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Quotes on Humility

Quotes on Humility.

Humility, human, and humble all share the same root word, humus. When we are humble and human we lower ourselves in those moments accepting the humility and humiliation that comes with being human.

The quotes come from a variety of sources, but one that caught my attention was from Abraham Lincoln. We have to lower ourselves sometimes to find our way through living’s dense thicket and underbrush. It is here we find our wisdom and can discern the next possible step.

Humility is accepting that nothing comes with certainty. Discerning at this level allows us to look upwards and find the stars again as they help us on the journey called living. In these spaces, we seek the questions which open space rather than the answers so often fixed firmly in our beliefs.


About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

11 responses »

  1. Humility, being humble, hard to do when the “I” “ego” is desiring things.

    Lower,ourselves sometimes brings a nice visual, another way to be humble is to give to others, the needy without concern for reward. I have found that a very humbling, insightful space.

    Accepting us and life in this moment, brings instant humility, awareness

  2. I like what you say almost better than the quotes 😉 And yes, I have discovered humility and humiliation come with being human. How perceptive of you to point these out.

  3. Humility is a funny thing. If we think we are humble, we probably aren’t.

  4. Yes..certainly I would really like to become more and more humble but find it hard to reach a point where my humility has to be compromised at the cost of being insulted and disrespected. Big struggle,I must say !

  5. Hello ivonprefontaine. I’ve come back to this post, having read it a little while back. You’ve placed me in reflection, which is what I enjoy about this community, certainly lowering my blood pressure.

    Here is one that I’ve taken to heart:

    “To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” – Criss Jami


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