A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 03, 2017
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less”

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less” is a saying that has been printed on many images It has frequently been credited to Irish author C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), but he never said it. American Evangelical Christian pastor Rick Warren used the saying in a 2002 book, but he didn’t coin it.

“Don’t think less of yourself, just think of yourself less” was said in 1990 by Ken Blanchard, American author of The One Minute Manager. Blanchard probably deserves credit for the “humility” saying.


Wikipedia: Ken Blanchard
Kenneth Hartley Blanchard (born May 6, 1939 in Orange, New Jersey ) is an American author and management expert. His extensive writing career includes over 60 published books, most of which are co-authored books. His most successful book, The One Minute Manager has sold over 13 Million books and translated into many languages.

Blanchard is also the Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Marjorie Blanchard, co-founded in 1979 in San Diego, California.

Wikiquote: Rick Warren
Rick Warren (born 28 January 1954) is an American Evangelical Christian pastor, global strategist, theologian, philanthropist, and author.
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The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? (2002)
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
. Day 19: Cultivating Community

Wikiquote: C. S. Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis (November 29 1898 – November 22 1963) was an Irish author, scholar of medieval literature, and Christian apologist. He is best known for his essays on Christianity and for the children’s fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia.
(...) Misattributed
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
. Has been cited as being in Mere Christianity, but it is not to be found there. It is in The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren, so though the idea may not be original with Warren, these words are likely his.

C.S. Lewis Foundation
Quotes NOT by C.S. Lewis
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2. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” – Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life OR This Was Your LIfe! Preparing to Meet God Face to Face by Rich Howard and Jamie Lash

13 March 1990, Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), “Get ahead with ethics, author says” by David Lindley, pg. 8D, col. 5:
SO says Ken Blanchard, better known as The One Minute Manager for his best-selling book of the same name.
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Pride. “But don’t get carried away with it, Don’t think less of yourself, just think of yourself less.”

Google Books
Will the Real Me Please Stand Up!
By Lee Ezell
Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson
1995
Pg. 25:
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less!

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Baby Steps : Charger Quarterback Wants You to Believe He Has Turned Over a New Leaf, but Ryan Might Be Lyin’ Again
September 05, 1999 | T.J. SIMERS | TIMES STAFF WRITER
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“Humility. I read it from a book my father gave me and I say it every day to myself. Humility doesn’t make you think less of yourself, it just makes you think of yourself less.”

2 January 2000, Orlando (FL) Sentinel, “Be a Good Neighbor,” pg. G8:
KAVITA KANHAI, 17, Lake Howell High School. “The best way to encourage civility is to be a good neighbor yourself. Some of the best people are those who serve the community. Be humble. Don’t think less of yourself; think of yourself less. I learned that at church and have put it to good use in school and elsewhere. I’ve been a student leader in church, which has a big youth group. I spend a lot of time talking to newcomers, reaching out. I’m also involved in a lot of service activities.”

Google Books
No-Nonsense Leadership:
Real world strategies for personal & corporate potential

By Dave Anderson
Los Altos, CA: Learn to Lead Press
2001
Pg. 79:
Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself, it just means you think of yourself less.

Google Books
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24/7 Back to the Basics Support for Addiction Recovery

By Old-timers in AA (SHelly Marshall)
Ruthville, VA: Pocket Sponsor
2003
Pg. ?:
Humility is not so much thinking less of yourself as it is thinking of yourself less.

Google Books
Discontentment:
Being Content in a Discontented World

By Larry D. Black
Longwood, FL: Xulon Press
2006
Pg. 47:
“Humility does not mean you think less of yourself, it means you think of yourself less. “ Ken Blanchard

Google Books
1,001 Pearls of Life-Changing Wisdom:
Insight on Identity, Truth, and Success

By Elizabeth Venstra
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
2016
Pg. ?:
Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less. —Dr. Kenneth Blanchard, American business consultant

Posted by Barry Popik
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