Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #4 --- Humility

Quotations on Humility

Honesty leads to self-analysis. Self-analysis leads to humility. Humility leads to power. Humility is the intelligence to become reliant upon the Lord.

—Loren C. Dunn, Messenger of Glory, Sutton Coldfield, England, March 7, 1970.

It is from out of the depths of our humility that the height of our destiny looks grandest.

—Richard S. Tanner, Harvester, Victoria, Australia, August-September 1965.

“He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” (Micah 6:8.) Walk humbly with your God, for in so doing you seek God as your God. You must devote yourself to Him as your God, walk willingly in the paths wherein God leads you, and persevere in that way. Humble yourself; be dependent on Christ for strength, for it is only by His infinite mercy and grace that you have obtained mercy.

---J.W. Van Weelden, Sioux Center News, Sioux Center, Iowa, Sept. 20, 1945.

The noblest example of humility is furnished us by our Lord Himself. He took the lowest place to show men how they might rise to the highest.

---I.N. Langston, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Dec. 11, 1915.

Humility is the most subtle of all human virtues. Humility is self-appreciation without vanity. Humility leads us to do our best without ostentation. It prompts us to be magnanimous and generous to a degree; it leads us to accept the gifts of the good God, and to use them to do our best and perhaps to achieve great things; it leads us to a willingness to attack hard and difficult problems; it is a rare virtue to be sought by all. We get humility by walking with God. Whoever practices this and keeps the presence of God cannot help feeling humble in life. We cannot live a well-rounded and beautiful life without God in it.

---Joseph Dunn Burrell, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., June 13, 1910.

Humility is not self-abasement, but a true self-appreciation in the light of divine grace.

---William Jennings Bryan, Yonkers Statesman, Yonkers, N.Y., April 20, 1912.

Humility is not self-depreciation, self-insult and self-distrust; it is simply a consciousness that you are great enough to dispense with superficial greatness.

---Octavius Brooks “O.B.” Frothingham, New York Herald, New York, N.Y., Nov. 2, 1874.

Humility does not mean that we go about calling ourselves “worms of the dust,” and talking about how low and abject and useless we are. This is not humility. Many a person had dodged his responsibility and laid it to his humility. Humility means the realization that we have much to learn. The most aggressive men in the world have been the humblest, for they have known how much they needed yet to gain, and have then started out to gain it. The opposite of humility is the spirit of self-satisfaction.

---J.O.J. Taylor, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 2, 1936.

The only aristocracy in Christianity is the aristocracy of worth, and true worth is always wrapped in the robes of humility.

---Don Delano Tullis, The Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 17, 1940.

Humility is required to challenge mediocrity; one must be ready to brave the taunts of those who knock anyone in the head who raises himself above the level of the masses. Thus humility is the pathway of Truth and inner peace is grounded on the recognition of two dimensions beyond the flatness of the mass level: One is the recognition of the dimension of height, which is the Sanctity above; the other is the dimension of depth, which is the existence of evil within the human heart.

---Fulton J. Sheen, Knickerbocker News, Albany, N.Y., Jan. 3, 1953.

The greatest grace in life is humility; and life’s greatest lesson is how to possess it.

---John Grant Newman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 26, 1939.

Humility is the altar from which true praise arises.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 24, 1933.

True humility has the open eyes of faith; it obeys not of necessity, but because it trusts and loves and longs to serve.

---Lester Bradner, Jr., Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Dec. 4, 1898.

Humility is the foundation of all true prayer, and without it every other grace of the soul will wither and die.

---Edward McHugh, Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 22, 1898.

Altitude in the divine life is measured in a perpendicular line downward. Humility is the Alpha and Omega of the Christian life.

---Henry P. Bond, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Dec. 4, 1915.

Every work for God ought to be undertaken in humble dependence upon Him and ought to be preceded by prayer.

---J.E. Gilbert, Evening Star, Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 1905.

Humility is the altar upon which God wishes that we should offer Him our sacrifices.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Fulton County News, McConnelsburg, Pa., May 8, 1902.

Humility is the ethereal medium whereby the human heart may tune in on the voice of Omnipotence.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 3, 1934.

The wisdom of humility is that it recognizes its indebtedness for its attainments to the Giver of All Good.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 29, 1957.

With gratitude comes its sister grace, humility, to teach us that our destiny is never in our own hands, and that we must always rely upon a Higher Power. Wherever gratitude and humility combine, they generate with tender persuasion the penitence which bears them company. When these three graces enter the heart of a man, he is convinced not that his life is short or long, but that it has been all the poor and meager. Then the return of strength, purpose and joy is never far away.

---S. Parkes Cadman, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 6, 1930.

There is no humility so deep and real as that which the knowledge of grace produces. Humbleness and simplicity are character gems which may appear their loveliest in poverty’s garments, and outshine the rarest diamond of the richly clad. True humbleness knows no rank nor station, and while not common, is found in castle and cottage, in high place and low.

