Every day of my life makes me feel more and more how seldom a fact is accurately stated; how almost invariably when a story has passed through the mind of a third person it becomes, so far as regards the impression it makes in further repetitions, little better than a falsehood; and this, too, though the narrator be the most truth-seeking person in existence.
The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.
Topics: Heroes, Heroes/Heroism
A man — poet, prophet, or whatever he may be — readily persuades himself of his right to all the worship that is voluntarily tendered.
No man who needs a monument ever ought to have one.
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