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Daemon
Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
thar
Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 1:45:20 AM

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It seems to work with the audience of reality TV!Whistle
MTC
Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 7:21:50 AM
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“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 the soul.”
― W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon And Sixpence
percivalpecksniff
Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 7:42:13 AM

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That puts it in context MTC and is helpful.

I note he says: But in his book or his picture the real man delivers himself defenceless. His pretentiousness will only expose his vacuity.

That seems like a jaundiced view to me, even if fictional. Might not a man's writings reveal good character, as well bad?


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle
jcbarros
Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 11:21:10 AM

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No way out for us then... ? :(
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