The great qualities with which dullness takes lead in the world

He firmly believed that everything he did was right, that he ought on all occasions to have his own way — and like the sting of a wasp or serpent his hatred rushed out armed and poisonous against anything like opposition. He was proud of his hatred as of everything else. Always to be right, always to trample forward, and never to doubt, are not these the great qualities with which dullness takes lead in the world?

(William Makepeace Thackeray, from Vanity Fair)

 

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3 thoughts on “The great qualities with which dullness takes lead in the world

  1. One fortunate thing about Trump compared with other historical tyrants is that, being such a buffoon, he has less than the usual level of support within the power structure. A lot of what he does is ineffectual.

  2. Elizabeth Henning says:

    Is there a sequel, “How to be Wrong,” in the works?

  3. […] Dec 2018: Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray […]

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