Modesty is invisibility. Never forget it. To be seen – to be seen – is to be – her voice trembled – penetrated. What you must be, girls, is impenetrable.
With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
No doubt, when modesty was made a virtue, it was a very advantageous thing for the fools, for everybody is expected to speak of himself as if he were one.
I will not be modest. As humble as you please, but not modest. Modesty is the virtue of the half-hearted.
For this is hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.[Diess nämlich ist das Schwerste, aus Liebe die offne Hand schliessen und als Schenkender die Scham bewahren.]
Although modesty is natural to the human species, naturally children have none. Modesty is born only with the knowledge of evil.[Quoique la pudeur soit naturelle à l’espèce humaine, naturellement les enfants n’en ont point. La pudeur ne naît qu’avec la connaissance du mal.]