“Sincerity is true wisdom, it appears, only to the mind of the moral philosopher. It is rudeness and insult to him who regards dissimulation and deceit as culture and politeness, and holds that the shortest, easiest, and safest way to success is to let sleeping dogs and old customs alone. But, if the dogs are obstructing the highway to progress and truth, and Society will, as a rule, reject the wise words of (St.) Augustine, who recommends that ‘no man should prefer custom before reason and truth,’ is it sufficient cause for the philanthropist to walk out of, or even deviate from, the track of truth, because the selfish egoist chooses to do so?” (H.P. Blavatsky. Lucifer, Vol. 1. Issue. No. 5., Jan. 15, 1888; “Lucifer” means “light-bearer,” and refers to the planet Venus, “the star that brings the new day.”)

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