‘shall i tell you where the men are who believe most in themselves? for i can tell you. i know of men who believe in themselves more colossally than napoleon or caesar. i know where flames the fixed star of certainty and sucess. I can guide you to the thrones of the supermen.the men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums. […] it would be much truer to say that a man will certainly fail, because he believes in himself. complete self-confidence is not merely a sin; complete self-confidence is a weakness. believing utterly in one’s self is a hysterical and superstitious belief.’

– g. k. chesterton

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