Quotation by George Eliot

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.
George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819–1880), British novelist, editor. Mr. Lyon, the independent minister, in Felix Holt, The RadicalÉ, ch. 5 (1866).

Said of the pitfalls of scrutinizing oneself too closely.
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