“Confronted by outstanding merit, there is no way of saving one's ego except by love”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“egolessness is not losing your personality, it's finding yourself”
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”
“Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits.”
“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.”
“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.”
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