42 Memorable Quotes That Prove Humility Will Always Be Important

There’s nothing worse than a person who chooses pride over humility. In fact, even though being modest is sometimes seen as a weakness, I know from personal experience that humility is a virtue only the best people have. Thus, to motivate you a bit and help you change your ways, here are some incredibly inspiring quotes about humility and leading a humble life.

I’m not ashamed to say that I used to be quite proud. I was stuck up and spoiled, possibly because I was the favorite of many cousins, and the whole family always looked after me.

They might have thought I’d break down if someone didn’t fulfill my wishes. However, they came to regret those thoughts. I grew more and more proud of my origin, my wealth, and everything life had given me, looking down on those who couldn’t have the same things.

But life has a way of pulling you down to the ground and making you humble, so much so that it changes your life forever. Now, I want to motivate you to embrace humility as well — these quotes ought to transform your character and show you that modesty is the source of all virtues.

42 Quotes About Humility to Eliminate Pride and Lead a Righteous Life

Inspiring Quotes About Humility

#1. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” — C. S. Lewis

#2. “I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.” — John Ruskin

#3. “Stay true in the dark and humble in the spotlight.” — Harold B. Lee

#4. “I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle, and you can be bold; be frugal, and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others, and you can become a leader among men.” — Lao Tzu

#5. “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” — Socrates

#6. “Mastery begins with humility.” — Robin Sharma

#7. “Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.” — Miyamoto Musashi

#8. “Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere, for as soon as we glory in our good works, they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue.” — Augustine of Hippo

#9. “Life is a long lesson in humility.” — Sir James Matthew Barrie

#10. “Humility is a great quality of leadership, which derives respect and not just fear or hatred.” — Yousef Munayyer

#11. “Only humility knows how to appreciate and admire the good qualities of others.” — Sri Chinmoy

The Most Profound Quotes About Humility

#12. “Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.” — Simone Weil

#13. “True humility is staying teachable, regardless of how much you already know.” — Anonymous

#14. “Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot.” — Thomas Moore

#15. “In reality, humility means nothing other than complete honesty about yourself.” — William Countryman

#16. “Humility is the key to moral excellence. It is the noblest quality a person can possess. […] It is the mother of all possibilities.” — Venerable Master Hsin Yun

#17. “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” — Augustine of Hippo

#18. “Perfection is impossible without humility. Why should I strive for perfection if I am already good enough?” — Leo Tolstoy

Thought-Provoking Quotes About Humility and Pride

#19. “The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it.” — Mignon McLaughlin

#20. “Pride makes us artificial, and humility makes us real.” — Thomas Merton

#21. “Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying.” — St. Vincent de Paul

#22. “Arrogance closes more doors than it opens. Stay humble.” — Toni Payne

#23. “Pride is the problem; humility is the answer.” — Joyce Meyer

#24. “Some people would rather die in their pride than live in their humility.” — Anthony Liccione

#25. “Pride is about my glory; humility is about God’s glory.” — Ephesians

#26. “Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.” — William Penn

#27. “Never be proud but show humility towards others; true wisdom lies in being humble.” — Shri Radhe Maa

#28. “Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.” — Ezra Taft Benson

#29. “Humility is the greatest quality that a man can have, and arrogance is undoubtedly the worst.” — Maulana W. Khan

#30. “Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else.” — Madeleine L’Engle

Quotes About Humility and Life

#31. “‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. ‘Thank you’ expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” — Alice Walker

#32. “The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.” — Charles Caleb Colton

#33. “Humility is really important because it keeps you fresh and new.” — Steven Tyler

#34. “Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free.” — Jeff Wilson

#35. “Have more humility. Remember you don’t know the limits of your own abilities. Successful or not, if you keep pushing beyond yourself, you will enrich your own life —and maybe even please a few strangers.” — A.L. Kennedy

#36. “Humility, gentleness, and helpfulness go so much further and open doors you cannot imagine.” — Ann Tran

#37. “Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.” — Confucius

#38. “We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.” — Rabindranath Tagore

#39. “If humility does not precede all that we do, our efforts are fruitless.” — St Augustine

#40. “Humility isn’t denying your strengths; it’s being honest about your weaknesses.” — Rick Warren

#41. “A great man is always willing to be little.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

#42. “The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility.” — T.S. Eliot

To Conclude

Hopefully, one of these quotes about humility will become your new mantra. These contain all the wisdom you may need to become the best version of yourself.

Use them well, and you’ll soon see that life is infinitely better when pride isn’t corrupting you from within!