Best Quotes About 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

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

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

Life is a long lesson in humility. -James M. Barrie

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

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

The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune. -Joseph Addison

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

Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace. -George Santayana

And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born it compels humility: what we began is now its own. -Margaret Mead

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

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

True humility is contentment. -Henri Frederic Amiel

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

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

I feel coming on a strange disease – humility. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Power is dangerous unless you have humility. -Richard J. Daley

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

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left. -Oscar Levant

It ain't the heat, it's the humility. -Yogi Berra

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. -Simone Weil

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

There is no respect for others without humility in one's self. -Henri Frederic Amiel

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. -Saint Augustine

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

Pride perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak. -Thomas Fuller

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. -Rabindranath Tagore

Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride. -Jonathan Swift

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

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

If I only had a little humility, I'd be perfect. -Ted Turner

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

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

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

True love is quiescent, except in the nascent moments of true humility. -Bryant H. McGill

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

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

Fairest and best adorned is she Whose clothing is humility. -James Montgomery

A disease and its treatment can be a series of humiliations, a chisel for humility. -Laurel Lea

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

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. -Hassan II of Morocco

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

Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humility, and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish. -David Mallet

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

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

There is greatness in the fear of God, contentment in faith of God, and honour in humility. -Abu Bakr

The people who abandon Jihad fall a victim to humility and degradation. -Abu Bakr

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

If we learn not humility, we learn nothing. -John Jewel

Obedience to the word in humility of mind never confuses. -John Nelson Darby

O be very sure That no man will learn anything at all, Unless he first will learn humility. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

It's all about humanity, humility, and integrity. -Debra Wilson

To be a preacher requires two apparently contradictory qualities: confidence and humility. -Timothy Radcliffe

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

Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions. -Bodhidharma

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

Pride works frequently under a dense mask, and will often assume the garb of humility. -Adam Clarke

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

The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility. -Thomas S. Monson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Kuang

Without humility there can be no humanity. -John Buchan

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

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

One thing that golf teaches you is humility. -Robert Wagner

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. -Thomas Merton

If I had any humility I would be perfect. -Ted Turner

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

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. -Saint Augustine

There is no disease more conducive to clinical humility than aneurysm of the aorta. -William Osler

With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive. -Oliver Goldsmith

In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention. -Simone Weil

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

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

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

Fullness of knowledge always means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance; and that is always conducive to humility and reverence. -Robert Andrews Millikan

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

Making people laugh is magic. I feel like if you have humility, then you can do anything in comedy. -Amanda Seyfried

I think that Benjamin Franklin felt very strongly in foreign policy in this world, that you needed to at least show some humility, especially when you were strong. -Walter Isaacson

So much of how we act and what we do is based on humility or pride – that's everything. And when you can humble yourself, you know, we are more like Christ when we can humble ourselves. -Tim Tebow

So much about living life, to me, is about humility and gratitude. And I've tried very hard to have those qualities and be that person and I'm just so disappointed in myself that I allowed it to slip. -Katherine Heigl

Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings – stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility. -Tom Hiddleston

I'm grateful for my brokenness. I'm grateful for my humility. -James McGreevey

'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

Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America. I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility. -Mitt Romney

I don't doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong's spirit is still with us: that unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American. -Mitt Romney

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

I pray for humility, honestly, because it's very easy to be caught up in this world. -Katy Perry

Traits like humility, courage, and empathy are easily overlooked – but it's immensely important to find them in your closest relationships. -Laura Linney

I think people who lack humility are really annoying. -Emily VanCamp

An actor should always let humility outweigh ambition. -Anna Kendrick

I make these little films. I'm just a working person. I just study people a little bit more. It's more sociological, and it's funny anyway – not that serious. It's not like false humility. I just take it for what it is. -Julie Delpy

I don't have a set of tenets, but I live an ethical life. I practice a humility that presupposes there's a power greater than myself. And I always believe, don't inflict harm where it's not necessary. -Michael J. Fox

The Boys and Girls Club taught me a lot about sportsmanship, humility, self-respect. -Junior Seau

I'm coming from a place of total strength and humility now. -Robert Downey, Jr.

