Top 39 Modesty Quotes

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“Modesty is not one of my virtues.”

― Alan King

“For me, you have to have some kind of modesty.”

― Alek Wek

“I think in the world of indie music there’s this sort of false modesty.”

― Alex Kapranos

“Modesty and unselfishness – these are the virtues which men praise – and pass by.”

― Andre Maurois

“To forgive and to be forgiven are the two points of holy magnificence and holy modesty; round these two centres the whole doctrine of largesse revolves.”

― Charles Williams

“False modesty can be worse than arrogance.”

― David Mitchell

“Modesty is the color of virtue.”

― Diogenes

“I don’t like false modesty.”

― Dominic Holland

“Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.”

― Harriet Martineau

“At least I have the modesty to admit that lack of modesty is one of my failings.”

― Hector Berlioz

“Modesty is the conscience of the body.”

― Honore de Balzac

“Modesty is my best quality.”

― Jack Benny

“We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds.”

― Jean Rostand

“Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.”

― John Kenneth Galbraith

“True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves.”

― John Milton

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

― Joseph Addison

“I don’t think anyone who genuinely embraced sincerity, charity and modesty could be intolerant or divisive.”

― Julian Baggini

“Modesty is good. But not when it comes at the cost of honesty.”

― Kangana Ranaut

“Modesty used to be considered a natural female attribute. No more.”

― Linda Chavez

“Modesty forbids what the law does not.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Modesty should be typical of the success of a champion.”

― Major Taylor

“His modesty amounts to deformity.”

― Margot Asquith

“I have no concept of modesty anymore.”

― Margot Robbie

“If modesty disappeared, so would exhibitionism.”

― Mason Cooley

“The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity.”

― Max Beerbohm

“Me and modesty don’t mix.”

― Melvin Van Peebles

“Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.”

― Miguel de Cervantes

“Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.”

― Oliver Goldsmith

“Modesty isn’t one of my strong suits.”

― Paul Greengard

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

― Paulo Coelho

“Endless effort, endless humility, endless modesty.”

― Rain

“Architecture is a rare collective profession: it’s always exercised by groups. There is an essential modesty, which is a complete contradiction to the notion of a star.”

― Rem Koolhaas

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

― Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.”

― Richard Steele

“Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart.”

― Robert South

“The impudence of the sinner displeases God as much as the modesty of the penitent gives him pleasure.”

― Saint Bernard

“If modesty and candor are necessary to an author in his judgment of his own works, no less are they in his reader.”

― Sarah Fielding

“Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either.”

― Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

“As in all his subsequent dealings with France, Ho Chi Minh’s demands were a model of modesty.”

― Wilfred Burchett
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