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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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

 

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Be smart, but never show it.
~ Louis B Mayer

 

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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

 

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Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.
~ Louisa May Alcott

 

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Do not make yourself so big, you are not so small.
~ Jewish Proverb

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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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 E. B. Du Bois

 

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It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help
~ Miss Manners

 

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

 

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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

 

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