The humble suffers no disturbance of mind but receives the reproaches and affronts of men without any great impression. For he considers that God, not the world, is his hope; and if his favor be but secured, the rest cannot be of any great importance. In short, this virtue is so necessary, so fundamental a one, that no man ought to esteem himself a proficient in goodness who has not yet arrived to that pitch of it which teaches him to think himself the least of all saints, and last of all men.

The Imitation of Christ, Thomas A. Kempis

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