A Just Thinker… ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A just thinker will allow full swing to his scepticism. I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I am not afraid of falling into my ink pot…. We are of different opinions at different hours, but we always may be said to be at heart on the side of truth.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Worship,” The Conduct of Life, 1860

A Man Who Lies ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for 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, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal. And it all comes from lying – lying to others and to yourself.”
– Fyodor Dostoevsky