"On the other hand, like most of the rest of us, one may invent a false, finally unjustified, image of oneself as an exceptional phenomenon in the world, not guilty as others are, but justified in one's inevitable sinning because one represents the good. Such self-righteousness leads to a misunderstanding, not only of oneself but of the nature of both man and the cosmos."
-Joseph Campbell, THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES
"You creatures have never learned the edge of your arrogance. You would set your gods up over the world, never knowing if they create you or you create them."
-Elizabeth Bear, STELES OF THE SKY