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We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves.
Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.
Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see. It is above them and not contrary to them.
The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.
All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.