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Quotes for
the Journey:

Humility



  
Humility like darkness
reveals the heavenly lights.

Henry David Thoreau

   
Never take a leaf or move a pebble without asking permission.  Always ask permission.  That maintains the balance and teaches humility.  That leaf you want to pluck could be far more important than the little purpose you have in mind.  You don't know--so ask permission first.        -Don José Matsuwa
   
We have learned about true humility.  To be humble is to surrender, to give up trying to change people or circumstances, to give up trying to force our will upon others.  Humility is being quiet, being at rest, and being confident that God is present in every situation.  Humility is being at peace, always.       -unattributed
   

Would you be a pilgrim on the road to Love?  The first condition is that you make yourself as humble as dust and ashes.        -Ansari of Herat

   

When humility enters our souls, we are at last able to perceive that we do not live alone in the world but with millions of brothers and sisters, and that hidden in the heart of each is the same animating spirit.       -U.S. Anderson

   

Nothing is in vain or without profit to the humble soul:  like the bee,
it takes its honey from the bitter herbs; it stands always in a state
of divine growth, and everything that falls upon it is a dew of Heaven to it.       -William Law

    
Humility is strong--not bold; quiet--not speechless; sure--not arrogant.       -Estelle Smith

  
With humility comes the willingness to stop trying to control or change other people or life situations or events ostensibly 'for their own good'.  To be a committed spiritual seeker, it is necessary to relinquish the desire to be 'right' or of imaginary value to society.  In fact, nobody's ego or belief systems are of any value to society at all.  The world is neither good nor bad nor defective, nor is it in need of help or modification because its appearance is only a projection of one's own mind.  No such world exists.        -David R. Hawkins
    
If thou desire the love of God and people, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself.  Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.      -Francis Quarles
    
True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves.  It makes us mindful of the nobility God meant us to have.  Yet it makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.        -Ralph W. Sockman
    

There is no true and constant gentleness without humility.  While we are so fond of ourselves, we are easily offended with others.  Let us be persuaded that nothing is due to us, and then nothing will disturb us.  Let us often think of our own infirmities, and we will become indulgent towards those of others.       -François Fenelon

    

When you practice humility, you want to become as accomplished and evolved as you can possibly be, yet you are willing to submit to the expertise of others to do so. You understand the scope of your aptitudes yet you choose to eradicate arrogance from your attitude, and you can distinguish the value you possess as an individual while still acting in the interests of your fellow human beings. Humility, simply put, is a form of balance in which you can celebrate your own worth while sincerely believing that every other person on the planet is just as worthy as you.        -unattributed

   
It is vain to gather virtues without humility, for the spirit of God delighteth to dwell in the hearts of the humble.        -Erasmus
    

Be humble and you will remain entire.
The sages do not display themselves, therefore they shine.
They do not approve themselves, therefore they are noted.
They do not praise themselves, therefore they have merit.
They do not glory in themselves, therefore they excel.

Lao-Tzu

   
Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self.        -T.S. Eliot
    

Humility does not mean false modesty.  Humility does not mean taking a back seat.  When you take a back seat consciously and deliberately in order to show others how humble you are, you are not being humble at all.
   False humility is what slaves show to their masters.  Slaves know that if they do not obey their masters blindly, if they do not show this kind of outer humility, the master will punish them.
   True humility is something totally different; it is the feeling of oneness.  Humility means giving joy to others.  Here on earth we want to get joy.  But how do we get joy?  Real joy we get from self-giving, not by possessing or by showing our own supremacy.  When we allow others to get joy, then we feel that our joy is more complete, more perfect, more divine.  By making others feel that they are either equally important or more important, we show our true humility.        -Sri Chinmoy

    

In humility alone lies true greatness, and knowledge and wisdom are profitable only in so far as our lives are governed by them.        -Nicholas of Cusa

     
A fault which humbles a person is of more use to him or her than a good action which puffs him or her up.        -Woodrow Wilson
    
The individual never asserts him or herself more than when they forget themselves.       -Andre Gide

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No need to discount yourself in order to achieve humility; neither can you attain humility by overestimating what you are.  Humility is your correct weight; no more, no less.        -Fred van Amburgh
     
If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.       -Mother Teresa
   
People often exult the defeat of another forgetting that, some other time, their own defeat will be the cause of jubilation for others.  So, humility in all the conditions of life is the way to enjoy peace.       -Papa Ramdas
    
   
God can do great things through the person who doesn't care who gets the credit.       -Robert Schuller
  
Humility must always be doing its work like a bee making its honey in the hive:  without humility all will be lost.       -Teresa of Avila
   

   

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