Humility Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old humility quotes, humility sayings, and humility proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A soft answer turneth away wrath. Bible (Proverbs 15:1)
Be gracious in defeat. unknown
Be the change you wish to see in the world. Ghandi
Better to give than to receive. Bible (Acts 20:35)
Better yourself before others. Darren Bateman
Chickens don't praise their own soup. Martinican (on flattery and praise)
Choose to be forgiven. unknown
Cut your coat according to your cloth. John Heywood
E'er you remark another's sin, bid your own conscience look within. Benjamin Franklin
Falling is easier than rising. Irish (on fame)
Good things come in small packages. Aesop
It is as cheap sitting as it is standing. Italian Proverb
It's not what you say; it's how you say it. American mothers (thanks to J. Martin)
Kind words conquer. Tamil (Asian Indian)(on courtesy and respect)
Less is more. Robert Browning
Let pride go afore, shame will follow after. George Chapman
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. George Herbert
Self conceit may lead to self destruction. Aesop
Self praise is no recommendation. Romanian (on flattery and praise)
Silence is golden. unknown
Silence is the hardest argument to refute. unknown
Tell me what you are conceited about, and I'll tell you what you lack. Argentinian saying, thanks to Diego Paternostro for the translation.
Your own rags are better than another's gown. Hausa (West African)(on self-reliance)
There is no respect for others without humility in one's self. Henri Frederic Amiel
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. Saint Augustine
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less. Rick Warren
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. Mahatma Gandhi
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? Carl Sagan
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. Tom Hiddleston
He who sacrifices a whole offering shall be rewarded for a whole offering; he who offers a burnt-offering shall have the reward of a burnt-offering; but he who offers humility to God and man shall be rewarded with a reward as if he had offered all the sacrifices in the world. The Talmud
True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us. Tryon Edwards
If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble; for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, so it is believed of none but by itself; the voice of humility is God's music, and the silence of humility is God's rhetoric. Humility enforces where neither virtue nor strength can prevail nor reason. Francis Quarles
Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all. William Temple
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. Rabindranath Tagore
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. Thomas Merton
Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else. Madeleine L'Engle
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. Saint Augustine
Humility is freedom from your own driven ego. Martha Kilpatrick
Don't imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call 'humble' nowadays: he won't be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who's always telling you that, of course, he's nobody. Probably all you'll think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him, it will be because you feel a bit envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He won't be thinking about himself at all. If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you're not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed. C.S. Lewis
Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free. Jeff Wilson
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
A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity. Ruckett
Humility is no substitute for a good personality. Fran Lebowitz
When we become aware of our humility, we've lost it. Anonymous
Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious. Baruch Spinoza
Pride juggles with her toppling towers, They strike the sun and cease. But the firm feet of humility, They grip the ground like trees. G.K. Chesterton
Humility is often merely feigned submissiveness assumed in order to subject others, an artifice of pride which stoops to conquer, and although pride has a thousand ways of transforming itself it is never so well disguised and able to take people in as when masquerading as humility. Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Humility provides everyone, even him who despairs in solitude, with the strongest relationship to his fellow man, and this immediately, though, of course, only in the case of complete and permanent humility. Franz Kafka
When stepped on, the worm curls up. That is a clever thing to do. Thus it reduces its chances of being stepped on again. In the language of morality: humility. Friedrich Nietzsche
Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights. Henry David Thoreau
Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self. T.S. Eliot
Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. Jane Austen
Life is a long lesson in humility. Rev. James Wood
Humility disarms envy and strikes it dead. Rev. James Wood
Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice, and yet everybody is content to hear. Rev. James Wood
Humility is to the fear of sin. Rev. James Wood
Humility proceedeth worthiness. Rev. James Wood
True humility does good and is silent. James Ellis
Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. Confucius
Humility is the hallmark of wisdom. J. Collier
Humility is better than pride. C. Hodge
Humility is a Christian grace. G. Magridge
Humility before God is man's true glory. Charles the Great
Humility, like darkness, reveals the heavenly lights. Thoreau
Humility is a beautiful centre, from which every other virtue radiates. Lady Mountcashel
Where there is humility, there is peace. St. Augustine
Humility is a slow tide, which, springing from God, will bears us to heaven. Downey
Humility is the Christian's greater honor, and the higher men climb, the farther they are from heaven. H. F. Burder
Humility in man consists not in denying any gift that is in him, but a just valuation of it, rather thinking too meanly than to highly. J. Ray
Humility is not a poverty of spirit, nor as lavish compliance with the wills of others, it is merely a consciousness of our own insufficiency. J. A. James
Humility is the first lesson we learn from reflection. Zimmerman
Humility is a fair and fragrant flower, in its appearance modest, in its situation low and hidden. Caspipini
Humility leads to the highest distinction because it leads to self-improvement. Sir B. Brodie
Humility is not a weak and timid quality, it must be carefully distinguished from a grovelling spirit. E. H. Chapin
The only true independence is in humility. W. Allston
If pain doesn't lead to humility, you have wasted your suffering. Nishant Baxi
Shine your soul with the same egoless humility as the rainbow and no matter where you go in this world or the next. Aberjhani
Humility its ground on the side of the truth and not on the side of falsehood. William Bernard
Where true humility exists, it seldom fails to discern its existence in another. William Bernard
Humility expelling the canker of pride and can head the wounded will. William Bernard
True humility never was, never is, and never can be without charity. William Bernard