And humility in politics means accepting that one party doesn't have all the answers; recognising that working in partnership is progress not treachery. -Vince Cable

Obama is capable – as evidenced by his first-term success with health care reform. But mandate-building requires humility, a trait not easily associated with him. -Ron Fournier

A dose of humility goes a long way in life and in politics. -Ron Fournier

Now that I have and I'm not a have-not, I've learned how important it is to maintain humility. -Shania Twain

I have a healthy amount of humility. -Seth Gordon

The 20th century was a century in which human rights were infringed upon in numerous parts of the world, and Japan also bears responsibility in that regard. I believe that we have to look at our own history with humility and think about our responsibility. -Shinzo Abe

We must listen and learn, show humility and seek again to talk for and to people's ambitions and concerns. -Johann Lamont

But I still feel like a normal person… I've walked the streets and I know what it feels like. I speak with humility, and apparently those songs connect with people. -CeeLo Green

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

Maybe it's a cultural thing, being Korean, but my first reflex has always been to exude humility – but it doesn't help you in acting. For acting, humility isn't the best thing. It'll weaken your work. -Steven Yeun

I was a production assistant. I saw what people who are full of themselves are like – another reason not to lose your humility! I have a mouth on me so I wasn't the best P.A. -Octavia Spencer

There is no international problem that can be addressed or solved without the engagement and leadership of the United States and everybody in the world knows that, its just fact of life. So sometimes I think we could conduct ourselves with a little more humility. -Robert M. Gates

All we will ever know and share about love, humility, compassion, and sacrifice – the secrets that will reveal and then resolve old sorrows – awaits us within ourselves. -Guy Finley

Animal rights activists talk about cruelty and torture, some backing their assertions by publishing out-of-date photographs of 'experiments' banned long ago. This is a misrepresentation. The work we do is performed with compassion, care, humanity and humility. I have never seen an animal suffer pain. -Robert Winston

If there is one thing I have learned on this incredible journey we call life, it is this: the sign of a truly successful individual is humility. -Naveen Jain

I believe our legacy will be defined by the accomplishments and fearless nature by which our daughters and sons take on the global challenges we face. I also wonder if perhaps the most lasting expression of one's humility lies in our ability to foster and mentor our children. -Naveen Jain

I have seen humility in many of the finest leaders I have met the world over. And indeed, it is embodied in the warm, engaging and quintessentially successful spirit of Sir Richard Branson. -Naveen Jain

My family believe you should never be flashy about anything. Maybe that handicapped me a little bit, that extreme humility. -Kelly Reilly

What's hard, it seems, is living up to the words spoken by Jesus Christ, who preached naught but love and mercy and justice and humility. -Steven Weber

Judges have to have the humility to recognize that they operate within a system of precedent, shaped by other judges equally striving to live up to the judicial oath. -John Roberts

By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility. -Richard Louv

A lot of parents today are terrified that something they say to their children might make them 'feel bad.' But, hey, if they've done something wrong, they should feel bad. Kids with a sense of responsibility, not entitlement, who know when to experience gratitude and humility, will be better at navigating the social shoals of college. -Amy Chua

One way to appreciate C.S. Lewis is to see how his Christian humility shaped his life and work. -John Piper

It is only through the opposition of ideas that we can learn to be self-critical, to work towards intellectual humility. -Tariq Ramadan

Clarity and consistency are not enough: the quest for truth requires humility and effort. -Tariq Ramadan

We believe in humility and integrity, the spirit of one people, bound together under God. We understand that the Constitution was written to control and regulate the government, not the people. -Allen West

From compassion springs humility. The ego is verily a gateway to hell. The person who is egoistic is far from being religious. -Dada Vaswani

How arrogant – how very far from humility – would be the self-satisfied, smug assurance that God, a tidy-up-after-us God will come and clean up our mess? Hope for a nanny God, who will with a miracle grant us amnesty from our folly – that's not aligned with either history or the text of the Bible. -Sheldon Whitehouse

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

Expecting to be wrong about most things most of the time brings, finally, the kind of humility that leads to peace. I think. -John Burdett

The world of Manhattan is small and tightly knit, and the man on top retains a certain humility. He knows how far and fast he can fall by looking at the guy across the street. The view from the $250,000 apartment covers a lot of ground, most of it condemned. -Herb Caen

