Category Archives: Humility

Talking about Your Successes

Be careful not to tell others about your successes when this would imply that the person you are talking to is inferior to you.  This could easily create negative feelings in the other person, and arguments and quarrels might ensue.  … Continue reading

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Always be Right

As I was once putting my children to sleep, my six-year-old daughter remarked aloud to the other kids, “Abba is always right, because even when he’s wrong, he knows he’s wrong, and so he’s still right.” We can live our … Continue reading

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In the Face of Controversy

“He hangs the earth on nothing” (Job 26:7).  Rabbi Iylah said, “The world exists only in the merit of people who make themselves nothing in the face of controversy.” ~ Chulin 99a

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Don’t be humble.  You’re not that great.  ~ Golda Meir

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When a person gets angry, he brings harsh judgments upon himself. ~ R’ Nachman of Breslov zt”l

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Forget it

A good deed is best remembered in Heaven when it is forgotten by the man who performed it. ~ R’ Yisrael of Rizhin zt”l

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Know that calmness and humility are partners, just as their opposites, anger and pride, are partners. Generally, what stirs anger is inward pride, while what causes calmness is inward humility. ~ R’ Avraham Ben HaRambam

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Envious Wives

Envious wives will ruin their husbands ~ Vayikra Rabbah

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If people would only be satisfied with essentials and if they’d only try to improve everyone else’s wellbeing and share in their common concerns, they’d conquer the world and have more than they ever wanted. ~ R’ Bahya Ibn Paquda … Continue reading

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If a person worships himself, it is as if he worships idolatry.  For what difference is there if a person worships another or himself? ~ The Kotzker Rebbe

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