M. L. Weems

It is not then, in the glare of public, but in the shade of private life, that we are to look for the man. Private life is always real life. Behind the curtain, where the eyes of the million are not upon him…There he will always be sure to act himself: consequently, if he acts greatly (in private), he must be great indeed. Hence it has been justly said, that, ‘our private deeds, if noble, are noblest of our lives’…It is the private virtues that lay the foundation of all human excellence.

- M. L. Weems