How many charming talents have been spoiled by the instilled desire to do ‘important’ work! Some people are born to lift heavy weights. Some are born to juggle with golden balls.
It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success.
Old friends are generally the refuge of unsociable persons.
To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.
They were a tense and peculiar family, the Oedipuses, weren’t they?
Only the insane take themselves quite seriously.
It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality.
Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter.
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