Assume a virtue, if you have it not. That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat, of habits devil, is angel yet in this, that to the use of actions fair and good he likewise gives a frock or livery that aptly is put on. Refrain tonight, and that shall lend a kind of easiness to the next abstinence; the next more easy; for use almost can change the stamp of nature.
I remember an answer which when quite young i was prompted to make a valued adviser who was wont to importune me with the dear old doctrines of the church. On my saying, what have i to do with the sacredness of traditions, if i live wholly from within? My friend suggested, - "but these impulses may be from below, not from above." i replied, 'they do not seem to me to be such; but if i am the devil's child, i will live then from the devil.'