100+ Best Modesty Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Modesty is the quality of not talking about or not trying to make people notice your abilities and achievements. Profoundly inspirational modesty quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Modesty Quotes

Be a constant outrage to modesty There is nothing to fear: modesty is exercised only among the blind. — Jean Cocteau

Blushes are the rainbow of modesty. — Bill Vaughan

As to modesty and decency, if we are simians we have done well, considering: but if we are something else-fallen angels-we have indeed fallen far. — Clarence Day

Modesty is not one of my virtues. — Alan King

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

Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops. — Maya Angelou

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

Modesty is a valuable merit … in people who have no other, and the appearance of it is extremely useful to those who have … — Ada Leverson

Modesty is an excuse for sloppiness, laziness, self-indulgence; small ambitions evoke small efforts — Stephen Vizinczey

What can be found equal to modesty, uncorrupt faith, the sister of justice, and undisguised truth? — Horace

Modesty and chastity are twins — Anna Jameson

It isn’t false modesty when I say this, but although I am supposed to be a famous person it doesn’t mean anything to me. I just sit at home and work. — Gyorgy Ligeti

Modesty in dress and language and deportment is a true mark of refinement and a hallmark of a virtuous Latter-day Saint woman. — Ezra Taft Benson

Nothing is worse than a beautiful girl fishing for compliments by saying how gross she is. On the flip side, I find genuine humility and modesty attractive. — Chris Evans

No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune. — Mary Wortley Montagu

Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about. — Winston Churchill

It rarely adds anything to say, In my opinion – not even modesty. Naturally a sentence is only your opinion; and you are not the Pope. — Paul Goodman

Modesty is related to diffidence, diffidence is related to shyness, Shyness is a synonym for timidity, timidity is a characteristic of the meek, the meek do not inherit the Earth, they serve those who are self confident and self assertive. — Dean Koontz

Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked. — Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Modesty means admitting the possibility of error, subsuming the self for the good of the whole, remaining open to surprise and the gifts that only failure can bring. There are many ways to practice it. Try taking up golf. Or making your own bagels. Or raising a teenager. — Nancy Gibbs

When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing. — Tacitus

Excusations, cessions, modesty itself well governed, are but arts of ostentation. — Francis Bacon

To confess your fallibility and then do nothing about it is not humble; it is boasting of your modesty. — Eliezer Yudkowsky

He’s the most real, down-to-earth guy I’ve worked with. George is as comfortable talking to a film crew as he is talking with a director or star. He’s got an old-fashioned sense of modesty and style. He’s our modern-day Gary Cooper or Cary Grant. — Brian Grazer

Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. — Amos Bronson Alcott

I don’t like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can’t do it. — Ernest Hemingway

False modesty can be worse than arrogance. — David Mitchell

My dear Watson, said [Sherlock Holmes], I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one’s self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one’s own powers. — Arthur Conan Doyle

Make no display of your talents or attainments; for every one will clearly see, admire, and acknowledge them, so long as you cover them with the beautiful veil of modesty — Nathaniel Emmons

Modesty and devotion to God are real jewels for woman kind. The feminine is the foundation on which a peaceful and happy world is to be raised. — Sathya Baba

Modesty used to be considered a natural female attribute. No more. — Linda Chavez

Bling is over. Red carpet covered with rhinestones is out. I call it ‘the new modesty.’ — Karl Lagerfeld

So many Irish actors overplay that modesty because they’re afraid people will judge them and say, ‘The state of yer man, he thinks he’s great,’ or whatever. — Jack Reynor

How beautiful then is modesty and what a gem among virtues it is. — Bernard of Clairvaux

We did not lack modesty—on the contrary—but something urgently drove us to defy modesty together as immodestly as possible. — Georges Bataille

I grew up in South Jamaica, Queens, in New York. My parents were very religious churchgoing people. They were very strict. I was never really allowed to indulge in anything vain. Modesty always. I have three brothers and two sisters, so everything was on a budget. — Wynter Gordon

Modesty and conscientiousness receive their reward only in novels. In life they are exploited and then shoved aside. — Erich Maria Remarque

It is only the first obstacle which counts to conquer modesty. — Bill Vaughan

Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues. — Oliver Goldsmith

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty… but I am too busy thinking about myself. — Edith Sitwell

The artist must summon all his energy, his sincerity, and the greatest modesty in order to shatter the old cliches that come so easily to hand while working, which can suffocate the little flower that does not come, ever, the way one expects. — Henri Matisse

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

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

A modest man never talks of himself. — Jean de la Bruyere

Ha! for a divine and lordly manor, there is nothing like solid ground. — Francois Rabelais

I will say I was a lot bigger as Superman. A lot bigger. I’m not saying how much. It’s modesty about the weight – I’ve always been worried about my weight – but I also don’t want to invite that debate: ‘Henry weighs this, so he’s the perfect Superman.’ Or, ‘Henry doesn’t weigh this, and therefore he’s not believable in the role.’ — Henry Cavill

