Whenever one comes to close grips with so-called idealism, as in war time, one is shocked by its rascality.
Self-denial isnot avirtue: it isonly theeffect of prudence on rascality.George Bernard Shaw
Self-denial is not a virtue : it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.George Bernard Shaw
...quite in keeping with Trotsky’s passion for ideas, his generous indignation at injustice, was his sense of personal rectitude, his idealistic approach to life. All who knew him intimately even when he was one of the rulers of Russia speak of it. Max Eastman and also Souvarine, who, a fierce opponent of Trotsky’s politics, has said of him that there was nothing “mesquin” in his character, not a trace of rascality. It is a noticeable characteristic of many great writers and philosophers, but a fatal weakness in a politician.
Self denial is not a virtue: it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.