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Humility is often misunderstood as self-deprecation, modesty or even a lack of arrogance. But self-deprecation, or having a low estimate of oneself, is not humility. Neither is modesty or its cousin, false modesty, the same as humility. A person can be modest – in other words, not be self-aggrandizing – without being truly humble. Neither is a non-arrogant person necessarily a humble person, although an arrogant person is never a humble one.

Humility is more the outward expression of a realistic sense of an inner self combined with a liberation from a focus or concentration on self. Here are some quotes on humility worth reflecting on.

“If I only had a little more humility, I’d be perfect.” ~ Ted Turner

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” ~ Thomas Merton

“If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know who you are.” ~ Mother Teresa

“There is something in humility that strangely exalts the heart.” ~ Saint Augustine

“Just knowing you don’t have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness and acceptance….” ~ Dick Van Dyke

“Stay true in the dark and humble in the spotlight.” ~Harold B. Lee

“Do you wish to rise? Begin with descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” ~ Saint Augustine

“To lead the people, walk behind them.” ~ Lao Tzu

“Be like the bamboo, the higher you grow, the deeper you bow.” ~ Chinese proverb

Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, the author of seven Enneagram-business books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs and training tools for business professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications, and is past-president of the International Enneagram Association. Visit: TheEnneagramInBusiness.com | ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

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