humility

“God” is a convenient way of expressing our wonder in the vast splendor of the universe, and our humility over the modesty of man’s achievements.

The churches must learn humility as well as teach it.

Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.

Too much humility is pride.

How can there be pride in a contrite heart? Humility is the earliest fruit of religion.

The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the only created being who bows in humility and adoration.

Without humility there can be no humanity.

Humilities are piled on a soldier... so in order that he may, when the time comes, be not too resentful of the final humility - a meaningless and dirty death.

A contemplation of God's works, a generous concern for the good of mankind, and the unfeigned exercise of humility - these only, denominate men great and glorious.

The humility of hypocrites is, of all pride, the greatest and most haughty.

It is my humility that gives God his divinity and the proof of it is this. God’s peculiar property is giving. But God cannot give if he has nothing to receive his gifts. Since I make myself receptive to his gifts by my humility so I by my humility do make God giver and since giving is God’s own peculiar property I do by my humility give God his property.

In humility lies true greatness, and that knowledge and wisdom are profitable only in so far as our lives are governed by them.

Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence.

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.

Those who entertain an extreme and inordinate dread of being damned, show that they have more need of humility and submission than of understanding.

Motives are symptoms of weakness and supplements for the deficient energy of the living principle, the law within us. Let them then be reserved for those momentous acts and duties in which the strongest and best-balanced natures must feel themselves deficient, and where humility no less than prudence prescribes deliberation.

There is small chance of truth at the goal, where there is not childlike humility at the starting-post.

Pride, perceiving Humility honourable, often borrows her Cloak.

The art of humility begins with a recognition of our dependence on others and an appreciation of God’s gift of life... He discovers that those of a gentle spirit do have the earth for their possession; that humility opens the gates of the mind and heart so greatness can flow through.

To pretend to devotion without great humility and renunciation of all worldly tempers is to pretend to impossibilities. He that would be devout must first be humble, have a full sense of his own miseries and wants and the vanity of the world, and then his soul will be full of desire after God. A proud, or vain, or worldly-minded man may use a manual of prayers, but he cannot be devout, because devotion is the application of an humble heart to God as its only happiness.