To even get near [humility], even for a moment, is like a drink of cold
water to a man in a desert.
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
Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a
cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him.
If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of
anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about
humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.
—Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis (section on “The Great Sin")
(thanks to Justin Taylor @ "Between Two Worlds" for posting this quote)