Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Quote +

Be not too hasty
to trust or admire the teachers of morality;
they discourse like angels
but they live like men.

-Samuel Johnson, lexicographer
(1709-1784)

Unfortunately that is true of all of us.
Yet listening to moral leaders can help.
That is why we are supposed to test the spirits.
Talk about what they say and see if its true.
Wise as foxes and harmless as doves are we to be.

4 comments:

Doorman-Priest said...

If you don't put people on pedestals you can't be disappointed. Traet them as fallible humans and you may be surprised.

Nator said...

When I start to think too highly of someone, I just imagine that they are like me. That seems to kill it.

Kate Morningstar said...

Thanks for that, Roland. It's very helpful to me at the moment.

MikeT said...

They say that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, but that's all well and good until the hypocrisy comes from those with power over you. Never trust a man who is quick to direct your life, except perhaps through friendly advice and observation. Usually they're a tyrant in the making otherwise.