Best Quotes About Modesty

I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes. -Yves Saint Laurent

Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it make us vain, in fact, of our modesty. -Louis Kronenberger

I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes. -Yves Saint Laurent

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of. -Joseph Addison

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity. -Max Beerbohm

True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves. -John Milton

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

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, and the great charm of all power is modesty. -Louisa May Alcott

I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade – or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere. -Belva Lockwood

Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable. -Richard Steele

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds. -Jean Rostand

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. -Louisa May Alcott

No sex, age, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one vastly beneath the rank of man. -Bruce Barton

It rarely adds anything to say, 'In my opinion' – not even modesty. Naturally a sentence is only your opinion; and you are not the Pope. -Paul Goodman

'Sex' is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other. -Marquis de Sade

Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered. -Harriet Martineau

Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive. -Bernard de Mandeville

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. -Confucius

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty… but I am too busy thinking about myself. -Edith Sitwell

With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

At least I have the modesty to admit that lack of modesty is one of my failings. -Hector Berlioz

Our life is half natural and half technological. Half-and-half is good. You cannot deny that high-tech is progress. We need it for jobs. Yet if you make only high-tech, you make war. So we must have a strong human element to keep modesty and natural life. -Nam June Paik

Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart. -Robert South

In all modesty, we must admit that governments are not always the best doctors when it comes to diagnosing economic ailments and prescribing the right treatment. -Kim Campbell

I think that for the highest achievements nowadays… need to have the stable as a rock scientific base. And also need to own modesty. -Alexander Alekhine

It is strange that modesty is the rule for women when what they most value in men is boldness. -Ninon de L'Enclos

With sincere modesty, if there is such a thing, I have never thought of legacy at all. I am always grateful if people like what I have done. A legacy is something no one can forsee. -Tom Glazer

Some are blessed with musical ability, others with good looks. Myself, I was blessed with modesty. -Roger Moore

It isn't false modesty when I say this, but although I am supposed to be a famous person it doesn't mean anything to me. I just sit at home and work. -Gyorgy Ligeti

To forgive and to be forgiven are the two points of holy magnificence and holy modesty; round these two centres the whole doctrine of largesse revolves. -Charles Williams

As in all his subsequent dealings with France, Ho Chi Minh's demands were a model of modesty. -Wilfred Burchett

His modesty amounts to deformity. -Margot Asquith

Remember that with her clothes a woman puts off her modesty. -Herodotus

Learning gives us a fuller conviction of the imperfections of our nature; which one would think, might dispose us to modesty. -Jeremy Collier

No age, sex, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one is vastly beneath the rank of man. -Bernard Barton

To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism. -Franz Grillparzer

No education can be of true advantage to young women but that which trains them up in humble industry, in great plainness of living, in exact modesty of dress. -William Law

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist. -Akhenaton

If modesty disappeared, so would exhibitionism. -Mason Cooley

If modesty and candor are necessary to an author in his judgment of his own works, no less are they in his reader. -Sarah Fielding

Good taste is the modesty of the mind; that is why it cannot be either imitated or acquired. -Delphine de Girardin

I think in the world of indie music there's this sort of false modesty. -Alex Kapranos

Bling is over. Red carpet covered with rhinestones is out. I call it 'the new modesty.' -Karl Lagerfeld

With a woman of sophistication, class and modesty and refinement, I become a totally tongue-tied buffoon. I can't even look her straight in the face. -Iain Glen

False modesty can be worse than arrogance. -David Mitchell

For many, the hijab represents modesty, piety and devotion to God, and I truly respect that. But the hijab should not be used as a means of applying social pressure on people. -Queen Rania of Jordan

First and foremost, the monk should own nothing in this world, but he should have as his possessions solitude of the body, modesty of bearing, a modulated tone of voice, and a well-ordered manner of speech. He should be without anxiety as to his food and drink, and should eat in silence. -Saint Basil

The thing I hate most is false modesty. The artists who are, like, 'Oh, you know, I'm really not that good. Oh, I can't believe I'm here.' I find it vaguely sinister, even. -Rufus Wainwright

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

I don't think anyone who genuinely embraced sincerity, charity and modesty could be intolerant or divisive. -Julian Baggini

I will say I was a lot bigger as Superman. A lot bigger. I'm not saying how much. It's modesty about the weight – I've always been worried about my weight – but I also don't want to invite that debate: 'Henry weighs this, so he's the perfect Superman.' Or, 'Henry doesn't weigh this, and therefore he's not believable in the role.' -Henry Cavill

Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops. -Maya Angelou

Architecture is a rare collective profession: it's always exercised by groups. There is an essential modesty, which is a complete contradiction to the notion of a star. -Rem Koolhaas

The impudence of the sinner displeases God as much as the modesty of the penitent gives him pleasure. -Saint Bernard

Grateful daughters of God guard their bodies carefully, for they know they are the wellsprings of life, and they reverence life. They don't uncover their bodies to find favor with the world. They walk in modesty to be in favor with their Father In Heaven. They know he loves them dearly. -Margaret D. Nadauld

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

Endless effort, endless humility, endless modesty. -Rain

Journalists ask me, 'Why don't you ever talk about sex in your performances?' True, I don't talk about sex – not in my personal life and not in my professional life. This is modesty. -Gad Elmaleh

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

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

I like working fast, but I got to the age where the real difference between television and the movies is, I'm not smart enough to be in the movies. It's a very political world. In all modesty, I can say that I'm a much better actor, but that doesn't matter. -William Devane

So many Irish actors overplay that modesty because they're afraid people will judge them and say, 'The state of yer man, he thinks he's great,' or whatever. -Jack Reynor

I don't look in the mirror; don't like what I see; never have. I am not my idea of a beauty. Never was. This is not false modesty. I've just never been enamoured of my face, which of course is magnified umpteen times on screen. -Lauren Bacall

I have no concept of modesty anymore. -Margot Robbie

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

Teenagers, especially girl ones, seem like the perfect canary-in-the-coal-mine characters to me. They capture American culture and its perversion, its hypocrisy – how absorbed we are with youth and beauty and sexualized imagery, for instance, while preaching abstinence and modesty. -Antonya Nelson

I say the Islanders were the best team I ever covered because they had more so many stars who delivered with Canadian-Swedish-suburban modesty. And they won four straight Stanley Cups from 1980 through 1983. -George Vecsey

Kindness, tolerance, integrity, modesty, generosity – these are attributes that events permit us. They are our holiday moods, and we are as proud of them as of the fine clothes we have hung away to wear on occasions. -Ben Hecht

Atticus Finch is, you know, he was just his whole – the business of his modesty and his ability to see tomorrow and to try to buttress his knowledge of what was coming for his kids was something that I'll never – as a father I'm not able to do. -James McBride

In the fall of 1973, Erica Jong assaulted the last surviving bastions of old-fashioned modesty with her 'Fear of Flying.' -Alistair Horne

Growing up, I was taught that a woman should lower her gaze so that men could never know her thoughts. The so-called modesty of Arab women is, in fact, a war tactic. -Fatema Mernissi

For me, you have to have some kind of modesty. -Alek Wek

As we make our way toward the finish line that some of us have already crossed, I never thought I'd get a Grammy Award. In fact, I was always touched by the modesty of their interest. -Leonard Cohen

Basically, it's hard for me to assess myself, a hardship not only prompted by the immodesty of the enterprise, but because one is not capable of assessing himself, let alone his work. However, if I were to summarize, my main interest is the nature of time. That's what interests me most of all. What time can do to a man. -Joseph Brodsky

I really like the idea of modesty. By the time I got into music, I was already wearing the scarf all the time, and it's really personal to me, my Muslim beliefs, so I decided to keep it and find a way to work around it. I don't see it as a restriction or limitation – I can still be me and get into music and be an entertainer. -Yuna

Without false modesty, I feel that, when I'm on the stage, I'm the king, the boss of the situation. -Vladimir Horowitz

All the children of the great men in Persia are brought up at court, where they have an opportunity of learning great modesty, and where nothing immodest is ever heard or seen. -Xenophon

There is a lot of talk in conservative circles about judicial modesty and deferring to the political branches. That view of judging often overlooks the important role that courts have in protecting people's rights. But if there was ever a time to defer, it is when Congress is protecting voting rights in the exact way the Constitution directs it to. -Adam Cohen

The way a woman carries herself and the way she dresses ought to promote the following types of words: modesty, discretion, wisdom, beauty, elegance and refinement, but not sensuality, luxury, extravagance. -Paul Washer

Bragging about yourself violates norms of modesty and politeness – and if you were really competent, your work would speak for itself. -Adam Grant

Me and modesty don't mix. -Melvin Van Peebles

I was raised in a very Middle Eastern household, and modesty was very important, and dressing to not be desirable or provocative was very important. -Tan France

I don't like false modesty. -Dominic Holland

I come from a background where you don't show off the good things you do. It's modesty. -Mesut Ozil

I was on stage last night, and I gave a medical report about Donald Trump. I said he was hospitalized for an attack of modesty. -Mort Sahl

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