I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
“People are proud only when they have something to lose, and humble when they have something to gain.”
Henry James, The American
“The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins / Remorse from power… Lowliness is young ambition’s ladder, / Whereto the climber-upward turns his face; / But when he once attains the upmost round, / He then unto the ladder turns his back, / Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees / By which he did ascend.”
Shakespeare, Julius Casear, II.i
“So he assailed her with praise of her beauty, because nothing will overcome and subdue towers of vanity of beautiful women than vanity itself, placed on the tongue of flattery.”
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part I, Chapter XXXIIII