My list of virtues contain'd at first but twelve: but a quaker friend having kindly inform'd me that i was generally thought proud; that my pride show'd itself frequently in conversation; that i was not content with being in the right when discussing any point, but was overbearing & rather insolent; of which he convinc'd me by mentioning several instances; - i determined endeavouring to cure myself ..., and i added humility to my list, giving an extensive meaning to the word.
While fame impedes and constricts, obscurity wraps about a man like a mist; obscurity is dark, ample, and free; obscurity lets the mind take its way unimpeded. over the obscure man is poured the merciful suffusion of darkness. none knows where he goes or comes. he may seek the truth and speak it; he alone is free; he alone is truthful, he alone is at peace.