Tosltoy/mettle

“Once one has permitted oneself to lower an ideal to one’s own weakness, one can no longer discern the limits beyond which one should not go.”– Leo Tolstoy writes this in “Post-face to Kreutzer Sonata”

Hermann Hesse/self-growth

“I discovered that in most cases the intellectual fervor was directed at analyzing the conditions and the structure of society and the state, at the sciences, the arts and at teaching methods. Yet only a small minority seemed aware of the need to develop their own selves and to clarify their personal relationship to time and eternity.” – From Hermann Hesse’s ‘Peter Camenzind’, Translated by Michael Roloff’