94+ 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

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist. Akhenaton

A great man is always willing to be little. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A good youth ought to have a fear of God, to be subject to his parents, to give honor to his elders, to preserve his purity; he ought not to despise humility, but should love forbearance and modesty. All these are an ornament to youthful years. Saint Ambrose

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S. Truman

Endless effort, endless humility, endless modesty. Rain

It’s not much of a tail, but I’m sort of attached to it. A.A. Milne

I knew I was a winner back in the late sixties. I knew I was destined for great things. People will say that kind of thinking is totally immodest. I agree. Modesty is not a word that applies to me in any way I hope it never will. Arnold Schwarzenegger

There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit. Ronald Reagan

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

I suppose that one reason I have always detested religion is its sly tendency to insinuate the idea that the universe is designed with you in mind or, even worse, that there is a divine plan into which one fits whether one knows it or not. This kind of modesty is too arrogant for me. Christopher Hitchens

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

My value as a woman is not measured by the size of my waist or the number of men who like me. My worth as a human being is measured on a higher scale a scale of righteousness and piety. And my purpose in life despite what fashion magazines say is something more sublime than just looking good for men. Yasmin Mogahed

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue. John Kenneth Galbraith

I am sufficiently proud of my knowing something to be modest about my not knowing all. Vladimir Nabokov

Modesty forbids what the law does not. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Having a low opinion of yourself is not modesty. It’s self destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not egotism. It’s a necessary precondition to happiness and success. Bobbe Sommer

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil. Jean Jacques Rousseau

Now. Now, Annwyl. No need to curtsy. A simple nod of your head and absolute worship will be more than enough. G.A. Aiken

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty. Louisa May Alcott

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

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

I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that she knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim so modestly and so humbly to possess. It is time to withdraw our respect from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world. Christopher Hitchens

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

That will do extremely well, child. You have delighted us long enough. Let the other young ladies have time to exhibit. Jane Austen

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

You might want to put some clothes on suggested Jace I’m all for the bra and panties look, but you don’t want the Silent Brothers to die of excitement. Cassandra Clare

I was on stage last night, and I gave a medical report about Donald Trump. I said he was hospitalized for an attack of modesty. Mort Sahl

Modesty is only arrogance by stealth. Terry Pratchett

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

He slowed down a bit more. Gaia, how do you know these things? She shrugged. I’m smart. And modest, too. Modesty is a waste of time, she pronounced. I’ll keep that in mind. Francine Pascal

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

It seems to be the fashion nowadays for a girl to behave as much like a man as possible. Well, I won’t! I’ll make the best of being a girl and be as nice a specimen as I can sweet and modest, a dear, dainty thing with clothes smelling all sweet and violety, a soft voice, and pretty, womanly ways. Since I’m a girl, I prefer to be a real one! Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

Good taste is the modesty of the mind; that is why it cannot be either imitated or acquired. Delphine de Girardin

I love luxury. And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity. Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I stay in the game to fight it. Coco Chanel

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

You cannot be truly humble, unless you truly believe that life can and will go on without you. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. Confucius

A Letter to the Culture that Raised Me I’m not here to be on display. And my body is not for public consumption. I will not be reduced to an object, or a pair of legs to sell shoes. I’m a soul, a mind, a servant of God. My worth is defined by the beauty of my soul, my heart, my moral character. So I won’t worship your beauty standards, and I don’t submit to your fashion sense. My submission is to something higher. Yasmin Mogahed,

With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy. Arthur Schopenhauer

Immodest and attractive is easy. Modest and repulsive is easy too. But modest and attractive is an art form. Douglas Wilson

The way a woman carries herself and the way she dresses ought to promote the following types of words modesty, discretion, wisdom, beauty, elegance and refinement, but not sensuality, luxury, extravagance. Paul Washer

If you lose your integrity, you will also lose your identity, your sensitivity and your dignity. Integrity is honesty, modesty and security in all kinds of weather. It should be our priority! Israelmore Ayivor

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

Modesty answers not the crude how of femininity, but the beautiful why. Wendy Shalit

There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance. Arthur Helps

A modest little person, with much to be modest about. Winston S. Churchill

Modesty is my best quality. Jack Benny

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. Confucius

I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity all I hope for in my clothes. Yves Saint Laurent

It’s like the old question, Do you lock your house to keep people out, or to protect what’s inside? Should a person act modestly and dress modestly in order to prevent intrusion from the outside, undesirable things from happening, or to preserve and maintain what is inside the delicate and sensitive ability to have and maintain an intimate relationship. Manis Friedman

Bragging about yourself violates norms of modesty and politeness  and if you were really competent, your work would speak for itself. Adam Grant

The best protection against rape, stalking, and domestic violence is to raise men who both understand that women are different, and would never dare take advantage of this difference. Wendy Shalit

