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“I have a respect for people who do things with their brains and with their hands, who are not afraid of hard physical and mental work. I respect, too, people who are unpretentious yet mannerly, considerate and honest, forthright yet kind and tactful. I dislike display and foolish expenditure in the sense of what Veblen called ‘conspicuous waste,’ that is, spending to impress those who have less, as well as to impress associates. I dislike chi-chi.”

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source: “Introduction to the Original 1952 Edition,” in The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette: A Guide to Contemporary Living, revised and expanded by Letitia Baldridge (New York: Doubleday, 1978), xvii.

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medium: Etiquette guide

via: Dorothy Ball!

“Take things more easily. Don’t ask yourself so much whether this or that is good for you. Don’t question your conscience so much—it will get out of tune like a strummed piano. Keep it for great occasions. Don’t try so much to form your character—it’s like trying to pull open a tight, tender young rose. Live as you like best, and your character will take care of itself.”

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source: The Portrait of a Lady (New York: Bantam, 2007), [Bantam Classic reissue], 223.

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via: The Bronze Medal

“He had reached that moment in life, different for each one of us, when a man abandons himself to his demon or to his genius, following a mysterious law which bids him either to destroy or outdo himself.”

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source: Memoirs of Hadrian (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005), 71.

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notes: quoted by Mary Karr in her Twitter feed

“Be as good as it is in your nature to be.”

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source: June 3, 1920 letter to Louis Untermeyer, in The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963), 108.

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“It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time. If you give in to ‘just this once,’ based on a marginal cost analysis, as some of my former classmates have done, you’ll regret where you end up. You’ve got to define for yourself what you stand for and draw the line in a safe place.”

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source: “How Will You Measure Your Life?,” Harvard Business Review, July 1, 2010.

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via: Christina Lowery

“It’s our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

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source: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (New York: Scholastic, 1999), 333.

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via: Louise Buckley

“You may depend upon it, that a slight contrast of character is very material to happiness in marriage.”

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source: The Table Talk and Omniana of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (London: Oxford University Press, 1917), 59.

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