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Aphorism #238
Know what is wanting in Yourself.

Many would have been great personages if they had not had something wanting without which they could not rise to the height of perfection. It is remarkable with some that they could be much better if they could he better in something. They do not perhaps take themselves seriously enough to do justice to their great abilities; some are wanting in geniality of disposition, a quality which their entourage soon find the want of, especially ifthey are in high office. Some are without organising ability, others lack moderation. In all such cases a careful man may make of habit a second nature.

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