For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.Plato
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Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.
There’s a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.