Humility - Abraham Ibn Ezra - A Book Of Jewish Thoughts
THE man who does good works is more likely to be overtaken by pride in them than by any other moral mischance, and its effect on conduct is injurious in the extreme. Therefore, among the most necessary of virtues is that one which banishes pride; and this is, humility.
First among the signs by which the meek are known is that when misfortunes come to them their endurance triumphs over their fear and grief, and they willingly submit to the decree of God, and own that His judgements are righteous.
In matters of justice, however, the meek will be high-spirited and fearless, punishing the wicked without fear for favour. He will help the oppressed and rescue him from the power of the oppressor.
BACHYA IBN PAKUDAH, 1040.
AT all times let a man fear God as well in private as in public, acknowledge the truth, and speak the truth in his heart; and let him rise early and say: Sovereign of all worlds! Not because of our righteous acts do we lay our supplications before Thee, but because of Thine abundant mercies.
DAILY PRAYER BOOK.
WISDOM begetteth humility.
ABRAHAM IBN EZRA, 1167.
Excerpt From A Book of Jewish Thoughts By Joseph Herman Hertz