“Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.”
“Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in”
“Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.”
“Confronted by outstanding merit, there is no way of saving one's ego except by love”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The mice which helplessly find themselves between the cats' teeth acquire no merit from their enforced sacrifice”
“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.”
“Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.”
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