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Daemon
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No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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Frank and explicit - that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.






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Speech was given to the ordinary sort or men, whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it. Robert South
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Context from:The Moon and Sixpence


Chapter XLII

I did not know why Strickland had suddenly offered to show them to me. I welcomed the opportunity. A man's work reveals him. In social intercourse he gives you the surface that he wishes the world to accept, and you can only gain a true knowledge of him by inferences from little actions, of which he is unconscious, and from fleeting expressions, which cross his face unknown to him. Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem. But in his book or his picture the real man delivers himself defenceless. His pretentiousness will only expose his vacuity. The lathe painted to look like iron is seen to be but a lathe. No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind. To the acute observer no one can produce the most casual work without disclosing the innermost secrets of his soul.
Bully_rus
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Daemon wrote:
No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


Yeah. Hide-and-seek is a popular game among grown-ups...
Verbatim
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Daemon wrote:
No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


Except from another commonplace mind?
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A commonplace mind ... as if such a mind would ever exist ...
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