Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on June 29, 2014

in Self-deception

… is from page 687 of the 1999 Oxford World’s Classics edition of one of my all-time favorite novels, George Eliot’s Middlemarch:

There may be hypocrites, who consciously affect beliefs and emotions for the sake of gulling the world, but Bulstrode was not one of them.  He was simply a man whose desires had been stronger than his theoretic beliefs, and who had gradually explained the gratification of his desires into satisfactory agreement with those beliefs.  If this be hypocrisy, it is a process which shows itself occasionally in us all….

George Eliot here anticipates Jonathan Haidt.


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