It is hard living down the tempers we are born with. We all begin well, for in our youth there is nothing we are more intolerant of than our own sins writ large in others and we fight them fiercely in ourselves; but we grow old and we see that these our sins are of all sins the really harmless ones to own, nay that they give a charm to any character, and so our struggle with them dies away.
Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), U.S. author. repr. [Excerpts] Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein, ed. Carl Van Vechten, Random House (1946). The Making of Americans (written 1903-1911), originally published Paris, Contact Editions (1925).