“Even though when those who move you be kings or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone.When you stand before God, you cannot say that ‘I was told by others to do thus’ or that ‘virtue was not convenient at the time’.This will not suffice – remember that.”
"You know, when they forced Khruschev out, he sat down and wrote two letters to his successor. He said, "When you get yourself into a situation you can't get out of, open the first letter, and you'll be safe. When you get yourself into another situation you can't get out of, open the second letter." Well, soon enough, this guy found himself into a tight place, so he opened the first letter. Which said, "Blame everything on me." So he blames the old man, it worked like a charm. He got himself into a second situation he couldn't get out of, he opened the second letter. It said - "Sit down, and write two letters.""