passionate observers, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 136


136

There is no such thing as a public morality which can withstand private application.  Nor a public moral victory which is not dampened by private honesty.  The glory burns only upon a stage constructed by and for passionate observers.  In any actualization independent of public display, it destroys the agent's emotional health and breaks with the public's own notion of decent behavior.