Wisdom Wednesday: Live not by Lies

From The Brothers Karamazov, an early chapter in which the brothers and their father receive advice from an Elder at the monastery:

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“Above all, above everything else — do not lie.”
“About Diderot, you mean?”
“No, not exactly about Diderot. Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others. Not respecting anyone, he ceases to love, and having no love, he gives himself up to passions and coarse pleasures, in order to occupy and amuse himself, and in his vices reaches complete bestiality, and it all comes from lying continually to others and to himself.”

 

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