(Whitmore Winslow, written at the age of 14)
How little have appearances to do with realities!
The outward show has often the effect of deceiving.
Deceit is, indeed, one of the prominent features
in man; he deceives others, he deceives himself.
The world is truly a false world. And does it not
show the depravity of man's heart when after tasting
its bitters, feeling its pains, and experiencing its
disappointments and sorrows, he should still cling
to that ever promising, yet ever deceiving world?