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To express a half-amused contempt for the intelligence of our time is not at all the same thing as to make a jaundiced indictment of it. To witness the magnificent parade of a civilization of almost unredeemed triviality is less likely to arouse bitterness in the soul and more likely to give it a good half-hour's amusement.

-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 4: In Thoughts, Feelings, Violent Passions > # 105

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