Quotation by Gertrude Stein

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).
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