A Just and Reasonable Modesty

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.” ~ Joseph Addison

When you develop talents and cultivate new qualities of character, more power can flow through you. That power, in turn, allows for greater influence. That influence can be both empowering and intoxicating.

Modesty is a prophylactic against the abuse of that power. Of the many qualities of character that can be cultivated and mastered, modesty mustn’t be overlooked.

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.” ~ Louisa May Alcott


4 thoughts on “A Just and Reasonable Modesty

  1. Colin

    I think that quote by Louisa May Alcott is key. If you feel badly done by and that people are unjustly overlooking your talents and capabilities, you are undoing any good that they would have done in the first place. In life, the only important thing is that you are doing what is right. If you are doing that proudly and no one notices, it doesn’t matter, because no one has to. What matters is what is done, not what is seen.


  2. Scarlett

    Your use of the word modesty is not one I would have thought of in relationship to power, but it is well chosen as it relates to balance (moderation – a related word), decency and humility.


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