“Tell me the company you keep, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Miguel De Cervantes

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” – Mark Twain

“I do not care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.” – Groucho Marx

“My inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and… I exert myself to give in the same measure as I have received.” – Albert Einstein

“It contributes greatly toward a man’s moral and intellectual health, to be brought into…companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“We are, in truth, more than a half of what we are by imitation.” – Lord Chesterfield

“We love in others what we lack ourselves, and would be everything but what we are.” – R.H. Stoddard

As found in Men’s Health, November 2004