Modesty Quotes

The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig-leaf.

Mark Twain

Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.

Sir Richard Steele

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds.

Jean Rostand

Modesty is the beauty of women.

Gaelic Proverb

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.

Joseph Addison

Modesty once extinguished knows not how to return.

Seneca

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.

Joseph Addison

Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Nothing is more amiable than true modesty, and nothing more contemptible than the false.

Joseph Addison

Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

So great is the modesty of your mind and face, Sophronius that I wonder you should ever have become a father.

Marcus Aurelius

Modesty and unselfishness: These are the virtues which men praise, and pass by.

Andre Maurois

Modesty in woman is a virtue most deserving, since we do all we can to cure her of it.

Joseph Addison

Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.

Harriet Martineau

I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.

Yves Saint Laurent

Vanity as an impulse has without doubt been of far more benefit to civilization than modesty has ever been.

William E. Woodward

You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

Louisa May Alcott

With sincere modesty, if there is such a thing, I have never thought of legacy at all. I am always grateful if people like what I have done. A legacy is something no one can forsee.

Tom Glazer

Modesty should be typical of the success of a champion.

Major Taylor

Learning gives us a fuller conviction of the imperfections of our nature; which one would think, might dispose us to modesty.

Jeremy Collier

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

Louisa May Alcott

Remember that with her clothes a woman puts off her modesty.

Herodotus
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