He was never made wiser by his sufferings

By imputing none of his miseries to himself, he continued to act upon the same principles, and to follow the same path; was never made wiser by his sufferings, nor preserved by one misfortune from falling into another. He proceeded throughout his life to tread the same steps on the same circle; always applauding his past conduct, or at least forgetting it, to amuse himself with phantoms of happiness, which were dancing before him; and willingly turned his eyes from the light of reason, when it would have discovered the illusion, and shown him, what he never wished to see, his real state.

Johnson’s Lives of the Poets — Volume 1, on the poet Savage

We are supposed to learn from suffering but we may merely live in the illusion that we are incapable of folly or evil.

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