These things and deeds are diametrically opposed: they are as distinct as is vice from virtue. Men too often confound them: they should not be confounded: appearance should not be mistaken for truth; narrow human doctrines, that only tend to elate and magnify a few, should not be substituted for the world-redeeming creed of Christ. There is - I repeat it - a difference; and it is a good, and not a bad action to mark broadly the line of separation between them.
The world may not like to see these ideas dissevered, for it has been accustomed to blend them; finding it convenient to make external show pass for sterling worth - to let whitewashed walls vouch for clean shrines. It may hate him who dares to scrutinise and expose - to rase the gilding and show base metal under it - to penetrate the sepulchre, and reveal charnel relics; but hate as it will, it is indebted to him."
-December 21st, 1847, written under the pseudonym Currer Bell in the Preface to Jane Eyre