There’s a story about a man who owed his king a debt he couldn’t possibly repay. He pleaded with the king to be patient as he repaid what he could. In pity the king cancelled the man’s entire debt. On his way home, the man ran into his neighbor who owed him a small debt. His neighbor pleaded with him to be patient as he would repay it in full. The man demanded the debt immediately, then had his neighbor jailed for failing to pay. When the king heard about this from his servants, he was furious.
You can imagine how the story ended.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln
The real test of character is how you treat someone who has no possibility of doing you any good.
- George Orwell