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
A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.
- James E. Faust
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.
- Rick Warren
We learned about gratitude and humility - that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean... and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect.
- Michelle Obama
Life is a long lesson in humility.
- James M. Barrie
Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
- Saint Augustine
Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
- Rabindranath Tagore
True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.
- Ralph W. Sockman
Great leaders don't need to act tough. Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness.
- Simon Sinek
By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility.
- Richard Louv
To me, having the courage to tell your own story goes hand in hand with having the curiosity and humility to listen to others' stories.
- Sarah Kay
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, in humility consider others better than yourselves."
- Philippians 2:3
"Let your boat of life be light, packed only with what you need."
- Jerome K. Jerome