Modesty Quotes (297 quotes)
“Make compassion the cotton, contentment the thread, modesty the knot and truth the twist.
This is the sacred thread of the soul; if you have it, then go ahead and put it on me.”
Raag Aasaa 471:5383-4
“Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty, and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady.”
―Thomas Henry Huxley
Critiques and Addresses (1873), p. 8, "Administrative Nihilism"
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. With people with only modest ability, modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent, it is hypocrisy.”
As attributed in The Little Book of Bathroom Philosophy : Daily Wisdom from the Greatest Thinkers (2004) by Gregory Bergman, p. 137
“With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.”
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), Studies in Pessimis, Further Psychological Observations
“Doth perfect beauty stand in need of praise at all? Nay; no more than law, no more than truth, no more than loving kindness, nor than modesty.”
Meditations (c. 161–180 CE)
“I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... but I am too busy thinking about myself.”
As quoted in The Observer (30 April 1950)