13 Quotes About Modesty

  • "Modesty is the appendage of sobriety, and is to chastity, to temperance, and to humility as the fringes are to a garment."

    - Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Virtue, Modesty


  • "Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Praise, Foolishness, Modesty


  • "It is a little learning, and but a little, which makes men conclude hastily. Experience and humility teach modesty and fear."

    - Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Humility, Learning, Modesty


  • "When blessed with wealth, let them withdraw from the competition of vanity and be modest, retiring from ostentation, and not be the slaves of fashion."

    - William Wilberforce
    Topics: Wealth, Modesty


  • "Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded."

    - Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Topics: Pride, Modesty


  • "What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed."

    - G.K. Chesterton
    Topics: Humility, Modesty


  • "I love the man that is modestly valiant, that stirs not till he most needs, and then to purpose. A continued patience I commend not."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Character, Modesty


  • "Of all people who engage in controversy, we, who are called Calvinists, are most expressly bound by our own principles to the exercise of gentleness and moderation."

    - John Newton
    Topics: Modesty


  • "You little know what you have done, when you have first broke the bounds of modesty; you have set open the door of your fancy to the devil, so that he can, almost at his pleasure ever after, represent the same sinful pleasure to you anew; he hath now access to your fancy to stir up lustful thoughts and desires, so that when you should think of your calling, of your God, or of your soul, your thoughts will be worse than swinish, upon the filth that is not fit to be named. If the devil here get in a foot, he will not easily be got out."

    - Richard Baxter
    Topics: Lust, Modesty


  • "A drunkard is the annoyance of modesty; the trouble of civility; the spoil of wealth; the distraction of reason. He is the brewer's agent; the tavern and ale house benefactor; the beggar's companion; the constable's trouble; his wife's woe; his children's sorrow; his neighbor's scoff; his own shame. In short he is a tub of swill, a spirit of unrest, a thing below a beast, and a monster of a man."

    - Thomas Adams
    Topics: Drunkenness, Modesty


  • "She that hath a wise husband must entice him to an eternal dearness by the veil of modesty and the grave robes of chastity, the ornament of meekness, and the jewels of faith and charity. She must have no painting but blushings; her brightness must be purity, and she must shine roundabout with sweetness and friendship; and she shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies."

    - Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Marriage, Modesty, Purity


  • "Perfect humility dispenses with modesty."

    C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Humility, Modesty


  • "No education can be of true advantage to young women but that which trains them up in humble industry, in great plainness of living, in exact modesty of dress."

    - William Law
    Topics: Modesty, Youth, Women



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