"I've met the
enemy, and it is me."
"While my attention was taken up
and care employed in guarding against one fault, I was often
surprised by another. Habit took the advantage of inattention.
Inclination was sometimes too strong for reason. I concluded at
length that the mere speculative conviction that it was our
interest to be completely virtuous was not sufficient to prevent
our slipping, and that the
contrary habits must be broken and
good ones acquired and
established, before we can have any dependence on a steady,
uniform rectitude of conduct."