Humility Is Like Underwear; Essential, But Indecent If It Shows


The opposite of pride might be the word “humility.” I share with you some famous quotes on the subject on humility.

Humility is like underwear; essential, but indecent if it shows.
Helen Nielsen

The beloved of the Almighty are: the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnanimity of the rich.

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.

Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
John (Jay) McCloy

Modesty is the citadel of beauty.

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
George Bernard Shaw

Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth.
Madam Guizot

O be very sure That no man will learn anything at all, Unless he first will learn humility.
Lord Lytton

The above quotes can leave us pondering the complex nature of humility. Yet, I was most impressed by a quote that comes from a talk given by Marlin K. Jensen entitled “To Walk Humbly With Thy God”. I quote from his talk:

“I resonate to the English author John Ruskin’s memorable statement that “the first test of a truly great man is his humility.” He continued: “I do not mean, by humility, doubt of his own power. … [But really] great men … have a curious … feeling that … greatness is not in them, but through them. … And they see something Divine … in every other man … , and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.” (The Works of John Ruskin, ed. E. T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, 39 vols. (1903–12), 5:331, ““To Walk Humbly with Thy God””, Liahona, July 2001, 9–12).
Indeed, what a thought- “And they see something Divine…in every other man…, and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.”

May we all remember to see the divine in all, and be humble in our words, actions, and deeds.

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