Great Throughts Treasury

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Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Silence and modesty are very valuable qualities in the art of conversation.

Art | Conversation | Modesty | Qualities | Silence | Wisdom | Art |

Terence, full Latin name Publius Terentius Afer NULL

It is better to bind your children to you by respect and gentleness than by fear.

Better | Children | Fear | Gentleness | Respect | Wisdom | Respect |

Dhammapada NULL

Faith is wealth! Obedience is wealth! Modesty also is wealth! Hearing is wealth, and so is Charity! Wisdom is sevenfold riches.

Charity | Faith | Modesty | Obedience | Riches | Wealth | Wisdom |

Elizabeth II, born Elizabeth Alexandra May NULL

It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the harsh progress of mankind.

Care | Gentleness | Mankind | Progress |

Aeschylus NULL

With time modesty dies away in man.

Man | Modesty | Time |

Amos Bronson Alcott

Nor do we accept as genuine the person not characterized by this blushing bashfulness, this youthfulness of heart, this sensibility to the sentiment of suavity, and self-respect. Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. None are truly great without his ornament.

Heart | Manners | Modesty | Respect | Reverence | Self | Sensibility | Sentiment |

Charles Caleb Colton

In an age remarkable for good reasoning and bad conduct, for sound rules and corrupt manners, when virtue fills our heads, but vice our hearts; when those who would fain persuade us that they are quite sure of heaven, appear in no greater hurry to go there than other folks, but put on the livery of the best master only to serve the worst; in an age when modesty herself is more ashamed of detection than delinquency; when independence of principle consists in having no principle on which to depend; and free thinking, not in thinking freely, but in being free from thinking; in an age when patriots will hold anything except their tongues; keep anything except their word; and lose nothing patiently except their character; to improve such an age must be difficult; to instruct it dangerous; and he stands no chance of amending it who cannot at the same time amuse it.

Age | Chance | Character | Conduct | Detection | Good | Heaven | Hurry | Manners | Modesty | Nothing | Sound | Thinking | Time | Virtue | Virtue | Will | Vice |

Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi NULL

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

Good | Modesty | Will | Words |

German Proverbs

Where there's no modesty there's no honor.

Honor | Modesty |

Joseph Addison

True modesty avoids everything that is criminal; false modesty everything that is unfashionable.

Modesty |

Joseph Addison

The first of all virtues is innocence; the next is modesty. If we banish modesty out of the world, she carries away with her half the virtue that is in it.

Innocence | Modesty | Virtue | Virtue | World |

Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I

The greatest ornament of an illustrious life is modesty and humility, which go a great way in the character even of the most exalted princes.

Character | Humility | Life | Life | Modesty |

Saint Francis de Sales NULL

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

Gentleness | Time |

Mahabharata or The Mahabharata NULL

One should forgive, under any injury. It hath been said that the continuation of the species is due to man’s being forgiving. Forgiveness is holiness; by forgiveness the universe is held together. Forgiveness is the might of the mighty; forgiveness is sacrifice; forgiveness is the might of the mighty; forgiveness is sacrifice; forgiveness is quiet of mind. Forgiveness and gentleness are the qualities of the Self-possessed. They represent eternal virtue.

Eternal | Forgiveness | Gentleness | Man | Mind | Qualities | Quiet | Sacrifice | Self | Universe | Virtue | Virtue | Forgiveness |

Thomas Fuller

Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart.

Heart | Loquacity | Modesty |

Claudian, latin Claudius Claudianus NULL

Power can do by gentleness that which violence fails to accomplish; and calmness best enforces the imperial mandate.

Calmness | Gentleness | Power |