« (…) If you want to learn an art worth knowing, you must set out to be unknown, and to count for nothing.
4. There is no lesson so profound or so useful as this lesson of self-knowledge and of self-contempt. Claim nothing for yourself, think of others kindly and with admiration; that is the height of wisdom, and its masterpiece. Never think of yourself better than the next man, however glaring his faults, however grievous his offences; you are in good dispositions now, but how long will they last? Tell yourself, « We are frail, all of us, but none so frail as I ». »