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

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


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.


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

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