“Self-respect meets attacks squarely, as a man should do; but it wields an honest sword. It fights in the open, and scorns to win victory by a treacherous thrust. It is a hard fighter; but it fights by the code and will stand up for the rights and honour of the individual as courageously and as cordially as any brave captain in the days of the duel.” ~ William George Jordan
The duels in the days of yore were based on a code of honor. Contrary to popular opinion, the goal was not necessarily to kill an opponent (unless such an end was specifically demanded to “gain satisfaction”), yet duels always served to restore honor by demonstrating a willingness to lose one’s life for it. The approach was often violent – perhaps unnecessarily so – but it did promote a virility and pluck that seems to have waned in the men of our current era.
To maintain your self-respect, you mustn’t shy away from the challenges in living. You must meet them with the same resolve, confidence and ease that you would the sure bets that come your way. Further, if you are concerned to safeguard your self-respect you must do everything within your power to protect the rights and honor of others. Victories achieved by treachery are not worthy of the name, neither is progress when gained at the expense of the honor or rights of another.