excerpt | the hidden and awful wisdom

which apportions the destinies of mankind is pleased so to humiliate and cast down the tender, good, and wise; and to set up the selfish, the foolish, or the wicked. oh, be humble, my brother, in your prosperity! be gentle with those who are less lucky, if not more deserving. think, what right have you to be scornful, whose virtue is a deficiency of temptation, whose success may be a chance, whose rank may be an ancestor's accident, whose prosperity is very likely a satire.

thackeray, w.m (1847) vanity fair

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