Meekness has been contrasted with humility alone insomuch as humility simply refers to an attitude towards oneself—a restraining of one's own power so as to allow room for others—whereas meekness refers to the treatment of others.
- As Jesus was being crucified He prayed for those who were in the process of executing Him, saying: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34
- The Apostle Paul gave an example of meek behavior when writing to Timothy: "The servant of the Lord must be gentle, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves." (2 Tim. 2:24–25)
- Sir Thomas Browne explained: "Meekness takes injuries like pills, not chewing, but swallowing them down." This indicates that meekness allows a person to overlook or forgive perceived insults or offenses.
- The meek feature in the Beatitudes, and were linked thereby to the classical virtue of magnanimity by Aquinas.
- Buddhism, like Christianity, strongly values meekness–the Buddha himself (in an earlier life) featuring as the "Preacher of Meekness" who patiently had his limbs lopped off by a jealous king without complaining.
- Taoism valorized the qualities of submission and non-contention.
- Book of Numbers chapter 12 verse 3: Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.
- In Islam, faqr, sometimes translated as "poverty", is one of the central attitudes in a Faqeer. It was also one of the attributes of the Prophet. He said "faqr is my pride". In a spiritual sense, faqr is defined as the absence of desire for wealth, recognition or for the blessings of the otherworld. One of the aspects of one who has embodied the true essence of faqr, is that the mystic will never ask anything of anyone else. The reason for this is for one to ask someone else for anything they would be relying on a created being. To receive something from that same being would produce gratitude in the heart which would be geared toward the giver, not towards God.
- The Free Dictionary, Meekness
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- E. A. Cochran, Receptive Human Virtues (2011) p. 82
- K. D. Bassett, Doctrinal Insight to the Book of Mormon (2008) p. 197
- Bible Gateway. Luke 23:34, NKJV
- The Free Dictionary, Usages of meekness
- C. S. Titus, Resilience and the Virtue of Fortitude (2006) p. 320
- J. B. Carman, Majesty and Meekness (1994) p. 124
- D. Schlinghoff, Studies in the Ajanta Paintings (1987) p. 219
- D. C. Lau ed., Lao Tzu (1963) p. 25-9
- Annemarie Schimmel (2011) . Mystical Dimensions of Islam (reprint)
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- Khadim Sultan-ul-Faqr, Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman (2015). Sultan Bahoo: The Life and Teachings, page 145. Sultan-ul-Faqr Publications, Lahore. ISBN 978-969-9795-18-3.
- J. K. Bergland, The Journeys of Robert Williams ( 2010) p. 53
- D. Schlinghoff, Studies in the Ajanta Paintings (1987) p. 144
- H. Bloom, Thomas Hardy (2010) p. 84
- A. S. Byatt, Possession: A Romance (1991) p. 141
- Quoted in Maynard Solomon, Beethoven Essays (1988) p. 204
- W. Kaufman ed., The Portable Nietzsche (1987) p. 626-30