The Four Sorts of Personal Conduct (And Their Respective Implications)

To conduct oneself with humility in public while privately harboring notions of one’s own preeminence: this is shrewd.

To celebrate one’s talents publicly, but to question the magnitude of those talents in private: this is the start of a tragedy.

To be convinced of one’s virtues entirely: this is a sign of mental illness.

To doubt one’s worth constantly: this is merely reasonable.

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