Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fyodor Dostoevsky on men who believe their own lies

"A man who lies to himself and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulging in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves, in the end, like an animal, in satisfying his vices. It all comes from lying ... lying to others and lying to yourself."

~Fyodor Dostoevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"

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