A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.
Act as though you cannot fail but keep a humble spirit.
Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
Always remember when you are on top of the world , that the earth rotates every 24 hrs.
Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.
Be smart, but never show it.
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.
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.
Do not make yourself so big, you are not so small.
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.
Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville.
He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.
He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle.
I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it.
I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. But I am too busy thinking about myself.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not often let their presence be known.
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help
It's always well to be the smartest thinker, but is won't get you very far unless you're the plainest talker.
Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke when he was boasting, The less you speak of your greatness, the more shall I think of it.