Selfishness

The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves.The basis of optimism is sheer terror.We think that we are generous because we credit our neighbour with the possession of those virtues that are likely to be a benefit to us.We praise the banker that we may overdraw our account, and find good qualities in the highwayman in the hope that he may spare our pockets.

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You know I am not a champion of marriage. The real drawback to marriage is that it makes one unselfish.And unselfish people are colourless. They lack individuality.Still, there are certain temperaments that marriage makes more complex. They retain their egotism, and add to it many other egos. They are forced to have more than one life. They become more highly organised, and to be highly organised is, I should fancy, the object of man's existence.Besides, every experience is of value, and, whatever one may say against marriage, it is certainly an experience.

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