Humility is the keynote of success. The arrogant and the conceited are not so likely to succeed even in the ordinary events of everyday life as the humble, as they are not willing to assist and to do as others wish, but like to take the lead in all things, whether fitted for the part or not; whereas the humble and lowly person is always trying to be of use to his fellow-man, his chief desire being to give, not to gain; to serve, not to rule.
The longer I live, the more the virtue of humility appeals to me; and though these are man among those who consider themselves to be very worldly-wise who tell us that it is foolish to do so much for others, that we shall be down-trodden altogether if we do not assert ourselves, yet I venture to think they are wrong, and that even as regards the things of this world only, the humble prosper more than the arrogant (though they are working for a gar higher goal), because they and their good works are appreciated. Unselfishness is appreciated in others, even by those who have themselves no practical acquaintance with it; and besides, the desire to serve causes the humble worker, in whatever grade of life, to try, at least to excel in that he undertakes, and be he a common laborer only, or a world-renowned artist, he is seeking to improve his work; his standard of excellence is still far ahead of his attainments, and though others may look on is admiring wonder and give genuine and well-deserved praise, the worker himself, with true humility, see that there are still farther and greater heights to attain, and therefore sedulously and unostentatiously works on. And so it comes to pass that the "meek inherit the earth," and even if they do not succeed in getting into the high places of this world, they "inherit the earth in a very special sense, as they enjoy it, and love its natural riches and beauties better because of the enjoyment of their work in it. And if this is the joy of the humble worker, in the things of this world, how far deeper and greater must be the joy of the humble student of the things pertaining to the soul, and God, and Heaven, for his eyes are open to all that is true and pure and beautiful around hum; and how infinitely more beautiful and successful must his life be! The secret of the success of the humble lies in his expecting nothing; he does not expect reward, therefore he never feels defeated; neither does he ever feel highly elated by his success, as he, more than others, knows that he is as yet only on the threshold of Infinite Knowledge, and is content to slowly and painstakingly climb it, rung by rung. Because of that, all the good things, and noble thoughts, and beautiful and holy desires stream down from the highest heavens, and are born to him; they always attend upon the humble soul, whose desires are pure, and this is fulfilled the promise "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you," and having sought the Kingdom of God and found it, (for "everyone that seeketh, findeth"), he proceeds to enter in and dwell there, for "to him that knocketh it shall be opened," and henceforth he will "dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
—Frederick William Robertson