The idol Self

(Hannah More, "Practical Piety")

The idol Self has made more desolation among
men than ever was made in those places where
idols were served by human sacrifices.

To worship images is a more obvious idolatry,
but scarcely more degrading than to set up
Self in opposition to God.

Self is the ever flowing fountain of all the evil
which deforms our hearts, of all the boiling
passions which inflame and disorder society;
the root of bitterness on which all its corrupt
fruits grow.