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





Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Modesty is the conscience of the body.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


No sex, age, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one is vastly beneath the rank of man.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle.


Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960, British politician)


She just wore enough for modesty; no more!


Robert Buchanan


Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind.


Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925, American editor, essayist)


Modesty is the color of virtue.


Diogenes of Sinope (c.410-320 BC, Cynic philosopher)


If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not often let their presence be known.


William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963, American historian, educator, writer, journalist)


Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Modesty is the chastity of merit, the virginity of noble souls.


Madame de Girardin


Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a real confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


No truly great person ever thought themselves so.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.


Oliver Herford (1863-1935, American  author, illustrator)


Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Ornaments were invented by modesty.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


So rare is the union of beauty with modesty.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


So rare is the union of beauty with modesty.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Always remember when you are on top of the world , that the earth rotates every 24 hrs.


Steve G. Makris


Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue. It is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive.


Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733, Dutch-born British author, physician)


It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.


Miss Manners


Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.


Harriet Martineau (1802-1876, British writer, social critic)


Modesty and unselfishness -- these are virtues which men praise-and pass by.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


Be smart, but never show it.


Louis B Mayer


Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


If you are too modest, then you will go hungry.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Modesty is the beauty of women.


Gaelic Proverb (Sayings of Gaelic origin)


Do not make yourself so big, you are not so small.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


If you humble yourself too much, you will get trampled on.


Serbian Proverb


We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.


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


Modesty forbids what the law does not.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke when he was boasting, The less you speak of your greatness, the more shall I think of it.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


We wound our modesty and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. But I am too busy thinking about myself.


Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964, British poet)


Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


There's a lot to be said for the fellow who doesn't say it himself.


Maurice Switzer


When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig-leaf.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Act as though you cannot fail but keep a humble spirit.


Author Unknown


It's always well to be the smartest thinker, but it won't get you very far unless you're the plainest talker.


Author Unknown


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