Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

John Robie: And jewelry—you never wear any.
Frances Stevens: I don't like cold things touching my skin.
John Robie: Why don't you invent some hot diamonds?
Frances Stevens: I'd rather spend my money on more tangible excitement.
John Robie: Tell me, what do you get a thrill out of most?
Frances Stevens: I'm still looking for that one.
He has ... a very good opinion of himself, which can by no means be considered a failing, for if a man does not esteem himself, he would certainly be very silly to expect the esteem of others. And although he is also well convinced of the importance of self-esteem, there is, perhaps, no one who more heartily detests open flattery than he does, and yet, strange to say, it sometimes sounds very pleasant to his ears; it puts him in such good humor with himself, and of course, with all about him, that he seems like quite another being while under its agreeable influence.... Now, I do not mean that he entertains an exalted opinion of his talents or acquirements, but merely that he thinks himself possessed of a good share of common sense, by which is meant a sound practical judgment of what is correct in the common affairs of life.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president, and FRE. Alfred Hitchcock. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. I, pp. 55-56, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (June 17, 1841).

Hayes evaluating himself while a junior at Kenyon College.
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