---Earl L. “Jack” Sampson, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Jan. 24, 1953.

Humility is a grace that is well pleasing in the sight of God. It wins the admiration of man. It is a modest little flower that fills the air with its fragrance. Amid the strife for honors and riches of this life, it is refreshing to find a man of humility, contentment and godliness. A man of great gifts in order to be humble is not required to become a do-nothing. Humility is not meant to weaken or dwarf us. Humility in Christ was compatible with courage and intense activity and He is our pattern. Let us, therefore, put on that humbleness of mind that we see in the one of meek and lowly spirit.

---John L. Brandt, St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, Mo., June 26, 1905.

The man who tries to humiliate others is not the best friend of humility.

---Henry F. Cope, Lincoln County Leader, Toledo, Ore., Aug. 10, 1906.

There is a very fine line between humility and pride, and a man may easily deceive himself. It is often possible to become quite proud of one's humility. When a person begins to doubt the truth of what God has spoken, he is no longer humble. He is proud and arrogant. For that reason, it is impossible for an unbeliever to be humble. A man who disbelieves the truth of God thereby declares that he is wiser than God.

---Edward J. Young, The Presbyterian Guardian, Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 15, 1947.

Humility is that glorious power which robs you or pride but does not rob you of power. Your ability to demonstrate the truth about God and man is God-given. Recognize this fact, and be grateful to the infinite Giver; and you have attained humility. All of our power to witness God’s immortal presence, to banish the appearance of our subjection to evil, to show forth in us the alertness, vigor, true intelligence, wisdom, which increases our spiritual nature and attracts all good—all of this power is by the grace of God. Use it with all agility and consecration, but never be tempted to say or think it is a personal possession. Increase your ability. It is your spiritual duty. Acknowledge your importance as the eternal individual expression of divine presence. Let your illustration in you of what God does for man be the most telling, persuasive illustration you can make of it, of man’s infinite mental proportions under God, but always bear in thought that your achievement is illustrating the doing of God, not of man. This way lies affluence, for it is the way of humility. It is the way of divine intelligence, unfolding its effect in terms of love, health, and security, thus meeting the demands of the time.

---George Channing, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Nov. 15, 1939.

Humility is the bedrock of virtue. It gives a man a foundation on which to start. The reason why it holds so fundamental a position in our moral life is that it makes us realize our position in the universe, our place in relation to God. If God is what we say and know He is, and if man is what we know him to be, we need search no further for reasons why man should be humble.

---Theophile Meerschaert, The Indian Advocate, Sacred Heart, Okla., April 1906.

One of the mistakes of our lives is that we do not bring to the humble tasks all the wealth of energy, power and religious truth which we have. The secret of power is the gentle Christian spirit.

---C.D. Burrows, Lowell Daily Courier, Lowell, Mass., April 26, 1881.

Humility of spirit is the surest highway over which Christ comes to the human soul.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 8, 1919.

Humility is a descending upward, as pride is an ascending downward.

—E.A. Lawrence, The Independent, New York, N.Y., Oct. 9, 1884.

We are truly humble when we realize that without the Lord we can do nothing, and with the Lord we can do all things.

—Mark E. Petersen, Harvester, Winter Park, Fla., October 1968.

Humility, such as only Christ could illustrate, is love for the lowest, a helpful, uplifting love that reaches its almighty arm to the depths of humanity and raises it to the heights of glorified deity.

—Warren Akin Candler, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 17, 1898.

There is nothing cowardly about being humble. It requires the greatest amount of restraint, self-control, courage and determination a person can muster. It is a mark of spiritual maturity to be humble.

—M. Elmer Christensen, Reaper, Zurich, Switzerland, Aug. 28, 1968.

When the soul bathes in humility, it emerges cleansed from grime of selfishness and walks through the morning sun of God's approval into the dewy garden of Contentment.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 30, 1923.

It is wise to cultivate that beautiful attribute–humility–which God gives us to enrich our lives. It is humility that makes life fertile. Nature shows us this. After a rainfall, where does the water settle? Not on the hilltops. No, it always seeks the low ground. In the same way, God's grace always seeks the gentle and the lowly. God's grace falls like a benediction, and finds its resting place where there is lowliness of spirit.

—Henrietta Heron, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 2, 1941.

The note of humility is a low note but very sweet, the very foundation note of the celestial harmony.

—J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 15, 1928.

Real humility is moral glory; not the surrender of greatness, but the sign of it.

—Phillip Wendell Crannell, The Western Messenger, Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 28, 1919.

The power, the strength, the force of humility is known only unto the humble man. He who would exalt himself above his fellowman never learns the dynamic power of humility. And, to those who have achieved a measure of humility, the struggle continues to maintain this sweet, wholesome and spiritual power. Just as one continues to achieve any virtue, humility is no different, for humility is not a static state.

