The superior man is firm in the right way, and not merely firm.
The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear.
What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others.
The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.
Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
Profession: German Physicist, Satirist
My father used to say superior people never make long visits.
Author: Marianne Moore (1887-1972)
Profession: American Poet
There it is: it doesn't make any difference who we are or what we are, there's always somebody to look down on! somebody to hold in light esteem, somebody to be indifferent about.
Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Profession: American Humorist, Writer
If a person tells me he has been to the worst places I have no reason to judge him; but if he tells me it was his superior wisdom that enabled him to go there, then I know he is a fraud.
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
Profession: Austrian Philosopher