190 Humility Quotes That Will Inspire You To Be Humble

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A great man is always willing to be little. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

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There’s no need to show off when you know who you are. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. Thomas Merton Click to tweet

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Mastery begins with humility. Robin Sharma Click to tweet

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Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. Miyamoto Musashi Click to tweet


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Every person that you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them. H. Jackson Brown Jr Click to tweet

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We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. Rabindranath Tagore Click to tweet

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The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. Criss Jami Click to tweet

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Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up. Jesse Jackson Click to tweet

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To lead the people, walk behind them. Lao Tzu Click to tweet


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Perfection is impossible without humility. Why should I strive for perfection, if I am already good enough? Leo Tolstoy Click to tweet

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Humility is the essence of love and intelligence; it is not an achievement. Jiddu Krishnamurti Click to tweet

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Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot. Thomas Moore Click to tweet

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Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will. Zig Ziglar Click to tweet

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True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates Click to tweet

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The Best Humility Quotes

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Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. Saint Vincent de Paul

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. Confucius

The best of people is the one who humbles himself the more his rank increases. Prophet Muhammad

The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility. T.S. Eliot

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. Augustine of Hippo

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. C. S. Lewis

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. Mother Teresa

Sometimes you have to lose something to gain something better. A door has to shut before a new door can open. Joel Osteen

Don’t seek praise. Let your effort speak for itself. Unknown

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Humility is the proper estimate of oneself. Charles Spurgeon Click to tweet

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame. Alexander Pope

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university. Albert Einstein

The young want massive confidence. The wise avoid it. Maxime Lagacé

Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything. Imam Ali

Grateful yet ambitious. Wordly yet wise. Strong yet loving. Robin Sharma

Pride is the problem, humility is the answer. Joyce Meyer

We are all stumblers, and the beauty and meaning of life are in the stumbling. David Brooks

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. Diogenes Click to tweet

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men. Lao Tzu

Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go. Anthony Bourdain

In reality, humility means nothing other than complete honesty about yourself. William Countryman

People search for certainty. But there is no certainty. Richard P. Feynman

When I look at a person, I see a person – not a rank, not a class, not a title. Criss Jami

To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength. Criss Jami

What Is Humility?

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Humility is the surest sign of strength. Thomas Merton Click to tweet

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. Augustine of Hippo

Humility is the key to moral excellence. It is the noblest quality a person can possess. […] It is the mother of all possibilities. Venerable Master Hsin Yun

True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue. Martin Luther

Humility is the greatest quality that a man can have, and arrogance is undoubtedly the worst. Maulana W. Khan

Humility is the most beautiful virtue that we can develop. Joyce Meyer Click to tweet

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The Most Famous Humility Quotes (Thoreau, Emerson, Einstein, etc)

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Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt Click to tweet

Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble. Ralph Waldo Emerson

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong. Albert Einstein

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. Ernest Hemingway

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S. Truman (33rd U.S. President)

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. Colin Powell

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi

These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one’s self. To mind one’s own business. Not to want to manage other people’s affairs. To avoid curiosity. To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully. To pass over the mistakes of others. To accept insults and injuries. To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked. To be kind and gentle even under provocation. Never to stand on one’s dignity. To choose always the hardest. Mother Teresa

What are the things that you can’t see that are important? I would say justice, truth, humility, service, compassion, love. You can’t see any of those, but they’re the guiding lights of a life. Jimmy Carter (39th U.S. President)

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Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved? Carl Sagan

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself. Blaise Pascal Click to tweet

Nobody has ever expected me to be president. In my poor, lean lank face nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting. Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President)

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day. Abraham Lincoln

If you’re not humble, life will visit humbleness upon you. Mike Tyson

I truly believe we are all equal as human beings. Conor McGregor

I hear my friends and my mom tell me I’m special, but honestly, I still don’t get it. LeBron James

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. Martin Luther King Jr

Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights. Henry David Thoreau

The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love. Pope Francis

There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status. Nelson Mandela

Accept everything which happens, even if it seem disagreeable, because it leads to this, the health of the universe. Marcus Aurelius

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A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

