Modest Quotes

Obama is neither a socialist, nor a mere political accountant. He has some modest ideals, and may yet be an excellent president. But what is needed to revive liberal idealism is a set of new ideas on how to promote justice, equality and freedom in the world. Reagan, Thatcher, and Gorbachev, assisted in the end of an ideology, which once offered hope, and inspired real progress, but resulted in slavery and mass murder. We are still waiting for a new vision, which will lead to progress, but this time, we hope, without tyranny.

Ian Buruma

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn, The humble sheep a threatning horn: While the Lily white shall in love delight, Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.

William Blake

A modest demeanor arouses thoughts of seduction.

Mason Cooley

I would like to win the Pulitzer Prize. I would like to win the Nobel Prize. I would like to win a Tony award for the Broadway musical I'm now working on. Aside from these, my aspirations are modest ones.

Evan Hunter

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

It is the mark of a modest man to accept his friendly circle ready-made from the hands of opportunity.

Robert Louis Stevenson

It is easy for a somebody to be modest, but it is difficult to be modest when one is a nobody.

Jules Renard

If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.

Paul Cezanne

Ok. Here is what I like to say about a well made wine of modest proportions: It is not a wine that commands your attention, but rather, rewards it.

Dave Guimond

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

Confucius

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.

Fyodor Dostoevski

No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

The modest person is usually admired, if people ever hear of them.

Edgar Watson Howe

Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person.

Horace

This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: First, to set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community /the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves.

Andrew Carnegie

It is wrong to believe that frank sentiments and the candor of the mind are the exclusive share of the young; they ornament oftentimes old age, upon which they seem to spread a chaste reflection of the modest graces of their younger days, where they shine with the same brightness as those flowers which are often seen peeping, fresh and laughing, from among ruins.

Achille Poincelot

With people with only modest ability, modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.

Schopenhauer

The great majority of people in England and America are modest, decent and pure-minded and the amount of virgins in the world today is stupendous.

Barbara Cartland

It was a challenge to be able to create a character without being able to use one's normal set of expressions. All the rubber and makeup attached to your face left you with only a modest range of facial movements.

Helena Bonham Carter

A modest garden contains, for those who know how to look and to wait, more instruction than a library.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Inflation is lower and more stable and the real business cycle fluctuations are more modest.

Martin Feldstein

Most of a modest woman\'s life was spent, after all, in denying what, in one day at least of every year, was made obvious.

Virginia Woolf

To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.

Franz Grillparzer

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