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Modesty

  • It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

  • You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

  • Modesty alone doesn't prove a man a hero. But it's incontrovertible that immodesty makes him a bore.

  • Modesty is a valuable merit ... in people who have no other, and the appearance of it is extremely useful to those who have ...

  • Modesty makes women fall in love faster than all the cock-a-doodling in the world.

  • Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower, nor is modesty either.

  • Modesty is the proof that morality is sexy.

  • In a nation of celebrity worshipers, amid followers of the cult of personality, individual modesty becomes a heroic quality. I find heroism in the acceptance of anonymity, in the studied resistance to the normal American tropism toward the limelight.

  • Foolish modesty lags behind while brazen impudence goes forth and eats the pudding.