A collection of words...

No one will learn anything at all, unless one first will learn humility.

Owen Meredith
If thou desire the love of God and people, be humble, for the proud heart,
as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself.
Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.

Francis Quarles
Humility is strong--not bold; quiet--not speechless;
sure--not arrogant.

Estelle Smith

These are a few of the ways we can practice humility:  Speak as little as possible of oneself.  Mind one's own business.  Avoid curiosity.  Do not want to manage other people's affairs.  Accept contradiction and correction cheerfully.  Pass over mistakes of others.  Accept blame when innocent.  Yield to the will of others.  Accept insults and injuries.  Accept being slighted, forgotten, and disliked.  Be kind and gentle even under provocation.  Do not seek to be specially loved and admired.  Never stand on one's dignity.  Yield in discussion even though one is right.  Choose always the hardest.
There is no true and constant gentleness without humility.
While we are so fond of ourselves, we are easily offended with others.
Let us be persuaded that nothing is due to us,
and then nothing will disturb us.
Let us often think of our own infirmities,
and we will become indulgent towards those of others.
François Fenelon
It is vain to gather virtues without humility,
for the spirit of God delighteth to dwell in the hearts of the humble.


Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility.
An able person and yet humble person is a jewel worth a kingdom.
William Penn
A fault which humbles a person is of more use to him or her
than a good action which puffs him or her up.

Woodrow Wilson
True humility is intelligent
self-respect which keeps us
from thinking too highly or
too meanly of ourselves.
It makes us mindful of the
nobility God meant us
to have.  Yet it makes us
modest by reminding us
how far we have come short
of what we can be.

Ralph W. Sockman
Be humble and you will remain entire.
The sages do not display themselves, therefore they shine.
They do not approve themselves, therefore they are noted.
They do not praise themselves, therefore they have merit.
They do not glory in themselves, therefore they excel.
Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve;
nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self.
T.S. Eliot
In humility alone lies true greatness, and knowledge and wisdom
are profitable only in so far as our lives are governed by them.

Nicholas of Cusa
Humility does not mean false modesty.  Humility does not mean taking a back seat.
When you take a back seat consciously and deliberately in order to show others
how humble you are, you are not being humble at all.
   False humility is what slaves show to their masters.  Slaves know that if they do not
obey their masters blindly, if they do not show this kind of outer humility, the master will punish them.
   True humility is something totally different; it is the feeling of oneness.  Humility means
giving joy to others.  Here on earth we want to get joy.  But how do we get joy?
Real joy we get from self-giving, not by possessing or by showing our own supremacy.
When we allow others to get joy, then we feel that our joy is more complete,
more perfect, more divine.  By making others feel that they are either equally important
or more important, we show our true humility.
Sri Chinmoy
It is better to have but little knowledge with humility and understanding,
than great learning which might make you proud.  For a person's merits are not
to be estimated by having many visions, or by knowledge of the bible, or by
being placed in a higher position; but by being grounded in true humility,
and by seeking always, purely, and entirely, the honor of God.
Thomas a Kempis
Professions of humility are the very cream, the very essence of pride;
the really humble person wishes to be, and not to appear so.
Humility is timorous, and starts at her shadow; and so delicate
that if she hears her name pronounced it endangers her existence.
Francis de Sales

We have learned about true humility.  To be humble is to surrender, to give up trying to change people or circumstances, to give up trying to force our will upon others.  Humility is being quiet, being at rest, and being confident that God is present in every situation.  humility is being at peace, always. unattributed
I believe that the first test of a truly great person is
his or her humility.  I do not mean by humility, doubt
of his or her own powers.  But really great people have
a curious feeling that the greatness is not in them,
but through them.  And they see something divine
in every other person.

John Ruskin
Suffer me never to think that i have knowledge enough to need no teaching, wisdom enough
to need no correction, talents enough to need no grace, goodness enough to need
no progress, humility enough to need no repentance, devotion enough to
need no quickening, strength sufficient without Your spirit; lest, standing still,
i fall back for evermore.

