that a man who has any good reason to believe in himself never flourishes himself before the faces of other people in order that they may believe in him. For this reason, I retained my modesty in very self-respect;

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Domestic

Like David's remarks on self-discipline, this statement is equally true of Dickens. He relished his public performances as speech-maker and actor and cherished being referred to as the Inimitable. Yet he was neither self-aggrandizing nor self-depreciatory. He paraded his waistcoats but never his talents, perhaps because he believed so entirely in himself that he never had to boast or solicit reassurance. This is all the more notable in that neither of his parents, but especially his mother, seems to have nurtured confidence in himself. He earned that entirely on his own. 

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