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.

True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us.     

Tryon Edwards

If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble; for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, so it is believed of none but by itself; the voice of humility is God's music, and the silence of humility is God's rhetoric. Humility enforces where neither virtue nor strength can prevail nor reason.     

Francis Quarles

Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.      

William Temple

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.      

Rabindranath Tagore

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.      

Thomas Merton

Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else.      

Madeleine L'Engle

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

Saint Augustine

Humility is freedom from your own driven ego.      

Martha Kilpatrick

Don't imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call 'humble' nowadays: he won't be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who's always telling you that, of course, he's nobody. Probably all you'll think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him, it will be because you feel a bit envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He won't be thinking about himself at all. If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you're not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.      

C.S. Lewis

Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free.      

Jeff Wilson

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.      

John Ruskin

A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity.      


Humility is no substitute for a good personality.      

Fran Lebowitz

When we become aware of our humility, we've lost it.      


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

Baruch Spinoza

Pride juggles with her toppling towers, They strike the sun and cease. But the firm feet of humility, They grip the ground like trees.     

G.K. Chesterton

Humility is often merely feigned submissiveness assumed in order to subject others, an artifice of pride which stoops to conquer, and although pride has a thousand ways of transforming itself it is never so well disguised and able to take people in as when masquerading as humility.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Humility provides everyone, even him who despairs in solitude, with the strongest relationship to his fellow man, and this immediately, though, of course, only in the case of complete and permanent humility.     

Franz Kafka

When stepped on, the worm curls up. That is a clever thing to do. Thus it reduces its chances of being stepped on again. In the language of morality: humility.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.      

Henry David Thoreau

Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self.      

T.S. Eliot