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The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that
wears a fig leaf.
- Following the Equator, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar
I was born modest; not all over, but in spots.
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Without doubt modesty is nothing less than a holy feeling; and without
doubt the person whose rule of modesty has been transgressed feels the
same sort of wound that he would feel if something made holy to him by
his religion had suffered a desecretation. I say "rule of modesty"
because there are about a million rules in the world, and this makes a
million standards to be looked out for.
- Following the Equator
Modesty antedates clothes and will be resumed when clothes are no more.
Modesty died when clothes were born. Modesty died when false modesty was
- Mark Twain, a Biography
magazine, May 26, 1898
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