December 23rd, 2011

Humility and Simplicity Quotes: I

The quote i posted the other day (Humility is not thinking less of oneself; it is thinking of oneself self) is from C. S. Lewis.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but my chief duty is to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble - Helen Keller

Simplicity is the nature of great souls.-- Papa Ramadas

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. -- Thomas More

We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed. --Brother Lawrence

How do we know if we have a servant’s heart? By how we act when we are treated like one!--Unknown

Humility and Simplicity Quotes

Humility and Simplicity Quotes: II

Looking at yourself in a mirror isn't exactly a study of life. --Lauren Bacall

If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers. --Teresa of Lisieux

Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this: That you are dreadfully like other people.—James Pearsall Smith

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.-- Thomas a Kempis

The test of good manners is to be patient with bad ones. –Gabirol

The meek man will attain a place of soul rest. As he walks on in meekness he will be happy to let God defend him. The old struggle to defend himself is over. He has found the peace which meekness brings.-- A.W. Tozer

One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights. --Simone Weil

Greatness lies not in trying to be somebody but in trying to help somebody.--Unknown

Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Humility and Simplicity Quotes

Humility and Simplicity Quotes III

(Nearly all these quotes are from Christian sources, the website is Christian)

God descends to the humble as waters flow down from the hills into the valleys. --Tikhon

We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. --Abraham Lincoln

In some sense we are all hypocrites in transition. --Erwin McManus

Humility is freedom from your own driven ego. --Martha Kilpatrick

Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. -- Vincent de Paul

Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. --C.S. Lewis

he meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. He has accepted God's estimate of his own life: In himself, nothing; In God, everything. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring.-- A.W. Tozer

Don't imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call "humble" nowadays: he won't be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who's always telling you that, of course, he's nobody. Probably all you'll think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him, it will be because you feel a bit envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He won't be thinking about himself at all. There I must stop. If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you're not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed. --C.S. Lewis

Only with great difficulty does a shaft of light pierce the armor of self-righteousness. --Lois Wilson

A proud monk needs no demon. He has turned into one, an enemy to himself. --John Climacus

Oh, that we fully understood how very opposite our self-righteousness is to the designs of God! --Jeanne Guyon

There is no room for God in him who is full of himself. --Martin Buber

He who knows himself well is mean and abject in his own sight, and takes no delight in the vain praise of men. --Thomas a'Kempis

The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed... The heart's fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield its touchy honor from the bad opinion of friend and enemy, will never let the mind have rest... --A.W. Tozer

God is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.-- CS Lewis

We'd like to be humble...but what if no one notices? --John Ortberg

Provided that God be glorified, we must not care by whom. --Francis de Sales

A humble knowledge of ourselves is a surer way to God than is the search for depth of learning. --Thomas a'Kempis

Without humility of heart all the other virtues by which one runs toward God seem -- and are -- absolutely worthless. --Angela of Foligno