Make mine kneeling, for thus I came to glory.
–Oliver Cromwell, while looking at statues of great men.
Humility is the proper estimate of oneself.
True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.
— Martin Luther
The greatest wisdom consists in knowing one’s own follies.
— Madeleine de Sourvé de Sablé
He didn’t mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn’t matter.
— Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit
We are all wounded. But wounds are necessary for his healing light to enter into our beings. Without wounds and failure and frustrations and defeats, there will be no opening for his brilliance to trickle in and invade our lives. Failures in life are courses with very high tuition fees, so I don’t cut classes and miss my lessons: on humility, on patience, on hope, on asking others for help, on listening to God, on trying again and again and again.
— Bo Sanchez
One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time.
— Madeleine L’Engle
See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.
— John XXIII
True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
— Tim Keller
We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God… It is a strange fact that Christian sand even ministers frequently consider their work so important and urgent that they will allow nothing to disturb them. They think they are doing God a service in this but actually they are disdaining God’s “crooked but straight path”. It is part of the discipline of humility that we must not spare our hand where it can perform service and that we do not assume that our schedule is our own to manage, but allow it to be arranged by God.
— Brennan Manning
Humility is perfect quietness of heart, It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.
— Andrew Murray
Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights.
— Henry David Thoreau
Humility is like underwear; essential, but indecent if it shows.
— Helen Nielsen
They that know God will be humble; they that know themselves cannot be proud.
–Rev. John Flavel
Many would be scantily clad if clothed in humility.
Oh that I was lowly in heart! Honor and dishonor, good report and evil report would then be alike, and prove a furtherance to me in my Christian cause. —George Whitefield
The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient. –St. Augustine