Self-Consciousness Destroys Self-Revelation
One of the thousand objections to the sin of pride lies precisely in this, that self-consciousness of necessity destroys self-revelation.
A man who thinks a great deal about himself will try to be many-sided, attempt a theatrical excellence at all points, will try to be an encyclopaedia of culture, and his own real personality will be lost in that false universalism.
Thinking about himself will lead to trying to be the universe; trying to be the universe will lead to ceasing to be anything.
- G.K. Chesterton, Heretics