But he knows the pathway that I take; if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.
[Job 23:10 NET]
Self-love but serves the virtuous mind to wake
As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake;
The center moved, a circle straight succeeds,
Another still, and still another spreads;
Friend, parent, neighbor, first it will embrace,
Its country next, and next, the human race.
~ Alexander Pope ~
A gentleman is one who understands and shows every mark of deference to the claim of self-love in others, and exacts it in return from them.
~ William Hazlitt ~
Teach me how secret actions make or destroy my life. Show me the deep lines made by sorrow and discontent that cannot be effaced. May I look toward the corrections of life and not on my imperfections, that my life may be a helpful influence.