James A. Garfield was elected United States Senator from Ohio in 1880, just before he was nominated for the Presidency. In an address to the Legislature, accepting the election, he said; "I have represented for many years a district in Congress whose approbation I greatly desired. But though it may seem perhaps a little egotistical to say it, I yet desired still more the approbation of one person, and his name was Garfield. He is the only man I am compelled to sleep with, and eat with, and live with, and die with; and if I could not have his approbation I should have bad companionship."
I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin.—Antoine de Saint-Exupery
When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf and the world makes you king for a day, just go to the mirror and look at yourself, and see what that man has to say.
For it isn't your father, or mother, or wife, whose judgment upon you must pass; the fellow whose verdict counts most in your life is the one staring back from the glass.
You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum, and think you're a wonderful guy, but the man in the glass says you're only a bum, if you can't look him straight in the eye.—Roy H. Phillips, The Anagram