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Fenelon, Francois - Sincerity vs Simplicity

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013311

Type of spiritual experience

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Francois Fenelon

Many people are sincere who are not simple.  They say nothing but what they believe to be true and do not aim at appearing anything but what they are.  But they are for ever thinking about themselves, weighing their every word and thought and dwelling upon themselves in apprehension of having done too much or too little.

These people are sincere but not simple.  They are not at their ease with others, nor others with them.

There is nothing easy, frank, unrestrained or natural about them.  One feels that one would like less admirable people better, who were not so stiff.

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Fenelon, Francois

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