Vices

Teachers, in fact, often appeal to a boy's Pride, or, as they call it, his self respect, to make him behave decently; many a man has overcome cowardice, or lust, or ill-temper, by learning to think that they are beneath his dignity-that is, by Pride. The devil laughs. He is perfectly content to see you becoming chaste and brave and self controlled provided, all the time, he is setting up in you the Dictatorship of Pride-just as he would be quite content to see your chilblains cured if he was allowed, in return, to give you cancer. For Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.
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C.S. Lewis - Mere Christianity - Book III - Chapter 8

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