It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.
We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth – and listen
to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts.
Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle
Are we disposed to be of the number of those,
who having eyes, see not,
and having ears, hear not,
the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation?
For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost,
I am willing to know the whole truth;
to know the worst,
and to provide for it.
– Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775 speech in the Virginia Convention