An aphorism from Hegel, quoted by Z. A. Melzak near the end of his autobiography InSearchOfTheFulcrum:

When a man has finally reached the point where he does not think he knows it better than others --- that is, when he has become indifferent to what they have done badly and he is interested only in what they have done right --- then peace and affirmation have come to him.

(see also EducationVersusEduction (30 Apr 1999), PersonalPositivism (16 Nov 2002), InSearchOfTheFulcrum (19 Mar 2004), ... )

TopicLiterature - TopicPhilosophy - TopicLife - 2004-05-21

(correlates: CreepingConfidence, SparkyAndSandy, JanuaryQuips, ...)