Humility Quotes

Osvaldo Yambi

Humildade não ensina-se, incentiva-se.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The soul is healed by being with children.. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The soul is healed by being with children.

Robert Macfarlane

Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.

Carl Sagan

Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and
Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?

E.A. Bucchianeri

Could mankind declare it was truly wise? Did man know everything on earth, or would he ever? Certainly not!

E.A. Bucchianeri

One piece of wisdom a writer quickly learns ~ typos keep you humble.

Michael Bassey Johnson

The larvae you see today would grow into a large butterfly tomorrow. Size is what you
The larvae you see today would grow into a large butterfly tomorrow. Size is what you see now, allow the clock to tick, then check on the size again.

Michael Bassey Johnson

True devotion and humility is when you carelessly allow yourself to fall in love with things
True devotion and humility is when you carelessly allow yourself to fall in love with things you consider will make you look inferior, which in essence, makes you superior.

Evan Meekins

a true leader must be able to command with an iron fist, not just a humble heart.

Bryant McGill

The keys to health and weight-loss: stress reduction, sleep, deep breathing, clean water, complete nutrition, sunshine, walking, stretching, meditation, love, community, laughter, dreams, perseverance, purpose, humility, action.

A.J. Darkholme

Every man walks his own path, and every path has its fair share of locked doors. You never know who holds the key to a door you’ll need to open one day, so you best treat people as if they are all keyholders.

Christopher Moore

The three jewels of Tao: compassion, moderation, and humility. Balthasar said compassion leads to courage, moderation leads to generosity, and humility leads to leadership.

Marty Rubin

Write as if Time will erase every word.

Carl Sandburg

Look out how you use proud words.
When you let proud words go, it is not easy to call them back.
They wear long boots, hard boots; they walk off proud; they can’t hear you calling -
Look out how you use proud words.

Sidney Sheldon

Just remember, when someone has an accent, it means that he knows one more language than you do.

George Alexiou

Kindness is a currency that can cover a multitude of interpersonal debts.

Monika Zands

I used to give advice, and no one wanted it. Now I give suggestions and everyone asks for more.

Mario Stinger

This is not just "our" world.

Margery Williams

He didn't mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn't matter.

Tom Hiddleston

Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don't.

J.M. Barrie

Life is a long lesson in humility.

Czesław Miłosz


To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life.

Robert Louis Stevenson

There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.

Mahatma Gandhi

The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of truth.

St. Vincent De Paul

Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying.

Mike Norton

For a man who walks in the light, to stay humble is not to walk in the dark; you don't need to project yourself to be thought an honest man.


If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.

E.A. Bucchianeri

There are times when wisdom cannot be found in the chambers of parliament or the halls of academia but at the unpretentious setting of the kitchen table.

Mahatma Gandhi

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

Alexander Pope

A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

Thomas à Kempis

The more humble and obedient to God a man is, the more wise and at peace he will be in all that he does.

Madeleine De Souvre Sable

The greatest wisdom consists in knowing one's own follies.

Karl Popper

While differing widely in the various little bits we know, in our infinite ignorance we are all equal.

John Piper

humility is beyond our reach. if it were a product of reaching, we would instinctively be proud of reaching it. it is a gift.

C.P. Snow

I want a man who knows something about himself. And is appalled. And has to forgive himself to get along.

Immaculee Ilibagiza

Author says her father was so diplomatic that when people came to him for solutions, people not only accepted them, but they believed they thought of them.

Tom Althouse

Those that would attain wisdom,
prefer the empty stadium.
Those who wish to appear wise,
prefer it full.

Umair Haque

Confidence is this: Wearing your triumphs with humility, and wearing your scars with pride. Many of us do precisely the opposite.

C.S. Lewis

Man approaches God most nearly when he is in one sense least like God. For what can be more unlike than fullness and need, sovereignty and humility, righteousness and penitence, limitless power and a cry for help?

Jim George

Trails are used by God to teach you humility and dependence on His grace rather than your own strength.

Ursula K. Le Guin

To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.

John Calvin

It would be the height of absurdity to label ignorance tempered by humility "faith"!
(Institutio III.2.3)

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus

There is no one who would not rather appear to know than to be taught.

Michel De Montaigne

We can be knowledgeable with another man's knowledge, but we can't be wise with another man's wisdom.

