811) Humility

Pride is concerned with WHO is right.  Humility is concerned with WHAT is right.

–Ezra T. Benson


Pride is a spiritual cancer; it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

–C. S. Lewis


Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.

–Gordon Hinckley


We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.

If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.

These are the few ways we can practice humility:  To speak as little as possible of one’s self.  To mind one’s own business.  Not to want to manage other people’s affairs.  To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.  To pass over the mistakes of others.  To accept insults and injuries.  To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.  To be kind and gentle even under provocation.

–Mother Teresa


It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. 

–St. Augustine


Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility.

–Jonathan Edwards


Better to gain humility through defeat than to grow arrogant through victory.


Humility opens the door to gratitude.


Humility is a strange thing– the minute you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it.


It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom.  It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

–Mahatma Gandhi


Talent is God-given; be humble.  Fame is man given; be thankful.  Conceit is self-given; be careful.

–John Wooden


Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.

–Thomas Merton


Life is a long lesson in humility.

–John Barrie


Proverbs 11:2  —  When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 15:33  —  Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lordand humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 18:12  —  Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility goes before honor.

Micah 6:8  —  He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Matthew 23:11-12  —  (Jesus said), “The greatest among you will be your servant.  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

I Corinthians 10:12  —  Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

James 4:6b…10  —   God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble…  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.