Accept the long night patiently, quietly, humbly, and resignedly as intended for your true good. It is not a punishment for sin committed but an instrument of annihilating egoism.
Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.
Nothing makes one so vain as being told one is a sinner. Conscience makes egotists of us all.
Yet none of these things gave him confidence. All they gave him was egotism, which is less the conviction of one's worth than the desire for that conviction.
The most important thing is not to think very much about oneself. To investigate candidly the charge; but not fussily, not very anxiously. On no account to retaliate by going to the other extreme -- thinking too much.
I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.
I don't at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited.
Deny Self for Self's sake
n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.
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