It is fashionable in certain circles to fix the blame for a man's erring proclivities on his faulty upbringing--or lack of it--by parents, or on his companions, temptations, and surroundings. But are they so much to blame as the man himself? And is he not the victim, the resultant, of his own prenatal past? And even this is not the ultimate cause of his sinning. He is misled by ignorance--without understanding of his deepest self and without knowledge of life's higher laws.
-- Notebooks Category 6: Emotions and Ethics > Chapter 1: Uplift Character > # 295