What does this quote mean, "modesty may make a fool seen a man of sense"? (and no, its not for school)


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Interpret the keywords of the quote. For instance, I first looked at the definition of "modesty" which is:

"The quality or state of being unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one's abilities."

From this definition, you can tell that the term 'modesty' is a good trait; you behave well when cooperating with others. Now focus on the other two keywords/key phrases: "fool" and "man of sense".


"A person who acts unwisely or imprudently; a silly person."

Fool can also be determined as senseless. And obviously, a "Man of Sense" is the exact opposite. So this quote is saying that if a fool has the trait of modesty, people may look at him as a man of sense, someone to look up to, rather than a fool, which is someone you tend to ignore/not care about.

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