HOW happy is he born and taught
That serveth not another’s will;
Whose armour is his honest thought,
And simple truth his utmost skill.
Sir Henry Wotxon
FOR to do anything because others do it, and not because the thing is good, or kind, or honest in its own right, is to resign all moral control and captaincy upon yourself, and go posthaste to the devil with the greater number. The respectable are not led so much by any desire of applause as by a positive need for countenance. The weaker and the tamer the man, the more will he require this support; and any positive quality relieves him, by just so much, of this dependence.
Robert Louis Stevenson
NEVER assent merely to please others. For that is, besides Flattery, oftentimes Untruth; and discovers a Mind liable to be servile and base. Nor contradict to vex others, for that shows an ill Temper, and provokes, but profits no Body.