The Best Quotes on Humility

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Below are a collection of the best quotes about humility. If you sign up to my email list I will send you a PDF copy of Success Quotes, Foundational Elements for Lasting Success and Characteristics and Qualities of a Great Leader: A Quote Book Full of Truth and Wisdom. All you need to do is to enter your email in the box below and push “Subscribe” and your two free quote books will soon be delivered to your inbox.

 

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“[Humility is:] Greatness in plain clothes.” ~Spencer W. Kimball

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” ~C. S. Lewis

“Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence.” ~Robert A. Millikan

“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” ~Saint Augustine

“There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.” ~Henri Frederic Amiel

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” ~Matthew 5:5

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

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

“Life is a long lesson in humility.” ~James M. Barrie

“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

“The fullest and best ears of corn hang lowest toward the ground.” ~Bishop Reynolds

“Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble.” ~La Rochefoucauld

“Many people believe that humility is the opposite of pride, when, in fact, it is a point of equilibrium. The opposite of pride is actually a lack of self-esteem. A humble person is totally different from a person who cannot recognize and appreciate himself as part of this worlds marvels.” ~Rabino Nilton Bonder

“Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able and yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.” ~William Penn

“I always say be humble but be firm. Humility and openness are the key to success without compromising your beliefs.” ~George Hickenlooper

“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

“Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.” ~Ezra Taft Benson

“Humility is royalty without a crown.” ~Spencer W. Kimball

“In a humble state, you learn better. I can’t find anything else very exciting about humility, but at least there’s that.” ~John Dooner

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” ~Thomas Merton

“We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.” ~Rabindranath Tagore

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

“Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.” ~John McCloy

“Have the humility to learn from those around you.” ~John C. Maxwell

“A man who is at the top is a man who has the habit of getting to the bottom.” ~Joseph E. Rogers

“Power is dangerous unless you have humility.” ~Richard J. Daley

“With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.” ~Ezra Taft Benson

“Humility is at the equilibrium of ego. When we’re on center, we manage our ego rather than it managing us.” ~Steve Smith

“Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.” ~George Arliss

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

“True humility is contentment.” ~Henri Frederic Amiel

“Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.” ~Confucius

Questions: Which of these quotes are your favorite? Can you add to the list of quotes?

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  • These are great quotes, Dan! My fav is the one by Rabino Nilton Bonder explaining pride, self-esteem and humility :)

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them. That’s a good one.

  • Great quotes, I really like Rabino Nilton Bonder and John Ruskin. Both spoke to me about being humble yet strong, knowing our limits yet not being prideful in our strengths.

    • Those are good ones. Those are two important traits we need to keep in balance. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • “Life is a long lesson in humility.” And, “Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.” Those are awesome!

    “The most beautiful thing about any human being isn’t found on the outside. It comes from the inside; it is a suit of humility.” A person who knows God comes to the end of themselves and discovers humility.

    • Glad you enjoyed them! Thank you for sharing.

  • So many good ones Dan, Since humility is needed for most other good virtues I really like this quote: — “Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul
    in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue
    except in mere appearance.” ~Saint Augustine

    • That’s a good one! Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • CS Lewis quote you shared is one of my favs: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

    • I also really like that one. I quote it all the time.