What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it.[Los que creemos móviles de nuestra conducta no suelen ser sino pretextos.]
We are all civilized people, which means that we are all savages at heart but observing a few amenities of civilized behavior.
Up to a certain point it is good for us to know that there are people in the world who will give us love and unquestioned loyalty to the limit of their ability. I doubt, however, if it is good for us to feel assured of this without the accompanying obligation of having to justify this devotion by our behavior.
The common behavior of mankind is the system of reference by means of which we interpret an unknown language.[Die gemeinsame menschliche Handlungsweise ist das Bezugssystem, mittels welches wir uns eine fremde Sprache deuten.]