“My dear Watson," said Sherlock Holmes, "I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one's self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one's own powers.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Australians are wary of anyone with a high opinion of themselves, a throwback to a young nation's determination to be class free. This habit lets us down, we are inclined to think of ourselves as less than we are.
Self honesty is the most difficult honesty of all.