Modesty Sayings and Quotes

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

A modest little person, with much to be modest about.     

Winston S. Churchill

To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.     

Benjamin Franklin

Modesty is the color of virtue.     


Let us be absolutely clear about one thing: we must not confuse humility with false modesty or servility.     

Paulo Coelho

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.     

Harry Truman

Modesty, if you consider it, is the most unforgivable sort of falsehood: it's a lie that does damage to no one but yourself.     

Meredith Duran

It's not much of a tail, but I'm sort of attached to it.     

A.A. Milne

The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig-leaf.     

Mark Twain

False modesty can be worse than arrogance.     

David Mitchell

Unaffected modesty is the sweetest charm of female excellence, the richest gem in the diadem of her honor.     

Noah Webster

The thunder of false modesty was deafening.     

Sebastian Faulks

Modesty is the conscience of the body.     

Honoré de Balzac

No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.     

Mary Wortley Montagu

We wound our modesty and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.     

William Shakespeare

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity.     

Max Beerbohm

Modesty is invisibility. Never forget it. To be seen to be seen is to be penetrated. What you must be girls, is impenetrable.     

Margaret Atwood

You do not become smarter by blowing your own horn. You become smarter by being humble.     

Dr T.P.Chia

Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a real confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.     

William Hazlitt

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.     

Joseph Addison

When you know who you are, you won't have false modesty.     

Sunday Adelaja

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. But I am too busy thinking about myself.     

Edith Sitwell

Modesty should be typical of the success of a champion.     

Major Taylor

In life humility is not a handicap, arrogance is not a strength.     

Dr T.P.Chia

Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.     

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Having a low opinion of yourself is not modesty. It's self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not egotism. It's a necessary precondition to happiness and success.     

Bobbe Sommer

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Modesty is the delicate form of hypocrisy.     

Remy de Gourmont

Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person.     


Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.     

Joseph Addison

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