Life's light is the aspiration for glorious achievement.
And disgrace is the dark thought that says, "I shall live without it."
Birth decrees to all men who live a common circumstance.
Diverse actions define their unique specialness.
Lowly men are never high, even when elevated.
High souls are never low, even when downtrodden.
Even as chastity in a woman, greatness must be guarded
By being true to one's own self.
A man possessing greatness possesses the power
To perform uncommon deeds.
"We will befriend great men and become like them,"
Such thoughts rarely intrude upon small minds.
When small-minded men do achieve some distinction,
It only serves to augment their arrogance.
Greatness is always humble.
But pettiness is self-adorned with words of praise.
Greatness abides in the absence of arrogance.
Smallness proudly parades its haughtiness.
Greatness conceals through silence the weaknesses of others.
But pettiness proclaims such things to all.
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