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Humility 2

Humility is to make a right
estimate of one's self.

Charles Spurgeon


Humility is the highest of all virtues.  You can destroy your egotism by developing this virtue alone.  You can influence people.  You can become a magnet to attract the world.  It must be genuine.  Feigned humility is hypocrisy.       -Robert Collier

Humility is the acceptance of the possibility that someone else can teach you something else you do not know already, especially about yourself.  Conversely, pride and arrogance close the door to the mind.       -Arthur Deikman
Those who humble themselves shall be saved; those who bend shall be made straight; those who empty themselves shall be filled.       -Lao-Tzu
These are a few of the ways we can practice humility:  Speak as little as possible of oneself.  Mind one's own business.  Avoid curiosity.  Do not want to manage other people's affairs.  Accept contradiction and correction cheerfully.  Pass over mistakes of others.  Accept blame when innocent.  Yield to the will of others.  Accept insults and injuries.  Accept being slighted, forgotten, and disliked.  Be kind and gentle even under provocation.  Do not seek to be specially loved and admired.  Never stand on one's dignity.  Yield in discussion even though one is right.  Choose always the hardest.       -Mother Teresa
Professions of humility are the very cream, the very essence of pride; the really humble person wishes to be, and not to appear so.  Humility is timorous, and starts at her shadow; and so delicate that if she hears her name pronounced it endangers her existence.        -Francis de Sales

Only those who feel good about who they are can express humility.       -Sanaya Roman
Humility is to the virtues what the chain is to the rosary:  remove the chain, and all the beads escape; take away humility, and all the virtues disappear.       -the Cure d'Ars
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
Practice radical humility when it comes to your own accomplishments, and give credit everywhere except to your ego.       -Wayne Dyer
There is but one road to lead to God--humility; all other ways would only lead astray, even were they fenced in with all virtues.       -Nicholas Boileau
Humbleness is always grace, always dignity.       -James Russell Lowell


One major difference between our people and those of the dominant society today is humility.  Among our people, no matter how far or how high a person goes, they know they are small in the presence of God and the universe.
-Lincoln Tritt
Discount the one who immediately starts out to tell you all about his or her accomplishments or achievements.  If they are good and lasting, others will tell you about them.  The big person does not have to brag.  The little person thinks he or she must.       -Fred van Amburgh

The casting down of our spirits in true humility is but like throwing a ball to the ground, which makes it rebound the higher towards heaven.       -John Mason
It is not a great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.       -St. Bernard
Humility is the surest sign of strength.       -Thomas Merton
Humility is not weakness; it is the epitome of strength.  Humility moves a person away from human, personal weakness and limitation into divine expression, strength, and expansion.        -Donald Curtis
The most powerful weapon to conquer evil is humility.  For evil does not know how to employ it, nor does it know how to defend itself against it.        -Vincent de Paul
Humble people can do great things with uncommon perfection because they are no longer concerned about their own interests and their own reputation, and therefore they no longer need to waste their efforts in defending them.        -Thomas Merton
Suffer me never to think that i have knowledge enough to need no teaching, wisdom enough to need no correction, talents enough to need no grace, goodness enough to need no progress, humility enough to need no repentance, devotion enough to need no quickening, strength sufficient without Your spirit; lest, standing still, i fall back for evermore.        -Eric Milner-White
I believe that the first test of a truly great person is his or her humility.  I do not mean by humility, doubt of his or her own powers.  But really great people have a curious feeling that the greatness is not in them, but through them.  And they see something divine in every other person.       -John Ruskin
True humility is contentment.        -Henri Amiel
No one will learn anything at all, unless one first will learn humility.        -Owen Meredith
Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility.  An able person and yet humble person is a jewel worth a kingdom.        -William Penn
It is better to have but little knowledge with humility and understanding, than great learning which might make you proud.  For a person's merits are not to be estimated by having many visions, or by knowledge of the bible, or by being placed in a higher position; but by being grounded in true humility, and by seeking always, purely, and entirely, the honor of God.        -Thomas a Kempis

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