He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.
"Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the
rest of humanity - greedy, dishonest, adulterous - or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay
tithes on my whole income.' But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.' I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
"From dust you came, and to dust you shall return." -on Ash Wednesday
Nick Carraway: In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages you've had."
For someone who doesn't really have a lot of things to brag about, I think I'm pretty conceited.
Sometimes, I wonder how people stay humble with all these praises they are bombarded by.