A refined soul is distressed to know that someone owes it thanks; a crude soul, to know that it owes someone thanks.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 246, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man in Society," aphorism 330, "Thanks," (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.)