The most important thing is that you treat everybody incredibly well and lead with a bit of humility. I've found that when I go into a company to lead, it's important to have a plan and to make that plan a simple one that everybody can understand. -Greg Brenneman

I think any artist that's going to become anything in this world faces humility: with great humility comes great success. -Yelawolf

You just don't understand humility until you have children and get divorced. -Val Kilmer

If anything is good for pounding humility into you permanently, it's the restaurant business. -Anthony Bourdain

With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings. -Ezra Taft Benson

A good youth ought to have a fear of God, to be subject to his parents, to give honor to his elders, to preserve his purity; he ought not to despise humility, but should love forbearance and modesty. All these are an ornament to youthful years. -Saint Ambrose

When I worked with wildlife a lot in the Eighties and Nineties, I learnt the meaning of patience. And when I worked with trees, I learned the meaning of humility. -James Balog

One of the things I love about Africa is the amount of dignity and respect and humility you see all the time. You don't realise how often you're disrespected until you are surrounded by respect. -Jill Scott

This is the deal: we are happy to single out people as superior just as long as they don't accept the description themselves. We want heroes and idols, but we also want egalitarianism, and that requires proclamations of humility from our gods. -Julian Baggini

True humility is expressed in deeds, not words. The humble are those who truly walk the same ground as everyone else – not necessarily with grovelling, hunched backs, but certainly not lording it over others, either. -Julian Baggini

Above all, remember that God looks for solid virtues in us, such as patience, humility, obedience, abnegation of your own will – that is, the good will to serve Him and our neighbor in Him. His providence allows us other devotions only insofar as He sees that they are useful to us. -Saint Ignatius

May it please Christ our Lord to grant us true humility and abnegation of will and judgment, so that we may deserve to begin to be His disciples. -Saint Ignatius

Humility may well be one of the most difficult of the fruit of the Spirit to be cultivated in us – and to maintain. That's because without humility, it's not likely that you will put your complete trust in God. -Joyce Meyer

Great leaders don't need to act tough. Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness. -Simon Sinek

Not being anxious requires a level of humility, doesn't it? It does, I think. It's not all about you. -Rupert Graves

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

The actor that taught me the most was Bernie Mac. I did my first big budget studio film with he and Angela Bassett, 'Mr. 3000' for Disney. Bernie taught me by example what creates success is humility and hard work. -Brian J. White

I watch 'Batman & Robin' from time to time. It's the worst movie I ever made, so it's a good lesson in humility. -George Clooney

There's a belief that you're supposed to be poor, and suffering, and show your humility. I just don't see the Bible that way. I see that God came and Jesus died so that we might live an abundant life and be a blessing to others. -Joel Osteen

The kind of experience of humility and happiness that comes with gratitude tends to crowd out whatever is coarse, or ugly, or mean. -Kevin DeYoung

If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect. -Ted Turner

It is a most certain truth, that the richer we see ourselves to be, confessing at the same time our poverty, the greater will be our progress, and the more real our humility. -Saint Teresa of Avila

If every moment is sacred, and If you are amazed and in awe most of the time when you find yourself breathing and not crazy, then you are in a state of constant thankfulness, worship and humility. -Bernice Johnson Reagon

With the help of the Holy Ghost, we can watch over ourselves. We can pray to recognize and reject the first thoughts of sin. We can pray to recognize a warning not to speak words which would hurt or tempt someone else. And we can, when we must, pray for the humility and the faith to repent. -Henry B. Eyring

There are people who go clad in tunics and have nothing to do with furs, who nevertheless are lacking in humility. Surely humility in furs is better than pride in tunics. -Saint Bernard

In ethics, there is a humility; moralists are usually righteous. -John Berger

My early colleagues and myself helped create the life styles of Americans and, by osmosis, of the rest of the world. I found it difficult to reconcile success with humility. I tried it first, but it meant avoiding the very essence of my career – total exhilaration and the ecstasy of creativity. -Raymond Loewy

I think some of the funniest and most artistic people I know are the ones who had a hard time at school. They often have humility and artistry. So, as much as I feel bad for kids who have to go through a rough childhood, I believe that if they can turn it around, it's going to make them better people later on. -Drew Barrymore

