Modesty Quotes

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.

William Hazlitt

Modesty is the chastity of merit, the virginity of noble souls.

Madame de Girardin

No sex, age, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one vastly beneath the rank of man.

Bruce Barton

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

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.

Lord Chesterfield

To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Good taste is the modesty of the mind - that is why it cannot be either imitated or acquired.

Delphine De Girardin

Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.

Miguel De Cervantes

No age, sex, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one is vastly beneath the rank of man.

Bernard Barton

It is strange that modesty is the rule for women when what they most value in men is boldness.

Ninon de Lenclos

Modesty is the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.

Oliver Herford

No education can be of true advantage to young women but that which trains them up in humble industry, in great plainness of living, in exact modesty of dress.

William Law

Our life is half natural and half technological. Half-and-half is good. You cannot deny that high-tech is progress. We need it for jobs. Yet if you make only high-tech, you make war. So we must have a strong human element to keep modesty and natural life.

Nam June Paik

Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity.

Max Beerbohm

There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance.

Arthur Helps

To forgive and to be forgiven are the two points of holy magnificence and holy modesty; round these two centres the whole doctrine of largesse revolves.

Charles Williams

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.

Akhenaton

A great man is always willing to be little.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Modesty is the citadel of beauty and virtue.

Demades

We wound our modesty and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.

William Shakespeare

Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive.

Bernard Mandeville

So rare is the union of beauty with modesty.

Decimus Junius Juvenalis

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Updated On : March 01, 2013
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