'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.