The circumspect man, if he wants to be venerated by everyone, should prevent the true depths of his knowledge or courage being plumbed. He should allow himself to be known, but not fully understood. No one should establish the limits of his abilities, because of the danger of having their illusions shattered. He should never allow anyone to grasp everything about him. Greater veneration is created by conjecture and uncertainty over the extent of our ability than by firm evidence of this, however vast it may be.

Baltasar Gracián