Have the humility to learn from those around you. -John C. Maxwell

I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed, because it's not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever. -Quincy Jones

You can see how he changed on the surface. But at the core of it all, I think Superman has remained the same – a character with incredible powers but almost superhuman humility and restraint. -Jim Lee

I think that listening to music or creating music is a spiritual undertaking, so the process of creating music, you know, involves listening. It involves sensitivity, it involves humility, you know, and then also it's something which is higher than words. -Matisyahu

When you're out in the field and spending time in these different places around the world, humility is one of the most important assets that will serve you well. -Clarissa Ward

Pope Francis has stressed humility and austerity – a far cry, according to many, from the predecessor's bling and Ferragamo shoes – those were pretty entertaining. And he's translating all of that into a policy agenda. -Ronan Farrow

I had a brief experience in the food industry. I was a bus boy in a Mexican restaurant in Arizona, scraping re-fried beans off people's plates. It teaches you a bit of humility and the importance of a good deodorant. -Wentworth Miller

You can fail in films because you don't have the talent, or you have too much humility, or you lack ferociousness. I'm a gangster. If I want something, I'll grab it. -John Cassavetes

Who is there that can adequately gauge the greatness of the humility, gentleness, self-surrender, revealed by the Lord of majesty in assuming human nature, in accepting the punishment of death, the shame of the cross? -Saint Bernard

Learning to accept failure on multiple levels is, to my way of thinking, the key to become a world-class therapist. But that means humility, and setting your ego aside, while you develop superb new technical skills. -David D. Burns

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

We are shallow because we are 'mayabang,' ego driven, and do not have the humility to understand that we are only human, much too human to mistake knowledge for wisdom. -F. Sionil Jose

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

Endless effort, endless humility, endless modesty. -Rain

There is one common thing in superstars – enthusiasm and humility towards their work. Off sets, they are big stars for others, and they carry themselves the way they want to. When they are working, they are not stars. -Abhishek Bachchan

To me, having the courage to tell your own story goes hand in hand with having the curiosity and humility to listen to others' stories. -Sarah Kay

It is true that I have been studying both humility and pride for many years for the purpose of weakening pride in my own life and cultivating humility by the grace of God. -C. J. Mahaney

The presence of any humility in my life is purely and completely an evidence of God's grace. From my perspective, I am not a humble man. I am a proud man pursuing humility by the grace of God. -C. J. Mahaney

Wishing to open my mouth, O brethren, and speak on the exalted theme of humility, I am filled with fear, even as a man who understands that he is about to discourse concerning God with the art of his own words. For humility is the raiment of the Godhead. -Isaac of Nineveh

If zeal had been appropriate for putting humanity right, why did God the Word clothe himself in the body, using gentleness and humility in order to bring the world back to his Father? -Isaac of Nineveh

I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough in me to confess my errors and to retrace my steps. -Mahatma Gandhi

On a film crew, you can see very quickly that some people who are working with you are stronger than you. Then you have to have the humility to listen to them. And because very often they have better ideas than yours, it can be tough on the evil ego. But it makes a better film. -Denis Villeneuve

I'm a religious woman. And I feel I have responsibility. I have no modesty at all. I'm even afraid of it – it's a learned affectation and it's just stuck on me like decals. Now I pray for humility because that comes from inside out. -Maya Angelou

What humility does for one is it reminds us that there are people before me. I have already been paid for. And what I need to do is prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who has yet to come but who may be here and needs me. -Maya Angelou

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

We tend to lack humility toward love, to patronize it rather than bow before it, to put mundane considerations before the emotional need to hold someone in our arms. -Marianne Williamson

When you're a politician, someone always wants something from you, so they're constantly telling you how smart or great you are, and that can warp people! Exercising humility is important to me. My friends back home treat me like the same person I was when I was waiting tables. -Aaron Schock

My philosophy is really based on humility. I don't think we know enough to fix either diagnostics or therapeutics. The future of psychiatry is clinical neuroscience, based on a much deeper understanding of the brain. -Thomas R. Insel

Humor, humility, and, of course, honesty, all are qualities that work in public and cultural diplomacy. -Cynthia P. Schneider

