Spurious things have no value, whether they be bric-a-brac or men.
It is all-important that we be real; that we harbour no wish to appear other than what
we are; that we simulate no virtue, assume no excellency, adopt no disguise. The
hypocrite thinks he can hoodwink the world and the eternal law of the world. There is
but one person that he hoodwinks, and that is himself, and for that the law of the
world inflicts its righteous penalty. There is an old theory that the excessively wicked are
annihilated. I think to be a pretender is to come as near to annihilation as a man can get, for
there is a sense in which a man is gone, and in his place there is but a mirage of shams.