Quote by George Henry Lewes
The delusions of self-love cannot be prevented, but intellectual misconceptions as to the means of achieving success may be corrected.
This quote suggests that while it is impossible to stop individuals from having exaggerated self-love, we can challenge and correct their intellectual misunderstandings about how to attain success. It implies that people may have misguided beliefs or misconceptions about the methods or approaches that lead to success. By educating and guiding them with accurate information, we can help individuals navigate their own delusions and pursue a more realistic and effective path to achieve their goals.
These same experiences make of the sequence of life cycles a generational cycle, irrevocably binding each generation to those that gave it life and to those for whose life it is responsible. Thus, reconciling lifelong generativity and stagnation involves the elder in a review of his or her own years of active responsibility for nurturing the next generations, and also in an integration of earlier-life experiences of caring and of self-concern in relation to previous generations.
Not even a suicide does away with himself out of desperation, he considers the act so long and so deliberately, that he kills himself with thinking -- one could barely call it suicide since it is thinking which takes his life. He does not kill himself with deliberation but rather kills himself because of deliberation.
I know we're not saints or virgins or lunatics; we know all the lust and lavatory jokes, and most of the dirty people; we can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But our innocence goes awfully deep, and our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't.