Some human roles are so fixed that it is too great a strain to act them in any but the accepted manner. Fathers ought to be tyrannical, and sons ungrateful; grandmothers must demoralize their children's children, and mothers-in-law make all the mischief they can.
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Source Notes: "Other People," Afterthoughts (1931) and All Trivia: Trivia, More Trivia, Afterthoughts, Last Words (1945). Smith's comments may remind us of the ways in which reunions may exaggerate our roles within our families.
Logan Pearsall Smith (October 18, 1865-March 2, 1946) was an American essayist and critic who settled in London. He was known for his aphorisms and epigrams. His autobiography Unforgotten Years (1938) is probably now his best known work.
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