"Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love."
Lies are often much more plausible, more appealing to reason, than reality, since the liar has the great advantage of knowing beforehand what the audience wishes or expects to hear.
Hannah Arendt was a German-American political theorist who lived from October 14, 1906 – December 4, 1975. Her most influential work, The Human Condition
(1958) distinguishes between the concepts of political and social,
labour and work, various forms of action, and explores implications of
those distinctions (see Wikipedia).
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
This inspirational quote was taken from one of famous Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh's letters to his brother Theo. Through those letters he often shared thoughts and feelings that he never revealed to others.
"I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt."
~ Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928. She has been hailed as a global renaissance woman and is one of the most renowned and influential women of the 20th century. She has lived in various countries including Egypt, Ghana, and the United States. As a public figure (author, poet, activist) she has received over 30 honorary degrees. To learn more about her, please visit The Official Website of Maya Angelou.