Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
Profession: British Essayist, Poet, Statesman
Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.
Author: Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
Profession: American Author
Modesty is the conscience of the body.
Author: Honore De Balzac (1799-1850)
Profession: French Novelist
No sex, age, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one vastly beneath the rank of man.
Author: Bruce Barton (1886-1967)
Profession: American Author, Advertising Executive
He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle.
Author: Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960)
Profession: British Labor Politician
A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.
Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)
Profession: French Classical Writer
She just wore enough for modesty; no more!
Author: Robert Buchanan
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)
Profession: British Statesman, Author
He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.
Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister
That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind.
Author: Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925)
Profession: American Editor, Essayist
Modesty is the color of virtue.
Author: Diogenes of Sinope
Profession: Cynic Philosopher
If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not often let their presence be known.
Author: William E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963)
Profession: American Historian, Educator, Writer, Journalist
To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.
Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
Author: Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Profession: Lebanese Poet, Novelist
Modesty is the chastity of merit, the virginity of noble souls.
Author: Madame de Girardin