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

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

Pride and vanity, the opposites of humility, can destroy our spiritual health as surely as a debilitating disease can destroy our physical health. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

Relaxing at home in his 55th-floor condominium before a game, Sammy Sosa is the same as at the ball park: focused but funny, exuberant but reserved. He is in a strange country, conversing in two languages, but his every movement displays a combination of confidence and humility. -Bill Dedman

Guerrilla leaders win wars by being paranoid and ruthless. Once they take power, they are expected to abandon those qualities and embrace opposite ones: tolerance, compromise and humility. Almost none manages to do so. -Stephen Kinzer

Cheerfully fessing up to our failures turns crazy mind off, humility and compassion on. I learned this in a karate dojo that had a strange tradition. Everyone there loved recounting failure stories, and after an evening of smacking one another, we'd sit and have a beer while the students swapped tales of martial arts disaster. -Martha Beck

I spent a lot of time with President Mandela supporting his efforts in the peace process in Burundi. The thing that impressed me the most was his humility. -John Prendergast

I'd say I'm a bit antimadridista although I do not know where my future will be, but it's a team that I never liked. I get the impression that it is an arrogant club, about how the players are. Without humility, you cannot get anywhere. -Isco

I think that good storytelling of any kind does promote a humility in that it encourages you to see the world the way that other people see it. -Jonathan Dee

Your emotions are exposed when you play golf: humility, pride, anger, it all comes out with each swing. You lay it all on the line. -Bryant Gumbel

Nobody likes to lose power or reach a point of humility. -Nick Nolte

There's something about being afraid, about being small, about enforced humility that draws me to climbing. -Jon Krakauer

The most important criterion is this: hire someone whose character and humility and attitude you would like to have reproduced in your church and in yourself. -John Ortberg

Far more books get written about how to get more people in your church than how to get the people already in your church to have more humility and sincere love. -John Ortberg

Jesus' life as a foot-washing servant would eventually lead to the adoption of humility as a widely admired virtue. -John Ortberg

I can tell you that I never aspired to be president. I always honour something that Commander Chavez told us: that while we were in these posts, we must be clothed in humility and understand that we are here to protect the man and woman of the streets. -Nicolas Maduro

Recognizing your talents doesn't mean believing they're limitless. Accepting your strengths doesn't lead to pride, but instead to humility; you're less likely to resent what others have if you understand your own bounty. -Gina Barreca

Ending poverty calls for humility, honesty, freedom from ideology and refusal to accept cruel simplicities about anyone's human potential. It requires listening to the wisdom and cutting the nonsense from both the Right and the Left. -Donella Meadows

I've had a very fortunate, very privileged life. I say it with all humility because it could change tomorrow. -Susanne Bier

The best way to learn how to work with actors is to have had experience of trying to act yourself – it will teach you humility if nothing else. -Alexander Mackendrick

Nothing is worse than a beautiful girl fishing for compliments by saying how gross she is. On the flip side, I find genuine humility and modesty attractive. -Chris Evans

A little humility never hurts. -Ben Bernanke

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

Film and stage are very different; I don't necessarily prefer one over the other. Every few years, I get a big itch to go back to the theater. To learn humility, to learn bravery and to remind yourself that the pistons that drive your craft are working on full power. And to remind yourself how badly paid actors can be. -Rhys Ifans

When you know in your bones that your body is a sacred gift, you move in the world with an effortless grace. Gratitude and humility rise up spontaneously. -Debbie Ford

I believe that what is really important is that God can speak to us. If we have the humility to approach him in prayer with the right attitude, he can speak to our intelligence directly. -Henry B. Eyring

The great pleasure that comes from reading poets such as Mark Doty and Marianne Moore is the realisation that the essential virtues – compassion, wonder, humility, respect for the mysterious – are far from conventionally heroic. -John Burnside

We do not need to be heroes to save the world; all we need is humility, a critical view of the commercial and political interests of those who would mislead us into wrongdoing, and a sense of wonder. -John Burnside

Practice radical humility. Take no credit for your talents, intellectual abilities, aptitudes, or proficiencies. Be in a state of awe and bewilderment. -Wayne Dyer

Revenge, lust, ambition, pride, and self-will are too often exalted as the gods of man's idolatry; while holiness, peace, contentment, and humility are viewed as unworthy of a serious thought. -Charles Spurgeon

