When you see someone often flashing their rank or position, or someone whose name is often bandied about public, don't be envious; such things are bought at the expense of life... Some die on the first rungs of the ladder of success others before they can reach the top, and the few that make it to the top of their ambition through a thousand indignities realize at the end it's only for an inscription on their gravestone.

—Seneca, On the Brevity of Life, 20 (resource) Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic