A Quote by Erica Jong on modesty, questions, and thinking

I am thinking of the onion again. . . . Not self-righteous like the proletarian potato, nor a siren like the apple. No show-off like the banana. But a modest, self-effacing vegetable, questioning, introspective, peeling itself away, or merely radiating halos like ripples.

Erica Jong (1942 -)

Source: Fruits and Vegetables, 1971

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A Quote by Emile De Girardin on good, imitation, mind, and modesty

Good taste is the modesty of the mind; that is why it cannot be either imitated or acquired.

Emile De Girardin

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A Quote by Edward P. Tryon on modesty, questions, time, and universe

In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time.

Edward P. Tryon

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A Quote by Edgar Watson "Ed" Howe on admiration, modesty, and people

A modest man is usually admired - if people ever hear of him.

Ed Howe (1853 - 1937)

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A Quote by Dr. Alexis Carrel on brothers, god, grace, modesty, needs, prayer, self-denial, suffering, and time

Man offers himself to God. He stands before Him like the canvas before the painter or the marble before the sculptor. At the same time he asks for His grace, expresses his needs and those of his brothers in suffering. Such a type of prayer demands complete renovation. The modest, the ignorant, and the poor are more capable of this self-denial than the rich and the intellectual.

Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873 - 1944)

Source: Tocqueville in Democracy in America, 1835

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A Quote by Douglas Jerrold on modesty


What potent blood hath modest May!

Douglas Jerrold (1803 - 1857)

Source: May-Day.

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A Quote by Dame Edith Sitwell on modesty, thinking, and time

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. . . . But I am too busy thinking about myself.

Dame Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964)

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A Quote by Confucius on justice, modesty, and principles

A gentleman considers justice to be essential in everything. He practices it according to the principles of propriety. He brings it forth in modesty and faithfully completes it. This is indeed a gentleman.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Charles de Gaulle on action, authority, humility, modesty, pride, prudence, silence, strength, virtue, and weakness

Nothing more enhances authority than silence. It is the crowning virtue of the strong, the refuge of the weak, the modesty of the proud, the pride of the humble, the prudence of the wise, and the sense of fools. To speak is to . . . dissipate one's strength; whereas what action demands is concentration. Silence is a necessary preliminary to the ordering of one's thoughts.

Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bruce Barton on depression, doubt, humility, men, modesty, and suffering

Great men suffer hours of depression through introspection and self-doubt. That is why they are great. That is why you will find modesty and humility the characteristics of such men.

Bruce Barton (1886 - 1967)

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