Sometimes I read advice columns in case they give me ideas for stories. I read Dear Abby, Ellie and Wayne and Tamara, and copied this little gem from the latter as food for thought.
"If you have to be big while everyone else is acting small, then you're Gulliver in the land of Lilliputians. If you are handmaiden to small people, how will you open yourself to good people?"
Another gem from one of the above columnists (I forget which:)
"It's no crime to protect oneself from someone else's meanspiritedness."