Never stretch your neck to see who is not doing it big. Look into your bosom, and realize that you can do it bigger! Go, create a brighter picture!
10. Comparison is the root of all feelings of inferiority. The moment you begin examining other people’s strengths against your most obvious weaknesses, your self-esteem starts to crumble!
Judgment…is one of the ego’s tools to foster separation through comparison.
We ought to compliment and not to compete with one another.
I want you to promise me that you’ll stop comparing yourself to everyone else.’
‘What?’ I broke off the hug, not understanding.
‘You. Evelyn. You’re always like, ‘I wish I coulld be like this’ or ‘I wish I could be more like so-and-so’. You’re obsessed with being normal, but that’s well boring, and you’re extraordinary, Evie. Promise me you’ll stop trying to stop stop being you’.
God is the only one that won’t disappoint you. Everyone else is percentages of your peace.
The system is religion, the law is spirituality. Take your pick.
Charles Francis Adams was singular for mental poise – absence of self-assertion or self-consciousness – the faculty of standing apart without seeming aware that he was alone – a balance of mind and temper that neither challenged nor avoided notice, nor admitted question of superiority or inferiority, of jealousy, of personal motives, from any source, even under great pressure.
In my own humorless state I failed to see anything except what I construed as certain tragic similarities between Gatsby and myself.
Personally I think that competition should be encouraged in war and sport and business, but that it makes no sense in the arts. If an artist is good, nobody else can do what he or she does and therefore all comparisons are incoherent.