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

I don't think there's any reason in journalism not to approach stories we cover with humility, empathy, compassion, and intellectual openness. I mean, I think those are just important human traits. I don't think that precludes scrutiny, negativity, where it's appropriate. -David Gregory

It's near impossible to always be right when you're innovating. It's easy to get emotionally invested in it, but you need to monitor its impact like a hawk and react if you don't like what you see. And if/when you pull it back, you want to do that communication with transparency and humility. -Jeff Jordan

Personally, I think humility is a prerequisite to being a truly empathic person. -Christopher Stanley

Cancer has given me a dose of humility. I'm much more empathetic. It's a club I would rather not have joined, but it is a club. -Tom Brokaw

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

Of all the many leaders I have met in the course of my life, none made a deeper impression on me than Nelson Mandela. His courage, compassion, humility and wisdom were without parallel on the world stage, and he himself was an enduring source of inspiration. -Klaus Schwab

Charter hired me – which, to be honest, took some humility on its part, since I have helped lead public campaigns against cable companies like Charter – to advise it in crafting its commitment to network neutrality. -Marvin Ammori

At times, Mario Cuomo seemed to have the humility of a Jesuit and the goals of an emperor. -Mike Barnicle

Holy humility confounds pride and all the men of this world and all things that are in the world. -Francis of Assisi

The way we approached Meru, and the way we approach a lot of these mountains, is with humility. A sense of, 'Is it going to give us passage?' Your mental attitude can affect the outcome. -Jimmy Chin

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

I am a method actor, but I'm also a film actor as well as a method actor. Characters that don't have humility, whether they are heroes or villains, are hard to relate to. All characters in every aspect of what we do should have humility. If they don't, then they're a cartoon character. -Vincent D'Onofrio

I think I'm ready to lead. I'm ready first to be a supportive vice president so that the presidency of Hillary Clinton is a fantastic one. But if something were to put that in my path, as much as any human being would be ready, I'd be ready. And you gotta approach it with humility. -Tim Kaine

Under Pope Francis, we have seen a change at the Vatican that is reflective of the church I know and love. He approaches controversial doctrine or past wrongdoing with humility, understanding, and faith in the goodness of mankind. He has served as a voice for the voiceless and has been working to re-establish the church as a home for the homeless. -Donna Brazile

If you don't know about the 'black male code,' you should. It's something black boys learn early, even before adolescence. It goes, in part, like this: Even though you're not a criminal, some people assume you are, especially if you're wearing certain clothes. Never argue with the police, but protect your dignity and take pride in humility. -Donna Brazile

Jesus told us to learn from him how to be meek and humble of heart. We must look at his life if we are to have any concept of what humility is all about. -Mother Angelica

I think our devotion to Mary is very beautiful. She has a sacred role in Catholicism, and her strong faith and humility are things we can learn from. -Katie Ledecky

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

Humility is a good estate; founded thereon, the whole spiritual edifice grows into a holy temple in the Lord. Through humility, some have even possessed the gates of their enemies. For which of the virtues is so mighty to subdue the pride of demons and the tyranny of men? -Saint Bernard

When you step out there on the field as a corner in our system, you have to be ready to play because humility is one week away. -Kirby Smart

I learned so much in Zimbabwe, in particular about the need for humility in our ambition to extend mental health care in countries where there were very few psychiatrists and where the local culture harboured very different views about mental illness and healing. These experiences have profoundly influenced my thinking. -Vikram Patel

You have to have a little humility if you're Danish because you're never going to be able to travel outside the country unless you can speak another language. -Sidse Babett Knudsen

You get to really master the emotion of humility as a Chiefs fan. -Rob Riggle

You approach faith with humility. You can have some idea, but it boils down to do you see religion as a club, or do you see religion as a path? Do you see it as a wall that separates you or do you see it as a bridge that connects you to God and other people? When you see it as a bridge, you aren't so worried about bringing others over to your side. -Keith Ellison

A certain degree of intellectual humility is a good thing. -David Petraeus

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

The people that I admire have a wonderful balance of self-belief and humility. -Mahershala Ali

