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Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts.  It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.  ~William Temple


Swallow your pride occasionally, it's non-fattening!  ~Author Unknown


It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.  ~Andrew J. Holmes, Wisdom in Small Doses


What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.  ~Abraham Lincoln


A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.  ~Benjamin Franklin


Most of us retain enough of the theological attitude to think that we are little gods.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


It wasn't until quite late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know!"  ~Somerset Maugham


Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self.  ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon


If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.  ~Ted Turner


There are two kinds of egotists:  Those who admit it, and the rest of us.  ~Laurence J. Peter


Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.  ~Malcolm S. Forbes


There are a billion people in China.  It's not easy to be an individual in a crowd of more than a billion people.  Think of it.  More than a BILLION people.  That means even if you're a one-in-a-million type of guy, there are still a thousand guys exactly like you.  ~A. Whitney Brown, The Big Picture


We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm.  ~Winston Churchill


Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave.  ~Wilson Mizner


It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.  ~Niccolo Machiavelli


True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.  ~Edward Frederick Halifax


Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.  ~Frank Leahy, Look, 10 January 1955


It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.  ~Author Unknown


It is always the secure who are humble.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton


In all that surrounds him the egotist sees only the frame of his own portrait.  ~J. Petit-Senn


Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.  ~Barry Switzer


When science discovers the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to find they are not it.  ~Bernard Baily


To have a thing is little, if you're not allowed to show it, to know a thing, is nothing unless others know you know it.  ~Charles Neaves


Blushing is the color of virtue.  ~Diogenes


Glory is largely a theatrical concept.  There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.  ~Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, 1951


When someone sings his own praises, he always gets the tune too high.  ~Mary H. Waldrip


With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.  ~Arthur Schopenhauer


None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.  ~Benjamin Whichcote


We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.  ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims


Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out, and strike it, merely to show that you have one.  ~Lord Chesterfield


Wash out your ego every once in a while, as cleanliness is next to godliness not just in body but in humility as well.  ~Abbe Yeux-verdi


Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with.  ~Peter Marshall


Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche


The man who thinks he can live without others is mistaken; the one who thinks others can't live without him is even more deluded.  ~Hasidic Saying


Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.  ~Dwight Morrow


If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings.  ~Welsh Proverb


He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.  ~George Eliot, Adam Bede, 1859


I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.  ~James McNeill Whistler


You shouldn't gloat about anything you've done; you ought to keep going and find something better to do.  ~David Packard


Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.  ~William Safire


Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a confession of the deficiency it indicates.  He who undervalues himself is justly overvalued by others.  ~William Hazlitt


Modesty is the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.  ~Oliver Herford


Modesty:  The art of encouraging people to find out for themselves how wonderful you are.  ~Source Unknown


Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.  ~Adlai Stevenson


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