“Humility — a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it — you’ve lost it.”
One of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time, C.S. Lewis, wisely wrote in his book Mere Christianity (1952):
“Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call ‘humble’ nowadays: he will not be a sort of *greasy, **smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.”
*greasy – insincerely polite
**smarmy – insincerely flattering or ingratiating (intended to gain approval or favour)
What is humility? The best way to define this word is to point its opposite: Pride.