I have some realistic humility which comes from my first career as a writer. I wrote for other people for ten years. I saw some incredible egos not based on any reality. They were great when they were on top and awful when they weren't. I learned a lot about how to treat people. -Alan Thicke

Education, family, character, intelligence, humility, okay? These are the things that make a culture live. -Jim Brown

I think that's the ultimate sign of a teammate and respect is that they compete against one another so hard at practice that here's a chance to share some knowledge inside. It takes some humility to do that. -Dan Quinn

My strength is my humility. When you are humble, people like you. -Mohammad Azharuddin

If I'm appearing on 'Raw,' then I'm usually there to help sell tickets to something, and that's when you see the 'HBK' Shawn Michaels come out. At panels, I can be more open and honest and show some more humility. They don't want me talking about my family on TV, but I can in a panel setting. -Shawn Michaels

I've worked on my game, and I don't think it has any holes, no weaknesses. I say that with humility because you can always work to get better. But I run inside, I run outside, and I'm just not a guy you have to take off the field for certain packages. -Ezekiel Elliott

I talk about millennials with a healthy dose of humility, as I'm a card-carrying member of Generation X. But I have daily interaction with young people at Dana Perino & Co., through my Minute Mentoring organization, with digital friends on social media, and especially at Fox News. -Dana Perino

In life, we all struggle and strive to make progress. When will you know you've reached success? A billion dollars is a good sign, but there's a better one – humility. -Naveen Jain

A little humility goes a long way. -Dean Ornish

I want to unite our people and our country. I will serve you with humility and force in the name of liberte, egalite, fraternite. -Emmanuel Macron

You want to have the perfect balance of hot and funny on your Instagram, but you never want too much of either… Don't try to add humility to your blatant 'hot' posts through a half-hearted attempt at being funny. You look good; just own it. -Cazzie David

Fame is a weird thing. I think maybe I learned to never get too big for your boots. Keep your feet on the ground and keep your head down and work hard – that's probably what I learned from my parents more than anything. Remain generous and kind, and have humility. -Georgia King

Even people who despise ego and aspire to humility, who plan to be humble once they are successful, are worried that actually enacting those beliefs would sentence them to a life of obscurity or weakness or failure. -Ryan Holiday

If you have doubt about a person's humility or smarts, don't ignore it. More often than not, there is something causing that doubt. -Patrick Lencioni

For organizations seriously committed to making teamwork a cultural reality, I'm convinced that 'the right people' are the ones who have three virtues in common – humility, hunger, and people smarts. -Patrick Lencioni

Where there is humility, there is more success, and lasting success. -Patrick Lencioni

People who have a sense of peace that their priorities are in the right place also have a sense of humility and a realistic view on life. -Patrick Lencioni

We must first listen, then speak – with humility – to genuinely hear the perspectives of those with whom we don't immediately or instinctively agree. -Betsy DeVos

I had the erroneous conviction that all of history tended toward my birth and would diminish into chaos or inconsequence after I was gone. When you realize that's not so, the proper humility is to defer. -David Milch

Something my father dearly loved is the scientific method, and it's founded in this element of humility. The idea is that you pursue the truth wherever it goes; you need to evidence, and you can – you see if it's repeatable. -Nick Sagan

I promise not to let you down. I will be your servant with all humility and gratitude. -Mwai Kibaki

I've met a lot of big stars who have humility. Sly Stallone is a very humble guy. Robert DeNiro is a really humble guy. Some of the women aren't so humble for some reason. I don't know why. -Frank Vincent

Rush Limbaugh advocating for objectivity is like Donald Trump advocating for humility. -Alan Colmes

I have a clean image. I want to serve the people with humility and sincerity. Politicians have made use of peoples' votes but do not care for them. -Chiranjeevi

There's a part of martial arts where we need humility and respect. -Eddie Alvarez

We all need a lot of humility, and especially about the economy. -Richard Thaler

I think I've certainly learned a lot of lessons in humility and continue to work on that part of myself. -Laurence Fishburne

Self-deprecation is not the answer to humility. -Viola Davis

There is beauty and humility in imperfection. -Guillermo del Toro

The world calls for, and expects from us, simplicity of life, the spirit of prayer, charity towards all, especially towards the lowly and the poor, obedience and humility, detachment, and self-sacrifice. Without this mark of holiness, our word will have difficulty in touching the heart of modern man. -Pope Paul VI

