Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue
Nothing is more amiable than true modesty, and nothing more contemptible than the false
A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.
Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward; and merit without modesty, insolent. But modest merit has a double claim to acceptance, and generally meets with as many patrons as beholders.