“You know, it’s such a peculiar thing – our idea of mankind in general. We all have a sort of vague, glowing picture when we say that, something solemn, big and important, but actually all we know of it is the people we meet in our lifetime. Look at them. Do you know any of you’d feel big and solemn about? There’s nothing but houswives haggling at pushcarts, drooling brats who write dirty words on the sidewalks and drunk debutantes. Or their spiritual equivalents. As a matter of fact, one can feel respect for people when they suffer. They have certain dignity. But have you ever looked at them when they are enjoying themselves? That’s when you see the truth. Look at those who spend the money they’ve slaved for and have the whole world open to them. Observe what they pick out for enjoyment. Watch them in their smarter speak-easies. That’s your mankind in general. I don’t want to touch it.”




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