Dad was never showy. If he were going to an event with people of lesser means, he always drove an old car and dressed in a way to blend in. When someone asked what we had done over vacation, my dad talked about the projects around the house he’d gotten to in the last half instead of the skiing trip to Europe in the first half.
— E.D. Hall
Daddy was unpretentious and he was tremendously humble. He was very focused and he felt spiritually directed. But he still maintained the ability to communicate with people at all levels – whether they were in the streets or whether they were in suites.
— Martin Luther King III
If I had to name the one overriding character trait that I see in my father, it would be humility. Daddy, I am sure, would object. But I have watched my father’s humility operate consistently and on many levels throughout my lifetime. I am constantly touched by the modest way he expresses himself. He is unassuming, even when caught by surprise, which shows his humility to be authentic.
— Ruth Graham
My father was born wealthy, which stands in shocking contrast to what you’d think if you ever met him. When he passed away in 1999, the car he drove was a used VW. And after his death it was just as common for me to have a truck driver tell me how much he was missed as it was to hear it from a businessman. The reason my father was so widely liked and admired was because he had perfected the art of humility and graciousness.
— E.D. Hall
What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you.
Confidence is contagious. So is the lack of confidence.
— Vince Lombardi
Strike a balance between confidence and humility – enough confidence to know that you can make a real difference, enough humility to ask for help.
— Carley Fiorina
You may succeed when others do not believe in you, but never when you do not believe in yourself.
I have to really believe that I can medal, and then I’ll do whatever it takes every day to prepare myself for when that time comes. If I don’t think I can, then I’m not going to give it that hundred percent or more that I need to give, to suffer. You have to find that line and go just beyond it.
— Tinker Juarez
A great man is always willing to be little.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Humility is wisdom’s prerequisite.
— Bobby Bowden
Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
— John McCloy
A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
— Thomas Carlyle
When someone asked Saint Francis of Assisi why and how he could accomplish so much, he replied: “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the earth and said, ‘Where can I find the weakest, the littlest, the poorest man on the face of the earth?’ Then He saw me and said, ‘I will work through him. He won’t be proud of it. He’ll see that I am only using him because of his littleness and insignificance.’”
— C. Reuben Anderson
I am grateful for all my problems. I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come.
— J.C. Penney
After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.
— Benjamin Franklin
God loves us in good times and bad. But He is even more real in our lives when we are having tough times.
— Joe Gibbs
The fact that there have been difficulties and hardships makes my family closer.
— John F. Kennedy, Jr.
If God wants you to accomplish something in your life, He’s going to put things in your life for you to learn from. It’s often cumulative. You learn a little bit here and a little bit there. And then there’s the final straw that puts you over the hump. Once you get it, you know you’ve got it.
— Tom Lehman
Those who first accept the silence of obscurity are best qualified to handle the applause of popularity.
— Charles Swindoll
Keep a low profile. If you’re any good, people will talk about you.
— Lou Holtz
The humble man feels no jealously or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can bear to hear others praised while he is forgotten.
— Andrew Murray
When people tell me I could be the best athlete there is, I just let it go in one ear and out the other. There is always somebody out there who is better than you are.
— Bo Jackson
Humble people are confident, yet they seek to serve others as well as themselves. They are aware that fulfillment is directly related to building up and encouraging others. Because of this attitude, others are naturally drawn to humble people.
— Max Davis
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
— Henry David Thoreau
Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.
— Troy Aikman
Associate with people who are more successful than you: financially, spiritually, with relationships and so forth. This keeps you humble, hungry and inspired.
— Dave Anderson
We learned as children that our worth was measured by what was in our heads and hearts, not by material possession.
— Marian Edelman
A round peg won’t fit into a square hole, regardless of how many round pegs you have. Even if you upgrade from a five-dollar round peg to a million-dollar round peg, it still won’t fit. Success, then, has nothing to do with quantity, or even quality. It has to do with fit. It has to fit your God-given purpose.
— David Young
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
— Rick Warren
Greatness is a two-faced coin – and its reverse is humility.
— Marguerite Steen
Even though a ruler may be wise as a sage, he must humble himself and yield to others. Then the intelligent will offer him their counsel and the brave will exert themselves to the fullest for him.
— Sina Guange
Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.
— John Wooden
I don’t think that because I play for the Yankees and make millions that I’m better than someone who carries my suitcase onto an airplane or someone who picks up my dry cleaning. That’s a weak attitude for anyone to have. If you ever feel that way, you need to reevaluate yourself and your priorities.
— Derek Jeter