The human ego is a fascinating thing. While confidence is a wonderful quality, for some, this self-assurance can turn into self-importance, believing one is better than everyone else.

I’m sure you’ve seen it for yourself. Some successful people remain kind, considerate, and compassionate. However, others become bossy, demanding, and egotistic. Three guesses who is the most popular amongst their peers!

Let’s be honest, nobody likes an arrogant person. In fact, if someone comes across as self-righteous, most people will just avoid them at all costs, regardless of how much money and shiny things they have. However, when someone shows humility, kindness, and warmth to everyone they meet, people are far more likely to gravitate towards them.

So while it’s clear that humility always wins, it’s not always easy to remain humble. Perhaps you’ve just experienced a big win or success and are feeling super proud of yourself. While you should certainly give yourself a big pat on the back, be sure to remain down to earth. Here are our favorite humble quotes to remind you why humility is so necessary.

1. True humility involves opposites. The truly humble work in silence. – Lao-Tzu

2. Don’t discount the importance of being humble. There’s a value there far greater than pride can ever provide. – Kristen Butler

3. We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. – Rabindranath Tagore

4. We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. – Rabindranath Tagore

5. Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us. – Jawaharlal Nehru

6. The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love. – Pope Francis

7. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. – Norman Vincent Peale

8. It’s important to work hard, stay humble, and not let the criticism or the compliments go to your head. – Jessica Sanchez

9. Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up. – Jesse Jackson

10. Perfection is impossible without humility. Why should I strive for perfection, if I am already good enough? – Leo Tolstoy

11. We’re gracious and we’re humble, and we play the game a certain way, whether we win or lose. – Megan Rapinoe

12. In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. – Galileo Galilei

13. Just growing up and going through life and how tough life was for me and my family, I’m always going to stay humble. – Giannis Antetokounmpo

14. The best of people is the one who humbles himself the more his rank increases. – Prophet Muhammad

15. Being humble is to be felt, it’s not something that you show off. – Naya

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

17. True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. – Socrates

18. If you aren’t humble, whatever empathy you claim is false and probably results from some arrogance or the desire to control. But true empathy is rooted in humility and the understanding that there are many people with as much to contribute in life as you. – Anand Mahindra

19. Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head. – A. R. Rahman

20. Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. – Saint Vincent de Paul

21. Where there is humility, there is more success, and lasting success. – Patrick Lencioni

22. Humility is really important because it keeps you fresh and new. – Steven Tyler

23. One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time. – Madeleine L’Engle

24. It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. – Augustine of Hippo

25. Every person that you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

26. Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. – Camille Pissarro

27. Never be proud but show humility towards others, true wisdom lies in being humble. – Shri Radhe Maa

28. Take this wealth and this fame, always stay humble, keep your family close, and do ridiculously crazy things. – Rob Dyrdek

29. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. – Miyamoto Musashi

30. There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. – Ernest Hemingway

31. I’ll never forget where I’m from. It’s essential to remain humble and evolving. – Freida Pinto

32. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. – Matthew 24:12

33. There’s no need to show off when you know who you are. – Maxime Lagacé

34. Nothing can make you more humble than pain. – Larry Flynt

35. The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. – Criss Jami

36. Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right. – Ezra T. Benson

37. My dad said, ‘Stay humble, and you gotta work harder than everybody else.’ My mom said, ‘Always be yourself.’ She always told me only God can judge me. – Nate Robinson

38. I’m always asked, ‘What’s the secret to success?’ But there are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room. – Dwayne Johnson

39. Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. – Thomas Merton

40. I’m a very humble and normal person, and I just go out there and do the job the best that I can do it. – Daniel Sturridge

41. True humility is being able to accept criticisms as graciously as we accept compliments. – Sabrina Newby

42. Mastery begins with humility. – Robin Sharma

43. It’s important I keep my feet on the ground and stay humble and still work hard. – Steph Houghton

44. If anything is good for pounding humility into you permanently, it’s the restaurant business. – Anthony Bourdain

45. Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. – Camille Pissarro

46. Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble. – Shah Rukh Khan

47. I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life. – Abraham Lincoln

48. I am not ashamed of my past; I am not ashamed of my humble beginnings. – Madam C. J. Walker

49. Great leaders don’t need to act tough. Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness. – Simon Sinek

50. True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. – Rick Warren

Humility is a lifelong lesson that every person should strive towards. Every success we achieve in life is a test of our humility and a reminder that arrogance never wins. Remember where you started from and show kindness and compassion to everyone you cross paths with.

These humble quotes can serve as an excellent reminder to choose modesty over boasting. Print out your favorites and put them on your wall alongside your achievements so that you always remember the world is a better place with humility.


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