There is a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction
that envy is ignorance;
that imitation is suicide;
that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion;
that though the wide universe is full of good,
no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him
but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground
which is given to him to till.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
as quoted by Cal Thomas in "Can't Do Spirit"