Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.
- Proverbs 29:23
Humility is just as much the opposite of self-abasement as it is of self-exaltation. To be humble is not to make comparisons. Secure in its reality, the self is neither better nor worse, bigger nor smaller, than anything else in the universe. It is – is nothing, yet at the same time one with everything. It is in this sense that humility is absolute self-effacement.
- Dag Hammarskjöld (Markings. (tr: Leif Sjöberg and W.H. Auden) (1964). Alfred A Knopf: New York, p. 151)
Honor yourself with humility,
and give yourself the esteem you deserve.
Who will acquit those who condemn themselves?
And who will honor those who dishonor themselves?
- Sirach 10:28-29
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
- Ephesians 2:8
Humility is to be still
under the weathers of God’s will.
It is to have no hurt surprise
when morning’s ruddy promise dies,
when wind and drought destroy, or sweet
spring rains apostatize in sleet,
or when the mind and month remark
a superfluity of dark.
It is to have no troubled care
for human weathers anywhere.
And yet it is to take the good
with the warm hands of gratitude
Humility is to have a place
deep in the secret of God’s face
where one can know, past all surmise,
that God’s great will alone is wise,
where one is loved, where one can trust
a strength not circumscribed by dust.
It is to have a place to hide
when all is hurricane outside.
- Jessica Powers