True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves. — John Milton

Modesty is humility expressed in dress. — C. J. Mahaney

Modesty is to merit, as shades to figures in a picture, giving it strength and beauty — Jean Bruyere

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

In all modesty, we must admit that governments are not always the best doctors when it comes to diagnosing economic ailments and prescribing the right treatment. — Kim Campbell

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue. — Joseph Addison

Modesty, that perennial flower planted instinctively in the human breast, blooms therein only as continence guards and virtue keeps. — Amos Bronson Alcott

Great things happen in small places. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville. — Jesse Jackson

A false modesty is the meanest species of pride. — Edward Gibbon

What kind of cosmetic solutions are we going to provide? … The very modesty of these goals is shameful. — Fidel Castro

Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart — Robert South

The basic Female body comes with the following accessories: garter belt, panty-girdle, crinoline, camisole, bustle, brassiere, stomacher, chemise, virgin zone, spike heels, nose ring, veil, kid gloves, fishnet stockings, fichu, bandeau, Merry Widow, weepers, chokers, barrettes, bangles, beads, lorgnette, feather boa, basic black, compact, Lycra stretch one-piece with modesty panel, designer peignoir, flannel nightie, lace teddy, bed, head. — Margaret Atwood

At least I have the modesty to admit that lack of modesty is one of my failings. — Hector Berlioz

Judge Roberts has projected a very unique persona as he has talked about modesty and humility, — Arlen Specter

I think in the world of indie music there’s this sort of false modesty. — Alex Kapranos

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity. — Max Beerbohm

It is strange that modesty is the rule for women when what they most value in men is boldness. — Ninon Lenclos

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

I don’t think that modesty is the outstanding characteristic of contemporary politics, do you? — Edward Heath

Modesty is my best quality. — Jack Benny

I think that few people are aware how early it is right to respect the modesty of an infant. — Harriet Martineau

A farmer is dependent on too many things outside his control; it makes for modesty. — Bharati Mukherjee

I am not aware that I have deserved any notoriey, and I have no taste for its buzz. — Alfred Nobel

Grateful daughters of God guard their bodies carefully, for they know they are the wellsprings of life, and they reverence life. They don’t uncover their bodies to find favor with the world. They walk in modesty to be in favor with their Father In Heaven. They know he loves them dearly. — Margaret D. Nadauld

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

Modesty is a bright dish-cover, which makes us fancy there is something very nice underneath it. — Douglas William Jerrold

The modest person is usually admired, if people ever hear of them. — E. W. Howe

Modesty is a diamond setting to female beauty. — Fanny Kemble

Having reached the top he retained those characteristics of modesty and humility in victory which endeared him to us all and brought him respect from his greatest rivals, — Helen Clark

Modesty and unselfishness – these are the virtues which men praise – and pass by. — Andre Maurois

This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver. — Friedrich Nietzsche

What is modesty but inverted pride? — Chinua Achebe

She just wore Enough for modesty – no more — Robert Buchanan

If a young lady has that discretion and modesty without which all knowledge is little worth, she will never make an ostentatious parade of it, because she will rather be intent on acquiring more than on displaying what she has. — Hannah More

Inflation is lower and more stable and the real business cycle fluctuations are more modest. — Martin Feldstein

When anyone remains modest, not after praise but after blame, then his modesty is real — Jean Richter

Honor modesty more than your life. — Aeschylus

Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person — Horace

‘Sex’ is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other. — Marquis de Sade

Sometimes the best virtue learned on the battlefield is modesty. — David Halberstam

Remember that with her clothes a woman puts off her modesty. — Herodotus

Let your modesty be a sufficient incitement, yea, an exhortation to everyone to be at peace on their merely looking at you. — Ignatius of Loyola

No truly great person ever thought themselves so. — William Hazlitt

I will not be modest. Humble, as much as you like, but not modest. Modesty is the virtue of the lukewarm. — Jean-Paul Sartre

Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either. — Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Extreme vanity sometimes hides under the garb of ultra modesty. — Anna Jameson

Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable. — Richard Steele

I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade – or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere. — Belva Lockwood

We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds. — Jean Rostand

Modesty should be typical of the success of a champion. — Major Taylor

He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others. — William Hazlitt

An excess of modesty is in fact an excess of pride, and more hurtful to the individual, and less advantageous to society, than the grossest and most unblushing vanity. — William Hazlitt

I grew up on all of the great spy movies and TV series of the Sixties – not just Bond, but Derek Flint and the Avengers and Modesty Blaise and the Man from UNCLE and on and on. Every time I sit down to work on Cinderella, I’m writing a love letter to all of those characters. — Chris Roberson

Have you heard that modesty is an attractive traits? Only to ugly people — Cassandra Clare

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