This sounds like a Game of Thrones quote (of which there are many fantastic examples), but I swear it’s not. It just could, or should be.
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”
Is there anything from Ernest Hemingway I don’t want to quote? I swear, I could quote him just sighing. I’m sure he did it better than most people.