A Quote by William James on careers, life, men, morality, and vanity

We are all potentially such sick men. The sanest and best of us are of one clay with lunatics and prison-inmates. And whenever we feel this, such a sense of the vanity of our voluntary career comes over us, that all our morality appears as a plaster hiding a sore it can never cure, and all our well-doing as the hollowest substitute for that well-being that our lives ought to be grounded in, but alas! are not so.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Thought and Character of William James, by Ralph Barton Perry

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