On pride

Be careful what you tell others, especially in regards to your good qualities. The moment they hear that you are a philosopher or philanthropist or open minded, they will begin noticing all the ways you do not measure up to your own estimation.

In the same vein, and for the same reason, be careful whom you decide to admire. For all people are imperfect, and unless you are prepared to be disappointed, you do not help yourself by gazing with admiring eyes on others.

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