—T. Bowring Woodbury, New Era, London, England, May 1959.

To be clothed with humility is to have an humble mind that will help us to condescend in Christian service to anyone whom we may really help. So to speak, it is to fill the place of servant for Jesus’ sake.

—J.A. French, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 8, 1907.

Humility does not consist in depreciating one's achievements; for if a man is outstanding in any sphere, it would be hypocritical to deny the fact, and sincerity is an essential ingredient of humility. Humility is a right and proper estimate of what one is in the sight of God. And with this estimate comes the understanding that we are His children and that our talents are bestowed upon us from Him. True humility is uplifting and ennobling and gives to achievement the lustre of the divine. Humility has been described as the "highest virtue" and is one of the most difficult to develop. For if you are humble and know it, you are not humble. If you are humble and do not know it, you are humble. So humility is an unconscious virtue. When you possess it others will know. When you know it, it vanishes.

—F. Craig Sudbury, Harvester, Victoria, Australia, August 1968.

To walk humbly with God means respect and affection for God. To be humble means that a man is quick to discern goodness in others.

---Ernest Duncan Holloway, The Monroe News-Star, Monroe, La., May 29, 1944.

True humility is not self-depreciation, but forgetfulness of self in the appreciation of others.

—A.B. Kendall, The Herald of Gospel Liberty, Portsmouth, N.H., June 30, 1927.

"To walk humbly with thy God." (Micah 6:8.) To do this, man must necessarily meet God, at God's appointed place, and then submissively walk in the paths laid our for him. ... We must humbly fall in with Heaven's overtures, takes these steps, and thus get our feet upon the straight and narrow way. Then the duties of Christian life begin, and until the course is finished we must walk humbly with God. Now, "to walk" implies activity, progress. ... The one who has learned to walk humbly with God will never refer to any command of His through the inspired scriptures as "non-essential," nor will he fail to keep the smallest of these commands, and at the same time he will not presume to say that God has not furnished us completely unto every good work and thus find occasion to require or introduce things wherein God's word does not lead.

—Harvey W. Riggs, The Living Message, Harper, Kan., Nov. 22, 1923.

God yearns for us to walk with Him because we are the children of His love. But the one human characteristic that so often stands in the way of our doing this is our pride–which is the antithesis of humility. Some people are even of the mind that they should be proud because they have fellowship with God. ... God wants us to walk with Him because we cannot feel His own completeness otherwise. We can only find the full fulfillment of our being in this relationship. And there is no getting around the fact that humility is the path that leads us to Him. God longs for this fellowship and perhaps our greatest sin against Him is constantly raising the barriers of pride and self-love which make this relationship impossible.

—Alfred A. Knox, The Louisiana Methodist, Little Rock, Ark., Nov. 23, 1967.

Humility will bring us closer to the Lord and will help us feel His love. The way we act toward God and toward our fellowmen will demonstrate how humble we really are. ... Recognizing God's greatness is the first step toward following Christ's example of humility. When we recognize our spiritual strength comes from Christ we will submit to His will--just as Christ submitted to the will of His Father.

—Cecilia Warner, Searcy Daily Citizen, Searcy, Ark., Aug. 13, 1982.

The true way for us to be humble is not to stoop until we are smaller than ourselves, but to stand at our real heights against God’s majesty which shall show us in truth what the real smallness of our maximum greatness is. We can see our smallness only as we realize the comparative greatness of that divine nature, and the more truth we learn the more clear that realization.

—Don A. Hansen, Liahona the Elders Journal, Independence, Mo., March 10, 1942.

Humility goeth before success.

—Thomas B. Neff, New York New York City Mission Missionary Bulletin, New York, N.Y., Nov. 17, 1975.

When we part with humility, we part with spiritual health, and invite unto ourselves the disease of bitterness.

—Harold L. Hawkins, Baptist Hospital Echo, Alexandria, La., May 1957.

Humility is the foundation of Christian virtue; humility is the crown of all Christian endeavor.

—David S. Phelan, Western Watchman, St. Louis, Mo., May 29, 1913.

Humility is essential to noble intuitions and breadth of vision. It is the recognition of the purity and majesty of God. It inspires fidelity, enterprise and courage; for it increases the power of the inward life and quickens the sense of accountability of every gift and opportunity. It is an essential condition of being strengthened with all might, according to the glory of the divine power.

—James E.C. Sawyer, New York Observer, New York, N.Y., Jan. 6, 1910.

If we had more humility, we would hear less contention; because humility of heart always increases charity and clarity of understanding. Also it increases our ability to make kindly resistance, but without compromise with any wrong. All this reduces contention and promotes a greater measure of peace.

—James E. Yates, Zion's Advocate, Independence, Mo., April 1939.

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