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Definitions: (1) modest or meek in temperament; free from pride or vanity; (2) respectful

Synonyms: unassuming, unobtrusive, unpretentious

Familial Quality: humor

Too Far: arrogance, conceit, haughtiness, the humble brag


Lay first the foundation of humility.

— Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Roman Theologian

Many who are first shall be last, while the last shall often be first.

— Jesus of Nazareth (7 bc–30 ad) Jewish Preacher

The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful.

— Lao-tse (6th Century bc) Chinese Theologian


We humbly ask God (as we understand the concept) to remove our shortcomings.

— Number seven of the Alcoholics Anonymous twelvestep program.

Observation: Adding humility to your character traits will greatly reduce negative pride. But how to acquire humility. A sure fire way to gain humility is to see yourself in relation to a greater reality. This could be God or nature or even physics. But it has to be someone or something you respect and cannot help but be very impressed with. Once a person sees themselves in a larger context they will have the ability (and maybe the will) to see themselves as they truly are.

We may feel humility when:

• We are favored with an honorific and express, “I am humbled by this recognition.”

• We see our own limits compared with an accomplished hero we wish to emulate.

• We are unable to do what we once found normal (due to illness or accident).

• We have to assume a limited status due to cast, race, gender, etc.

• We feel our smallness in the face of the vastness of the infinite.

• We cast a line into the future to someday glean the reward.

• We accomplish some lofty goal we have been striving for.

• We recognize the limits of our current personal capacity.

• We are faced with a value we have failed to live up to.

• We come face to face with true beauty (nature or art).

• We comprehend a great and profound thought.

• We get a glimpse of the Cosmic Possibilities.

• We experience a deep sense of belonging.

• We realize we are truly loved.

• We are treated unjustly.

Symbol: shoes