Humility is "the quality of being humble or having a lowly opinion of oneself, meekness, lowliness, humbleness, the opposite of pride or haughtiness." Humility is a soul virtue.

Edna Lister on Humility

"Humility through devotion, and watchfulness lest we stumble" are the actions of service. – Edna Lister, Faith Reconsidered, March 31, 1935.

Humility is to see the truth in self. First we must face the old self, and conquer it; then we must see perfection in our new being. – Edna Lister, Our Asset Column, February 16, 1936.

The world's adulation is always dangerous. Act from such deep humility that the world cannot take it from you, for only love, understanding, praise and gratitude can possibly balance you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 9, 1939.

Always, our humility of heart must exceed the exaltation of the glory of our soul. – Edna Lister, The Great Challenge, March 8, 1942.

Humility accepts everything as a gift. – Edna Lister, Seven Degrees, April 17, 1942.

Unless you remain in a state of prayer and humility, God may need to use a hatpin to deflate you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 22, 1945.

True humility is complete willing surrender to be ready for the Father's use in any capacity, in any way, anywhere, anytime. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 4, 1950.

Not to be thought egotistical in our enthusiasm, we cover our faith with false humility, which breeds egotism. If we write compassion over "humility," we will not need to cover it because compassion is not self-centered sympathy. If we sympathize with self, we slip from our ideals, creating false humility, which leads to humiliation. – Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.

The humility of acceptance of being led is among the greatest of virtues. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 25, 1951.

Humility is the pure essence of divine Mother Love, the graciousness and loveliness of the Christ Spirit expressing as selfless compassion, which is the only humility acceptable before the Thrones. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 12, 1951.

Don't kid yourself by being humble on the outside and hurt or angry inside. Humbleness is not humility, which is the essence of God's Love in action. – Edna Lister, Prove Me Now, November 18, 1951.

False humility wipes out any chance for ascension. – Edna Lister, Seven Churches, November 25, 1952.

Be conscious of your soul's noble birth, not in self congratulation but in soul humility of purpose. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 3, 1953.

The reward of humility is an open mind. – Edna Lister, Success Through Prayer, July 7, 1953.

True humility is a state of grace, where having become law, we are used by love and the glory of faith, with no thought of self. – Edna Lister, Promises Are Keys, May 29, 1955.

"By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life." – Proverbs 22:4) means that riches, honor and life are the rewards of humility and fear of the Lord. We must open our minds to see and to accept. Humility loves the law, and dares to listen, to change and to declare everything good. Humility sees Light moving into dark places. Humility dares to live up, let go of the past, to push up hard enough without dragging the past along too. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.

Humility is that soul quality that causes you to lift a person and put him on a pedestal so his soul shines. One who expresses this humility is so absorbed and enfolded in the Love of God that nothing of self is left. Humility is the badge of royal family membership, the compassion of the Master, the trademark of the Elect on earth. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.

There are two types of humility, false and true. The first is conscious of self. Self-humility is always humble and says, "Oh, I couldn't do that." True humility is the soul as spirit kneeling before God as its bondsman in complete love and devotion. True humility never knows it is good or humble. – Edna Lister, The Bond of Spirit, October 6, 1957.

The law of humility is God's Wisdom and Love in perfect balance as compassion. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

If you have a high idea of your humility, you have pride instead. – Edna Lister, Desire Is Your Glory, June 14, 1959.

The terms, humility and acceptance, are synonymous, and create a royal crown when you concede to them perfectly. Accept everything that comes as good, no matter how dark or unclean. That is humility. – Edna Lister, Imagination Is Your Crown, June 21, 1959.

An attitude of true humility one of the greatest keys to unlocking the symbolism of the Way of Christ. Humility is wisdom and love in perfect balance within the soul, going forth as compassion to the world. A lack of humility is the self taking credit from God. – Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism?, October 6, 1959.

Humility is the graciousness of acceptance. To live in humility is to live with an open mind, accepting law. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 23, 1960.

Your lack of humility creates the many occasions for your humiliation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 22, 1960.

By assuming the Master's attitudes, mastery exalts you into humility. – Edna Lister, Integrity: Our Great Anchor, April 22, 1962.

"I am humble" lowers your vibration and sets you in a lonely corner. To dwell on your humility reduces the full glory of the Holy Spirit to a trickle. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 27, 1962.

Wipe the word "humility" from your consciousness, and replace it with "compassionate graciousness." Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 9, 1962.

True humility consists of complete surrender of the self to be ruled by the soul. – Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964, 1982.

Humility is the quality of a listening soul. – Edna Lister, All Healing Comes from Beauty of the Soul, May 16, 1967.

Humility is nonresistance in its purest expression, and it comes before faith. We cannot have real faith without humility, and we cannot reach humility until we give up self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 24, 1969.

The Christed humility of Ascension enfolds us in an all-powerful Godlike simplicity of expression. – Edna Lister, The Miracle of the Centurion's Servant Healed, November 8, 1970.

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Humility in Other Sacred Writings

The greater you are, the more humble yourself, and you shall find favor before the Lord. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 3:18.

Never trust an enemy: for as iron rusts, so is his wickedness. Though he humble himself, yet take good heed and beware of him, and you shall be to him as if you had wiped a looking glass, and you shalt know that his rust has not been altogether wiped away. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 12:10-11

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Etymology of humility: Latin humilitatem (nom. humilitas) "lowness, insignificance."

Etymology of humble: Latin humilis, "lowly, humble," literally "on the ground," from humus, "earth."

Humility is a soul virtue.


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.

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