Modesty is to merit, what shade is to figures in a picture; it gives it strength and makes it stand out.
Jean de La Bruyère, The Characters or Manners of the Present Age (1688), Chapter II, Section 17.
True modesty avoids everything that is criminal; false modesty everything that is unfashionable.joseph addison
The good we do to others is spoilt unless we efface ourselves so completely that those we help have no sense of inferiority.
On the contrary, modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.Oliver Goldsmith
Longevity and short life, suffering and happiness — all aspects of human life depend on modesty in food and drink.namboku mizuno
I will not be modest. Humble, as much as you like, but not modest. Modesty is the virtue of the lukewarm.
A modest person seldom fails to gain the goodwill of those he converses with, because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.richard steele
Modesty never rages, never murmurs, never pouts; when it is ill-treated, it pines, it beseeches, it languishes.richard steele
Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.cicero
Immodest words admit of no defence; For want of decency is want of sense.Wentworth Dillon