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Ornaments were invented by modesty.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.

When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117) Roman historian.

We wound our modesty and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke when he was boasting, The less you speak of your greatness, the more shall I think of it.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Do not make yourself so big, you are not so small.

Jewish proverb


Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) American author.

To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a real confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.