Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dostoevsky on the Monk Life

It is true, perhaps, that this instrument which had stood the test of a thousand years for the moral regeneration of a man from slavery to freedom and to moral perfectibility may be a two-edged weapon and it may lead some not to humility and complete self-control but to the most Satanic pride, that is, to bondage and not to freedom.

-- Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov