"Trying to be kind and honest seems an affair too simple and too inconsequential for gentlemen of our heroic mind; we had rather set ourselves to something bold, arduous, and conclusive: we had rather found a schism or suppress a heresy, cut off a hand or mortify an appetite. But the task before us, which is to co-endure with our existence, is rather one of microscopic fineness, and the heroism required is that of patience. There is no cutting of the Gordian knots of life; each must be smilingly unraveled.
To be honest, to be kind -- to earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when that shall be necessary and not be embittered, to keep a few friends, but these without capitulation, -- above all, on the same grim condition, to keep friends with himself -- here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy." Robert Louis Stevenson