Be sincere and true to your word, serious and careful in your actions;
and you will get along even among barbarians. But if you are
insincere and untrustworthy in your speech,
frivolous and careless in your actions, how will you get along even
among your own neighbors? When standing, see these principles in
front of you; in your carriage see
them on the yoke. Then you may be sure to get along.
- Confucius (551-479 BC), "The Analects"
Don't make me use uppercase...
Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been
productive of the greatest minds. The purest one is produced from
the hottest furnace, and the brightest
thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
- Charles Caleb Colton