Quotes — Humility (15 entries)

As the island of our knowledge grows…

As the island of our knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.

— John Wheeler

« πλ | 21 Jun 2005 »

At the feast of ego…

At the feast of ego, everyone leaves hungry.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 18 Jul 2005 »

Do it for the good…

Do it for the good, not for the goodies.

— Fr. John Libone [via]

« πλ | 6 Jul 2005 »

Encounter our own poverty…

[As] long as we are not willing to encounter our own poverty, we will never meet the One Who lives in it.

— Fr. Matthew Kelty, from “Desolation Row”

« πλ | 26 Jul 2005 »

God uses us…

The extraordinary thing is that God uses us, who are so insignificant and unworthy.

— Carlo Carretto, Letters from the Desert

« πλ | 30 Oct 2005 »

Humility is a means to…

Humility is a means to love. Love cannot happen without humility and self-forgetfulness.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 28 Mar 2006 »

If you are discouraged…

If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride, because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about other people’s opinions. Be humble and you will never be disturbed. Remember St. Aloysius, who said he would continue to play billiards even if he knew he was going to die. Do you play well? Sleep well? Eat well? These are duties. Nothing is small for God.

— Mother Teresa [via]

« πλ | 28 Jul 2006 »

Many that live deserve death…

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.

— Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring

« πλ | 24 Jun 2005 »

Maturity begins to grow…

Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.

— John MacNaughton

« πλ | 29 Sep 2006 »

Not being weak…

Surrender, is not being weak and giving up..it’s simply coming over to the winning side; using a power greater than yourself to continue the journey.

— Unknown author [via]

« πλ | 18 Jun 2006 »

Reducing ourselves to a point…

Humility is the luxurious art of reducing ourselves to a point, not to a small thing or a large one, but to a thing with no size at all.

— G.K. Chesterton [via]

« πλ | 22 May 2006 »

The humble man receives praise the way…

The humble man receives praise the way a clean window takes the light of the sun. The truer and more intense the light is, the less you see of the glass.

— Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation [via]

« πλ | 21 Apr 2005 »

To recognize our nothingness…

It is to recognize our nothingness, to expect everything from God as a little child expects everything from its father; it is to be disquieted about nothing, having no other occupation but to gather the flowers of love and sacrifice, and of offering them to God in order to please Him. To be little is not attributing to oneself the virtues that one practices, believing oneself capable of anything, but to recognize that God places his treasure in the hands of His little child to be used when necessary; but it remains always God’s treasure. Finally, it is not to become discouraged over one’s faults, for children fall often, but they are too little to hurt themselves very much.

— St. Thérèse of Lisieux [via]

« πλ | 22 Oct 2006 »

True humility is…

True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit—it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us.

— Tryon Edwards [via]

« πλ | 7 Jul 2005 »

What can get through…

I saw all the snares that the enemy spreads over the whole world and I said, groaning, “What can get through such snares?” Then I heard a voice saying to me, “Humility.”

— St. Anthony the Great

« πλ | 24 Apr 2006 »