“Copperfield, I have always hated you. You’ve always been an upstart, and you’ve always been against me.”
“As i think I told you once before,” said I, “it is you who have been, in your greed and cunning, against all the world. It may be profitable to you to reflect, in future, that there never were greed and cunning in the world yet, that did not do too much, and overreach themselves. It is as certain as death.”
“Or as certain as they used to teach at school … from nine o’clock to eleven, that labour was a curse; and from eleven o’clock to one, that it was a blessing and a cheerfulness, and a dignity, and I don’t know what all, eh?” said he with a sneer. “You preach about as consistent as they did. Won’t umbleness go down? I shouldn’t have got round my gentlemen fellow-partner without it, I think.”

-Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

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