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Be modest, humble, simple.
by Abraham Cahan

Be modest, humble, simple.
Control your anger.
- Abraham Cahan

Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.
- Abraham Cahan

What is this world? A mere curl of smoke for the wind to scatter.
- Abraham Cahan

The orthodox Jewish faith practically excludes woman from religious life.
- Abraham Cahan

 

If you feel that you are good, don't be too proud of it.
- Abraham Cahan

You must never tire fighting Satan.
- Abraham Cahan

If a man is tongue-tied, don't laugh at him,
but, rather, feel pity for him, as you would for a man with broken legs.
- Abraham Cahan

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What is wealth? A dream of fools.
- Abraham Cahan

Above all, you must fight conceit, envy,
and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
- Abraham Cahan

If you study the Talmud you please God even more than
you do by praying or fasting.
- Abraham Cahan

Only the other world has substance and reality;
only good deeds and holy learning have tangible worth.
- Abraham Cahan

The dearest days in one's life are those that seem
very far and very near at once.
- Abraham Cahan

I was a great dreamer of day dreams.
- Abraham Cahan

Remember that it is not enough to abstain from lying by word of mouth;
for the worst lies are often conveyed by a false look,
smile, or act.
- Abraham Cahan

God, for example, appealed to me as a beardless man
wearing a quilted silk cap;
holiness was something burning,
forbidding, something connected with fire while a day
had the form of an oblong box.
- Abraham Cahan

If it be true that our people represent a high percentage of mental vigor,
the distinction is probably due, in some measure,
to the extremely important part which Talmud studies
have played in the spiritual life of the race.
- Abraham Cahan

Be merciful, moderate, and modest.
- Lao Tzu

Mr. Attlee is a very modest man.
Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
- Winston Churchill

A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself;
a modest man does not talk of himself.
- Jean de la Bruyere

A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.
- Edgar Watson Howe

No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

By gold all good faith has been banished;
by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold,
and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint.
- Sextus Propertius

The modest person is usually admired,
if people ever hear of them.
- Edgar Watson Howe

To be meek, patient, tactful, modest,
honorable, brave, is not to be either manly or womanly;
it is to be humane.
- Jane Harrison

I had a very modest upbringing.
- Balthazar Getty

I'm quite modest.
I don't want to tell people I'm a leader.
- Pol Pot

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled
people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Examples would indeed be excellent things were not
people so modest that none will set,
and so vain that none will follow them.
- Augustus Hare

America tends to worship the modest talent because
it doesn't put us in an uncomfortable position vis-a-vis the artist.
- Carlisle Floyd

To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause,
find out if he abides criticism.
- Franz Grillparzer

For example, Michael Jordan earns $100million a year
but continues to play basketball and remains a modest human being.
- Franz Beckenbauer

I mean no film is beyond criticism, but I think we've
made a very modest movie.
- Walter Hill

I wasn't trying to top Pulp Fiction with Jackie Brown.
I wanted to go underneath it and make a more modest character study movie.
- Quentin Tarantino

I was a modest, good-humoured boy.
It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.
- Max Beerbohm

Politics is a place of humble hopes and strangely modest requirements,
where all are good who are not criminal and all are
wise who are not ridiculously otherwise.
- Frank Moore Colby

As a consequence while we had a roof over our heads,
food on the table, and clothes to wear to school we
were constantly conscious of being of modest means.
- Robert B. Laughlin

Of course I've already taken a very modest position on the monetary system,
I do take the position that we should just end the Fed.
- Ron Paul

I grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts.
My background was modest, and I worked at a Portuguese bakery in town.
- Emeril Lagasse

To not be modest about it, you'll find that with only a couple of exceptions,
most of the musicians that I've worked with have done
their best work by far with me.
- David Bowie

It's passionately interesting for me that the things
that I learned in a small town,
in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
- Margaret Thatcher

Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

It well becomes a young man to be modest.
- Titus Maccius Plautus

Simplicity is not the goal.
It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.
- Paul Rand

People hear that and say I'm being modest,
but I am not a modest person, but I have to be truthful
about what I'm doing and what I'm doing is channeling.
- Morgan Freeman

The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals,
but he is also the proudest.
It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry.
- Erik Satie

Inflation is lower and more stable and the real business
cycle fluctuations are more modest.
- Martin Feldstein

A superior man is modest in his speech,
but exceeds in his actions.
- Confucius

In the deregulated realm of US banking and finance,
crime does occasionally pay for its foul deeds,
not in prison time but by making modest rebates to the victims.
- William Greider

Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved,
the silent for a sullen person.
- Horace

Although my early equipment was very modest,
later I made my own and they were more powerful.
- Clyde Tombaugh

Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.
- Orson Welles

No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain;
all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.
- John Ruskin

Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit;
few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Style is the dress of thought; a modest dress,
Neat, but not gaudy, will true critics please.
- Samuel Wesley

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous
vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
- Logan P. Smith

Although I grew up in very modest and challenging circumstances,
I consider my life to be immeasurably rich.
- Sonia Sotomayor

On their own merits modest men are dumb.
- George Colman

I grew up in a very modest house.
We were poor-we lived on the poverty level.
We all got jobs as young kids.
- Chely Wright

The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.
- Confucius

Leaders should be collaborative, modest,
and generous.
- Bill Bradley

Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you
will never be asked to do a thing.
- Paul Theroux

The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.
- Paul Cezanne

And, I may add, from what totally unexpected sources
come many of those who from the comparatively modest
beginning in the chorus rise to the heights of really
great achievement in the theatrical profession.
- Florenz Ziegfeld

The only possible role that I can see for reconciliation
would be to make modest changes in the major package
to improve affordability,
to deal with what share of Medicaid expansion the federal government pays,
those kinds of issues, which is the traditional role
for reconciliation in health care.
- Kent Conrad

Because primarily of the power of the Internet,
people of modest means can band together and amass
vast sums of money that can change the world for some
public good if they all agree.
- William J. Clinton

I will continue to distribute blankets,
sleeping bags, warm clothing and food on a regular basis,
in the hope that my modest efforts will give some comfort
to those people we are able help.
- Mohamed Al-Fayed

Art is not an end in itself, but a means of addressing humanity.
- Modest Mussorgsky

I just owe almost everything to my father and it's
passionately interesting for me that the things that
I learned in a small town,
in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
- Margaret Thatcher

The real issue is not talent as an independent element,
but talent in relationship to will, desire,
and persistence.
Talent without these things vanishes and even modest
talent with those characteristics grows.
- Milton Glaser

But you have to understand that I consider myself a very modest artist,
or whatever, and not of importance really at all -
it is quite embarrassing to me to be asked my opinion about things.
I am only a wee Scottish poet on the outside of everything.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

The true colour of life is the colour of the body,
the colour of the covered red, the implicit and not
explicit red of the living heart and the pulses.
It is the modest colour of the unpublished blood.
- Alice Meynell


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