I persist on praising not the life I lead, but that which I ought to lead. I follow it at a mighty distance, crawlingSeneca
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In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
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I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.John Ruskin
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Reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude and hearing the good Dhamma, this is the best good luckBuddha
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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
Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.Frank Lloyd Wright
In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.Simone Weil
Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.Simone Weil
Christ's invitation to sinners, or, Humility and pride.
"Come hither, all ye weary souls,
Ye heavy-laden sinners, come;
I'll give you rest from all your toils,
And raise you to my heav'nly home.
"They shall find rest that learn of me;
I'm of a meek and lowly mind;
But passion rages like the sea,
And pride is restless as the wind.
"Blest is the man whose shoulders take
My yoke, and bear it with delight;
My yoke is easy to his neck
My grace shall make the burden light."
Jesus, we come at thy command;
With faith, and hope, and humble zeal,
Resign our spirits to thy hand
To mold and guide us at thy will.
Humility and submission.
Is there ambition in my heart?.
Search, gracious God, and see;
Or do I act a haughty part?
Lord, I appeal to thee.
I charge my thoughts, be humble still,
And all my carriage mild,
Content, my Father, with thy will,
And quiet as a child.
The patient soul, the lowly mind,
Shall have a large reward:
Let saints in sorrow lie resigned,
And trust a faithful Lord.
My virtues in Carara stone
Cut carefully you all my scan;
Beneath I lie, a fetid bone,
The marble worth more than the man.
If on my pure tomb they should grave
My vices,--how the folks would grin!
And say with sympathetic wave:
"Like us he was a man of sin."
And somehow he consoled thereby,
Knowing they may, though Hades bent,
When finally they come to die,
Enjoy a snow-white monument.
And maybe it is just as well
When we from life and lust are riven,
That though our souls should sink to hell
Our tombs point: Destination Heaven!
You cultivate the essential virtues: high purpose, intelligence, decency, humility, fear of the Lord, and the passion for freedom.William F. Buckley, Jr.
The road to success leads through the valley of humility, and the path is up the ladder of patience and across the wide barren plains of perseverance. As yet, no short cut has ever been discovered.Joseph J. Lamb
What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.Oscar Levant
UGLINESS, n. A gift of the gods to certain women, entailing virtue without humility.Ambrose Bierce
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 embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are.Laurence J. Peter
I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... But I am too busy thinking about myself.Edith Sitwell
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Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.William Penn
Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.George Santayana