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David Hume – Distinguishing men of delicate taste

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David HumeThough men of delicate taste be rare, they are easily to be distinguished in society by the soundness of their understanding, and the superiority of their faculties above the rest of mankind.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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David Hume – Conversation in well-bred people

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David HumeAmong well-bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt of others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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P.G. Wodehouse – Insufferable superiority of cats

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The real objection to the great majority of cats is their insufferable air of superiority. Cats, as a class, have never completely got over the snootiness caused by the fact that in Ancient Egypt they were worshiped as gods.

P.G. Wodehouse   (1881-1975)

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Yoshida Kenko – It is a great error to be superior

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Yoshida KenkoIt is a great error to be superior to others….It is such pride as this that makes a man appear a fool, makes him abused by others, and invites disaster. A man who is truly versed in any art will of his own accord be clearly aware of his own deficiency; and therefore, his ambition being never satisfied, he ends by never being proud.

Yoshida Kenko   (1284 – 1350)

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