Uit ‘Parades End’

door Prachtige Pjotr

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And Tietjens, who hated no man, in face of his simpleminded and agreeable schoolboy type of fellow, fell to wondering why it was that humanity that was next to always agreeable in its units was, as a mass, a phenomenon so hideous. You look at a dozen men, each of them not by any means detestable and not uninteresting, for each of them would have technical details of their affairs to impart; you formed them into a Government or a club and at once, with oppressions, inaccuracies, gossip, backbiting, lying, corruptions and vileness, you had the combination of wolf, tiger, weasel and louse-covered ape that was human society. And he remembered to words of some Russian: ‘Cats and monkeys. Monkeys and cats. All humanity is there.’

Ford Maddox Ford, Parades End

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