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503. Modesty
"It may, indeed, be no less dangerous to claim, on certain occasions, too little than too much. There is something captivating in spirit and intrepidity, to which we often yield, as to a resistless power; nor can he reasonably expect the confidence of others who too apparently distrusts himself."
Johnson: Rambler #1 (March 20, 1750)

637. Modesty
"Those who attempt nothing themselves think every thing easily performed, and consider the unsuccessful always as criminal."
Johnson: Idler #1 (April 15, 1758)

1,437. Conversation; Modesty
"The modest man is a companion of a yet lower rank, whose only power of giving pleasure is not to interrupt it. The modest man satisfies himself with peaceful silence, which all his companions are candid enough to consider as proceeding not from inability to speak, but willingness to hear."
Johnson: Rambler #188 (January 4, 1752)

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