George MacDonald on Acquired Stupidity Syndrome (A.S.S.)

Here are a couple of little gems from George MacDonald which are at least a little bit related to the ideas in my previous post:

Naturally capable, he had already made of himself a rather dull fellow; for when a man spends his energy on appearing to have, he is all the time destroying what he has, and therein the very means of becoming what he desires to seem. If he gains his end, his success is his punishment.

And…

A beast does not know that he is a beast, and the nearer a man gets to being a beast the less he knows it.

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