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(This is an excerpt from the chapter "Humility" in the book Life's Lessons Learned.)

Humility is essentially a consciousness of one’s personal inadequacies. It is therefore a catalyst for learning. It is the opposite of pride. My favorite illustration of this truth is Benjamin Franklin’s journal description of his attempt to overcome his natural tendency toward pride by acquiring the virtue of humility. After considerable efforts he concluded that “there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride.” For, he continued, “even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.”

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