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From "The Hasidic Anthology" compiled and translated by Louis I. Newman, copyright 1934 Charles Scribner's Sons



1. The humble man understands that everything that happens to him happens for good.

2. The humble man is able to rid himself of materialism.

3. Pride leads to poverty.

4. Only the humble man is able to truly repent.

5. One who must fast and scourge his body is not yet a Tzaddik, since he has not yet rid himself of bodily desires.

6. To overcome pride one must cleave to the Tzaddikim.

7. By overcoming pride, one receives faith, joy and understanding. This also contributes to length of life.

8. The Torah itself becomes coarse in the mouth of the man of pride.

9. Because of pride were we exiled; because of pride and the quest for glory, we are still in Exile.

10. One who appears to be humble in order to win praise, is guilty of the highest degree of pride.

11. One cannot be a genuine student unless he is meek; since a student must abase himself before his teachers and his companions; at times even before his inferiors.

12. The man of meekness must beware of pride in his strength, in his riches and in his learning.

13. Meekness leads to peacefulness.

14. Pride leads to a man's fall.

15. Meekness attracts a man's fellow man to worthy causes.

16. The man of meekness should regard himself as even more lowly than his thinks himself to be.

17. No one envies the meek or plans to injure them.

18. The leader of democratic qualities strengthens his power.

19. Pride dies with the man. Meekness survives him and will accompany him at the Heavenly Tribunal.

20. Meekness is born within every man; by drawing near to the Tzaddik, it is revealed in him.

21. Severe study is required to recognize true meekness. The ne'er-do-well's humility is undesirable. Pray to the Lord to teach you how to be meek.

22. If your affairs are not well with you, meekness will restore them to strength.

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