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

Then he kissed her. Betsy didn’t believe in letting boys kiss you. She thought it was silly to be letting first this boy and then that one kiss you, when it didn’t mean a thing. But it was wonderful when Joe Willard kissed her. And it did mean a thing. Maud Hart Lovelace

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

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

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

Unaffected modesty is the sweetest charm of female excellence, the richest gem in the diadem of her honor. Noah Webster

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

There has to be a cut off somewhere between the freedom of expression and a graphically explicit free for all. E.A. Bucchianeri

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

Remember, there are more people in the world than yourself. Be modest! You have not yet invented nor thought anything which others have not thought or invented before. And should you really have done so, consider it a gift of heaven which you are to share with others. Robert Schumann

Modesty isn’t one of my strong suits.  Paul Greengard

Mrs Forrester sat in state, pretending not to know what cakes were sent up, though she knew, and we knew, and she knew that we knew, and we knew that she knew that we knew, she had been busy all the morning making tea-bread and sponge cakes. Elizabeth Gaskell

Teenagers, especially girl ones, seem like the perfect canary in the coal mine characters to me. They capture American culture and its perversion, its hypocrisy how absorbed we are with youth and beauty and sexualized imagery, for instance, while preaching abstinence and modesty. Antonya Nelson

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

For me, you have to have some kind of modesty. Alek Wek

If you really want to be different, you’d better keep quiet and be a good person on the inside. Michael Bassey Johnson

Atticus Finch is, you know, he was just his whole the business of his modesty and his ability to see tomorrow and to try to buttress his knowledge of what was coming for his kids was something that I’ll never as a father I’m not able to do. James McBride

One of the first evidences of a real lady, is that she should be modest. By modesty we mean that she shall not say, do, nor wear anything that would cause her to appear gaudy, ill bred, or unchaste. There should be nothing about her to attract unfavorable attention, nothing in her dress or manner that would give a man an excuse for vulgar comment. When we dress contrary to the rule of modesty we give excuse for unwholesome thoughts in the mind of those who look upon us, and every girl who oversteps these bounds makes herself liable to misunderstanding and insult, though she may be innocent of any such intention. Margaret Hale

I have no concept of modesty anymore. Margot Robbie

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist. Akhenaton

Modesty is not one of my virtues. Alan King

You will not lift the veil of my body until you lift the veil over my face. Jason Evert

Whenever I’m around some who is modest, I think, Run like hell and all of fire. You don’t want modesty, you want humility. Maya Angelou

To mention it was to ask a favor and that as you were too generous, and as for her to ask was always to have, she wouldn’t. Cecelia Ahern

I come from a background where you don’t show off the good things you do. It’s modesty. Mesut Ozil

Modesty, if you consider it, is the most unforgivable sort of falsehood it’s a lie that does damage to no one but yourself. Meredith Duran

False modesty can be worse than arrogance. David Mitchell

The thunder of false modesty was deafening. Sebastian Faulks

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

I’m not going to be wearing a single piece of jewelry tonight. I was born a Tung, and I have nothing to prove to anyone. Kevin Kwan

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

A society which sees her modesty or her hang ups as a problem is necessarily a society which will not be able to get him to commit. Conversely, a society which respected modesty, or what now goes by hang ups, was one in which men were obligated. Wendy Shalit

Our life is half natural and half technological. Half and half is good. You cannot deny that high tech is progress. We need it for jobs. Yet if you make only high tech, you make war. So we must have a strong human element to keep modesty and natural life. Nam June Paik

Like it or not, we are trendsetters. Just as every fashion model ever to strut the runway, we affect the minds of others by what we wear. With usch power it’s vital to question ourselves Am I an example of Christ centeredness? Or have I just gotten comfortable in the Christian routine and forgotten why I’ve chosen to live this way? Hannah Farver

Kindness, tolerance, integrity, modesty, generosity these are attributes that events permit us. They are our holiday moods, and we are as proud of them as of the fine clothes we have hung away to wear on occasions. Ben Hecht

I think the skin revolution for women, I will call it, really all started with Mariah Carey. Madonna was pretty risqué too, but she was pretty much always known as a bad girl. Mariah was a good girl, supposedly Christian, turning very bad, in the late 90’s. So then, all the other little girls and teens and women across America thought it would be ok for them to come out too essentially, or flaunt whatever they had. Modesty went completely out the window for many women, starting in the late 90’s. Lisa Bedrick

First and foremost, the monk should own nothing in this world, but he should have as his possessions solitude of the body, modesty of bearing, a modulated tone of voice, and a well ordered manner of speech. He should be without anxiety as to his food and drink, and should eat in silence. Saint Basil

Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert  himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt  the Divine Reason. G.K. Chesterton

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

Our arrogance as a species is only a few degrees away from us claiming that we invented, not discovered, fire. Mokokoma Mokhonoana