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If a man's character is to be abused ... there's nobody like a relation to do the business. Options
Daemon
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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If a man's character is to be abused ... there's nobody like a relation to do the business.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
Bully_rus
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:34:51 AM
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Daemon wrote:
If a man's character is to be abused ... there's nobody like a relation to do the business.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

It's nobody's business to try to spoil the badness of free person.
jcbarros
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 8:47:00 AM

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Relatives are the worst...said the fox as the dogs took after him.
MTC
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:31:32 AM
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For whatever reason, a number of websites misattribute the quotation to Alexander Pope. The complete quotation reads, " If a man's character is to be abused, say what you will, there's nobody like a relation to do the business."
Verbatim
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 5:56:30 PM
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Daemon wrote:
If a man's character is to be abused ... there's nobody like a relation to do the business.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)


Abuse builds character, if it must might as well come from relations.
Gary Beresford
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:28:30 PM
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I agree. It has been my experience in a life of 72 years, that a 'best friend' and some relatives can certainly be your worst enemy and when these events occur it hurts.
capitán
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:21:05 PM

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I´m sorry to hear that, sir.
I suppose we all go through it at some point in our lives.
Anyway, welcome to the forums.

I guess nobody knows your flaws like your family;
who knows better where to strike?

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

Right?
excaelis
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 3:07:10 AM

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Twice a week is quite enough to dine with one's relations.
FounDit
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 9:58:10 PM

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Daemon wrote:
If a man's character is to be abused ... there's nobody like a relation to do the business.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)


‘Tis true there is nobody like a relation to abuse one’s character, until the abused has the effrontery to die, resulting in an immediate improvement of said character; setting on edge the teeth of the abuser.
excaelis
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 10:03:18 PM

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And guaranteeing the orthodontistry bills of the lawyer's children.
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