January 4, 2007

Vices and Virtues

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We imply, and often believe, that habitual vices are exceptional single acts, and make the opposite mistake about our virtues — like the bad tennis player who calls his normal form his “bad days” and mistakes his rare successes for his normal.  I do not think it is our fault that we cannot tell the real truth about ourselves; the persistent, life-long, inner murmur of spite, jealousy, prurience, greed and self-complacence, simply will not go into words.  But the important thing is that we should not mistake our inevitably limited utterances for a full account of the worst that is inside. — C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, p. 48.

Posted by John Barach @ 4:29 pm | Discuss (0)

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