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

Modesty is the conscience of the body.

Honore de Balzac

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

Lord Chesterfield

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

In all modesty, we must admit that governments are not always the best doctors when it comes to diagnosing economic ailments and prescribing the right treatment.

Kim Campbell

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.


A great man is always willing to be little.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Modesty is the citadel of beauty and virtue.


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


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

William Shakespeare

Modesty is the only sure bait when you are fishing for praise.


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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