Modesty is the chastity of merit, the virginity of noble souls.
Madame de Girardin quotes
- Frauen: glückliche Wesen. Weil sie keine Männer sind,… Frauen: glückliche Wesen. Weil sie keine Männer sind, brauchen sie keine Frauen zu heiraten. Madame de Stael
- "And what have you laymen made of hell? A kind of penal "And what have you laymen made of hell? A kind of penal servitude for eternity, on the lines of your convict prisons on earth, to which you condemn in advance all the wretched felons your police have hunted from the beginning -- ''enemies of society,'' as you call them. You're kind enough to include the blasphemers and the profane. What proud or reasonable man could…
- "Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring… "Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered." - Harriet Martineau
- "Upon the whole, then it seems undeniable, that nothing "Upon the whole, then it seems undeniable, that nothing can bestow more merit on any human creature than the sentiment of benevolence in an eminent degree; and that a part at least of its merit arises from its tendency to promote the interests of our" - David Hume