Honour is to crave for excellence. Dishonor is to say: “I shall live without it”. By birth all men are equal. Differences in their action Render their worth unequal. Neither the high-born who act low are high, Nor the low-born who act high, low. Even greatness, like a woman’s chastity, Belongs only to him who guards himself. If the great achieve anything, It will be deeds rare in achievement. It is not in the nature of the small to have That outlook of emulating the great. If any distinction falls on the little minded, Their insolence will know no bounds. The great are always humble, And the small lost in self-admiration. The great are never puffed up, While the small are inordinately proud. The great hide others' faults. Only the small talk of nothing else.