It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Should you ask me, What is the first thing in religion? I should reply, The first, second, and third thing therein—nay, all—is humility.
The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.
It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.
There is but one road to lead us to God—humility; all other ways would only lead astray, even were they fenced in with all virtues.
Trees that, like the poplar, lift upward all their boughs, give no shade and no shelter whatever their height. Trees the most lovingly shelter and shade us when, like the willow, the higher soar their summits, the lowlier droop their boughs.
Humanity cannot be degraded by humiliation. It is its very character to submit to such things. There is a consanguinity between benevolence and humility. They are virtues of the same stock.
Humility is not a weak and timid quality; it must be carefully distinguished from a groveling spirit.—There is such a thing as an honest pride and self-respect.—Though we may be servants of all, we should be servile to none.
Humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue.
He that places himself neither higher or lower than he ought to do, exercises the truest humility.
Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.
By humility I mean not the abjectness of a base mind, but a prudent care not to overvalue ourselves.
Humility is the truest abstinence in the world.—It is abstinence from self-love and self-conceit, from vaunting our own praise and exploits, from ambition and avarice, the strongest propensities of our nature, and consequently is the noblest self-denial.
Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil's reach as humility.
True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us.
The street is full of humiliations to the proud.
It is in vain to gather virtues without humility; for the spirit of God delights to dwell in the hearts of the humble.
They that know God will be humble; they that know themselves cannot be proud.
After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.
The richest pearl in the Christian's crown of graces is humility.
Humility in religion, as in the world, is the avenue to glory.
Much misconstruction and bitterness are spared to him who thinks naturally upon what he owes to others, rather than on what he ought to expect from them.
The Christian is like the ripening corn; the riper he grows the more lowly he bends his head.
Believe me, the much-praised lambs of humility would not bear themselves so meekly if they but possessed tiger's claws.
The doctrines of grace humble man without degrading, and exalt without inflating him.
God walks with the humble; he reveals himself to the lowly; he gives understanding to the little ones; he discloses his meaning to pure minds, but hides his grace from the curious and the proud.
Humility and love are the essence of true religion; the humble formed to adore; the loving to associate with eternal love.
If thou wouldst find much favor and peace with God and man, be very low in thine own eyes. Forgive thyself little and others much.
Truly, this world can get on without us, if we would but think so.
Humbleness is always grace; always dignity.
Be wise; soar not too high to fall, but stoop to rise.
The casting down of our spirits in true humility is but like throwing a ball to the ground, which makes it rebound the higher toward heaven.
True humility makes way for Christ, and throws the soul at his feet.
There is many a wounded heart without a contrite spirit.—The ice may be broken into a thousand pieces but it is ice still.—But expose it to the beams of the sun of righteousness, and then it will melt.
The saint that wears heaven's brightest crown in deepest adoration bends; the weight of glory bows him down the most when most his soul ascends; nearest the throne itself must be the footstool of humility.
Humility that low sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot.
It is easy to look down on others; to look down on ourselves is the difficulty.
To be humble to superiors, is duty; to equals, is courtesy; to inferiors, is nobleness; and to all, safety; it being a virtue that, for all its lowliness, commandeth those it stoops to.
It is from out of the depths of our humility that the height of our destiny looks grandest. Let me truly feel that in myself I am nothing, and at once, through every inlet of my soul, God comes in, and is everything in me.
Humility is the eldest born of virtue, and claims the birth-right at the throne of heaven.
Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able and yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.
Sense shines with a double lustre when set in humility.
Epaminondas, finding himself lifted up in the day of his public triumph, the next day went drooping and hanging down his head; and being asked what was the reason of his so great dejection, made answer: "Yesterday I felt myself transported with vainglory, therefore I chastise myself for it today."
Humility is the Christian's greatest honor; and the higher men climb, the further they are from heaven.
There is nothing so clear-sighted and sensible as a noble mind in a low estate.
If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself.—Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.
The fullest and best ears of corn hang lowest toward the ground.
Humility is the genuine proof of Christian virtue.—Without it we keep all our defects; and they are only crusted over by pride, which conceals them from others, and often from ourselves.
I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility.
The beloved of the Almighty are the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnanimitv of the rich.
Humility is a virtue all preach, none practise, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.
It is the witness still of excellence to put a strange face on its own perfection.
Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self.
Humility is to have a right estimate of one's self—not to think less of himself than he ought.—The higher a man is in grace, the lower will he be in his own esteem.
Humility, like darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.
Heaven's gates are not so highly arched as princes' palaces; they that enter there must go upon their knees.
True dignity abides with him only, who, in the silent hour of inward thought, can still suspect, and still revere himself, in lowliness of heart.
Humility is the first lesson we learn from reflection, and self-distrust the first proof we give of having obtained a knowledge of ourselves.