Ten (10) Sayings about Humility by Thomas Brooks

“The humble soul is like the violet, which grows low, hangs the head downwards, and hides itself with its own leaves; and were it not that the fragrant smell of his many virtues discovered him to the world, he would choose to live and die in his self-contenting secrecy.” Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

1. Humility fits for the highest services we owe to Christ, and yet will not neglect the lowest service to the meanest saint.

2. Humility will make a man bless him that curses him, and pray for those that persecute him. A humble heart is a habitation for God, a scholar for Christ, a companion of angels, a preserver of grace, and a fitter for glory.

3. Humility is the nurse of our graces, the preserver of our mercies, and the great promoter of holy duties.

4. A humble soul always finds three things on this side of heaven: the soul to be empty, Christ to be full, and every mercy and duty to be sweet wherein God is enjoyed.

5. Ah, Christian! though faith be the champion of grace, and love the nurse of grace, yet humility is the beautifier of grace; it casts a general glory upon all the graces in the soul.

6. Humility can weep over other men’s weaknesses, and joy and rejoice over their graces.

7. Humility will make a man quiet and contented in the meanest condition, and it will preserve a man from envying other men’s prosperous condition.

8. Humility makes a man richer than other men, and it makes a man judge himself the poorest among men.

9. Humility will make a man excellent at covering others’ infirmities, and at recording their gracious services, and at delighting in their graces; it makes a man joy in every light that outshines his own, and every wind that blows other good.

10. A humble soul is more willing to say, Heaven is that man’s, than mine; and Christ that Christian’s, than mine; and God is their God in covenant, than mine.


Brooks, Thomas. United We Stand. Taken from “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices,” The Works of Thomas Brooks, Vol. 1. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2009.

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