Blushing is the color of virtue. Diogenes

When we feel humiliated, the best reaction is humility. Simon Sinek

It takes a big person to do something small. Joel Osteen

Humility is absolutely necessary for true learning. Robert T. Kiyosaki

Never curse a fall. The ground is where humility lives. Yasmin Mogahed

Without humility there can be no humanity. John Buchan

Learn to laugh at yourselves as one must laugh! Friedrich Nietzsche

The soul is healed by being with children. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Humility is not a trait I often associate with America. Mira Nair

The greatest patience is humility. Atiśa Dīpa kara Śrījñāna

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Someone who brags is a red flag. Maxime Lagacé

Work hard, stay humble. Click to tweet

Arrogance repels. Humility inspires. Robin Sharma

Humility wins. Love conquers. Robin Sharma

Greatness loves gratitude. Robin Sharma

Modesty is a lubricant for unpleasant intrusions. Norman Mailer

He who tries to shine dims his own light. Lao Tzu Click to tweet

True humility is contentment. Henri Frederic Amiel

If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect. Ted Turner

Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected. William Safire

There is beauty and humility in imperfection. Guillermo del Toro

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Inspirational Humility Quotes

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Be humble, hungry and the hardest worker in the room. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Booker T. Washington Click to tweet

Think good thoughts. Speak good words. Take good actions. Rhonda Byrne

Amateurs put blinders and miss opportunities. Professionals stay humble and learn the lessons. Maxime Lagacé

Stand in utter humility at the sight of your true potential for mastery. Robin Sharma

In humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart. Thomas Merton

The greatest friend of truth is time, her greatest enemy is prejudice, and her constant companion is humility. Charles Caleb Colton

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. Simone Weil

I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility. John Ruskin

The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow. Aaron Lauritsen

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Stay true in the dark and humble in the spotlight. Harold B. Lee Click to tweet

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. Augustine of Hippo

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. Augustine of Hippo

Humility, gentleness, and helpfulness go so much further and open doors you cannot imagine. Ann Tran

Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything. Patrick Süskind

I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. Helen Keller

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility. Rachel Carson

Never, ‘for the sake of peace and quiet,’ deny your own experience or convictions. Dag Hammarskjold

Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you. Andrew Murray

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See also: 8 Psychological Benefits of Being Humble (spring.org.uk)

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On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom. Michel de Montaigne Click to tweet

I have nothing to declare except my genius. Oscar Wilde

Chickens don’t praise their own soup. Martinican proverb

Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. Ann Landers

If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it’s possible that I’m a little too awesome. Barack Obama

There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us. Laurence J. Peter

Just remember, when someone has an accent, it means that he knows one more language than you do. Sidney Sheldon

Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass. William Shakespeare

I want to establish that I’m a “dumb sh*t” who doesn’t know much relative to what I need to know. Ray Dalio (American billionaire, investor and philanthropist)

Whenever the world throws rose petals at you, which thrill and seduce the ego, beware. The cosmic banana peel is suddenly going to appear underfoot to make sure you don’t take it all too seriously, that you don’t fill up on junk food. Anne Lamott

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Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale. Adlai Stevenson

I don’t want to see you. I don’t like you. I don’t like your face. You look like an insufferable egotist. You’re impertinent. You’re too sure of yourself. Ayn Rand

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. Mark Twain Click to tweet

Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change. Frank Lloyd Wright

If your sentence starts with “I could be wrong”, it’s a good sign you should shut your mouth or ask a question. Shane Parrish

I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud. Carl Jung

A lot of people think that to be a motherfucker is to be a person who is the dominant figure. But I actually think that true motherfuckerhood … really has to do with being humble. Cheryl Strayed

Don’t talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave. Wilson Mizner

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Deep Humility Quotes (Some Will Make You Think Twice)

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Even when it speaks, humility listens. Thomas Merton Click to tweet

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. Rumi

There is no birth of consciousness without pain. Carl Jung

Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Carl Jung

In humility and honesty you’ll find pain, envy and fear but you’ll also find strength, beauty and truth. Maxime Lagacé

True humility is when you can surprise yourself more than others; the rest is either shyness or good marketing. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Something beautiful can happen to people when their world falls apart: humility, nobility and wisdom emerge just when our knees hit the floor. Marianne Williamson

Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually the most ambitious and envious. Baruch Spinoza

Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it. E. D. Hulse

There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous. Blaise Pascal

All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. Lao Tzu

Confidence is important but ego is something false. Humility is the way to build confidence. Frank Shamrock

Realize that you are simultaneously everything and nothing – and decide what you want to be. Ray Dalio (Life principle 1.5d in his book Principles)

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. Ernest Holmes

Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself. T.S. Eliot

You must be humble, but never “modest”. Paulo Coelho

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. Søren Kierkegaard

The truth is a trap: you cannot get it without it getting you; you cannot get the truth by capturing it, only by its capturing you. Søren Kierkegaard

The measure of who we are is how we react to something that does not go our way. Gregg Popovich

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You are going to die. Shay Carl

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Steve Jobs

Often the problem turns out to be you. Shane Parrish

Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. Arthur C. Clarke

The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world. Dr. Paul Farmer

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. Kahlil Gibran

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves. D. H. Lawrence

I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Jiddu Krishnamurti

It is the desire for success that prevents humility; and without humility how can there be understanding? Jiddu Krishnamurti

I’ve done what I could, let those who can do better. Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The point is urgency. Appreciation. Humility. The present moment. Ryan Holiday

Reminding ourselves each day that we will die, helps us treat our time as a gift. Ryan Holiday Click to tweet

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The soft overcomes the hard. The slow overcomes the fast. Lao Tzu Click to tweet

The greatest wisdom consists in knowing one’s own follies. Madeleine De Souvre Sable

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. Winston Churchill

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. John Wooden

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. Augustine of Hippo

Humility consists in not esteeming ourselves above other men, and in not seeking to be esteemed above them. Francis de Sales

People speak well of the man who does not speak too much of himself. @TheStoicEmperor

Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn. To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and small. Jordan Peterson

I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. Socrates

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. John C. Maxwell

Audacity gets you to shoot for big goals and humility gives you the open-mindedness to take in the best thinking available to you to get you to those goals. Ray Dalio

What if, for starters, instead of constantly trying to prove how much smarter we are than others, we look for the intelligence in what others do. Neil Strauss

Humility is clearer-eyed than ego — and that’s important because humility always works harder than ego. Ryan Holiday

The faculty to think objectively is reason; the emotional attitude behind reason is that of humility. Erich Fromm

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To live free is to live in humility: you don’t pretend, you don’t show off. Maxime Lagacé (See also: simple quotes)

We’re all the stars of our own movies, but cutting back on the number of Do you know who I am? thoughts made my life infinitely smoother. Dan Harris

My opponent is my teacher. My ego is my enemy. Renzo Gracie Click to tweet

It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance. Thomas Huxley

We can’t bring anything to us unless we are grateful for what we already have. Rhonda Byrne

Humility requires discipline of the tongue. Joyce Meyer

Be like the bamboo the higher you grow the deeper you bow. Chinese proverb

Everyone praises their own work (or possession), no matter how inferior it is. Russian proverb

Self-praise is no recommendation. Romanian proverb

Spoil not an act of kindness by speaking of it. Proverb

To a person who has true humility, words are vows. Filipino proverb

Even if you believe you are right, consider the possibility that you could be wrong. Joyce Meyer

No one may pride himself at being more than an individual, and no one despondently think that he is not an individual. Søren Kierkegaard

Be careful, ever so careful, in trumpeting your own achievements, and always talk less about yourself than about other people. Modesty is generally preferable. Robert Greene

We have to allow ourselves to realize that we are complete fools; otherwise, we have nowhere to begin. Chögyam Trungpa

Some ask if lowering one’s pride is conceding defeat. I think not. Humility is a sign of inner strength and wisdom. Haemin Sunim

Pride is concerned with who is right while humility is concerned with what is right. Ezra Taft Benson

Humility, like gratitude, is not so much a technique as it is a way of life. Ed Latimore

Keep your head up in failure, and your head down in success. Jerry Seinfeld

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See also: How Humility Will Make You the Greatest Person Ever (greatergood.berkeley.edu)

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A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. C.S. Lewis Click to tweet

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Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

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He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

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