Note on Self-Criticism from Blaise Pascale via Eric Hoffer

Man would fain be great and sees that he is little; would fain be happy and sees that he is miserable; would fain be perfect and sees that he is full of imperfections; would fain be the object of the love and esteem of men, and sees that his faults merit only their aversion and contempt. The embarrassment wherein he finds himself produces in him the most unjust and criminal passions imaginable, for he conceives a mortal hatred against that truth which blames him and convinces him of his faults. —PASCAL, Pensées

Hoffer, Eric. The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics) . HarperCollins. epigraph.

To be read in conjunction with Self-Criticism.

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