Nobody thanks a witty man for politeness when he accommodates himself to a society in which it is not polite to display wit.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 245, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man in Society," aphorism 324, "In Dull Society," (1878).)
Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Compensation," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
This is so, according to Emerson, because we will then be able to recognize our true talents and be able to understand the successes and failures of other people.)