From The Eight Pillars of Greek Wisdom, by Stephen Bertman:
Rather than advising us to concede defeat, humanism urges us to strive for victory.
Humanism, however, doesn’t mean merely accepting ourselves for what we are. It doesn’t automatically impress the stamp of self-esteem upon our lives. Instead, it obliges us to develop the potentialities we have uncovered. Humanism, then, is not a gift, but a responsibility.