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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteIMMODEST, adj. Having a strong sense of one's own merit, coupled with a feeble conception of worth in others.



There was once a man in Ispahan Ever and ever so long ago, And he had a head, the phrenologists said, That fitted him for a show.



For his modesty's bump was so large a lump

(Nature, they said, had taken a freak) That its summit stood far above the wood Of his hair, like a mountain peak.



So modest a man in all Ispahan, Over and over again they swore -- So humble and meek, you would vainly seek; None ever was found before.



Meantime the hump of that awful bump Into the heavens contrived to get To so great a height that they called the wight The man with the minaret.



There wasn't a man in all Ispahan Prouder, or louder in praise of his chump: With a tireless tongue and a brazen lung He bragged of that beautiful bump



Till the Shah in a rage sent a trusty page Bearing a sack and a bow-string too, And that gentle child explained as he smiled:

"A little present for you."



The saddest man in all Ispahan, Sniffed at the gift, yet accepted the same.

"If I'd lived," said he, "my humility Had given me deathless fame!" --Sukker Uffro

 Ambrose Bierce quotes (American Writer, Journalist and Editor, 1842-1914)
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteSHERIFF, n. In America the chief executive office of a country, whose most characteristic duties, in some of the Western and Southern States, are the catching and hanging of rogues.



John Elmer Pettibone Cajee

(I write of him with little glee) Was just as bad as he could be.



'Twas frequently remarked: "I swon! The sun has never looked upon So bad a man as Neighbor John."



A sinner through and through, he had This added fault: it made him mad To know another man was bad.



In such a case he thought it right To rise at any hour of night And quench that wicked person's light.



Despite the town's entreaties, he Would hale him to the nearest tree And leave him swinging wide and free.



Or sometimes, if the humor came, A luckless wight's reluctant frame Was given to the cheerful flame.



While it was turning nice and brown, All unconcerned John met the frown Of that austere and righteous town.



"How sad," his neighbors said, "that he So scornful of the law should be -- An anar c, h, i, s, t."



(That is the way that they preferred To utter the abhorrent word, So strong the aversion that it stirred.)



"Resolved," they said, continuing,

"That Badman John must cease this thing Of having his unlawful fling.



"Now, by these sacred relics" --here Each man had out a souvenir Got at a lynching yesteryear --



"By these we swear he shall forsake His ways, nor cause our hearts to ache By sins of rope and torch and stake.



"We'll tie his red right hand until He'll have small freedom to fulfil The mandates of his lawless will."



So, in convention then and there, They named him Sheriff. The affair Was opened, it is said, with prayer. --J. Milton Sloluck

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteYonder a maid and her wight / Come whispering by: / War's annals will cloud into night/ Ere their story die.

 Thomas Hardy quotes (British Novelist and Poet who set much of his work in Wessex, an imaginary county in southwestern England. 1840-1928)

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