Eric Milner-White
Humble people can do great things with uncommon perfection
because they are no longer concerned about their own interests
and their own reputation, and therefore they no longer need
to waste their efforts in defending them.
Thomas Merton
Nothing is in vain or without profit to the humble soul:  like the bee,
it takes its honey from the bitter herbs; it stands always in a state
of divine growth, and everything that falls upon it is a dew of Heaven to it.
William Law
Humility is not weakness; it is the epitome of strength.
Humility moves a person away from human, personal weakness
and limitation into divine expression, strength, and expansion.
Donald Curtis
The most powerful weapon to conquer evil is humility.
For evil does not know how to employ it,
nor does it know how to defend itself against it. Vincent de Paul
When humility enters our souls, we are at last able
to perceive that we do not live alone in the world
but with millions of brothers and sisters, and that hidden
in the heart of each is the same animating spirit.
U.S. Anderson

Never take a leaf or move a pebble without asking permission.  Always ask
permission.  That maintains the balance and teaches humility.  That leaf you
want to pluck could be far more important than the little purpose
you have in mind.  You don't know--so ask permission first. Don José Matsuwa
Would you be a pilgrim on the road to Love?
The first condition is that you make yourself as
humble as dust and ashes.
Ansari of Herat
Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights.
With humility comes the willingness to stop trying to control or change
other people or life situations or events ostensibly 'for their own good'.
To be a committed spiritual seeker, it is necessary to relinquish the desire
to be 'right' or of imaginary value to society.  In fact, nobody's ego or
belief systems are of any value to society at all.  The world is neither good
nor bad nor defective, nor is it in need of help or modification because
its appearance is only a projection of one's own mind.  No such world exists.
David R. Hawkins
When you practice humility, you want to become as accomplished and
evolved as you can possibly be, yet you are willing to submit to the
expertise of others to do so. You understand the scope of your aptitudes
yet you choose to eradicate arrogance from your attitude, and you can
distinguish the value you possess as an individual while still acting in the interests
of your fellow human beings. Humility, simply put, is a form of balance
in which you can celebrate your own worth while sincerely believing
that every other person on the planet is just as worthy as you.

