Humbleness Quotes

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A great man is always willing to be little.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

George Washington
“But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.”
George Washington

“I examined the poets, and I look on them as people whose talent overawes both themselves and others, people who present themselves as wise men and are taken as such, when they are nothing of the sort.

From poets, I moved to artists. No one was more ignorant about the arts than I; no one was more convinced that artists possessed really beautiful secrets. However, I noticed that their condition was no better than that of the poets and that both of them have the same misconceptions. Because the most skillful among them excel in their specialty, they look upon themselves as the wisest of men. In my eyes, this presumption completely tarnished their knowledge. As a result, putting myself in the place of the oracle and asking myself what I would prefer to be — what I was or what they were, to know what they have learned or to know that I know nothing — I replied to myself and to the god: I wish to remain who I am.

We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.”

Francis Chan
“We are a culture that relies on technology over community, a society in which spoken and written words are cheap, easy to come by, and excessive. Our culture says anything goes; fear of God is almost unheard of. We are slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become angry.”
Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

“You must be humble, as it is one of the greatest [forms of] worship.”
Ali Ibn Abi Talib A.S

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself.”
Charles H. Spurgeon

Toba Beta
“If you feel deserve to judge the arrogant,
it's a sign that you're so far of humbleness.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Robert E.      Lee
“A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.”
Robert E. Lee

Ally Carter
“How sweet is that? I know I'm no boy expert, but I have heard entire lectures on reading body language, and I have to say that assuming that a person will have forgotten your name is way high on my "indicators of humbleness" list (not that I have one, but I totally have a starting point now).”
Ally Carter, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

“Selflessness is humility. ... humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free.”
Jeff Wilson, Buddhism of the Heart: Reflections on Shin Buddhism and Inner Togetherness

Toba Beta
“While you are so busy trying to make yourself humble,
many are persistently and quietly promoting themselves.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Santosh Avvannavar
“I learnt to identify the false love from true ones by their fruits, humbleness and how free they were from wordily desires.”
Santosh Avvannavar, The Departing Point: Two people search of love...leaving love in between

“Formal education and current position can define your worthiness. What makes you extraordinary is defined by your attitude towards others.”
Ashish Patel

“As the sun does not wait for prayers and incantations tob e induced to rise, but immediately shines and is saluted by all, so do you also not wait for clappings of hands and shouts of praise tob e induced to do good, but be a doer of good voluntarily and you will be beloved as much as the sun.”
Epictetus, Enchiridion and Selections from the Discourses

“Some of you need a lesson in humility. While your arrogance may give you a sense of power, it may serve you better to put it aside. Those are the times you will be the light of the world.”
J 'son M. Lee

Niels Bohr
“Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation but as a question.

[A caution he gives his students, to be wary of dogmatism.]”
Niels Bohr

“I believe that a willingness to ask when they do not know is a characteristic of many great minds.”
T.W. Körner

Lisa Halliday
“Ydmyghed og tavshed er trods alt at foretrække frem for uvidenhed og arrogance.”
Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry

C. JoyBell C.
“We must never adore ourselves due to the idea in our minds that we are of a certain rank/ have attained a certain position (whether this is social, economic, intellectual, or internal). But we must adore ourselves based upon our ability to connect with other human beings; to assimilate at the level of other people, no matter what level they are at.”
C. JoyBell C.

Enock Maregesi
“Ukiitwa mtoto kidini ina maana una imani na unyenyekevu mbele ya Mungu, kama ambavyo mtoto ana imani na unyenyekevu mbele ya mzazi wake. Lakini ukiitwa mtoto kidunia watu watakudharau.”
Enock Maregesi

Lily Amis
“You go nowhere in this world if you think you are better than everyone else. Always stay humble, child, regardless of what you achieve in your life.”
Lily Amis, Leo Mousi, Refugees Unwanted!

Marie-Helene Bertino
“They're humble because they're in service. They know they have to practice when they are filled with love. When they are filled with bile. When the sun is out and everyone with a palpably alive soul is on the beach, they are in wood-paneled dumps, practicing. Until they ruin any chance at being substantial and there is no soul on earth who will have them.”
Marie-Helene Bertino, 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

“Knowledge makes a man proud. Love makes him Humble. When knowledge is blended with love, man shines as do the angels of God. “His life becomes radiant.”
Dada J. P. Vaswani

Carlos Wallace
“It's amazing how the greater you become in your spirituality, faith and walk in your purpose, the more others display their "lesser" selves. They try so hard to dim your shine, but ultimately burn themselves out.”
Carlos Wallace

“If you desire to gaze out over wide vistas, you do well to climb up to a high spot. But if you wish to gaze into the human heart, you must climb down and look from a low place.”
Soko Morinaga, Novice to Master: An Ongoing Lesson in the Extent of My Own Stupidity

Thomas à Kempis
“Nature has a relish for knowing secrets and hearing news. It wishes to appear abroad and to have sense experiences. It wishes to be known and to do things for which it will be praised and admired. But grace does not care to hear news or curious matters, because all this arises from the old corruption of man, since there is nothing new, nothing lasting on earth.”
Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

“Zazen is indeed the posture of “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” (Luke 18:13). In our zazen we realize the illusory nature of thoughts, and no matter how powerful they might be, we don’t chase after them, try to get rid of them, or act on them. So zazen is the posture of “We know that our old self was crucified with him” (Romans 6:6) or “I have been crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:19). In the end, zazen is the purest expression of “Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalms 46:10).”
Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo

“You are the guest of joy, you cannot impose yourself.”
Jean Klein, Who Am I?: The Sacred Quest

Jasmina Alexander
“Who wants to share knowledge and make contributions to what is shared by another, is humble. On the other hand, who only wants to leave in evidence to another, correcting and asking what already knows, trying to erroneously demonstrate all the knowledge that appears to possess, is simply a haughty one.”
Jasmina Alexander

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