September 18, 2020

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) in "The Brothers Karamazov:

 Above all, don't lie to yourself.
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie
comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish
the truth within him, or around him,
and so loses all respect for himself and for others.
And having no respect he ceases to love,
and in order to occupy and distract himself
without love he gives way to passions
and course pleasures, and
sinks to bestiality in his vices,
all from continual lying
to other men and to himself.