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...fortitude, and then he died and left his money to a swine-fever hospital. She found she'd about cleared stock in fortitude by that time, and now she gives drawing-room recitations. That's what I call being vindictive."
"Life is full of its disappointments," observed the Duchess, "and I suppose the art of being happy is to disguise them as illusions. But that, my dear Reginald, becomes more difficult as one grows older."
"I think it's more generally practised than you imagine.The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.It's only the middle-aged who are really conscious of their limitations--that is why one should be so patient with them. But one never is."
"After all," said the Duchess, "the disillusions of life may depend on our way of assessing it. In the minds of those who come after us we may be remembered for qualities and successes which we quite left out of the reckoning."
"It's not always safe to depend on the commemorative tendencies of those who come after us. There may have been... Saki
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