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same thing with everything else. They think they know everything, and are always quite sure
about it; this, in fact, is why they overdo everything. If they do wrong to others, it is because
they mean to insult them, not to do them actual harm. They are ready to pity others, because
they think every one an honest man, or anyhow better than he is: they judge their neighbour
by their own harmless natures, and so cannot think he deserves to be treated in that way.
They are fond of fun and therefore witty, wit being well- bred insolence.
Such, then is the character of the Young. The character of Elderly Men - men who are past
their prime - may be said to be formed for the most part of elements that are the contrary of
all these. They have lived many years; they have often been taken in, and often made
mistakes; and life on the whole is a bad business. The result is that they are sure about
nothing and under - do everything. They 'think', but they never 'know'; and because of their
hesitation they always add a 'possibly'or...
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