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'Tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.

Merit is often an obstacle to fortune; the reason is it produces two bad effects, envy and fear.