All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others

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Unless a writer is quite ruthless... they will drag him down with them

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Failure on the other hand is infectious. The world is full of charming failures (for all charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others) and unless a writer is quite ruthless with these amiable footlers, they will drag him down with them. More dangerous are those who are not charming – the trapped foxes who bite the hand that would set them free and the worst of all the Kibitzers, the embittered circle of scoffing onlookers –

The common rout
That, wandering loose about,
Grow up and perish as the summer fly
Heads without name, no more remembered.

by Cyril Connolly (September 10, 1903 – November 26, 1974)
from Enemies of Promise (1938)
Outlook Unsettled
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2 Responses to “All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    That’s powerful…and straight to the point…

    Thank you…

  2. joy of beauty - StartTags.com Says:

    […] the actions, motivations and judgement of others. Judgement of others and Joy don't do together. …All charming people have something to conceal, usually their ……and unless a writer is quite ruthless with these amiable footlers, they will drag him down with […]

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