This is too good to pass up—from Maverick Philosopher, Bill Vallicella:
To what extent is it a sign of self-importance that one regularly draws attention to one’s own insignificance? I am thinking of Simone Weil. In self-effacement the ego may find a way to assert itself. “Do you see how pure and penetrating is my love of truth that I am able to realize and admit my own personal nothingness face to face with Truth?”
The ego, wily ‘structure’ that it is, usually (always?) finds a way to affirm itself.
Or a variation…”Humility is such a high virtue. See how humble I am?” Nonetheless, I’ve long had an odd attraction to Simone Weil’s writing.