Humility    Life

Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it.

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