There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others:  in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection.  One of the latter sort comes at length to know at once whether a thing is true the moment it comes before him; one of the former class grows more and more afraid of being taken in, so afraid of it that he takes himself in altogether, and comes at length to believe in nothing but his dinner:  to be sure of a thing with him is to have it between his teeth.”

George Macdonald
The Princess and Curdie