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

If you aren't humble, whatever empathy you claim is false and probably results from some arrogance or the desire to control. But true empathy is rooted in humility and the understanding that there are many people with as much to contribute in life as you. -Anand Mahindra

The most important thing that I tell myself is that no matter where I go in this journey, the humility is what's gonna keep me honest and real. And perhaps a better manager. -Anand Mahindra

A deep concern of mine is that leaders in the technology sector have not developed a culture that insists upon courage, honor, duty, and humility – what we might call a culture of virtue. -Joe Lonsdale

The humility keeps me going forward. -Brian Tyree Henry

When we presume that we are better than people who need structure and guidance, we lack one of the most crucial ingredients for change: humility. -Marshall Goldsmith

Lots of human-rights tragedies deserve concerts, but there's something extra with Tibet. It's a spiritual culture, a country rooted in humility and compassion. And among artists, there's a lot of Buddhists, people who want an alternative to basic Christianity, which doesn't offer much. -Ed Kowalczyk

To most people, paranoia carries a negative connotation. I believe it is one of the most valuable attributes a leader can have. It is about self-reflection and having the courage, humility, and discipline to constantly ask uncomfortable questions that can potentially poke holes in your strategy and challenge your conventional thinking. -Dinesh Paliwal

I would hope that, for me, regardless of what happens in my career in the future, I always want to maintain a level of humility. I think it's so important to not lose yourself and to just understand that you're a conduit. -Paul Wesley

It is hubris that has gotten us into trouble in Washington. It is humility, principled leadership, and unwavering faith in the power of the states, the people, and our Constitution that will get us out. -Scott Pruitt

Unrestrained zeal to make the world better could make it worse. Promoting democracy must be undertaken with humility, care, and wisdom. -Richard N. Haass

I was lucky in the sense that I started work very young but had a solid family base provided by my mother. She instilled a strong sense of perspective and humility in me from a very early age. -Elijah Wood

If I want to leave one thing here after I'm gone, it would be an incredible sense of humility. -Sergio Marchionne

The antidote to white fragility is ongoing and lifelong and includes sustained engagement, humility, and education. -Robin DiAngelo

When you pretend to be an authority on everything, it forces your subordinates to defer to your opinion – which may not be the most informed in the room. If you have humility concerning the gaps in your experience or ability, it allows others to shine. -Courtney A. Kemp

Ultimately, when you write from a vantage point of faith, humility, and openness to the world around you, people have to respond because those same truths are instilled in them. -Mat Kearney

I think humility – which I think is a very good value to adopt – is basically an extension of understanding your own ignorance. -Mark Manson

Live a life full of humility, gratitude, intellectual curiosity, and never stop learning. -Gza

It'd be nice to learn enough from each mistake that we'd be guaranteed to never repeat that same mistake twice. But, how many times have you said, 'I'll never do that again,' only to find yourself right back at it a few days later. Learning from our mistakes requires humility and a willingness to look for new strategies to become better. -Amy Morin

What I bring to the stage is humility. -Chubby Checker

People rarely grow in humility once they reach the White House. -Ben Fountain

Sergio Aguero is a high-quality player. I'm a big fan of his, both of his football and his humility. -Gabriel Jesus

As a Canadian, we are sort of inherently built with an unshakable humility that at times can work against you. -Dan Levy

Rajinikanth is humility personified. He's a huge star in India, and people are dying to just see him on the screen. -S. S. Rajamouli

Humility, we say, is very important because we feel humility means the ability to listen, the ability to respect another's opinion and to find that everybody around you in some subject knows more. -Ajay Piramal

My personal growth stems from the humility with which I navigate the world, namely with a reverence for all of the knowledge that I've yet to learn but that is out there available to me. -Gad Saad

I write about humility, because it's something I hope I one day actually possess. -Michael McDonald

In all pomposity and humility, I just wanted to show what I could do as an actor, and I jumped when 'Lootera' came my way. -Vikrant Massey

I'm told Jodha was someone whose eyes conveyed humility, simplicity, courage, and conviction. Paridhi embodies everything I had in mind for Jodha. -Ekta Kapoor

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