Meekness has been contrasted with humility as referring to behaviour towards others, where humbleness refers to an attitude towards oneself - meekness meaning restraining one's own power, so as to allow room for others.
The Christian Apostle Paul gave an example of meek behavior when writing to Timothy: "The servant of the Lord must be gentle, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose." (2 Tim. 2:24–25)
Sir Thomas Browne explained: "Meekness takes injuries like pills, not chewing, but swallowing them down." This indicates that meekness allows a person to overlook or forgive perceived insults or offenses.
A meek behavior is presented as being opposite to "the natural man" (i.e. one who acts strictly according to desires of the body): 'Put off the natural man and become meek.' (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:19)
Beethoven rejected meekness and equality in favor of cultural elitism: “Power is the moral principle of those who excel others”.
Nietzsche rejected Christian meekness as part of a parasitic revolt by the low against the lofty, the manly, and the high.
Buddhism, like Christianity, strongly valued meekness - the Buddha himself (in an earlier life) featuring as the 'Preacher of Meekness' who patiently had his limbs lopped off without complaining by a jealous king.
Taoism valorised the qualities of submission and non-contention.
The classical Greek word used to translate meekness was that for a horse that had been tamed and bridled.
The buffalo was to the Buddhists a lesson in meekness.