Chris Matakas

I do not begin to think that I could possibly understand its inner-workings and the deepest truths of the cosmos with the 28 years that I have lived in Central New Jersey of the United States of America.

James Fenimore Cooper

Your young white, who gathers his learning from books and can measure what he knows by the page, may conceit that his knowledge, like his legs, outruns that of his fathers’, but, where experience is the master, the scholar is made to know the value of years, and respects them accordingly.

Nicholas Dawidoff

He tried juggling with raw eggs – but only once.

Augustine Of Hippo

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

Rick Warren

You cannot exalt God and yourself at the same time.

Brian D. McLaren

I’m sure I am wrong about many things, although I’m not sure exactly which things I’m wrong about. I’m even sure I’m wrong about what I think I’m right about in at least some cases.

Christopher Hitchens

In a public dialogue with Salman in London he [Edward Said] had once described the Palestinian plight as one where his people, expelled and dispossessed by Jewish victors, were in the unique historical position of being 'the victims of the victims': there was something quasi-Christian, I thought, in the apparent humility of that statement.

Idries Shah

Saying of the Prophet
Humility and courtesy are themselves a part of piety.

C. JoyBell C.

The problem with thinking that you are the absolute best, is that it leaves no room for you to become any better and while you live life thinking that you're the best, truth is a lot of people around you are already better and becoming even more better.

Charles F. Glassman

Why is it that self-confidence is so often cocky and self-assured so often selfish? Neither has to be true. Having confidence doesn’t require being superior over another and being self-assured doesn’t require taking advantage of another.

Onyi Anyado

Entrepreneur, stay hungry, stay humble & stay hopeful.

Thea Harris

It is a sad thing to become so blinded and deafened by pride that you are no longer concerned about whether or not God is pleased with your actions.

Edmond Mbiaka

Humility, kindness, integrity, and compassion are the fragrances that I wear, and I strongly recommend that you try them.

Yasmin Mogahed

Never curse a fall. The ground is where humility lives.

Sweety Shinde

No person is great in isolation. It takes many hands to shape a life. Denial would mean conceit, and conceit is not the same as self-respect.

Noel DeJesus

I keep a vivid memory of failure in my back pocket, so no matter how much I accomplish I stay grounded.

Anne Lamott

We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand.

Andrew Murray

The only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct; the insignficances of daily life are the importances and the tests of eternity, because they prove what really is the spirit that possesses us.

Andrew Murray

Use every opportunity of humbling yourself before your fellow-men as a help to abide humble before God.

Edward O. Wilson

We are a biological species arising from Earth’s biosphere as one adapted species among many; and however splendid our languages and cultures, however rich and subtle our minds, however vast our creative powers, the mental process is the product of a brain shaped by the hammer of natural selection upon the anvil of nature.

Idries Shah

… the Sufi attitude is: ‘Let the real truth, whatever it may be, be revealed to me’.

Abraham Lincoln

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.

Jeremy Aldana

Humility rests upon the shores of your sorrows and blossoms upon the mountain of your faith

Lisa Bedrick

Prayer can be a tricky thing, because there are passages that say do not doubt and believe you have received whatever you ask for and you will, but then Jesus prayed 'Not my will by thy will be done.'  Ultimately, we can't tell God what to do.  He will accomplish, in our lives, whatever He wants to accomplish.  God is God and we are not. 

Alisa Hope Wagner

Humility is recognizing the fullness of our sin, so we can embrace the fullness of God's mercy.

Henrietta Newton Martin

Humility is a virtue that one can find, in which God in heaven rejoices ,and in His love he enfolds you, close to his heart He does bind.

Jim George

To please God, live a godly life and nurture kindness, compassion, justice, and humility.

Carson McCullers

I feels sorrier for him than anybody I knows. I expect he done read more books than any white man in this town. He done read more books and he done worried about more things. He full of books and worrying. He done lost God and turned his back on religion. His troubles come down just to that.

Axtell Ruth

What if she'd sought God's Word for her pain? What if she'd resolved to forgive Rees for hurting her and trusted God to work that forgiveness out in her heart, so that she would have arrived in London with an attitude of humility and trust in God to lead her to the right person?

A.L. Kennedy

Have more humility. Remember you don't know the limits of your own abilities. Successful or not, if you keep pushing beyond yourself, you will enrich your own life – and maybe even please a few strangers.

Orrin Woodward

Vision and persistence will take you to the top of the leadership mountain, but only humility will keep you there.

