August Friedrich Siegert – The Small Connoisseur

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
François de La Rochefoucauld

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson

Wisdom cannot be imparted.
Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart
always sounds like foolishness to someone else.
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.
One can find it, live it, do wonders through it,
but one cannot communicate and teach it.
Hermann Hesse

We don’t receive wisdom;
we must discover it for ourselves after a journey
that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust

The fool doth think he is wise,
but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare

People who know little are usually great talkers,
while men who know much say little.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The more I read, the more I acquire,
the more certain I am that I know nothing.

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom.
It is healthy to be reminded
that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Mahatma Gandhi



William Bouguereau – Le Passage du gue

Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility!
Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate!
Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!
C. JoyBell C.

Humility has nothing to do with depreciating ourselves and our gifts
in ways we know to be untrue.
Even “humble” attitudes can be masks of pride.
Humility is that freedom from our self which enables us
to be in positions in which we have neither recognition nor importance,
neither power nor visibility,
and even experience deprivation,
and yet have joy and delight.
It is the freedom of knowing that we are not in the center of the universe,
not even in the center of our own private universe.
David F. Wells

I believe that the first test of a great man is his humility.
I don’t mean by humility, doubt of his power.
But really great men have a curious feeling
that the greatness is not of them, but through them.
And they see something divine in every other man and
are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.
John Ruskin

To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
Charles de Montesquieu

True humility is not thinking less of yourself;
it is thinking of yourself less.
Tim Keller

True humility is contentment.
Henri Frederic Amiel

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