But thought’s the slave of life, and life time’s fool; And time, that takes survey of all the world, Must have a stop

– Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 Act V, Scene 4.

. . . That there’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. Your own self,” he repeated. “So you hav eto begin there, not outside ,not on other people. That comes afterwards, when you’ve worked on your own corner. You’ve got to be good before you can do  good–or at any rate do good without doing harm at the same time. Helping with one hand and hurting with the other–that’s what the ordinary reformer does.”

“Whereas the truly wise man,” said Eustace, “refrains from doing anything with either hand.”

“No, no,” the other protested with unsmiling earnestness. “The wise man begins by transforming himself, so that he can help other people without running the risk of being corrupted in the process.”