17 June 2009

Wise Words: Smith on Judging One's Own Character

"Common looking-glasses, it is said, are extremely deceitful, and by the glare which they throw over the face, conceal from the partial eyes of the person many deformities which are obvious to every body besides. But there is not in the world such a smoother of wrinkles as is every man's imagination, with regard to the blemishes of his own character." --Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments III.1.5 (1st ed.)

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