. . . said of the pitfalls of scrutinizing oneself too closely: It is, I fear, but a vain show of fulfilling the heathen precept, "Know thyself," and too often leads to a self-estimate which will subsist in the absence of that fruit by which alone the quality of the tree is made evident.
Source: Mr. Lyon, the independent minister, in Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 5 (1866)
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