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Modesty Quotes


These are some of the best 'Modesty' quotations and sayings.

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A false modesty is the meanest species of pride.

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of. It heightens all the virtues which it accompanies; like the shades in paintings, it raises and rounds every figure, and makes the colors more beautiful, though not so glaring as they would be without it.

A modest man never talks of himself.

A modest person seldom fails to gain the goodwill of those he converses with, because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.

An egotist will always speak of himself, either in praise or censure; but a modest man ever shuns making himself the subject of his conversation.

As lamps burn silent, with unconscious light, so modest ease in beauty shines most bright; unarming charms with edge resistless fall, and she who means no mischief does it all.

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.

False modesty is the refinement of vanity. It is a lie.

Hasty conclusions are the mark of a fool; a wise man doubteth; a fool rageth and is confident; the novice saith, "I am sure that it is so"; the better learned answers, "Peradventure, it may be so; but, I pray thee, inquire." It is a little learning, and but a little, which makes men conclude hastily. Experience and humility teach modesty and fear.

I was born modest; not all over, but in spots.

In the modesty of fearful duty, I read as much as from the rattling tongue of saucy and audacious eloquence.

Let us be careful to distinguish modesty, which is ever amiable, from reserve, which is only prudent. A man is hated sometimes for pride, when it was an excess of humility gave the occasion.

Make no display of your talents or attainments; for every one will clearly see, admire, and acknowledge them, so long as you cover them with the beautiful veil of modesty.

Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.

Modest expression is a beautiful setting to the diamond of talent and genius.

Modesty and humility are the sobriety of the mind, as temperance and chastity are of the body.

Modesty and the dew love the shade. Each shines in the open day only to be exhaled to heaven.

Modesty died when false modesty was born.

Modesty in a man is never to be allowed as a good quality, but a weakness, if it suppresses his virtue, and hides it from the world, when he has at the same time a mind to exert himself.

Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth.


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