“The consciousness, or even the suspicion, of having done wrong, is a load upon every mind, and is accompanied with anxiety and terror in all those who are not hardened by long habits of iniquity.” –Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
That’s why I’ve found that when I behave myself better, and manage to keep my resolutions, I feel happier. Knowing that I’ve lost my temper, failed to use good manners, behaved thoughtlessly, etc., makes me anxious, even as I’m making excuses for myself.
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