To conduct oneself with humility in public while privately harboring notions of one’s own preeminence: this is shrewd.
To celebrate one’s talents publicly, but to question the magnitude of those talents in private: this is the start of a tragedy.
To be convinced of one’s virtues entirely: this is a sign of mental illness.
To doubt one’s worth constantly: this is merely reasonable.
This child’s sense of wonder is infectious, and also so are his scabies.
“Closer to Brine”
(sample lyric: “The further I am from some freshwater source / the closer I am to brine.”)
The problem with the critic is that, after drinking the blood of Christ, his inclination is merely to offer a taste profile.
Exercise is the sort of endeavor one is glad to have performed in the past — rather, that is, than to be performing at the moment. With intercouse, it’s frequently the opposite.
AMBITION (n.) — A trait exhibited by those who, lacking the intellectual dexterity to contend with leisure, instead commit their lives to work.
CONVICTION (n.) — A deeply held belief or principle which, in 15-20 years, one will deny ever having embraced.
WINE (n.) — A fermented beverage which, when consumed in sufficient quantity, equips one to tolerate life.