PITCH thy behaviour low, thy projects high;
So shalt thou humble and magnanimous be;
Sink not in spirit; who aimeth at the sky
Shoots higher much than he that means a tree.
A grain of glory mixed with humbleness
Cures both a fever and lethargicness.
SINCE Virtuous Actions have their own Trumpets, and without any noise from thyself will have their resound abroad, busy not thy best Member in the Encomium of thyself. Praise is a debt we owe unto the Virtues of others, and due unto our own from all, whom Malice hath not made Mutes, and Envy struck Dumb.
Sir Thomas Browne
WE pass for what we are. Character teaches above our wills. Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or their vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emits a breath every moment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson