We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands upon himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Spanish philosopher & politician (1883 – 1955)
Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth.
Author and mother of Francois Guizot, 22nd Prime Minister of France
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble.
US essayist, historian, & novelist (1783 – 1859)