“Change happens ONE DAY AT A TIME”
“I cannot think myself into right action! I must ACT myself into right thinking, intent without action is only intent.”
“faith without works is dead”
"Pain is the touchstone of spiritual growth."
"Happiness is appreciating what you have, not getting what you want."
"If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it."
"Remember: It's ok to look back but don't stare. "
" Alcoholic drinking's three stages: impulsive, compulsive, repulsive. "
"Those who abandon their dreams will discourage yours"
"We can no longer be content with just getting by."
"I spent a lifetime in hell and it only took me twelve steps to get to heaven."
"Would you like to be right or happy?"
"When I came to recovery I realized that being a child for 28 years nearly killed me"
"We came to these rooms not because we drank a lot, but because we drank too much."
"Serenity is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it."
"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open. "
"Remember, don't run so fast that your guardian angel can't keep up"
"The longer I'm sober, the drunker I was."
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow's a mystery, and today is a gift!"
"The only normal people are the one's you don't know very well."
"We have good news and bad news here. The good news is you never have to drink again even if you want to. The bad news is that we're your new friends."
"Sorrow looks back; Worry looks ahead; Faith looks up!"
"I am the black sheep of the family. I came to Alcoholics Anonymous and found the rest of the herd."
"No Suffer, No Growth "
"I don't thank God for opening the gates of Heaven and letting me in, I thank God for opening the gates of Hell and letting me out"
"I came for my drinking and stayed for my thinking."
"Sobriety is its own reward."
"I didn't want to go to A.A. I had lost alot of friends to A.A.!"
"To thine own self be true."
"Slippery Souls need Sober Shoes"
"Happiness keeps You Sweet, Trials keep You Strong, Sorrows keep You Human, Failures keep You Humble, Success keeps You Glowing, But Only God keeps You Going!"
"It's not what I know in recovery that keeps me sober. It's what I Do that keeps me sober."
"I used to be a hopeless dope fiend; today I'm dopeless hope fiend."
"Suit up and Show up, Don't shoot up and throw up"
"If God made anything better than this, He kept it for himself!"
"If I Forget 'What' I am, It doesn't Matter 'Who' I am."
"god helps those who help themselves do nothing and nothing will happen"
"I searched for the enemy that I could not see, when I looked in the mirror the enemy was me."
"There is a GOD and I am not it."
"Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday so live in the now!"
"Spiritual Awakenings often come in Rude Awakenings, so you better pay attention!"
"Using is like a merry go round and will only stop when i stop putting 20 cents in."
"When you dance with a gorilla it is the gorilla who decides when to stop."
"Justify=Just-if-I would have/could have...!!!! Then I would have/could have"
"If the path your on has no obstacles, then it probably doesn't lead anywhere. "
"It is when you act on faith that you actually have it."
"A twelve by twelve is a heavy timber for a person to carry alone. But there can be many helping hands if we just pick up the 'phone."
"It works if you work it, so work it cause you're worth it"
"Are you comparing your insides to someone else's outsides?"
"Thank God for Alcoholics Anonymous and thank Alcoholics Anonymous for God."
"Go Easy!!! And if you can't "Go Easy", Go Easy As You Can."
"The first drink gets you drunk. "
"I sought my soul but could no seek. I sought my God but he eluded me. then I sought my brother and found all three."
"Every day is not 100% however, it is a 100% better than my best day of drinking"
"We must become the change we want to see"...Ghandi
"By changing attitudes and finding solutions through our own program of recovery, we can regain our sense of hope, serenity, freedom, and joy..."
"You know you'll be back, so why don't you just stay?"
"Alcohol gave me wings and then slowly took away my sky."
"Walking around drunk is like walking around with your fly open. Everyone sees it except you. "
"Negativity is my disease asking me to come out and play."
"One Day at a time. Keep coming back it really works!"
"Anything an alcoholic lets go of has claw marks all over it."
"Keep an open mind. "
"You can live a perfectly normal life, as soon as you realize your life will never be perfectly normal"
"Love is less a feeling than a thousand tiny acts of kindness. "
"Just because you are having a bad day,dosen,t mean you are having a bad life"
"I only drank on special occasions, like the grand opening of a pack of cigarettes."
"Where ever you go, there you are!"
"We are not failing as long as we are trying. "
"Today is a gift; that's why it's called the present."
"Without God I can't. Without me, He won't. "
"Just remember to B-R-E-A-T-H-E... Breathe in God, breathe out self."
"Expectations are resentments waiting to happen."
"If I don't go to meetings, I don't hear what God wants me to hear!"
"Any fool can criticize, and many of them do. "
"The person who forgets is doomed to repeat. "
"Anger is the wind that blows out the candle of the mind"
"Attitudes are contagious... Is yours worth catching?"
"The slipper prayer...pray when you put them on and pray when you put them away at night...then you'll never forget "
"A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool does from his friends. "
"In my disease I was running from the dark. Now that I am in recovery I find that I am walking toward the light."
"My ego keeps me from you and God from me."
"My definition of balance is being able to obsess equally in all areas of my life."
"A problem and a solution cannot both coexist in your mind at the same time."
"A coincidence is when MY will and God's will coincide."
"Looking for a relationship in AA is like shopping for a car in a junkyard. "
"Meeting Makers Make It!"
"Stepping out on nothing, willing to fall on something!"
"The message is under the ashtray."
"Just because you have pain, doesn't mean you have to be one. "
"God is the greyhound driver I am the passenger and the only baggage I need to take along today are the steps and the tools."
"A sick mind is a terrible thing to waste, just remember it's for amusement only"
"Remember, once you're a pickle, you can never be a cucumber again."
"It's ok to look back just don't stare"
"I'm not powerless over my recovery; my recovery is progressive."
"When you point a finger at someone, there are three pointing back at you. "
"I'm not in the results business. I'm in the efforts business. s.l.i.p. = Sobriety Lost Its Priority"
"Don't take yourself too seriously."
"It's the second meeting that's the most important one."
"You don't have to see the whole staircase at once, just the first step, one step at a time."
"Whenever you are in conflict with someone there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship or deepening that relationship… that factor is attitude "
"Uncover to Recover."
"The minute I take control that's when I lose control."
"Don't leave 5 minutes before the miracle happens!"
"Resentments are like hemorrhoids, they only effect the a__hole who has them"
"if your knees knock kneel"
"I do not like to pray every day, so I'll just pray on days that end in Y"
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."-Mother Teresa
"I looked to a drug for courage, and it made me a coward."
"There are only two sins: To stand in the way of someone else's growth, or to stand in the way of your own."
"A resentment is hurting yourself with the hope that someone else will feel the pain."
"Beneath every skirt, there is a slip!"
"I am powerless but not helpless."
"Take care of the little things, the bigger things are easier to handle"
"Success is getting up after you fall down."
"Wisdom is knowledge you learn after you know it all."
"I may only have one recovery in me. "
"Serenity is what we get when we quit hoping for a better past."
"Prayers: You need the practice, and I need the prayers!"
"An excuse is nothing more than a thin skin stretched over a bald faced lie."
"Sponsors are like clothes, if they don't suit you, then change them."
"We are either working on recovery or we're working on a relapse."
"The sleeper gets nothing but the dream."
"90% of our problems are caused by our own thoughts"
"I will fabricate pain to set me up for future pain."
"Enjoy life today, it is not a dress rehearsal."
"The AA slogans are like railings for the Steps."
"Seven days without a meeting makes one weak"
"Sometimes you need to lose yourself, before you can find anything....."
"Just keep bring the body. Sooner or later the mind will follow!"
"Surrender, is not being weak and giving up...it's simply coming over to the winning side.. using a power greater than yourself to continue the journey."
"It all works out in the end...if it hasn't worked out yet, it's not the end."
"Things might not get better for me, but I can get better despite things"
"Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are"
"Even if you remove all the rum from a fruitcake, you still have a fruitcake!"
"What happened in the past is over, you can't unscramble scrambled eggs!"
"God Listens to Knee Mail"
"The longer you stay sober, the narrower the path."
"Attitude is 80% what happens to me and 20% how I deal with it."
"There is no escalator in AA, you have to take the steps."
"If I could drink like a regular person...I'd drink all the time. Therein lies our paradox..."
"God never closes one door without opening another, but sometimes He makes us wait in the hallway..."
"All you get from sitting on the pity pot is a big ring around your butt."
"When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door, that we don't see the one which has been opened for us."
"Don't forget that the world record is 24 hours"
"If you are not working on the solution you are working on the problem."
"Remember one thing, if you walk 10 miles into the woods, you have walk 10 miles to get out, so you might as well just enjoy the walk now that you can remember it."
"TIME=things I must earn"
"Never Alone Never Again" "God got you to it, He'll get you through it"
"Don't plant the fruit of today with the seeds of your past"
"High on coffee and nicotine, I'm a serene machine"
"The slogans are Band-aids; The steps are the cure; your Higher Power is the doctor."
"I've learned to stay out of my own way and let a greater power guide me and it works better than anything I could have ever dreamt up."
"Anything worth doing, is worth doing wrong. Give up perfectionism and replace it with attitude "
"NUTS = Not Using The Steps"
"Oh God, Why me? Why not you?"
"We Can't Help You - If You Aren't Here!"
"If you want to change who you are, change what you do."
"We might as well " Let Go and Let God " because in the end He is going to do it anyway."
"My best thinking got me drunk."
"It's impossible to stumble when you are on your knees."
"The promises tell that I will no longer be afraid of economic insecurity not that I won't be screwed economically."
"Live life today as though you knew you were dying"
"I may not be where I want to be but thank God I am not where I was!!!!!!"

Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington

When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard, ' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'
Sydney Harris

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
Richard L. Evans

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Joshua J. Marine

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

The World is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
Albert Einstein

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face.
Eleanor Roosevelt

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
Helen Keller

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
Helen Keller

The real test of character is whether you will do the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay.
Michael Josephson

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant.
Charles A. Cerami

There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.
Ray Goforth

To succeed it is necessary to accept the world as it is and rise above it.
Michael Korda

Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
Robert H. Schuller

There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.
William Frederick Halsy, Jr

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Walter Bagehet

Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered with failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that know not victory or defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
Sam Walton

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
Rosalynn Carter

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

The greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen.
Robert E. Moody

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
John Maxwell

Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Vince Lombardi

There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
Mark Twain

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Never let yesterday's disappointments overshadow tomorrow's dreams.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein

When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be earth upon which to stand, or you will be given wings to fly.

One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves.
L. Tom Perry

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
Arthur Golden

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.
Wernher von Braun

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Walter Bagehot

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.
Denis Watley

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
Anatole France

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw

We need men who can dream of things that never were.
John F. Kennedy

I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.
Oprah Winfrey

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.
Oprah Winfrey

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.
Shirley MacLaine

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
Anna Quindlen

The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.
Dan Millman

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity To seize everything you ever wanted…One moment Would you capture it or just let it slip? -Eminem