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113. Irony

1. In our present study, irony does not have its usualmeaning as a kind of ridicule or mockery. It has the original Greekmeaning of dissimulation of one's good qualities; it meanspretending, not in honesty and humility but dishonestly,that one is less or worse than one actually is. Thus understood,irony has the character of dissimulation and lying.

2. One lie may be worse than another either in thematter lied about or in the motive of the liar.Now, irony and boasting deal with the same matter, forboth are a speaker's words about himself. But the two thingsdiffer in motive. And the motive of boasting is usually viler thanthe motive of irony. The boaster wishes to glorify himself in theopinion of others; the ironical person rather wishes to avoid theoffense of seeming prideful or snobbish. Yet sometimes irony isworse than boasting; it is so, for example, when it is used as acunning means of deceiving persons with a view to subsequentcheating.

"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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