An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.


George Arliss (1868-1946, British actor)


Only those who feel little in the eyes of God, can hope to be mighty in the eyes of men.


Ernest Moritz Arndt (1769-1860, Swedish-born German poet, patriot)


What makes humility so desirable is the marvelous thing it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the closest possible intimacy with God.


Monica Baldwin


Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.


Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827, German composer)


The more humble a man is before God the more he will be exalted; the more humble he is before man, the more he will get rode roughshod.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


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


Without humility there can be no humanity.


John Buchan (1875-1940, Scottish writer, statesman)


Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.


Robert Burton (1576-1640, British clergyman, scholar)


Painful for a person is rebellious independence, only in loving companionship with his associates does a person feel safe: Only in reverently bowing down before the higher does a person feel exalted.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


The cross is the invincible sanctuary of the humble.


Eli Cass


Study the best and highest things that are; but of yourself humble thoughts retain.


Joe Davis (1901-1978, British billiards and snooker champion)


Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.


Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880, French novelist)


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 (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


One that does not think too highly of himself is more than he thinks.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


I confess that altruistic and cynically selfish talk seem to me about equally unreal. With all humility, I think whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one's neighbor as one's self. If you want to hit a bird on the wing you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself, and equally, you must not be thinking about your neighbor; you must be living with your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing.


Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935, American judge)


A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Humility is no substitute for a good personality.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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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 Jay McCloy (1895-1989, American lawyer, government official)


Don't be humble, you're not that great.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


Humility is like underwear; essential, but indecent if it shows.


Helen Nielsen


He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


The humble and meek are thirsting for blood.


Joe Orton (1933-1967, British playwright, actor)


If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


The humble are in danger when those in power disagree.


Phaedrus (c.1-?, Macedonian inventor and writer)


If you would like to live in a community in which you may have pride, then dedicate yourself in a spirit of humility and your responsibilities in that community.


Herbert Prochnow


Too much humility is pride.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Sweep before your own door first before you sweep before the doorsteps of your neighbors.


Norwegian Proverb (Sayings of Norwegian origin)


Too humble is half proud.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British poet)


A man who is at the top is a man who has the habit of getting to the bottom.


Joseph E. Rogers


Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


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 (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Nothing has an uglier look to us than reason, when it is not on our side.


George Savile


Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice; and yet everybody is content to hear.


John Selden (1584-1654, British jurist, statesman)


The proud man counts his newspaper clippings, the humble man his blessings.


Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979, American Roman Catholic clergyman, broadcaster)


Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


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


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.


St. Bernard (1090-1153, French theologian and reformer)


We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.


Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941, Indian poet, philosopher)


Before honor is humility.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Philippians 2:3


Humility like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity.


Author Unknown


Be it ever so humble, there's no opinion like one's own.


Author Unknown


Humility is the ladder to divine understanding.


Author Unknown


If you are right, take the humble side -- you will help the other fellow. If you are wrong, take the humble side -- and you will help yourself.


Author Unknown


When we become aware of our humility, we've lost it.


Author Unknown


In the fabric of gratitude are woven the threads of humility.


Steven Vitrano


Humility is attentive patience.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


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