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Quote to Consider: Beware Your Own Lie

quote-to-consider“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, Brothers Karamazovindulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying—to others and to yourself.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov

2 Responses to “Quote to Consider: Beware Your Own Lie”

  1. David @ redletterbelievers.com Says:

    that is so right…..I have found that I can convince myself of ANYTHING. I can justify and postulate and make excuses for any thought or behavior if I try hard enough

  2. Karl Edwards Says:

    And try we do!
    I think that’s why it intrigues me so much that Dostoevsky simply lays out the implications for his readers to reflect on, instead of moralizing about it.
    Fiction can be such a powerful communication vehicle!

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