Careful Words

humility (n.)

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,

Or close the wall up with our English dead!

In peace there's nothing so becomes a man

As modest stillness and humility;

But when the blast of war blows in our ears,

Then imitate the action of the tiger:

Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry V. Act iii. Sc. 1.

  Humility is a virtue all preach, none practise; and yet everybody is content to hear.

John Selden (1584-1654): Table Talk. Humility.

  You will find angling to be like the virtue of humility, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of other blessings attending upon it.

Izaak Walton (1593-1683): The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 1.

And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin

Is pride that apes humility.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834): The Devil's Thoughts.

He passed a cottage with a double coach-house,—

A cottage of gentility;

And he owned with a grin,

That his favourite sin

Is pride that apes humility.

Robert Southey (1774-1843): The Devil's Walk. Stanza 8.

  They are proud in humility; proud in that they are not proud.

Robert Burton (1576-1640): Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 3, Subsect. 14.

Humility, that low, sweet root

From which all heavenly virtues shoot.

Thomas Moore (1779-1852): The Loves of the Angels. The Third Angel's Story.