On self-deception

This self-deceit, this fatal weakness of mankind, is the source of half the disorders of human life. If we saw ourselves in the light in which others see us, or in which they would see us if they knew all, a reformation would generally be unavoidable. We could not otherwise endure the sight.

Adam Smith

The Theory of Moral Sentiments [part 3, ch 4], ed., Knud Haakonssen (Cambridge, 2002), 184. Photo by Caitriana Nicholson, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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