Might the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy be laid to heart! Might a sense of the true aims of life elevate the tone of politics and trade, till public and private honor become identical!
If the role of an honest woman were nothing more than perilous, I would admit that it would serve. But it is tiresome; and I have never met a virtuous woman who did not think about deceiving somebody.
But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”
And even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.