by Tom Swift

Defeating weakness often means quieting the self. Only by quieting the self, by muting the sound of your own ego, can you see the world clearly. Only by quieting the self can you be open to the external sources of strengths you will need. Only by stilling the sensitive ego can you react with equipoise to the ups and downs of the campaign. The struggle against weakness thus requires the habits of self-effacement — reticence, modesty, obedience to some larger thing — and a capacity for reverence and admiration.

-David Brooks, The Road to Character (2015)