Underestimating Sayings and Quotes

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


Let no one underestimate the need of pity. We live in a stony universe whose hard, brilliant forces rage fiercely.     

Theodore Dreiser

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year - and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!     

Anthony Robbins

The price tag you put on yourself decides your worth. Underestimating yourself will cost you dearly.     

Apoorve Dubey

On your life, underestimating the proclivities of finches is likely to lead to great internal hemorrhaging.      

Charles Darwin

A warrior of light who trusts too much in his intelligence will end up underestimating the power of his opponent.      

Paulo Coelho

Do not underestimate the 'power of underestimation'. They can't stop you, if they don't see you coming.     

Izey Victoria Odiase

Don't let expertise fool you into seeing false boundaries or underestimating those with wild dreams.     

Naveen Jain

More men are ruined by underestimating the value of money than by overestimating it. Let us, then, abandon the affectation of despising money, and frankly own its value.     

Orison Swett Marden

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

The man who aims at his own aggrandisement underrates everything else.     

Rabindranath Tagore

The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; it happens at the poker table all the time.     

David Shoup

A wise, right, and true estimate of one's own powers is necessary to their highest and best use. The general who overestimates his forces leads them to defeat; he who underestimates them does not lead them at all.     

Lyman Abbott

It is part of a poor spirit to undervalue himself and blush.      

George Herbert

No matter how valuable you are and your ideas, fools will certainly play both of you down, so exclude yourselves from the inflammatory environs of fools.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.      

Milan Kundera

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.     

Douglas Adams

There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.     

Lao Tzu

You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.     

Michelle Obama

Do not undervalue the headache. While it is at its sharpest it seems a bad investment; but when relief begins, the unexpired remainder is worth $4 a minute     

Mark Twain

To overestimate the originality of one's thoughts is perhaps a less serious defect than being unaware of their newness. There is a more pronounced lack of sensitivity in underestimating (ourselves and others) than in overestimating.     

Eric Hoffer

He that overvalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.     

Samuel Johnson

It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.     

Sigmund Freud

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize... the immense riches accumulated by the human race. By underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished.     

Claude Levi-Strauss

Never underestimate the meanness in people's souls... Even when they're being kind... especially when they're being kind.     

Alice Munro

Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.     

J. K. Rowling

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.     

Leo Buscaglia

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence -- beginning with one's own.      

Henry Adams

Let us not underrate the value of a fact; it will one day flower in a truth. It is astonishing how few facts of importance are added in a century to the natural history of any animal. The natural history of man himself is still being gradually written.     

Henry David Thoreau

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.      

Malcolm S. Forbes