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43 Modesty Quotes

Modesty in woman is a virtue most deserving, since we do all we can to cure her of it

Joseph Addison Quotes

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Modesty is the conscience of the body.

Honore de Balzac Quotes

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Immodest words admit of no defence; For want of decency is want of sense.

Wentworth Dillon, Earl of Roscomon Quotes , Source: Essay on Translated Verse (l. 113)

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Her modest looks the cottage might adorn, Sweet as the primrose peeps beneath the thorn.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 329)

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What can be found equal to modesty, uncorrupt faith, the sister of justice, and undisguised truth? [Lat., Cui pudor et justitiae soror incorrupta fides nudaque veritas quando ullum inveniet parem?]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Carmina (I, 24, 6)

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Modesty becomes a young man. [Lat., Adolescentem verecundum esse decet.]

Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) Quotes , Source: Asinaria (V, 1, 8)

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He saw her charming, but he saw not half The charms her downcast modesty conceal'd.

James Thomson (1) Quotes , Source: Seasons--Autumn (l. 229)

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Modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.

Jonathan Swift Quotes

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So great is the modesty of your mind and face, Sophronius that I wonder you should ever have become a father

Marcus Aurelius Quotes

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Modesty is my best quality

Jack Benny Quotes

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With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

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Modesty and unselfishness: These are the virtues which men praise, and pass by

Andre Maurois Quotes

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Nothing is more amiable than true modesty, and nothing more contemptible than the false

Joseph Addison Quotes

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When one remains modest, not after praise but after blame, then is he really so. [Ger., Wenn jemand bescheiden bleibt, nicht beim Lobe, sondern beim Tadel, dann ist er's.]

Jean Paul Richter Quotes , Source: Hesperus (12)

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With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.

Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes

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Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan Quotes

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Modesty is the only sure bait when you are fishing for praise.

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Like the violet, which alone Prospers in some happy shade, My Castara lives unknown To no looser eye betrayed.

William Habington Quotes , Source: Castara, (in Elton's edition, p. 166)

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It rarely adds anything to say, "In my opinion" -- not even modesty. Naturally a sentence is only your opinion; and you are not the Pope.

Paul Goodman Quotes

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Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.

John Kenneth Galbraith Quotes

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

Louis-Hector Berlioz Quotes

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Modesty is the only sure bait when you are fishing for praise.

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He takes the greatest ornament from friendship, who takes modesty from it. [Lat., Maximum ornamentum amicitiae tollit, qui ex ea tollit verecudiam.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Amicitia (XX)

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Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Rhetorical Invention (bk. II, sec. LVI)

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The modesty's a candle to thy merit.

Henry Fielding Quotes , Source: Tom Thumb the Great (act I, sc. 3, l. 8)

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