RE: Verifying the source of a quotation
"A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than
himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces
aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man
"Noble" and "mean" are value adjectives. I try to stay away from such terms, as they are vocabulary, cultural, personal definitions involved that do not give a universal point of reference.
Better than the quote is the definition between a high achiever and a low achiever, as it is taught these days in Psych 101. A high achiever plays chess with those a bit better or equal to their skill set. The high achiever knows who is better, who is equal, and does not pay attention to rankings below himself. A low achiever plays chess with a master, looses terribly, and says "I am lousy at this" then turns around and plays a game with his 10 year old son and wins rapidly and says "I am really good at this".
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