Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose.
~ Billie Holiday
Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
It is always the secure who are humble.
Blushing is the color of virtue.
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Humble is such a lonely word.
Most of us retain enough of the theological attitude to think that we are little gods.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.
I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.
James McNeill Whistler
When science discovers the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to find they are not it.
Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly overvalued by others.
Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave.
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
In all that surrounds him the egotist sees only the frame of his own portrait.
It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
Andrew J. Holmes
It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know."
W. Somerset Maugham
Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm.
You shouldn't gloat about anything you've done; you ought to keep going and find something better to do.
Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.
Swallow your pride occasionally, it's non-fattening!
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We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
When someone sings his own praises, he always gets the tune too high.
Mary H. Waldrip
People that put themselves above others will fall longer and harder.
If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings.
There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us.
Laurence J. Peter
If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.
What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.
True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.
Edward Frederick Halifax
None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.
Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
Don't look for more honor than your learning merits.
With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
Modesty is the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.
Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
There are a billion people in China. It's not easy to be an individual in a crowd of more than a billion people. Think of it. More than a BILLION people. That means even if you're a one-in-a-million type of guy, there are still a thousand guys exactly like you.
A. Whitney Brown
Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out, and strike it, merely to show that you have one.
To have a thing is little, if you're not allowed to show it, to know a thing, is nothing unless others know you know it.
Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with.
Modesty: The art of encouraging people to find out for themselves how wonderful you are.
A man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it.
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The man who thinks he can live without others is mistaken; the one who thinks others can't live without him is even more deluded.
Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon