The sentences leading up to the quote below speak of defeating another person. The character speaking (a minor, side character) says he does not try to defeat a man, but to defeat the man's confidence, in order to win any competition. I don't so much like the idea of defeating people, it goes against my nature, unless the game is in good fun. However the sentence that follows these statements I find valuable:
"Two men are equals - true equals - only when they both have equal confidence."
Is it as simple as that? Sounds simple, but sometimes it is really hard to have or show confidence.