Serenity of soul comes with the unassailable assurance that nothing outward, no stormy wind and tempest, no breaking of our outward supports can harm us. Suppose malicious tongues slander you, inferiority persecutes you, yours is not the peril if you are calm. No man ever attempted to wrong another without being injured in return - some way, somehow, some time. Nothing done to us in malice harms us, unless we allow it to get within us and embitter and spoil us. And when by rejecting retaliation, regarding our persecutor pitifully, forgiving him and even praying for him, we may become finer in soul, why should we not be serene?