They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.
Who can say thus far, no further, to the tide of his own nature? Who can erase the impressions with which he is born? It is idle to expect one's children and wards necessarily to follow the same course of evolution as oneself.
We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.
Civilization is the encouragement of differences.
There is really no slavery equal to that of the desires. All the sages have declared from the house-tops that man can be his own worst enemy as well as his best friend. To be free or to be a slave lies in his own hands. And what is true for the individual is true for society.
Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.