Despite the source [Romans 12.9], I was struck by these lines. It would do us all good to take in a large dose of this:
Truly, our mighty men are nothing before Thee, and the men of fame as though they had never been; the learned appear void of knowledge and the wise like men without understanding. For their deeds are vain, and their lives, days of emptiness before Thine eyes; and whatever we are, O God, we are through Thee and Thy Divine Aid.
- excerpt from a Jewish Prayer for the Day of Atonement