I am having second thoughts if I have to share my ideas about the character trait humility. I finally realized previously, I posted some thoughts about arrogance and supposed to be followed by humility. Now I got it, it slipped my mind and as the saying goes “better late than never.”
So, how do you view humility? It is the quality of being modest, humble or respectful;lacking false pride.
The following quotes will demonstrate the essence of humility.
“If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble; for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, so it is believed of none but by itself; the voice of humility is God’s music, and the silence of humility is God’s rhetoric. Humility enforces where neither virtue nor strength can prevail nor reason.” Francis Quarles
“True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us.” Tryon Edwards
“Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence.” Robert A. Millikan
“Many people believe that humility is the opposite of pride, when, in fact, it is a point of equilibrium. The opposite of pride is actually a lack of self esteem. A humble person is totally different from a person who cannot recognize and appreciate himself as part of this worlds marvels.” Rabino Nilton Bonder
What about humility as a leadership trait…
“Humble leaders are stronger than arrogant leaders.”
Humble strength vs. arrogant weakness:
- Humility learns; arrogance knows.
Humble leaders submit to noble values; they won’t bend. Arrogant leaders bend rules to their advantage.
- Humility listens; arrogance talks.
Humble leaders serve others; arrogant leaders serve themselves.
- Humble leaders are free to build up others. Arrogant leaders build up themselves.
- Humility opens hearts; arrogance builds walls.
- Humility joins; arrogance stands aloof.
Humble leaders connect; arrogant leaders disconnect.
- Humility enables leaders to ask, “How can I help?”
Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”
For my finale … Let us showcase the strength if humility…
“Arrogance is a sure sign of weakness and ineffectiveness. When you think you know it all, you prevent yourself from learning new and valuable things. When you spend all your time and energy boasting about yourself, there’s no time remaining for true achievement. When you think you’re more important than others, you quickly lose the respect of everyone.
Genuine humility is an undeniable sign of true strength and confidence. When you let go of the need to impress others, that’s when you begin to be truly impressive. Live, speak and act with humility, and your efforts will be vastly more effective. There will be no time or energy wasted on propping up your own ego, and you can get many valuable things accomplished.
Humility brings you respect and fosters mutual understanding. Imagine what a positive difference that can make in your life and your world. When your life is filled with true strength and genuine richness, you have no need to boast. Live with humility, and life will be full indeed.