Whatever is done without ostentation, and without the people being witnesses of it, is, in my opinion, most praiseworthy: not that the public eye should be entirely avoided, for good actions desire to be placed in the light; but notwithstanding this, the greatest theater for virtue is conscience.
Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.
That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.
Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.
An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.