They think they know everything and are always quite

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Unformatted text preview: much and hate too much, and the 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. Part 13 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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