A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on modesty and praise

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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A Quote by Logan Pearsall Smith on authors, modesty, and vanity

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.

Logan Smith (1865 - 1946)

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A Quote by Leo J. Muir on fear, home, hope, joy, love, modesty, obedience, prayer, rest, schools, and virtue

The home is the most ordinary of institutions. It is the temple of our shelter and rest, the habituation of our hopes and our fears. It is the resort of love, the refuge of virtue, the altar of prayer. It is the school of cleanliness, the preceptor of obedience, the sanctuary of modesty. It is at once the stronghold of the ordinary and the shrine of joy.

Leo J. Muir

Source: Flashes from the Eternal Semaphore, 1928

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on modesty, simplicity, and truth

How can one liberate the many? By first liberating his own being. He does this not by elevating himself, but by lowering himself. He lowers himself to that which is simple, modest, true; integrating it into himself, he becomes a master of simplicity, modesty, truth.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (77)

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A Quote by John Milton on delay, modesty, pride, and yielding

Implied Subjection, but requir'd with gentle sway, And by her yielded, by him best receiv'd,-- Yielded with coy submission, modest pride, And sweet, reluctant, amorous delay.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 307.

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A Quote by John Milton on delay, god, good, grace, husbands, knowledge, laws, modesty, praise, pride, study, women, and yielding

For contemplation he and valour formed; For softness she and sweet attractive grace, He for God only, she for God in him; His fair large front and eye sublime declare Absolute rule; and hyacinthine locks Round from his parted forelock manly hung Clustering, but not beneath his shoulders broad. Which implied Subjection, but required with gentle sway And by her yielded, by him best received; Yielded with coy submission, modest pride, And sweet reluctant amorous delay. . . . God is thy law, thou mine: to know no more Is woman's happiest knowledge and her praise. . . . For nothing lovelier can be found In woman, than to study household good, And good works in her husband to promote.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost

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A Quote by John Kenneth Galbraith on modesty and virtue

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.

John Galbraith (1908 -)

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A Quote by John Donne on body, chastity, honesty, integrity, justice, mind, modesty, purpose, reason, vices, virtue, and yielding

I call not that virginity a virtue, which resideth onely in the bodies integrity; much less if it be with a purpose of perpetually keeping it: for then it is a most inhumane vice. - But I call that Virginity a virtue which is willing and desirous to yield it self upon honest and lawfull terms, when just reason requireth; and until then, is kept with a modest chastity of body and mind.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Paradoxes and Problems, X

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on colors, courage, hypocrisy, imitation, kindness, modesty, and quality

Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate; they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on church, fate, modesty, secrets, simplicity, and world

The wisest man could ask no more of fate Than to be simple, modest, manly, true, Safe from the many, honored by the few; Nothing to court in Church, or World, or State, But inwardly in secret to be great.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

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