Humility Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old humility quotes, humility sayings, and humility proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A soft answer turneth away wrath.      

Bible (Proverbs 15:1)

Be gracious in defeat.      


Be the change you wish to see in the world.      


Better to give than to receive.      

Bible (Acts 20:35)

Better yourself before others.      

Darren Bateman

Chickens don't praise their own soup.      

Martinican (on flattery and praise)

Choose to be forgiven.      


Cut your coat according to your cloth.      

John Heywood

E'er you remark another's sin, bid your own conscience look within.      

Benjamin Franklin

Falling is easier than rising.      

Irish (on fame)

Good things come in small packages.      


It is as cheap sitting as it is standing.      

Italian Proverb

It's not what you say; it's how you say it.      

American mothers (thanks to J. Martin)

Kind words conquer.      

Tamil (Asian Indian)(on courtesy and respect)

Less is more.      

Robert Browning

Let pride go afore, shame will follow after.      

George Chapman

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.      

George Herbert

Self conceit may lead to self destruction.      


Self praise is no recommendation.      

Romanian (on flattery and praise)

Silence is golden.      


Silence is the hardest argument to refute.      


Tell me what you are conceited about, and I'll tell you what you lack.      

Argentinian saying, thanks to Diego Paternostro for the translation.

Your own rags are better than another's gown.      

Hausa (West African)(on self-reliance)

There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Saint Augustine

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.     

Rick Warren

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

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

Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don't.      

Tom Hiddleston

He who sacrifices a whole offering shall be rewarded for a whole offering; he who offers a burnt-offering shall have the reward of a burnt-offering; but he who offers humility to God and man shall be rewarded with a reward as if he had offered all the sacrifices in the world.     

The Talmud