Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it make us vain, in fact, of our modesty.
A perfect conversation would run much less to brilliant sentences than to unfinished ones.
Many people today don’t want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety.
Topics: Self-Knowledge, Honesty, Awareness
One of the misfortunes of our time is, that in getting rid of false shame, we have killed off so much real shame as well.
Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it.
The thrust of ambition is, and always has been, great, but among the bright-eyed it had once a more adventurous and individualistic air, a much more bracing rivalry.
Privacy was in sufficient danger before TV appeared, and TV has given it its death blow.
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