Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

–Matthew 5.5

It is humility that exalts one and favors him against his friends.

Kipsigis Proverb (Kenya).

Successful indeed are the believers
Who are humble in their prayers,
and who shun vain conversation,
and who are payers of the poor-due,
and who guard their modesty.

–Qur’an 23.1-5

The Lamenter [who is seeking a vision] cries, for he is humbling himself,
remembering his nothingness in the presence of the Great Spirit.
Black Elk, Sioux

Harithah ibn Wahb al-Khuza`i tells how he heard the Prophet say, “Have I
not taught you how the inhabitants of Paradise will be all the humble and
the weak, whose oaths God will accept when they swear to be faithful?

Have I not taught you how the inhabitants of hell will be all the cruel
beings, strong of body and arrogant?”

–Hadith of Bukhari

Within the world
the palace pillar is broad,

but the human heart
should be modest.

–(Shinto). Moritake Arakida, One Hundred Poems about the world

Be humble, be harmless,


Have no pretension,


Be upright, forbearing;


Serve your teacher in true obedience,

Keeping the mind and body in cleanness,


Tranquil, steadfast, master of ego,


Standing apart from the things of the senses,


Free from self;


Aware of the weakness in mortal nature.

Bhagavad Gita 3.7-8

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