Only the man with true pride in his capacities as a human being can have a significant humility; only the truly humble in apprehending the immensity of the universe and the world beyond himself can have a significant pride – a sense of his own identity.
Helen Merrell Lynd 1896-1982
On Shame and the Search for Identity
I think I am on the same track in noting that pride and humility are at their most obvious in the legal profession, at least in Britain. There is no one in the world more pompous or pleased with themselves than a barrister (especially a Q C); but there is also no one more genuinely humble than the average high court judge. (IMHO and all that of course 🙂 )
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