Synesius (fourth century): "This would be the most extreme of ills--not to be conscious of the presence of evil. For this is the condition of those who no longer try to rise. . . . for this reason repentance is an elevating means . . . [but] both deeds and words [must] lend a helping hand."
-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 4: In Thoughts, Feelings, Violent Passions > # 95