Sometimes her ardent imagination concealed things from her, but never did she have those deliberate illusions which cowardice induces.Stendhal - La Chartreuse de Parme (1839).
An extremely pointed quote. Have you ever explained your own behaviour in a way which is far too lenient towards your motives? I have. It’s one of those deliberate illusions which cowardice induces.
It’s probably a factor in voting too. I vote ConLabLib because... Perhaps we are just too cowardly to sustain a worthwhile democracy.