I ask for daily bread, but not wealth, lest I forget the poor.
I ask for strength, but not power, lest I despise the meek.
I ask for wisdom, but not learning, lest I scorn the simple.
I ask for a clean name, but not fame, lest I condemn the lowly.
I ask for peace of mind, but not idleness, lest I fail in the call to duty.
~Inazo Nitobe, 1909
Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood…
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have all the answers.
Let me keep company, always, with those who say
‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.