A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.Molire
Whoever is open, loyal, true; of humane and affable demeanour; honourable himself, and in his judgement of others; faithful to his word as to law, and faithful alike to God and man....such a man is a true gentleman.Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be beneficent when we can is a duty; and besides this, there are many minds so sympathetically constituted that, without any other motive of vanity or self-interest, they find a pleasure in spreading joy around them, and can take delight in the satisfaction of others so far as it is their own work. But I maintain that in such a case an action of this kind, however proper, however amiable it may be, has nevertheless no true moral worth, but is on a level with other inclinations. ... For the maxim lacks the moral import, namely, that such actions be done from duty, not from inclination.Immanuel Kant, FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THE METAPHYSICS OF ETHICS
Perhaps we are wiser, less foolish and more far-seeing than we were two hundred years ago. But we are still imperfect in all these things, and since the turn of the century it has been remarked that neither wisdom nor virtue have increased as rapidly as the need for both.Joseph Wood Krutch
A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
Without courage you cannot practice any of the other virtues.Maya Angelou
It is for the wise people who delight in humanity, praise justice, despise their flatterers, and respect the truth.
I have not lost my mind - it's backed up on disk somewhere.