Abraham Lincoln

My greatest concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are concerned with your failure.

Cameron C. Taylor

Life is not a competition with others. Life is a competition with yourself - to do your personal best each day.

Juana Inés De La Cruz

One will abide, and will confess that another is nobler than he, that another is richer, more handsome, and even that he is more learned, but that another is richer in reason scarcely any will confess: Rare is he who will concede genius.

Richard J. Foster

We do not have to have the correct answers to listen well. In fact, often the correct answers are a hindrance to listening well, for we become more anxious to give the correct answer than to hear.

Dannika Dark

Sometimes a woman has experienced too much life to have any blush left in her cheeks, but the man who puts it there is someone not easily forgotten.

Holly A. Smith

Shamed and enraged, I sit by the side of the road and cry.
Eclipsed by a sense of disgrace, my emotions feel momentarily stifled and disconnected. Instead of anger, I feel dishonored and exposed. I cannot even formulate my thoughts, much less speak them. My integrity and humility have been violated. I have only my own indignation to spur me on.

Alan Jacobs

Readers who wish to follow Whim rather than whim-readers who have learned enough about what he or she really thrives on to seek more of it-the first lesson must be in humility. . . . Don't waste time and mental energy in comparing yourself to others whether to your shame or gratification, since we are all wayfarers.

Donna Lynn Hope

The most beautiful women I have known had one thing in common apart from beauty: humility. It's a shame that those with less to boast about do it the most.

Rachel Carson

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.

Francis De Sales

If, when stung by slander or ill-nature, we wax proud and swell with anger, it is a proof that our gentleness and humility are unreal, and mere artificial show.

Thaddeus Of Vitovnica

Until you have suffered much in your heart, you cannot learn humility.

Thaddeus Of Vitovnica

One should preach not from one's rational mind but rather from the heart. Only that which is from the heart can touch another heart. One must never attack or oppose anyone. If he who preaches must tell people to keep away from a certain kind of evil, he must do so meekly and humbly, with fear of God.

Thaddeus Of Vitovnica

Humility is a Divine property and the perfection of the Christian life. It is attained through obedience. He who is not obedient cannot gain humility. There are very few in the world today who have obedience. Our humility is in proportion to our obedience.

Melanie Shankle

Not one thing we've done changes that we are his. That he created us and loves us with a love more fierce and loyal than any we will ever know. He isn't looking for perfection. He's looking for humble hearts that know we are nothing without his lavish grace.

Alisa Hope Wagner

Humble me so I do what is right. Break me so I cling to You. Expose me so my motives stay pure.

Alisa Hope Wagner

The Holy Spirit builds on the smooth ground of humility. That's why God will tear you down in order to build you back up.

Rousas John Rushdoony

[T]he more man accepts his limitations, the better is he enabled to know things truly.

Yevgeny Zamyatin

In the ancient world, this was understood by the Christians, our only (if very imperfect) predecessors: Humility is a virtue, pride a vice; We comes from God, I from the Devil.

Randy Alcorn

To turn the tide of materialism in the Christian community, we desperately need bold models of kingdom-centered living. Despite our need to do it in a way that doesn't glorify people, we must hear each other's stories about giving or else our people will not learn to give.

Philip Caputo

I don't care if your the President of the United States, the Queen of England, the inventor of the microchip, a bankable movie star, or an ordinary Joe or Jill, you're no paragon in my book, but the same as a zebra or gazelle - a source of protein. In fact, I'd rather hunt you, because you're slow and feeble.

J.B.S. Haldane

[Nature is] not only queerer than we suppose, it is queerer than we can suppose.

Dalinar Kholin

I'm a weak man, Navani. I really am. If I give myself a few feet of leeway, I burst through all of my prohibitions.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends.

Anthony Liccione

Victory, is like a boxer that hangs his gloves, after the consecutive losses; sometimes walking away is what builds character, than the actual fight. As humble fruit on a tree that falls to the ground and rots, never finding appreciation in the taste of mouths.

Joe Leigh-Corrigan

The only competition in art is the search for truth. No matter who gets there first, we all win.

Carson McCullers

Wonderful music like this was the worst hurt there could be. The whole world was the symphony, and there was not enough of her to listen.

Bryant McGill

You are the first person who you should treat with humility. Respect yourself and let it overflow to others.

Share Page